Toptable Group Shines Once Again at 27th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards


Toptable Group Shines Once Again at 27th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
– Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin Ristorante Recognized –

 Vancouver, B.C. (April 14th, 2016) – A panel of 18 expert judges acknowledged industry excellence and leadership in some 48 categories yesterday as the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards – now in their 27th year – were convened in downtown Vancouver. Toptable Group’s Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Blue Water Cafe, and CinCin Ristorante were again recognized before an audience of leading restaurateurs, chefs, service staff, and industry professionals.

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“These awards are unique in Canada and given the competitive landscape in British Columbia, are a true salute to our team members across the entire group,” Michael Doyle, president of Toptable Group said this morning. “We’re honoured to have brought home three awards and I thank everyone very much, including the judges and our fellow competitors.”

Toptable Group winners included Blue Water Cafe, which captured the Gold Award for ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ for the ninth consecutive year under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Frank Pabst, and the service leadership of Restaurant Director Stephan Cachard. Blue Water Cafe also received an Honourable Mention for Best Upscale Restaurant.

Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar secured the Gold Award for ‘Best Whistler Restaurant’ once again. This is the 15th time in 16 years of this award that Araxi delivered the gold, and is an apt tribute to the dedication of Executive Chef James Walt and Restaurant Director Neil Henderson.

CinCin Ristorante’s wood fired Italian cucina also resonated with the judges. Executive Chef Andrew Richardson and Restaurant Director Richard Luxton brought home the Bronze Award for ‘Best Upscale Italian Restaurant’.

One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has six elegant yet approachable venues in Whistler and Vancouver: Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Bar Oso, CinCin Ristorante, Blue Water Cafe, West Restaurant, and Thierry Cafe. Toptable Group celebrated several milestones in 2015 including the 25th anniversary of CinCin Ristorante, the 15th anniversary of both Blue Water Cafe and West Restaurant, and the opening of Bar Oso and The Cellar by Araxi. More information can be found online at


Judy Ahola
Director of Communications
Toptable Group
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