10 restaurants you need to try this winter in Manitoba

Posted January 27, 2022 | Author Breanne Sewards

Stay warm and well-fed this winter by dining in or out from some of Manitoba's best restaurants. Here are 10 we think you should add to your list before the season is through, along with some fun activities to do near each restaurant.

1. Jonesy's Restaurant and Lounge

East St. Paul

Find the ultimate stick-to-your-ribs comfort food at Jonesey's Restaurant, open for dine-in and take-out in East St. Paul. With an extensive menu and weekly specials, Jonesy’s is an excellent choice for families. Little ones have their pick from the kid’s menu while the seasoned foodies can choose from exciting options like the Ukrainian cuisine-inspired ‘polski ogorki’ and the ‘whiskey river salmon’ - made with Jonesy’s whiskey river sauce.

Nearby winter activities: Skiing/snowboarding/snow tubing at Spring Hill Winter Park, hiking or cross-country skiing in Birds Hill Provincial Park.

2. Nola


Elevate your takeout with a new addition to Winnipeg’s culinary landscape. Led by chef Emily Butcher, Nola is currently offering a weekly six-course sharing plate menu with vegan and gluten-free options available. The menu changes weekly but promises to be equally delicious each and every time!

Before picking up: Go ice skating on The Forks land trails or along the Nestaweya River Trail.

3. Di Reggae Grill


It’s been quite awhile since we’ve relaxed on a warm beach…but Steinbach’s Di Reggae Grill can give Caribbean vibes all winter long. Open for dine-in and take-out, the menu includes island comforts like jerk chicken and stewed oxtail.

While in Steinbach: Complete your tropical staycation with a fun afternoon at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre.

4. Tabula Rasa


Located in Winnipeg’s trendy South Osborne neighbourhood, Tabula Rasa means ‘clean slate’ but it ought to mean clean plate. You’ll devour every last bite here, with shareable plates featuring pickerel cheeks, yellowfin tuna, beef carpaccio and more.

While in South Osborne: Shop local at the nearby Black Market Provisions or head to the main strip of Osborne Village for a plethora of boutiques.

5. Nick's Inn


Keep enjoying drive-in style food all year long with a visit to Nick's Inn in Headingley. The restaurant is well known for its scrumptious breakfast menu and for its classic burgers.

While in Headingley: Head just ten minutes west to explore Beaudry Provincial Park; known for its fantastic cross-country ski trails.

6. I Heart Coffee

Lac du Bonnet

Looking for an easy winter day trip from Winnipeg? Travel east to the town of Lac du Bonnet. I Heart Coffee is a quaint local eatery featuring great coffee, a small breakfast menu, sandwich and soup for lunch as well as daily pasta specials.

While in Lac du Bonnet: Take the short Blueberry Rock hike for scenic views, or continue onto Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park for even more outdoor beauty.

7. Papertown Inn

Powerview-Pine Falls

Close to the town of Lac du Bonnet is another opportunity for winter fun and a great meal. Adored by locals and the snowmobiling community alike, Papertown Inn features a cozy interior and a vast menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options. There's also the option to stay overnight -- kids will love the indoor pool and waterslide!

While in Powerview-Pine Falls: Snowmobiling, of course!

8. Cargo Bar


What pairs best with a little bit of ice skating? Hot chocolate! Grab gourmet hot cocoa, s'mores and apple cider from Cargo Bar, located next to the Duck Pond and open for a limited time on Fridays from 4 to 8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 12 to 8 pm -- weather permitting.

While in the Assiniboine Park: Skate the duck pond and visit animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

9. Bonnie Day


Open for both dine-in and take-out, Bonnie Day is a fairly new restaurant that has been making a big impression in Winnipeg. Step out of the cold into a cozy, candlelit setting and settle in for an evening of dining on upscale comfort foods like meatballs and risotto.

While in Winnipeg: The neighbourhood of Wolseley is just a short drive away from Winnipeg's downtown, where you'll find attractions like the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and more.

10. Lola's Bakery


Sometimes all you need to warm up from the winter chill is a gooey tray of cinnamon buns. Luckily, Lola's Bakery has the town of Neepawa covered for delicious baked goods (including Filipino baking), pizzas, soup and more.

While in Neepawa: Have a day of winter fun at Langford Winter Park - with a toboggan hill, and trails for skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at bsewards@travelmanitoba.com.

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