Most popular cuisines in Canada by eating location 2017

As of March 2017, Chinese was the most popular cuisine among Canadians when choosing to eat out at a restaurant. The survey, which questioned Canadian consumers who are involved in household shopping, also revealed that Italian is the most popular cuisine to cook at home. American food came in a close second place, with some 70 percent of Canadians stating they preferred to cook their neighboring cuisine when at home.

Restaurants in Canada

Mandarin Restaurant Franchise Corporation was the leading Asian restaurant chain in Canada in 2017, with gross sales amounting to approximately 153.6 million Canadian dollars. Despite Chinese being the top choice for Canadians looking for somewhere to go out to eat, the most widespread restaurant chain in Canada is Tim Horton’s Inc, with over 4,700 locations across the country in 2017. Unsurprisingly, Tim Horton’s sales also topped every other restaurant chain in Canada to reach around 8.72 billion Canadian dollars.

Most popular cuisines among consumers in Canada as of March 2017, by eating location

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Release date

June 2017



Survey time period

January to March 2017

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Consumers involved in household shopping

Method of interview

Online survey

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