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There’s so many great Restaurants, Bars and Pubs to love in Ottawa

With so many great places to eat in town, it’s just about impossible to to say which are the best restaurants in Ottawa. But I wanted to share a list of places I’ve had great eating experiences and also the people we’ve photographed have also loved sharing places like El Camino on Elgin, The Hintonburg Public House in Hintonburg, Wilf & Ada’s on Bank, Gezellig in Westboro and the new restaurants opening in Lansdowne Park.

 

Downtown

El Camino
380 Elgin Street  (613) 422-2800
Tacos, Tequila and a Raw Bar. Oh yeah and a window for take-out! Chef Matt Carmichael’s El Camino is without a doubt the coolest Ottawa restaurant – with tacos to die for, quite the tequila list and ‘second to none’ service. The Best Tacos in Ottawa!

The Whalesbone Oyster House
430 Bank Street  (613) 231-8569
This is Ottawa’s best oyster bar and restaurant! It’s super small, but such amazing food! The Whalesbone Crew has taken over the historic Elmdale Tavern at 1084 Wellington Street.

Town  
296 Elgin Street  (613) 695-8696
This is a great family owned and passionately run Elgin Street restaurant with awesome food and a cool atmosphere. Town loves you!

Fresco Bistro – Downtown
354 Elgin Street  (613) 235-7541

Union 613
315 Somerset Street West  (613) 231-1010.
A brotherhood of cookers, eaters and drinkers bringing Southern hospitality to downtown Ottawa. This is one of Ottawa’s coolest and more eclectic places to eat and drink!

Beckta Dining & Wine 
150 Elgin Street  (613) 238-7063
(Beckta is without a doubt the best fine dining restaurant in Ottawa – and Steve Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt will make you feel so at home!)

Luneta Café & Bistro
665 Bronson Avenue  (613) 884-6883
A funky café and warm bistro serving delicious eats during the day, and at night turn into one of the freshest spots in downtown Ottawa with live music and DJs!

Mamma Teresa Ristorante
300 Somerset St. West  (613) 236-3023
Mama Teresa’s offers the most authentic Italian dining experience in Ottawa.

Carmello’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
300 Sparks Street  (613) 604-2167
Carmello’s is a creative contemporary Italian cuisine experience right downtown on Sparks Street.

Johnny Farina – Casual Italian Eatery
216 Elgin Street  (613) 565-5155
Johnny Farina’s casual Italian restaurant has made its comfortable home over two floors and three rooms in a former movie theatre in Ottawa’s trendy Elgin Street district.

Canal Ritz 
375 Queen Elizabeth Drive – at Fifth Ave  (613) 238-8998
(The Canal Ritz is the best Ottawa restaurant with a canal view in town by far, right on the Rideau Canal surrounded by trees and water – so beautiful. And the staff are so down to earth and so nice)

Wilf & Ada’s
510 Bank Street  (613) 231-7959
This Ottawa diner/restaurant may be small, but it the best and friendliest weekend brunch in town! And we absolutely love their social media presence in town – it’s super simple and visually delicious! Follow them on twitter at @wilfandadas

The Red Apron – meals to go
564 Gladstone Avenue  (613) 695-0417
Everyday is different at The Red Apron – lunch and dinner are available in their retail store Monday to Friday between 11am & 2pm, and Saturday between 10am & 2pm.

 

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Lansdowne Park Restaurants

Jack Astor’s Lansdowne
This new Ottawa Lansdowne restaurant is a totally unique and refreshed concept for the Jack Astor’s brand. It’s still super fun and authentically friendly, but they’ve shaken things up a fair bit with new menu items – including fresh tacos, absolutely delicious board nachos, mouth watering burgers and the largest craft beer selection in Ottawa! Jack’s is definitely going to be Lansdowne Park’s best restaurant!

JOEY Restaurants
Already well known in Western Canada for their casual fine dining concept, JOEY Restaurants CEO Jeff Fuller describes a “lively and luxurious” interior with patio spaces featuring “a vacation atmosphere.”

South St. Burger Company
Another Ottawa debut with premium, 100% pure, fresh and gluten-free Angus Beef burgers, grilled chicken breasts, New York Fries and more in a contemporary New York loft-style environment.

Local Lounge and Grill
Described as an “urban retreat” featuring VQA wines, cocktails and craft brewed draught beers, along with a menu of favourites prepared with seasonal local ingredients.

Milestones
At Milestones, enjoy the intimacy of the dining experience in the comfort of warm lighting and a cozy booth, or the buzz in the bar.

 

Somerset – Chinatown

Vietnam Palace Restaurant
819 Somerset Street West  (613) 238-6758
Best authentic Vietnamese food in Ottawa.

 

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Wellington West / Westboro and Hintonburg

Clocktower Brew Pub
418 Richmond Road  (613) 680-5983
The Clocktower Brew Pub is Ottawa’s original, locally owned and run brew pub, serving a wide variety of delicious craft beers with great food and hospitality, since 1996. The Clocktower has an extensive list of house and seasonal beers, making it Ottawa’s best pub for folks who love craft beer.

Gezellig  (gah-zell-ig)
337 Richmond Road  (613) 680-9086
Right in the heart of Westboro Village, Gezellig’s modern menu encompasses broad inspirations from around the world, presented in both comfortable and inspiring ways, designed for their very welcomed neighbourhood clientele. Chef Mike Moffatt believes very strongly in local and sustainable food being sourced directly from the farmer or producer, and they do a wonderful job integrating these special products into their menu as often and fully as possible.

The Hintonburg Public House
1020 Wellington Street West  (613) 421-5087
The Hintonburg Public House is one of Ottawa’s coolest restaurants in Hintonburg. Awesome food and great friendly staff that will make you feel like a regular right away!

The Wellington Gastropub
1325 Wellington Street West  (613) 729-1315
My favorite Wellington West restaurant – great food, incredibly respectful service mixed with a casual atmosphere.

The Savoy Brassiere
334 Richmond Road, Westboro  (613) 695-7330
A lovely French inspired neighbourhood bistro with a beautiful ambiance and impeccable food.

The Flying Banzini 
1242 Wellington Street West  (613) 728-4545
Chef Ryan Moore prepares lofty roast meats carved onto soft buns, pressed and grilled on Paninis, or as the feature topping on artisan pizzas. And a variety of remarkable vegetarian selections. Pastry Chef Raelene Harder has been perfecting petite cheesecake for 15 years. Beautiful to behold. Heavenly to taste. And, petite, so you can have two, three, or nine. Cheesecake with altitude!

Back Lane Café 
1087 Wellington Street West  (613) 695-2999

Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern
1084 Wellington Street  (613) 728-2848
The Elmdale has long standing roots in Hintonburg as a lively neighborhood tavern with great live music and loads of character. The owners of Ottawa’s Whalesbone have now built upon Elmdale’s rich history and added their incredible reputation for second-to-none oysters, drinks and great service!

The Spring Roll House Cafe
1093 Wellington St. West  (613) 728-3544
(This is one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in Ottawa, and I’m lucky enough for it to be in my neighborhood in Hintonburg! The food is always terrific and super friendly service.) And yes, their spring rolls are the best in Ottawa! :)

 

Clocktower Brew Pub

Bank Street and The Glebe

Clocktower Brew Pub
575 Bank Street  (613) 233-7849
The Clocktower Brew Pub is Ottawa’s original, locally owned and run brew pub, serving a wide variety of delicious craft beers with great food and hospitality, since 1996. The Clocktower has an extensive list of house and seasonal beers, making it Ottawa’s best pub for folks who love craft beer.

Von’s Bistro
819 Bank Street  (613) 233-3277
A small European feeling bistro on the corner of Bank & Fourth Avenue in the heart of the Glebe. They make one of the best caesar salads!

The Barley Mow
1060 Bank Street  (613) 730-1279
(absolutely the best steak & Frites in Ottawa!)

The Belmont
1169 Bank Street – Old Ottawa South

 

Kanata

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Jack Astor’s in Kanata
125 Roland Michener Drive, Kanata  (613) 271-1041
The funnest and friendliest restaurant experience in Kanata, Ottawa. Jack’s in Kanata is a great place for drinks before a hockey game or concert at Canadian Tire Place, or a fun restaurant for a family birthday. Coming soon to Lansdowne Park!

The Crazy Horse Kanata
115 Roland Michener Drive  (613) 591-8884
CrazyHorse, Steakhouse in Kanata is not only a great western themed restaurant for stone grilled steak, it’s also a super fun country bar with loads of events like mechanical bull riding! A great fun Ottawa night out with your friends!

Aperitivo
In the heart of Centrum Plaza  (613) 592-0004
Aperitivo is a small, yet intimate Mediterranean inspired restaurant that is located in the heart of Kanata Centrum Walk. Their menu concentrates on the Spanish style of tapas and small plates designed to be shared. It’s a really cool small urban feeling oasis in midst of suburban corporate restaurants. (the lamb is so amazing!)

 

Preston Street

MēNa Restaurant
276 Preston Street  (613) 233-6462
Owner Brian Livingston, head chef James Bratsberg and bar manager/sommelier Samuel James offer Preston Street’s newest culinary experience. Juxtaposing classical French technique with contemporary Canadian ingredients – this is the Ottawa restaurant that even other restaurant’s chefs are raving about!

Evoo Greek Kitchen
438 Preston Street  (613) 695-3860
Ottawa’s best casual Greek dining experience. Located on Preston Street in the heart of Little Italy, Evoo restaurant embraces traditional Greek cuisine with a modern flare and every plate invites diners to submerge within the tastes of the Mediterranean. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner or drinks – and they even serve an authentic Greek breakfast.

La Dolce Vita
180 Preston Street  (613) 233-6239
La Dolce Vita is one of the best Italian restaurants on Preston St in Ottawa. Gourmet pizzas & pasta, oven-baked Calzones and other exquisite specialties – including the best Gluten-Free Menu in Ottawa.

Giovannis Ristorante
362 Preston Street  (613) 234-3156
For over 20 years Giovanni’s has enjoyed serving its fine Italian Cuisine to Ottawa residents and visitors. They offer an extensive variety of traditional dishes and specialties which are unique to their restaurant.

The Moonroom
442 Preston Street  (613) 231-2525
The Moonroom is the coolest Ottawa bar/lounge where the servers prepare each meal for you right at the bar. The music is so awesome and changes depending who’s working and their ipod playlist. Try the bacon wrapped olives, they cook them with a blow torch!

Kiko Sushi Bar 
349 Preston Street  (613)-695-3143
If you’re craving Sushi in Ottawa, Kiko Sushi Bar is a cool little lounge style sushi bar – I absolutely love their Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box.

Black Cat Bistro
428 Preston Street  613-569-9998
The Black Cat has been apart of the Ottawa Restaurant scene for over 30 years, and is experiencing a new evolution on Preston Street in Ottawa’s Little Italy. With renowned Ottawa Chef, Steve Vardy, The Black Cat Bistro goes modern, French, sensual and fun.

Two Six {Ate}
268 Preston Street  (613) 695-8200
A simple concept: making tasty snack foods inspired by local, fresh, sustainable products. Offering contemporary variations on classic munchies with just about everything prepared in house – a regularly changing menu based on the principle of nose-to-tail cooking. Located in the heart of Little Italy!

 

The Byward Market

Clocktower Brew Pub
89 Clarence Street  (613) 241-8783
The Clocktower Brew Pub is Ottawa’s original, locally owned and run brew pub, serving a wide variety of delicious craft beers with great food and hospitality, since 1996. The Clocktower has an extensive list of house and seasonal beers, making it Ottawa’s best pub for folks who love craft beer.

Play Food and Wine 
1 York Street in the Market  (613) 667-9297
Steve Beckta and Mike Moffatt’s small informal restaurant and wine bar in the Byward Market.

SOCIAL Restaurant + Lounge
537 Sussex Drive  (613) 789-7355
Located in the historic Byward Market in the heart of Ottawa, SOCIAL offers a sumptuous and elegant atmosphere while indulging in our Canadian Free-style Cuisine. For business or pleasure, SOCIAL’s distinctive architecture and interior décor make everything from large business functions to intimate gatherings a possibility. Professional, fun and discreet, the staff is welcoming and pleased to assist in making your occasion a delightful and rewarding experience.

Restaurant e18hteen 
18 York Street  (613) 244-1188

The Black Thorn Restaurant & Pub 
15 Clarence St  (613) 241-0712
The Black Thorn is a cozy little pub, one of the best By ward Market Restaurants in Ottawa, with a beautiful courtyard in the back of the restaurant) Try the Black Thorn Salad, it’s awesome!

The Heart & Crown Pub in The Byward Market
67 Clarence St.  (613) 562-0674
This is one of Ottawa’s best Byward Market Bars, with is traditional English pub feel.

Los Tacos de Mauro
349 Dalhousie Street  (613) 562-9756
Great authentic Mexican food, especially their Sunday morning dish – chilaquiles con huevo!

Metropolitan Brasserie Restaurant
700 Sussex Dr.  (613) 562-1160
The Metropolitan’s version of happy hour – HILL HOUR Monday-Friday 4pm to 7pm for specials on oysters, jumbo shrimps and mussels at Ottawa’s largest Raw Oyster Bar.

Chez Lucien
137 Murray St  (613) 241-3533
(This Ottawa Byward Market Restaurant is always super busy and crowded and it’s not the fastest service in town, but………. it’s all part of the charm! The food is great, especially the burgers and fries – and it’s a great place to go with friends for a lively Ottawa pub restaurant experience.)

The Grand – Pizzeria and Bar
74 George Street – in the By ward Market  (613) 244-9995
The Grand has awesomely friendly staff and a cool traditional Napoletana wood burning pizza oven – order the pepperoni and mushroom……my favorite and one of the best pizza in Ottawa!

The Cornerstone Bar and Grill  92 Clarence Street in the Byward Market
(A great Byward Market Restaurant in the summer with it’s great people watching patio and garage doors that open up to The Byward Market.)

Vineyard’s Bistro 
54 York Street in the Byward Market  (613) 241- 4270
(Just downstairs from The Fish Market Restaurant. It has the best atmosphere and is probably my friend Samantha’s favorite Ottawa Byward Market Restaurant.)

Mellos Restaurant on Dalhousie
290 Dalhousie Street  (613) 241-1909
Mellos is an Ottawa institution – a diner by day but comes to life at night with an eclectic menu that changes regularly based on seasonality, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Los Tacos de Mauro (the taco disco)
349 Dalhousie Street  (613) 562-9756
The most authentic Mexican restaurant in Ottawa especially for their Sunday morning dish chilaquiles con huevo!

 

New Edinburgh

Clocktower Brew Pub
422 MacKay Street  (613) 742-3169
The Clocktower Brew Pub is Ottawa’s original, locally owned and run brew pub, serving a wide variety of delicious craft beers with great food and hospitality, since 1996. The Clocktower has an extensive list of house and seasonal beers, making it Ottawa’s best pub for folks who love craft beer.

ZaZaZa Pizza
143 Putman Avenue  (613) 747.9292
I love this small little New Edinburgh Pizza spot – really cool and interesting toppings! Ottawa’s coolest pizza joint – and now in WellingtonEnd Hintonburg!

 

Our Close Neighbours

Babbos Cucina Italiana
1160 Beaverwood Road, Manotick Mews  (613) 692-6100
Homemade like it is supposed to be – Fatto di Casa comme si deve! A little Italian restaurant gem, in the heart of Manotick.

 

 

 

 

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