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Best Contemporary & Fusion in Ottawa

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Beckta Dining & Wine

Beckta restaurant is one of Ottawa's most prized fine dining experiences. It serves contemporary cuisine using many local and regional ingredients and with an accent of Japanese cuisine. The menu is imaginative but in no way intimidating; from their delightfully tender Ontario AAA Striploin to their Squid Bagna Càuda, the meals are lovingly prepared and presented. Beckta is also renowned for its carefully selected wine list and attentive, knowledgeable staff. Reservations are essential.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Play

Another gem from celebrity restaurateur Stephen Beckta, Play is a decidedly different dining concept adding to the rich culinary diversity of Ottawa. The restaurant was established in 2009, and quickly became one of the hottest dining destinations in the city. The menu at Play offers a constantly evolving selection of small plates, crafted using locally-grown, seasonally available ingredients. With the aim of letting diners sample multiple preparations, the menu offers delights like marinated fig, octopus and boar sausage. The selection at the wine bar is one of the city's best, spanning the top wine regions of the world. There's a fine array of cheeses as well as charcuterie for company. Restaurant interiors are tastefully done, with mellow tones, and minimalist decor choices. There's a separate space for private events as well.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Town

Town is a fantastic dining spot delighting an eclectic mix of patrons. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city. It has an inviting interior and can accommodate larger groups with ease. The menu at Town is quite creative and dishes range from meatballs and Italian ramen to short rib melt sandwich, grilled octopus, roasted bone marrow and more. In addition to innovative dishes, Town has an interesting wine list in place. Wines are served by the bottle as well as by the glass.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Stoneface Dolly's on Preston

Serving up hot breakfast meals to the hungry crowd in Ottawa's Centretown neighborhood is Stoneface Dolly's on Preston. Begin your day by digging into classic favorites such as Eggs Benedict served with a dollop of hollondaise sauce, poached eggs with molasses bread, housemade bacon and fragrant rosemary baguettes. Breakfast and brunch is not the only specialty that pulls neighboring crowds to this family-owned eatery. Stoneface Dolly's is also known for their gourmet-style lunches and dinners, featuring dishes such as Black Bean Pasta, the South African special Tofu Bobotiea and a flavorful Chickpea Curry. A wine list serves as a good accompaniment, as do the beers, which include brews such as Kitchisippi, Beau's and St. Ambroise's.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Atelier

If food is art then Atelier can be described as the custodian of that metaphor. The restaurant has an intimate ambiance with dim lights that create just the right atmosphere for a special occasion. Every dish served here is created after thorough research of ingredients. Also, vibrant colors and explosive flavors are common throughout from appetizers to the three dessert courses, leaving no room for disappointment. The team behind the scene takes utmost effort in presentation of each dish and drama never leaves your dining table at Atelier. Here, food lasts for moments on your palate but stays in your memory forever.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Gezellig

Located in an erstwhile bank building, Gezellig is an elegant restaurant which offers high quality Canadian food and a range of fine wines. Although the menu concentrates on Canadian dishes, it takes its influences from culinary traditions from the world over. Complementing these flavors perfectly, the wines are carefully chosen from and globally sourced. With neutral tones, mood lighting and tasteful decor, the restaurant is both classy and inviting. Following the meaning of its own name which is a Dutch word for a cozy atmosphere, the restaurant is a perfect place for a family meal.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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NeXT

Chef Michael Blackie delights you with his culinary magic at the NeXt. This restaurant has a chic interior that is elegantly illuminated to accentuate the dishes that grace your table. The menu features classics like steak tartare and duck confit along with some inventive items like the Tempura cheese curds and Grinch’s gobbler. All dishes are created with the use of fresh ingredients, some of which come from the chef's very own garden. Blackie decorates every dish to make it look like a culinary painting and mesmerizes patrons with his talent. The restaurant also provides catering service and is extended for private events too.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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