SuzyQ is a doughnut shop which is known for its traditional Finnish-style doughnuts. The recipe followed here resembles that of the Sugar Munkki of Finland, which is considered to be the first variety of doughnut to have been made. However, the chef uses several innovative and unique toppings on the doughnuts along with the usual chocolate, caramel and cookies and cream. The bacon and maple topped doughnut as well as seasonal varieties like Mango Lassi and Blue Vanilla Fruit Loop doughnuts are some of the more unusual varieties found here. All in all, these handcrafted treats are perfect to indulge your sweet tooth with.
The Whalesbone Oyster House is a must visit for all connoisseurs of seafood. The place has a welcoming ambiance and is always bustling with patrons, locals and travelers alike. Aromas of delicious fish fill the dining room and these are enough to tantalize your tastebuds. One cannot leave out their oysters before beginning the seafood binge. Later try their Scallop Ceviche or the trout which comes infused with honey and cumin. The staff on site is very friendly, and the service is swift thus leaving no room for complaints.
Recline into plush crimson seats at one of a dozen or so hardwood tables at this cozy basement pub; order a single malt scotch or an imported brew and relax. Authors read their works periodically during the week and the famed Sunday brunch was voted as the Best Brunch two years running by readers of Xpress, Ottawa's entertainment newspaper. There are various goodies on the menu like Eggs Ireland and stout French Toast stuffed with bananas. Traditional pub grub, including Shepherd's Pie and burgers are also offered, as well as more upscale choices, like Moroccon Stew and grilled salmon.
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.
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.
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.
A perfect blend of spice and flavor, Riviera is a fine dining restaurant. The menu offers a lot of dishes which are served in style and elegance along with cocktails which are stylishly designed and served. The Black Cod and Short Rib are the specialties. Elegantly designed with a hint of modernism, this intimate place has a positive and amazing vibe.
Named for one of Canada's founding fathers—who was assassinated on nearby Sparks Street in 1868—this massive pub manages to maintain a cozy, intimate feel. Set in a historic structure from 1883, it features comfortable booths that are separated from one another by beautiful stained glass windows. Try one of the daily pub fare specials or an Irish breakfast on the weekends. The pub often draws large crowds on Wednesday through Saturday evenings, when local musicians entertain patrons with live Celtic tunes.
Cool colors, open spaces and pale wood tones give this stylish two-level grill and pub a California feel that makes it a hit with the downtown professional crowd. A popular place for business lunches and large groups, Oscar's features an antipasto bar, cappuccino bar and a large choice of salads and Italian sandwiches. The eclectic selection of thin-crust, wood-oven pizzas are the big draw on the menu; be prepared for a long wait if you order one during the lunch rush.
Located directly beside the Canal Rideau in the National Arts Center, this popular restaurant offers incredible views. The food is excellent and showcases the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Michael Blackie. The menu is a nice mix of appetizers and mains; it features classic delicacies like the Alberta beef tenderloin, Forest BC mushroom velouté, Arctic Char, and NAC charcuterie plate. Save some space for the dessert and indulge in the quintessential Crème brûlée or the Warm Ottawa Valley apple pie. Le Café is ideal for business luncheons and group dinners.
Zoé's Lounge located in the luxe Fairmont Château Laurier, is one of Ottawa's most chic lounge. The decor spells class and elegance with grand chandeliers, carpet and a beautiful atrium. Named after a sweet lady by the name Zoé, the lounge serves everything that your hungry heart desires. You can munch on the delicious pizzas and light bites and for the calorie conscious they have a variety of salads. It also serves an exciting variety of refreshing teas in its afternoon and Canadian high-tea menus.
Overlooking the impressive Parliament Buildings and the Rideau Locks, Wilfrid's Restaurant is an exclusive dining place offered by the elegant Fairmont Château Laurier. The award winning restaurant specializes in local Canadian cuisine and offers a wide variety in its breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Wilfrid's is a chic dining place and is apt for a romantic dinner with your special one as well as a family outing.