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 right from the appetizers to the three dessert courses, leaving no room for disappointment. The team behind the scene takes utmost effort in presentation of each dish. Here, food lasts for moments on your palate but stays in your memory forever.
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 décor choices. There's a separate space for private events as well.
North And Navy is a traditional North Italian restaurant modeled after the Venice Baccaros which are casual and cozy Italian pubs. A great place to come in for a drink with a friend, the restaurant has a menu which concentrates on tapas and antipasti which perfectly complement the fine sparkling, white and red wines served here. More filling options like Venetian Liver and Onions and Olive Oil Poached Pacific Ling Cod Livornese are also available here. The ambiance of the restaurant is elegant and intimate with cozy leather booths, pictures on the walls in ornamental frames and decorative lamps on wall brackets or hanging from the ceiling. Aside from being the perfect spot for a date, the restaurant is also a great place to host a business dinner, especially in their elegant private dining room.
Vittoria Trattoria serves up some of the best Italian fare in Ottawa. It has received many awards and accolades and continues to be one of the city's most popular fine dining restaurants. There is a wood-fired oven which produces perfectly crisp, delicious pizzas; the pasta is a triumph of texture and traditional sauces infused with the freshest herbs and ingredients. The wine list is similarly celebrated; knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist with ideal wine and food pairings. Like any Italian restaurant worth its weight, Vittoria Trattoria has a delightful dessert menu - finish off your meal with a piece of excellent tiramisu. Reservations are recommended.
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.
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.
Calling Westin Ottawa its home is a posh steakhouse and seafood restaurant called the The Shore Club. Ideally located in Downtown, this sophisticated eatery is perfect for business as well as casual rendezvous. Renowned for its contemporary decor, impeccable service and unparalleled dining fare, this restaurant has a lot to offer. There is an elegant menu featuring fresh seafood dishes and superior quality steaks along with a dynamic cocktail bar. An ideal venue for celebrations, as it boasts of semi-private and well-appointed dining rooms, The Shore Club offers an exclusive and intimate experience.
If tapas and small plates excite you, this contemporary kitchen and bar is a definite feature on your must-visit list. A chic bistro located in Byward Market, SIDEDOOR offers an array of creative eats catering to Asian Fusion and Mexican cuisine. While colorful creations stimulate your hunger pangs, elegant wine pairings help cleanse the palate for the next bite. Boasting an expansive private room with a capacity of accommodating up to 120 guests, this is a great venue for celebrations.
Offering "eggsciting" breakfasts and brunches, this trendy diner is a delicious place to meet for a lengthy visit or a power brunch. The high-energy atmosphere is due to the efficient staff and the solarium decor. The Breakfasts have great names like Eggsuberant and Eggstravaganza. Eggsecutive burgers are also delicious. It's a good idea to make a reservation; long lines are to be expected at such a popular place.