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.
Bread & Sons Bakery has an earthy look to it that is appealing as well as welcoming. This popular breakfast spot has an unusually long and narrow shape to it. It is also known for their delectable sandwiches, pizzas and other baked goodies. Everything is freshly prepared on-site and chances are that their food might run out if you drop in late. They also have a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians. Using only organic ingredients, their dishes are not only delicious but also cheap. Dig into their famous breakfast sandwich, croissants, vegan pastries, pizzas and sticky buns. Their espresso drinks are also noteworthy. Take a sip of their caffe latte, mochachino or cappuccino to awaken your morning drowsiness.
If you wish to enjoy a laid back brunch on a weekend then Fraser Café is where your search ends. Yoghurt Pancakes, Poached Eggs and the Panzanella give a refreshing start to your day and Mimosas and smoothies add the extra zest needed. Albeit more popular from brunch, many also explore Fraser Café for lunch and the place does not disappoint. For lunch, try the Chicken Barley Risotto, Braised Pork Pie and do not leave out the Smoked Trout if you like seafood. The Striploin and Pork Belly make great mains if you are having your dinner here. Fraser Café also has a list of impressive wines to complete your fare.
What this stark, cafeteria-style vegetarian restaurant lacks in ambiance it more than makes up for with wonderful vegetarian and vegan food. At The Green Door Vegetarian Restaurant, the diverse menu of multicultural entrees, homemade breads and both rich and light desserts is popular among vegetarians and includes a number of dishes, such as many wheat-free desserts, suitable for specialized diets. Be warned that pricing is by weight, so heavier selections, like the delicious vegetarian lasagna, tend to quickly run up your bill.
This modest-looking restaurant has a charm of its own with its displays of rotating artwork by local artists and clutter-free look. Opened in 2000, The Table Restaurant is among the best places in town for vegetarians, vegans and health conscious foodies. Using only organic and seasonal ingredients, their dishes are made afresh everyday to retain the nutrients and freshness of their food. Relish their delectable buffet spread which includes dishes like Cauliflower Terrine, Sweet Potato Tempeh Pie, Ratatouille and Eggplant/Feta Lasagna. Check out their merchandise of fruit pies, organic goodies, flours and healthy food products displayed on-site. You can buy these as well as the art pieces and help in advancing the local community.
Set in a hip space, 10Fourteen is a great place for a low-key date or a casual evening with friends. The cozy atmosphere, bubble lights, chalkboard menus, peppy music and quirky quotes on the walls set the mood for a pleasant dining experience. The menu is constantly changing, reflecting the respect for local, seasonal products. The creative offerings promise flavors and textures that you won’t find at most tapas restaurants. Board games and pinball machines are on hand to relive some childhood fun while you wait for your order to arrive. Drinks include a great selection of craft beers, wines and expertly poured cocktails. If you are a lover of tapas and craft concoctions, 10Fourteen just can’t be missed.
Located on the Gladstone Avenue in Ottawa, Pressed is a laid-back cafe where the locals walk in with friends almost any time of the day for a quality bite to eat or to sip on organic coffee. The array of food served here ranges from Southern Style BBQ Pulled Pork to the more subtle Mac 'n' Cheese for kids. The waffles prepared and served here are vouched for by the regulars as well as the first time visitors who cannot resist coming back for more. With concerts, open mic and poetry readings scheduled regularly at the cafe, the setting is perfect for a decent cup of coffee and conversations.