Located in an 18th-century heritage building, the restaurant with its unique mosaic waterfall behind the bar and couches, leather sofas and muted lights offers a relaxed dining ambiance. The menu spans meat and seafood delicacies cooked creatively complementing the Spectator award winning wine list. Combine any of these with one of the fifty wines or their signature flights that perfectly complement your meal. If that's not all, have a foot-tapping time with live DJs playing funky beats.
A true reflection of the Mexican spirit, Corazón de Maíz brings intensive flavors of the cuisine to the streets of Ottawa. Downtown's hub for affordable dining, this charming eatery has only the best to offer. Try anything from delicious staples such as nachos, tacos, tortillas, burritos, quesadillas to eclectic hand-made sauces that pack a punch. Uncompromising flavors created by the use of fresh ingredients of the highest standards promise to pamper your taste buds. With warm and friendly service on offer, visit the restaurant to experience Mexican hospitality at its finest.
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.
Aroma brings a slice of Greece to Ottawa and does it in style. Known for their delectable tapas, this restaurant delights locals and travelers alike. The place has a welcoming interior with hardwood floors and exposed-brick walls adding an old-world charm. The menu at Aroma is extensive to say the least and it beckons your palate with dishes like Eggplant Roulade, Seared Haloumi, Rosemary Scallops and the Open Face Chicken. The wine list features impressive labels and patrons can rely on servers for suggestions over pairings.
Aperitivo is quite popular among the locals and they do not hesitate in recommending it to tourists as well. Set in a contemporary interior that is accentuated with dim lights and is well-furnished to accommodate patrons comfortably, this spot is where food is celebrated. Start your culinary adventure with the Cheese & Charcuterie Plate or go for the Mixed Greens. Pair these with something from the wine menu. A selection of wines is daily offered by the glass and you can rely on your servers for suggestions. For cocktail fans, Aperitivo has interesting concoctions like the Bourbon Ceasar, Spicy Margarita and Apple Sangria which taste great when accompanied with Confit Duck Wings, Fried Calamari and Fish Tacos.
A relentless innovator, Kevin Mathieson delights patrons with his unique endeavors at Art Is In Bakery known for its eccentric gastronomic offerings. An edgy bakery overflowing with obsessively passionate bakers, be certain to find an incredible range of breakfast and lunch specials sure to hit the spot. Offering a relief to the parched are delicious cups of fair trade, organic coffees and teas on offer. Moderately priced, this unconventional bakery attracts audiences of all budgets to enjoy art through food.
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.
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.
Situated in the elegantly furbished Fairmont Château Laurier, La Terrasse is one of the best places to be seated at and have glimpses of scenic Ottawa. Overlooking the Ottawa River and Canal Rideau, the restaurant is the perfect alfresco dining spot. Open only during the warm summer days and when weather permits this place is apt for business lunches and social dinners.
The Metropolitan Brasserie is one of the better known restaurants in central Ottawa. You will find wonderful dishes of steak, smoked chicken and poutine on the menu, all of which are worth a try. They easily accommodate large groups, although the service does get a little slow.
Social is a trendy restaurant and lounge located in the happening Byward market is one of the most stylish eateries in the city. The grilled Alberta strip loin is a must-try as a main course, as is the foie gras burger. There is an excellent selection of cheese to follow the main course, if you wish to try them. The desserts are simple, but the best ones often are, with the immortal creme brulee being the most popular. The cocktails are known to be divine, especially the Cuban Mojito, and each sip has a terrific fresh tang of mint. Great food, coupled with friendly service, make dining at the Social Restaurant and Lounge a memorable experience.
Come home to Mamma Grazzi's Kitchen for a real Italian meal, and wait while Mamma's helpers cook it. Sauces including tomato, cream, extra virgin olive oil or roasted garlic are freshly prepared to order, as are the pizzas. Although the extra care takes time, the results are well worth the wait. Mamma's was awarded the Xpress newspaper's Reader's Choice Award for best Italian food. The home-style feel is created by warm wooden furnishings, set in a stone building.