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.
Le Cordon Bleu is said to be the center of some of the most authentic and finest French cooking. At Signatures, this style is emulated, resulting in a refined and scrumptious lineup of French delicacies. Fine wines and zippy cocktails are paired with innovative and delectable dishes like Veal Picatta, Shrimp Salad and Smoked Salmon Terrine. The restaurant is divided into a number of small, elegant parlors, giving each space an intimate feel. Glossy wood panels, elegant decor, glass-fronted showcases full of antiques and mood lighting creates a romantic atmosphere perfect for a special date night.
Head to Belmont where contemporary small plates and sumptuous cocktails occupy an inventive menu. Nestled in Old Ottawa South, this eatery's dynamic offerings include beef tartare, whey poached turnips, shrimp stuffed eggplant, duck tataki, winter curry and the likes. Inventive cocktails and local beers add the necessary zing as they lift the flavor profile to a whole new level. While the dimly-lit ambiance creates an air of sophisticated intimacy, the restaurant offers a rather affordable splurge that welcomes all to feast like royalty.
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.
Right in the center of the vibrant Byward Market, Cornerstone Bar and Grill puts you right in the heart of the action with its great wrap around patio and bar. Head here for casual post-dinner drinks with friends or a lively Sunday brunch. Their eclectic menu offers a nice selection of sharable plates to accompany your drinks like the Cast Iron Spinach Dip, Skinny Nacho, Fish Taco and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. For something more substantial, opt for the Red-Thai Curry Chicken bowl or the Chipotle Chicken. Head here on Wednesday nights for their weekly Dinner for Two Wednesdays. Their cocktails are deceptively strong, and pitchers like Pocket Pear and Lime Island Ice Tea are refreshing on a warm evening.