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.
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.
Those with a sweet tooth simply cannot miss A Thing For Chocolate. This endearing restaurant prides itself on their delicious menu dictating all things chocolate. Crepes are their forte and the place has over ten variants on offer. Try the House Special crepe, which comes to your table glazed with chocolate spread and stuffed with fresh fruits, or bite into the moreish Dulce De Leche, a crepe infused with caramel and laden with bananas. Strawberries, white chocolate, custard and many more add-ons make your crepes a heavenly treat. A Thing For Chocolate also has an extensive selection of drinks that range from hot chocolates, lattes to iced coffees. Ice creams include flavors like Creme Brulee, Death by Chocolate, Chocolate Fondue and Hazelnut Choco Cake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.