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.
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.
This two-story watering hole above Murray Street is the first stop for live blues in this city. Live music is available seven nights a week, with many headline acts appearing throughout the year; consult the website for a complete schedule of upcoming events. The place can get pretty packed and the dance floor is rather small, but that all adds to the atmosphere. Call or see the website to know more.
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.
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.
Private rooms are available in this massive stone restaurant, but in warmer weather most patrons prefer dining in the cobblestone courtyard. The creative outdoor tables have stencils of city scenes. Appetizers range from garlic bread with cheese to the Seafood Selection Plate. Main courses include the Grilled Grain-Fed Breast of Chicken with a Peach and Ginger Chutney and the house specialty Rack of Lamb with Dijon Mustard. The desserts, all simply divine, are also reasonably priced. The Maple Sugar Pie, a real taste of French Canada, is a steal.
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.