Recline into plush crimson seats at one of a dozen or so hardwood tables at this cozy basement pub; order a single malt scotch or an imported brew and relax. Authors read their works periodically during the week and the famed Sunday brunch was voted as the Best Brunch two years running by readers of Xpress, Ottawa's entertainment newspaper. There are various goodies on the menu like Eggs Ireland and stout French Toast stuffed with bananas. Traditional pub grub, including Shepherd's Pie and burgers are also offered, as well as more upscale choices, like Moroccon Stew and grilled salmon.
Located in an erstwhile bank building, Gezellig is an elegant restaurant which offers high quality Canadian food and a range of fine wines. Although the menu concentrates on Canadian dishes, it takes its influences from culinary traditions from the world over. Complementing these flavors perfectly, the wines are carefully chosen from and globally sourced. With neutral tones, mood lighting and tasteful decor, the restaurant is both classy and inviting. Following the meaning of its own name which is a Dutch word for a cozy atmosphere, the restaurant is a perfect place for a family meal.
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.
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.
Pamper your sweet tooth at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe where authentic Italian desserts bring out the child in you. A name synonymous with gourmet gelatos, the cafe also serves one of the best lunch menus in Ottawas. Choose from Italian paninis, sandwiches, soups or simply indulge in scrumptious crepes, waffles, frappes and smoothies. Use of fine ingredients, local as well as sourced, promise you your money worth here. Offering a vibrant ambiance, Stella Luna hopes to promote the lively culture of Italy where everyday is an occasion.
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.
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.
Cool colors, open spaces and pale wood tones give this stylish two-level grill and pub a California feel that makes it a hit with the downtown professional crowd. A popular place for business lunches and large groups, Oscar's features an antipasto bar, cappuccino bar and a large choice of salads and Italian sandwiches. The eclectic selection of thin-crust, wood-oven pizzas are the big draw on the menu; be prepared for a long wait if you order one during the lunch rush.
Zoé's Lounge located in the luxe Fairmont Château Laurier, is one of Ottawa's most chic lounge. The decor spells class and elegance with grand chandeliers, carpet and a beautiful atrium. Named after a sweet lady by the name Zoé, the lounge serves everything that your hungry heart desires. You can munch on the delicious pizzas and light bites and for the calorie conscious they have a variety of salads. It also serves an exciting variety of refreshing teas in its afternoon and Canadian high-tea menus.
For a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee the Daly’s Express, inside the Westin Ottawa, offers a great selection. If you need a caffeine fix, their coffees are delicious and the service is fast and friendly. You can pick up a tasty sandwich and if you are in a hurry take it to go. Whether you are looking for meal or a snack, Daly’s Express is the place to go.
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.