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Gezellig

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.

Aperitivo

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.

Town

Town is a fantastic dining spot delighting an eclectic mix of patrons. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city. It has an inviting interior and can accommodate larger groups with ease. The menu at Town is quite creative and dishes range from meatballs and Italian ramen to short rib melt sandwich, grilled octopus, roasted bone marrow and more. In addition to innovative dishes, Town has an interesting wine list in place. Wines are served by the bottle as well as by the glass.

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Play Food & Wine

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.

The Albion Rooms

Located inside the Hotel Novotel Ottawa, The Albion Rooms serves you dishes that leave a lasting impression on the palate. Neatly decorated and well-furnished, The Albion Rooms welcomes larger parties and also has intimate seating spaces for couples. Food as well as drinks served here are an amalgamation of gastronomy and art. Dishes come to your table plated with beauty while cocktails taste as dramatic as they look. Do not leave out the Charcuterie boards at Albion Rooms as these are a specialty.

Wilf & Ada's

Set on the former space of Ada's Diner, Wilf & Ada's is an ode to the couple who were behind the former eatery that was so loved in the neighborhood. The brainchild of local restaurateurs, it dons a hip look with eclectic artworks, exposed bricks, industrial lighting and wooden elements. A popular breakfast and lunch spot, this diner is known for its made-from-scratch menu which includes all-day breakfast, sandwiches, lunch, brunch, desserts and soups. They also have a small selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to accompany your meals. Satisfy your morning hunger pangs with their dishes like Hungryman, Eggs in Purgatory, Bare Bones or Classic. For a quickie lunch, savor their poutine galvaude, hot chicken and dagwood. Don't forget to try the crowd favorite sugar pie to round-off your meal.

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