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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you like delicious ramen noodles, then hop over to the Sansotei Ramen joint in Ottawa. This Japanese joint has been designed keeping the Asian theme in mind and has a relaxed casual vibe to it. Some of the recommended ramen delicacies include Tonkotsu Black, Miso Black and the Spicy Tan Tan. Some of the other favorites comprise of Gyoza, Zangi and Gyo Don. The desserts are delightfully Asian with some of them being Sakura Crepe Cake, Yuzu Tea Cheesecake or Green Tea Cheesecake. The rates are affordable, so if you wish for a delectable ramen delicacy, you know where to go!
Located in the centre of Ottawa, Kinki Lounge Kitchen is surrounded by shopping outlets and other dining options. Try the Miso Shiro Soup, Shogun Duck or crunchy Tempura for main course; but for the adventurous ones can try the Sushi. Certainly an acquired taste, you might have to try the raw fish dish a few times before you like the flavor. The restaurant also serves delicious cocktails that go very well with the spicy, healthy food.
The Senate Tavern on Clarence is a casual pub and restaurant where the local crowd can be found cheering for their favorite team on a game night or simply enjoying some beer and conversation with other regulars. A great place to grab an after-work drink, the bar offers a number of local beers, exceptional wines, and classic cocktails. You can also linger over hearty Canadian and American dishes like Haddock Teasers, Burgers, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, and Poutines. Open-brick walls, sports-themed décor and paraphernalia, hardwood floors and flat-screen TVs lend this place a lively ambiance. Great discounts and happy hours also make this a great spot for budget travelers.