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Fraser Café

If you wish to enjoy a laid back brunch on a weekend then Fraser Café is where your search ends. Yoghurt Pancakes, Poached Eggs and the Panzanella give a refreshing start to your day and Mimosas and smoothies add the extra zest needed. Albeit more popular from brunch, many also explore Fraser Café for lunch and the place does not disappoint. For lunch, try the Chicken Barley Risotto, Braised Pork Pie and do not leave out the Smoked Trout if you like seafood. The Striploin and Pork Belly make great mains if you are having your dinner here. Fraser Café also has a list of impressive wines to complete your fare.

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.

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.

Mill Street Brew Pub

If you are looking forward to a fun-filled evening, the Mill Street Brew Pub located in a heritage building on the banks of the Ottawa River is the place you should head to. This brew pub is known for offering a wide range of fresh brews in a casual ambiance. In case you feel hungry, your palate should be well pleased with the prime rib at Mill Street Brew Pub. Grade A Canadian beef is the house specialty, but the chef also serves delicious chicken and seafood dishes. If you have trouble deciding, ask your friendly server about the daily specials.

Giovanni’s

Discover authentic Italian flavors at the sophisticated Giovanni’s, boasting 20 years of experience serving the best native dishes in Little Italy. Genuine recipes and delightful specialties served here satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Boasting an exhaustive wine collection in perfect tandem with the food, Giovanni’s hopes to offer an elevated experience sure to please. While the prices are steep, the top-notch service and one-of-a-kind delicacies are worth it and warrant the indulgence.

Two Six {Ate}

Two Six {Ate} is a great place to go for a bite with a friend or grab some food after a night of partying. Open late into the night, this restaurant is known for its contemporary renditions of American classics as well as its Italian inspired food. The menu is heavy on tapas and sharing plates, such as Duck Nuggets, Cheese and Meat Boards and Mushrooms on toast, which go perfectly with the fine wines and zippy cocktails served here. The cozy ambiance and sharing plate format makes this the perfect place to linger over good food, wine and conversation.

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