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20 BEST Restaurants in Ottawa

Best Restaurants in Ottawa

Ottawa is home to many amazing restaurants, and the 20 best were recently announced. From fine dining establishments to casual eateries, these spots offer something for everyone. If you're looking for a delicious meal, be sure to check out one of these top restaurants in Ottawa.

1 Hunter’s Public House Restaurant

Located in the heart of Findlay Creek, Hunter's Public House Restaurant is a modern suburban pub offering high quality food and drink in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

2 Sansotei Ramen

Sansotei is a trendy Canadian restaurant that specializes in authentic Tonkotsu Ramen inspired by the Kyushu and Hokkaido regions of Japan.

3 Chez Fatima – Gatineau

Chez Fatima in Gatineau, located 5 minutes from the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, is a pleasant, relaxing restaurant that serves unique North African and Moroccan food.

4 FRASER Located just across the Rideau River, Fraser is Ottawa's must-visit brunch spot for incredibly tasty, healthy and creative dishes in a lively, casual atmosphere. Come if you're not in a hurry and hungry, and you're sure to leave with full bellies and hearts! Crispy tofu is highly recommended. The tofu has a crispy coating and goes perfectly with the homemade sauce, which has a light and fresh taste. We know it may sound simple, but trust us, you'll be coming back for this holy moly! Also, don't forget to try their Duck Confit and Chicken Cordon Bleu. While the duck is meltingly tender, moist and extremely flavorful; Chicken Cordon Bleu comes with chicken breasts wrapped around ham and Swiss cheese and fried to perfection. With a little Parmesan cream sauce and Dijon mustard, this dish is a flavor bomb!

5 Gitanes

What is the fastest way to get to France? Go to Gitanes - an authentic French restaurant that can instantly seduce you with its luxurious, hedonistic dining experience and romantic atmosphere. Like the spirit of France itself, Gitanes has always been so charming from the inside out. So get a table or you'll regret for the rest of your life that you didn't! Start with traditional French onion soup, a basic but classic dish. With multiple layers of texture and flavor, you can taste a bit of spice from the onion, different crunches from the different vegetables, and the cheese on top really completes the soup. Drink it with bread and you're done! Follow up with some Steak Frites, simple but tasty as ever with a sauce that has a subtle acidity to cut the grease off the steak! Or the signature Gitanes Burger, which is no less delicious, hearty and finger-licking!

6 Restaurant Stofa

Stofa Restaurant is a gem for the people of Ottawa as it serves great Canadian cuisine in a warm and comfortable environment. Here you will find some very stunning and innovative dishes made with basic local ingredients that bring a homey yet modern feel every time you dine in. It's no surprise that Stofa is always full on weekends, so you might want to book a table in advance! Settle in with their Baby Back Ribs, Curried Butternut Squash Soup and Mashed Potatoes, they can never go wrong! The ribs are juicy, fall-off-the-bone, which can taste even better with the spiced maple sweet potato mash. You can't get enough of this hearty and tasty duo! Indulge in tender, spicy Quebec duck breast cooked with pink pepper, sorghum, beet puree and baby fennel and served with a confit chicken spring roll. Your taste buds will thank you for it! Oh, and don't forget to save room for their caramel puddings, they're insanely good!

7 Chez Lucien

How to properly spend weekends? Visit Chez Lucien! One of Ottawa's most popular spots, this gorgeous spot can have your heart with exposed burgundy brick, a bustling, rustic atmosphere, and most importantly, crazy good burgers and beers! Plus, the atmosphere can be even better on the weekends with live jazz, so pick up the phone and get a table! People keep coming back for their signature Chez Lucien Burger, which is hearty, creamy and tastes like heaven in every bite with bacon, roasted mushrooms, veggies and loads of cream cheese! If you happen to see someone eating with a smile on their face, they are probably eating a Chez Lucien Burger! Although their burger menu is extensive, their sandwiches are really worth trying, especially the grilled chicken sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, juicy, tender chicken breasts and topped with mayonnaise. Wash it down with a bottle of Brickworks Stadium Island Peach, a fresh, healthy peach-flavored cider for hot days!

8 Fauna

If you are looking for an upscale restaurant in Centretown, look no further because Fauna is definitely the place to be! Earning its reputation in Ottawa's culinary world, Fauna is the place to find flavors from France, Italy, Korea, Malaysia and Japan! With all huge windows overlooking Bank Street, a cozy red brick wall, an elegant setting and an impressive food and wine list, Fauna promises to satisfy all tastes, desires and sensations! For the perfect dining experience, it is recommended to choose between three and four dishes, so don't hesitate and go for their Venison Tartare, Octopus Escabeche, Elk Carpaccio and Dan Dan Dumplings! They can never let you down. And if you still have time for dessert, go for their Apple Tarte Tatin, you have to try it! The venison tartare is smoked in beech wood to give the raw meat some woody flavor and is paired with butter toasted French bread. And then continue with the Octopus Escabeche, which is fresh, light flavor with a soft chewy texture, or the Moose Carpaccio is no less delicious with a smooth raw meat dish, where the meat is cut into extremely thin slices and elegantly seasoned!

9 Sansotei Ramen

Fancy a bowl of ramen? Here comes the most authentic Tonkotsu Ramen place in town – Sansotei Ramen! With 14 different ramen options and many different side dishes, you're sure to find your favorite flavor without being disappointed at Sansotei!

10 Play food and wine

Located in the Byward Market, Play Food & Wine is a modern, open-concept restaurant that offers seasonal small plates and a rotating selection of wines and cheeses to pair. You will be able to explore as many different dishes as possible without having to commit to just one main course in a traditional small plate restaurant. Come sip wine and enjoy a meal in their cozy dining room or bustling kitchen bar!

11 Mother

Mati is a Greek-Mediterranean restaurant that has been gathering a lot of buzz since 2017, with a menu that focuses on charcoal-grilled dishes and raw seafood. Mati features a contemporary space with a sublime design featuring white quartz, black granite, textured walnut and gold accents that discerning guests expect. Once you step foot here, Seafood Tower is definitely a trend and a must try. Nothing beats a two-tiered extravaganza of shellfish, oysters, Atlantic lobster, shrimp, swordfish Crudo and an array of sauces and mignonettes. Your taste buds will want more after every bite! 12 Brassica
Brassica, the city's favorite contemporary Canadian bistro, welcomes you with plates of bright, vibrant flavors that highlight the beauty of local produce. Come and immerse yourself in such a pleasant, cozy atmosphere, surrounded by dimming light, which is much more romantic at night! Go ahead and get the Crispy Shrimp Tacos, that's why people keep visiting this hidden gem. It comes with popcorn shrimp, fresh lettuce and tossed with a tangy tomato mix and then piled into a melty cheese tortilla that's full of flavor, slightly spicy and wonderfully crunchy!

12 Aroma Meze

How to enjoy Greek food in style? Take a look at Aroma Meze and you will find the answer! It offers small plate style Mediterranean food and you should order 3 to 5 dishes at Aroma Meze for a perfect meal. In addition to Greek staples such as spanakopitakia, octapodaki and saganaki, you can try some unusual offerings such as lamb tacos and kangaroo souvlaki. Stunning! Start with the aubergine roulade, with aubergine wrapped in spinach and feta, topped with mozzarella and drizzled with a balsamic reduction that has a creamy, cheesy texture and light flavor. It's always a pleasure to start like this! 13 North & Navy
If you're looking for good Italian cuisine in Ottawa, North & Navy on Nepean St is where you want to head! Serving dishes influenced by Italian classics, particularly from Venice and Northern Italy, North & Navy also offers finely crafted bar snacks, pastas and salads sure to please your taste buds. With Scallops Crudo, Ricotta Gnocchi and Spaghetti Grano Arso being the stars of the menu, we bet you'll want to try them. The Scallop Crudo comes with thinly sliced ​​raw scallops tossed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and a dash of red pepper, which is basic and fresh but flavorful enough to light up your palate.

14 Side door

Shout out to all you street food lovers, this is where you belong! Inspired by Southeast Asian street food, here at Sidedoor you will experience the same spirit of street food but with a whole new level of aromas and flavors. Enter the cozy stone-walled space and let Sidedoor tempt you with their tacos, dumplings, seafood platter and more! 15 Riviera Ottawa
Housed in a historic bank building, Riviera is considered the most stylish of Ottawa's restaurants as it takes inspiration from a retro art deco vibe, surrounded by gorgeous interiors and dimmed lights, perfect for a fancy date night. Offering cuisine that emphasizes local flavors, Riviera is undoubtedly a firm favorite with Ottawans.

16 e18hteen restaurant

A local favorite since 2001, Restaurant E18hteen is a modern gourmet restaurant that offers traditional French cuisine with seasonal Canadian influences along with a sophisticated and extensive wine selection! Visit this beautiful, hidden restaurant in a historic stone building in the ByWard Market district and let yourself be seduced. 16 Belmont
Located in Old Ottawa South, The Belmont has been a popular spot for locals to hang out with its cozy lodge atmosphere, casual dining and comfortable surroundings. Expect to try some of the most classic salads, steak frites or fish & chips when you come to The Belmont, a basic but classic kid! Despite its simplicity, The Belmont knows how to surprise us by creatively creating dishes from local ingredients. Come for brunch or dinner too!

17 The Whalesbone

Whalebone is the best place to enjoy freshly caught seafood in Ottawa, especially if you're in the mood for oysters. For a landlocked city miles from the sea, this is no easy task. While the popular meaty mollusk is a signature dish, you'll find plenty of other seafood delicacies here. The menu changes every morning depending on the catch of the day.

Eco-conscious eaters don't have to feel guilty about staying silent on oysters, as Whalesbone is officially Ocean Wise certified. While the local franchise has several locations in Ottawa, its Elgin Street location is the liveliest of the lot. Quirky signage, interesting decor and a live DJ (on weekends) make it a trendy place to eat.

18 Next

NeXT is a Eurasian fusion powerhouse and the brainchild of esteemed culinary superstar Michael Blackie. This award-winning West End restaurant is renowned for its gourmet cuisine. Most of the delicious dishes have a touch of Canadian influence and are ready to share with friends.

Blackie and his team have expanded their takeaway offering throughout 2021 and it looks like the concept is here to stay. Try the Blind Sharing Package which gives you 9 refined dishes designed to be eaten by 2 people. If you'd rather dine, expect a sophisticated atmosphere and great wine pairings.

19 Ottawa Riviera

Riviera offers upscale Canadian cuisine in an elegant old bank building on Sparks Street in Ottawa. From creamy carbonara to succulent sirloin steaks and fresh lobster spaghetti, there's a creative Canadian-inspired dish to suit every taste.

Do you want to try something new? Halibut pickled in dill and cut into fries is divine. Another unusual highlight is the ever-popular mushrooms on toast, smothered in shaved black truffle and served with a perfectly poached egg. High ceilings, vintage decor and a bustling open kitchen create a sophisticated atmosphere.

20 Play food and wine

Play Food & Wine is a market-driven, small-plates establishment serving modern cuisine in Ottawa. This luxury establishment prepares each delicious meal from scratch using sustainable, fresh produce from local farmers. All portions are ready to share, so diners can experience a wide spectrum of flavors in a single sitting.

On the savory menu, you'll find tasty bites like roasted fennel gnocchi with brown butter turnip puree and bison tataki cooked in juniper and chilli oil. If you still have room for dessert, you can't go past the dark chocolate peanut butter cake—choose from banana jam or roasted peanut caramel. A solid selection of quality French wines is available to accompany the meal.