When planning a night out in Ottawa there's no doubt that the first places we think of are always in the ByWard Market. Whether you think of specific restaurants or just the general area, heading to the market is a usual option when it comes to places to eat.
Sure the market is a great place to head to during the weekend, but sometimes we just get pretty bored of staying in the same area. There are so many places to eat that aren't just in the ByWard Market and they're all incredible. It's time to try some new places in our city!
If you love Italian food then you have to try this spot. Via Cibo is inspired by Italian Street Food. They are devoted to the passion and quality of Italy where great food surrounds you and requires no reservations. From pizzas to pastas you will be spoilt for choice at this Italian restaurant.
Petit Bill's Bistro
Where: 1293 Wellington St.
Petit Bill’s offers great comfort food, succulent steaks, fresh fish, and yummy homemade desserts. The bistro serves fine French cuisine with a Newfoundland accent along with a variety of cocktails. Their food is sourced from local farms and sustainable fisheries.
Where: 4240 Innes Rd
Calling all taco lovers, this spot is for you. If you're someone that loves everything about tacos, then you have to try OCCO Kitchen. Hidden in Orleans this spot is a true neighbourhood favourite. With plenty of seating, a huge projector screen, and yummy food, this is a great place to head to if you want to watch a game.
Where: 6400 Hazeldean Rd
Anniversary? Date night? Birthday? NeXT is the perfect place to head to for a special occasion. The dishes at NeXT is globally inspired and paired with unique cocktails and diverse wines. If you're someone that appreciates a fine dining experience then NeXT is the place for you.
Where: 730 Somerset St W
Dumpling Bowl is Ottawa's first dedicated eatery of hand-made boiled dumplings and pot-stickers. This restaurant uses fresh ingredients in every dish and everything is prepared with care. They also serve up bubble tea along with the dumplings so you are sure to enjoy your meal.
The Pomeroy House
Where: 749 Bank St
This rustic-chic restaurant is a unique place to go for a night out. They serve up a variety of foods, from burgers to seafood to brunch, it's a great place to go if you want to explore new unique places in the city.
Haldi Indian Restaurant
Where: 449 Preston St
From butter chicken to lamb curry, all of your Indian food dreams will come true at this amazing restaurant. The restaurant uses and promotes turmeric (haldi) in everyday cooking simply because of its purity, diversity, and benefits. They only serve the best and freshest food, you are sure to leave satisfied.
Where: 3625 Rivergate Way
Vittoria Trattoria does have a location in the ByWard Market, but it's much much smaller and it's usually super packed. This location offers up so many more seats, brighter lighting, and a more open space. If you're a fan of Italian food, this spot has to be on your bucket list.
Lexington Smokehouse and Bar
Where: 344 Richmond Road
Lexington Smokehouse and Bar opened up in Ottawa last week and it is the perfect place to chill during your weekend. This new spot serves Southern-style kitchen and smokehouse offering delicious barbecue in Westboro. They also serve up amazing hand-crafted cocktails, local beer and great wine.
The Soca Kitchen
Where: 93 Holland Ave
If you're searching for a place to eat at with a great patio, this is a perfect restaurant. The Soca Kitchen is a fine Spanish and Latino fusion of flavours. At this restaurant you can enjoy a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American tapas and craft cocktails.
The Waterfront Gastropub
Where: 12 Bell Street
The Waterfront Gastropub is a summer must. This pub is hidden in Carleton Place and it is 100% worth the drive. It is located on the Mississippi River and the view is incredible. They have daily specials so be sure to check out what they are so you can choose a deal that best suits you.
Pinelopi's Greek Kitchen
Where: 4100 Strandherd Dr
You really can't go wrong with Greek food and this restaurant serves up a wide variety of Greek meals. Pinelopi's Greek Kitchen believes that food and drink are life's greatest delicacies and should be shared with everyone. The atmosphere at this restaurant is super welcoming and the food is fresh and flavourful.
The Cookery Bistro
Where: 99 Kakulu Dr Unit 109
This adorable restaurant is a must-visit if you love fresh homemade food. The Cookery Bistro is a true hidden gem. With just over 125 square feet of space this Kanata Catering and take out counter is perfect for a grab and go lunch or breakfast. But don't let our small size fool you, their menu is packed with delicious, healthy options.
East India Company Pub & Eatery
Where: 210 Somerset St W
Calling all Indian food lovers, this spot is for you! The interior decorations will make you feel like you're not in Ottawa as you enjoy your yummy meal. They have a full salad bar and an Indian dessert bar (yes, please). It's a great place to go to for a buffet as well as a sit down meal.
Cafe My House
Where: 1015 Wellington Street West
Cafe My House is responsible for serving customers with the tastiest vegan meals ever. It's always great to find spots in the city that treat food as though it's an art, where every single ingredient has been chosen with love and passion. The vegetable-focused menu is created by Chef Briana Kim who creates these incredible meals.
Where: 58 Rue Eddy
Olivia Bistro-Boutique is a new restaurant that opened in Gatineau back in April and it's stunning. Their menu is filled with healthy options so if you're someone that loves to eat healthy you have to head here. The vibe of the restaurant is very modern chic and it is super unique.
Where: 296 Elgin St
This restaurant takes Italian classics and elevates them in some way. All of the ingredients used are fresh, beautifully cooked, and delicious. They serve up a variety of Italian dishes, from pestos to polenta to gnocchi to fish, you will be spoilt for choice at this Ottawa spot.
Where: 428 Preston Street
The interior of the restaurant is gorgeous and perfect for a special outing. The art of crudo and charcoal are styles of cooking which have been served for generations in Greece and Italy. Mati works to bring you a memorable dining experience. They put careful consideration in to every aspect of your visit.
Where: 742 Bank Street
Feleena's goal is to bring you a bright, artistic and caring atmosphere where the food is authentic. Every dish, every sauce, salsa beans and chips are created in Feleena's kitchen. When you go to Feleena’s, always expect great food, great service, and a changing bright and colourful decor!
The Savoy Brasserie
Where: 334 Richmond Rd
Savoy Brasserie is the perfect restaurant to go to if you want to feel some major French Pub vibes. If you always crave the fun of being in another city then this restaurant is the place to go. The Savoy Brasserie serves up French cuisine in a French atmosphere. Every Friday Night the Savoy has live music, making it have even more of an extreme Europe vibe.
Where: 500 Terminal Ave A-05
Chickpeas is Ottawa's first and only falafel and hummus eatery. If you're someone that loves to eat healthy and try new things, then you have to try Chickpeas. From sandwiches to falafel to salads to soups, you will love every bite you take at Chickpeas.
Where: 357 Richmond Rd
Whether you're vegetarian or not heading to Pure Kitchen for your meal is never a bad idea. This vegetarian restaurant is one of the more popular spots in Ottawa. They have a variety of dishes that you would normally order at a chain restaurant, except healthy, meatless and dairy free. I mean, who wouldn't want guilt free wings and poutine?!
Where: 375 Queen Elizabeth Dr
Canal Ritz has to have one of the best outdoor patios to eat and drink at this summer. The restaurant serves up delicious Italian meals along with great drinks. Canal Ritz is a fine dining restaurant, they serve up wines, beers, and cocktails. For incredible views of the Rideau Canal, make your way to Canal Ritz.
The Dreamland Cafe
Where: 262 Preston Street
The Dreamland Cafe is a restaurant that is 100% dedicated to serving up homemade pasta (bless). The cafe is owned and run by two sisters from Ottawa. The dynamic duo opened their first shop on Laurier Avenue last year and this year they have expanded to Little Italy! Each pasta dish is made to order, meaning each time you indulge it will be fresh.
Rosie’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
Where: 895 Bank St
Rosie's Southern Kitchen & Raw Bar is a great place to go with some friends or your family. It serves up a mix of southern food and their signature oysters, anyone will love this menu. From their famous oysters to their fried chicken, this is a must visit.
Where: 20 Boulevard du Plateau
This restaurant is a short 14 minute drive into Gatineau and it is worth it! The stunning interior will have you in awe from the moment you step in. Asian cuisine enthusiasts are welcome to discover this incredible restaurant just outside of Ottawa. They serve up an exceptional array of revisited Asian classics, made from fresh food products, without added MSG and prepared in-house.
Amuse Kitchen & Wine
Where: 500 Eagleson Rd
If you're looking for somewhere super fancy to eat, look no further. This modern restaurant is classy and cozy. It offers an elegant experience perfect for an evening out and special events. Daily lunch specials are available on the go or dining-in, Amuse is a great spot for a lunch meeting or quick get together.
Pelican Seafood Market & Grill
Where: 1500 Bank Street
If you're someone that loves seafood and fish n' chips, you will love this restaurant. Pelican Seafood Market and Grill has four daily deliveries of fish to ensure the fish is fresh throughout the day!
Where: 134 Bank Street
Paradise Poké is a true paradise escape. If you're someone that loves poké bowls then you will love this spot. From the leaf wallpaper to the neon Aloha sign, this is a spot in Ottawa that will make you feel like you're in Hawaii. They also serve up fresh coconut juice that you can drink straight from the coconut!
Sutherland Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House
Where: 224 Beechwood Ave
This modern restaurant is sure to leave you feeling satisfied. No matter what you're in the mood for, whether it's breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, a drink or a coffee they have it all!
Industria Pizzeria + Bar
Where: Lansdowne Park, 225 Marché Way #107
If you want to find a new area to explore, make your way to Lansdowne park. Here you can have a dinner, walk by the river, then head close by for a dessert. Industria Pizzeria + Bar serves up a variety of Italian foods and drinks perfect for a night out.