It's summer. We all want to be near water. Especially with this humidity, a nice breeze is always welcomed. While we want to get our tan on, eat good food, and be with the ones we love, we also really don't want to melt.
Well, you're in luck! Waterfront restaurants are a thing for a reason. We're blessed to not have the nicest beaches, but if food and water is involved, I'm there. So here are 9 waterfront restaurants in Ottawa with views that will amaze you.
Kelly's Landing // 1980 River Rd
Located in Manotick and overlooking the Rideau River, Kelly's Landing is the ultimate place for summer drinks. Since they're closed for all winter months, you'll be itching to sit on that patio once the sun is finally out. This seafood and traditional fare is to die for, but so is the view!
Constance Lake Lodge // 175 Constance Lake Rd
Definition of a hidden gem. Constance Lake Lodge is a place where you can fly or fish. Looking out onto the water, you can eat at this small cottage-like restaurant. It may not be a gourmet meal, but you'll feel right at home here.
Mexi's // 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr
Sitting above Dow's Lake, you'll feel like you're not in Ottawa. Besides the fact that you have a clear view of downtown, but whatever. Mexi's is an amazing authentic Mexican restaurant with even more amazing drinks. Sip sangria or a margarita by the water and soak up the summer.
Saint-Eloi Café Bistro // 100 Rue Atawe
This lakefront view of Lac Leamy is worth the short drive. Open for breakfast and brunch, your morning will get off to a great start. Since this restaurant is surrounded by trees and nature, it's the perfect place to unwind on a Sunday morning.
Rockcliffe Boathouse // Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy
I LOVE this place. When you're sitting on the patio, it moves with the waves and it's so soothing. The food is typical bar food, so obviously delicious. The view of the Ottawa River makes you remember why you love Ottawa.
Malone's Lakeside Grill // 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr
A waterfront view that's open all year round, score! Their menu is filled with whatever food you're craving, which makes them that much better. You can spend all day day drinking here, or just stop by for a delicious meal.
The Waterfront Gastropub // 12 Bell St
Located in Carleton Place, The Waterfront Gastropub is worth the short drive. It's located on the Mississippi River and the view is breathtaking. Even better, they have daily specials that will make the whole experience unreal.
Canal Ritz // 375 Queen Elizabeth Dr
With a great view of the Rideau Canal and Italian food, what more could you ask for?! This fine dining restaurant is perfect for any occasion. You can have a girls day with a charcuterie board and wine, or celebrate a birthday or anniversary here.
Le Café // 1 Elgin St
Definitely a fancier waterfront restaurant. Located in the National Arts Centre, you'll get a clear view of the Ottawa River. This is the ultimate spot for foodies, especially ones that love trying new and exciting foods. Le Café is open for lunch and dinner, and this is also a prime spot to have a birthday or any special occasion!