If you've looked at the stores all around you in the past couple days, you can clearly tell which holiday is fast approaching. Everywhere you look there's businesses promoting their heartfelt cards, bright red rose bouquets and fluffy teddy bears to give to the love of your life to show how much you care about them.
For those of you lucky enough to be in love this year, you can't help but smile at the cute heart shaped chocolates, candies and jewelry surrounding you right now as you anticipate a day full of love with your S/O.
This day is exciting and adorable but it can also be a little bit stressful for some who feel the pressure to impress that special someone. But stress no more! If you're looking for a way to make your bae smile this Valentine's Day, all you have to do is bring them to one of these super cute Ottawa restaurants and you'll be guaranteed a night full of love and romance!
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Where: 18 York St // Downtown Ottawa
Why You Should Go: This food at this stunning restaurant is inspired by Southeast-Asia and has tons of delicious flavours. It's also the perfect location for a romantic evening that will make you feel like you're at your own private spot.
Where: 18 York St // Downtown Ottawa
Why You Should Go: This up-scale steak and seafood restaurant basically screams romance. It's offers a sophisticated and romantic atmosphere that's perfect for your Valentine's Day dinner.
Where: 380 Elgin St // Centretown
Why You Should Go: This cute Ottawa spot is known for their insanely delicious steamed buns and amazing cocktails. It's a casual spot so don't feel like you have to dress up but it's a great place if you're looking to get cozy all night long because they're open late!
The Albion Rooms
Where: 33 Nicholas St // Downtown Ottawa
Why You Should Go: This rustic yet up-scale restaurant is the perfect spot to impress your Valentine's date. It serves locally sourced, farm-to-table meats and specializes in unique and delicious cocktails.
Where: 742 Bank Street // Old Ottawa
Why You Should Go: This is probably one of the cutest restaurant's in all of Ottawa because of their festive Mexican decor and twinkly lights. This spot is upbeat, serves amazing authentic Mexican food and is the ideal spot for a fun Valentine's Day date.
Where: 109 Clarence St // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: This spot is probably one of the cutest sushi restaurants in the city. They serve amazing sushi and unique Japanese plates that is perfect for all sushi lovers. The decor is gorgeous and they also turn into a club at night!
Where: 1242 Wellington St W // Wellington West
Why You Should Go: This is the perfect place to go if you value amazing drinks as well as amazing food. They serve all kinds of amazing food like their charcuterie boards, pasta dishes, fish and more!
Where: 62 Sparks St // Centretown
Why You Should Go: This is probably the perfect Ottawa restaurant for Valentine's Day because it literally screams romance. The decor is simple yet gorgeous and their food is all about decadence. They serve scrumptious pastas, steak and frites, seafood chowder and more!
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Where: 8 ByWard Market Square // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: If you're looking for an adorable restaurant that is more on the casual side and won't cost you a bucket of money for Valentine's Day, this is the spot. They serve delicious Asian classics and the interior is super pretty!
Where: 327 Elgin St // Centretown
Why You Should Go: A steakhouse is the perfect place for a Valentine's Date and this is one of the best in Ottawa! It is definitely on the pricier side but you're guaranteed a perfectly cooked steak in a gorgeous setting.
Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano
Where: 50 Murray St // Lower Town
Why You Should Go: This Italian restaurant will make you and your date feel like royalty this Valentine's Day. It's insanely classy, the food is out of this world delicious and there's tons of cute spots to take a photo op!
Why You Should Go: If you're looking for the ultimate romantic dining experience, this is it. They serve a 12-course sampling dinner that is so unique and special that you'll be in awe. It is definitely pricy but totally worth it!
Where: 1 Elgin St // Rideau Canal
Why You Should Go: This is the cutest restaurant because it's located right beside the gorgeous Rideau Canal! Spend the afternoon skating and holding hands then head inside for a romantic dinner of mussels, wine and chocolate cake!
Moscow Tea Room
Where: 527 Sussex Dr // Lower Town
Why You Should Go: This spot is a great place to dress up for a classy evening of great food, music and drinks. They serve a menu full of small and large sharing plates for dinner as well as amazing cocktails. It also turns into a lively club at night if you want to stay later for some dancing.
Giovanni's Restaurant & Dining Lounge
Where: 362 Preston St // The Glebe Annex
Why You Should Go: If you're looking for a fine Italian dining experience for your Valentine's Day evening, this is definitely the place. The interior is warm and inviting and the food is delicious!
Where: 537 Sussex Dr // Lower Town
Why You Should Go: If you're looking for an upscale, classy spot to celebrate your love this Valentine's Day, Social is the place to go. They serve exceptionally delicious dishes and their decor is so gorgeous!
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The Shore Club
Where: 11 Colonel By Dr // Downtown Ottawa
Why You Should Go: This super classy restaurant is located in the Westin Hotel and is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. The setting is intimate and cozy while the food is exceptionally amazing!
Where: 380 Elgin St // Centretown
Why You Should Go: This casual Mexican spot serves some of the best tacos and margaritas in the whole city! They're open late so you can stay, enjoy tons of delicious food and drink all night long if you want to.
Burgers N' Fries Forever
Why You Should Go: You really can't go wrong with a delicious burger paired with crispy fries. It's a classic meal that everyone loves and this spot also has a super aesthetically pleasing interior. If you want a no frills Valentine's Day dinner, this is a great place for low key couples!
Where: 380 Elgin St // Centretown
Why You Should Go: This restaurant is the one spot in Ottawa that says romance the most with their giant wall made out of red roses! Their food is delicious and they serve and pop bottles of champagne all night long.
Supply And Demand
Where: 1335 Wellington St W // Westboro
Why You Should Go: This amazing Ottawa restaurants is the perfect place for your Valentine's Day dinner. It's a cozy and intimate spot that isn't overly fancy but their food definitely is. They serve some amazing dishes like their oysters, squid ink rigatoni and for dessert their famous flaming baked Alaska!
Where: 50 Rideau Street // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: This restaurant has multiple locations across Ottawa so you can count on it being a great spot for your romantic evening. They serve all types of food from spaghetti and meatballs to Spanish paella to sushi plates!
Where: 434 Preston St // The Glebe
Why You Should Go: This spot is famous for both their beer and their amazing pasta dishes! They also have a full menu with other delicious meals like pizza, mussels and salads. The atmosphere is casual but you can definitely get cozy here.
Where: 700 Sussex Dr // Downtown Ottawa
Why You Should Go: This adorable restaurant is both classy and cozy and is the perfect place for a romantic evening. They already have their Valentine's Day menu of a 4-course table d'hote up on their website.
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Where: 216 Elgin St // Centretown
Why You Should Go: This Italian favourite in Ottawa is famous for their wood fired pizzas. They have tons of delicious pizza options as well as pastas, steaks, fish and more!
Where: 150 Principale St // Gatineau
Why You Should Go: Though this spot is in Gatineau, it's still a great option for your Valentine's Day meal. They serve tapas plates that are so gorgeous you almost won't want to eat them!
Sutherland Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House
Where: 224 Beechwood Avenue // Beechwood
Why You Should Go: This spot literally does it all. They're a coffee shop, bar, and brunch, lunch and dinner restaurant! The interior of this spot is simplistic but adorable and their food is amazing.
Les Fougères Restaurant
Why You Should Go: This adorable country-side restaurant will make you feel like you escaped on a trip just the two of you. The interior of this spot is super intimate and cozy and the food is just as cozy and delicious!
The Savoy Brasserie
Where: 334 Richmond Rd // Westboro
Why You Should Go: This adorable French bistro is the perfect place to go for Valentine's Day. It's not super fancy but the food is classy and delicious and the atmosphere is comfortable and upbeat.
Feast + Revel
Where: 325 Dalhousie St // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: This classy restaurant in the heart of Ottawa's cutest area serves up amazing Canadian fusion dishes. Their restaurant is super gorgeous but will also make you feel like you're right at home!
Where: 297 Dalhousie St // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: This is a great option for a dinner date because you can dress up if you want to to be extra classy or go for a casual option! They're known for their delicious food but even better cocktails.
Mamma Grazzi's Kitchen
Where: 25 George St // Downtown Ottawa
Why You Should Go: This classy Italian restaurant is built in one of Ottawa's oldest and historic courtyards. It's a beautiful place to bring a date for some delicious comfort food paired with a refreshing glass of wine. It will be a romantic night to remember!
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North & Navy
Where: 226 Nepean St // Centretown
Why You Should Go: This adorable and classy restaurant specializes in Northern Italian fare that is so delicious it will blow you away. You'll love the food, the atmosphere and the drinks at this spot!
Rosie's Southern Kitchen & Raw Bar
Where: 895 Bank St // Lansdowne Park
Why You Should Go: This restaurant is super unique, offering a mix of comfort food Southern favourites and raw dishes like their signature oysters. They also have a full table d'hote prepared on their website already for Valentine's Day!
Where: 10 ByWard Market Square // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: If you're looking for somewhere a little less romantic and a little more fun and carefree, this is the spot for you. This spot offers colourful walls, upbeat music, delicious Mexican food and amazing drinks!
Where: 1208 Wellington St W // Westboro
Why You Should Go: This fancy restaurant is the perfect place to bring your date if you want to impress them but not blow all your savings. It's a lowkey spot that's perfect to dress up and feel super fancy but not intimidated in the least!
Play Food & Wine
Where: 1 York St // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: This spot is located right in the heart of all the Ottawa action and is the perfect place to impress a date. The restaurant is dimly lit and has lots of intimate seating to make you feel like you're there all alone. The food is also amazing with tons of small sharing plates to test out!
The Soca Kitchen
Where: 93 Holland Ave // Hintonburg
Why You Should Go: This Spanish & Latino restaurant serves up some serious amazing flavours in their dishes. It's a lively and fun atmosphere that's perfect for a romantic, yet fun date night.
Where: 2 ByWard Market Square // ByWard Market
Why You Should Go: This spot is a great option in the Byward Market area because they serve up-scale food but they always offer great drink deals so it really balances out. You have no shortage of amazing meals to choose from as well.
Why You Should Go: This chic bistro was built into an old bank giving it an extra romantic feel to it. The food here is all up-scale French dishes with a unique twist that pair perfectly with a refreshing glass of wine.