Sign in
12 Romantic Restaurants In Ottawa To Celebrate A Special Occasion

Figuring out where to eat for a date night can be challenging. The next time you are celebrating an occasion such as an anniversary, proposal, or birthday, you could aim to have dinner plans somewhere extra special. To save you from worrying over where to make dinner reservations, we've compiled a list of romantic restaurants in Ottawa that would be perfect for celebrating that super special occasion.

Within the national capital, there are plenty of fine dining restaurants that offer romantic ambience and delicious food. For example, Fairouz, North and Navy, and Restaurant e18hteen all made Open Table's list of Most Romantic Resturants in Canada for 2019. Meanwhile, Atelier and Riviera are also solid choices for your date if they are a foodie because these two restaurants made the list of Best Restaurants in Canada 2019.

While some of these restaurants aren't the cheapest, they certainly are worth the splurge for a special date night in Ottawa. Ultimately, you can make your selection based on what type of cuisine you and your date enjoy most (but that could still prove to be a hard decision!). Will you opt for some pasta from northern Italy, share some Spanish tapas, or perhaps try some innovative molecular gastronomy?

One thing is for sure ⁠— make sure to get your reservations in advance so that you can get a table at these popular restaurants in Ottawa. Here are 12 super romantic restaurants in Ottawa to celebrate a special occasion:


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 362 Preston St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: This upscale Italian restaurant is a long-time favourite in Ottawa for date nights.


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Canadian

Address: 62 Sparks St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Located in a former bank building, Riviera offers a luxurious dining space and equally wonderful cuisine.

North & Navy

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 226 Nepean St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Specializing in Northern Italian food, North & Navy has a cozy dining space.


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Address: 343 Somerset St. W., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the best restaurants in Ottawa, and offers delicious Middle Eastern cuisine.


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: French with a Canadian influence

Address: 18 York St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Located inside a grand historic building, this beautiful restaurant is a local favourite for romantic celebrations.


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Canadian

Address: 150 Elgin St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: This fine-dining restaurant also has a separate wine bar and is sure to impress your date.


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Molecular gastronomy

Address: 540 Rochester St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Atelier was listed as one of the best restaurants in Canada.


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Address: 428 Preston St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: At Mati, you need to try their colossal seafood tower.

Norca Restaurant & Bar

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Nordic

Address: 30 Daly Ave., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Inside the Le Germain Hotel, you can find this beautiful restaurant that has a menu that changes daily.

The Soca Kitchen

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Spanish

Address: 93 Holland Ave., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Head here to enjoy delicious tapas and grand seafood towers.


Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Canadian

Address: 10 Daly Ave., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Located in the Ottawa Art Gallery, Jackson Cafe's menu has a selection of small tapas and a great wine list.

Play Food & Wine

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Wine and tapas

Address: 1 York St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: The casual dining room offers dishes perfect for sharing with your date.

There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.

Stay Informed
Get Ottawa's latest and greatest stories every day straight to your inbox.