Being a broke b*tch is tough. Especially if you're boujee AF and you just want to spend money all the time. Sometimes life calls for us to be ballin' on a budget and although it feel like you're unable to truly live out your boujee dreams, this isn't always the case.

Ottawa has tons of restaurants and bars, especially fancy ones. However, it can be quite intimidating to go to these restaurants because who really wants to spend $40 on a plate of pasta? That being said, here's a list of restaurants that'll have you feel boujee on a budget:

Side Door

Where: 18b York St.

via @jackyperron

via @kingkaaya

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Mixed

Why you should go: You know Side Door is fancy AF simply because people have weddings there. The food is awesome, they have the tastiest tacos and mini donuts, and the ambiance is just right. It'll make you feel like a million bucks without spending a million bucks.

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Absinthe

Where: 1208 Wellington St.

via @watersanne

via @heypatmurray

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Contemporary

Why you should go: Absinthe is super fancy in a low key way. You feel prestigious and boujee but without being overly extra. The food here is dope but it's also reasonably price so you won't hurt your wallet!

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Atari

Where: 297 Dalhousie

via @beccastiletto

via @atariottawa

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Mixed

Why you should go: Atari is a great spot to dress up for and feel fancy AF. What makes this place so special is that everything is super affordable yet you get to look like a star. Their drinks are also bomb and they have so many, however, those can be a little bit on the pricier side.

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Blue Cactus

Where: 2 ByWard Market Square

via @alyssacashman

via @t.miladi

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: American

Why you should go: Blue Cactus has the tendency to get extremely lit yet remain pretty classy. They have drink specials all the time and their menu choices are extensive!

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Joey

via @alexxa.bickford

via @bcajuste

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: American

Why you should go: Joey definitely has the best chicken burger I've ever had! Their menu has a lot of different options meaning you get to try something new if you go! It's got a classy vibe so you get to play dress up.

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Luxe

Where: 47 York St.

via @thepropertiesgroup

via @luxe.ottawa

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: American

Why you should go: It's all in the name! This place is definitely quite luxurious and you'll leave feeling contented. It's a place where you can dress up yet not spend a fortune on a tiny dish.

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Ace Mercado

Where: 121 Clarence St.

via @amandasperoni

via @anya_camille

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Mexican

Why you should go: Although this is slightly on the pricier side, the tacos here are bomb! It's like a fancy Mexican restaurant and the aesthetics are dope AF. You might even get your next IG pic here.

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TOMO

Where: 1 York St.

via @michellakhouri

via @elo_delas

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Japanese

Why you should go: Everyone knows TOMO is boujee. Most people, however, just know it as the club, forgetting that they serve some really great food! The prices are decent and you get to look bomb.

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Vittoria Trattoria

via @emily_babcock

via @kassie_montgomery

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Italian

Why you should go: This place has some amaaaazing Italian food. If you love pasta and pizza but you also love to dress up, then this is the place! You'll also save a bunch!

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Social

Where: 537 Sussex

via @adnldn

via @social_ottawa

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Canadian

Why you should go: Um because you get to socialize with your friends? I couldn't miss out on the pun! Social is excellent for playing dress up and looking boujee all while ballin' on a budget.

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Play Food & Wine

Where: 1 York St.

via @chelsssmitth

via @emericbeccaris

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Canadian

Why you should go: This place is seriously so reasonably priced. You get dank food for a good price and you get to look great? It's like a triple kill with this spot.

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Salt

Where: 345 Preston St.

via @annettebobette

via @yowfoodie

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Canadian

Why you should go: Get to know some Canadian cuisine! So much yummy food, great vibes, and non-empty pockets at the end of the night.

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The Soca Kitchen

Where: 93 Holland Ave.

via @chefdmlucca

via @loveottawa

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Type: Spanish

Why you should go: Asides from the fact that the food here is amazing, it's actually really affordable. You won't regret any of the choices you make here.

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