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15 Bucket List Dinner Spots You Need To Try In Ottawa

The second best meal of the day!

A lot of people love breakfast, but there is something more special about dinner. I have to force myself to eat breakfast, but the rest of the day I'm thinking about what yummy food I can cook up for dinner. But what if you're sick of cooking? Or you just want to go out with your friends or bae for once? You need to treat yourself with great food!

Us Ottawans have great restaurants. Whether it's for brunch or for dinner, we have so many options that will blow your mind. If you're in the mood for tacos, pizza, tapas, or whatever, we have it! Start planning your dinner date, you got a bucket list to devour!

Industria Pizzeria + Bar 

Where: 225 Marché Way #107

via @redway_

via @ottawa_magazine

Type: Italian

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: This Italian Pizzeria has amazing pizzas. They even have a Big Mac pizza that it actually to die for!

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Black Dog Bistro

Where: 5540 Manotick Main St

via @matttyy_c

via @izzyadms

Type: Bistro

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: This super popular bistro in Manotick has the most amazing meals you could want. From sandwiches to pasta, all of their dishes will make your mouth water.

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EVOO Greek Kitchen 

Where: 438 Preston St

via @selmamesri

via @daniulll

Type: Greek

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: If you love Greek food, nothing will compare to EVOO Greek Kitchen. Their modern spin on Greek food makes you want to go back all the time, especially for dinner and brunch!

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El Camino 

Where: Multiple Locations

via @chuonthisblog

via @launchyourspace

Type: Mexican

Price: 💸

Why you should go: Why shouldn't you go?! It's El Camino's newest location, and it's beautiful. Not to mention the food is amazing and the margharitas are delicious.

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Absinthe 

Where: 1208 Wellington St W

via @consumedbycarlo

via @jenniferquins

Type: French Fare

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: Absinthe has a fondue night and a limited menu, but all of their items are so tasty! They offer so many original items that you'll want to go back and try them all.

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Prohibition Public House

Where: 337 Somerset St W

via @prohibitionhouse

via @prohibitionhouse

Type: Gastropub

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Prohibition Public House has so many options, and their decor is stunning. They have a wall that makes it seem like you're in jail, but the food is anything but jail food.

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Sansotei Ramen 

Where: 153 Bank St

via @shirleyswu

via @jayu87

Type: Japanese

Price: 💸

Why you should go: If you haven't tried ramen before, this is the place you need to try it. Topped with a flower, Sansotei Ramen will fill your mouth with the most amazing flavours.

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Pure Kitchen

Where: Multiple Locations

via @nicoletinfoil

via @lindsay_adelle

Type: Vegan/Vegetarian

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Even if you're not vegan or vegetarian, there's no way you won't find your favourite meal on here made just a little differently. From cauliflower wings to unreal wraps, we give this place 5 stars.

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Datsun 

Where: 380 Elgin St

via @peterphamm

via @eatdatsun

Type: Asian

Price: 💸

Why you should go: This hipster Asian restaurant is delicious. Their steamed buns are to die for and I'm positive you've never tried anything like it before.

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Canvas 

Where: 65 Holland Ave

via @mfvaughan

via @canvasresto

Type: Canadian

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: This hidden gem of a restaurant will satisfy all of your cravings. With all of your fav meals, it will be hard to choose but I guarantee you'll find something you love.

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Tomo 

Where: 109 Clarence St

via @melodiedream

via @613tomo

Type: Japanese

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: Tomo is the hotspot for all Japanese food these days in Ottawa. The decor is so unique and you can even stay after dinner since it turns into a bar!

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Social 

Where: 537 Sussex Dr

via @quercusvino

via @henriettasoutham

Type: French Cuisine

Price: 💸💸💸

Why you should go: This super classy restaurant has unique food that will blow your mind. For birthdays, celebrations or just a dinner date, Social is the perfect place to go!

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Sutherland Restaurant, Bar and Coffee House

Where: 224 Beechwood Avenue

via @sutherland_restaurant

via @kaypongrac

Type: Canadian

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Another hidden gem that's not just a restaurant, but a bar and coffee house. If you can't make it for dinner (which I highly recommend) I would stop by for a drink or coffee! Plus, the decor speaks for itself.

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Erling's Variety 

Where: 225 Strathcona Ave

via @tammaedoesfood

via @atmartinmask

Type: Contemporary

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: This low key restaurant specializes in small plates that are based on seasonal ingredients. Hidden away in The Glebe, this aesthetically pleasing restaurant will become your fav.

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Ace Mercado 

Where: 121 Clarence St

via @littlefoodiebigworld

via @smigadis

Type: Mexican

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Ace Mercado is the hot spot for all things Mexican. From their cheesy corn to their unreal tacos, you won't be able to get enough. And they also have the cutest drinks that you should 100% get because #treatyourself.

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