When planning a night out in Ottawa, there's no doubt that we gravitate towards places in the ByWard Market. Whether you think of specific restaurants or just the general area, heading to the Market is usually the first option when it comes to grabbing a bite.
Sure, it's a great place to check out during the weekend, but sometimes we just get bored of staying in the same area. There are so many incredible spots to eat at that aren't in the ByWard Market. It's time to try some new restaurants in our city!
Via Cibo, 120 Earl Grey Drive Unit 100A
If you love Italian food then you have to try this spot. Via Cibo is inspired by Italian street food and nonna's traditional cooking. They're devoted to the passion and quality of chefs from Italy, where great food surrounds you and requires no reservations. From pizzas to pastas, you'll be spoilt for choice at this amazing restaurant.
Petit Bill's Bistro, 1293 Wellington St. W
Petit Bill’s offers great comfort food, succulent steaks, fresh fish, and yummy homemade desserts. The bistro serves fine French cuisine with a Newfoundland accent, along with a variety of cocktails. Their food is sourced from local farms and sustainable fisheries.
OCCO Kitchen, 4240 Innes Rd.
Calling all taco lovers! If you're someone that loves everything about those little Mexican bundles of pure joy, then you have to try OCCO Kitchen. Hidden in Orleans, this spot is a true neighbourhood favourite. With plenty of seating, a huge projector screen, and delicious fare, this is a great place to grab some grub and catch a game.
NeXT, 6400 Hazeldean Rd.
Anniversary? Birthday? Date night? NeXT is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Their dishes are globally inspired and paired with unique cocktails and diverse wines. If you're someone that appreciates a fine dining experience, NeXT is a must!
Dumpling Bowl, 730 Somerset St. W
Dumpling Bowl is Ottawa's first eatery dedicated to handmade boiled dumplings and pot-stickers. Not only does this restaurant use fresh ingredients in every dish, but everything is prepared with the utmost care. They also serve up delicious bubble tea that you can't pass up!
The Glen, 6081 Hazeldean Rd. Unit 1010
Craving some BOMB fish 'n' chips that you can customize? Look no further than this quaint, classy tavern, serving up tons f traditional Scottish fare like haggis (there's even a veggie version!) and Scotch eggs. Of course, you can't forget a nice, refreshing pint to wash all this deliciousness down! Plus, they have an awesome outdoor patio where you can sit and enjoy your meal when the weather is nice.
Haldi, 449 Preston St.
From butter chicken to lamb curry - and every delectable morsel in between - all of your Indian food dreams will come true at this spectacular restaurant. They use and promote turmeric (haldi) in everyday cooking because of its purity, diversity, and benefits. They only serve the best, freshest food, so you're sure to leave satisfied. And keep coming back for more.
Vittoria Trattoria, 3625 Rivergate Way
This specific Vittoria Trattoria location is bigger, brighter, and has tons of open space for you and your friends to enjoy an unforgettable meal. If you're a fan of Italian food, this spot has to be on your bucket list.
Lexington Smokehouse & Bar, 344 Richmond Rd.
Lexington is the perfect place to chill during your weekend. This smokehouse dishes out impeccable Southern-style barbecue in Westboro. They also concoct fantastic handcrafted cocktails and serve up local beer and great wine.
The Soca Kitchen, 93 Holland Ave.
Looking for something different and impressive with a great patio? The Soca Kitchen is a fine Spanish and Latino fusion of flavours, where you can enjoy a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American tapas and craft cocktails. Trust, you won't be able to take a bite of your meal without snapping a few pics first. You'll leave this unique restaurant flabbergasted, wondering how you didn't discover it sooner.
The Waterfront Gastropub, 12 Bell St.
The Waterfront Gastropub is a summer must. Hidden in Carleton Place and located on the Mississippi River, this place is 100% worth the drive. The stunning view will have you eating, drinking, and socializing for hours. Be sure to check out their yummy daily specials.
Pinelopi's Greek Kitchen, 4100 Strandherd Dr.
You really can't go wrong with Greek food - like, ever. This super inviting restaurant serves up a wide variety of outstanding Greek meals. Their belief is that food and drink are life's greatest delicacies and should be shared with everyone. The atmosphere at this restaurant is warm and welcoming, plus the food is fresh and flavourful.
Pham Le Kitchen, 1261 Stittsville Main St.
Craving some drool-worthy fried rice? Of course you are! Perfectly seasoned pad thai, crispy spring rolls, hot soups, Pham Le Kitchen knows how to Vietnamese fusion right. The staff is kind, the setting is clean and unfussy, and the food is spot on - no wonder they've got rave reviews online.
East India Company Pub & Eatery, 210 Somerset St. W
Calling all Indian-food lovers: You've NEVER tried anything like this buffet! Its colourful, lavish decor will make you feel like you stepped out of Ottawa to enjoy such a yummy meal. They have a full salad bar and an Indian dessert bar (yes, please). Plus, they have loads of vegan, vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free options. Seriously, how often do you come across one of the most extensive five-star South Asian buffets?
Meadows Diner, 455 Preston St.
Who doesn't love a good, filling brunch to start the day off right? Meadows Diner is where you go for unfussy, yet AWESOME, breakfast and lunch plates to satisfy any craving you've got, from crepes and eggs benny to cheeseburgers and smoke meat.
Olivia Bistro-Boutique, 58 Eddy St.
Tasty salads galore! Olivia Bistro-Boutique is a stunning Gatineau restaurant for killer Insta posts and healthy picks. The vibe is very modern chic and definitely super unique. Come here for colourful tacos, salads piled high, and ready-to-slurp smoothies blended to perfection. Stay for the aesthetically pleasing decor.
town., 296 Elgin St.
This restaurant elevates Italian classics with talented chefs and fresh, beautifully cooked ingredients. They serve up a variety of delicious dishes, from pestos and polenta to gnocchi and fish. This intimate, dimly lit bistro setting makes for the ultimate date night.
Mati Ottawa, 428 Preston St.
With such gorgeous decor, this restaurant is undeniably perfect for a special outing. In terms of its unique cuisine, the art of crudo and charcoal are styles of cooking served for generations in Greece and Italy. Mati is committed to bringing you a memorable dining experience, putting careful consideration into every aspect of your visit.
Feleena's, 742 Bank St.
Feleena's goal is to bring you a bright, artistic, and welcoming atmosphere where the Mexican food is authentic. Everything from the corn chips and salsas to the beans and salads are made fresh on site. When you go to Feleena’s, always expect unreal food, top service, and a great ambiance.
The Savoy Brasserie, 334 Richmond Rd.
The Savoy Brasserie is the perfect restaurant to visit if you're looking for some major French-pub vibes. If you want to feel like you've travelled to a chic foreign city, this spot serves up French cuisine in a contemporary atmosphere. Every Friday night, the Savoy has live music, lending it even more European flair.
Chickpeas, 500 Terminal Ave. A-05
Chickpeas is Ottawa's first and only falafel and hummus eatery. If you're someone who loves to eat healthy and try new things, then you can't pass up the 100% organic chickpeas they always use. Sandwiches, falafel wraps, salads - you'll love every bite you take here.
Pure Kitchen, 357 Richmond Rd.
Whether you're vegetable-obsessed or not, heading to Pure Kitchen to fuel up is never a bad idea. This vegan/vegetarian restaurant is one of the more popular spots in Ottawa, and not just because of how sunny it is! They boast a variety of dishes that you'd normally order at chain restaurants, except healthy, meatless, and dairy-free versions. I mean, who wouldn't want guilt-free wings and poutine?! Try their golden milk turmeric latte, and you'll leave knowing you ate well and feel great from the inside out.
Canal Ritz, 375 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Canal Ritz definitely has one of the best outdoor patios to eat and drink at this summer. The restaurant serves up delicious Italian meals along with great drinks. For incredible views of the Rideau Canal, fine dining, and good times, make your way to Canal Ritz.
DreamLand Cafe, 262 Preston St.
DreamLand Cafe is 100% dedicated to serving up tasty homemade pasta (bless!). The cafe is owned and run by two sisters from Ottawa. The dynamic duo opened their first shop on Laurier Avenue before expanding to Little Italy shortly thereafter. Each pasta dish is made to order, meaning each time you indulge, it's absolutely fresh as can be.
Bowman's Bar and Grill, 895 Bank St.
Have you ever seen a menu with FIVE different nachos? As a serious nachos fanatic, I'm here to spread the good word about Bowman's astounding selection: cheese, veggie, chicken, spicy Texas chili, or fully loaded. Gather your friends, take your pick, and get to dunking!
Sésame Restaurant, 20 Boulevard du Plateau
Talk about STUNNING! A short 14 minute drive into Gatineau, Sésame is SO worth the trip. The beautiful interior will leave you in awe from the moment you step in. Asian-cuisine enthusiasts are welcome to discover their exceptional array of revisited Asian classics, made from fresh ingredients, without added MSG, and prepared in house. Whether for a special date or just to treat yourself, this is the place to be.
Amuse Kitchen & Wine, 500 Eagleson Rd.
If you're looking for somewhere eclectic and fancy to eat, look no further. This modern restaurant is classy and cozy, offering an elegant experience perfect for special events. With daily lunch specials also available on the go, Amuse is a great spot for a lunch meeting.
Pelican Seafood Market & Grill, 1500 Bank St.
Crazy about seafood and fish 'n' chips? Well, prepare to fall head over heels for this restaurant. Pelican Seafood Market & Grill has four daily deliveries of fish to ensure their meals stay fresh throughout the day!
Paradise Poké, 134 Bank St.
A true paradise escape - a foodie oasis, if you will. If you live for top-quality, crazy fresh poké bowls, this place is a must. From the green leaf wallpaper to the neon aloha sign, you'll feel like you're in Hawaii. They also serve up fresh coconut juice that you can drink straight from the coconut!
Sutherland Restaurant, 224 Beechwood Ave.
Boasting a bar and café, this modern restaurant is sure to leave you feeling satisfied, no matter what you're in the mood for. Brunch, dinner, lattes, cocktails - whatever you're feeling, they've got it all.
Industria Pizzeria + Bar, 225 Marché Way #107
Want to explore somewhere new? Make your way to Lansdowne park where you can have dinner and stroll by the river. Industria Pizzeria + Bar serves up a variety of Italian foods and drinks perfect for a fantastic night out. Personal fav? Their wild mushroom tagliatelle - CANNOT recommend this plate highly enough!