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Food and restaurants in Ottawa

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Fast, tasty tacos that are incredible, plus the best guacamole I’ve ever had. There are two locations - one on Elgin St and one in the Byward Market.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Pub
“BEER BIBLE. Good food too.... lol. I spend several months travelling Europe and a huge portion of that time was spent in Belgium. The Kingdom of Beer. It has been impossible to find certain beers I had over there, that is until I went to Pub Italia. They have the Beer Bible which is a fairly exhaustive list of any kind of beer you could possible want. The best part is they are all imported and stored on site, so they get that extra aging time if no one is ordering them. The pizza here is also really quite good and I've hear good things about the pasta dishes too.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Diner
“Renting canoes, kayaks, peddle-boats, and paddle-boards at Dow's Lake is a great way to explore the canal all the way into downtown Ottawa.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“By far my favorite local brewery in town. if you are a beer amateur, this is the place to be. Order a sample of every beer on the menu! * Ma brasserie locale préférée. Si vous êtes un amateur de bière, commandez à coup sur une coupe de chaque bière produite! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This is a high end restaurant, one of our favorites in the city. The food is amazing, worth every penny. Reservations are usually required as they're a busy spot.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
“It's a hole in the wall, but the shawarma plate portions are the biggest I've ever seen. The food is amazing (especially the potatoes) - I highly recommend a chicken plate. Not walkable but worth the trip!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Best little pub in the downtown Ottawa Byward Market. Not easy to find but once you have experienced the amazing french Canadian burgers and fries, you will want to come back again...tomorrow! Amazing menu, friendly staff, great value for the plentiful portions you will get. Please note...this is a small pub for locals, so you must go early especially on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Nice place, mostly enjoyed by locals. Not a touristic spot. Good for Drinks/Diner/Brunch”
  • 51 locals recommend

Cafes

Gastropub
“This is a high end restaurant, one of our favorites in the city. The food is amazing, worth every penny. Reservations are usually required as they're a busy spot.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“La place pour les 4@7 ! Ouvert jusqu'aux petites heures du matin, mais la clientèle rajeunie à partir de 10h. The place for happy hour! Customers are younger from 10pm.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Vegetarian and vegan food that actually tastes amazing! The cauliflower wings are must haves. Within walking distance.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“One of my favourite places to mark papers. Great place to wile away a couple of hours after exploring New Edinburgh and Rockcliffe!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“My favourite Italian restaurant in Ottawa! Located in the iconic neighborhood of Little Italy, one can dine @ Trattoria Caffe Italia, arguably the best Italian food in town. Very romantic decor inside, huge wine selection and amazing traditional Italian dishes to choose from”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“I recommend this place for a delicious and filling breakfast! You can sit and enjoy, or take it with. As an added bonus, Wild Oat can hook you up with coffee, lattes, and teas, AND baked goods for an extra snack. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“If a vegetarian meal is what you're hungry for...you'll enjoy Pure Kitchen. Several locations in Ottawa all with creative menus”
  • 28 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Coffee shop catering to locals. Good food and snacks in a very cozy atmosphere. Great vibe and always busy. ”
  • 27 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Fresh selection of breads and pastries. Delicious soup, salad, and sandwich options. One of the best breakfast and lunch spots in Ottawa (and best place for flaky croissants!) Hard to find a table on weekends as they get very busy for brunch, try to get there before 10am. Sourdough pizza served in the evening. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“The best doughnuts! They're all good, but try: Sugar Munkki, Raspberry Cassis, and London Fog.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
“Good Canadian Run Business. Good bagels, go here for a reasonably priced breakfast or lunch bagel. Or you can just pop in a pick up some take home bagels.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bakery
“I recommend this place for a delicious and filling breakfast! You can sit and enjoy, or take it with. As an added bonus, Wild Oat can hook you up with coffee, lattes, and teas, AND baked goods for an extra snack. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
“Another one of our favorites. Very Short walk and a great option for a quick breakfast. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bakery
“Another awesome bread shop with lots of sweet treats and delicious pizza...not open on weekends unfortunately”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
“Desserts, sandwiches, you name it. Trendy little place all the locals love.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Market
“This is the best independent coffee shop in Ottawa, the company is women-led, they care about coffee and their food. The best summer patio in the market, warm and shielded in the Clarendon Courtyard. ”
  • 23 locals recommend