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What to Eat in Ottawa

Much like the U.S. capital, Ottawa boasts a diverse and top-notch dining scene that caters to everyone from policy-making politicos to camera-wielding tourists. Since it's located across the Ottawa River from the French-speaking province of Quebec, it should come as no surprise that French food plays a starring role in the city's restaurant culture. In fact, Ottawa is home to the only Canadian campus of Le Cordon Bleu, an international culinary school. The campus is also home to a fine dining eatery, Signatures Restaurant, which is housed in a Tudor Revival-style mansion. If you want to sample French cuisine without paying a hefty price tag, consider making a lunch reservation here, when three-course meals are offered for CA$34 (around $26) per person.

Not one for French cuisine? How about Canadian instead? Several restaurants around the city offer Canadian or ("New Canadian") menus, including the award-winning Atelier, which serves a 12-course tasting menu every night. Though 12 courses may seem a bit intimidating, recent visitors raved about the interesting and creative dishes plated here. If you're looking for something a bit more approachable, consider Play Food & Wine, a small plates eatery that's lauded for its food and wine pairings and excellent service. Another small plates restaurant that's popular with locals and visitors: town. Visitors say this Italian-inspired outpost is a hit thanks to its convenient downtown location and its flavorful dishes. And when you're ready to sample some of the city's seafood, head to the Whalesbone Oyster House for (what else?) oysters. Though recent visitors do note that the restaurant is small and can be noisy, they can't deny the quality of the seafood.

Finally, to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the city's food culture, you must take a spin through ByWard Market, one of the country's oldest and largest public markets. And for an equally wide-ranging sample of Ottawa's beer scene, head to CRAFT Beer Market.

Find the Best Restaurants in Ottawa

  • #1
    Beaver Tails Pastries
    #1 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2397 reviewsTripAdvisor (2397)
    $ | Fast Food, Canadian
    69 George St Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1K1 Canada
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  • #2
    La Bottega
    #2 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 482 reviewsTripAdvisor (482)
    $ | Italian
    64 George St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5V9 Canada
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  • #3
    Hunter's Public House Restaurant
    #3 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 207 reviewsTripAdvisor (207)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub, Canadian
    4750 Bank St Unit 1, Ottawa, Ontario K1T 0K8 Canada
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  • #4
    Fraser Cafe
    #4 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 711 reviewsTripAdvisor (711)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 1C8 Canada
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  • #5
    Absinthe
    #5 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 700 reviewsTripAdvisor (700)
    $ - $$ | French, European, Canadian, International
    1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7 Canada
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  • #6
    Cozmos Souvlaki
    #6 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $ | Fast Food, Mediterranean, Greek
    196 Greenbank Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8P3 Canada
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  • #7
    Cumberland Pizza
    #7 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 321 reviewsTripAdvisor (321)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Greek, Canadian
    152 Nelson St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7R5 Canada
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  • #8
    SuzyQ
    #8 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 184 reviewsTripAdvisor (184)
    $ | Cafe, Canadian
    991 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Y1 Canada
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  • #9
    Atelier
    #9 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 335 reviewsTripAdvisor (335)
    $$ | Canadian, International
    540 Rochester St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M1 Canada
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  • #10
    Aperitivo
    #10 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 414 reviewsTripAdvisor (414)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Canadian, Gastropub
    655 Kanata Ave Unit L2 Along the Pedestrian Walkway, Ottawa, Ontario K2T 1H6 Canada
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  • #11
    Beckta Dining & Wine
    #11 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1451 reviewsTripAdvisor (1451)
    $$ | Canadian, International, Contemporary
    150 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1L4 Canada
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  • #12
    Allium
    #12 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 380 reviewsTripAdvisor (380)
    $ - $$ | Canadian
    87 Holland Ave, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 0Y1 Canada
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  • #13
    Shinka Sushi Bar
    #13 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 263 reviewsTripAdvisor (263)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    150 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J4 Canada
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  • #14
    Sansotei Ramen
    #14 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 140 reviewsTripAdvisor (140)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Asian, Soups
    153 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5N7 Canada
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  • #15
    Gezellig
    #15 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 814 reviewsTripAdvisor (814)
    $$ | Canadian
    337 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K2A 0E7 Canada
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  • #16
    Play Food & Wine
    #16 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1671 reviewsTripAdvisor (1671)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar, Canadian
    1 York St Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7 Canada
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  • #17
    Stella Luna
    #17 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 235 reviewsTripAdvisor (235)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe
    1103 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4 Canada
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  • #18
    Supply and Demand Foods & Raw Bar
    #18 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    $$ | Seafood, Canadian, International
    1335 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 3B6 Canada
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  • #19
    The Green Door
    #19 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 414 reviewsTripAdvisor (414)
    $ - $$ | Soups
    198 Main St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 1C6 Canada
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  • #20
    Zizis Kitchen
    #20 of 3,240 Places to Eat in Ottawa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 152 reviewsTripAdvisor (152)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European
    665 Earl Armstrong Rd Neighbourhood: Riverside South, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 2G2 Canada
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