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the top 10 best restaurants in ottawa

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there is so much to see and do when it comes to visiting Ottawa. As the capital of Canada, you can be sure to find a whole array of restaurants to suit every taste bud. Here are just 10 of the best restaurants that you should be checking out when in Ottawa.

Supply and Demand

If you are looking for a restaurant that’s known for its sleek style, you’ve come to the right place when it comes to dining at Supply and Demand. With a menu that predominately focuses on vegetarian small plates and raw bar offerings, you can taste some of the best dishes that Ottawa has to offer. There is also a wide range of fishes and meats that are delivered by local producers, as well as daily homemade pasta dishes. If you want some high-quality food, make sure to check out Supply and Demand when in Ottawa.


Known for its casual and cosy aesthetic, diners will feel right at home once they walk through the doors of Citizen. No matter whether you’re visiting for a full meal or for a simple glass of wine, Citizen appeals to every type of diner. As the menu mainly consists of small plates, this means that you can push your taste buds to the limit. Why not try something completely different? Some of the most popular options to try out include the fried chicken sandwich. There is also a vegetarian and vegan menu, proving that Citizen caters for all.

Meat Press

If an amazing sandwich is what you’re on the hunt for, look no further! Meat Press is a creative sandwich shop located in Hintonburg, serving delicious lunch dishes from Tuesday until Sunday (dinner is available on Fridays only). Popular sandwiches include the Cubano (including fried cheese curds and house capocollo) and the Smoked Duck (featuring roasted vegetables and a delicious smoky sauce).


If an unforgettable dining experience is what you’re after when in Ottawa, Atelier has you covered. Marc Lepine (Chef at Atelier) is regarded as one of the most innovative of his field in Canada, ensuring your food is unique and gloriously delicious. You can expect your dish to be one of a kind and usually playful, however, the taste factor is never left on the back burner. Atelier also provides a range of wine pairings to compliment your meal, allowing you to wine and dine in one of the most interesting establishments in the city.

Wilf and Ada’s

Wilf and Ada’s is a charming diner that serves breakfast and lunch every day. There are plenty of delicious options to pick from such as the triple-decker B.L.T, or why not opt for the roast chicken loaded poutine. If you’re after a classic brunch with a twist, choosing the poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce may be the perfect option for you. The diner is incredibly popular with locals and tourists, so be prepared to wait for a table (especially on weekends). While you are waiting, you should head next door for a quick coffee at Arlington 5.


Don’t let the size of Edgar put you off. Although a small spot for baked goods, breakfast, and lunch, the quality of the food more than makes up for its size. The eatery is incredibly popular at weekends, with long lines forming full of hungry diners. The menu at Edgar’s changes from weekend to weekend, meaning that there is always something new to try out. However, there are some exceptions to the rule such as the Dutch baby (a pancake-like pastry that includes maple syrup, spiced apples, aged cheddar, and a tender pork belly). If a delicious brunch sounds like your kind of thing, make sure that Edgar is on your go-to list.

Soif Bar á vin

Another place where you can expect to be wined and dine is at Soif Bar á vin. Located in Hull, the bar provides an array of sophisticated plates, giving you plenty of options to satisfy your hunger. As the jaunt is run and operated by one of the best sommeliers on the planet (Véronique Rivest), you can expect to find dishes like rapini toasts that are expertly paired with a delicious wine. Regardless of whether you’re an inexperienced wine drinker or a fellow sommelier, you can expect Rivest and the team to give their expert opinion on some of the best wines of the world.

PiliPili Grilled Chicken

If you are a chicken lover, no trip to Ottawa is complete without a visit to PiliPili Grilled Chicken. The small restaurant serves up some of the best charcoal grilled chicken in the city without the smokiness from the grill being too overpowering. The herb rub and the spices on the chicken will satisfy your taste buds and leave you wanting more. There are plenty of other grilled meats available too. Because of its popularity, PiliPili Grilled Chicken has expanded to two stores, ensuring you are never too far away from some tasty chicken dishes when in Ottawa city.

Wellington Gastropub

Visiting the upmarket pub that is the Wellington Gastropub is perfect for lovers of beer and wine. You can expect to receive top-notch seasonal pub food the moment you walk through the door. Chris Deraiche (the chef at Wellington’s) has created a rotating menu which means there is always something new and unique to try out. The food at Wellington’s is usually sourced from local meat producers, giving you some of the tastiest fresh and local food in Ottawa. You can expect to find typical pub favorites such as steak and fries and burgers. There is also a beer menu that includes some of the best local and world beers around.


If Middle Eastern food is your favorite, you can be certain you’re in safe hands when dining at Fairouz. The restaurant is located on Somerset Street with chef Walid El-Tawel leading his team to dish out a sophisticated and fabulous menu. If dining with company, why not try out one of the many sharing plates that Fairouz provides, enabling you to sample some of the finest Middle Eastern cuisines around. However, make sure to save some room for dessert. With fantastic treats like the tahini ice cream, those with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice.

Getting to Ottawa

Now you have an idea on what type of cuisine is on offer in Ottawa, what are you waiting for? With companies like Porter Airlines offering direct flights to Ottawa, ensure you book flights as soon as possible. Be sure to book flights via this link as you may be able to get a discount should you have a promotional code at hand. Adding your VIPorter number will ensure that you earn exclusive points with every flight you book. With points earned with every dollar spent, you can be sure to receive a great range of fantastic benefits.

No matter your food preference, you are sure to find a restaurant suitable for you in Ottawa. However, be aware that you may need to make reservations at some restaurants, so it’s best to check to avoid disappointment.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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