has more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in
the country. With so many places to choose from, we have compiled
a list of restaurants to help you decide where to dine. From traditional
haute cuisine to the more contemporary and exotic ethnic foods,
the region features a wonderful range of delicious fare. There’s
a restaurant to suit just about any taste, from American-Southwest
to Cajun, Italian to Polish, Spanish to Thai, and many more!
Cactus Bar & Grill
2 ByWard Market
Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1
Tel: (613) 241-7061
Web Site: www.bluecactusbarandgrill.com
Centrally located in Ottawa's ByWard Market, Blue Cactus remains
Ottawa’s premier restaurant choice. Its fresh, upscale décor
and expanded space create a vibrant evening atmosphere in which
to enjoy award-winning margaritas and Contemporary Southwest cuisine.
Late night weekends enjoy DJs spinning a mix of soul, funk and
With its casual daytime ambience, Blue Cactus is perfect for quiet
dining, and guaranteed to impress your business lunch partner.
The spacious mezzanine is an ideal choice for business events
and private parties. Against a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows
overlooking the bustling Market, your guests can meet and dine
in private style. Custom-tailored menus are available to meet
your specific needs.
AAA Alberta Beef - Cajun Rib Eye
Blue Cactus Ten-Spice Roasted Chicken
Reservations for up to 100 people accepted
Two Great Locations!!
300 Sparks Street Tel: (613) 563-4349
131 Cooper Street Tel: (613) 239-3137
Web Site: www.carmellos.ca
The Soul of Italy...on the Sparks Street Mall and Cooper
Exciting and creative contemporary Italian cuisine is prepared
in this lovely trattoria with service that is unmatched in the
city. Fresh pasta's, thin crust pizza, grilled vegetables,
and grilled fish and meats abound on the stylish menu. A
selection of ten micro-brewed draft beers are featured along with
a fabulous Italian wine list from their special wine cellar.
The tiramisu is to die for. Carmello's was chosen as the
Best Italian Restaurant in 1998 by readers of the Ottawa Express.
Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and Sunday evening.
Both locations a five minute walk from Parliament Hill and most
major hotels, Sparks location has a lovely summer patio, free
parking, reservations and friendly service. Visit our web
site for our menu and other information. While in Ottawa
you don't want to miss eating at Carmello's. La Dolce Vita
54 York Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1
Above The Fish Market Restaurant
Tel: (613) 241-FISH (3474)
Overlooking the historical ByWard Market, this casual eatery
featuring cooking on an open grill welcomes you 7 days a week.
"All You Can Eat Fresh Mussels Everyday All Day " has
become an Ottawa institution since 1980. Our expert Chefs
prepare the freshest of "fish steaks", gourmet pizzas, mussels,
pastas and "Ottawa's best" fish & chips in an open kitchen.
An excellent progressive wine list is available featuring all
that is nouveau as well as traditional to complete your dining
experience. Themed with the Rideau Canal System Locks, cozy
couches, and warm & friendly service makes this a great spot
to relax in and enjoy. Visit our web
site form more information.
21 George Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5
Tel: (613) 241-1516
Fax: (613) 241-5738
Web Site: www.courtyardrestaurant.com
Housed in an 1827 heritage stone building the Courtyard Restaurant
has been providing elegant facilities for lunches, dinners and
groups since 1980. Our chef blends continental fare with
the finest in contemporary tastes, creating delectable menus that
are designed to bring out the best in every flavour. House
specialties include Beef Tenderloin Wellington and Rack of Lamb,
as well as a wide range of Steak, Seafood, Pork and Chicken dishes.
Our three private dining rooms can accommodate from 10 to 80 guests
for a seated event and larger groups for receptions. We
also offer special group menus. From our beautiful outdoor
patio to our elegantly appointed dining rooms The Courtyard's
warm and charming atmosphere make us the perfect setting for your
special occasion, family gathering or professional celebration.
The Courtyard is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with
our Sunday Brunch featuring a live classical guitarist.
54 York Street
Corner of York & William Streets
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1
Tel: (613) 241-FISH (3474)
Ask anyone where the preferred FRESH FISH & SEAFOOD
restaurant of the Nation's Capital is and they'll tell you it's
located in the heart of the historical ByWard Market. Since
1979, we have been serving up sumptuous seafood, lobster rich
& inviting, flaky tender fresh fish, shrimp, crab, oysters,
mussels and scallops to name but a few. Our menu is refreshed
twice daily, offering the freshest and finest available from the
Sea. We offer an excellent progressive wine list featuring
all that is nouveau as well as traditional. Join us daily
for lunch or dinner in friendly and uniquely nautical surroundings.
Visit our web
site for more information.
47 York Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5S7
Tel: (613) 241-8805
Web Site: http://www.luxebistro.com
In Ottawa’s premier location, the ByWard Market step into
the flavour of New York and savour the tastes created in this
Bistro Style Steakhouse.
Award winning and published Executive Chef Derek Benitz has an
unprecedented understanding of culinary history and technique.
With this Luxe hosts a tantalizing classic menu with modern twists.
Quality wines and spirits are essential to an enjoyable dining
experience-from start to finish the right accompaniment can compliment
and enhance the perfect meal. Luxe Bistro offers over 400 carefully
selected wines earning Luxe Bistro the distinguished “Wine
Spectator award of Excellence” Late night weekends at Luxe
Bistro offers specially featured Martinis and Champagne cocktails.
Reservations of all sizes are accepted, with personal menus available
2006 Menu Highlights:
- Chef Tasting Plate
An exotic medley of four of Chef Benitz's favourite daily choices
- Insalata Caprese
- Grand Luxe Seafood Platter
- Tortellini Carbonara
- 12 oz. Stirling Silver Certified New York Striploin
537 Sussex Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z6
Tel: (613) 789-7355
Web Site: www.social.ca
Located in the historic ByWard Market in the heart of Ottawa,
Social offers a sumptuous and elegant atmosphere while indulging
in Chef Stephen Mitton’s menus. Traditional French
and contemporary North American cuisine marry with playful air.
Experimental flavours demand unique and classical wine pairings
inviting holistic approach to dining. For business or pleasure,
Social’s distinctive architecture and interior décor make
everything from large business functions to intimate gatherings
a possibility. Professional, fun and discreet, the staff
is welcoming and pleased to assist in making your occasion a delightful
and rewarding experience. Late evening entertainment is
available Wednesday offering an eclectic mix of jazz, acid jazz
and blues and on the weekends a variety of DJ’s are spinning
the crowd into a groove. Food, wine, atmosphere, pleasure…Social.
Southern Cross Restaurant
404 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON K1R 5A7
Tel: (613) 230-0400
Web Site: www.thesoutherncross.net
Sizzling fajitas, mouth watering ribs, Mexican favourites, charbroiled
steaks, fish dishes, Louisiana fare and deep-fried ice cream dominate
the menu at Ottawa's downtown tex-mex headquarters. If you're
in the mood for a great time and even better food come on down
to the Southern Cross. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
seven days a week including our famous Happy Hours from 3PM -
6PM. We specialize in catering to large groups and important
occasions. Located at 402 Queen Street inside the Radisson
Hotel. Visit our web site for more information as well as
our complete menu.
81-B Clarence Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5
Tel: (613) 241-2200
Web Site: www.stellaosteria.com
In mid May, Stella Osteria opened up to rave reviews. Serving
“Modern Italian Food, Rooted in Tradition.” Stella,
is the newest addition to the Luxe Bistro, and Blue Cactus Bar
and Grill family. Diners enjoy delicious Italian food, in a stylish
atmosphere not yet seen in Ottawa. Stella’s new world Italian
flare cuisine calls for a dynamic wine selection. Stella offers
an embellished wine list that showcases several varietals from
Italy’s diverse wine regions, as well as other, quality
international selections. Cin Cin!
254 Preston Street
Tel: (613) 236-1081
Web Site: http://www.trattoriaitalia.com
The Trattoria Caffe Italia has welcomed and entertained Ottawa
locals, tourists and celebrities for over 20 years. Affectionately
known as "The Tratt", the Trattoria Caffe Italia is
celebrated for their home-style Italian cuisine, cozy, yet vibrant
ambiance and extensive, award-winning wine list with over 600
The restaurant offers their patrons free parking, live accordion
music on weekends, a beautiful rooftop patio, known as IL Giardino
and a private banquet facility known as SOPRA Meetings and Banquets
accommodating up to 100 guests. The Trattoria Caffe Italia is
truly an experience not to be missed. Trattoria Caffe Italia...
The atmosphere will seduce you; the food and wine will bring you
Wine Bar & Bistro
54 York Street
In the Cellar of The Fish Market Restaurant
Tel: (613) 241-4270
This award winning wine bar has been hosting local wine &
beer lovers, as well as visitors from around the globe since 1979.
Known for an outstanding collection of wines, imported beers &
malt whiskeys we are proud recipients of the "WINE SPECTATOR
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" for the past 15 years. Tucked
below The Fish Market Restaurant, this warm candlelit cellar features
magnificent bistro fare including pasta, steak, and fish.
Nightly wine tastings and live jazz on Wednesday & Sunday
evenings. Visit our web
site for more information.
16 Byward Market
Ottawa, ON K1S 3V5
Tel: (613) 241-2401
Fax: (613) 232-4366
Web Site: www.zaksdiner.com
It's easy to imagine Archie, Jughead and the gang at Zak's Diner,
an authentic 50's style diner in the heart of Ottawa's lively
ByWard Market. Zak's serves great burgers, fries, sandwiches
and breakfast "all day every day". Start your meal with
one of our old fashioned thick, thick milkshakes and finish it
off with a slice of our homemade "sky high" apple pie. The
atmosphere is casual. Tunes by Elvis, the Beatles and other
stars can be heard on tabletop jukeboxes; pop in a quarter and
make your selection. Zak's is great for families and kids
of all ages.