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Ottawa’s culinary scene

Ottawa’s culinary scene

Canada’s capital region is full of rich dining and drinking experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. Award-winning restaurants feature fresh products from over a thousand local farms. Tours take you to unique eateries, breweries, wineries and distilleries in various neighbourhoods. Year-round farmers markets, culinary classes and special events highlight everything from poutine to maple syrup to multicultural flavours. And as the North American headquarters of the prestigious Le Cordon Culinary Arts Institute, the city is home to many top chefs. Go on a culinary journey through Ottawa!

Food and drink highlights

breakfast, brunch
Hot brunch spots in Canada’s capital
Browse a few of the tastiest brunch places in the Ottawa area that serve classic egg breakfasts, inventive dishes, mimosas, Caesars and much more.
Fairouz Restaurant
Halal food options in Ottawa
Looking for halal restaurants in Canada’s capital? Check out some of the city’s delicious options ranging from burgers and shawarma to elevated mezze.
Tavern on the Falls
Great patios by Ottawa neighbourhood
Looking for the ultimate patio spot in Ottawa? Check out some of the best restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs with outdoor spaces, by neighbourhood.
Byward Market, strawberries
Shop local at Ottawa farmers' markets
Looking to buy seasonal produce, handmade items and unique local specialities? Visit one of the many daily or weekly farmers' markets in Canada's capital!
ice cream
Best ice cream (and other frozen treats) in Ottawa
Looking for a cool treat on a hot summer day or year round? Check out some of the best ice cream (and delicious alternatives) that are made with love in Ottawa.
Tapping into Ottawa
Tapping into Ottawa
Learn about the breweries and distilleries using local ingredients, community events and fresh perspectives to tell Ottawa's story.
coffee
Eat and shop local at these businesses that give back
Looking to make a difference in the community while you shop and dine? Choose these Ottawa-based social enterprises and community-minded businesses!
curry
Must-try international cuisine in Ottawa
Craving international flavours such as Indian, Asian, Mexican and Thai? Learn about some of the best takeout options near you, including menu highlights.
coffee
Six coffee roasters in Ottawa to satisfy your caffeine cravings
Ottawa loves to support its local businesses and coffee shops are no exception. Local, independent coffee roasters provide a unique experience and…
BeaverTails and pumpkin
Best fall treats in Ottawa
Enjoy sweet and savoury goodies including harvest-inspired beer, baked goods, cold treats and warm drinks while basking in Ottawa’s autumn beauty.
sweet holiday treats
Delicious and sweet holiday treats to try in Ottawa
This holiday season, you’ll find all of the warm drinks, decadent baked goods and decorated sweets you and your loved-ones are craving in Canada’s capital.
Zak's Diner
Family-friendly restaurants and places to eat in Ottawa
Looking for a kid-friendly place to eat in Ottawa? See some of the restaurants, diners, pubs and self-serve options the whole family will love.
Mill Street Brew Pub Ottawa, beer
Must try summer craft beers in Ottawa
With summer finally here you’re going to want a few good thirst-quenching craft beers on hand and we’ve got just the list of new releases from Ottawa…
Le Cordon Bleu
Great Ottawa Restaurants
Ottawa’s vibrant culinary community has deep roots: there are over 1300 farms located within the city limits and the resulting local products are used…
SuzyQ Doughnuts
Ottawa is filled with doughnuts worth drooling over
Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than any other country, and as Canada’s capital, Ottawa certainly represents! Whether you like traditional…
1 Elgin restaurant, National Arts Centre
Where to eat along the Rideau Canal in the Ottawa area
The Rideau Canal – one of Ottawa’s most popular attractions – is the perfect setting for memorable dining experiences throughout the year. Within the…
Pure Kitchen
Delicious vegetarian and vegan food in the Ottawa area
The culinary scene in Canada’s capital is brimming with delicious cuisine, including popular vegetarian and vegan eateries. From healthy and raw, to…
Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market hotel
Great cocktail spots in Ottawa
Whether you’re on a date, meeting friends or flying solo, you can easily find the perfect place to have drinks in Canada’s capital. And when local…
Children enjoying maple taffy at Fultons Pancake House and Sugar Bush
Maple syrup fun in the Ottawa region
Experience maple magic from late winter into spring! Visit local sugar bushes, see how syrup is produced, eat sweet treats and enjoy the atmosphere!

Culinary event highlights

Beau’s Oktoberfest - Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.
Beau’s Oktoberfest
Bavarian-inspired food provided by some of the best restaurants in Ottawa, Beau’s Oktoberfest beer, live music and events for the whole family.
Food
Carefor's Feast of Fields
Local chefs partner with organic farmers across the Ottawa Valley to bring you a true farm-to-table culinary experience. As you travel from station to…
Curd Festival
Curd Festival
Enjoy diverse activities, live music, and lots of cheese for the whole family.
Evening in the Maritimes
Evening in the Maritimes
Enjoy a 4-course lobster dinner: fresh North Atlantic lobster, seafood chowder, salads, and desserts make up the menu. Entertainment creates the feel…
Maple
Festival of the Maples
The grand finale to a month-long maple celebration featuring vendors, competitions, and lots of maple syrup products.
Cuba
Fiesta Cubana Fest
The best of Cuban culture: including amazing salsa bands, Afrocuban displays, Cuban literature, folkloric dancing, food and cocktails.

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Gastronomic experiences

À la Carte Shuttle and Tours
À la Carte Shuttle and Tours
On foot, by bike or even on snowshoes, explore Ottawa and surrounding regions with a small group and discover unique shops, local foods and craft beverages.
Brew Donkey Tours
Brew Donkey Tours
Meet brewers and sample lots of craft beers on a full-day or half-day tour of Ottawa-area breweries, brewpubs and bars with Brew Donkey Tours.
C'est Bon Cooking
C'est Bon Cooking
Private cooking classes and walking food tours.
Gees Bees Honey Company
Gees Bees Honey Company
Visit a working honey farm and taste the variety of honey produced by honeybees in our region! Learn how honey is made and the importance of bees and pollinators!
Gibbs Honey
Gibbs Honey
Visit this peaceful farm in rural Ottawa to shop for honey, candles and other products, or attend farm tours and tastings.
La Vida Local Food + Wine Tours
La Vida Local Food + Wine Tours
La Vida Local is an Ottawa-based “epicurean adventure” company that offers guided food and wine bus tours across rural Eastern Ontario and West Quebec.

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Member restaurants

1 Elgin Restaurant
1 Elgin Restaurant
Crafting high quality meals, with artistry and the best in local and nationally sourced ingredients, 1 Elgin provides an elegant space to experience exceptional Canadian cuisine and premium wines before a performance or as a refreshing interlude during the work day for lunch.
Absinthe Café
Absinthe Café
Established in 2003, Absinthe, is renowned for its commitment to fine food.
Apothecary Lounge
Apothecary Lounge
Sip artisanal cocktails, craft beers and exclusive wines—and enjoy shareable small plates—in this Prohibition-style bar in the ByWard Market area.
Aulde Dubliner & Pour House
Aulde Dubliner & Pour House
An authentic two-storey, Irish-style pub with a handcrafted cast iron mezzanine patio over viewing the gateway to the ByWard Market.
Banco Bistro
Banco Bistro
Located on the third level of the Casino Lac-Leamy, this outstanding restaurant offers an à la carte menu bursting with flavours and surprising choices.
BeaverTails
BeaverTails
A uniquely Canadian tradition, hand-made Beavertail pastries are served up with a variety of toppings at special events throughout the year and at the permanent kiosk in the ByWard Market.

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