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.
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!
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.
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

Food market
Heating Up the Capital
Visit the second annual hot sauce expo where you can meet Canadian hot sauce makers plus sample and buy their hot sauces. Massine's Capital Punishment…
Kanata Ribfest
Kanata Ribfest
Craft beer, delicious food, and live entertainment to kick off the barbecue season!
Maple Fest
Enjoy farm and sugarbush activities as well as outdoor fun and a farm store. Sugar shack brunch starts March 6.
Ontario Maple Weekend
Enjoy pancake breakfasts, sugarbush trails, sugar-making demonstrations, taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more throughout the province of…
Orléans Craft Beer Festival
More than 25 craft beer vendors pour their very best, and the event also features delicious food, smooth wines and spirits, and amazing live…
Ottawa Asian Festival Night Market
Ottawa's original night market moves to Sparks Street! From K-pop dancers to musicians and street food chefs specializing in the most unique and…

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Gastronomic experiences

Ogham Craft Spirits
In a tasting room in Kanata, a west-end Ottawa suburb, raise a glass of gin, poitín or other spirits made from Ottawa Valley grain.
Sample the East
Sample the East
Take a weekend or day trip around Eastern Ontario to discover rural attractions and local food producers. Just download a pre-planned route!
St. Albert Cheese Co-op
St. Albert Cheese Co-op
After your visit, cheese will no longer hold any secrets. Discover all the production steps involved in making our famous cheddars & watch our employees work through huge windows overlooking the production area.
The Good Food Tour
The Good Food Tour
Welcome to The Good Food Tour where you will be guided on a culinary walking tour of the charming towns of Almonte and Carleton Place, just 30 minutes west of Ottawa! Taste local specialities and hear interesting historical stories of our friendly towns.
Thursty Pedaler
Thursty Pedaler
Help pedal a 15-person bike to three pubs and craft breweries in Ottawa’s vibrant Glebe neighbourhood on a one-of-a-kind tour. Get your heart pumping and enjoy a tasty beverage at each stop!

Member restaurants

Beandigen Café
Beandigen Café
Discover products from Indigenous makers while sipping a fine coffee in this combined café and retail space at Lansdowne.
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.
We believe that the experience of great hospitality doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions.
Big Rig Brewery Ottawa
Big Rig Brewery Ottawa
True to its name, this is Ottawa’s biggest craft brewer. Tour the Kanata brewery or drop into one of two lively brewery restaurants for great pub fare with your beer.
Bistro Boréal
Bistro Boréal
Looking for a quiet setting, with quick, attentive staff and dishes that feature locally grown products? Perhaps a glass of wine with friends this weekend? The Bistro Boréal is sure to cast its spell!
Blue Cactus Bar & Grill
Blue Cactus Bar & Grill
Its fresh stylish décor creates a vibrant evening atmosphere in which to enjoy contemporary cuisine and with a selection from our award winning drink menu.

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