No weekend in Ottawa is complete without Sunday brunch. In winter, it will give you a cozy start to a day of snowy sightseeing. In summer, it’s an event into itself, providing ample time to linger on a patio enjoying a delicious meal. Below, our local experts have listed their favourite Sunday brunch options in Ottawa—and it’s a diverse selection that should satisfy even the pickiest traveller.
MURRAY ST. CHARCUTERIE
Meat reigns supreme at this ultra-Canadian Ottawa restaurant, where the Saturday and Sunday brunch are a major hit with locals. Among the best dishes: The Potaco (pulled pork, baked beans, cheddar and sour cream in potato pancake shell) and the Pauly-D (house-made sausage, cheddar French toast, fried egg, and garlic maple syrup)—all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Murray St. Charcuterie, 110 Murray Street, 613-562-7244, murraystreet.ca
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Considered one of the best-kept secrets in the capital, Benny’s is hard to find but worth the effort. Located in the back of The French Baker (which also serves up a tasty breakfast) in downtown Ottawa, this restaurant’s Sunday brunch menus are seasonal and complemented by a daily special, all served up in an unpretentious setting with a neighbourhood vibe.
Benny’s Bistro, 119 Murray Street, 613-789-6797, bennysbistro.ca
Chez Edgar’s Saturday and Sunday brunch menu stands out as one of the best on the Ottawa scene by being both casual and elaborate. Baked goods are stacked with stylish precision over a deli cooler that houses trays of sandwiches. The popular brioche comes in unique flavour combinations, such as dates and bacon topped with an orange glaze. The Dutch Baby—a concoction of dough, pork, cheddar, apple and maple syrup—is a game changer.
Chez Edgar, 60 rue Bégin, Gatineau, 819-205-1110, chezedgar.ca
THE URBAN PEAR
This restaurant’s Sunday brunch menu changes regularly, using the best Ottawa-area ingredients the chefs can source. During the summer months, a team of dedicated organic farmers supply the restaurant with its produce, and all the meat and fish come from Canadian farms and waters. The fruits of these efforts can be seen in an ever-changing Sunday brunch menu that offers some of Ottawa’s most creative, high-quality dishes.
The Urban Pear, 151 Second Avenue, 613-569-9305, theurbanpear.com
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The Manx has been a local social hub since 1993. Located right in the heart of Elgin Street, this downtown Ottawa restaurant’s Sunday brunch attracts a loyal clientele that applauds its cozy atmosphere and creative menu. Also featured at The Manx: curated art and a regular reading series.
The Manx, 370 Elgin St., 613-231-2070, Facebook page
The line stretching out of the door and around the corner for Saturday or Sunday brunch at this Ottawa restaurant is proof enough that it’s one of the best. Classics like omelettes and eggs benedict are recommended—they come with a European twist.
Stoneface Dolly’s, 416 Preston St., 613-564-2222, stonefacedollys.com
Culinary expert Cora Tsouflidou started a whole new breakfast concept in 1987 when she opened her first restaurant in Quebec. The smiling sun logo can now be seen at locations across Canada. A massive menu consisting of fresh fruit, omelettes, eggs, crepes, French toast and waffles offers something for diners of every discretion. The restaurant provides a great, quick and affordable Sunday brunch for Ottawa group visitors and families.
Chez Cora, eight locations throughout Ottawa, chezcora.com