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Ottawa restaurants

New and Notable Restaurants 2015


(Photo: Kayla Pongrac)

(Photo: Kayla Pongrac)

Last year, six new restaurants joined an already burgeoning food scene, offering a tantalizing array of dining experiences: Northern Italian cichèti, gourmet ‘bar’ food, izakaya-themed Japanese, small plates, snacking plates, even the traditional meat-and-potatoes plates, but with a twist!


Where Canada’s 10 Best New Restaurants

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2014, chosen by the editors of Where


Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program that recognizes the top new dining destinations across the country. Where magazine’s editors deliberate at the end of each year to nominate an outstanding restaurant from their region.

This year’s selection celebrates cozy cuisine—like Prairie 360, Where Winnipeg’s pick, offering a curated mix of wild game and locally-sourced ingredients; or Tavern 1883, nominated by Where Canadian Rockies, that serves up “proper Canadian comfort food” in a charming mountain cabin atmosphere. Creative Italian fare is also in the spotlight—Bufala, selected by Where Vancouver, serves up down-to-earth rustic fare while Bar Buca, Where Toronto’s pick, showcases around 30 perfect-for-grazing small plates. Together, these restaurants and 6 more, represent the top 10 new restaurants in Canada in 2014.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2014.

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2013, chosen by the editors of Where

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program recognizing the nation’s top chefs and outstanding restaurants. Editors from each of the following Where magazine regions select an exceptional restaurant to be honoured: Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Winnipeg.

In this year’s selection, a tie is declared in Calgary with two bistros claiming the prize, while an eclectic mix of cuisine is highlighted including Spanish fare in Toronto, Mediterranean dishes in Victoria, market menus in Winnipeg and much more.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2013.

Best New Restaurants in Ottawa 2012

Best New Restaurants in Ottawa

Best New Restaurants in Ottawa: a fine dish from 327 Wine Bar (Photo: Janna Glenn, Karma Creative Solutions)

New eateries are popping up all the time in the capital, but 2012 was particularly generous. The best new restaurants in Ottawa this year range from a Mexican-Asian fusion kitchen to a Somerset West hot spot serving buffalo pig ear sandwiches. Intrigued? You should be! Our local experts have combed the city, looking for dining experiences that will tempt and satisfy any visitor. The result is this list of the six best new restaurants in Ottawa.

See the list of the best new restaurants in Ottawa 2012 »


Best Sunday Brunch at Ottawa Restaurants

Best Sunday Brunch at Ottawa Restaurants

Best Sunday Brunch at Ottawa Restaurants: Chez Cora (Photo: Calgary Reviews)

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.

See the list of best Sunday brunch at Ottawa restaurants »


Hot Dining: Hidden Gems

Sometimes, great food can be hard to find — and we mean that in the most literal sense. These three eateries are off the beaten track but fully worth the effort.

Art-Is-In Boulangerie: The lineup is often out the door at this industrial lunch counter, and for good reason — the sandwiches, flatbreads, soups, and baked goods are among the best in the city. Pick up a loaf of bread on the way out — it’s what made them famous, after all. 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 114, 613-695-1226, www.artisinbakery.com

Los Tacos de Mauro: One might not expect to find authentic Mexican food in a nightclub above a convenience store, but that’s exactly what Los Tacos de Mauro provides. Slightly surreal (disco ball and all), but completely delicious. 349 Dalhousie St. 613-562-9756

Edgar: Located in a residential neighbourhood across the river in Hull, Edgar’s small kitchen churns out exciting lunch fare and frozen meals all week and a to-die-for brunch on the weekend. Don’t miss the sweet/savoury Dutch Baby on the brunch menu — a crispy, fluffy pastry shell filled with pork belly, maple, cheddar, and apple. 60, rue Bégin, Gatineau (Hull sector), 819-205-1110, chezedgar.ca

Hot Dining: Sleek, Chic Downtown Dining at ARC Lounge

Dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients fill the menu at ARC Lounge

Nestled in ARC The.Hotel, ARC Lounge is a chic gem. This downtown restaurant manages to be both sleek and cozy, and is the perfect place for a business meeting over lunch (it’s also a go-to for a romantic dinner or after-work drinks). Known for fresh and local seasonal menus that blend sophistication and creativity, this is a place that is generating increasing buzz. Head over in the morning and order the Arc French Toast — oat and cinnamon crusted cranberry focaccia with maple syrup and orange butter — for a nice wake-up call. 140 Slater St., 613-238-9998.

5 Ottawa Lunch Picks Perfect for Winter

Fraser Café (Photo by fieldtripp)

We’ve been following Ottawa Magazine’s online weekly lunch picks of the best places for a midday meal this winter. If you’re visiting our nation’s capital, try these restaurants that received glowing reviews: (more…)

Ottawa’s WinterBites Begins Today

Enjoy a sexy dinner at Kinki Asian-Fusion Restaurant during WinterBites.

Winter in Ottawa “bites” less this year, thanks to a new food event, WinterBites, launching today and running through January 28.

What better way to ward off the nip of a central Ontario winter than by tucking into a gourmet three-course meal—at appetizing prices, no less? (more…)

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2011

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2011, chosen by the editors of Where

Where Canada‘s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program dedicated to recognizing the country’s top chefs and innovative restaurateurs. (more…)

To Eat Southern, Go North: Ottawa’s Newest BBQ Joint

Photo by Shawna Wagman

Ottawa’s brand-new Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, opened last week, serves up American-style slow-cooked Southern barbecue and all the fixin’s (fried green tomatoes included) in the Byward Market shopping and dining district.

These days, it seems the city has its choice of pulled pork, brisket and coleslaw, with the SmoQue Shack barbecue joint just a few doors down.

Who knew Canada’s capital city was so southern?

See the full story at OttawaMagazine.com.

Six Ways to Escape Winter

It might be a snowy wonderland outside, but if the chilly temperatures are getting you down, WHERE’s got just the ticket to chase away the winter blues.

It's easy to stay warm at the Caribbean-inspired Savana Café.

1. Get tropical at Savana Café. With the brightly coloured walls, old-school chandeliers, and mismatched tablecloths, you’ll instantly feel better walking in the door of this lively brownstone-turned-eatery, and that’s before you’ve even tried the food. Inspired by flavours from the Caribbean and South-East Asia, the cuisine is comforting and delicious, with just the right amount of kick. 431 Gilmour St., 613-233-9159. (more…)