• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

Where to Eat Ottawa

Pancho Villa in Ottawa

Pancho Villa is a cozy restaurant that offers hearty Tex Mex and unique cocktails.

Pancho Villa is a cozy restaurant that offers hearty Tex Mex and unique cocktails.

Small, cozy, and nestled under an apartment building on Elgin Street, Pancho Villa has traditional Mexican fare on offer. Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and enchiladas stuffed with beef and chicken dominate the menu, but vegetarians and vegans will also find something here to enjoy. Round off your meal with a southern-themed cocktail — try the Pina Colada or the Acapulco Sunset — and a delicious serving of deep fried ice cream. —Amy Allen
•Pancho Villa, 361 Elgin St., 613-234-8872
Map and reviews

Pizza With Flair: ZaZaZa

ZaZaZa offers gourmet pizza with an assortment of unusual toppings.

ZaZaZa offers gourmet pizza with an assortment of unusual toppings.

Yet another brainchild of local restaurateur Ion Aimers, ZaZaZa offers thin crust pizza made with fresh dough, fresh sauce, and an assortment of unusual toppings. Guests are first asked to choose a crust (cornmeal, honey oat, or gluten-free); they can then peruse the playbill menu, which boasts such flamboyant pizzas as the Bleekinator (mozzarella, tomatoes, bacon, and parmesan), Lover’s Leap (mozzarella, pepperoni, hot Italian sausage, tomatoes, and black olives), and the Scary Roommate (mozzarella, kraft dinner, hot dogs, cheddar, and parmesan).
•1079 Wellington St. W., 613-798-9292, and three other locations. zazazapizza.com

Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa

For more than 25 years, the Yangtze Dining Lounge has been cooking up some quality Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.

For more than 25 years, Yangtze Dining Lounge has been cooking up some quality Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.

Got a hankering for cheap yet tasty dim sum? Well, Yangtze Dining Lounge can hook you up. The place has been an institution in Chinatown for more than 25 years, and its menu is packed with spring rolls, assorted soups, noodle bowls, meat dishes, and plenty of options for vegetarians. It offers both Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and you can sit in or take out. —Amy Allen
•700 Somerset St. W., 613-236-0555. yangtze.ca
Map and reviews

Deacon Brodie’s Pub in Ottawa

Deacon Brodie's Pub is new in town, and it's offering some traditional Scottish pub fare — try the haggis!

Deacon Brodie’s Pub is new in town, and it’s offering some traditional Scottish pub fare — try the haggis!

Deacon Brodie’s Pub is named after a Scottish thief who was hanged for his crimes in the early 18th century. There’s plenty of traditional pub fare on offer, but there are some unusual items on the menu as well, such as lobster and salmon pot pie, ginger crusted pickerel, and malai kebab chicken. And be sure to keep an eye out for the haggis, that traditional Scottish dish made of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs. —Amy Allen
•247 Elgin St., 613-236-6464. deaconbrodiespub.com

Modern Cuisine at Gezellig

Delicious modern food is on offer at Gezellig, a cozy restaurant in the heart of Westboro.

Delicious modern food is on offer at Gezellig, a cozy restaurant in the heart of Westboro.

Restaurant entrepreneur Stephen Beckta and executive chef Michael Moffatt’s newest venture Gezellig (gah-zell-ig), named after the Dutch adjective for “convivial”, is both comfortable and inspiring with its modern menu and cozy atmosphere. Located in a converted 1950s bank building in Westboro, the restaurant specializes in big plates designed to be shared, such as the St. Louis back ribs with swiss chard, cherry tomatoes, grilled peppers, and butter-fried cornbread. The menu gets inspiration from around the world, including the wine pairings, while still supporting local producers.
•337 Richmond Rd., 613-680-9086. gezelligdining.ca
Map and reviews

Travis Persaud

Union Local 613 in Ottawa

Communal seating, southern cuisine, and a vast selection of bourbon are part of Union Local 613's charm.

Communal seating, southern cuisine, and a vast selection of bourbon are part of Union Local 613′s charm.

Nestled in Ottawa’s Somerset Village, Union Local 613 has caused a wave of excitement in the nation’s capital with its bold take on Southern cuisine. Communal seating covers the majority of the restaurant, allowing raucous conversations to travel across shared tables — and once your order comes, raucousness will continue. Buttermilk-fried yardbird, cracker crusted Louisiana catfish and cheddar, and roasted garlic hominy grits are just a few of the items worth shouting about. A selection of bourbon makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a Kentucky saloon.
•315 Somerset St. W., 613-231-1010, union613.ca
Map and reviews

Travis Persaud

Underground Sensation: Ottawa’s El Camino

In the mood for tacos with a twist? Head over to El Camino — their fillings include such delicacies as ox tongue and lamb!

In the mood for tacos with a twist? Head over to El Camino — their fillings include such delicacies as ox tongue and lamb!

Tacos? Yes, please. Raw food? Mhmm. Creative cocktails? Heck, yeah! El Camino has wowed Ottawa with its chill underground space and varied menu that elevates the simple taco with such fillings as lamb and ox tongue. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and if you’re in a rush — or just want to enjoy the beauty of Ottawa during the summer — they have a takeout window so you can eat and walk!
•380 Elgin St., 613-231-1010, eatelcamino.com

Travis Persaud

Signatures Restaurant in Ottawa

Signatures

Experience some fine dining at Signatures Restaurant, where modern cuisine is combined with a relaxing ambience.

Named a Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Signatures Restaurant occupies a gorgeous mansion just steps from the Rideau River. Its incomparable seasonal menu — revamped and revitalized in recent months — and phenomenal wine list make it an ideal spot to celebrate your special occasion.
•453 Laurier Ave. E., 613-236-2433. bistroatsignatures.com
Map and reviews

Travis Persaud

Burgerlicious: The Works in Ottawa

An assortment of wacky burgers are on the menu at the Works—like this, the Three Ring Binder.

An assortment of wacky burgers are on the menu at the Works—like this, the Three Ring Binder.

The Works ain’t your normal burger shop. First, pick your choice of seven patties, from elk to veggie to Canadian beef. Next, pick one of the dozens of topping combinations that start with Babewatch (avocado and Monterey Jack) and ends with War Pig (mushrooms, smoky BBQ, cheddar, and bacon). Last, add a side, such as their spicy bold slaw or fresh cut fries. With so much choice you’re destined to find a combination that’s right for you—and you’ll see just why this gourmet burger joint has won so many awards.
•Seven locations, including: 580 Bank St., 613-235-0406, worksburger.com
Map and reviews

Travis Persaud

Scrumptious Brunch at Von’s Bistro

Von's Bistro

Von’s Bistro in the Glebe has an extensive brunch menu, offering everything from yogurt and granola to grilled salmon omelettes.

Laidback and relaxed, Von’s Bistro in the Glebe creates a homey space to break bread. Here for the weekend? Well, their brunch menu runs a mile long, with every type of creative benedict, omelet, and pancake one could desire. Afternoon and evening fare focuses on shareable plates, pastas, and protein—from duck breast to lamb burgers to classic steak et frites.
•Von’s Bistro, 819 Bank St., 613-233-3277. vonsottawa.com

—Travis Persaud

Pub Fare With a Twist

Hintonburg-2-CREDIT-DwayneBrownStudios

You won’t find the usual pub grub at the Hintonburg Public House. (Photo: Dwayne Brown Studios)

The Hintonburg Public House offers a modern spin on traditional pub fare: crispy cod with golden fries and tartar sauce replace the standard beer-battered fish and chips. And you won’t find a classic bacon, egg, and hash brown breakfast special here. Instead, treat your taste buds to a potato hash with caramelized onion, pepper sausage, and poached Becking Farm eggs.
•1020 Wellington St. W., 613-421-5087, hintonburgpublichouse.ca

—Travis Persaud

Eclectic Fare on Preston Street

Stoneface-Dollys

Whether you’re looking for a tasty lunch, brunch, or craft beer, Stoneface Dolly’s provides.

In the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy strip, Stoneface Dolly’s presents a menu that excels anytime of the day or week. Well-sized burgers and sandwiches rule at lunch, while dinner features an eclectic mix that spans jambalaya to almond encrusted chicken. And, they produce a brunch so good that the place is packed until they have to turn off the lights. Bonus: They have a growing draught list that highlights Ontario’s craft breweries.
• Stoneface Dolly’s, 416 Preston St., 613-564-2222, stonefacedollys.com