Standing on the south bank of the Ottawa River lies the country‘s capital, Ottawa — a city full of history and life. Once a place for harvesting, hunting, fishing, and trade is now filled with a hustling and bustling restaurant scene: find anything from intimate bistros and neighbourhood restaurants, to oyster bars and fine-dining cuisine. Check this updated guide for some of the best spots in town.
Looking to try one of the bests in fine-dining? Take it to Atelier, where chef and sommelier Marc Lepine brings his experience from around the globe to the kitchen, serving elevated cuisine in the form of art. At Atelier, guests must participate in the 12-course fixed tasting menu; however, this type of dining experience is not to be feared. Chef Lepine has continued to surprise his guests with unforgettable dishes, bringing many back again and again, and Atelier will even accommodate any guests with dietary restrictions. Each course is designed by Lepine and is a representation of his mastering of the kitchen — between the incredible flavour combinations, beautiful presentation, and perfectly paired wines for each dish, this spot should be sure not to be missed.
Atelier Inc, 540 Rochester St, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 321 3537
Consistently ranked as one of Ottawa’s top restaurants, award-winning Beckta Dining and Wine turns fine dining on its head with a menu of unique and creative recipes, ranging from seafood to meat dishes, prepared only with fresh and local ingredients. Start with the beef tartare, served with whitefish caviar and lemon ricotta, and then go for the laurentian chicken — seared chicken, pistachio pesto and marinated zucchini. Looking for a vegetarian dish? Opt for the fava bean quadrucci — roasted corn, King Eryingi mushrooms and smoked cashews. If you’re feeling daring, put chef Michael Moffatt in the hands of your dining experience and go for the tasting menu, offered in either five or eight courses.
Beckta Dining & Wine, 226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 238 7063
At Gezellig, high ceilings, blue walls and colourful art make for a beautifully comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in this unique space that still maintains its bright and airy character. Find a range of internationally-inspired dishes on the menu like the rillette of pickled mushrooms with peppercorn bread, Québec chicken with a beet purée or pork gnocchi. Between the cuisine and vibe of this spot, eating at Gezellig is delightful in every respect.
Gezellig, 337 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 680 9086