The Top 10 Breakfast Spots In Ottawa

Photo of Harriet Myers
4 October 2016

If you’re looking for something more substantial than a coffee and bagel combo in Ottawa, look no further. We’ve discovered the 10 best places in the city to get your brunch fix.

Eggs Florentine l | © Kham Tran/WikiCommons

Stone Face Dollys

Despite its unassuming exterior, Stone Face Dollys has firmly established itself as an Ottawa brunch favorite thanks to its large portions and quick, friendly service. The limited menu is primarily filled with breakfast favorites, including six different takes on the classic eggs benedict, as well as their specialty items, such as the New York strip steak, which is topped with onions, mushrooms and two eggs. The interior is airy and modern, although the outside terrace is also popular during the summer months.

Stone Face Dollys, 416 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 564 2222

Goodness Gracious Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Canadian, $$$
The Goodness Gracious Café is a small, family-run brunch spot based in the quieter neighborhood of East Ottawa. This low-key location means the place remains relaxed and inviting, with all the charm of a homely environment. The food is simple but of great quality and delicious, especially when served alongside their locally-sourced coffee.

The Daily Grind

Cafe, Coffee
Ham and Cheese Scone, the Scone Witch
Ham and Cheese Scone, the Scone Witch | © Michelle Tribe/Flickr
The Daily Grind is a trendy art cafe, perfect for a laid-back casual brunch. The vibe is very relaxed and the interior quirky, with unexpected touches such as the bookshelf of paperbacks to peruse whilst enjoying your cup of coffee. Most items on the menu have a subtle Caribbean influences and the breakfast tacos in particular are worth trying. Staff are also happy to make changes and recommendations and the whole kitchen is gluten-free, so this is a great place for those with special dietary requirements.

The Scone Witch

Bakery, Bistro, Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Lunch at Benny's Bistro
Lunch at Benny's Bistro | © Christine Rondeau/Flickr
Now with three locations across the city, the most central of which is just off Parliament Hill, it is easy to see why The Scone Witch is so popular. This charming bakery offers over ten different varieties of scone fresh from the oven every day, including sweet, savory and wheat-free options, which make for the perfect light breakfast before a day of sightseeing. For those looking for something a little more substantial, they also offer a range of ‘sconewitches’ and egg-based dishes.

Benny’s Bistro

Bakery, Bistro, Diner, French, Canadian, $$$
Elgin Street Diner
Elgin Street Diner | © Patrick/Flickr
Nestled behind a French bakery, Benny’s Bistro can be a little tricky to find but is definitely worth the effort. Alongside un-falteringly attentive service, one of its most interesting features is the seasonally rotating menu which prioritizes the use of local ingredients in dishes to match Ottawa’s widely varied climate. Whatever the time of the year, however, you can be sure of a well-crafted choice of dishes, such as salmon gravlax with potatoes and an olive tapenade.

Elgin Street Diner

Diner, American, Canadian, $$$
Elgin Street Diner has been an proud Ottawa institution for over 22 years. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this classic diner serves large portions of timeless breakfast dishes, perfect to set you up for the day ahead or help you recover from the night before. Its all-day menu features omelets, pancakes, French toast and bagels, alongside their famous sandwiches, burgers and their famous poutine. Voted Ottawa’s Beat Diner by Xpress Magazine, when in Ottawa you’d be crazy to give this a miss.

Art Is In Bakery

For still-warm, fresh baked goods, Art Is In Bakery is the place to go. This tiny joint produces great-quality breads, croissants, scones and beautifully delicate pastries, all under the watchful eye of their pastry chef Kevin Mathieson. Mathieson aims to combine the tradition of a Parisian boulangerie with the edgy vibe of a Brooklyn pop-up. The breakfast menu is a more gourmet version of your traditional brunch dishes, including an outstanding breakfast sandwich served on fresh bread with homemade lemon chive mayonnaise.

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Wilf & Ada’s

Diner, Restaurant, Canadian, Contemporary, $$$
Waffles with chocolate peanut butter sauce & fresh berries
Waffles with chocolate peanut butter sauce & fresh berries | © Ayleen Gaspar/Flickr
Wilf & Ada’s serves traditional breakfast fare and yet sets itself apart by describing the restaurant as a ‘scratch’ diner, meaning that all food is prepared from scratch and in house, fresh everyday. The menu offers less choice than some other places but the attention put into every dish is clear. The quaint diner interior makes this a very popular spot and there is limited seating, so get there early to avoid a wait.


Bar, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Canadian, American
Available only on Saturday and Sundays from 10am-2pm, Pressed’s Waffle Brunch recently earned a feature on The Food Network’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here!’ . As the name suggests, the premise of their brunch selection is a choice of seven savory and two sweet topping combinations, all served on a fresh buttery waffle. If you have a sweet tooth, the seasonal fruit waffle (topped with fruit, peanut butter, nutella, vanilla ice cream and local maple syrup) is a dream come true, especially accompanied by a free juice or bottomless tea or coffee.

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