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Ottawa has more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in the country. With so many places to choose from, we have compiled a list of restaurants to help you decide where to dine. From traditional haute cuisine to the more contemporary and exotic ethnic foods, the region features a wonderful range of delicious fare. There’s a restaurant to suit just about any taste, from American-Southwest to Cajun, Italian to Polish, Spanish to Thai, and many more!  


Blue Cactus Bar & Grill
2 ByWard Market 
Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1 
Tel: (613) 241-7061 
Web Site:

Centrally located in Ottawa's ByWard Market, Blue Cactus remains Ottawa’s premier restaurant choice. Its fresh, upscale décor and expanded space create a vibrant evening atmosphere in which to enjoy award-winning margaritas and Contemporary Southwest cuisine.  Late night weekends enjoy DJs spinning a mix of soul, funk and house music.

With its casual daytime ambience, Blue Cactus is perfect for quiet dining, and guaranteed to impress your business lunch partner. The spacious mezzanine is an ideal choice for business events and private parties. Against a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bustling Market, your guests can meet and dine in private style. Custom-tailored menus are available to meet your specific needs.

Menu Highlights
AAA Alberta Beef - Cajun Rib Eye
Baja Shrimp
Blue Cactus Ten-Spice Roasted Chicken
Linguini Tuscadero

Reservations for up to 100 people accepted

Carmello's Italian Restaurant
Two Great Locations!!
300 Sparks Street Tel: (613) 563-4349
131 Cooper Street Tel: (613) 239-3137
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The Soul of Italy...on the Sparks Street Mall and Cooper Street
Exciting and creative contemporary Italian cuisine is prepared in this lovely trattoria with service that is unmatched in the city.  Fresh pasta's, thin crust pizza, grilled vegetables, and grilled fish and meats abound on the stylish menu.  A selection of ten micro-brewed draft beers are featured along with a fabulous Italian wine list from their special wine cellar.  The tiramisu is to die for.  Carmello's was chosen as the Best Italian Restaurant in 1998 by readers of the Ottawa Express.  Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and Sunday evening.  Both locations a five minute walk from Parliament Hill and most major hotels, Sparks location has a lovely summer patio, free parking, reservations and friendly service.  Visit our web site for our menu and other information.  While in Ottawa you don't want to miss eating at Carmello's. La Dolce Vita awaits! 

Coasters Seafood GrillCoasters Seafood Grill
54 York Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1
Above The Fish Market Restaurant
Tel: (613) 241-FISH (3474)

Overlooking the historical ByWard Market, this casual eatery featuring cooking on an open grill welcomes you 7 days a week.  "All You Can Eat Fresh Mussels Everyday All Day " has become an Ottawa institution since 1980.  Our expert Chefs prepare the freshest of "fish steaks", gourmet pizzas, mussels, pastas and "Ottawa's best" fish & chips in an open kitchen.  An excellent progressive wine list is available featuring all that is nouveau as well as traditional to complete your dining experience.  Themed with the Rideau Canal System Locks, cozy couches, and warm & friendly service makes this a great spot to relax in and enjoy.  Visit our web site form more information. 

Courtyard Restaurant
21 George Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5
Tel: (613) 241-1516
Fax: (613) 241-5738
Web Site:
Housed in an 1827 heritage stone building the Courtyard Restaurant has been providing elegant facilities for lunches, dinners and groups since 1980.  Our chef blends continental fare with the finest in contemporary tastes, creating delectable menus that are designed to bring out the best in every flavour.  House specialties include Beef Tenderloin Wellington and Rack of Lamb, as well as a wide range of Steak, Seafood, Pork and Chicken dishes.  Our three private dining rooms can accommodate from 10 to 80 guests for a seated event and larger groups for receptions.  We also offer special group menus.  From our beautiful outdoor patio to our elegantly appointed dining rooms The Courtyard's warm and charming atmosphere make us the perfect setting for your special occasion, family gathering or professional celebration. The Courtyard is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with our Sunday Brunch featuring a live classical guitarist. 

Consumers' Choice AwardThe Fish Market RestaurantFish Market Restaurant
54 York Street
Corner of York & William Streets
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1
ByWard Market 
Tel: (613) 241-FISH (3474)

Ask anyone where the preferred FRESH FISH & SEAFOOD restaurant of the Nation's Capital is and they'll tell you it's located in the heart of the historical ByWard Market.  Since 1979, we have been serving up sumptuous seafood, lobster rich & inviting, flaky tender fresh fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, mussels and scallops to name but a few.  Our menu is refreshed twice daily, offering the freshest and finest available from the Sea.  We offer an excellent progressive wine list featuring all that is nouveau as well as traditional.  Join us daily for lunch or dinner in friendly and uniquely nautical surroundings.  Visit our web site for more information.

Luxe Bistro
47 York Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5S7
Tel: (613) 241-8805
Web Site:

In Ottawa’s premier location, the ByWard Market step into the flavour of New York and savour the tastes created in this Bistro Style Steakhouse.

Award winning and published Executive Chef Derek Benitz has an unprecedented understanding of culinary history and technique. With this Luxe hosts a tantalizing classic menu with modern twists.

Quality wines and spirits are essential to an enjoyable dining experience-from start to finish the right accompaniment can compliment and enhance the perfect meal. Luxe Bistro offers over 400 carefully selected wines earning Luxe Bistro the distinguished “Wine Spectator award of Excellence” Late night weekends at Luxe Bistro offers specially featured Martinis and Champagne cocktails.

Reservations of all sizes are accepted, with personal menus available if desired.

2006 Menu Highlights:

  • Chef Tasting Plate
    An exotic medley of four of Chef Benitz's favourite daily choices
  • Insalata Caprese
  • Grand Luxe Seafood Platter
  • Tortellini Carbonara
  • 12 oz. Stirling Silver Certified New York Striploin

537 Sussex Dr.
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6Z6
Tel: (613) 789-7355
Web Site:

Located in the historic ByWard Market in the heart of Ottawa, Social offers a sumptuous and elegant atmosphere while indulging in Chef Stephen Mitton’s menus.  Traditional French and contemporary North American cuisine marry with playful air.  Experimental flavours demand unique and classical wine pairings inviting holistic approach to dining.  For business or pleasure, Social’s distinctive architecture and interior décor make everything from large business functions to intimate gatherings a possibility.  Professional, fun and discreet, the staff is welcoming and pleased to assist in making your occasion a delightful and rewarding experience.  Late evening entertainment is available Wednesday offering an eclectic mix of jazz, acid jazz and blues and on the weekends a variety of DJ’s are spinning the crowd into a groove.  Food, wine, atmosphere, pleasure…Social.

The Southern Cross Restaurant
404 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON K1R 5A7
Tel: (613) 230-0400
Web Site:

Sizzling fajitas, mouth watering ribs, Mexican favourites, charbroiled steaks, fish dishes, Louisiana fare and deep-fried ice cream dominate the menu at Ottawa's downtown tex-mex headquarters. If you're in the mood for a great time and even better food come on down to the Southern Cross. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week including our famous Happy Hours from 3PM - 6PM. We specialize in catering to large groups and important occasions. Located at 402 Queen Street inside the Radisson Hotel. Visit our web site for more information as well as our complete menu.

Stella OsteriaStella Osteria
81-B Clarence Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5
Tel: (613) 241-2200
Web Site:

In mid May, Stella Osteria opened up to rave reviews. Serving “Modern Italian Food, Rooted in Tradition.” Stella, is the newest addition to the Luxe Bistro, and Blue Cactus Bar and Grill family. Diners enjoy delicious Italian food, in a stylish atmosphere not yet seen in Ottawa. Stella’s new world Italian flare cuisine calls for a dynamic wine selection. Stella offers an embellished wine list that showcases several varietals from Italy’s diverse wine regions, as well as other, quality international selections. Cin Cin!

Trattoria Caffe Italia
254 Preston Street
Ottawa Ontario
Tel: (613) 236-1081
Web Site:

The Trattoria Caffe Italia has welcomed and entertained Ottawa locals, tourists and celebrities for over 20 years. Affectionately known as "The Tratt", the Trattoria Caffe Italia is celebrated for their home-style Italian cuisine, cozy, yet vibrant ambiance and extensive, award-winning wine list with over 600 titles.

The restaurant offers their patrons free parking, live accordion music on weekends, a beautiful rooftop patio, known as IL Giardino and a private banquet facility known as SOPRA Meetings and Banquets accommodating up to 100 guests. The Trattoria Caffe Italia is truly an experience not to be missed. Trattoria Caffe Italia... The atmosphere will seduce you; the food and wine will bring you back


Vineyards Wine Bar & BistroVineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
54 York Street
In the Cellar of The Fish Market Restaurant
Ottawa, ON
ByWard Market
Tel: (613) 241-4270

This award winning wine bar has been hosting local wine & beer lovers, as well as visitors from around the globe since 1979.  Known for an outstanding collection of wines, imported beers & malt whiskeys we are proud recipients of the "WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" for the past 15 years.  Tucked below The Fish Market Restaurant, this warm candlelit cellar features magnificent bistro fare including pasta, steak, and fish.  Nightly wine tastings and live jazz on Wednesday & Sunday evenings.  Visit our web site for more information. 

Zak's Diner
16 Byward Market
Ottawa, ON  K1S 3V5
Tel: (613) 241-2401
Fax: (613) 232-4366
Web Site:

It's easy to imagine Archie, Jughead and the gang at Zak's Diner, an authentic 50's style diner in the heart of Ottawa's lively ByWard Market.  Zak's serves great burgers, fries, sandwiches and breakfast "all day every day".  Start your meal with one of our old fashioned thick, thick milkshakes and finish it off with a slice of our homemade "sky high" apple pie.  The atmosphere is casual.  Tunes by Elvis, the Beatles and other stars can be heard on tabletop jukeboxes; pop in a quarter and make your selection.  Zak's is great for families and kids of all ages.

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