Our biggest Best Restaurants list ever explores the city’s dining scene with a fresh new lens: its thriving neighbourhoods.
After all, isn’t the address a driving factor in choosing where to dine out? Whether you’re looking for somewhere within walking distance of your home, a spot near the theatre for pre- or post-show bites, or simply a lively backdrop for your evening out, there’s no disputing the fact that location matters.
So this year, our restaurant reviewers offer their top choices from the ByWard Market, Centretown, The Glebe, Little Italy, and Wellington West, for a total of 22 restaurants that serve excellent food in a pleasing atmosphere.
Read it as an invitation to explore that neighbourhood you’ve been meaning to visit, a guide to the city’s top streets for food lovers — and, most importantly, a celebration of the great food being put forth by Ottawa chefs.
THE BYWARD MARKET
Sidedoor, Eighteen, Oz Kafe, Play Food & Wine, and Das Lokal
Fairouz, Riviera, Clover, Town, and Union 613
Erling’s Variety and The Rowan
Two Six Ate, Atelier, Mati Crudo + Charcoal, and MeNa
Carben, Absinthe, Supply and Demand, Stofa, The Wellington Gastropub, and Allium