Top Choice Modern Canadian in Ottawa

Beckta Dining & Wine Bar

Book in advance for one of the hottest tables in capital, if not the whole country. Beckta offers an upmarket dining experience with an original spin on regional cuisine. Lunch is à la carte, while dinner is a three…
Top Choice Market in Ottawa

ByWard Market Square

Anchoring the market district, this sturdy brick building is the perfect place to stop when hunger strikes. Aside from the fresh produce and cheese, an array of international takeaway joints offers falafel, spicy cu…
Top Choice Italian in Ottawa


Slick, smart and ineffably cool, this joint is always packed: arty-farty hipsters bump elbows with wealthy coiffured housewives. Ottawa foodies appreciate the use of local produce and northern Italian recipes, resul…
Top Choice Modern American in Ottawa

Union Local 613

Among low-lit decor of hummingbirds and hot-air balloons, drink the house beers and other local craft brews from screw-top jars. It's food with attitude, including southern-fried chicken and cornmeal-crusted catfish…
Top Choice Diner in Ottawa

Wilf & Ada's

This 'scratch diner' is one of Ottawa's hippest breakfast and lunch spots, with its retro art and everything made from scratch. Breakfast is all home-cured bacon, buttermilk French toast, 'homies' (home fries) and m…
Top Choice Mexican in Ottawa

El Camino

With a hip industrial aesthetic underscored by Day of the Dead references, El Camino is either praised as Ottawa's taco joint of the hour or derided as overpriced. Come for chorizo and crispy fish tacos, eaten at be…
Bistro in Ottawa

Benny's Bistro

The smell of freshly baked pain au chocolat emanates from the French bakery at the front of this cool and arty bistro. Pastries are prepared using tried-and-true recipes from France. If you feel like lingering in th…
French in Ottawa

Métropolitain Brasserie

Métropolitain puts a modern spin on the typical brasserie with its swirling zinc countertop, flamboyant fixtures and Gallic soundtrack: you'll feel like you're dining on the set of Moulin Rouge. 'Hill Hour' (4pm to …
Bistro in Ottawa

Chez Lucien

Exposed burgundy brick and classics on the free jukebox make this Gallic-accented gastropub one of Ottawa's favorite places to kick back in style. Numerous burgers, Dijon chicken and nachos are on the menu. Come for…
Seafood in Ottawa


This fish market has served the community since 1867, offering a versatile array of dishes from cod tacos to old-school fish and chips. Sit on the front patio or inside on the ground floor or basement.