Named for one of Canada's founding fathers—who was assassinated on nearby Sparks Street in 1868—this massive pub manages to maintain a cozy, intimate feel. It features comfortable booths that are separated from one another by beautiful stained glass windows. Try one of the daily pub fare specials or an Irish breakfast on the weekends. The pub often draws large crowds on Wednesday through Saturday evenings, when local musicians entertain patrons with live Celtic tunes.
Cool colors, open spaces and pale wood tones give this stylish two-level grill and pub a California feel that makes it a hit with the downtown professional crowd. A popular place for business lunches and large groups, Oscar's features an antipasto bar, cappuccino bar and a large choice of salads and Italian sandwiches. The eclectic selection of thin-crust, wood-oven pizzas are the big draw on the menu; be prepared for a long wait if you order one during the lunch rush.
Located directly beside the Canal Rideau in the National Arts Center, this popular restaurant offers incredible views. Chef Kurt Waldele specializes in Canadian cuisine with international overtones. Main courses range from Grilled Sea-farmed Atlantic Salmon with a dill remoulade to Grilled Alberta Beef Filet Mignon served over caramelized onion and Barolo. The table d'hote features salad, the aforementioned filet mignon or salmon, British Columbia raspberry sherbet, and coffee or tea.
Zoé's Lounge located in the luxe Fairmont Château Laurier, is one of Ottawa's most chic lounge. The decor spells class and elegance with grand chandeliers, carpet and a beautiful atrium. Named after a sweet lady by the name Zoé, the lounge serves everything that your hungry heart desires. You can munch on the delicious pizzas and light bites and for the calorie conscious they have a variety of salads. It also serves an exciting variety of refreshing teas in its afternoon and Canadian high-tea menus.
This upscale steak house is a favorite haunt of Ottawa's business and political elite. With its dark paneling, subdued lighting and private booths, Hy's is a perfect setting for a power lunch or a candlelit dinner for two. Although the menu is extensive, with selections that include baked Shellfish Thermidor and Filet of Salmon, Hy's specialty is its Charcoal-Broiled Steaks.
Overlooking the impressive Parliament Buildings and the Rideau Locks, Wilfrid's Restaurant is an exclusive dining place offered by the elegant Fairmont Château Laurier. The award winning restaurant specializes in local Canadian cuisine and offers a wide variety in its breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Wilfrid's is a chic dining place and is apt for a romantic dinner with your special one as well as a family outing.
The sandwiches offered at Subway are always nutritious and delicious. What's more, is that the sandwich can be made to suit your taste and you can choose from a huge variety of veggies, greens and meats. Some of the delights are Ham, Turkey Breast, Subway Club and Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki. Add your favorite sauces and vegetables with your choice of filling and you're good to go! Or ask them to toast it to perfection and sink your teeth into crispy delights. Subway has gone out of its way to please its customers, by giving you the choice to make a 15-centimeter (six-inch) sub into a wrap. So what are you waiting for? Head to Subway today!
Situated in the elegantly furbished Fairmont Château Laurier, La Terrasse is one of the best places to be seated at and have glimpses of scenic Ottawa. Overlooking the Ottawa River and Canal Rideau, the restaurant is the perfect alfresco dining spot. Open only during the warm summer days and when weather permits this place is apt for business lunches and social dinners.
Mayflower II Restaurant & Pub is a small, friendly British-style restaurant offering some of the best fish and chips in Ottawa and an authentic British pub upstairs. The relaxed restaurant, popular with the downtown office crowd, offers a tasty breakfast special. Equally popular, the pub itself features weird and wonderful British paraphernalia as well as a large selection of single malt scotches and imported draft beers.
The Metropolitan Brasserie is one of the better known restaurants in central Ottawa. You will find dishes like Steak, Smoked Chicken and Poutine on the menu, all of which are worth a try. They easily accommodate large groups, although the service does get a little slow.
For a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee the Daly’s Express, inside the Westin Ottawa, offers a great selection. If you need a caffeine fix, their coffees are delicious and the service is fast and friendly. You can pick up a tasty sandwich and if you are in a hurry take it to go. Whether you are looking for meal or a snack, Daly’s Express is the place to go.
Enjoy a delicious meal while admiring the beautiful view of the Rideau Canal. Daly's Restaurant has a sophisticated ambiance, but a casual atmosphere. The Sunday brunch is especially mouthwatering and the dinner menu has great options. Pair your dish with a glass of wine or a classic cocktail.