Econo Lodge Downtown
475 Rideau St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z3
Phone: (613) 789-3781
Fax: (613) 789-0207
This small, family-run restaurant in a rustic converted house on the edge of Sandy Hill offers authentic Ethiopian dining and a peaceful, casual atmosphere. Fans of African food come here to enjoy a meal in the soothing green dining room or on the tiny street-side veranda. The menu is strong on vegetarian food and large platters offer an excellent sampling of Ethiopian cuisine. Those new to Ethiopian dining should note that the restaurant's thick white dipping breads can be extremely filling. The restaurant also offers traditional Ethiopian coffee and requires large groups to reserve their coffee a day in advance.
Lorenzos Pizzeria, a fine community style restaurant is the place to be if you want a pizza made from fresh dough and ingredients. It has a warm and friendly ambiance. Serving delicious pizza's, you get sandwiches, platters, Italian food and hot and cold subs as well. Fresh ingredients make the food so succulent, that you'd love to have more. Taste one of their pizza's with a homemade sauce and Canadian meats. The casual and relaxed ambiance combined with efficient service and good food,make it a perfect place for a rendezvous with friends and family. Call ahead for more details.
This small establishment, located on the east end of Rideau Street, was the first Cajun restaurant in Ottawa. The menu features many recipes native to Louisiana, including Blackened Catfish and Blackened Alligator. A house specialty is The Big Mamou: two boneless breasts of chicken sprinkled with house seasoning, simmered and then served in a cream sauce with dumplings. There is also a lunch menu, as well as one featuring many traditional Mexican dishes. The restaurant is fully licensed and there is a bar upstairs.
Pub 101, which is right in the center of Byward market, is nice three-story building with a patio out front. With themed nights like poker Mondays, tequila Tuesdays you can have a wonderful time just sipping on a cocktail or one of the wines from their list. Have a party, then its third level is the best place, with a dance floor and enough space for small groups. All this and you also have a great menu with specials each day with wing nights twice a week. Get a taste of music and find your feet tapping to it.
Grab a bite at this friendly, charming Mexican restaurant and you are guaranteed to come back for more. None of the usual Americanized grub can be spotted at this ground-level eatery, which is decorated in bright hues to cheer the spirits. Hot, satisfying portions of burritos and tortillas arrive with a host of sauces that you can use liberally to dress up your meal. The service is prompt, quite living up to the name, Ahora, which means right away. A little salsa bar provides an interesting range of the celebrated dish, in various preparations. Entrees can be accompanied with huge helpings of sides and salads that will insure the use of a doggie bag at the end of the meal. Don't forget to sample some of the scrumptious desserts.
If you are a curry lover, this restaurant will have you drooling. The decor is cozy and trendy, with an atmosphere that encourages relaxed conversation. The kitchen boasts a tandoori oven where specialties including lamb, chicken and shrimp are cooked to perfection. The house specialties are tender Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Pasanda. The restaurant is located in the heart of the Byward Market.
Mangia restaurant sits proudly on the corner of Clarence and Dalhousie streets in the heart of the Byward Market. It is distinctly European in style, with wonderful wooden furniture and gourmet olive oil on the table. Enjoy their scallop, pesto and sesame seed pizza, or construct a meal from a calamari appetizer and a Veal Marsala main course.
This delightfully vibrant pizzeria is in the old Grand Hotel building, complete with authentic forno a legna (wood-burning) pizza oven. The pizzas are thin-crust and the crust is the perfect blend of crispy and chewy. In keeping with genuine Italian traditions, the pizzas aren't overwhelmed with toppings; rather, they're kept nice and simple; the tonno pizza is simply tomato sauce, red onion, mozzarella and tuna. Other great picks include the quatro formaggio and the robustly flavored marinara. There is also a selection of salads and pasta. Parties can be booked here; call for more details.
Serving a satisfying brand of Italian comfort food prepared with modern flare, this old standby never disappoints. The black and gray, somewhat formal interior is a product of the same impeccable skill with which owners Joao Botelho and Maria Moscatel prepare the cuisine. Drawing consistent rave reviews in Ottawa for its charm and impressive wine list, this Byward Market stalwart is a good bet for an upscale night out.
Embracing Ottawa's love for all things eclectic, Fat Tuesdays really is a bar with a difference. Not only can you see dueling pianos on a Friday and Saturday night, there is a visiting psychic for guests to get readings from, and Scarlett's Dinner Theater murder mysteries. Fat Tuesdays serves up great food, some of which you might do a double-take at - the shrimp'n'gator kebabs are an interesting opportunity to show an alligator the inside of your mouth, rather than the other way around. The drinks, particularly the cocktails, are a little pricey but they are delicious and made with fresh ingredients. Visit the website for details of upcoming events.
Popular with local seafood lovers, this semi-casual restaurant in the heart of the Byward Market offers exactly what the name implies: one of Ottawa's largest selections of fresh fish. The dimly lit and tightly packed restaurant features giant lobster tanks and ten to 15 types of fresh fish brought in daily from around the world. Main courses range from barbecued swordfish to the Whole Stuffed Rainbow Trout. An extensive wine selection includes both traditional and newer wines (Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc).
In the heart of the lively Byward Market sits this large, casual Italian restaurant, complete with red checkered tablecloths and a large patio. Referring to itself as a 'pasta market,' the eatery, with its bare brick walls and pasta pictures, is known for its large pizza and pasta buffet offered for both lunch and dinner. A full menu including a variety of veal, pasta and salad choices, as well as a children's menu, is also available.