We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Ottawa has a lot to offer. Through our work with families and business owners, we’ve noticed a lot of fantastic small businesses here in Kanata and across the greater Ottawa region. In recent years, more and more independent restaurants have opened up to excellent reviews. We’ve rounded up some of the best – let us know if your favourite made the list, or if we missed an Ottawa restaurant you love!
If you love wine and small bites, or tapas, this is the place for you. The menu is inspired by the Basque region of Spain and features locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. There is an extensive wine and drink menu, a charcoal stove and a wood-fire oven used for meat and other dishes. www.barlaurel.ca
The Pomeroy House
Offering an elegant but comfortable atmosphere, The Pomeroy House in the Glebe area cooks up high-end comfort food. You can get anything from duck and foie gras to ribs and fried chicken, which makes for nice variety. The restaurant also features a terrific wine menu. www.thepomeroy.ca
The Absinthe Cafe on Wellington has a fairly casual vibe with an upscale menu. The menu features delicious Quebec cheeses as well as burgers, poultry, seafood and pasta dishes. Bonus: they serve homemade ice cream for dessert. www.absinthecafe.ca
Unsurprisingly, Whalesbone is all about seafood. The well-reviewed restaurant is known for its oysters and fish, the Elgin Street location is comfortable and inviting. Try the Lobster BLT, the Steak and Frites or the Steelhead Trout. www.thewhalesbone.com
Located in a beautiful building on Elgin Street, Beckta has a dining room and a wine bar. It’s high end dining with a price to match, but if you love food, you’ll probably leave happy. The tasting menu is popular, and prix fix options are available at lunch and dinner. www.beckta.com
Datsun and El Camino
Alright, technically this is TWO restaurants…but Datsun and El Camino are side-by-side and share ownership, so we’re making them share a spot on our list. Both casual settings, Datsun offers Asian-inspired cooking and El Camino serves (you guessed it) Mexican fare. Both have walk-up windows as well as a seated restaurant, and both are open late. www.eatdatsun.com / www.eatelcamino.com
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