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Ottawa: Dinner suggestions over Canada Day weekend?

sjst1000 Jun 19, 2007 07:36 PM


We are taking our first trip to Ottawa and will be there over the Canada Day weekend. I'm looking for dinner restaurant recommendations - one for with kids and one without kids. We will be at the Minto Suites, so within walking distance of the Byward Market area.

For the "date night" restaurant, we're not necessarily looking for white-tablecloth fancy, maybe somewhere with great food and a cool atmosphere, or somewhere that is quintessentially Ottawa and shouldn't be missed.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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    Oscar Academy Jun 28, 2007 02:58 PM

    Check out www.OttawaFoodies.com. The site has many restaurant ratings with food porns.

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      hipfunkyfun Jun 20, 2007 10:56 AM

      also, near you at albert & lyon is the scone witch for the freshest, tastiest scones. they have breakfast & lunch.

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        hipfunkyfun Jun 20, 2007 10:55 AM

        don't overlook elgin street for dining too (closer than byward market).

        do a search of the boards and you will find lots of recommendations for elgin and byward market. below recommendations are from ottawa regular posters


        byward market:
        Black Cat Cafe market cuisine for lunch or dinner
        Domus Cafe regional market cuisine - brunch, lunch or dinner
        Benny's bistro for great bread, Illy coffee and brunch
        Khao Thai
        La Bottegga (for sandwiches or quick bite & Illy coffee)
        Cafe M for Lavazza coffee
        Palais Imperial for dim sum
        Wasabi for sushi
        Chez Lucien in the Byward Market at Dalhousie and Murray. Food's okay--wouldn't go for dinner-- but it's a great place to enjoy a beer after a long walk
        Mezzanotte Bistro. http://www.mezzanotte-bistro.com/

        elgin st:
        manx pub

        bank st:

        with kids - you didn't give ages, so these are general:
        Zak's Diner (Byward Market
        )The Works (Glebe)
        Colonnade Pizza (elgin/Metcalfe St).

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