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Oct 9, 2007 07:38 AM

Dinner in Ottawa

I need a dinner rec for a Saturday night in Ottawa. We are staying near the Byward Market. There will be 8 of us, including an 80 year old couple and a vegetarian (who doesn't like mushrooms!). I am looking for something reasonably priced (mains around $20) with good portions (3 teenage boys!). It doesn't have to be fancy, and probably won't be at that price, but it should be pleasant with decent food.

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  1. Hi Parade,

    My wife an I just got back from visiting friends in Ottawa and they took us to a great little Italian/Portuguese Restaurant . . . It's called Cafe Spiga and it is very close to the market (within a couple of blocks) . . . They have a price fix menu that was fantastic!!! . . . They include choice of appetizer, main and dessert (I had the mussels in a fennel broth for my appetizer. which were great) and for my main I had the Veal Saltimbocca which came with a side pasta (it to was awesome!!) . . . and for dessert we had the Tiramisu which was the best we had ever had . . . The 3 courses were 28.00 before tax . . . The portions were quite generous and our server was very friendly . . . I cannot say enough good about this place!! . . . My wife also had the Salt Cod baked with chickpeas, onions and hot peppers in an olive oil sauce and it was great as well . . . I think you'll be very satisfied with this place as they have all kinds of foods on there regular menu as well . . . I've included a link for the restaurant.

    If you go let me know what you think...



    1. If you are interested in less conventional fare, you might want to look up "Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro" located at 108 Murray Street. I hope it is still there... last time I had dinner there was about 2 years ago.

      It offers really tasty First Nations cuisine. I wished there was someplace like this in Toronto.

      Here's a weblink that might be helpful to you:

      " / food / food.aspx? iIDArticle=92"

      I agree with SnackBoy that Cafe Spiga is also a good option if you want to stick to more conventional fare.

      5 Replies
      1. re: pgfuzz

        I've not been myself, but I've never heard anything but absolutely glowing things about Sweetgrass. It's at the top of my "to-try" restaurant list next time I'm in Ottawa, and I can't wait.

        1. re: pgfuzz

          The Sweetgrass menu looks fabulous and if I was on my own I would go, but some of the dishes are too unconventional for some in our party. Do you know anything about Blue Cactus? They seem to have a lot of vegetarian choices.

          1. re: pirade

            Avoid it at ALL COSTS. It's one of the worst rated restaurants over on


            I have never seen a rating even approach as low as -10 for a restaurant on there before, and I've never read anyone say a single good thing about this place. Just say no.

            1. re: pirade

              Blue Cactus is traditional tex-mex fare. Similar type of feel to the restaurant as East Side Marios. Mostly univeristy students hang out there. I would avoid it.

              1. re: pirade

                Avoid Blue Cactus. You might want to look at Domus on Murry St. Their food is made with fresh local ingredients although you might find it a bit pricey. You could also check out the Black Tomato. They have a very large menu so there might be something for everyone. It's pretty casual and I have had some good meals there. Nothing fabulous but good.

            2. Adding some links to these Ottawa places to the thread so people can find this discussion later.

              Cafe Spiga
              271 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N7E5, CA

              108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

              Blue Cactus
              2 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N7A1, CA