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Jan 11, 2009 12:55 PM

Ottawa: Need rec for dinner

Los Angeles Hound will be in Ottawa for our nephews wedding and will be going out to dinner with several adults on Friday. I'm looking for any type of cuisine, with quality food being the first criteria. Anything from top notch wood burning pizza to moderately high end french or "locovore" cooking would be great. It's all about the quality of what is on the plate. Thanks in advance for your opinions.

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    1. Dress warm! It's going to be very, very cold during the next few days.

      The first restaurant in Ottawa to try is Beckta (really high end). Also in the downtown core, in an area called the Byward market is Navarra (Basque). It's very new and has received some rave reviews but I haven't been personally. Also in this area are Domus, Murray Street and Sweetgrass. This latter is my favourite - an aboriginal bistro.

      If you have a car, I reccomend the Wellington Gastropub, west of the downtown core or Les Fougeres, across the river in Quebec in Chelsea.

      Good websites to research restos are Capital Dining (restaurant critic from the Ottawa Citizen), Omnivores Ottawa (blog by Ottawa Citizen food writer) and Ottawa Foodies.

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      1. re: ceebee1

        Agree with your recommendations ceebee1.

        Beckta is very good and the Wellington Gastropub was a recommendation to me from owner Stephen Beckta.

        On a visit last year Murray Street was recommended to me by my server at Stella and the bartender at Murray Street suggested I try Navarra.

        All good as is nearby Domus if we are talking about Murray Street locations.

      2. There's some fine Italian and Chinese cooking on Somerset. Also, Le Cordon Blue has a dining room that is a major bargain and v. good. Oh and seriously, you're gonna need some heavy duty outer wear. It's not joke Ott is majorly cold in the winer.

        1. Highly, HIGHLY recommend Wellington Gastropub. F------ ROCKS it!


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          1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

            Without a shadow of a doubt..."Les Fougeres in Chelsea" ...a short drive from downtown...
            Wear your woolies!! Ottawa in the Winter is the pits!!

          2. Try Farbs,
            opened back in November. Locavore joint.
            i was there on opening night for dinner it was very tasty.