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Ottawa restaurant recommendations

Hi All
I'm looking for mid range to high end restaurant recommendations for lunch and dinner in Ottawa. The weather suppose to be nice this weekend so any places with nice patio would be great. We'll be staying at Raddison downtown but will have a car so ok to drive to places for real good food.

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  1. i posted the following in '08 on this board (try searching ottawa and there's some good info). i have been to beckta and benny's recently and they are still excellent. i can't say enough good things about beckta.

    here's the old post:

    my mum and i spent a weekend in ottawa in june to attend a japanese cooking course at the cordon bleu (which was only ok, i prefer calphalon here.) we LOVED our experience at beckta. the service was excellent and the food was delicious. we did the tasting menu and i would definitely reco it. we also had dinner at domus based on reco's from this board and the chef winning various awards. it was very nice, but beckta was a hard act to follow. we had brunch at benny's bistro and it was really, really good. http://www.bennysbistro.ca/ (i had the Triple cream brie stuffed french toast with a roasted rhubarb, strawberry & vanilla bean compote $14...my mom had the Savoury marscapone and chèvre cheesecake with organic baby greens,
    scallions, toasted almonds, strawberry and white balsamic vinaigrette $13
    )foodismyhobby Jul 30, 2008 09:41AM

    1. Murray Street Bistro in the Byward Market has a charming outdoor patio. They serve wonderful charcuterie platters that you can customize with pates, terrines and a range of cheeses. A regular menu is available as well. Next door, Sweetgrass Bistro offers a delicious variant on local cuisine unlike almost anywhere I've eaten. When the temp drops, you could try Stephen Beckta's other place called Play, also in the Market, that features small plates and a good range of wines by the glass. Wellington Gastropub is definitely worth traveling a bit west of downtown (10 min drive), plus there are several foodie stores nearby (Nicastro's, Ottawa Bagel Shop).

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      Sweetgrass
      108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

      Beckta
      226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B8, CA

      Ottawa Bagelshop
      1321 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1Y, CA

      Murray Street
      110 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

      Byward Cafe
      55 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N9C3, CA

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      1. re: 2denise

        Sweetgrass, IMO, is definitely the place to go: the best food I've had the pleasure of eating in Ottawa. Additionally, the service is professional, friendly, and informative. You really can't go wrong with it. I've convinced all my friends to go and their only regret is not having tried this place sooner.

        Wellington Gastropub is also phenomenal. I recently went to Allium, which was very good and surprisingly reasonably priced given the high quality of the food.

        A great resource for Ottawa restaurants is Ottawa Foodies over at http://www.ottawafoodies.com; they have loads of reviews, recommendations, and restaurant information.

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        Sweetgrass
        108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

      2. Please don't limit yourself to Ottawa. Within a 5 to 10 min. drive you could go to a great little bistro in Hull/Gatineau. Bistro St Jacques. This bistro serves wonderful (locally sourced) food with beautiful presentation and impeccable service. Best of all, the food and wine are very reasonably priced. They have a large patio...weather permitting!

        1. Would love to recommend Stella. Upscale Italian - fabulous food, service and ambiance. Right on the edge of the market so you can ditch your car. If you decide, enjoy and let me know. Test Kitchen Chef!

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          1. re: TestKitchenChef

            Thanks guys. So far Cordon Bleu and Murray Street is on the cards. I'm looking for a brunch place by the canal for Sunday. Any suggestions please?

            Thanks

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            Murray Street
            110 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

            1. re: ceylont

              There isn't much right on the canal - just Canal Ritz and the Royal Oak, neither of which I'd recommend. But if you're fine with a short walk, go somewhere on Elgin. The Glebe, while equally close to the canal, doesn't have much in terms of a full-service brunch.

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              Canal Ritz
              375 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1S5M5, CA

              Elgin Cafe
              100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P5K8, CA

              1. re: piccola

                There is Le Cafe at the NAC, I can't testify as to the quality of their brunch, however. Personally I recommend Navarra over Murray Street... I just haven't been overly impressed with the times I've been there.

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                Murray Street
                110 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

                Navarra
                93 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

              2. re: ceylont

                ceylont: Cordon Bleu great choice!

            2. I haven't been, but EnRoute Magazine deems Murray Street and Atelier as two of the ten best new restaurants in Canada for 2009.

              http://enroute.aircanada.com/en/artic...

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              Murray Street
              110 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA