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Jun 16, 2010 07:18 AM

[Ottawa] I need a Saturday night restaurant

A friend has asked me to recommend a place but I have having trouble limiting my search on the board to the city and not the rue. I have the NYTimes 36 hours in Ottawa as a resource, Are those places still open and still recommended? They only have one night. What shouldn't they miss?

Thank you!

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  1. You don't specify a type of food or budget and for some reason the link isn't pulling up the reference.

    We went to Play in the Market in February and it was fantastic. Then you could pop around for drinks. It is more tapas style - a great way to sample several dishes

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    1. re: Apple

      There's a trailing period at the end of the link that is making it invalid. Just click on the link, then delete the period.

    2. as Apple stated, it 's hard to reccommend without knowing budget, food type, location etc...

      However, I did check the link and some of the recc's were good: Sweetgrass Aboriginal (my fav), Domus (always reliable) and Apple's mention of Play (!). Also in that area of the Byward Market: Navarra and Murray Street.

      If your friends are willing to go further out, the Wellington Gastropub on Wellington Street.

      108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

      85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

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

      93 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

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

      1. Another vote for PLAY. If they are wanting to eat in the Market, there is also Murray St Restarurant, Navarra and Side Door. I am not a fan of the Metropolitan. For Crossiants, if they are williing to head a bit west, the crossiants at Art-is-in Bakery are fabulous.

        West of downtown in Wellington Village there is Tennesy Willems, Asbinthe, Canvas, Petit Bills and Wellington Gastropub.

        1. My recommendations would be Play Food and Wine in the market (fantastic wine list too, great for oenophiles), Wellington Gastropub, Domus, Sweetgrass (you won't get a menu focused on Aboriginal cuisine/ingredients anywhere else). For fine dining/upscale, Beckta.

          I actually like the Metropolitain. The food isn't fabulous or special, but I like the patio in the summer, and usually just stop in for some frites and drinks.

          Everyone goes on about beaver tails in Ottawa but for an alternative sweet treat, try the ice cream by Pascal. It's sold across the city in various food specialty shops. If you head to Wellington Gastropub, you can pick some up at Thyme & Again, which is just down the street.


          108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

          85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

          226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B8, CA

          Thyme & Again
          1255 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1Y, CA

          Play Food and Wine
          Ottawa, Ottawa, ON , CA