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Leaving for Ottawa Friday morning....where to go???

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Hello, we are going to Ottawa this morning and was hoping to get some suggestions on where to go. Restaurants and sightseeing suggestions...Thanks

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  1. The Byward Market is always a nice place to walk around and if you are looking for a great place to eat then I suggest going to Play Food and Wine. If you are still in Ottawa on Sunday, then head to Landsdowne park for the Ottawa Farmers market, we've got a lot of great local vendors. For fantastic gelato, Stella Luna near Sunnyside and Bank is by far the best I've eaten in Ottawa.

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    Play Food and Wine
    Ottawa, Ottawa, ON , CA

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

    1. Hope I'm not too late with this but here goes:

      Restaurant suggestions would include:

      Ahora Mexican restaurant on Dalhousie Street
      It's a reasonably priced casual restaurant in the Byward Market.

      Chez Lucien on Murray Street
      This is a pub in the Byward Market with a small yet tasty menu (the croque monsieur is awesome) and an excellent beer selection.

      Murray Street Restaurant on (you guessed it!) Murray Street
      Also in the Byward Market pretty well everthing on the menu is fantastic although the charcuterie board is my favourite

      Café Shafali on Dalhousie Street
      Also in the Byward Market they serve wonderful Indian food and unobtrusive service - probably my favourite restaurant in Ottawa but I have a weakness for Indian food.

      As for sightseeing alot of exhibitions have either wound up for the season or the fall activities haven't started yet. But if you like visiting art galleries the National Gallery's Caravaggio ends on Sunday so you might be able to take it in before it closes. Also Opera Lyra's new opera starts on Saturday and they will be performing Cavelleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

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      Ahora
      307 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N7E8, CA

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

      Chez Lucien
      137 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M7, CA

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

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      1. re: ottawaoperadiva

        +1 to Chez Lucien. Their burgers are amazing.

        Byward Market is hustle bustle. It's kinda like St. Lawrence .. but more out in the open. (wait, are you from toronto, OP?)

        Instead of Play, we went to Social (same owners, someone had advised) and their patio was quite nice. Good for brunch.

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        Chez Lucien
        137 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M7, CA

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

        1. re: jennjen18

          I'm from Ottawa so I like putting in a shameless plug for my hometown when I can-;) But I visit Toronto once a year and am quite familliar with the St. Lawrence Market. I really should tie in a visit to the Kensington market one of these days. And to try Bannock, Beast, Blackhoof... (Hey they all start with B! Edit: I do not choose restaurants by what letter they start with haha!)

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          St. Lawrence Market
          92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

          1. re: jennjen18

            Here's the Chez Lucien burger, btw: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29242611...

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            Chez Lucien
            137 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M7, CA

            1. re: jennjen18

              The people who own Social are not the same people who own Play. Play and Beckta are owned by the same people, Social, E18hteen, and Sidedoor are owned by a different group.

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              Beckta
              226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B8, CA

          2. Thanks for the suggestions! Will be checking some out and will report back. Will also be checking for any other messges, so feel free to keep them coming. We are looking forward to seeing Caravaggio and will report back on that. Again thanks!

            1. OK, I'm here with a couple of low-brow suggestions :-)
              Crazy-delicious gooey-neighbourhood style pizza and pasta can be had a Colonnade Pizza in mid-town. Old-school, greasy, loaded pizzas, not napoli thin crusts.
              Also, fun and delicious poutine with thin frites, real curds, and dark beefy gravy as well as solid breakfast choices at The Elgin St. Diner.
              Lastly, the Highlander Pub in the aByward market is a great place to sample some rare, hard-to-find single-malt scotches, and have a little pub food. I remember loving their funky de-constructed apple-cranberry pie. Again, low-brow pub atmosphere, not gastro-trendy.
              Touristy stuff... the National Art Gallery is awesome, the LacLeamy Casino is fun and literally just a couple of minutes across the bridge in gatineau, and I enjoyed meeting and feeding the parliamentary cats, hidden on the west side outside of parliament hill :-)
              Nothing too exciting, but there are some offbeat ideas for ya' :-)

              1. Hello all, so far we have been to Chez Lucien, food was awesome, great suggestion!!
                Going to see Caravaggio tomorrow and hopefully see the Note Dame Church, they were closed due to a wedding. We aren't sure where we will go for dinner tonight, but we do want to go to Hull for dinner tomorrow night, so any suggestions would be appreciated....italian??fish/seafood??maybe something else??? Give us your thoughts... Thank's again everyone!

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                Chez Lucien
                137 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M7, CA

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                1. re: heylids

                  A really excellent restaurant in Hull....very good food....very reasonable prices on food and wine....and nice atmosphere is Bistro St.Jacques on Rue St.Jacques. The Bistro was reviewed by the Citizen (Ottawa's newspaper) again....in the last 2 months and they raved about it. It is just over the river from Ottawa and very easy to get to and the staff is very welcoming. My husband and I discovered this restaurant a couple of years ago and go often. If it is warm enough, they have a nice outdoor patio but dining inside is lovely too.