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Restaurant in Ottawa for 6 on a Sunday night

Hello,

We are going to Ottawa during thanksgiving week-end, sleeping over Sunday night. We'll likely be 6, maybe 7. We're coming from Montreal, haven't been in Ottawa in a few years. Something within walking distance downtown (likely Hotel Pinto on Lyon st). It is an anniversary diner, so something nice, but not fancy, and not overly expensive (maybe 20-40 before tips and wine, but we're open on price, something mid-range. We'll likely have a few bottles of wine, so somewhere where wine is not overpriced for what you get.

Any recommendations where we could have a good diner?

I know it's not much to go on, but we're not super picky. I'm just trying to get a few good suggestions and avoid the tourist traps

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  1. So not even one good mid-priced restaurant opened on a Sunday night in Ottawa?

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    1. re: sweettoothMTL

      Sorry, but this is a Toronto dominated board and Ottawa requests tend to get lost.

      If you're staying at the Minto Suites Hotel, I can reccommend Aroma Meze (small plates Greek) on Nepean street - a 5 minute walk. Beckta, considered one of the best restos in Ottawa is also on Nepean but might be out of your price range.

      If you're open to a cab ride, there are a number of restaurants in the Byward Market: Play, Domus, Navarra but a number of them have limited Sunday hours. I do know that Play is open on Sunday.

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      Domus
      85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

      Beckta
      226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B8, CA

      Aroma Meze
      239 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B7, CA

      Navarra
      93 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

      1. re: ceebee1

        Thanks for your answer. It's not the first time I hear about Play. And google indicates a 22 minute walk from the hotel, so unless weather is bad, it's walkable. Do you feel their time is off?
        I'll look up Domus and Navarra.

        You're right, while I've also heard good things about Beckta, it is too expensive in this case.

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        Domus
        85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

        Beckta
        226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B8, CA

        Navarra
        93 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

        1. re: ceebee1

          A quick look at Domus and Navarra, and both are only open for brunch on Sundays, no dinner.

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          Domus
          85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

          Navarra
          93 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

      2. Minto Suites is a short walk to the Byward Market - depending on how far you are going I would say it's about a 15 to 20 minute walk. I would highly recommend Murray Street Kitchen Wine Bar Charcuterie on Murray near Dalhousie. They are open on Sunday night from 5:30 to 10:00. They also have the prettiest patio in Ottawa.

        I have a few other favourites which may not be fancy enough for an anniversary dinner but I know they are open on Sunday night.

        There is also a Chinese restaurant near your hotel called Kirin Express on Albert Street just off Bank. They have a restaurant on the main level and they offer AYCE on the second level. I have only been there for AYCE but I can highly recommend it. They are open on Sundays from 4:00 to 9:30.

        If you walk down Lyon to Somerset you will be a short distance from Chinatown. (Chinatown runs along Somerset from Bank Street to Preston more or less.) I'm not sure if any of the restos are open on Sunday night though...

        Since you will be in Ottawa over Thanksgiving weekend would you consider having a thanksgiving dinner out? Prime 360 is near Minto Suites and I believe they do a thanksgiving dinner every year. Le Café at the National Arts Centre does a thanksgiving dinner as well as Jean Alberts which is also within walking distance on Somerset just off Bank.

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

        Prime 360
        407 Ave Laurier W, Ottawa, ON K1R7Y7, CA

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

        Jean Albert's Restaurant
        1759 Reids Mills Rd, South Mountain, ON K0E, CA

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        1. re: ottawaoperadiva

          Thanks for confirming the distance. How does Murray Street Kitchen Wine Bar Charcuterie compare to Play? Both look to have small plates, in the same price range. Murray lists some large plates with no prices.

          And I'm opened to your other suggestions, it doesn't have to be fancy, just nice.

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

          1. re: sweettoothMTL

            I haven't been to Play yet (although I will be going over Thanksgiving weekend in fact) so I can't really compare. As for Murray Street the only menu items that stay constant are the small plates items hence the detailed descriptions and prices on their menu. The mains usually vary (for example every night they will serve a fish dish, a duck dish, a pork dish, etc.) but it's usually wirtten on the special board in the resto. I just checked their twitter account and they don't seem to tweet their daily specials which is annoying if you would like to know what they are serving that evening-;) But to give you an idea typical dishes include fish and chips, pork tenderloin, and duck confit. Mains run in the $30 range.

            Having said that I tend to go to more mid range restos but I have recently tried a couple of new places I could highly recommend. One is the SmoQue Shack (yes that is how it's spelled) that serves bbq'd meats although there is smoked salmon and smoked tofu on the menu. They are located on York Street in the Byward Market about a 20 minute walk from Minto Suites. Their website also doesn't include prices but the mains run in the $15 to $20 and you just get the meat. If you want sides you have to pay extra which would be in the $3 to $5 range. I had the sampler platter - some chicken, some ribs, some pulled pork - and I ordered the collard greens (good) and the mac 'n cheese (awesome!) on the side. Other items you would find on the menu are pulled pork sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and ribs.

            I recently tried Bulalo House on Somerset (about a 15 to 20 minute walk from Minto suites) and they specialize in Filipino cuisine. The decor is more cafeteria style but brightly painted so it has a somewhat tropical look. The mains are in the $15 to $20 dollar range but it includes meat and sides so you will be well fed. I started with the pork spring rolls then bbq'd sausages in a Filipino style bbq sauce, rice and a salad all of which were very good. Two of my dining companions ordered pork belly (which was excellent) and pig's ears which were stirfried in a sweet sauce (a little too sweet for my liking). The rest of my group ordered Filipino soups which are similar to pho.

            If you have time to spare you could always take a stroll through Chinatown (and admire the brand new arch) and pick whichever restaurant looks most appealing. We have some pretty decent restos in Ottawa's Chinatown IMO so no matter where you go you can't go wrong-;) I have been to Royal Treasure and Yangtze and both would highly recommend them. Apparently "the" place to go in Chinatown is Ju Xiang Yuan (you can find their menu on the www.menudb.ca website). I haven't been yet although it has come with high recommendations.

            If anything else comes to mind I will let you know...

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

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

        2. Play covers what you are looking for: it's a convivial atmosphere for large groups, nice but not too fancy, open Sunday, fantastic wine list and solid food. Keep in mind that its a tapas style menu, so you will need about 2-3 plates per person to be full, so its on the higher end of your budget.

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          1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

            Yes, I realize that about Play, that the bill can creep up on you if your not careful, I don't mind personally, but I'll suggest it to my ''closer to 25$ budget'' part of our group, see how they feel.

            I'm open to other suggestions, maybe with more price points options, so that some can go for 25$ and some for 40$. It can be a regular menu (as oposed to small plates), so people may prefer that.

          2. I haven't been there in a long time, but I like Vittoria Trattoria in the Byward market.

            1. I second the recommendation for Aroma Meze. Similar to Play (which I also love), in that everything is served small plate. The difference being it is Greek cuisine, although quite refined from the Greek Souvlaki / Lamb platter style fare that is more commonly found in Greek restaurants. A great variety of dishes.

              Another option would be Town, which is on Elgin Street, so about 15 minute walk from your hotel. Current menu can be found on their facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/groups/131432...

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              Aroma Meze
              239 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B7, CA

              1. Here's my suggestions all walking distance and closer than the market.

                1. Japanese - Sushia. nice basement. Best jap in ott.
                2. Italian - Farinas (on elgin). If you want history, goto Momma Theresa (though i dont think their food is good but all the politians go there)
                3. Steak - Al's Steakhouse (on elgin). might be higher than ur budget but they do have a ribeye w fixings for 28$.
                4. 222 Lyon - for tapas. not as nice as meze or play but cheaper.
                5. Coriander Thai - best thai in ott.. nothing special scenery-wise.

                if you got wheels, goto westboro OR across the river to the QC side..

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                222 Lyon
                222 Lyon St N, Ottawa, ON K1R5V9, CA

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                1. re: g5spark

                  Farinas looks nice, and italian is always a good choice. How does it compare to Vittoria Trattoria? Are they in the same price range? I'm asking because Farinas doesn't have any prices listed on their website

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                  Vittoria Trattoria
                  3625 Rivergate Way B1, Ottawa, ON K1V 2A4, CA

                2. Since it's for the same meal, I'm posting the question here: are there any Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) restaurants in Ottawa?

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                  1. re: sweettoothMTL

                    Not very many. A few restos will allow you to bring your own but apparently on slow nights (Sunday and Monday) and some places will charge a $10 to $15 corkage fee. It might be a good idea to call first. Some restos that allow you to bring your own are: http://ottawafoodies.com/tag/112. There may be other restos in addition to the ones on that list but it's a good starting point.

                      1. re: sweettoothMTL

                        I just found out Must Wine Bar and Tapas has a BYO night on Sunday nights with only $5 corkage. I am going there for my first visit tonight so I can report back tomorrow...