Dining in Ottawa has never been better. For a long time, Ottawa took the back burner to cities like Montreal and Toronto for it’s alleged lack of dining atmosphere. This stereotype is quickly being challenged as Ottawa has become one of the trendiest cities in Canada to wine & dine. In the past 5 years, Ottawa has slowly crept up to top tier in the foodie lexicon and the good food just keeps on coming. Forget about white tablecloths and wine snobbery, Ottawa dining is real. It’s visceral. It’s exactly what we have all been craving. Here is a glimpse into the Top 5 Restaurants of Ottawa. This list has been compiled by specific criteria which I believe contributes to a great dining establishment. Each restaurant has been selected for different reasons, all of which are important and all of which can , in some way, enhance anyone’s dining experience. The list is in no way definitive or final; my favourite restaurants are always changing and evolving. But this is the here and now of Ottawa dining, in a nut shell:
1. Play Food and Wine : For it’s innovative menu, terroir-wise wine list and unbeatable service
2. Fraser Cafe : For its consistency in service and local, sustainable produce
3. Atelier: For innovation and adventure at the dining table as well as a creative wine pairings
4. Tapas Bar: For the ethnic authenticity and atmosphere of a small spanish restaurant
5.Murray Street: For it’s charcuterie selection – probably the best in the city.