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Ottawa's Hidden Gems

What are Ottawa’s Hidden Gems?

Great dining options are a hallmark of Ottawa’s reputation as a vibrant, multicultural, cosmopolitan capital city.  But there’s more to Ottawa’s dining scene than meets the eye - there’s so much more to discover than the best-known hot spots!  Ottawa is also home to plenty of Hidden Gems - incredible restaurants with mouthwatering menus, unique dining experiences and breathtaking settings that just haven’t gotten all the attention they deserve. Ottawafood.com can help you unearth Ottawa’s best-kept secrets in top-notch dining, from downtown to out-of-town. But you’d better get your reservations fast, because secrets this good won’t stay hidden for long!

Big Easys

Let the sweet sounds of jazz and Bayou blues transport you to the energetic French Quarter! Big Easy's, located at 228 Preston St., dishes up top-quality beef flame-grilled to perfection. In the tradition of many of the finest international steakhouses, the steaks are served à la carte with a robust menu of sides to choose from, many reflective of the tastes of New Orleans that influence Big Easy’s distinct menu.

The Buzz

The Buzz, with its high ceilings and beautiful brick wall interior, is a New York-style bistro with an intimate atmosphere that is perfect for dining, martinis, a bottle of wine, or all three! Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, this is one of the many local hidden gems you simply can’t miss.

Big Easys

The Wakefield Mill offers two restaurants based on fine French and Québécois cuisine, infused with international nuances. Our fine dining room is embraced by the Mill's one-metre thick stonewalls, warmed by a large open-hearth, double-sided fireplace, and extended with a 45 seat glassed-in solarium overlooking MacLaren Falls.

Fare Blend
Fare Blend serves a delicious mix of International Cuisine and Unique Musical Guests. Our fine dining fare and musical experience is located in the heart of Downtown Ottawa's Somerset Village.
Vineyards Wine Bar and Bistro

The casual relaxed atmosphere at Vineyards invites guests to linger and unwind.  With an outstanding selection of wines, many by the glass and a selection of malt whisky and imported beers that allow your taste buds to dance the night away, it is pure pleasure at its best. The bistro menu has something for everyone, cooked to order be it an appetizer, light meal, snack or entree, we use only the freshest of ingredients.

Izakaya Asian Kitchen/Bar
Izakaya Asian Kitchen/Bar has quickly become one of the most talked about new restaurants in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Located at 339 Elgin Street in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Izakaya is just steps away from Parliament Hill, The NAC, The Canal and many other attractions.
Siam Bistro
The Siam Bistro, at 1268 Wellington Street near Holland Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 613-728-3111, is a very popular restaurant featuring an intimate and relaxed atmosphere (seating a total of 45 people), with meals prepared with fresh ingredients and herbs. Chefs from Thailand present a rich variety of food from an extensive menu.
Fresco Bistro Italiano
Located in the heart of one of downtown Ottawa's most popular streets, Fresco is a warm, welcoming, and contemporary neighbourhood bistro with personality and looks.

Our casual seafood grill welcomes locals and world wide visitors for lunch, dinner and casual munchies 7 days a week. With a spectacular view of the historical ByWard Market Coasters is themed after the Rideau Canal Locks from inception to modern times.