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BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Fine Dining

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Fine Dining

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Beckta is no stranger to praise, consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in the city. A place to see and be seen, it’s ideal for celebrating a special occasion. Stephen Beckta creates contemporary cuisine that is sophisticated and upscale.


A recent addition to the Ottawa restaurant scene, this Middle Eastern establishment occupies a heritage building in Centertown. Casual but chic, they focus on using local ingredients. Try their Sunday and Monday night Mezze, a collection of small dishes and paired wines.


Atelier chef and owner Marc Lepine has made a name for himself by wowing customers with original and modern creations that show a unique take on fine dining. His talent earned him the title of 2017 Top Independent Restaurateur by the Ontario Hostelry Institute. The 12-course tasting menu changes frequently and can be matched with optional wine pairings.


The Bank Street restaurant was designed with sustainability in mind and features a full Zinc bar. Their food menu is seasonal with an emphasis on supporting local growers. They also boast a remarkable wine list.

Bar Laurel

Just like its name sake, Calle del Laurel in Logroño, Rioja, Bar Laurel specializes in wine and tapas. Over 20 wines are offered by the glass. Located in Hintonburg, the modern decor is the perfect pairing for a menu composed of both classic dishes and complete originals.

Saint Marthas’s Brasserie/Culinaire

This hidden gem in Orleans is unlike anything else in the neighbourhood. With high-quality food at modest prices, their style is self-described as “rustic refinement”, using innovative cooking techniques to create regional French dishes. Just like their namesake Saint Martha, patron saint of cooks and hostesses, they strive to feed the souls of their guests with the comforts of home.

Photo credit: Danika Leminski


Affiliated with the Cordon Bleu and located within the school itself, Signatures is somewhere that students can show off and sharpen their newly acquired culinary prowess. Serving the epitome of refined French cuisine with a Mediterranean influence inspired by Executive Chef Yannick Anton’s hometown of Nice, everything from the escargots to the duck is prepared to the nines. Transport yourself to the Cote d’Azur with a luxurious experience in the comforts of Sandy Hill

North and Navy

Kick things off at this Nepean Street restaurant with an delightful apertivo and cichèti (Italian tapas) while you relax and mingle at an authentic style Bacaro at the back of the restaurant. Then chow down on the Northern Italian menu inspired by the traditions of Northeast Italy as well as its climate, comparable to that of Eastern Ontario. Save a spot in your calendar for the four-course Sunday gravy dinner at “NoNa’s”.


A sleek and modern space in a converted 1950’s bank on the corner of Richmond and Churchill, Gezellig is simultaneously spacious yet intimate. Chef Chris Wylie’s internationally inspired menu offers dishes that are both familiar and fresh, designed with Westboro in mind and a focus on local sustainable sourcing. You can also bring your own wine.


This Sparks Street hotspot likes to change it up on the regular, always keeping the menu current and new with a remarkable selection of seafood. Supplement your meal with something from their immense wine list or the extensive range of original cocktails. Make sure you plan this one in advance – it’s so popular that long waitlists can sometimes make it a struggle to get in.

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