Decided to go Mexican on this outing, and came across Poncho Villa. Nicely decorated interior, the service by my female server was cheerful and helpful, good food, and very reasonable prices. I also didn't have to wait very long...my entrée arrived within 5-10 minutes. My meal came to a total of CAD$19.21, and I was full.
Favorite Dish: I had a bottle of Mexican beer (Sol), and for my main dish, Mole Enchiladas. Three enchiladas came with this dish (chicken, beef, and cheese), smothered with mole, which is a thick sauce consisting of a mixture of chillies, cinnamon, cloves, and peanuts, and has a taste somewhat similar to that of chocolate. A dollop of sour cream topped this, and there were also tortilla chips on the side. While the mole was a new item for me, I found there was a bit too much of it, and it detracted any taste of the enchiladas.
The Ottawa Bagelshop is a great shop and restaurant for enjoying bagels and any other good food and drinks.
So, have your breakfast or lunch here (or drop in in between for a quiet coffee or tea).
Mo-Th: 6.30AM - 7PM
Fr: 6.30AM - 8PM
Sa: 6.30AM - 7PM
Su: 6.30AM - 6PM
Favorite Dish: A quick hot chocolate and a strawberry muffin.
The Richtree Restaurant is a buffet restaurant with live cooking.
At the entrance you get a card, where your drinks and food will be noted. You pay at the cashier when leaving the restaurant.
The main course meat or fish is fresh and grilled at the spot. In the mean time you can select drinks, starters and side dishes.
Mo-Fri 9:30AM - 9PM
Sa: 9:30AM - 6PM
Su: 11AM - 5PM
We really enjoyed our meals because of the excellent food and the service was great too.
We will most certainly be back again and would recommend it to anyone looking for an all around great pub expierence!
Favorite Dish: Lobster & Shrimp Salad ($15) was very good:
Atlantic lobster, shrimp and fresh avocado mixed with a cilantro-caper mayo. Served with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, English cucumbers and our house-made balsamic vinaigrette;
Tim's Black Thorn Angus Burger ($14) was great too:
House-made 7 oz. Angus Beef burger grilled to perfection and served on a toasted rustic bun. Topped with our house made burger sauce, iceberg lettuce, dill pickle, red onions and sliced tomato.
Tucker's Marketplace is a buffet restaurant with fast service.
It's a franchise dating back to 1957 when 1957 Oscar Grubert opened the Champs Drive-In at Winnipeg. A couple of years later he expanded and franchised KFC for Manitoba.
In 1975 he started his own chain called Mother Tucker’s, that later was renamed into Tucker's Marketplace.
I returned here in 2011 and had a satisfying buffet meal.
Vittoria Trattoria is one of the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa. It's a top restaurant, so expect to pay for that.
Situated in the center building at the ByWard area it's always lively and full of action.
The food is great.
Favorite Dish: I had a wonderful pasta with chicken.
Seafood is also available.
Had the Lamb rack in 2011.
My Favourite restaurant is the Chinese Restaurant ROYAL TREASURE in the 'Little China' section of Ottawa.
After you got a seat the next thing is a pot of green tea, a cup and the menu.
Portions are big enough to feed two persons.
The best food for LOW prices and a free doggy bag for next day's lunch.
You can get Fried Shrimp Chips, but you have to ask for it.
No desserts; just a fortune cookie with the bill.
2009 UPDATE: It looks like the new generation has taken over business. There are some small changes, but only for the better.
2011 UPDATE: The dining rooms got a bit bigger and the toilets are up to standard now. The #131 on the menu is still excellent!
Favorite Dish: Imperial Spare Ribs; #131 on the menu.
The Elephant & Castle is a pub and restaurant; it's one of 20 other in the smae chain across North America. There are 100 beers on the list and the menu is a combination of British and American receipes.
Th-Sa: 11AM - 1AM
It's one of those December nights, you know--the ones where the snow is falling quietly, it's cool outside but not cold, and in the colourful decorative lights and happy expressions on people's faces you can feel Christmas thick in the air. A night where just living feels like happiness itself.
As we approach the small and warmly glowing entrance of "Chez Lucien", I notice the snow-covered lamps lining the door and thoughts of magic wardrobes fill my head. Are we entering or exiting one?
And to my shock, it is like walking into a fantasy land! This restaurant and pub is much bigger on the inside than its quiet exterior would have you believe. It has a split-level layout and it's packed with people! My companion and I are lucky, there's only one free table left in the establishment.
Our friendly and always-smiling hostess seats us and gives us menus. The beer selection is great! There are plenty of microbrews on tap.
Lucien's atmosphere is nice and cozy--warmly lit, and the prints on the walls are beautiful. There's a spirit of mirth in here and jazz plays softly on the free jukebox.
The list of food on the one-page menu isn't very long--and mainly pub fare, but we order the specials--two different dishes of pasta. It's amazing! My fettuccine with shrimp is tad heavy on the garlic, but completely mouth watering nevertheless. The pub food served at tables around me looks scrumptious--not just your regular run-of-the mill fare.
When the bill comes, I am astounded. It's super cheap for usually deep-pockets Ottawa. Magic night, magic place.
The Merlot Restaurant is fine dining in Ottawa, it's expensive and you get a great view of the city and the food is great.
The seared foie gras with grilled peaches brushed with sugared star anise , hazelnut brioche toast and bitter chocolate and chili paint is the signature appatizer at Merlot's and it was great. I never tried anything like that before and loved it.
My main meal was halibut which I really enjoyed as well.
The banana 3 styles dessert was also great, with caramelized with rum butter, chocolate banana bread pudding and banana pistachio ice cream.
All washed down with Martini's and good red wine makes for a pleasant evening in Ottawa. The view of Parliament Hill is great from the restaurant.
Ever since I visited Spain I like to fine Spanish restaurants and I found Don Alfonso's in Ottawa. On Thursday nights you can get live flamenco music which makes the atmosphere very good there.
I personally thought the service, ambiance and food was all great there.
It's a nice walk to get there if your staying downtown which I thought was good at the end since I ate the full pan of paella.
The flamenco singer was entertaining as well. It was interesting how all of a sudden you could feel the beat rising at times with a loud cheer at the end. It seems as well that the visitors there were spanish people which was neat.
Favorite Dish: I had calamari, paella and flan with a litre of sangria. It was all great.
Up-scale and one of the more expensive restaurants in the Byward Market. Entrees are tasty andvery well presented. The lack of quantity of serving is definately made up in the quality.
Making reservations is recommended.
This is a beautiful place to go for breakfast or brunch. We went on a Saturday morning and it was pretty crowded - but the service was still very good. This restaurant has two floors and I liked sitting next to a window on the second floor: the view on the street outside was a plus, given that it was the Saint Patrick's Day parade outside.
The Black Thorn, located in the Byward Market offers a relatively terse selection of traditionally prepared classics such as salmon, steak and fancy pizza's.
The plates are....not for the hungry...but are quite delicious. A meal with a drink will cost about 30-40
dollars. There is a large patio in the back that can seat about 50 people.
If you want a fancy meal, this is a good choice, but if you want a hearty meal with a pint, then go elsewhere.
Favorite Dish: Steak.
DEli and BREAKFAST for me
also near my favourite haunts of MEC, Trailheads and Bushtakah
Favorite Dish: in their own words ..... " Watch your bagels being made!
We believe in a hands-on approach at the Bagelshop. All day long, seven days a week, our wood-burning oven crackles with heat as the subtle scent of wood smoke fills the air. Our delicious bagels are rolled by hand, boiled in honey water, and put into the oven, to emerge fifteen minutes later as golden brown delicacies. It's not uncommon to walk out of the Bagelshop with your favourite bagels hot in your bag. Come and watch the "Best Bagels in the World" being made in front of your eyes. "