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Ottawa has more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in the country. With so many places to choose from, we have compiled a list of restaurants to help you decide where to dine. From traditional haute cuisine to the more contemporary and exotic ethnic foods, the region features a wonderful range of delicious fare. There’s a restaurant to suit just about any taste, from American-Southwest to Cajun, Italian to Polish, Spanish to Thai, and many more! 

 Blue Cactus Bar & Grill
2 ByWard Market 
Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1 
Tel: (613) 241-7061 
Web Site:

Centrally located in Ottawa's ByWard Market, Blue Cactus remains Ottawa’s premier restaurant choice. Its fresh, upscale décor and expanded space create a vibrant evening atmosphere in which to enjoy award-winning margaritas and Contemporary Southwest cuisine.  Late night weekends enjoy DJs spinning a mix of soul, funk and house music.

With its casual daytime ambience, Blue Cactus is perfect for quiet dining, and guaranteed to impress your business lunch partner. The spacious mezzanine is an ideal choice for business events and private parties. Against a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bustling Market, your guests can meet and dine in private style. Custom-tailored menus are available to meet your specific needs.

Menu Highlights
AAA Alberta Beef - Cajun Rib Eye
Baja Shrimp
Blue Cactus Ten-Spice Roasted Chicken
Linguini Tuscadero

Reservations for up to 100 people accepted

Carmello's Italian Restaurant
Two Great Locations!!
300 Sparks Street Tel: (613) 563-4349
131 Cooper Street Tel: (613) 239-3137
Web Site:

The Soul of Italy...on the Sparks Street Mall and Cooper Street
Exciting and creative contemporary Italian cuisine is prepared in this lovely trattoria with service that is unmatched in the city.  Fresh pasta's, thin crust pizza, grilled vegetables, and grilled fish and meats abound on the stylish menu.  A selection of ten micro-brewed draft beers are featured along with a fabulous Italian wine list from their special wine cellar.  The tiramisu is to die for.  Carmello's was chosen as the Best Italian Restaurant in 1998 by readers of the Ottawa Express.  Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and Sunday evening.  Both locations a five minute walk from Parliament Hill and most major hotels, Sparks location has a lovely summer patio, free parking, reservations and friendly service.  Visit our web site for our menu and other information.  While in Ottawa you don't want to miss eating at Carmello's. La Dolce Vita awaits! 

Coasters Seafood GrillCoasters Seafood Grill
54 York Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1
Above The Fish Market Restaurant
Tel: (613) 241-FISH (3474)

Overlooking the historical ByWard Market, this casual eatery featuring cooking on an open grill welcomes you 7 days a week.  "All You Can Eat Fresh Mussels Everyday All Day " has become an Ottawa institution since 1980.  Our expert Chefs prepare the freshest of "fish steaks", gourmet pizzas, mussels, pastas and "Ottawa's best" fish & chips in an open kitchen.  An excellent progressive wine list is available featuring all that is nouveau as well as traditional to complete your dining experience.  Themed with the Rideau Canal System Locks, cozy couches, and warm & friendly service makes this a great spot to relax in and enjoy.  Visit our web site form more information. 

Courtyard Restaurant
21 George Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5
Tel: (613) 241-1516
Fax: (613) 241-5738
Web Site:

Housed in an 1827 heritage stone building the Courtyard Restaurant has been providing elegant facilities for lunches, dinners and groups since 1980.  Our chef blends continental fare with the finest in contemporary tastes, creating delectable menus that are designed to bring out the best in every flavour.  House specialties include Beef Tenderloin Wellington and Rack of Lamb, as well as a wide range of Steak, Seafood, Pork and Chicken dishes.  Our three private dining rooms can accommodate from 10 to 80 guests for a seated event and larger groups for receptions.  We also offer special group menus.  From our beautiful outdoor patio to our elegantly appointed dining rooms The Courtyard's warm and charming atmosphere make us the perfect setting for your special occasion, family gathering or professional celebration. The Courtyard is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with our Sunday Brunch featuring a live classical guitarist. 

The Fish Market RestaurantFish Market Restaurant
54 York Street
Corner of York & William Streets
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1
ByWard Market 
Tel: (613) 241-FISH (3474)

Consumers' Choice AwardAsk anyone where the preferred FRESH FISH & SEAFOOD restaurant of the Nation's Capital is and they'll tell you it's located in the heart of the historical ByWard Market.  Since 1979, we have been serving up sumptuous seafood, lobster rich & inviting, flaky tender fresh fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, mussels and scallops to name but a few.  Our menu is refreshed twice daily, offering the freshest and finest available from the Sea.  We offer an excellent progressive wine list featuring all that is nouveau as well as traditional.  Join us daily for lunch or dinner in friendly and uniquely nautical surroundings.  Visit our web site for more information.

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