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Ottawa Pub Restaurants

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

Hard Rock CafeHard Rock Cafe – ByWard Market
73 York St.
Tel: (613) 241-2442
Fax: (613) 241-8181
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Ottawa’s Hard Rock Cafe is situated in the heart of the historic ByWard Market. The Hard Rock Cafe has kept the original concept of North American fare, which has made it famous since it’s opening in London on June 14, 1971. Our classic style hamburgers, salads, soups and decadent desserts continue to be our specialty but over the years our menu has been enhanced to entice any palate. Today we have a full selection of entrees from chicken and ribs to pasta, steaks and seafood. We also carry a full line of Hard Rock Cafe Ottawa fashion and collector items, available only in our Rock Shop. For your viewing pleasure the Hard Rock Cafe offers an unparalleled collection of Rock ‘Roll Treasures decorating our walls. According to Sotheby’s the Hard Rock Cafe has been called the “Smithsonian of Rock n Roll”. Come on down and join us at the Rock!

Pub Italia
434 1/2 Preston St.
Ottawa, ON K1S 4N4
Tel: (613) 232-2326
Web Site:

Where the Emerald Isle meets the Boot
What do Italian trattorias, Irish pubs, and medieval monasteries have in common?

All represent meeting and gathering places for both celebration and respite.  While monasteries fostererd the art of beer and wine making, trattorias and pubs became the places of choice in which to comsume them.  All these come together in the Pub Italia experience.  This restaurant and bar is the product, culturally speaking of an Irish and Italian marriage.  At Pub Italia, you can wash down a garlicky Caesar salad with a Guiness or toast the broadcast of an Italian soccer game with an imported pilsner.  Fine Italian food doubles as pub fare, and Thursdays to Saturdays you can order dishes after midnight.  Visit our web site for complete details.

Royal OakRoyal Oak
Multiple Locations
Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata, Orleans, Glocester
Tel: (613) 236-0190
Web Site:

The "original" Oak opened in April 1980 and expanded twice in the intervening years. It probably has the most eclectic clientele of any pub in the city and is considered by many to be the true English pub in Ottawa. It is also one of the largest purveyors of draught beers in Eastern Ontario! Consistently voted "Best Pub" by numerous Ottawa publications, it has three separate rooms with its own character, with the bar area sporting a new intimate fireplace.

Bank Street Oak - (613) 236-0190
318 Bank St. Ottawa
Canal Oak - (613) 234-3700
221 Echo Dr. on the canal
Downtown Oak - (613) 232-1057
188 Bank St., Ottawa
Glebe Oak - (613) 235-2624
779 Bank St., Ottawa
Gloucester Oak - (613) 741-0072
2067 Meadowbrook Rd.
Hunt Club Oak - (613) 248-1901
800 Hunt Club Rd. (at Uplands)
Kanata Oak - (613) 591-3895
329 March Rd., Kanata
Laurier Oak - (613) 230-9223
161 Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa
Orleans Oak - (613) 834-9005
1981 St. Joseph Blvd.
Wellington Oak - (613) 728-6661
1217 Wellington St.

The Southern Cross Restaurant
404 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON K1R 5A7
Tel: (613) 230-0400
Web Site:

Sizzling fajitas, mouth watering ribs, Mexican favourites, charbroiled steaks, fish dishes, Louisiana fare and deep-fried ice cream dominate the menu at Ottawa's downtown tex-mex headquarters.  If you're in the mood for a great time and even better food come on down to the Southern Cross.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week including our famous Happy Hours from 3PM - 6PM.  We specialize in catering to large groups and important occasions.  Located at 402 Queen Street inside the Radisson Hotel. Visit our web site for more information as well as our complete menu.

Vineyards Wine Bar & BistroVineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
54 York Street
In the Cellar of The Fish Market Restaurant
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1
ByWard Market
Tel: (613) 241-4270

This award winning wine bar has been hosting local wine & beer lovers, as well as visitors from around the globe since 1979.  Known for an outstanding collection of wines, imported beers & malt whiskeys we are proud recipients of the "WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" for the past 15 years.  Tucked below The Fish Market Restaurant, this warm candlelit cellar features magnificent bistro fare including pasta, steak, and fish.  Nightly wine tastings and live jazz on Wednesday & Sunday evenings.  Visit our web site for more information.

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