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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Ottawa

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Ottawa? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Bar Ocelli restaurant
4.9
4.9 (16)
CAN$51 and over
Cocktail Bar
ByWard Market
About the restaurant
A sophisticated cocktail bar situated in the lively ByWard Market, offering a variety of cocktails crafted from global ingredients and recipes, along with delectable small bites, and a curated assortment of premium wines and spirits.
Top review
AweM
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Really great cocktails, a great addition to the Ottawa bar scene.
A photo of The Ivy Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (44)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
1000 Island
About the restaurant
Nestled along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, The Ivy Restaurant serves regionally inspired cuisine in an elegant and picturesque setting. Chefs Patrick O'Neil and Chris Bassel have created seasonally inspired lunch and dinner menus featuring many locally-sourced ingredients and sustainably caught seafood. The Ivy Restaurant also offers an impressive list of craft cocktails and an extensive wine cellar featuring many interesting old and new world varietals and titles not typically found in retail settings.

With its idyllic setting and creative menu, The Ivy Restaurant is the perfect choice for a romantic date or special occasion. The restaurant’s scenic location makes it well-suited for wedding photos with several spaces specifically designed to accommodate larger groups and special events.

Top review
JimM
Dined 3 days ago
My wife and I had a very leisurely lunch on the patio overlooking the St. Lawrence River and marina. Service was great and the Lobster roll was fine. Not like we have in the maritimes but the ambience made up for it.
A photo of Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (236)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Turning words into action.
An unconventional cocktail bar born from the desire that ideas are meant to be changed.
Amorphous in nature.

For all changes to reservations please contact us through instagram, email or message through OpenTable. We do not have a phone line during business hours.

A gratuity of 20% will be included on all groups of 5+.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. An amazing spot put together by three experienced lads who really care about the quality of their service. Amazing attention to detail. Best cocktail spot I’ve been to in Ottawa.
A photo of Perch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (160)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Perch is an intimate fine dining restaurant focusing on Canadian ingredients, ethical and sustainable products.
Awarded as the 4th Best New Canadian Restaurant 2022 by Enroute, and #85 for Canada's Best Restaurants 2023. With the dining room facing into the wide open kitchen offering a nine course tasting menu and a bar focusing on unique cocktails and natural wines.

Nine Course tasting menu is $145 for food menu
Beverage Pairing is $100 per person (optional)
Non-Alcoholic Beverage Pairing is $75 per person (optional)

We release reservations 60 days in advance.

Please be sure to specify any dietary restrictions when making a reservation.

Please note that for reservations of 5 or more people, please call us at 613-515-0535 or email amanda@perchottawa.ca

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Amazing service & experience. Food was great, we enjoyed the 9-course tasting menu.
A photo of Stofa Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (81)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Hintonburg
About the restaurant
Stofa is built on a passion for food, traditional and modern cooking methods, and creativity. We look to the ingredients to bridge the gap between time-honoured techniques and modern progression, producing a comfortable, inventive, and evocative dining experience.

Stofa's name represents a place of warmth and comfort where people can gather to eat, drink and be with friends. We proudly support local and sustainable products, and participate in the farm and food community, all while providing guests with vibrant and engaging food presented in an approachable yet innovative dining setting.

Located in the vibrant Wellington West area of Ottawa, Stofa offers a 3 or 5 course table d'hote menu which changes regularly. We offer patio dining (weather dependent) and have a private room available for large groups or professional meetings. Stofa Social Hour available Thurs-Sat from 5-6PM offers a special menu focusing on shareable platters and drink specials, offered alongside our regular menu.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
With the kids at overnight camp, my husband and I found ourselves with free evenings and an opportunity to try a couple of new places. We went to Stofa for Social Hour and sat at the bar. The ambiance was lovely and the food was great. The bar tender was a bit stand-offish, not overly friendly which was a bit of a downer, but overall it was very nice.
A photo of Coconut Lagoon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (917)
CAN$51 and over
South Indian
Gloucester
About the restaurant
At Coconut Lagoon prepare yourselves for a most memorable journey through South Indian cuisine and feast on high quality food of inimitable flavour, aroma and originality in the vibrant setting of Coconut Lagoon.

Here at the Coconut Lagoon we believe that exceed expectations leave with an impression. Looking forward to serving you at the Coconut Lagoon Restaurant.

Top review
SivaC
Dined 5 days ago
Another great meal at Coconut Lagoon! We had their Chicken Mappas and Cod Fish and both were excellent!
A photo of Grounded Kitchen - Carling restaurant
4.9
4.9 (42)
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Westboro
About the restaurant
Since 2010, Grounded's focus has been on serving great food. Our made-from-scratch philosophy & hands-on approach is evident in everything we do. We specialize in gastro-pub fare, BBQ, third-wave coffee, and delicious cocktails. Grounded’s new location at 1545 Carling, embodies everything the Grounded brand has come to represent. Grounded Carling disrupts typical expectations, described as a "hidden gem" with an innovative approach by blending automation with the human element of customer service.

Grounded's space is edgy & creative. The one-of-a-kind dining room features a mix of glass, steel and concrete, an abundance of colorful lighting, and large art pieces from talented local artists. There is a beautiful, lush patio and an abundance of free (validated) parking.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This place is a gem, the staff were very pleasant to speak with and great with getting us oriented to the menu and location. The food was absolutely mouthwatering and well presented and i loved the industrial arcade feel on the interior. Many thanks for the great time, We will be back for more!
A photo of Riviera restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2843)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Riviera!

Reservations may be subject to time restrictions, dependent on availability. Please check your reservation email for full details. If your group requires more time, kindly call the restaurant at 613-233-6262 and we will do our best to accommodate you. Groups of six or more are subject to a 20% gratuity.

Please note, reservations made for outdoors are guaranteed for outdoor seating only. We may not be able to move you inside in the event of bad weather.

We look forward to hosting you! Please feel free to call us with any questions!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We were greeted by a distinguished gentleman upon our arrival. Our server was not only friendly but also highly knowledgeable about the food ingredients, wine, and spirits selections. The junior staff, who brought our bread and cleared the table, were also friendly. Overall, the experience epitomized fine dining at its best. However, be aware that the noise level was quite high due to the 30-foot ceilings, which made conversation with my friend louder than I would have preferred.
A photo of Giovanni's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (474)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Giovanni�s Ristorante, which you can find in Ottawa, Ontario, is proud of its reputation for serving some of the finest Italian cuisine in the surrounding area. The staff insists upon only the finest ingredients like AAA steaks and seafood taken fresh from the sea. Guests will also enjoy the lovely d�cor, which is filled with gleaming crystal, in addition to the food at Giovanni�s Ristorante. One great way to start your meal at Giovanni�s Ristorante is with one of the excellent soups, such as the minestrone or the stracciatella. When you make it to the main meal, you might try one of the veal dishes. The veal marsala, with mushrooms and a wine sauce, is just one of many options.
Top review
TimG
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service are fabulous. Quite pricey though.
A photo of Aiāna Restaurant Collective restaurant
4.7
4.7 (474)
CAN$51 and over
Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
At Aiana, our humble roots are planted in a desire to bring the abundance of Canada’s food products – many of which grow wild in or around Ottawa – to the forefront of flavourful dishes.

Traditions and techniques long forgotten (yet well-loved) are restored here, not only in tribute to what’s been practiced and procured by our nation’s peoples for thousands of years, but also in celebration of the one thing capable of uniting friends, family, and foes alike: food.

Driven to provide a dining experience unlike any other, Aiana’s cuisine reflects a harmonious balance between classic cooking techniques and contemporary recipes. Whether a memorable meal; handcrafted cocktail or a glass of carefully curated wine, Aiana delivers distinctly Canadian cuisine and impeccable hospitality – all from the pulse of Ottawa’s bustling downtown.

Top review
IsabelleS
Dined 7 days ago
We had the Chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings : it was outstanding! We couldn’t have asked for better for our 20th anniversary.
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