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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Ottawa

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 Perch restaurant
4.9 (155)
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
Dined 2 days ago
Exceptionally well thought out dishes. Flavors, textures, colors (first you eat with your eyes...) One of the best meals I've had anywhere (let alone Ottawa) in the last year. Knowledgeable & attentive service without being intrusive. Cool tunes, nice vibe in the room. We sat at the bar to watch the magic in the kitchen. We did the 9 course tasting menu and loved absolutely every bite.
A photo of Grounded Kitchen - Carling restaurant
4.9 (35)
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
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 fast healthy lunches, 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. Yet, at the same time Carling disrupts typical expectations with an innovative approach. Blending automation with the human element of customer service. Customers are greeted and attended to with the passion and care that they have come to expect from Grounded. Order using a table QR. No payment from your phone. Simply get started so orders go to the kitchen. We answer questions & deliver items. You settle up at the bar.

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. We also have a patio.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Friendly fast service and tasty food. Great happy hour deals!
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A photo of Pure Kitchen - Kanata restaurant
4.8 (69)
CAN$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
About the restaurant

We are fresh, vegetarian and always delicious. Juice bar, table service, take out, juice cleanses and so much more! Purely awesome.
Top review
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
I'm a regular here, for a monthly lunch date with a friend. Always fantastic food and pleasant and efficient service! I'll keep coming back!
A photo of Spark Beer & Pizza restaurant
4.9 (12)
CAN$30 and under
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Spark Beer and Pizza opened in 2020 with a goal to produce and serve the best lagers, hoppy, sour and Belgian influenced beers possible. Owners Andrea and John have lived in and around Chinatown for over 20 years and, along with chef Jeff, set up shop steps away from the beautiful Chinatown archway. Their beers have won many awards including their 3 time Ontario Brewing Awards winning Manhire Berliner Weisse (gold 2021, gold 2022, silver 2023).

Spark started serving 'west centretown' pizzas in November of 2022 and now offer a variety of pizzas all served on house-made cold fermented dough with the best toppings we can find.

Stop by and enjoy our fun, cozy taproom and pizzeria*!

(*Kitchen hours are limited – please refer to our dinner service times before making your reservation)
Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
What a fun and booming little spot! The pizza (picked the potato one!) was different, fresh and the crust was wonderful. The beers were great! Our waitresses, the music, and the cleanliness of the downstairs basement washrooms sealed the deal on a marvellous evening. First time but definitely not the last!!
A photo of Stofa Restaurant restaurant
4.9 (76)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
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 on May 31, 2024
Simon always offers an outstanding service and the food is always delicious.
A photo of Giovanni's Ristorante restaurant
4.8 (452)
CAN$51 and over
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Overall AMAZING experience. We went for a graduation celebratory late lunch/early dinner, we were one of the only tables in the restaurant. We even called to move the reservation earlier and they were extremely accommodating. The server was extremely kind and personable and made sure to make it feel like a celebration. The food was PHENOMENAL and they even accommodated some food allergies. Overall an absolutely AMAZING meal I’d highly recommend if you want a fancy place for a meal and delicious food with excellent service. They also JUST released a new menu and we were the first to try… and I’d highly recommend the desserts that were off-menu.
A photo of Belmont restaurant
4.8 (676)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
Old Ottawa South for Inventive tasty small plates, Great Cocktails, Beautiful All Natural Wines in a Cozy, Inviting atmosphere
Open since 2014, we are very excited to host you and your guests
Top review
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Food is eclectic and lovely to share. Staff helpful in identifying dietary restrictions. Just great time
A photo of Coconut Lagoon restaurant
4.8 (901)
CAN$51 and over
South Indian
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food, attentive staff, would recommend :)
A photo of Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar restaurant
4.8 (231)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Cocktail Bar
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
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We were lucky enough to secure two seats for the anniversary event, and weren't disappointed. The decor was great, and the prizes were and excellent mix of exciting value (saw someone win a big gift card) and humor (funny shots, dvds, etc) The staff were as friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive as ever. Mike took the time to explain to my fiancee the differences between the bottles of plantation, the flavor profiles of each and which would be best for her based on her preferences.
A photo of RamaKrishna Indian Restaurant restaurant
4.8 (64)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant

With 20 years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our chef is excited to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us.

With over 10 years of experience in Hospitality industry our managers and staff will provide one of the best services to the table along with an exciting Drinks and Indian Cocktail menu.

We serve North Indian Cuisine
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very nice evening. Great restaurant. Good location.
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