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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Ottawa

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Spark Beer & Pizza restaurant
4.9
4.9 (12)
CAN$30 and under
Brewery
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
JjustineD
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 Riviera restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2802)
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 Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Riviera is the best restaurant in Ottawa. It is always such a pleasure to visit. Can't wait to return.
A photo of Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (231)
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
MikeBL
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 Arlo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (699)
CAN$51 and over
Continental
Downtown
About the restaurant
Arlo is a neighbourhood restaurant & wine with natural wine, comforting food & good tunes in a laid back and cozy environment. Outdoor seating & private dining available. Chef Jamie Stunt's simple but refined dishes inspired by the people and places we love.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Very tasty food and great atmosphere Sat on the patio on a hot night, the patio shade was excellent and temps felt good. Loved the cocktails and apps. Service was pretty good, knowledgeable servers but a little slow in my opinion
A photo of Hunter's Public House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (244)
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Gloucester
About the restaurant
Hunter's is a modern, suburban pub offering high-quality food and beverages, coupled with exceptional service. Unique elements in an inviting and social atmosphere create a sense of neighbourhood ‘place’. Creating Hunter's Public House was a long-time vision of Chef Charles MacInnis and Amy MacInnis. With young children, finding a kid-friendly place to eat out where they could also enjoy some amazing food with a great pint was tough. Hunter's Public House is just that! Hunter's food menu features a blend of classics and fresh creations, highlighted by locally sourced ingredients. Hunter's beverage menu features an Ottawa Valley exclusive draft beer line-up and extensive can/bottle selection. Hunter's also showcases craft sodas sure to delight the young and the young at heart. Next time you're in the neighborhood, drop in and say 'Hi'!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Three of us sat on the patio in a booth and had a lovely lunch with great service. I had a delicious beet and walnut salad with grilled salmon. The patio is well sheltered and surrounded by greenery so that you don’t notice you are in an outdoor mall.
A photo of Montgomery Scotch Lounge - Gladstone Ave restaurant
4.5
4.5 (113)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Seating Times:
1st Seating – 5:00 or 5:30 to 7:00pm
2nd Seating – 7:00 to 9:00pm
3rd Seating - 9:00 to 11:00pm

Set Times:
1st Set - 5:30 to 6:30pm
2nd Set - 7:30 to 8:30pm
3rd Set - 9:30 to 10:30pm

~ If you’d like to stay for two Sets, make sure to book two Seatings. ~
~ Cover charge will apply for all Sets. ~


Montgomery Scotch Lounge is an intimate restaurant & bar with live music, in the heart of downtown Ottawa featuring a large selection of single malt Scotches, cocktails, and delicious small plates.

We've got Ontario craft beer, unique wine, and Scotch-based cocktails. And, we’re known for our quest to make single malt Scotch approachable to the uninitiated.

Every time you show up to eat, drink and watch a show with us, you’re directly supporting our mission to bring live music, single malt Scotch and great food to Ottawa.

Join us for a Dram -Sláinte!

Reservations of 7 or more: patrick@montgomeryscotchlounge.com
Performer inquiries: live@montgomeryscotchlounge.com
Top review
Angelvip
Dined 7 days ago
Great spot to sample Scotch and listen to live music
A photo of Speakeasy Tapas Lounge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (35)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
ByWard Market
About the restaurant
Speakeasy Tapas is your hidden gem in the Byward Market. A place for great cocktails & tapas! Follow us on Instagram @speakeasyottawa for live music, shows, special events and more!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
It was well beyond what I was expecting. Much better than I could have imagined. Special entertainment made it even better. Magician on Mother’s Day! Who would have thought. Family party at its best.
A photo of Feast + Revel restaurant
4.4
4.4 (318)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
ByWard Market
About the restaurant
Located on the first floor of the Andaz Hotel, Feast + Revel proudly offers a culinary experience in celebration of the land on which it stands, led by our executive chef Chanaka Amarakoon. Sample a variety of innovative culinary flavors infused with Ottawa’s heritage at our restaurant. The cuisine explores and pushes the boundaries of what we know to be Canadian food by applying sophisticated techniques to familiar flavors.

Feast + Revel is a vibrant destination that combines the best elements of a restaurant, gourmet dining and cocktail bar. Enjoy our stylish and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for any occasion.

Open for Breakfast, Happy Hour and Dinner.

Join us for Happy Hour every day from 4 PM to 6 PM 🥂

For parties larger than 16 people, please contact the Hotel at Ottawa.Guest@andaz.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had a lovely time at this restaurant. The service was brilliant and the food and wine really delicious.
A photo of Moxies - Orleans restaurant
4.4
4.4 (259)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Moxies restaurant is a contemporary casual restaurant offering a globally inspired menu and hand crafted cocktails in a vibrant and interactive atmosphere. Moxies has over 50 locations across Canada and 6 US locations in Dallas, Houston, and Miami.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Nice meal it was really good would recommend going to eat there. This is not the first time going there and we love it. The waitress was awesome pleasant checked on us to see if the meal was good and she was bilingual which you don't see very often in a restaurant. Would go back there anytime good service
A photo of Note restaurant
4.3
4.3 (30)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
ByWard Market
About the restaurant
Welcome to Note, where the rhythm of small plates meets the melody of lounge vibes. Our tapas-style plates offer a symphony of flavours, perfect for sharing and savouring. Indulge in our hand crafted cocktails, while listening to live music perfectly complementing the rhythm and note of your experience. We look forward to creating memorable moments that resonate long after you leave.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
This was a first date and the food and drinks were amazing. The live entertainment was outstanding, beautiful singer with a keyboard. The staff were very friendly and extremely knowledgeable regarding the menu. Highly recommended
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