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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Ottawa

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Belmont restaurant
4.8
4.8 (683)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
Downtown
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Emily was our server and she provided the perfect balance of taking care of us and leaving us alone. She was great. We each had appetizers (prawns and scallops) and both were superb, the chicken piri was excellent as well. The bread (made on site) was great as well. Supper for 2 just over $200 with a glass of wine. We'll be back.
A photo of Grounded Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (524)
CAN$30 and under
Barbecue
Downtown
About the restaurant
NEW LOCATION: 1545 CARLING AVE. See "Grounded Kitchen - Carling" to make a reservation.
The same Grounded food and drink, just a new address.

Since 2010, Grounded has been dedicated to serving great food in an easygoing and trendy atmosphere. Specializing in BBQ; our made-from-scratch philosophy and hands-on approach is evident in everything we do - from what's cooking in the kitchen to what's being mixed behind the bar. Online ordering is available for takeout.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
We went in for lunch and enjoyed cocktails (amazing!!) and three appetizers. The Brussel sprouts were outstanding. Our server was lovely, attentive and very nice! Highly recommend this place. We will miss the Gloucester location but will definitely head to Carling!
A photo of Hunter's Public House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (248)
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 2 days ago
Friendly staff. Great patio. Food was very tasty
A photo of Retro Gusto restaurant
4.8
4.8 (432)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Retrogusto is a pizzeria and bar that brings some much needed excitement to the north end of Preston street. We serve a Roman style pizza "Tonda", traditional roman fried snacks, salumi, cheeses and other small plates. Our food will be complimented by a small wine list that will be in constant rotation, strictly Italian classic cocktails, and beautiful amaro's from around Italy. The warm, cozy, dimly lit dining room with an open kitchen will be the perfect place to do the only thing that matters; eat good food, drink good wine and have a good time with friends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our hostess/ waitress was fabulous. Very helpful and very friendly!
A photo of Fratelli - Westboro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (924)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Kendra
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful atmosphere, server was friendly and helpful, fabulous food.
A photo of Paper Tiger Noodle Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (63)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Fusion / Eclectic
The Glebe
About the restaurant
"Paper Tiger"
Someone or something that seems intimidating and all powerful, but in reality, is not. Don't judge a book by its cover.
In the heart of Old Ottawa South, Paper Tiger Noodle Bar is where fusion meets local. With a seasonal food and drink menu, you are guaranteed to find your new favourite dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Please bring back the pork dan dan noodles with the Szechuan peppercorns. It was so good and I was disappointed that I couldn’t order it tonight
A photo of Crust & Crate - Ogilvie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (203)
CAN$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Gloucester
About the restaurant
Located in Gloucester on Ogilvie Rd, Crust and Crate is an artisan fast fired pizza pub with gastropub fare, local craft beer and craft cocktails in a chic industrial space.

Fill up on a seasonal selection of pizzas, burgers, pastas or meal size salads. In the mood for something lighter? We have shared plates featuring tacos, nachos, lettuce wraps and pork wings.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The manager was very accommodating and opened a quiet area of the restaurant as we could not stay on the main area which was very noisy with several large groups. That made a huge difference.
A photo of Luxe Bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (13)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
ByWard Market
About the restaurant
While maintaining an excellent reputation for food quality and service, Luxe offers a modern and fun focus on popular food trends. All while serving the best steak in Downtown Ottawa!
We are known for our signature Brunch, seafood and cocktails. Our groups can enjoy private dining areas, our vegetarian/ vegan friends are welcome to special menu items, and Happy Hour is a hit daily from 2-6pm... cheap drinks and oysters! Join us this summer on our Gorgeous patio space.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Took a few coworkers for a lunch celebration and it was a success. Ambiance was good, food was delicious and staff was friendly.
A photo of Lexington Smokehouse & Bar in Westboro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (910)
CAN$30 and under
Barbecue
Nepean
About the restaurant
Southern-Style kitchen and smokehouse offering hand-crafted cocktails, local beers and amazing wine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
amazing service, great ambiance and to die for food
A photo of Joe's Italian Kitchen - Wellington restaurant
4.4
4.4 (12)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Westboro
About the restaurant
Weaving old world traditions with new world creativity. Our goal is to bring you a diverse menu that not only preserves, but elevates hearty dishes that showcase the essence of Italian cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Service was very good and the food was very tasty.
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