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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Ottawa

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (230)
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
IsabellaBvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
It’s always a pleasure visiting stolen goods. Their cat theme was fun and hilarious and we really enjoyed spending our evening there! To many more years of stolen goods!!
A photo of Bar Lupulus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1301)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Hintonburg
About the restaurant
Cozy Craft Beer and Natural Wine Bar with a Backyard Patio Oasis. Serving locally sourced & seasonally inspired comfort focused plates by Chef James Bratsberg. 22 rotating taps & over 500 funky bottles available for dine in and takeout through our online bottle shop!
Top review
Rosavip
Dined 2 days ago
Beautiful and relaxing patio. Pleasant and helpful staff. Tasty beers! And the nicest pastrami, very delicate, delicious (unfatty) thin slices. We'll be back!
A photo of Moxies - Hunt Club restaurant
4.6
4.6 (288)
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.

Located at Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive, a short distance from Ottawa's International Airport. With the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club and the Hylands Golf Club nearby, Moxies is the ideal spot to wrap up a day on the green! Our Executive Chef Brandon Thordarson has created a menu offering a wide-array of steaks, burgers, pastas and seafood! No matter the occasion, whether it's a business luncheon, a dinner date, or late night drinks with friends, Moxies offers something for everyone
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Our server was amazing. Quality of food was very good
A photo of Parlour restaurant
4.6
4.6 (306)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Westboro
About the restaurant
Parlour is a restaurant and an event space with capacity of 250 guests, we offer private dining in our venue and can accommodate large party reservations.
Chef driven, seasonal menus, using farm to table ingredients. Our wine program highlights low-intervention, natural wine producers and our curated cocktails are a fun time. We are located centrally in Wellington West.
Celebrated as one of Ottawa's top 10 new restaurants.
Our interior space offers a cozy, eclectic interior of mid-century modern design.
We host curated events of any size designed for you. Give us a call or contact with us directly to learn more.
Top review
Nico
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful experience and value. Decor is cool but the noise level is high making conversation very difficult.
A photo of Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery restaurant
4.5
4.5 (32)
CAN$30 and under
Brewery
Nepean
About the restaurant
These three simple phrases are at the core of Big Rig Kitchen & Brewery. We are a microbrewery; committed to serving the best beer and a menu of comfort food favorites! Kick back and relax with friends in our casual, fun inspired atmosphere that is destined to unleash the inner beer drinker in you! The best friendships are built from shared experience. We believe surrounding yourself with friends and family while you catch sports game or talk shop over a draft during a 5 à 7 at the bar. We encourage you to reminisce on the playful times; challenge your friends to a dart match, table game, or kick-it ‘old school’ with our retro arcades. All ideal ways of enjoy Big Rig with your ‘fave’ crew of friends.
Top review
MarinoS
Dined 5 days ago
Had lunch with a friend and we were impressed with everything! The Food was absolutely delicious and the portions were plentiful. Our Server was attentive but gave us space to enjoy our meal without pressure to order extras. Very pleased! 5's across the board!
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 2 days ago
Great spot to sample Scotch and listen to live music
A photo of Charlotte restaurant
4.5
4.5 (58)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Lounge
Hintonburg
About the restaurant
Charlotte, a contemporary, mid-century inspired lounge in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Strike a balance between old and new in a space designed to foster social interaction. Our lounge areas feature a mix of functional vintage and retro-styled sofas, loungers and armchairs to surround your group in the comfort of your own personal living room.

A spirit/liquor list is a function of your cocktails, our brand selection evolves as we explore new and exciting flavours or go back to timeless classics. We rigorously test every aspect our cocktails before any make the printed menu. Whether it’s ice quality, glassware, freshly squeezed or organic cold pressed juice, quality in the final product demands quality in all ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 24, 2024
Service was excellent!! Cole was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive
A photo of J'TM Resto Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (35)
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
ByWard Market
About the restaurant
We are a group of young entrepreneurs who fell in love with food and wholeheartedly believe that it is as a love language meant to be shared in infinite ways.

We are dedicated to providing you with the best locally sourced foods, with a focus on dependability and quality customer service.

We are working to turn our passion into a booming business and we hope you enjoy our services as much as we enjoy offering them to you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The staff were all so kind! The food and drinks were amazing!!
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 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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