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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Ottawa

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 Atelier - Ottawa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1710)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
At Atelier, we solely offer an experiential & interactive 40 course tasting menu with pescatarian & vegetarian menus available for $250 per guest. We are not able to offer a vegan menu. Pairing options are available: Full Wine $175, Half Wine $125, Bespoke Wine $300, Cocktail $150 & Placebo $125

Dining time is 4 hours

We do not accept menu modifications for aversions/dislikes, as this will compromise the integrity of the experience

Should you have any severe allergies, please highlight them in detail at time of booking, keeping in mind that we are not able to omit dairy, gluten, soy, nightshades, mushroom & allium as this impacts the overall experience. We will contact you for further clarification & to determine if we will be able to safely accommodate

Regarding mild allergies, our kitchen is not allergen-free & therefore we cannot guarantee zero cross-contamination

Please note that severe allergies may result in the outright omission of any one course from your experience

Top review
Litsa
Dined 1 day ago
Our 9th time! We celebrate our wedding anniversary every year with the team at Atelier and wouldn’t have it any other way. From the innovative cooking techniques the absolute world class presentation and knowledgeable, kind and down to earth staff, there is a reason they make the top 100 list year after year. Truly remarkable all the way around. Thank you Chef Marc for giving Ottawa more than we could have ever asked for.
A photo of Giovanni's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (470)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful experience and will be going again. Had an amazing waiter, exquisite food; hot and delicious, soothing and calming ambiance, music was very tasteful and enjoyed my anniversary with my partner. Confidently recommend.
A photo of Beckta restaurant
4.8
4.8 (156)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Legendary Canadian Cuisine featuring signature Canadian products, all delivered with high-touch hospitality. Beckta offers a constantly changing a-la-carte and two tasting menus daily in both our our fine dining rooms with luxurious seating, or a more casual vibe in our delightful wine bar area that features daily food specials. Multiple private dining rooms are also available for larger groups or more intimate requests. Recipient of 19 consecutive CAA 4-Diamond Awards. Please contact us at info@beckta.com for inquiries.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Really enjoyed the explanations and comparisons of the various wines and pairings. Also enjoyed the social aspect of interacting with other like-minded diners and wine-lovers. Excellent food (salmon was outstanding!), and wine pairings were wonderful. We will do this again.
A photo of Rosebowl Steaks & Seafood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (465)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Since 1976, the Rosebowl Steakhouse has prided itself in its exceptional meals and serve to each and every guest. Owner and Chef Danny Skaff demands the very best from every plate with his years of culinary experience and our exciting lunch and dinner menu. The entire staff is dedicated to bringing you the very best cuts of succulent meat, delectable entrées and freshly made desserts in an atmosphere second to none. The Rosebowl Steakhouse is the perfect place to relax and enjoy one of the signature beverages with your friends. Our wines are an excellent addition to any lunch, dinner or lounge experience. Now located in Little Italy, the Rosebowl Steakhouse is the ideal venue for all occasions – big or small. Built on a foundation of extraordinary service, great food, and brilliant staff, the Rosebowl Steakhouse is the perfect venue for any event. Let us assist you in planning and customizing your next visit.
Top review
AlexEm
Dined 3 days ago
Neighborhood gem! The food and service was outstanding. Intimate setting, great for a date night. It was our first time visiting, and won’t be our last!
A photo of Aiāna Restaurant Collective restaurant
4.7
4.7 (471)
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
MichaelC
Dined 3 days ago
Our server was attentive, her knowledge of the menu was excellent. Staff went out of their way to provide top level service. Beautifully appointed surroundings - I will be back.
A photo of Oz Kafe - Ottawa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (94)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
ByWard Market
About the restaurant
Open for Indoor dining, takeout, and Uber Eats delivery.

Oz Kafe is in the ByWard Market, Clarendon Courtyards, in Ottawa, Ontario. Situated in a beautiful stone and mortar historical building our restaurant provides the perfect ambiance. Our menu is European-inspired, locally sourced, and veg forward.

We are open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Accepting reservations for À La Carte dinner reservations as well as group and special event bookings. For more details on larger bookings and events please call or email through our website.

Top review
ChrisM
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
The food was divine, the atmosphere was very nice. Our server was excellent too. I highly recommend starting with their charcuterie. We will definitely go back!
A photo of North and Navy restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1753)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
A Northern Italian kitchen inspired by the Bacari of Venice
Our menu is inspired by tradition and dictated by the quality and availability of ingredients. We play off the similarities between the climates of Eastern Ontario and Northeast Italy, and create our take on classic dishes made with seasonal game, seafood and vegetables. Plus, sometimes we’ll just add whatever we want.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The counter was enjoyable but it was a bit hot next to the kitchen and I felt cut off from the other part of the resto only looking at the food prep. I was designing in my mind a gorgeous frame with ambient lighting to make this intimate nook more of a suitable place for two for dinner.
A photo of The Ivy Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (36)
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
happy2dine
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful setting with fine food and friendly staff. My only comment was that my burger bun was cold, however, the contents of the burger were hot and delicious. We had a vegan friend with us and the kitchen was kind enough to make cauliflower steak, a dinner menu item, at lunch time.
A photo of Speakeasy Tapas Lounge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (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 Vain In Versailles Bistro restaurant
4.3
4.3 (83)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French
Little Italy
About the restaurant
A new contemporary conscious French Bistro, serving a gluten free forward menu with imaginative cuisine.
We create a matrimony with local and seasonal ingredients and beautiful dishes, thoughtful cocktails and carefully chosen wines and to create stimulating experiences with creative gastronome approaches. Open now from Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm-10/11pm.

Private affairs, bookings and tastings also available.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Excellent service and food. Cute little fine dining gluten free bistro tucked away on Preston Street. Went for the first time for my daughter’s birthday celebration 🎉 and we were treated like queens. I would highly recommend for those with gluten intolerance or not. Delicious food overall and pastries have lots of flavour not like cardboard!
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