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If poutine and BeaverTails are the main things that come to mind when you think of Ottawa food, then trust us – you’ve got some culinary exploring to do! Luckily, the local food scene has grown exponentially in recent years, giving rise to upscale casual eateries, chef-run restaurants and speciality shops focusing on everything from ice cream to charcuterie.
It would be easy to stick to one neighbourhood: there’s a row of great restaurants along Wellington West in Hintonburg, and plenty to choose from in Little Italy. Great things are popping up just east of downtown and you can’t miss the gems just across the Ottawa River in Québec. You’ll find a diverse array of cuisines (at diverse price points) across the capital city, which means that traveling to eat at the best restaurants in Ottawa will help you explore local sights and things to do that you should have on your bucket list.