Since Ottawa is my permanent home base, I thought I would periodically include posts about the city and events within the city throughout my usual travel-related blog posts. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on a few of the pubs I’ve been to in Ottawa since moving here!
Please note: I am not affiliated with any of these restaurants or pubs and no one has paid me to write this post. My opinions about these places are just to be helpful for visitors to the Ottawa area! Should I ever become affiliated with a company or product and write a post or review for them, I will always make that clear.
Elgin Street Diner
The self-proclaimed best diner in Ottawa, the Elgin Street Diner has a lot to offer. At first glance, the food seemed pricey for a diner, but I assure you, it is well worth the cost. Our plates arrived stuffed full of delicious food, and neither of us managed to eat everything on them. Between the food and my chocolate banana milkshake, I did not leave hungry. While I wouldn’t call it my personal favorite diner in Ottawa – that spot goes to a different diner on this list – it is definitely worth at least one visit.
Food of choice: Classic Club
A charming Italian eatery, Carmello’s is found along Sparks Street, Ottawa’s pedestrian only street full of shops and restaurants. Thanks to its location, I’ve been a handful of times for work lunches, and I would definitely recommend it. During the summer, it’s wonderful to sit outside on the Sparks Street patio, drinking wine and indulging in tasty Italian dishes.
Food of choice: I go back and forth between Margherita Pizza and Pollo (pasta)
The first thing I noticed about Tennessy Willems is how hot it was inside the restaurant. True that it was a scorching hot day, but the biggest reason behind the heat is what makes Tennessy Willems food so tasty – a wonderful wood oven to cook the pizza on. Pizza isn’t the only item on their menu, but I would highly recommend it.
Food of choice: Margherita Pizza – but only because I’ve only been there once
If you like ramen, then Ginza is the place for you. The dishes are high quality, deliciously tempting, and large enough to make you question how full you’ll be by the end of it. Ginza has two locations in Ottawa, but I found the quality to be great at both. The main difference is that Elgin Street boasts a livelier venue with a more modern design, whereas the Somerset Street location favors a more intimate, relaxing atmosphere.
Food of choice: Tonkotsu Ramen Miso
The Wellington Diner
I first came across The Wellington Diner when Brit and I were looking for a place to eat after getting massages at Renu Spa. We chose it mostly because it was directly across the street, but ever since that first time, it’s become a tradition to eat there after getting a massage. While the portions are not as large as at the Elgin Street Diner, I find The Wellington Diner’s quality of taste to have the upper hand. They also have a wider selection of menu choices, and even include unexpected options, such as lobster poutine (which according to my cousin is beyond delicious).
Food of choice: Classic Chicken Club, Green Eggs & Ham (yes, really), or The Original Favourite (breakfast club)
This concludes Pub Edition III. If you liked it, never fear, I have more pub-related options coming soon!