Local Restaurants, Cafés and Caterers

Last Updated May 11, 2016
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Fresh, local, delicious — our local food scene has exploded in recent years with chefs, farmers and producers putting the best of each season on our plates. 


Why We Love It: A Hintonburg tradition since 2003, serves Farm-to-Table Contemporary Canadian Cuisine. Patrick Garland, Chief Stove Monkey, grew up in the neighbourhood and is proud to make it home to his restaurant...
|1208 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, ca

Arlington 5

Why We Love It: Tucked behind Wilf & Ada’s, Arlington Five is a coffee and sandwich house, great for hanging out or taking out. Offering public and private events in this unique café space.
|5 Arlington Avenue, Ottawa, ON, ca

Atomica Pizza & Wine Bar, Kingston

Why We Love It: Fresh Italian Food. Contemporary Cocktails. Modern Design. Atomic is located in 'The Brock Street Common' just steps from historic Market Square in downtown Kingston.
|71 Brock Street, Kingston, ON, ca

Balzac's Coffee Roasters

Why We Love It: Balzac's Coffee Roasters is an artisanal coffee roasting company with 12 café locations across Southern Ontario. Visit Balzac's newest café in historic downtown Kingston at 251 Princess Street.
|251 Princess St., Kingston, ON, ca

Bar Laurel

Why We Love It: Bar Laurel is named after Calle del Laurel in Logroño, Rioja, a street that is famous for pinchos, tapas and wine. The menu for Bar Laurel is inspired by recent trips to the Basque country and the...
|1087 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, ca

Black Tartan Kitchen

Why We Love It: Located on the idyllic Bridge Street of Carleton Place, Black Tartan Kitchen is the newest family business to open its doors. Their menu reflects the current season and showcases products...
|132 Bridge St., Carleton Place, ON, ca

Bread & Butter

Why We Love It: Located next to one another, Bread & Butter bakery and Toast & Jam café take pride in making everything from scratch using natural ingredients and fresh local produce. Stop in for a bite to eat or...
|1530 Bath Road, Kingston, ON, ca


Why We Love It: Bridgehead's story isn't just their story. It's the story of hundreds of small-scale farmers supplying them with fairly traded and organic coffees and teas; of local farmers who supply a bounty of...
|130 Anderson St, ottawa, ON, ca

Café Postino

Why We Love It: Located in a vintage Post Office in the heart of downtown Almonte, Café Postino is the realization of owners Steve and Claire Falsetto's vision of having a restaurant in the community they now call...
|73 Mill St., Almonte, ca

C'est Bon Cooking

Why We Love It: Taste your way through Ottawa’s most intriguing culinary neighbourhoods with a C’est Bon walking food tour. Five neighbourhoods to choose from. Their cooking classes, team-building events, and...
|208 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON, ca

C'est Tout Bakery

Why We Love It: A small locally owned bakery where everything is made from scratch onsite or sourced from other local professionals in the food industry. They are proud to support as many local growers, producers...
|14 Beckwith St. South, Smiths Falls, ON, ca


Why We Love It: simple. humble. food. Relaxed atmosphere, minutes from Parliament Hill, in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Offering globally inspired dishes, sourced with a local-first ethos, for lunch and dinner....
|155 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, ca

das Lokal

Why We Love It: Come and enjoy the unique charm of Das Lokal where you will find delicious food that nods smartly to its German and European roots. They take pride in our locally-sourced seasonal menu and their...
|190 Dalhousie St., Ottawa, ON, ca

DISH Catering

Why We Love It: DISH does it just right, every darn time. They care, they love food and they treat every event and menu with exacting detail. Your next event should be seamless so, they'll help you create just what...
|119 Ross Ave., Ottawa, ON, ca

Equator Coffee

Why We Love It: LOCAL - HONEST - COFFEE Equator is a local roastery based in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. Since 1998, they've been roasting and delivering fresh coffee each and every week. They have a passion...
|451 A Ottawa St., Almonte, ON, ca


Why We Love It: fauna is about the things we love: eating and drinking with friends and family in a fun space. Their menu is seasonally driven and they support local farmers and producers wherever possible.
|425 Bank St., Ottawa, ON, ca


Why We Love It: In the historic Code Building, Fiddleheads overlooks the Tay River. An exceptional setting offers creative dining with fresh, local ingredients and 20 draught beers on tap. Casual and upscale dining...
|53 Herriott St., Perth, ON, ca

Grow Your Roots Cafe

Why We Love It: Tucked away in Kanata South, Grow Your Roots Cafe is Kanata's only Vegan restaurant. We're creating your favourite foods on a kinder level that's also better for us & the environment. Whether you're...
|220 Terrence Matthews Cres., Ottawa, ON, ca

Harper's Burger Bar

Why We Love It: Kingston's local burger joint. Featuring 'flat top seared' burgers handcrafted from fresh 'AAA' local beef from 'Enright Cattle Co.' raised using sustainable methods, on pasture.
|93 Princess St. , Kingston, ON, ca


Why We Love It: Fresh. Local. Handmade. Try their fresh and local take on traditional take out food. Hand dipped corn dogs, local organic beef burgers, hand-breaded local chicken strips, fresh cut fries and poutine...
|1096 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, ca

Hummingbird Chocolate

Why We Love It: Hummingbird is one of a handful of Canadian artisans that makes chocolate directly from cocoa beans. It takes a week of effort and a month of aging to make a single bar. Come see and taste the...
|9 Houston Dr., Almonte, ON, ca

Juniper Cafe

Why We Love It: Epicurious Catering's latest venture, a waterfront cafe located in the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Chef Jamie Hodges sources the best ingredients from local farms and food producers in...
|370 King St. W, Kingston, ON, ca

La Maison Conroy

Why We Love It: Aylmer’s newest dining destination offering dinner service Tuesday through Saturday. An ever-changing menu that is tied to the seasons and supported by local farmers throughout the region. A raw...
|61 rue Principale, Alymer, QC, ca

Le Chien Noir Bistro

Why We Love It: Located steps from historic Market Square, featuring French bistro classics & modern 'Farm to Table' features served in an upbeat, comfortable atmosphere. All dishes are prepared using fresh, high...
|68 Brock St. , Kingston, ON, ca

Les Fougères

Why We Love It: The new Fougères offers a more relaxed vibe, huge windows overlooking garden and woods, inviting rammed earth bar, small or large plates, screened verandah, pizza hearth oven, gourmet store and...
|783 Route 105, Chelsea, QC, ca

Les Vilains Garcons

Why We Love It: Come and share a haven of delights for the palate. Each day, Les Vilains Garçons reveals a little bit of old and little bit of new simmering with the joyous moods of their kitchen.
|39 rue Laval, Gatineau, QC, ca


Why We Love It: Whether it’s a working lunch, an after-work reception, or a large conference, LUNCH prides itself on offering an exclusive concierge service. What’s concierge you ask? They like to think of it as...
|121 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, ca
|102-99 Metcalfe St., Ottawa, ON, ca
|240 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON, ca
|373 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ca
|Portage III, Gatineau, QC, ca

Makita Kitchen Bar

Why We Love It: Makita, which means “due north” in Japanese, is appropriately located at the north end of the Glebe. At Makita you can expect to enjoy "New Asian" dishes. Our chefs explores ingredients from Korea...
|589 Bank St., Ottawa, ON, ca

Meat Press

Why We Love It: Known for their gourmet sandwiches and charcuterie, Meat Press is now cooking up French-Canadian inspired dinners! Local farmers, growers and foragers are key elements in this charming bistro found...
|45 Armstrong St., Hintonburg, ON, ca

Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen

Why We Love It: Moo Shu is proud to introduce a unique collection of ice cream flavours not found anywhere else in Ottawa, ON, sometimes anywhere else in the world. Moo Shu Ice Cream is an independent shop that uses...
|477 Bank St. , Ottawa, ON, ca


Why We Love It: Nestled in the charming village of Wakefield, just 20 minutes north of Ottawa, the Nikosi Bistro-Pub fuses modern flavours with Indigenous ingredients in a casual, gastro-pub environment. Whether it...
|721 Chemin Riverside, Wakefield, QC, ca

North and Navy

Why We Love It: North and Navy's menu is inspired by tradition and dictated by the quality and availability of ingredients. NoNa plays off the similarities between the climates of Eastern Ontario and Northeast Italy...
|226 Nepean Street, Ottawa, ON, ca

Ola Cocina

Why We Love It: Bringing Mexican food to Ottawa's most notorious 'hoods. Chef Donna Chevrier makes it fresh and real in these festive little Mexican Taquerias in Vanier and Hintonburg. Open Tuesday through Sunday for...
|1079 Wellington Street W, Ottawa, ON, ca

Pure Kitchen

Why We Love It: Pure Kitchen is not only for the vegans and vegetarians in the community, but for everyone. They encourage and welcome all to join us on our journey to eating well and feeling great. Food is our...
|367 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON, ca

Sash Gelato

Why We Love It: Whether you’ve travelled to Italy to enjoy an amazing Stracciatella or silky smooth lemon sorbetto, you can experience the very same simple pleasure right in the heart of the Byward Market at Sash...
|43 William St., Ottawa, ON, ca

Sheep's Head Bistro

Why We Love It: At the Sheep’s Head Bistro their goal is to serve delicious and remarkable food and drinks - combining both modern-creative and traditional bistro styles of cooking with the use of local seasonal...
|18299 County Road 2, Cornwall, ON, ca

Signatures Restaurant

Why We Love It: Known as an iconic foodie destination, Signatures Restaurant's menu is local, handcrafted and made fresh by Executive Chef Yannick Anton, alongside his team of professional chefs. 
Enjoy friendly...
|453 Laurier Ave. E., Ottawa, ON, ca

SOIF Bar à Vin

Why We Love It: Véronique Rivest: #2 sommelier in the world, zero attitude. Jamie Stunt: award-winning chef, ping-pong obsession. Intrigued? Wines by the glass, small plates, staff who love their jobs. Just...
|88 rue Montcalm , Gatineau, QC, ca

Sunflower Bakery

Why We Love It: Established in 1995, The Sunflower Bake Shop has become Perth’s haunt for all things sweet and tasty…try their famous carrot cake! Take out or eat in, fresh lunches daily, cakes, cookies,...
|100 Gore Street E, Perth, ON, ca

Tennessy Willems

Why We Love It: Tennessy Willems pizza dough is made in house on a daily basis. They support local farmers such as Mariposa Farms for their duck and cheeses, Par Toutatis for their wild boar, Bush Gardens for their...
|1082 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, ca

The Good Food Company

Why We Love It: Located in the old Mac Williams’ Pharmacy building in historic downtown Carleton Place, this cozy 28-seat fully licensed cafe has been serving up delectable, seasonally-inspired, from-scratch fare...
|31 Bridge St., Carleton Place, ON, ca

The Merry Dairy

Why We Love It: Serving fresh, premium original-recipe Jersey (soft-serve) and MidWest (scooped) style frozen custard. Merry Pops and homemade cookie ice cream sandwiches. Book or track the truck at TheMerryDairy...
|102 Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa, ON, ca

The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place

Why We Love It: The Owl Cafe and Meeting Place is located on beautiful Bridge Street, downtown Carleton Place. They pride themselves in serving freshly brewed Equator Coffee and baked goods.
|135 Bridge St., Carleton Place, ON, ca

The Pomeroy House

Why We Love It: Once you get past the exquisite menu, the carefully chosen wines, and the simple yet sophisticated dining room...a calm elegance with the feel of a neighborhood meeting place will overcome you. One of...
|749 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, ca

The Quirky Carrot

Why We Love It: The Quirky Carrot is a café, cookery school and catering company located in the heart of Alexandria. Owner Julia Graham prepares everything from scratch and with love with a goal of creating a...
|1 Main St. S, Alexandria, ON, ca

The Red Apron

Why We Love It: Their Fresh Meal Service menu features wholesome & seasonal ingredients. Red Apron's Gourmet Shoppe offers a large selection of fresh & frozen prepared meals, soups, cakes & pies, baked goods,...
|564 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON, ca

The Rowan

Why We Love It: Nestled just steps from Lansdowne, at the edge of the Glebe, sits the new neighborhood gastropub, The Rowan. With this re-invented, English-inspired gastropub, The Fraser Brothers are offering...
|915 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, ca

The Twisted Fork Cafe

Why We Love It: Serving fresh and healthy homemade meals - breakfast and lunch with a chalkboard menu changing daily.
|4 Gore Street, Perth, ON, ca

The Wellington Gastropub

Why We Love It: The idea behind a gastropub is simple: fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Carefully selected wine list and locally crafted beers with a daily menu that best highlights the availability of the season.
|1325 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, ca

Thyme & Again Creative Catering and Take Home Food Shop

Why We Love It: An award winning leader in event catering, food trends and exceptional customer service. Thyme and Again collaborates with many farmers, suppliers & artisans from the region and is a founding member...
|1255 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON, ca

Two Six {Ate}

Why We Love It: Everything from the pasta to the charcuterie is prepared in house. Dishes and cocktails made with locally procured and sustainable ingredients, all right up until 2am.
|268 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON, ca

Wilf & Ada's

Why We Love It: A cozy neighbourhood brunch spot with a penchant for hospitality, this scratch diner offers modern classics that are made in-house with the best ingredients from the region. Open 7 days a week.
|510 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, ca

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute

Why We Love It: Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute is Canada's only campus for Le Cordon Bleu. Located in the heart of Canada's picturesque capital, Ottawa's rich history in gastronomy and flair for...
|453 Laurier Ave. E, Ottawa, ON, ca

Bistro Wright

Why We Love It: Chefs Claire Schultz and Lauren McCarron welcome you to their brand new bistro in Gatineau featuring a sustainable and ethically sourced menu. Catering and private events available plus a dining room...
|48 rue Wright, Gatineau, QC, ca
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