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Short List: The best new Ottawa restaurants, cafés, bars of a decade

By Apartment613 on January 3, 2020

Our 10th anniversary #ottfood survey produced this short list of Apt613 readers’ fav restaurants, bars and cafés opened in Ottawa-Gatineau since 2009.

Before the new year, we took every Foodie Friday as an opportunity to poll Apartment613 readers on the Ottawa-Gatineau food scene. 1,023 people responded to the end-of-a-decade local food survey.

Apt613 is celebrating 10 years (!!!) so we asked: For how long have you lived in Ottawa? In what neighbourhood do you live? And what, in your opinion, is the best restaurant to have opened in Ottawa-Gatineau since 2009?

Below is a shortlist of the highest-rated restaurants, cafés and bars which opened in the last decade (in order of popularity). Below that is a looong list of every establishment readers mentioned (in alphabetical order).


Vote from the short list or cast a write-in ballot. Deadline: February 28th, 2020.

Together, we’ll determine a winner and runners-up in every category. This new survey closes on Foodie Friday, February 28th, in case you get a chance to visit one or two places you haven’t seen yet. Please do!

For our part, Apt613 has some fact-checking to do. Exactly when did these beautiful businesses open? From the get-go we’ve had to disqualify a handful of ballots (Ottawa’s oldest bar opened well before 2009) and by February 28th, Apt613 could remove places which are found not meet the criteria—but they’ll get honourable mentions, we’ll still eat there and blog about it.

In a future post, let’s dive into the survey results by neighbourhood.


Using a smartphone or tablet? Click here for the mobile friendly survey.


The Looong List

Every place an Apt613 reader named their favourite:

Restaurants

  • The Albion Rooms
  • Alice
  • Allium (Closed)
  • Aroma Meze
  • Atelier
  • Baker Street Café
  • Bar Laurel
  • Bar Lupulus
  • The Belmont
  • Bistro Le Forain
  • Black Cat Bistro
  • Citizen
  • The Clarendon Tavern
  • Das Lokal
  • Datsun
  • Edgar
  • El Camino
  • El Dorado
  • Eldon’s
  • Erling’s Variety
  • EVOO Greek Kitchen
  • Fairouz
  • Farinella
  • Fauna
  • Fraser Café
  • Gezellig
  • Gitanes
  • Gongfu Bao
  • Gray Jay
  • Grunt
  • Habesha
  • Haldi Indian Restaurant
  • Heart & Crown
  • Hintonburg Public House
  • Indian Curry and Kebab House
  • Izakaya Shingen
  • The Jack Ketch
  • Jackson
  • Joey’s
  • La Bonita
  • Lexington Smoke House
  • Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters
  • Mati
  • Meat Press
  • Mena (Closed)
  • Milestones
  • Murray Street (Closed)
  • NeXT
  • Norca
  • North & Navy
  • Occo Kitchen
  • Orto Trattoria
  • OZ Kafe
  • Pili Pili
  • Play Food & Wine
  • Pure Kitchen
  • Riviera
  • San Jose Mexican Foods
  • Sansotei
  • Sidedoor
  • Soif Bar à Vin
  • Stofa
  • Supply & Demand
  • Supreme Kabob House
  • Sur-lie
  • Swiss Chalet
  • Table Sodam
  • Thali
  • The Third
  • Town
  • two six {ate}
  • Union 613
  • Vilains Garçons
  • Wellington Gastropub
  • Whalesbone
  • Wilf & Ada’s

Cafés

  • Arlington 5
  • Art Is In Bakery
  • The Art House Café
  • Bar Robo
  • Black Squirrel Books
  • Black Walnut Bakery
  • Bluebird Coffee
  • Blumen Studio
  • Bread By Us
  • Bridgehead
  • Café Biscotti
  • Café Figaro
  • Café Mulligan
  • Café Nero (Closed)
  • Café Palmier
  • Caffeine 1UP (Closed)
  • Dreamland Café
  • Driphouse
  • Edgar
  • Equator
  • Feline Café
  • Happy Goat
  • Headquarters
  • Ideal Coffee
  • Jamari
  • La Bocca
  • Les Moulins Lafayette
  • Little Jo Berry’s
  • Little Victories
  • Luna Crepes & Café
  • Manhattan’s Coffee Co.
  • Mantovani 1946
  • Ministry of Coffee
  • Moca Loca
  • Morning Owl
  • Oat Couture
  • Origin Trade (Closed)
  • Planet Coffee
  • Quitters Coffee
  • Red Door Provisions
  • Second Cup
  • Stella Luna
  • The Thirsty Maiden Café
  • Timmies
  • Union Street Kitchen Café

Bars

  • 10fourteen
  • Andaz Hotel
  • The 27 Club
  • Backdrop
  • Bar Laurel
  • Bar Lucy
  • Bar Lupulus
  • Bar Robo
  • The Belmont
  • Beyond the Pale Brewery
  • Big Rig Brewery
  • Brasserie du Bas-Canada
  • Brigid’s Well
  • Broadhead Brewery
  • Calabogie Brewery
  • Charlotte
  • Chez Lucien
  • Citizen
  • The Clarendon Tavern
  • Club SAW
  • Corner Peach
  • Craft Beer Market
  • The Crazy Horse
  • Dominion City Brewery
  • Dominion Tavern
  • El Camino
  • Flora Hall Brewery
  • Gainsbourg
  • Gitanes
  • House of TARG
  • Irene’s Pub
  • Jabberwocky
  • The Koven
  • LIVE! on Elgin
  • Local (Lansdowne)
  • Minotaure
  • The Moonroom
  • North & Navy
  • Orléans Brewing Co.
  • Overflow Brewery
  • Pour Boy
  • Prohibition Public House
  • The Rabbit Hole
  • Riviera
  • Soif Bar à Vin
  • Tavern on the Hill
  • The Third
  • Tooth & Nail Brewery
  • Town
  • Trip’s Bar
  • two six {ate}
  • Union 613
  • Ward 14 Consignment Bar
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