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5 Ottawa Restaurants Perfect for Winter

By Ottawa Tourism/

Great Taste of Canada

It’s tempting to stay indoors during the colder months — but not in Ottawa! With so many incredible outdoor activities, getting outside is a must. Once you’re done skating, skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, it’s time to warm up in a cozy restaurant while eating delicious food.

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    DreamLand Café

    Found in Ottawa’s incredible Little Italy neighbourhood, DreamLand Cafe is a colourful, charming haven perfect for a winter dinner with the girls or a date night. With its cozy ambiance and inviting decor, the restaurant is a comforting, tropical-like retreat during the colder months. DreamLand Cafe's menu showcases an array of hearty comfort foods, from classic appetizers with a unique twist to warm bowls of rich pastas, you’ll want to keep coming back for more. If

    you’re seeking a place to eat good food with good company, DreamLand Cafe is a wonderful culinary escape in Canada’s capital city.

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    107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar

    Nestled in the trendy Glebe neighbourhood, 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar is a hidden gem, especially during the winter months in Ottawa. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, this wine bar and café is a cozy spot if you’re seeking refuge from the winter chill. The dimly lit space exudes an intimate charm. The wine list boasts a curated selection, perfect for sipping and savouring. The menu at 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar features hearty dishes and robust flavours that pair seamlessly with the carefully chosen wine offerings. From soul-warming pizzas and burgers to artisanal cheese platters, each menu item is crafted with taste and ambiance in mind. As the snow falls outside, you can unwind and enjoy the warmth of this hidden restaurant.

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    Chez Lucien

    Chez Lucien stands provides culinary excellence, making it a great choice for the perfect winter dining experience. This charming restaurant, located in the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood, radiates a cozy ambiance with dim lighting, exposed brick walls and eclectic decor. As temperatures drop, Chez Lucien's menu comes alive with comforting dishes that feature a blend of flavours and textures. With hearty meals and gourmet burgers, the winter offerings cater to diverse palates, providing a satisfying and delicious respite from the cold.

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    The Manx

    This unassuming restaurant, tucked away on the vibrant Elgin Street, offers warm hues and an intimate seating, exuding a welcoming charm that makes it a perfect haven from the winter cold. The Manx stands out as a unique dining destination, particularly enchanting during the winter months. The Manx's menu is a culinary delight, with an array of comforting dishes including a lamb curry wrap, banana bread French toast, quesadillas and more, that cater to anyone’s cravings. The rustic interior, adorned with wooden accents and soft lighting, complements the hearty fare, creating a snug atmosphere perfect for a winter evening out. The Manx is not just a restaurant; it's a must-visit local hot spot.

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    The Waverly

    The Waverly on Elgin Street is an inviting restaurant during the day and a vibrant bar at night. With a warm and inviting atmosphere and a deal for $10 burgers on Fridays, it’s a great spot to indulge during the winter months. The Waverly's menu boasts comfort food and hearty dishes that provide warmth and nourishment on chilly days. The ambiance, with its dim lighting and rustic charm, creates the perfect setting for a satisfying meal.

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