Where to Eat


This is a personal list of recommendations for all of you.

We tried all these restaurants and enjoyed them. We hope you will too.

Some of them take reservations, others don’t. Make sure to call ahead if you are planning to eat out on Friday night.

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You will find a number of restaurants in the Byward market area (walking distance from the University), on Elgin Street (close to campus), on Somerset (especially in Chinatown; you can use the pedestrian bridge on campus if you are walking), on Preston Street (Little Italy, but not just Italian) and in Westboro, especially on Wellington and Richmond Road. There is a food court at the Rideau Center, near campus.


At the conference, Starbucks coffee and a selection of teas will be served for breakfast, mid-morning snacks, and mid-afternoon snacks. If you need more good coffee, here are a few coffee places around town that we recommend.

  1. Ministry of Coffee (on Elgin street)
  2. Bridgehead Coffeehouse (fair trade, organic – several locations in town)
  3. Happy Goat Coffee (the new one just opened up on Elgin, and there are two other locations in town)
  4. Figaro’s on Terminal Avenue, near the Trainyards Mall.
  5. Morning Owl on Bank Street
  6. Planet Coffee on Byward Market


    We normally go to Chez Cora. There are many locations in town, including one near the Byward Market. However, continental breakfast with Starbucks coffee will be provided by the Canadian Society for Italian Studies during the three days of the conference.


There are very few choices for lunch on campus:

  1. Perfection Satisfaction and Promise is fairly good (for a campus restaurant.)
  2. Freshii (di nome e di fatto)


Perfection Satisfaction and Promise


Or take a short walk to the Byward Market, where you will find more choices, including Trattoria Vittoria, which is open for lunch. For sandwiches or pasta for lunch, you can’t go wrong with La Bottega, which is a supermarket that also serves lunch, in the Byward Market area. Also, there is a food court at the Rideau Center, walking distance from the University.


Vittoria Trattoria

La Bottega


  1. Orto (very Italian, excellent food)
  2. North and Navy, a venetian restaurant near the downtown core.
  3. Joey’s at Landsdowne -- convivial, lots of room, try their gyoza or their salmon bowl.
  4. Roberto’s Pizza on Preston (if full, try Fratelli in Westboro, same owner, same pizza); reservations only for parties of 6 or more.
  5. Trattoria Vittoria in the Byward Market (very good Canadian-Italian)
  6. Kinki in the Byward Market (sushi; music late at night)
  7. Wasabi at the Byward Market (sushi)
  8. 10 Sushi or Sushi 168 (all-you-can-eat sushi. Both equally decent, they are outside the downtown core)
  9. Light of India in the Glebe (for the lunch buffet especially)
  10. Coconut Lagoon (out of the way but the best Indian in town, highly recommended for dinner)
  11. The Works (great burgers, many locations in town)
  12. Nando’s on Elgin (a Portuguese twist on Southeast African food)
  13. Burgers ‘n Fries Forever (in the Byward Market, featured on You Gotta Eat Here)
  14. The Scone Witch (Byward Market and other locations, only open for breakfast and lunch)
  15. Vegetarian: The Green Door, not far from campus. A buffet restaurant, clean and of good quality. Long lines for early lunch and early dinner – it’s that popular. If you have lunch or dinner a bit later the lines are not bad. It closes at 9.
  16. Vegetarian: Pure Kitchen (there are two in town, one near the Glebe and one in Westboro)
  17. Greek: EVOO on Preston.
  18. Chinese: we had some good meals at Jadeland in Chinatown, but it can be hit and miss.
  19. Vietnamese: Pho-bo-ga-la, in Chinatown, is our go-to pho place. Pho places are usually very cheap, plus this one closes late. There are many others on Somerset, but this is the one we tried personally.
  20. Fine dining: traditionally the finest dining in town is Beckta, with decorated chefs etc.
  21. Fine dining: MēNa: modern French cuisine paired with wines.
  22. The most scenic restaurant just outside of town is Les Fougères, in Chelsea.


Les Fougères






The best ice cream in town is Stella Luna (closing at 10 PM) which also serves breakfast, lunch, aperitivi, etc. They have two locations, one in Westboro, and one in Old Ottawa South. At the Byward Market there are also Piccolo Grande, and Mantovani 1946, both very good.


Stella Luna

Piccolo Grande

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