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10 Eateries Serving Hearty Foods to Warm You Up This Fall in Ottawa’s Original Downtown 

November 1, 2023

As we enter the fall season here in Ottawa’s Original Downtown, everyone seems to have their own methods for warding off that autumn chill that has begun to permeate the air. You’ll find many shoppers flocking to Patagonia on York Street to purchase a cozy fall sweater or stopping by the Starbucks in the Rideau Centre to get themselves a pumpkin spice latte – a tried-and-true classic!  

Nothing warms the body and soul quite like a hot and hearty plate of food, however, and Rideau is home to a wide array of restaurants that are serving piping hot food to help you keep the cold at bay. Read on to discover some of the eateries on and around Rideau Street that you’ll want to check out while autumn is here! 

Shanghai Wonton Noodle 

What’s better than a warm bowl of soup on a cold day? How about a bowl of soup filled with hand-folded Chinese dumplings, fresh vegetables and piping hot broth? Don’t let the unassuming décor at Shanghai Wonton Noodle fool you; their fast and friendly service is paired with delicious soup and noodle dishes that are often topped with peanut sauce, chili oil and other offerings. Don’t forget to order a marinated egg on the side as well! 

📍 178 Rideau Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Saturday – Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

📞 (613) 233-9900 

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All of Shanghai’s Wonton Noodle’s dishes are made fresh and in house, right down to the dumplings and broth.
(Image: Shanghai Wonton Noodle) 

Golden One Fried Chicken 

For those who are looking to sink their teeth into a batch of freshly-fried chicken, you can’t afford to miss Golden One’s signature Korean approach to your favourite dish! Spicy options are available if you’re looking for a little extra kick, and the chicken is always best when paired with a side of veggie gyozas or Golden Cheese corn! 

📍 354 Rideau Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Sunday – Thursday: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

Friday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – midnight 

📞 (613) 562-0688 

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Golden One’s spicy chicken packs a punch and are paired perfectly with their veg gyozas.
(Image: Golden One Fried Chicken) 

Pie Central Bakery 

This humble Middle Eastern eatery has quickly become popular with university students living at THEO due to its location in the same building! Their freshly baked pies are always packed with fresh meats and veggies as well as tons of cheese before being baked to perfection. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try one of their more unconventional menu items like their cream cheese and olive pockets. Whatever you decide on, a pie from Pie Central Bakery is exactly what you need to ward off any lingering chills during those long study sessions! 

📍 305 Rideau Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

📞 (613) 244-0400 

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Pie Central Bakery never fails to pack tons of fresh toppings into every one of their pies, which are always baked to perfection.
(Image: Pie Central Bakery) 

BeaverTails 

Grabbing a BeaverTail while skating on the Rideau Canal is perhaps one of the most essential winter activities that the Nation’s Capital has to offer. But you don’t have to wait until winter or even strap on a pair of skates in order to warm up with this quintessential Canadian sweet treat! The BeaverTails stand in the ByWard Market is a mere two-minute walk from Rideau Station’s William Street entrance and has all of your favourites, from their Killaloe Sunrise to the crowd favourite, the Avalanche! 

📍 69 George Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – midnight 

📞 (613) 241-1230 

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A hallowed classic of Ottawa cuisine, BeaverTails come in all different flavours and are always the perfect sweet treat.
(Image: BeaverTails) 

3 Brothers Shawarma 

You can always count on your local shawarma spot to deliver sizable portions at fair prices, and 3 Brothers Shawarma is no exception! They combine traditional Middle Eastern cuisine within a unique Canadian twist; it might be the only place you can get a donair and poutine in the same restaurant! Bring home one of their Family Specials so the whole family can have a feast on a cold autumn’s day. And with two locations on Rideau Street, 3 Brothers is always close by in order to serve you better. 

📍 160 Rideau Street (Dalhousie), 530 Rideau Street (Cobourg) 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. (Dalhousie) 

Thursday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 a.m. (Dalhousie) 

Saturday – Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Dalhousie) 

Sunday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 a.m. (Cobourg) 

📞 (613) 321-6990 (Dalhousie) 

📞 (613) 241-2220 (Cobourg) 

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3 Brothers Shawarma combine all the best components of Middle Eastern and Canadian cuisine to deliver a dining experience that is uniquely their own.
(Image: 3 Brothers Shawarma) 

Margo Caribbean & Canadian 

One of the best ways to experience the changing of the seasons in Ottawa’s Original Downtown is by paying a visit to Strathcona Park. After you’ve had your fill of watching the leaves change colour while sitting along the banks of the Rideau River, stop in at Margo Caribbean for lunch – only a 10 minute walk away! A plate of fried chicken with rice and plantains is a must-try for anyone who visits this little eatery that packs big flavour into every bite! 

📍 606 Rideau Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian and vegan options available 

Monday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

📞 (613) 241-1400 

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For a genuine taste of the Caribbean, visit Margo to try any of their menu items inspired by a fusion of Caribbean and Canadian cuisine.
(Image: Margo Caribbean & Canadian) 

Cumberland Pizza 

Few culinary dishes are more enticing than a piping hot slice of pizza, especially on a chilly autumn day! Luckily, Rideau is home to one of the city’s most storied and celebrated pizzerias with a history spanning 50 years! Cumberland Pizza has long been one of, if not the premier destination for pizza and Greek dishes in Ottawa’s Original Downtown. Their pizzas are made with only the freshest, highest quality ingredients and their friendly customer service will keep you coming back many times over. Read our Spotlight blog about Cumberland Pizza here

📍 152 Nelson Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available, pizza crust is egg-free 

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Sunday: Closed 

📞 (613) 789-9999 

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Cumberland Pizza’s 50-year history in Downtown Ottawa is a testament to the quality of both their menu and customer service.
(Image: Cumberland Pizza) 

RamaKrishna Indian Restaurant 

The folks at RamaKrishna have over 20 years of experience delivering a taste of North India to their clientele. With biryani, curry and butter chicken that’s as hot as the weather in its country of origin, their menu is well-equipped to help you forget about the cold air and shortening days here in the Nation’s Capital! In fact, the early nightfall is a blessing of sorts, as the restaurant offers a beautiful light display to customers after the sun goes down – pay them a visit and witness it for yourself! 

📍 417 Rideau Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available 

Sunday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

📞 (613) 789-7979 

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All the delicacies you’d expect from North Indian cuisine are executed to perfection at RamaKrishna and are always delivered with friendly customer service. (Image: RamaKrishna Indian Restaurant) 

Meltwich Food Co. 

Grilled cheese lovers will feel right at home at Meltwich, whose menu sports every variation of a grilled cheese sandwich that you could possibly conceive of! Their Southern Fried Chicken Melt with a side of poutine will leaving you feeling not just warm, but full as well – they don’t cut corners when it comes to portion sizes! And don’t forget to browse their selection of Philly cheese steaks, mac ‘n’ cheeses and burgers when looking for a filling autumn meal. 

📍 381 Dalhousie Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian and vegan options available 

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. 

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. 

📞 (613) 212-5790 

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Meltwich is your one-stop shop for feel-good food served hot and fresh; their grilled cheeses are one-of-a-kind!
(Image: Meltwich Food Co.) 

Crepe Delicious 

Lastly, if you’re looking for a sweet treat but just had a BeaverTail the other day, find Crepe Delicious in the Rideau Centre for a sweet yet healthy surprise! Crepes are famous for their flexibility in terms of how they can be served, and Crepe Delicious offers a wide selection of crepe-based dishes for every meal of the day. Whether you’re looking for a Tuttie Fruttie filled with fresh strawberries and bananas or a ham and cheese crepe for breakfast, their menu is always served hot, fresh and healthy! 

📍 CF Rideau Centre, 2nd floor 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

📞 (613) 695-7798 

🖱️ Order on Uber Eats 

If you’re looking for a healthy way to satiate your sweet tooth, visit Crepe Delicious and try a Tuttie Fruttie, Nutelanana or any of their other delicious offerings! (Image: Crepe Delicious)  

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