5 Unique Restaurants You Can Only Find on Rideau Street
Ottawa’s favourite Rideau Street is home to Canada’s fourth largest mall- the CF Rideau Centre, features a diverse and vast arts district, is steps aways from Canada’s Parliament, and encompasses important historical landmarks and tributes, representing the history of both Ottawa and Canada.
Did you know that Rideau Street is also a dining hub, filled with restaurants you won’t find anywhere else? With authentic flavours from all around the world, one thing is for certain: if you’re hungry, you can find it in Downtown Rideau.
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No matter what your mood is, you can always count on Food Mood to make it a little bit better. A family-owned, Korean and Japanese kitchen, Food Mood opened on Rideau Street in 2017. Since its opening, the restaurant has taken pride in being an entirely from scratch kitchen.
Their menu is inspired by Seoul Street Food, while also adding hints of Rideau flare. Like their Rideau Crisps, a house made special twist on the popular Korean street, Kimmari- deep fried sweet potato glass noodles wrapped in seaweed. Rideau crisps instead are deep fried race, pasted on sheets of seaweed.
Feeling hungry? The best part is Food Mood is an entirely inclusive restaurant, catering to meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free diets. If you are in the mood for food, thios is exactly where you need to be.
Island Flava has been voted Ottawa’s Favourite Caribbean Restaurant for five consecutive years since 2016 which comes as no surprise for those of us who have visited.. Chef Antoine opened the shop in 2005 and has continued to serve an authentic menu to Caribbean foodies on Rideau Street ever since.
Island Flava is known for being always fresh and never frozen. Roti shells are crafted daily, using zero preservatives. All Island Flava curries are fit for their soft rotis. Menu highlights include Curry Goat, Jerk Chicken, Plantains, and Rice and Peas.
The restaurant is also home to Ottawa’s first Jerk Poutine, a traditional Canadian classic, which incorporates the Caribbean flavours of Jerk Chicken. Stop by today and see what Island Flava is all about.
RamaKrishna Indian Restaurant
If you are looking to for authentic Indian cuisine, look no further than the one and only RamaKrishna Indian Restaurant, conveniently located on Rideau Street.
Their menu is crafted by a team of talented chefs, with over 20 years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants. Their extensive menu pays tribute to the delightful flavours which make up Indian cuisine. You can choose to order from Tandoori, Curry, Biryani, and a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes as well.
Let the reviews speak for themselves! Out of 661 Google Reviews, RamaKrishna has collected an impressive 4.3 stars. Call in for takeout or visit for dine in and enjoy the fine dining experience that is RamaKrishna today.
Sí Señor may be new to the block, but you surely wouldn’t know it. Opening in March 2019, owner Hugo Crespo had always dreamed of owning a restaurant one day and serving all his favourite dishes. Today, he is living out that dream, and after three years in business, has already been voted Best Tacos in the city across various competitions.
Sí Señor’s menu specializes in authentic Mexican street food, from tacos, nachos, burritos, tamales, and more. You are also matched with a variety of fillings, from veggie to meat. The menu includes three different salsas, a kid’s menu, dessert, and other goodies.
Are you ready to try Sí Señor? Make sure to keep up with their Instagram for their weekly specials, like Taco Tuesday and Quesabirria Thursdays!
Wouldn’t it be lovely to spend an evening in Paris? Lucky for you, you can! Metropolitain Brasserie provides refined food and wine excellence, in a relaxed atmosphere. The best part, they are conveniently located on Sussex, steps away from Parliament.
Their menu draws inspiration from Parisian brasseries, featuring classics like Onion Soup Gratinée, Bouillabaisse, and Tarte aux Tomates. You can indulge in Charcuterie, steak, and a variety of seafood dishes. On Thursday’s, Metropolitain Brasserie offers oysters for just one dollar!
Next time you are daydreaming of a French getaway, don’t forget to visit Metropolitain Brasserie.