Skip to main content

6 Latin American & Caribbean Restaurants to Check Out in Ottawa’s Original Downtown 

January 23, 2024

If you have a habit of reading our blogs, you may remember one that we put out last month that listed a series of eateries serving hot food that’ll warm you up during the fall months. Since then, fall has taken its leave and made way for winter and hot food has become an even more enticing prospect! 

As such, we figured the best to help you escape the cold would be to offer up a couple more suggestions for eateries serving up food that’s hot and fresh. This time, however, we’re putting a different twist on it by putting together a list of Latin American and Caribbean restaurants that make their home right here in Ottawa’s Original Downtown. Nothing makes you feel warm on a cold winter’s day quite like food from close to the equator, and the menus at these hot spots are the perfect complement to a wintertime siesta! 

Si Señor Mexican Street Food 

Nobody can bring genuine Mexican cuisine to Rideau Street quite like Si Señor can! Several of their menu items have received citywide recognition, including their tacos and burritos. Paired with a serving of fresh guacamole and chips or a couple of churros for dessert, this is Mexican cuisine perfected! 

📍 506 Rideau Street 

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

Tuesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Monday: CLOSED 

📞 (613) 421-7490 

🖱️ Order on Uber Eats 

Si Señor’s menu sports a mouth-watering selection of tacos, burritos and all of your favourite Mexican culinary essentials! (Image: Si Señor)

Margo Caribbean & Canadian 

This little take-out spot near Cummings Bridge makes you think of surf, sand and all things sunny and warm! Indulge yourself with a delicious plate of plantains and griot or some fried chicken in Creole sauce and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise with 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 

🖱️ Order on Uber Eats 

For a little taste of Haiti in Ottawa’s Original Downtown, try Margo’s signature fusion of Caribbean and Canadian cuisine! (Image: Margo Caribbean & Canadian)

The Latin Paradise 

Come and say hello to one of the most recent additions to the long list of incredible restaurants in Ottawa’s Original Downtown! The Latin Paradise doesn’t just specialize in fajitas, enchiladas and all your favourite Latin American dishes; they also have a night club that hosts massive dance parties with DJs! If you’re feeling the urge to get your groove on while enjoying some fantastic food, you have to check this place out! 

📍 133 Besserer Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Tuesday – Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. 

Sunday: 11 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Monday: CLOSED 

📞 (343) 588-1773 

🖱️ Website 

The Latin Paradise is the newest place in Ottawa’s Original Downtown to find good food with good vibes to match. (Image: The Latin Paradise)

Chipotle Mexican Grill 

One of the most famous franchises serving Mexican food in North America is available in the Rideau Centre! Located at the mall’s Sussex entrance, pop in and try one of their famous burrito bowls, a quesadilla or any of their other delicious menu items, all of which are made with fresh, organic ingredients.

📍 50 Rideau Street, 1st floor 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Sunday – Saturday: 10:45 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

📞 (613) 234-7664 

🖱️ Order on SkipTheDishes 

Chipotle’s burrito bowls and quesadillas are celebrated across the continent – and for good reason! Discover why next time you pay a visit to the Rideau Centre! (Image: Chipotle Mexican Grill)

Lone Star Texas Grill 

If you haven’t had a chance to visit this Ottawa-founded Tex-Mex restaurant yet, now’s the time to give them a shot! While there’s a wide selection of authentic staples of Texan cuisine to choose from, including juicy steaks and Southern fried chicken, Lone Star is perhaps best known for their mouth-watering fajita platters, served sizzling hot and always fresh. It’s the perfect place to grab dinner with friends and family at the end of an afternoon in the Market!  

📍 128 George Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian and gluten-free options available 

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

📞 (613) 562-9865 

🖱️ Order on Uber Eats 

Since their grand opening in the Nation’s Capital 30 years ago, Lone Star has been one of Ottawa’s favourite places to get fajitas, margaritas and more. (Image: Lone Star Texas Grill) 

Island Flava 

Lastly, this humble little eatery on Dalhousie Street always manages to pack big flavour (or should we say “flava?”) into every dish! Island Flava’s signature spin on Caribbean cuisine has earned them respect and renown across the Nation’s Capital and has been voted Ottawa’s Favourite Caribbean Restaurant by FACES Magazine six times! Stop in for lunch and grab yourself a serving of their famous jerk chicken poutine – fans of both dishes won’t be able to get enough of it! 

📍 409 Dalhousie Street 

🌿 Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian options available 

Monday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Saturday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Sunday: CLOSED 

📞 (613) 321-4198 

🖱️ Order on Uber Eats 

You don’t get honoured as Ottawa’s Favourite Caribbean Restaurant six times for no reason! Pick up a platter at Island Flava and discover their unique approach to Caribbean cuisine. (Image: Island Flava)

Worried about where you’re going to park? Check out this blog about all of your options when searching for a parking spot in Ottawa’s Original Downtown.

And check out our Business Directory page to keep up to date with everything going on in the area so you don’t miss a thing!