where to eat

Overlooking the Ottawa River, the Café l'Entrée is situated in the Great Hall, the focal point of the National Gallery of Canada. Perfect for lunch or afternoon tea, the Café's menu emphasizes elegantly prepared, light foods and fine pastries. Group Tour menus are available upon request for those enjoying guided tours of the collection. Open daily from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Reservations: 613-991-4060.

Located inside the National Gallery, this beautifully appointed room has its own glass rotunda, access to a private patio and an inspiring view of Nepean Point, the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill. The cafeteria is designed to serve families and groups in an informal, self-service atmosphere. Choose from two daily specials, salad bar, made to order sandwiches and more. Hours of operation follow Gallery hours throughout the year.

Situated near the Gallery's main entrance, and enjoying private access to a tree-filled sunken courtyard, Sketches' vending machines supplement brown-bag lunch offerings.

47 Clarence Street in the Byward Market, Ottawa
This New York inspired steak house combines superb service and a lively atmosphere which backs the Byward market's busiest kitchen. Open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends. Empire Hour is offered weekdays 4-6 pm and 10 pm-late; special prices on drinks and appetizers.

700 Sussex Drive at the corner of Rideau Street, Ottawa
We welcome you to share the Brasserie experience at Metropolitain. Open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends. Boasting the city's largest raw bar. Join us for Hill Hour, weekdays 4-7 pm; special prices on shrimps, oysters and appetizers.

74 George Street in the Byward Market, Ottawa
Combining old world traditional recipes with a modern decor, The Grand Pizzeria and Bar is an authentic southern Italian Restaurant with the centrepiece being traditional Napolentana pizza. Offering take out and late night menu 7 days a week. DJ on Friday nights to get the weekend started!