Barrhaven has come a long way when it comes to fine dining. Yes, the community is dotted with its fair share of fast food outlets and chain restaurants, but our community also features some great homegrown restaurateurs who offer some truly memorable dining experiences. Here are a few of our favorites.
I love Greek cuisine, so I was quite excited when Pinelopi’s set up shop in Barrhaven. I’ve enjoyed several meals there, and can vouch for the quality of both the food and service provided by the staff at Pinelopi’s. It’s is actually one of the better Greek restaurants in the national capital area.
When the owners opened the restaurant, they had two primary goals. They wanted to offer quality Greek cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. They understand that great food is only one part of a great dining experience – it must be combined with a cozy atmosphere and attentive service to create a complete dining experience.
We can strongly recommend both their loukaniko (appetizer) and salmon dishes (main course). They are absolutely exquisite!
The Black Dog Bistro has a well deserved reputation for great food at reasonable prices. The taste and presentation of the dishes punch well above its weight class making it worth the drive to Manotick. Don’t be fooled by the bistro branding – this is a fine dining establishment through and through.
The restaurant is a great for both those who enjoy indoor or outdoor dining (summer patio). The service, like the food, is top notch. The restaurant features a comprehensive wine list and a wide variety of dishes sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
I’ve heard so many people rave about La Porto a Casa that I had to try it out for myself. I love the story behind this great Barrhaven Italian restaurant. Owners Ozzie and Caroline are passionate about Italian cooking and had initially set out to build a take out food restaurant. Customers fell in love with their fare and suggested that they should open a full fledge restaurant. Within six months, La Porto a Casa welcomed it’s first customers to it’s new sit down restaurant. It’s since become a Barrhaven staple for great food.
If you enjoy true Italian cooking, you really need to plan an evening at this quaint Italian eatery. A real gem for the community.
The new Strandherd-Armstrong bridge has opened up some new dining options for Barrhaven residents, and one of our favorites is Zizis Kitchen and Wine Bar. The menu here reflects the atmosphere of the restaurant, which is described as playful and diverse. Only fresh ingredients are used to create distinctive dishes that feature robust flavors with a twist.
If you’re looking for something fresh and new, this makes for a fun trip across the bridge for either lunch or dinner. You can even order some take out should you prefer to enjoy their unique dishes at home!
A reader posted a comment recommending this restaurant in Manotik. I haven’t had a chance to visit the Manotick Gastropub, but after reading their website, I’ve added it to my summer “to-dine” list. This restaurant and martini bar is located in a quaint century old home. It bills itself as an inviting, casual and friendly neighborhood restaurant that serves chef created meals than change seasonally. Like other fine dinning establishments, many of the ingredients used are sourced locally.
The restaurant boast many awards including placing second in the Taste of Barrhaven competition. It’s also listed as one of the 20 best restaurants in Ottawa on Trip Advisor. I’ll make sure and offer a more in depth review when I visit the restaurant later this month.
The new kid on the block – The Heart and Crown
The Barrhaven Heart and Crown, an Irish pub restaurant that’s generating quite a bit of buzz in the community. The restaurant offers great lunch and dinner options as well as weekend entertainment. They also offer the option of eating outdoors on their beautiful patio- what’s not to love!