Dining in the Glebe: Gourmet Gastro Pubs, Fine Dining and Wine Bars
There’s nothing that makes fall time cozier than a delicious, hearty meal that warms up your belly. And there’s a lot to choose from in the Glebe this month.
From Mexican to Indian to Italian to the finest Canadian fare you can find in the city, The Glebe has it all. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or drinks out with friends, we’ve got you covered. Fine dining, pub fare, on-the-go eats and desserts galore.
We’re launching a four-week restaurant series that will feature all of the amazing eateries we have here in the Glebe. This week, we are focusing on fine dining, where you can take your sweet heart out for a lovely dinner, your mom or dad out for a special birthday treat or a friend out for an evening bite and drinks.
Here’s to some of the best food in the city. Bon Appetit!
Have you been dealing with the stress of back to school this week? Feel like it should be Friday already? It’s always the weekend at 107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar. Sit back and sip the stress away with their stunning selection of reds and whites. Forget cooking during the first week of school, as the wine bar has its full menu prepped for dining in and take out. Try the Katsu Chicken Salad or cut into the Wine Bar’s AAA Angus beef.
Dish of the Week: Wagyu Beef and Bacon Cheeseburger. That’s one happy tummy.
If you’re a food lover, then chances are you’ve been to Erling’s Variety more than once. Or once a week. The Glebe fine dining restaurant is arguably the best restaurant in the city, as chef/owner Liam Vainola cooks up whatever is lying around. All jokes aside, Vainola does follow a seasonal menu and changes things up as certain produce becomes available. He’ll be cooking ramps and fiddleheads in the spring and moves into root veggies and wild mushrooms at fall time. Don’t be surprised if the crew is cooking up something entirely off menu when you show up. Scallops, duck and braised lamb. Have you made your reservation yet?
Dish of the Week: Duck breast, charred onion, port & cherry. Why isn’t this in my mouth yet?
If you’re looking for a place to unwind after a long day, week, or six months, then Flipper’s is the spot. The restaurant’s happy hour is pretty tough to beat with $6 glasses of wine, $2 oysters and $9 appies like shrimp cocktail, garlic shrimp, spring rolls or their “Tiny Caesar.” The restaurant’s full menu features everything you want at a seafood joint: chowder, crab cakes, calamari, mussels, seafood pasta, and of course, surf ‘n turf.
Dish of the Week: Happy hour menu, because you can’t beat $2 oysters and $6 glasses of wine.
If you’re looking for quality, authentic Italian cuisine set in a hip, modern atmosphere, Industria has a table waiting for you. The stunning resto/bar/nightclub has it all. Authentic pasta, pizza, delicious appies and over a dozen creative cocktails. Their wine list isn’t too bad either with some of Italy’s finest reds, as well as a number of Ontario wines to choose from.
Dish of the Week: Tagliatelle AI Funghi Selvaggi – Tagliatelle, wild mushrooms, arugula, parmesan and truffle oil. Simple and beautiful.
If we are talking fine dining in the Glebe, JOEY Lansdowne is always top of mind. The Lansdowne restaurant has one of the finest menus in the city – everything from fresh hand rolled sushi and Grade A steaks to decadent seafood and pasta dishes. Set among one of the best patios in the city and an exquisite indoor dining room, it’s hard not to fall in love with everything at JOEY. It’s the perfect place for a lover’s night out, sushi and drinks with pals or an important business lunch with colleagues.
Dish of the Week: Sushi Cone with tempura prawn, avocado, spicy mayo and tobiko. Just keep them coming!
If you’re looking for an end-of-week getaway that will help ease the stress of a long and demanding return to school, then Eldon’s is the perfect spot for you. Open Thursday through Sunday, the Bank Street eatery now has its full menu back for dining in and take-out. Try one of their chicken or smoked trout flatbreads, share a plate of beef carpaccio or their confit pork tenderloin. Feeling adventurous? Go for the Chef’s Menu and let chef/owner Corey Baird surprise you with a mouth-watering discovery menu.
Dish of the Week: Chef’s Menu, because it’s like getting a treat bag at a birthday party. What’s inside? We don’t know, but we are certain it will be amazing!
If you’re like us, then you’ve been patiently waiting for La Strada to reopen their dining room so we can fill up on arguably the best Gnocchi in town, the freshest lobster ravioli and their mouth-watering veal scaloppini with butter, lemon and white wine. The Italian restaurant offers both take out and now dining in as well as a stellar lineup of take-home meals. Bring fine dining home and cook up fresh homemade sausages, lasagna or go big with a marinated rack of lamb. You can do it, La Strada can help.
Dish of the Week: The Combo Plate with cannelloni, veal parmigiana and Gnocchi Rose, because there are just too many delicious dishes to choose from.
The dining room at Milestones is back open at Lansdowne – just in time for business lunches, after-work drinks with friends or a pre-movie meal. All you Milestones favourites are back, including the Wagyu Beef Meatloaf, the Mediterranean Chicken and Grilled Sirloin. Milestones is the perfect place for a special meal with a loved one, a bite and a beer with pals or a family birthday.
Dish of the Week: Ginger Glazed Salmon with a ginger soy glaze, grilled pineapple, fried rice, egg and sautéed yu choy. Hungry? Happy? We thought so.
If you’re looking for a truly authentic Italian experience, one that will transport you to the intimate setting of Italy’s stunning south, then book a reservation now at Orto Trattoria. The Second Avenue bistro offers diners a little slice of Italy with their creative antipasti, delicious handmade pasta and a suite of mains that will blow your taste buds away. From Gnocchi to Meatballs to a rib eye for the ages, Orto will send you off smiling.
Dish of the Week: Carré D’Agnello – Rack of lamb crusted with fresh herbs, carrot purée seasonal vegetables. Nothing else to say here except, “I’ll have what they’re having.”
If you’ve eaten food crafted from the talented Fraser Brothers, then you know just how delicious the food at The Rowan. The Ottawa food brothers’ bistro offers diners a fresh take on modern British and European food right in the heart of the Glebe. Try their Pork Back Ribs or their Korean Fried Chicken and sweeten things up with a chocolate and butterscotch churro.
Dish of the Week: Lobster Roll with Matane shrimp, crispy onion, cocktail sauce and celery. Roll me up, I’m done.
Have you been dreaming of Von’s Bistro? Their delicious jambalaya, their perfected mussels and fries, the unreal beef burger with bacon jam? Yeah, us too. Von’s Bistro is open for take out and dining in for everything from comfort meals like chicken and green curry pot pie to their AAA steak and fries.
Dish of the Week: Duck Confit with sweet potato and squash puree, season veg and maple espresso jus. Is dinner ready yet?