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Elgin Street is one of the liveliest areas in Ottawa. Located in the heart of downtown, it features some of the best shopping, eating and evening hotspots in the area!

Spring is quickly approaching, which means everybody is itching to get outside and enjoy the city. So what are you waiting for? Here are 5 restaurants on Elgin Street to try as soon as possible!

Johnny Farina

Johnny Farina is an authentic Italian restaurant with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This family restaurant makes every customer feel like an old friend. Try their specialty wood-oven pizza or pasta dishes—all with mamma’s touch!

Enjoy your meal in one of three dining areas: the upstairs loft overlooking the kitchen and dining room, the main dining area modeled after an Italian courtyard, or the edgy, modern wine-bar lounge!

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Elgin Street Diner

Visit the well renowned Elgin Street Diner at any hour of the day! One of the things we love about this diner is that it’s ALWAYS open! Whether you’re looking for breakfast, burgers, poutine, a milkshake – or all of the above – it’s got all the classics. 

The Elgin Street Diner has been featured in MacLeans magazine, Cheapeats, Canada AM and various other publications. It’s even been recognized as a restaurant that defines Canadian eating!

Bonus: Elgin Street Diner is just a five-minute walk from Elgin Square apartments! Grab a bite on your way home after a long day at work, at school, or a night out on the town.


Kochu specializes in sushi and Korean dishes. The food is prepared fresh and right before your eyes! After only 5 years of business, the restaurant is an extremely popular choice by Ottawa residents.

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Sir John A Pub

Sir John A Pub is proud to offer you the largest selection of draft beer in Centretown! Come in and enjoy a famous local beer or cocktail while watching a sports game. With a laid-back vibe and a wide selection of pub food to choose from (including the must-try fish n’ chips), there is something for everybody here. In the summer months, you can also enjoy the outdoor patio!

Bonus: Sir John A Pub is just minutes away from our Centretown Place apartments downtown Ottawa! Bachelors start from only $899. Check the apartments out today and make this pub your regular go-to spot!

El Camino

Enjoy a contemporary Mexican plate at El Camino. This restaurant features everything from tacos, to churros, to tequila and so much more. Take a seat in the dining room, or stop at the window to grab some takeout!

Now that you know the best restaurants to visit on Elgin Street, happy dining Ottawa! Comment below and let us know your favourite place.

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