The Best Spots For Date Night In Ottawa

The best way to make the most of an evening? Good food, drinks, and laughter with that special someone. Set aside time on your next trip to Canada’s capital and enjoy an elegant evening at these stops along the way with our Ottawa date night guide.

Sunset views at Copper Spirits and Sights
325 Dalhousie St.; hyatt.com/andaz-ottawa-byward-market

With the sunset casting a golden light, start the night off savouring the cityscape at Copper Spirits and Sights’ rooftop bar at Ottawa’s Andaz Hotel. Take in views of Parliament Hill, the ByWard Market, Gatineau Hills, and the Notre Dame Basilica, as you sip on a house cocktail like Tea Time—a gin-based cocktail with cassis and Southbrook Earl Grey Lavender Pluck tea—before heading off for an evening walk.

Shared plates at Sidedoor
18b York St.; sidedoorrestaurant.com

Venture from the hotel into the bustling ByWard Market, past buskers performing on street corners and market stalls, until you reach the cobblestone courtyard on Clarendon Lane. Step down into Sidedoor, a contemporary eatery below the historic 18 Restaurant on York Street. Sample small plates like grilled beef lettuce wraps served with pickled vegetables and fresh herbs, braised beef Panang curry topped with peanuts, and green papaya salad. 

Take in a show at the National Arts Centre
1 Elgin St.; nac-cna.ca/en

While the night is young, stroll up Sussex Avenue to the National Arts Centre, poised across from the Rideau Canal. Catch an evening performance of one of the season’s shows, which vary from concerts to ballet, and Broadway plays to orchestra performances. Alternatively, stop for a post-dinner drink in the centre’s newly-designed addition, featuring a new Equator Coffee Roasters, for views of the Elgin Street War Memorial and Parliament.

Evening aperitifs at Social
537 Sussex Dr.; social.ca

End the evening with a post-show cocktail in the mid-century modern motif at Social on Sussex Avenue. Enjoy an aperitif accompanied by their sociables menu, which includes oysters served with fresh horseradish, citrus and mignonette, or squash fritters served with chipotle tzatziki.