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The Essential Ottawa Brunches

And one in Gatineau

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Ottawa may have a reputation as a stuffy and boring capital, but its food scene is on the rise, and that applies as much to brunch as to any other meal. Here are 12 that do it with particular flair.

One warning: as a city full of public servants with disposable incomes, brunch wait times can get a little intense.

Looking for a non-brunch meal around the capital? Eater’s guide to the Essential Ottawa restaurants has that covered.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Baker Street Cafe

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385 Richmond Rd, Ottawa
ON K2A 0E7, Canada
(613) 761-7171
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The iconic Westboro brunch spot, Baker Street Cafe is known for plus-sized cinnamon buns, which are also morphed into a French toast dish. With benedicts and egg plates piled up with sausages and more, the menu is on the classic side, with great ingredients as the selling point. They also serve it all week long.

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2. Edgar

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60 Rue Bégin, Gatineau
QC J9A 1C8, Canada
(819) 205-1110
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There’s one major downside to chef Marysol Foucault’s Gatineau brunch spot, and it’s that it’s too damn small. A hearty Dutch Baby filled with seasonal fruit and maybe topped with meat, or other clever but frequently-shifting creations are the draw — and if you have to wait outside in the cold, the staff will at least bring coffee and blankets.

3. The Soca Kitchen

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93 Holland Ave, Ottawa
ON K1Y 0Y1, Canada
(613) 695-9190
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With a menu that’s equal parts Spanish and Latin American, Soca freshens up the eggy standards with options like a citrus pulled pork with scrambled eggs and an arepa, or octopus with a potato salad on the lunchier side.

4. Art-Is-In Bakery

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250 City Centre Ave, Ottawa
ON K1R 1C7, Canada
(613) 695-1226
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This bakery in a warehouse by Lebreton Flats does a short but hearty brunch menu with a brunch burger, breakfast poutine, and fluffy sweet options, every chaotic Sunday (the regular breakfast menu is offered Saturday, and all week long).

5. Stoneface Dollys

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416 Preston St, Ottawa
ON K1S 4M9, Canada
(613) 564-2222
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Unpopular opinion: Stoneface Dollys isn’t as flawlessly perfect as some Ottawans would argue (often lengthy line-ups don’t help that). The eggs benedict variations (for example, with South African chicken bobotie) are popular, and a fun option, though, and they do brunch on weekdays, too.

6. Pressed

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750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa
ON K1R 6X5, Canada
(613) 680-9294
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Concert venue by night and café by day, every brunch dish at Pressed is served on a waffle. Toppings run the gamut from sweet to savoury, from apple-cheddar-bacon-maple, to smoked trout and hollandaise or slow-cooked brisket, cheese curds, and gravy.

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7. Union 613

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315 Somerset St W, Ottawa
ON K2P 0J8, Canada
(613) 231-1010
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Ottawa’s reigning champions of southern food aren’t afraid to make political statements; they also do a fine brunch with options from chicken and waffles to shrimp and grits, accompanied with buttermilk biscuits. There’s a tidy cocktail selection beyond the tired old mimosa.

8. The Sconewitch

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150 Elgin St, Ottawa
ON K1P 5J4, Canada
(613) 232-2173
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This all-scones, all-the-time spot keeps a limited brunch menu — every order comes with a scone, jam, fruit, and eggs, and a choice of toppings that include mushroom ragout and smoked salmon. They also have a breakfast scone-wich. It’s all available weekdays too, but only until 11 a.m.

9. Wilf & Ada's

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510 Bank St, Ottawa
ON K2P 1Z4, Canada
(613) 231-7959
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Cooking everything from scratch, Wilf & Ada’s is technically more of a diner than a brunch venue, but crowds still flock there for options like eggs florentine, spicy eggs in purgatory (pictured), and the poutine galvaude, with roast chicken and peas. Watch out for line-ups, though.

10. Benny's Bistro

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119 Murray St, Ottawa
ON K1N 5M5, Canada
(613) 789-6797
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Open nearly 20 years from French import Jérôme Mantel, Benny’s is a long-running local favourite with refined dishes like confit albacore tuna with a soft-poached egg, and roasted mushrooms with potato-cheddar dumplings.

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11. The Manx Pub

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370 Elgin St, Ottawa
ON K2P 1N1, Canada
(613) 231-2070
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One of Centretown’s top watering holes also does a mean brunch service: some of the options like a breakfast burrito may not seem like much, but they’re packed with flavour. Even larger items like the huevos rancheros are a great deal on a menu that tops out at $11.

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12. Fraser Cafe

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7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa
ON K1M 1C8, Canada
(613) 749-1444
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For whatever reason, Ottawa’s higher-end restaurants mostly shy away from brunch service, but lovely Fraser Cafe is one exception. It’s more down-to-earth than the evening service, and creative options for the weekend meal like a panzanella salad or okonomiyaki pancake are a plus.

1. Baker Street Cafe

385 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7, Canada

The iconic Westboro brunch spot, Baker Street Cafe is known for plus-sized cinnamon buns, which are also morphed into a French toast dish. With benedicts and egg plates piled up with sausages and more, the menu is on the classic side, with great ingredients as the selling point. They also serve it all week long.

385 Richmond Rd, Ottawa
ON K2A 0E7, Canada

2. Edgar

60 Rue Bégin, Gatineau, QC J9A 1C8, Canada

There’s one major downside to chef Marysol Foucault’s Gatineau brunch spot, and it’s that it’s too damn small. A hearty Dutch Baby filled with seasonal fruit and maybe topped with meat, or other clever but frequently-shifting creations are the draw — and if you have to wait outside in the cold, the staff will at least bring coffee and blankets.

60 Rue Bégin, Gatineau
QC J9A 1C8, Canada

3. The Soca Kitchen

93 Holland Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 0Y1, Canada

With a menu that’s equal parts Spanish and Latin American, Soca freshens up the eggy standards with options like a citrus pulled pork with scrambled eggs and an arepa, or octopus with a potato salad on the lunchier side.

93 Holland Ave, Ottawa
ON K1Y 0Y1, Canada

4. Art-Is-In Bakery

250 City Centre Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7, Canada

This bakery in a warehouse by Lebreton Flats does a short but hearty brunch menu with a brunch burger, breakfast poutine, and fluffy sweet options, every chaotic Sunday (the regular breakfast menu is offered Saturday, and all week long).

250 City Centre Ave, Ottawa
ON K1R 1C7, Canada

5. Stoneface Dollys

416 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4M9, Canada

Unpopular opinion: Stoneface Dollys isn’t as flawlessly perfect as some Ottawans would argue (often lengthy line-ups don’t help that). The eggs benedict variations (for example, with South African chicken bobotie) are popular, and a fun option, though, and they do brunch on weekdays, too.

416 Preston St, Ottawa
ON K1S 4M9, Canada

6. Pressed

750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 6X5, Canada
Peaches and cream waffle
Pressed

Concert venue by night and café by day, every brunch dish at Pressed is served on a waffle. Toppings run the gamut from sweet to savoury, from apple-cheddar-bacon-maple, to smoked trout and hollandaise or slow-cooked brisket, cheese curds, and gravy.

750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa
ON K1R 6X5, Canada

7. Union 613

315 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J8, Canada

Ottawa’s reigning champions of southern food aren’t afraid to make political statements; they also do a fine brunch with options from chicken and waffles to shrimp and grits, accompanied with buttermilk biscuits. There’s a tidy cocktail selection beyond the tired old mimosa.

315 Somerset St W, Ottawa
ON K2P 0J8, Canada

8. The Sconewitch

150 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J4, Canada

This all-scones, all-the-time spot keeps a limited brunch menu — every order comes with a scone, jam, fruit, and eggs, and a choice of toppings that include mushroom ragout and smoked salmon. They also have a breakfast scone-wich. It’s all available weekdays too, but only until 11 a.m.

150 Elgin St, Ottawa
ON K1P 5J4, Canada

9. Wilf & Ada's

510 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z4, Canada

Cooking everything from scratch, Wilf & Ada’s is technically more of a diner than a brunch venue, but crowds still flock there for options like eggs florentine, spicy eggs in purgatory (pictured), and the poutine galvaude, with roast chicken and peas. Watch out for line-ups, though.

510 Bank St, Ottawa
ON K2P 1Z4, Canada

10. Benny's Bistro

119 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M5, Canada

Open nearly 20 years from French import Jérôme Mantel, Benny’s is a long-running local favourite with refined dishes like confit albacore tuna with a soft-poached egg, and roasted mushrooms with potato-cheddar dumplings.

119 Murray St, Ottawa
ON K1N 5M5, Canada

11. The Manx Pub

370 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1N1, Canada

One of Centretown’s top watering holes also does a mean brunch service: some of the options like a breakfast burrito may not seem like much, but they’re packed with flavour. Even larger items like the huevos rancheros are a great deal on a menu that tops out at $11.

370 Elgin St, Ottawa
ON K2P 1N1, Canada

12. Fraser Cafe

7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa, ON K1M 1C8, Canada

For whatever reason, Ottawa’s higher-end restaurants mostly shy away from brunch service, but lovely Fraser Cafe is one exception. It’s more down-to-earth than the evening service, and creative options for the weekend meal like a panzanella salad or okonomiyaki pancake are a plus.

7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa
ON K1M 1C8, Canada

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