We're not any different than you; we take brunch VERY seriously. Here's a solid primer to the region's brunch mainstays.
Price Point for Mains
$ = $10 or less
$$ = $20 or less
$$$ = $20 - $30
$$$$ = $20 - $40
The Manx Pub
370 Elgin St.
Ottawa's infamous arts pub. Best brunch in town, amazing dinner specials, knock-out scotch list, local art on the walls. Live music on Sundays and Mondays, as well as home to the Plan 99 Reading series.
$$ / Gourmet pub food for the best price in town
Wilf & Ada's
510 Bank Street @ Arlington
Originally known as Ada's, the beloved centretown diner was a staple for decades. When its darling owners Wilf & Ada finally retired last year, the business couldn't have fallen into better hands. Dom & Jessie gave the place a tasteful facelift, and spruced up the menu. Get there early, this gem is always packed.
$$ / A scratch diner
Art Is In Bakery
250 City Centre Ave #112
Easily one of Ottawa's most beloved bakeries. Their gorgeous and ever-busy warehouse facility offers a bustling, but somehow chill experience. Off the hook pastries!
$$ / Bakery & Condo-friendly take-out
303 Bank St.
Possibly one of the most misunderstood bars on Bank Street. By night, this place is home to CCR cover bands, and a clientele of hard-rock devotees. Saturday & Sunday, a super-friendly cast serve up better-than-diner brunch for great price. Bask in the bar's window-lit atmosphere, exceptionally idiosyncratic artwork, and satellite radio pumping out strictly 90's alternative rock. We recommend the "Limberjack".
$$ / Diner classics PLUS
479 Bronson Ave.
A cozy joint in the heart of centretown. Jak's features a high-class brunch for a reasonable price, plus a tummy comforting selection of outstanding house-made breads. If it's warm out, the patio is totes the way to go.
$$ / Bistro-brunchin'
110 Murray St.
If you love exquisitely cooked or cured meats, Chef Steve Mitton & co. have got you covered. Ottawa's answer to TO's Black Hoof or MTL's Au Pied du Cochon. Made En Route Magazine's Top 10 restaurants in Canada list in 2009.
$$$ / Meatatarian
60 Rue Bégin, Gatineau
One of the best little bistro & brunch joints in the Outaouais. Crazy adorable atmosphere, outstanding food and desserts. Definitely worth the 10 minute drive over the river from Downtown Ottawa.
$$ / bistro+brunch
137 Murray St.
The best pub in the market, FO REAL. Chez-chez, as we call it, is an oasis amongst the Byward Market's weird tourist traps and 9th tier restaurants. Go here, play a tune on the free jukebox, feel good about your life. Get the Diego & Frida burger.
$$ / Pub food made with love
290 Dalhousie St.
WARNING: Best burger in Ottawa. A former 24-hr hangout of the Byward Market sex-workers, the wayward hide-out is now run by a serious breed of gastronomic pimps. Enjoy well-prepared diner/bistro grub in chill booths overlooking a long, open-concept grill. Elbows up!
$$ / Bistro-quality pub food that don't front