Is there a greater comfort food than Chinese food? It’s delicious, hugely varied cuisine and it’s all over the place. Ottawa has a bunch of these food joints throughout the city, and it’s hard to say that you can go wrong in choosing literally any of them. Whether you want the convenience of delivery to your home, an all-you-can-eat buffet experience or something more traditional of a sit-down restaurant, there’s guaranteed to be a Chinese place in Ottawa that will knock it out of the park with ease.
Chinese food is incredibly popular, and business owners know that. Why else would there be so many of these restaurants-and just in Ottawa alone? Of course, not all restaurants are made the same, and some are just better than others-depending on what you’re looking for. So we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of ten of Ottawa’s best Chinese food restaurants. Check out these well-loved establishments as you figure out where to go for lunch or dinner today!
625 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K3, Canada
Jadeland is truly a culinary gem in the heart of Ottawa’s Chinatown, and for a lot of really good-and incredibly delicious-reasons. If you’re expecting Westernized Chinese dishes, you are in for a huge surprise when your meal is placed in front of you by a member of the restaurant’s friendly serving staff. Jadeland is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to branch out and try some more “adventurous” Chinese dining that is more than one step above your typical take-away, look no further! Authentic dishes at wallet-friendly prices? Can it really get any better than that?
2). Ruby Inn
1834 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1V 7Y6, Canada
Can’t get enough of egg rolls? While Ottawa’s Ruby Inn certainly offers a delectable menu of familiar Chinese fare, the egg rolls are what put this restaurant of many peoples’ minds. Since 1971, Ruby Inn has catered to the people of Ottawa with competitive prices, high-quality dishes and a customer-first approach to service that has had loyal customers coming here for decades. This restaurant also specializes in fast and efficient delivery-with no delivery charge after spending $12 (which, let’s admit, is super easy to do when you’re buying Chinese food). Speed, quality and an established reputation as one of the best Chinese restaurants in town are just a few reasons to give the Ruby Inn a try when you’re ordering dinner tonight.
3). Harmony Restaurant
769 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 1A1, Canada
If you’re looking for a break away from the expected Cantonese fare that you will find at most Chinese restaurants, Harmony is bound to be a treat for your taste buds. Have you ever had Singapore noodles? You need to have Singapore noodles, especially from here! And the cumin lamb, and the eggplant, and the fried rice…are you hungry yet? Don’t those dishes sound amazing? What’s even better is that your food is guaranteed to be completely fresh to order. No dried-out meat or wilted veggies here! This might make for a small wait for your food, but trust us-it’s worth it.
637 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K3, Canada
For over thirty years, Mekong has catered to Ottawans with traditional Cantonese, Szechwan, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Their service and food are excellent, as to be expected from one of the area’s most top-rated Chinese restaurants, and the ambience inside of the restaurant is both upscale and casual at the same time. So, it is a perfect place to bring the family for lunch, or stop in with friends for dinner before a night out on the town! Pro tip: If you want to try the three-course Peking duck meal, you should order 24 hours in advance. It’s well worth the extra step!
5). Mandarin Ogilvie
1137 Ogilvie Rd, Ottawa, ON K1J 1J9, Canada
If dim sum is on your mind, Mandarin Ogilvie is definitely a spot that you should consider, because Ottawans can’t stop raving about their dim sum! But if dim sum isn’t your thing, don’t stress, because Mandarin Ogilvie provides a hugely varied menu with dishes for every palate in your party. The servers here are known to be incredibly friendly and helpful if you have any questions about the menu, and food gets to your table fast and fresh. If you have room in your belly after dinner, you need to give some real thought to ordering the ginger ice cream. Trust us. It’s incredible.
6). Won Ton House
1300 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A9, Canada
Since its establishment in 1975, Won Ton House has grown to become one of the most well-known and popular Chinese restaurants in Ottawa. You are more than a customer to the owners here, who have dedicated their lives to serving the people of Ottawa. You’re family, and they will treat you like it from the second that you walk through the doors. Substantial portions, authentic cuisine and a focus on quality and service make Won Ton House a stiff competitor in the considerably large Chinese food market.
7). So Good
717 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P7, Canada
For the comforting and familiar flavors of Cantonese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes, So Good offers a huge menu that is stacked with only high-quality and delectable options. You will feel welcomed by the lovely staff members who work there, and you will feel gut-bustingly full when you pay the check (the portions are huge). And don’t worry, vegan friends! So Good has plenty of options for you, too!
8). Golden Palace
2195 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2B 7E8, Canada
Whether you’re craving some of their famous egg rolls or any number of traditional Chinese dishes, the Golden Palace on Carling Ave has something for everyone on their impressive menu. For 56 years, this third-generation-owned establishment has been serving up high-quality and lovingly-crafted dishes to the people of Ottawa, and there are a lot of good reasons as to why they’ve been around for so long! If you want a taste of authenticity, dine in sometime and get a good look at the traditionally beautiful décor while you enjoy your meal.
9). Royal Treasure
774 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6R1, Canada
The Royal Treasure restaurant on Somerset is indeed a local gem for fans of traditional Chinese cuisine. Their service is known for being both fast and friendly, but the portions that you get for the price are the real talk of the town. Unless you haven’t eaten in days, you’re probably going to be taking leftovers home by the end of your meal. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Who doesn’t love leftover Chinese for breakfast?
10). Wong’s Palace
2961 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2B 7J9, Canada