First dates can be a bit stressful. You want to look your best, smell nice, and be your most impressive self, but just as  important, if the date includes dinner – you’ve got to pick the right spot!  You might select a place with a relaxing atmosphere or somewhere new and exciting, but above all, you’ll want to be sure the food and service is good.  This list of Ottawa restaurants will go along way to help you ensure your first date is a great one.

1). North & Navy
226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0B8, Canada

North & Navy serves an upscale Italian cuisine: rich, deeply flavourful, and perfectly seasoned. It is situated in a small and quaint building which makes your dining experience even more special. Reserve a table for 2 or a private room for 8 or 20 people and enjoy that gastronomic adventure that North & Navy is willing to serve.

2). The Loft Board Game Lounge
14 Waller St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C4, Canada

The Loft Board Game Lounge is a place where friends can go to have fun together. Come in and sit at one of their specialty board game tables. You can get started with some drinks. Craft beer, lattes, wine, and soft drinks. Choose from their 800+ board games while you chew on their flatbreads and sandwiches. Their great selection of board games are also for sale. You will be charged though for your “stay and play”. Nonetheless, summon that inner child in you and enjoy wicked games with family and friends, or that special someone.

3). Wellington Gastropub
1325 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B6, Canada

If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere where locally and seasonally sourced foods are in the menu, then Wellington Gastropub is just the place for you. In warmer months you can sit by their quaint patio and get cozy over well prepared dishes paired with wines recommended by their knowledgeable staff. Have a bottle or two with their excellent selection of craft beers. Don’t forget to order ice cream for dessert, its a must.

4). A’Roma Meze
239 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0B7, Canada

Go to Meze if you’re looking for a way to encourage conversation and camaraderie at mealtime. Their Greek Mediterranean small plates is enormous and it is not uncommon to share 10 to 15 dishes over the course of a meal. It is a food that reflects Grecian way of life and culture. Enjoy your dishes up to that last olive or last glass of Ouzo!

5). Signatures
453 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4, Canada

Signatures Restaurant is a unique culinary experience in a lavish and luxurious setting. The combination of Le Cordon Bleu school of thought and extraordinary cuisine is sure to impress your guests in their fine dining atmosphere.The menus are put together with an outstanding selection of International and Seasonal Canadian ingredients inspired by elegant flavors and creative presentation. Signatures Restaurant offers world class professional service and will guarantee your visit to be a memorable one.

6). Town
296 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M3, Canada

Revel in Town’s locally-source food from Ottawa’s bountiful farms and ranches. These strong ties to the local suppliers ensures the freshest tasting dishes. Warmly lighted with just the right size, the place is filled with texture, cozy leather, antique wood, and beautiful floors. Cozy up with your sweetheart in this place both of you will love to spend all day in.