With an amazing mix of food influences from several parts of the world, Lebanese cuisine is one of the most fascinating found in the city of Ottawa.

There is nothing as delicious as Shawarma; the well-seasoned meat, slow-roasted for hours on a vertical spit, packed inside flatbread with a variety of vegetables, served with delicious sauces. This Levantine meat preparation with Arabic origins has become a popular mainstay cuisine in Ottawa. The delicious tahini, garlic yogurt, and hummus make Shawarma irresistible.

Whether it is lamb, beef, turkey or chicken you like with your shawarma, you can find a nicely prepared one in these highly-rated spots across the city. Every spot stands out so it may be difficult to pick your favourite. You should probably try them all!

Shawarma Palace

464 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5Z4

For over a decade in Ottawa, this Lebanese Eatery has been serving amazing shawarma and other casual eats. All their seasonings, sauces and other condiments are made in-house so you can be sure of the quality of what you are eating. Their shawarma comes in a big portion that is filling and you will find the meat used tender and well flavoured. You can also choose to have a mixed plate combining different types of meat in your shawarmas.

Shawarma Express

119 Slater St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5H2

This shawarma restaurant is run by a Lebanese family specialising in home recipes which have been transferred over many generations. Apart from their beef, chicken and mixed shawarmas made in sandwich style, their shawarma plates also come with garlic potatoes, steamed rice, fattoush salad, hummus, pickles, pita bread among other varieties. They also have tasty sauces and toppings.

Jericho Lebanese Food

840 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W1

This restaurant is all about authentic Lebanese cuisines. The atmosphere, the delectable Lebanese dishes including Shawarma, makes Jericho an amazing place to dine. You can enjoy your shawarma with the beautiful mosaic paintings in the background. They offer the basic chicken and beef shawarma and shawarma which is served with a fattoush salad. You can even try out their shawarma on hummus; the plate option, for a dynamic taste experience.

Lebanese Palace

919 Industrial Ave, Ottawa, ON K1G 6L2

You can find the finest Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisines at this restaurant. They have lovely quaint décor that gives you a homely feeling even as you enjoy your meal. You have two options when you get to the restaurant – you can choose the fine dining to your left which offers a formal setting or you opt for the fast food on your right for a more casual experience. You can have the chicken or beef shawarma or go for a shawarma plate combining with other items such as fries, rice, and salad. Apart from shawarma, you’ll also find a wide variety of Lebanese foods with a Levantine twist.

Shawarma Chef

2012 Tenth Line Rd, Orléans, ON K4A 3W3

It is all about shawarma every day of the week at this eatery. The place is family owned and run with high quality in terms of service. You can have your shawarma on a plate with different side options such as the Tabouleh which comes with fresh parsley, tomatoes, onions, crushed wheat, lemon juice and olive oil. There is also rice, fattoush, and garlic potatoes. Shawarma Chef has carved a niche as one of the most amazing places to eat tasty and juicy shawarma to satisfy your Levantine delights.

Shawarma De Roza

1896 Prince of Wales Dr, Nepean, ON K2C 3J7

At Roza’s you can have your shawarma with a personal touch as everything is handmade and made with fresh ingredients. The shawarma portion is very big and you can be certain of not leaving hungry after you finish eating. Rosie, the owner of this shawarma place adds an additional warmth with her smiles and special treatment for all customers. You can have veggies, hummus and garlic potatoes with your plate and there also wines and beers to go along with your shawarma.

Shawarma Castle

1896 Prince of Wales Dr, Nepean, ON K2C 3J7

This is more of a takeout spot because of its small space. Their shawarmas are made with fresh ingredients and if you like yours spicy, this will be a perfect place for you to get your desired taste. You can also have your shawarma plate with sides of potatoes, rice, salad, pickles, and hummus. Their sauces are great especially the garlic sauce which is a favourite among customers.

Mr Shawarma

2555 Baseline Rd, Ottawa, ON K2H

If you are looking fresh, tasty and unique shawarmas, Mr. Shawarma will meet your expectations. They have perfect combos and options to satisfy individual needs. Their Shawarma family set can feed up to five adults and contains a rich variety including rice (white or yellow), garlic, hummus, tabouli, garden salad, garlic potatoes and pita bread. You can also go for the shawarma mix or shawarma salad. Everything is delicious.

Guava’s Shawarma

2219 Arch St, Ottawa, ON K1G 2H5

Guava’s Shawarma is a great spot to enjoy amazing shawarma especially in thoughtfully arranged and prepared combos such as their shawarma platters which come in beef, chicken, donair and mixed options. They also include rice, roasted potatoes, garden salad, tabouli and your choice of garlic, spicy garlic or hummus. There is also the family platter which comes with family trays of salads, rice & potatoes, side of garlic and hummus and a bag of pita bread.

Shawarma Rosana

2219 Arch St, Ottawa, ON K1G 2H5

This is mainly a takeout place due to the minimal seating space but that should not dampen your expectations as they make great shawarma. You can have your shawarmas in a wrap or platter including the chicken, beef or a mix of the two. They also have amazing beef kebab and falafel. You can have the Baba Ghanouj as a side on your platter which comes with freshly smoked eggplant mixed with lemon, tahini, and garlic or you can go for the fatoush salad or specialty rice which is Basmati rice cooked with their specialty spices.

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