As COVID-19 forces the closure of various longtime establishments, many of Ottawa’s steakhouses remains open to serve some of the best in comfort food. If the stress is starting to get to you, take the time to indulge in a tender, juicy slab of red meat sure to satisfy your primal carnivorous urges. From seasoned and savoury to premium and prime-aged, these five favourite local spots, specializing in the mouth-watering main, are sure to appease your appetite.
An Ottawa staple specializing in old-school favourites like steak, seafood and martinis, Lebanese immigrant, Halim “Al” Saikali, first opened the doors to Al’s Steakhouse over 50 years ago. Ever since he’s held the business close to his heart, eventually passing operations on to his son, daughters and grandson, who ensure the quality of the certified Angus beef, fresh fish, classic cocktails and an extensive wine list. As the self-proclaimed “first and only restaurant” to cook its beef, aged a minimum of 40 days, on live charcoal, Al’s continues to provide diners with their distinctive signature taste.
Rosebowl Steak & Seafood
As a “purveyor of fine foods since 1976,” this stalwart, lounge-like spot features leather chairs and low lighting as the backdrop to the menu, which provides an abundant choice of steak, chops and seafood. A recent move from Carling Ave. to Little Italy ensures that options remain aplenty. Whether you prefer a Filet Mignon or Porterhouse, chef and owner Danny Skaff ensure the very best cuts along with delectable entrées and freshly made desserts.
The Keg Steakhouse
What began as a small location in North Vancouver has since expanded to a fan favourite franchise boasting over 100 restaurants across North America. The perfect place to connect, iconic favourites abound and new dishes simply await discovery. WIth signature seasonings, classic accompaniments and delectable desserts, the Canadian classic is also proud to support 300 various charities.
The Shore Club
This sophisticated restaurant located in the downtown Westin hotel features gourmet surf ‘n’ turf amongst a contemporary backdrop. In homage to art deco ocean liners, the dining room boasts soaring ceilings and luxurious decor. A menu influenced by the shifting seasons remains under the creative control of Executive Chef Steve Mitton and features all of the comfort classics including a New York Striploin, Filet Mignon and the 60-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye. This prime seafood and steak restaurant is perfect whether you’re looking for an elegant date night out or a quick casual catch up.
The Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon
A lively hangout spot with a Western vibe, the Texas-inspired menu features signature ribs, wings, and Ottawa’s only StoneGrill steak experience. The concept, an import from Australia, involves large stone slabs heated to more than 700℉ personally delivered to customers’ tables and the sizzling prime cut of steak comes with two sides, whether you choose sweet potato fries or stuffed baked potatoes, corn on the cob or Santa Fe rice. Rare, medium, or well-done, the grill time is up to you – simply transfer to your own plate and dig in.