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5 Great Spots to Dine in Kanata

Aperitivo
655 Kanata Ave Unit L2 

Share a bite with friends and family at Aperitivo. This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant offers Spanish-style, “small plates” tapas. Think of it as endless appetizers — there’s something for everyone with the unique opportunity to sample a wide range of the menu. Aperitivo partners with local growers and producers to ensure their ever-changing menu evolves with the flavours of the changing seasons. Be sure to try the Conservas De Cambados, hand-packed in Arousa Ría, Spain and served alongside grilled bread and chef-selected accompaniments.

Perspectives Restaurant at Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive

Perspectives at Brookstreet Hotel is a special spot in Kanata that encourages diners to indulge in an award-winning menu featuring fresh, local ingredients. At the helm is Executive Chef Clifford Lyness, who has put his own spin on contemporary Canadian fine dining in plates like the Pacific Halibut with pickled shrimp, beluga lentils, creamed corn, green goddess, taro chips, and chile threads. Join Perspectives for a three-course dining experience, fresh sushi, hot and cold buffet brunch, and mouthwatering desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day.

Fratelli
499 Terry Fox Drive

What once began in the Glebe has now expanded to the Kanata community, bringing hearty Italian food, good wine, and friendly service to their second location on Terry Fox Drive. Fratelli is family-owned and operated and they extend that warm family welcome to all of their guests. Celebrate special occasions with Fratelli or grab a table in the second-floor balcony seating for a romantic evening paired with an extensive wine list and irresistible Penne Pasquale in a rosé sauce.

Ox Head Restaurant
790 Kanata Ave Unit M1

For over 12 years, Ox Head Restaurant has been serving delicious, authentic Vietnamese fare in the Kanata community. If you haven’t had the opportunity to dig into a filling (some would say restorative) bowl of beef Phở, Grilled Chicken on Vermicelli or a stirfry with more options than you’ll know what to do with, then it’s a good thing Ox Head now has two locations in Kanata. The portions are large so be sure to bring a friend or the whole family along with you. 

Grow Your Roots
220 Terence Matthews Crescent in the Kanata South Business Park

For vegans and fans of the evolution of delicious vegan cuisine, don’t miss out on Grow Your Roots. This charming cafe has been growing in popularity since its first foray into Kanata’s culinary scene when owner and chef Mel Boudens set up a table at the Carp Farmers’ Market in 2013. Today, the cafe’s door is always open, serving up more than “veganized” desserts. Try the fan favourite TLT with house tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and micro greens on toasted bread (with a gluten-free option, of course) or the GYR Tofu Eggs Benny. And don’t leave without trying the cinnamon bun with chai spread.

Great food goes a long way to make a community feel like home. Explore the culinary offerings in Kanata and find your next favourite restaurant just around the corner from your new home in Arcadia.

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