The Courtyard Restaurant, one of the top restaurants in Ottawa’s Byward Market, opened in 1980 to rave reviews and has been offering our guests fine food and exemplary service ever since. We cook contemporary cuisine with flair, sourcing many of our ingredients from local farmers and producers. The Courtyard’s elegant atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening, or a special group occasion. Located in the bustling and historic ByWard Market area of Ottawa, we are in the heart of downtown Ottawa, just steps away from the Parliament Buildings, many major hotels and National attractions.
Executive Chef Ian Reed takes our contemporary menu to new heights with his emphasis on using local farmers and producers to create our seasonal menu items. We offer local organic beef, local elk, organic vegetables from our local farmers, and we are proud members of Savour Ottawa. Our menus are created with the finest seasonal items and produce in mind, so you can enjoy the best of what Ottawa has to offer, no matter when you visit us. There are other top restaurants in Ottawa, but our longevity is a testament to our clientele who have become our friends, visiting us again and again over the years, and celebrating the special occasions of their lives with us. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you in the future and to celebrate with you. Come enjoy a meal in one of the best Ottawa Restaurants.
Why bring your sweetheart to experience one of the most romantic restaurants in Ottawa? Our gorgeous old stone walled rooms and heritage building provide the perfect atmosphere for romance. When you pair the beautiful surroundings with the food that has been consistently keeping the Courtyard Restaurant as one of the top restaurants in Ottawa, you have a winning combination. Our service staff are experienced, and can help you to select the perfect wine to pair with your romantic dinner, or offer you suggestions for enjoying our signature dishes. Regularly cited as one of the best Ottawa restaurants, the Courtyard enjoys a reputation as THE romantic destination restaurant in the ByWard Market.
Cuisine: Contemporary cuisine / fine dining
Business Hours: We are available outside our regular business hours by special arrangement for group bookings and meetings. Please note we are closed for dining on Mondays except in the Summer months (May to August). We will open for group bookings, however. Call us today and come experience one of the top restaurants in Ottawa.
Lunch – Monday to Friday 11:30 to 2:00 (May to August)
Dinner – Monday to Saturday 5:30 to 9:30 pm, Sundays 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Brunch – Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 2:00
Parking: 2 large pay public parking garages are located directly beside the courtyard, with access from George or York St. Metered public parking is also available throughout the Byward Market area.
Dress Code: None.
Wheelchair Accessibility: The Dawson Room on our 1st floor is wheelchair accessible; please call ahead to confirm availability of this space. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are also located on the 1st floor.
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover/Diner’s Club and Debit.
Patio: Our gorgeous 60-seat patio is available in the summer months (May to September).
Smoking: The restaurant is entirely non-smoking in compliance with local bylaws.