Over the past few years the options in terms of dining in Ottawa have really opened up.
These days you can get pretty much any type of cuisine at varying price points. There is a good restaurant for everything from weeknight take-out to a milestone anniversary dinner.
That being said some restaurants just aren't tailored for seniors. They are noisy and crowded, making dining for the older generation difficult.
Here are a few of the best restaurants for seniors in Ottawa. These restaurants not only offer great food and service, but are also senior-friendly when it comes to noise and accessibility.
Pelican Seafood Market and Grill
Tucked away in a strip mall off Bank Street, the Pelican Grill is perhaps one of Ottawa's best kept secrets. They offer the some of the best seafood in town, fresh from their very own fish market at the front of the store.
They offer a wide selection of dishes at both lunch and dinner that include fish and chips, fish tacos and pan roasted sea scallops. Fresh steamed snow crab, king crab and lobster are also popular items on the menu.
The restaurant is fully accessible with no stairs and those with mobility issues can be dropped off right at the door. There is also a large parking lot right out front of the restaurant. The staff is well versed in serving the senior population and are friendly and helpful when it comes to preferences and dietary restrictions.
This popular Italian restaurant has three locations throughout the city, offering authentic Italian cuisine at a reasonable price.
They have locations in the Byward Market, Westboro Village and Riverside South. The restaurant on Riverside South is particularly accessible as it has free parking and a spacious dining room. It is best to make a reservation at any of their locations because they tend to get pretty busy.
Their Italian pizza and pasta are second to none for taste, authenticity and price-point. The main dishes are just as delicious but cost a little bit more. For those with smaller appetites the kitchen is happy to split a pizza down the middle which also saves on cost. They also do take-out which is a good option for solo-diners who want a quality Italian meal in the comfort of their own home.
Kristy's Family Restaurant
Kristy's is a bit of an establishment on Richmond Road in Ottawa's west end. It has been under the same ownership since the late 1970s but the restaurant itself has been around since the 1940s.
Kristy's serves up traditional Canadian/American food like hot turkey sandwiches, smoked meat and hearty egg breakfasts at a very affordable price. Some say it is reminiscent of the kind of family restaurant you find in small towns.
The decor is a bit outdated but the food is sure to please if you are looking for a good home-cooked meal at any time of day. The portions are generous and they are more than happy to pack up leftovers to be enjoyed at home. Some customers say even the fries are good reheated the next day.
This buffet chain is perfect for those looking for good value. With three locations in Ottawa they offer a 20% discount for seniors every day of the week.
They offer a wide variety of dishes from all around the world including many Asian options. They also have a fresh salad bar, a grill with lots of meats to choose from, pizza station and hot entrees. To top it all off they also have lots of desserts including a ice cream and cotton candy bar. It's a great place to take the grand children as well because kids get in at half price.
If you are looking for somewhere that his everything the Mandarin is the place to be.