Located in a small house on a nondescript downtown side street, Beckta looks modest from the outside. And, even inside, it’s warm and inviting but it doesn’t scream “famous.” But then you taste the food, and you realize why this unprepossessing spot has won raves from enRoute, the New York Times and other critics. Owner Stephen Beckta and chef Mike Moffatt have created one of the city’s leading foodie destinations, where the seasonal menu might include anything from bison strip loin with taro root and caramelized shallots to pork belly with blue cheese spaetzle. The restaurant also has a five-course tasting menu, and the servers are some of the best-trained wait staff in the city. Open seven nights a week for dinner only. If the prices are out of your snack bracket (mains range from $27 to $40), try the partners’ small-plates restaurant in the ByWard Market, Play Food & Wine (www.playfood.ca). Reservations are essential.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- Feature: Business Friendly;Organic
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
- BYOB Allowed: Yes