If you are looking for a great place to eat in Ottawa’s Byward Market you need to check The Claredon Tavern. Located in a beautiful historic building, the restaurant has a warm and inviting dining space with wood-panelled walls, marble tables and soft lighting.
The Claredon is open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends and is the perfect spot to go enjoy some comfort food. Because the Claredon calls itself a tavern, I went in was rather low expectations for the quality of food but was left highly impressed. The menu is filled with tons of items that are perfect for sharing for lunch and dinner.
For brunch my brunch group and I tried nearly everything on the menu with the highlights being the chorizo scotch egg served with mustard and pickles (it is also available for lunch and dinner), the avocado toast which is actually bright pink because the sourdough bread is topped with red beet hummus along with a sunny side egg and slices of avocado, and my personal favourite the red velvet waffles which are topped with a drizzle of cream cheese frosting, maple syrup and berries.
For lunch and dinner, you can find a variety of small plates perfect for sharing, or larger dishes perfect for a hearty entree. As someone who loves small plates, I naturally opted for the sharing dishes. The beef and brie extra thin flatbread was one of the dishes I tried, which was fine, but the least exciting out of anything I ate. While the K.F.Cauliflower were extraordinary. They are breaded cauliflower, and as the name suggests made to taste like K.F.C breaded chicken.
If you want to try a bit of everything, one affordable way to do that is to order the Mediterranean platter which comes with the K.F.Cauliflower, falafel, halloumi fries, grilled house pita, hummus, warm olives and tzatziki. The board is rather large and is suggested for 2-4 people.
The Claredon Tavern would make a cute and casual date spot, but it is also wonderful for brunch too. It is located at 11 George Street.