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Special Dinner in Ottawa

7Cees | | Aug 18, 2009 06:46 AM

Hi. New to Chowhound and to this board. Have done a search and have looked at other sources but would really appreciate suggestions.

I’d like up-to-date recommendations for a special restaurant. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary in September – and have marked the occasion with a trip to London earlier this summer. When the actual day rolls around in September, we thought to dine out and would like to take along our 14 and 12-year old daughters – so I’d ask for a romantic spot – but given we want to bring the children, I’ll settle for “special”.

Our reception was held in the Adam Room at the Chateau – so Wilfrid’s may be an easy choice – but wasn’t in love with it when last I went (which was, admittedly, for our 15th anniversary and haven’t found many recent reviews - should I reconsider?). Merlot did not impress. Henri Berger is long gone. Hy’s is fine but not quite what I’m looking for and who knows how Signatures may reinvent itself (although I’m willing to consider it if anyone has insight). Benitz? Beckta? Others have suggested Allium, Juniper and Cafe Paradiso. We'd like a rather smart and "dressed up" setting.

Canadian/French/Continental cuisine is preferred but open to others (DH in particular loves Italian). The girls eat most everything (one not too adventuresome (offal etc)) and the only thing I need to concern myself with is my allergy to shrimp/lobster/crab (all other seafood fine and very much liked). Don’t know how to put this without sounding too crass – but not concerned about budget - at least in this instance.

Any suggestions for the Ottawa/Gatineau area for a special evening? If not for the superb food (a bit contradictory to this board!) then for the adequate food and superb atmosphere (eg Wakefield Dinner Train?) I appreciate your time and opinions. We have tended to stick to our neighbourhood favorite restos. I guess we don't get out much anymore!

Many thanks