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The Ultimate Guide to Ottawa’s Best BBQ Restaurants

The Ultimate Guide to Ottawa's Best BBQ Restaurants

In the pursuit of top-notch BBQ restaurants in Ottawa, get ready for a lip-smacking journey that’ll have you smelling like a walking barbecue station. 

Sure, you might exit smelling more like a hickory log than planned, but hey, it’s just a fragrant reminder of the mouthwatering feast you indulged in!

From backyard cookouts to bustling restaurants, BBQ has become an institution as Canadian as maple syrup. When grills became a staple of every backyard, BBQ fever swept the nation faster than you can say “pass the sauce.”

Here’s the scoop on the finest BBQ spots in Ottawa, where the smoke is thick, and the flavors are bolder than a Texas twang!

Moe’s BBQ

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Address: 2446 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1V 1A4, Canada

Contact: +1 613-695-1786


  • Sunday to Thursday: 2 PM–10 PM
  • Friday to Saturday: 2 PM–11 PM

In his quest for smoky bliss, Mobeen Hussain Butt traded the bustling streets for Ottawa’s charms, but his love for barbecue stayed sizzling hot.

With a hunger for mastering the grill, he scoured YouTube tutorials and tinkered with techniques, all in pursuit of that childhood flavor fix.

Now, his fiery passion finds a home at Moe’s BBQ, nestled snugly in Towngate Shopping Plaza. But hold onto your tongs — this ain’t your run-of-the-mill barbecue spot. 

It’s a halal haven, a rare gem in Ottawa’s culinary landscape! Just imagine beef brisket, burgers, ribs, and smoked chicken, slow-cooked for up to 15 hours till they’re smoky perfection. BBQ nirvana (sigh).

Moe’s BBQ is a vibe — chill yet chic, welcoming to all, but especially close to the hearts of the Muslim community, serving up halal-certified goodness with no compromises.

The magic behind Moe’s mouthwatering treats? Maplewood smoke, a Texas-imported smoker, and a spice rub that’s practically culinary wizardry. 

From its humble roots, Moe’s BBQ has risen to stardom, with fans spreading the word quicker than a barbecue sauce spill!

Pro Tip:
The perfect contrast and complement to all those barbecued goodness? Cornbread. Thank us later.

Gyubee Japanese Grill

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Address: 95 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T2, Canada

Contact: +1 613-367-5065


  • Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 AM–10:30 PM
  • Friday to Saturday: 11:30 AM–11 PM

At Gyubee Japanese Grill in Ottawa, prepare for a mouthwatering adventure where grilling meets feasting! The vibes are lively, and the decor screams Asian-inspired, though it could use a sprinkle of finesse.

While the price might raise an eyebrow, especially come dinnertime, it’s a steal during the lunch rush. Conveniently nestled in Byward Market, you’ll have plenty to explore before or after your feast.

Each table comes equipped with a personal grill that you can tame with the controls on the side. The service? Fast and furious! 

Now, onto the main event: the menu! Here, you can sink your teeth into delectable delights like Sweet Soy Beef Brisket and Sweet Soy Marinated Short Rib. 

Don’t scrimp out on the plump, succulent marinated shrimp — even if the plain ones are a bit meh. As for sides, they’re passable but could use a seasoning boost (hello condiments with a special shoutout to the chili garlic sauce!).

And let’s be real, who wouldn’t want more veggie options? For dessert, we recommend you indulge in a Melona coconut popsicle or go wild with unlimited creme brulee — because there’s absolutely no reason to stop at just one.

Pro Tip:
Just remember, there’s a two-hour time limit, so grill like there’s no tomorrow — or at least every 10 minutes to savor every savory moment!

Big Bone BBQ & Wicked Wings

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Address: 701 Eagleson Rd, Ottawa, ON K2M 2G1, Canada

Contact: +1 613-435-5453


  • Sunday: 12 PM–9 PM
  • Monday to Saturday: 11 AM–9 PM

For more than 25 years, Big Bone BBQ & Wicked Wings has been serving up the sassiest Southern-style BBQs in town. With a trophy case full of over 50 BBQ competition wins across Ontario, they’ve got the flavor game on lock.

Here, you can indulge in perfectly smoked ribs or dive into some mouthwatering wicked wings — their menu is a flavor explosion waiting to happen!

And don’t miss out on their Monday Mania deal, where you can score some delicious BBQ ribs along with a pound of wings and your choice of large fries or salad.

But wait, it gets even better as Tuesdays are all about the pulled pork — with a pound of it, wings, plus a side of small fries or salad and buns! Whether you’re dining in or grabbing takeout, satisfaction is always on the menu at Big Bone BBQ & Wicked Wings.

With a cozy vibe, sparkling-clean facilities, and a team that’s always ready to welcome you with open arms, Big Bone BBQ & Wicked Wings is the ultimate BBQ hotspot in town. Score!

Pro Tip:
And if you’re craving their delectable delights but want to enjoy them in the comfort of your own home, fear not — pickup and delivery options are available.

Fatboys Southern Smokehouse

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Address: 34 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M5, Canada

Contact: +1 613-695-5599


  • Closed from Monday to Tuesday
  • Wednesday, Sunday: 4 PM–8:30 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday: 4 PM–9:30 PM

Located in the heart of Ottawa, Fatboys Southern Smokehouse is a barbecue haven born out of the fiery passion of those living in “The Barbecue Belt.” 

Since its inception in 2011, this smokehouse has been dishing out mouthwatering slow-cooked BBQ delights to satisfy even the most discerning palates in the region.

Just prepare to feast your eyes and taste buds on their tantalizing menu, featuring succulent moist ribs, finger-lickin’ barbecue chicken, and incredibly tender beef briskets cooked to perfection. 

While you indulge in their savory dishes, soak in the biker ambiance complemented by lively live music, creating an atmosphere that’s as smokin’ hot as their BBQ.

If you’re planning a group outing, Fatboys Southern Smokehouse’s got the answer. With their BBQ packages, you get to make sure nobody leaves with an empty stomach. 

Pro Tip:
For those craving variety, the Kentucky Derby Platter offers generous portions and is an absolute crowd-pleaser. And let’s not forget the legendary mac n’ cheese — a surefire hit among the picky little ones.

Meatings Barbecue

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Address: 5380 Canotek Rd #23, Ottawa, ON K1J 1H7, Canada

Contact: +1 613-680-6328


  • Closed from Sunday to Monday
  • Tuesday to Friday: 10 AM–6 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM–4 PM

Born from the coziest of family traditions, Meatings strutted onto the scene in January 2017, morphing from a backyard bash into a BBQ empire. 

You might want to get ready to sink your teeth into the primo beef brisket, finger-lickin’ pulled pork, and tasty tacos that’ll make your taste buds do the La Bamba!

Gluten-free? Vegan? No problemo! Meatings has concoctions to suit even the pickiest of palates. 

And by this, they’ve got mouthwatering vegetarian macaroni salad and mac n’ cheese that’ll make you forget about meat altogether.

If you’re feeling too lazy to cook, Meatings has your back with deconstructed meal kits and frozen casseroles, all just a few clicks away on their online ordering system.

Sure, some dishes might hit your wallet a bit harder, but trust us, the flavor explosion is worth every penny. Perfect, eh?

Pro Tip:
Don’t forget, Meatings isn’t just about chowing down in-house or grabbing takeout — they’re ready to cater your shindig, bringing their A-game straight to your doorstep!

Lexington Smokehouse & Bar

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Address: 344 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Z 5C6, Canada

Contact: +1 613-218-8209


  • Sunday to Tuesday: 11 AM–2 PM, 5 PM–10 PM
  • Wednesday to Friday: 11 AM–2 PM, 5 PM–11 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM–2 PM, 5 PM–11 PM

Lexington Smokehouse & Bar is where BBQ dreams come alive! Be sure to get ready to sink your teeth into ribs so succulent they’ll make you weak at the knees, shrimp so juicy they’ll have you singing, and brisket so smoky it’s practically got swagger.

But hold onto your bibs, because the real star of the show is none other than the Fork + Knife Chicken — a flavor explosion that’ll have you coming back for seconds, thirds, and then some! 

To keep it deliciously healthy (yeah right), pair it with their heavenly Brussels sprouts for a taste sensation that’ll leave you wanting more.

And if you’re rolling with your squad, their BBQ platters are the bomb. It’s a feast fit for royalty with a spread of meats and sides that’ll please even the pickiest palates!

Now, let’s talk libations — because we all know we’re going to end up with one in our hands. With a drink selection as diverse as their flavors, you’ll be raising your glass in celebration with every sip!

With two locations to choose from, indulging in their culinary delights has never been easier. But beware, our BBQ-loving friends, navigating the limited dining space during peak hours can be a bit of a rodeo!

Lexington Smokehouse & Bar has options for everyone, whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free, or just downright hungry — all served up in portions that won’t empty your wallet!

Pro Tip:
Don’t miss out on their crispy fried chicken and refreshing Caesar salad — the mighty general would be proud!

Fitz’s Classic Grill BBQ Smoke House

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Address: 250 Greenbank Rd, Nepean, ON K2H 8X4, Canada

Contact: +1 613-820-5700


  • Sunday: 8 AM–9 PM
  • Monday to Thursday: 8 AM–10 PM
  • Friday to Saturday: 8 AM–11 PM

Since its inception in 1994, Fitz’s Classic Grill BBQ Smoke House has been the talk of the town, sizzling up a storm in the culinary world. From dawn’s first light to kiddie plates fit for royalty, Fitz’s has your cravings wrapped around its spatula.

It’s a must to feast on their legendary ribs, BBQ chicken, smoked sausages, brisket, and pulled pork — it’s a carnivore’s paradise! Fitz’s culinary wizards work their magic to tailor meals precisely to your taste buds, ensuring each bite is a flavor explosion.

Whether you’re craving a mountainous spread or a dainty nibble, Fitz’s kitchen maestros can whip up exactly what you’re hankering for. Just beware of the occasional mix-up, which might lead to some stomach-rumbling waits for the less patient patrons.

Pro Tip:
Their catering service is also a roaring success (especially if you plan to gorge in the comfort of your own home), offering bespoke solutions for any event. Just be sure to plan ahead to dodge any culinary catastrophes!