Welcome to Experience Food

Welcome to Experience Food, the best way to discover the best restaurants Ottawa and Gatineau have to offer. This is a great way for locals and tourists alike to explore the city and get off the beaten paths. Reserve a date today and let me take you to the best restaurants in the area so I can show you how great food is in this wonderful city. One of the best things to do in Ottawa. Come with us and truly "Experience Food."
Mathieu Samson-Savage - Owner

Our Services

Gourmet Experience

Dress up and go out for a night on the town like you've never experienced before. We will take you out for a four course meal where you will have each course in a different restaurant. The night consists of two appetizers, an entrée, and a dessert! All plates are carefully paired with a drink. Come and discover Ottawa and Gatineau's food scene like it should be.

Choose between 7 destinations that will blow you away. To learn about the destinations before you book - click here

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Tasting Experience

Walk through the streets of a Ottawa | Gatineau neighbourhood and discover its history and secrets during the Tasting Experience. During this, guests will stop at the step of 8 to 12 establishments where small bites of the house's specialty will be served to you as you learn about the neighborhood's food scene. Come and discover the city like you never have before.

We currently only offer the By Ward Market Tasting Experience. Other neighborhoods are being developped.

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Premium Experience

Enjoy Ottawa and Gatineau's finest during our new Premium Experience. During this, you will have a personal guide that will take you to eat at the best restaurants in a selected neighborhood. There, you will have the best dishes offered. You will eat the freshest and most unique foods paired with the best drinks in each restaurant and Experience Food.

All Premium Experiences are private. Choose between 5 great destinations. To learn more about these destinations - click here

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Youth Experience

Youth now also get to Experience Food with our Youth Experience. A take on our Tasting Experience, tour goers get to taste food from 8 to 12 of the best food vendors in an area of your choice. This allows them to discover a neighborhood and learn about its history, and try new foods. This is perfect for school groups, youth camps, and families.

This tour is currently only available in the By Ward Market. All Youth Experiences are private tours.

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Gift Certificates

You know a foodie and want to give the best gift ever? You want to give something original to a loved one? Give a great night out of Ottawa's best food discoveries. We have carefully selected restaurants for you and your friends to enjoy during a wide variety of experiences. Simply choose the amount of money of the certificate and we'll do the rest.

You may purchase a gift certificate for a set amount of money or a particular tour. Physical gift certificates also available.

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Special Events

Experience Food is proud to organize special events for foodies. Come and learn about local agriculture and chefs, make great discoveries, assist at a fundraiser, or participate in a tour open to the public. The most unique and fun food events in the Ottawa area. Ask for our assistance for your event and we will promote it on this section of our website.

We currently organize the Field to Fork Gourmet Feast and are looking into other possibilities (www.field2forkPR.ca).

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Areas to Discover

Old Hull

Old Hull

Downtown Gatineau

The Hull sector of Gatineau is one to discover. Home of some great chefs and unique restaurants and bars, you will be amazed at how lively this area can get. This is where some crowds were lucky enough to see great musicians like Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong back in the day.

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Little Italy

Little Italy

Preston street

Experience the diversity Ottawa has to offer. Home of Ottawa Italian quarter, Preston street offers great Italian food, as well as many other types of cuisine. A great place to go and have a drink at a pub or food at a restaurant, Preston street will allow you to discover a side of Ottawa not available in it’s center.

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Hintonburg

Hintonburg

Wellington street

In Ottawa’s premier up and coming neighborhood, Wellington street has the city’s best kept secrets. Come discover outside the box cusine and great takes on classics in the bistro’s and restaurant’s of Hintonburg. A little outside downtown, this will give you a refreshing and tasty second look at the city.

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The Village | The Glebe

The Village | The Glebe

Bank street

Discover Bank street’s unique flavours. This very long street is home to a wide variety of people. From downtown to the Village to Landsdown park and the Glebe, this part of the city has the history and the charm you’re looking for. A great recipe for awesome restaurants.

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The Sens Mile

The Sens Mile

Elgin street

The Sens Mile is the place to go to take in hockey games and a few pints. It is also contains some of Ottawa’s most creative and fun cuisine. From pubs to casual fine dinning, this area has it all. Experience it with us and you’ll discover places you’ll want to return to.

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By-Ward Market

By-Ward Market

Downtown fun

Join us for fun filled adventures in the By-Ward Market, Ottawa’s center for entertainment and one of the prime spots for food. With a variety of different tours available, you can come party, enjoy simple food, or take in the full gourmet dinning experience with us.

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Testimonials

Had an absolutely wonderful time on the Experience Food Tour. Even though I was already familiar with some of the restaurants presented, the guide’s historical presentation, the meet-and-greet with the chefs and the tailored wine pairing brought a solid value-added to the experience. Look forward to tour other neighborhoods

Alexandra L – ★★★★★

The tour was hands down, the best time we had in Canada.  This was our first “food tour” and it exceeded all of our expectations.  As I mentioned before, it’s so good that I am going to write a more detailed account of our time.  All four restaurants were amazing and the wine pairing was perfect.  We got to feel a little like Anthony Bourdain.  Mathieu Samson-Savage was the best host.  Very polite and informative.  He was more than willing to answer every question we had.  All in all, this was one of the best times we have had traveling.

Anthony E – ★★★★★

Thank you for the wonderful evening. The food was great, the wine was well paired and the people were very friendly. On top of this, you know the region very well as well as the products used by the restaurants!

Danielle R – ★★★★★

Thanks again for an amazing gourmet food tour of the market! The ladies and I really enjoyed it!

Nadine G – ★★★★★

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Ottawa | Gatineau has many hidden gems. The many festivals and activities in the city help make it a good place to live, but above all the quality of our restaurants is incredible. The mission of Experience Food is to help people discover great spots in the city. They are designed to show off the culinary talents of the great people of Ottawa | Gatineau. Join us on our experiences and you will discover that Ottawa is a great place to eat, you will truly Experience Food.
Owner and operator - Mathieu Samson-Savage