01/28/2016 05:02 EST | Updated 01/29/2016 10:59 EST

Romantic Restaurants In Ottawa To Consider For Valentine's Day

Sexy time in the capital city.

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A summer evening in downtown Ottawa. This is the Rideau canal shot from the MacKenzie King Bridge.On the left is the Canadian Parliament buildings, on the right the Chateau Laurier hotel.People are strolling along the walk and pleasure craft gently bob in their moorings along the canal.

When it comes to booking a restaurant for Valentine's Day, you're often looking for two things: candlelight and chocolate. Alright, perhaps some wine and delicious food as well.

Luckily, Ottawa has plenty of restaurants that offer this kind of romantic atmosphere in spades — and they're quickly booking up for February 14 (and 13th, since that's the Saturday night this year).

We took a look at the top spots in Ottawa and its surrounding area to snag yourself a romantic meal on Valentine's Day, or really, any other hot date night. Our criteria were simple: a place that allows couples their own space (no communal options allowed), has rich, indulgent options on the menu (sorry, soup spots) and a general feeling of intimacy, with courteous service playing a key role.

Of course, there's always the counter-argument, that you just shouldn't go out for Valentine's Day dinner at all, but we think these places might just make it worthwhile. Let us know if you have a favourite we missed.

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