It’s said that the Downtown is the heart of a community. In Cornwall’s case, the heart is beating strong.

Downtown Cornwall has seen a rejuvenation in recent years with dozens of new businesses taking root and adding vibrancy to the city. On the food and drink front, Cornwall’s urban core has become a dining destination and a must-visit locale for foodies in search of a unique dish or drink.

Visitors can find pretty much every flavour and food imaginable from the dozens of establishments in Downtown Cornwall. From casual to cultured, fast food to fine dining, it’s all there. And it’s all fantastic.

Check out our complete list below and start planning your next visit – bon appétit!

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  • 537 Pitt Street
    613-935-6397
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    Brunch on Pitt

    Brunch on Pitt offers a fast and affordable breakfast and lunch with a bit of a twist. The focus is on high-quality yet simple ingredients, elevating tastes and textures, resulting in a quality menu.

    Breakfast and lunch menus are available throughout the day and visitors can also enjoy seasonal local products in the form of regular specials.

    Java lovers can also look forward to fresh, locally-roasted beans.

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  • 1 Water Street East
    613-938-2118
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    Laura Secord

    Cornwall’s downtown shopping centre has a number of options for those in search of a quick bite.

    The second-floor food court is home to Tim Hortons, Wok Express and Cedars, a popular spot for locals.

    And if you’re craving something sweet, head to Laura Secord on the first floor for an ice cream fix!

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  • 16 Second Street East
    613-933-9191
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    Dominos

    Located in the heart of Downtown, the popular chain offers a wide range of pizzas along with a variety of other dishes and sides.

    You can dine in or take it to go and enjoy your meal in beautiful Lamoureux Park just a block away!

    Domino’s is also open late – important information just in case you happen to find yourself craving some chocolate lava crunch cake.

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  • 317 Pitt Street
    613-935-5333
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    Esca

    Lunch, dinner, drinks – it all tastes good at Esca.

    The popular establishment specializes in gourmet pizzas with creative toppings and the menu is bolstered by a wide array of delicious starters and entrees.

    The bar features a great selection of craft beers, wines, and whiskeys and the outdoor patio offers a great spot to enjoy a sunny day with a cool drink.

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  • 35 Second Street East
    613-710-0325
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    Edwards Bistro

    The brainchild of new residents Jason Wagner and Rosie Templonuevo, Edward’s Bistro (named after their son) offers a varied menu of tasty meals, great coffee and delicious sweets.

    The restaurant offers a great lunch menu and fine dining options at night along with a Sunday brunch.

    Edward’s Bistro describes itself as a scratch open kitchen with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients where possible.

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  • 11 Second Street West
    613-933-7040
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    Fairy Sweet

    One of Downtown Cornwall’s trendiest shops, Fairy Sweet offers a wide assortment of tasty baked goods served fresh daily.

    The beautiful shop is the perfect place to take a quick break and treat yourself to something sweet.

    On any given day, you can choose from a selection of macarons, cookies, cupcakes, butter tarts, croissants, turnovers, tarts and many more items in a variety of cool flavours. Keto options are also available.

    Trust us – this gourmet bakery has the perfect recipe for a truly sweet day!

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  • 109 Pitt Street
    613-937-2677
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    Happy Popcorn Co

    Located in the heart of Downtown Cornwall, The Happy Popcorn Co. is a sweet tooth lovers’ delight.

    The family-run business offers gourmet popcorn made fresh daily in a variety of traditional and unique flavours (think pizza, garlic parm, cherry and green apple). They also offer artisan sodas, cotton candy, retro candies and a variety of other sweet treats.

    As an added bonus, the shop is just steps away from Cornwall’s beautiful Lamoureux Park – a perfect spot to enjoy a snack and marvel at the majestic St. Lawrence River.

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  • 619 Pitt Street
    613-938-8250
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    Friendly staff, comfy surroundings and quality food await you at Harv’s Diner.

    One of Cornwall’s many traditional diner spots, Harv’s is a can’t-miss spot for those in search of a great breakfast or lunch.

    Their daily lunch specials and long list of breakfast offerings make it a popular stop for families and friends looking to catch up over a nice meal.

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  • 128 Pitt Street
    613-933-5155
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    Jack Lee's

    Jack Lee’s has been a staple in Downtown Cornwall for decades.

    Mr. Lee opened the establishment in 1966 and it became the first buffet-style Chinese restaurant in the city. Mr. Lee sold the restaurant to close friends June and Albert Yee later in life, but he remained involved right up until his passing in 2006 at the age of 80.

    The restaurant’s character hasn’t changed much over the years, and neither has its philosophy of offering good food at good prices.

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  • 616 Pitt Street
    613-936-9898
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    Lolas

    Lola’s is a perfect spot for a fast, affordable home-cooked meal in a cozy pub environment.

    The soups, meatloaf and perch rolls all have their followings, and so too does the Lola Burger – but don’t attempt it on a full stomach!

    There’s also a patio behind the restaurant and live entertainment most Saturday nights.

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  • 44 Second Street West
    613-932-0808
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    Panda Restaurant is a popular Downtown Cornwall eatery featuring tasty Chinese, Thai and Szechuan dishes.

    Generous portions are the norm whether you dine-in, take out or call for delivery.

    Group dinners are available, making it simple to enjoy a variety of different dishes with your family or friends.

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  • 248 Pitt Street
    613-932-6310
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    Rileys Bakery

    Riley’s Bakery has been a fixture in Downtown Cornwall since 1905, and it remains as popular as ever.

    Their generous sandwiches made on fresh-baked bread is one of the simplest yet filling meals you’ll find, topped only by their great selection of donuts, cookies and baked sweets.

    The bakery’s popularity can be seen each day as a stream of people line up at lunch and chat with owners Rob and Ana Curran while they make their monster sandwich on the spot. Trust us, it’s worth getting in line!

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  • 158 Pitt Street
    613-938-8844
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    Whether it’s a social event, date night, a business meeting or a special function, Schnitzels European Flavours has you covered.

    The popular Downtown establishment offers an eclectic mix of midday eats and evening feasts that will interest any palette. You can enjoy a more formal setting in the dining room or opt for a casual get-together in the comfortable bar or the beautiful outdoor patio on those warm summer nights.

    The pub has 22 different beers on tap to go along with a list of other refreshing bevies, unique dishes, wood-fired pizzas and other comfort foods. At Schnitzels, it’s always a special experience.

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  • 110 Pitt Street
    613-935-9536
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    Enjoy an amazing meal at Simply Jennifer, Cornwall’s first plant-based, vegan cafe!

    Simply Jennifer will nourish your soul one ingredient at a time with a daily menu that is always changing – and always exciting.

    The trendy cafe offers gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and non-GMO products with a focus on organic, local ingredients.

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  • 18 Third Street East
    613-935-4111
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    Shah’s offers a little bit of everything for those looking to enjoy authentic Afghani and Middle Eastern flavours.

    Shah’s claim to fame is its incredible marinated chicken wings, kebabs and homemade naan bread.

    In addition to the restaurant, the space also features a halal butcher shop and grocery store filled to the brim with imported spices, sauces, rice, noodles, flours, frozen desserts and more.

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  • 9 First Street East
    613-363-4050
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    The Spicy Pearl

    Fill your belly and warm your heart with one of the many Caribbean-inspired creations at the Spicy Pearl.

    Co-owners Lee Theodore and Roger Caron are serving up a diverse menu that ranges from fish dishes to curry chicken and goat, along with Tchaka, a hearty Haitian stew.

    The restaurant sources local foods wherever possible to go with the Caribbean spice and flare.

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  • 118 Pitt Street
    613-938-7311
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    Proudly touted as Cornwall’s original Downtown diner, Spinners Diner offers great food with a homey, old-fashioned diner feel.

    Spinners offers a variety of tasty breakfast and lunch options and combos that will satisfy the largest of appetites.

    There’s also a number of unique creations – like the Bacon Breakfast Poutine – that you won’t regret trying!

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  • 157 Pitt Street
    613-933-9117
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    Table 21

    Table 21 was meant to be a wedding venue but blossomed into a restaurant due to the sheer creativity brought to the table by Ahmad Mansouri and Dominique Gilgen.

    Quality is at the forefront at this popular steakhouse and oyster bar, which offers a dining experience that is sure to satisfy craving eyes and mouths.

    Diverse dishes, flavours and cooking styles satisfy patrons with an alternating menu that changes every two weeks – a culinary experience at its best.

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  • 101 Pitt Street
    613-577-7646
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    Tilly's

    Tilly’s offers foodies some quality home-cooked breakfast and lunch options in a cozy, nostalgic setting.

    The beautiful restaurant is the brainchild of owner and chef Carol Ann Breedyk, who turned to her family’s European roots for inspiration for the new venture – from the name right down to the menu.

    From homemade sausages and deli sandwiches to potato pancakes and quiche, Tilly’s menu is ever-changing. There’s also tasty pastries and desserts along with great coffee.

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  • 11 Fourth Street West
    613-662-8469
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    Tiny Table

    Tiny Table may be small in size, but the food is high in quality.

    The restaurant offers amazing pho as well as a nice selection of soups, rolls and rice wraps. Vegetarian options are also available.

    This local gem offers a cozy, family-like setting where you will feel like family – a nice complement to the authentic food you are sure to enjoy!

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  • 155 Pitt Street
    613-933-9112
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    Truffles

    Enjoy an out-of-this-world burger and craft beer in some super trendy digs. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Truffles Burger Bar.

    The popular establishment features amazing decor and vibes to go along with an eclectic menu and an amazing patio tucked just off of Pitt Street.

    From the Solid Gold Burger to exotic flavours – think elk, bison and venison – to salads, specialties and regular specials, the creative menu and the one-of-a-kind venue certainly won’t dissapoint.

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  • 229 Pitt Street
    613-933-4663
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    Val Paulies

    Grab a seat at the counter and enjoy some home-style cooking at Val and Paulie’s Diner.

    The popular diner serves up a variety of great breakfast and lunch meals with a smile – and generous portions to boot.

    Make sure to save a few minutes to check out the cool collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia near the front entrance on your way out!

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