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5pm -11pm

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Backdrop Food & Drink would love to hear from you; get in touch with us should you need to book an event, make a reservation, or just say ‘hello, we love you guys!’

Contact Deets:

Phone: (613) 231-1234

Reservations: reservations@thebackdrop.ca


160 Metcalfe, Ottawa ON

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About Us

Welcome to Backdrop Food & Drink, a funky, urban space smack in the middle of Centertown, Ottawa. Join us for weekend brunch, weekday lunch, dinner and drinks.

Come try our unique taste, inspired by blends of Canadian and culturally themed cooking. Our seasonally changing menus feature dishes always made from scratch with locally-sourced products. Watch the scene unfold along the red hardwood runway as our hard working flavor benders work in our open-style kitchen

Knowledgeable bartenders and tableside hosts offer a great wine program that’s affordable yet extensive. The bar’s lit-up booze box offers more spirits than the old house has seen in it’s 100+ years of life. Each of our cocktails is shaken, stirred, crushed, muddled and mixed the way it’s supposed to be. Our brews are local, micro-fashioned and always cold.

The service is classic, honest, and clean – working from generations of restaurant life. Bringing back service to the way it used to be… fast, fun and friendly with know-how and experience.

Each of us is as equally passionate about our craft. Many hours were spent together building a uniquely designed atmosphere. It’s been the collective efforts of our team in their respective departments of creating food, drinks, and décor.

A fun and playful vibe is created by our team who love what they do. The atmosphere is set by vibrant art, displayed against steel and brick, with backstage theatre inspired lighting and seating – all while maintaining the heritage and bones of the old house.

 There is a certain “We love what we do here” vibe. We want you to feel the same way!

Amir Rahim & Dave Di Maria


Amir Rahim: Operator/Owner – Eagle Eye

Customer service specialist Amir Rahim is the face of Backdrop and will likely be there to greet you at the door. This is Amir’s second installment in Centertown, just down the street from his first – Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse. Here he has created another unique space with his design partner Venk to bring you a wild visual ride with a welcoming atmosphere and an upbeat, casual dining experience.

David Di Maria: Chef/Owner – Flavour Bender

Poetic passion, knowledge galore, and his flare of creativity turn food into a straight up masterpiece. Full of awesome one-liners and a wonderful sense of humor, Dave is an overall great guy. Ready to push it to the max, Dave is always on the line cooking to the beat of the drums. Watch as he puts passion and love into his kitchen unlike any… see it in the cleanliness, organization and, of course, attention to detail. Flavor Bender indeed!


That’s what a fortuneteller once told the two of them. Friends first, knowing that “Metal Is In The Heart” Dave and Amir got to know each other at beloved Grounded where Dave ran the night kitchen before elevating himself to much more than just a teammate. Double digit years of experience in the world of the restaurant business, Amir knew quickly that a partnership would be inevitable. The drive to succeed is paired with the love of laughter in the workplace. Having fun while cooking and serving, only these two could do it right.


  • Design & Construction by Mr. Tea & Eagle Eye
  • Schedule Keeping & DVD Returns by The White Angel
  • Graffiti by Dre & Arfie
  • Art by Komi
  • Wisdom & sound engineering by Jason Dahl



  • 03 Mar 2017
  • 8PM -
Fresco + Backdrop

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