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Black Cat Bistro

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428 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4N2, Canada
+1 613-569-9998
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with two girlfriends we all had a great night, the wine selection, cheese plate and the chicken supreme main was all excellent. The servers were also part of the experience, very knowledgeable on the menu and wine pairing. Would definitely recommend visiting!

Thank Tammie Q
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Dined with a table of four last night, and we all adored the new menu! Seasonal ingredients, and local where possible. The food was executed beautifully, the service was knowledgeable and attentive, and the atmosphere is comfortable with simple and chic décor. Definitely a must in Ottawa!

Thank Taylor M
Ottawa, Canada
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Found ourselves at this restaurant due to their parking availability. Restaurant is clean and well maintained. Staff was very nice, but be prepared to stay a while. Menu is limited but has a very nice choice for all taste. I ordered a cauliflower bisque, a cheese platter and a special chicken dish. The soup arrived partially warm and partially cold,... More 

Thank FCRRanch
Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

First off, if you have no choice and end up at the black cat, avoid the booth because they are very uncomfortable. As for the food, it was a huge disappointment. The description of each plate on the menu was amazing but the quality and execution was a big fail. The vegetables were so old, they tasted bitter and had... More 

Thank Djakau
Georgetown, Guyana
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I'm surprised this restaurant isn't rated higher on trip advisor. We chose to eat here because it appeared on some many Top 10 lists for Ottawa, and we would agree! The food was incredibly delicious, the service was phenomenal, and the wine paired perfectly.

Thank Thomas L
Ottawa, Canada
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104 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Dined here twice over the past month with 2 separate groups of friends and enjoyed both evenings. Menu is well balanced with good choice but not overwhelming. Focus is clearly on local, seasonal ingredients. Can recommend the seasonal salad and warm tomato salad - both fresh and delicious. Mains all looked good - well presented, decent portions and very delicious.... More 

Thank 455kate
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181 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

this was our second visit. the menu is very interesting and the wait staff is very knowledgable about the menu and wine list. great bistro fare at reasonable prices.

Thank giffenk
Ottawa, Canada
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254 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Let's start with our servers. They were cheerful, patient and attentive. We had a few things but I recall the duck and steak dishes were well received. I like a steak served sliced and rare, it shows off both the quality and the potential flavours of lean beef. We had our cocktails, some wine and bottled water with a couple... More 

Thank grivola
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Great food, attentive service, and a very welcoming atmosphere. I found the price point to be very reasonable for French food, which fine dining restaurants tend to bleed customers dry for. After some time in France, my wife was shocked to find the best Beef Tartare she's ever had! This is a great restaraunt and hope to find it packed... More 

Thank just1inb
Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

The tartare appetizer was divine and the mushroom gnocchi, heavenly. I would have had more. The wine list is expensive and we weren't impressed by the Mercurey we paid $65... but that's not the Black Cat's fault. The staff is very young and our waitress was inexperienced. She didn't have the answer to some of our questions and had to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
French, European, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 428 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4N2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-569-9998

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?