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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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London, Canada
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a good dinner out. The table we booked was 10 minutes late in being ready but we had a cocktail at the bar and mingled. The servers apologized for the wait and promptly seated us when ready. We were in no hurry anD the server encouraged us to take our time and enjoy the dinner. The service was prompt... More 

Thank ngj64
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have ever travelled in the south of France and experienced the flavours of a home made cassoulet, you can recreate that experience at Black Cat. The chef anchors it with a confit duck leg that is seasoned to perfection and blends in the traditional sausage and white beans to create a dining triumph. Also recommended is the mushroom... More 

Thank Mulligan941
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went in for a quick dinner, everywhere else we tried was packed, and this restaurant was weirdly empty for a Friday night. Being both in the industry, and having heard good things, we were quite let down by the quality of the food/taste. The cassoulet (30$) was decent, but could have been creamier, and the leg confit was old,... More 

Thank Lisa C
Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The food and service here are consistently great and the prices are reasonable for a bistro. I also love that it's in Little Italy, since it's easy to head to a bar or comedy show after dinner.

1 Thank A123G
Gatineau, Canada
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We went on a Thursday night because every other restaurants we called were full because of Christmas Partys. I went there with no expectations. The restaurant was almost empty. The choice is similar to what you would find in Ottawa for a similar range of price. It was good, although not outstanding for the price. The service... in that range... More 

Thank Dlyrette
Thunder Bay, Canada
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185 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Waited for over 30 min to be greeted by waitress and given water. Server never refilled wine glasses and completely ignored taking drink orders from the one of us who wasn't drinking wine. Menu is fairly small and kitchen was out of one main course when we were there. We had a number of small plates to share but they... More 

Thank Deborah S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

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!

1 Thank Taylor M
Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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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15 reviews
15 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 

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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, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?