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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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank A123G
Gatineau, Canada
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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186 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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!

Thank Taylor M
Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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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105 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 

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