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1 Elgin

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About
Canadian contemporary cuisine The National Arts Centre's 1 Elgin Restaurant is proud to showcase the fresh flavours and ingredients of Canada, and feature chefs from across the country. Focusing on local, seasonal ingredients, the 1 Elgin menu is a culinary experience that indulges the senses. Whether you're joining us for a sumptuous meal during a corporate lunch, dinner before the show, or simply for a sip of port and chocolate after an evening performance, the 1 Elgin menu has an offering to heighten every dining experience.
PRICE RANGE
US$11 - US$31
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Canadian, Contemporary
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great location, professional service, fabulous food. Days later I'm still thinking about that roasted carrot and chick pea salad...

Date of visit: May 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! :-)

Reviewed 5 days ago

We treated ourselves to a meal at 1 Elgin before an evening at the ballet, and enjoyed the experience very much, from start to finish. Attentive but not pushy staff, appropriate music, a shortish, interesting and varied menu, and deliciously executed dishes were all appreciated,...as was the timing that meant we could linger over an excellent cappuccino before going upstairs to the ballet. We will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for sharing these kind words about our menu and your experience at 1 Elgin. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed yourselves!!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was really delicious and full. Everyone at Service was exceptional, specially Yvan. He was very friendly and cheering. Definite to GO place. Had a splendid evening.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We four had an excellent meal on the outdoor patio with overhead heaters that worked well. The menu is interesting if somewhat limited. Service was excellent; the server rightly recommended that the portion size for the escabeche appetizer was large, so we split it, and...it was just right. The cod main was excellent, and so was a vegetarian gnocchi. The wine list was quite good, with a good range of prices; beer somewhat limited. On learning that we were there for a special occasion, the waiter said he would bring us chocolate cake on him, and indeed he brought chocolate cake with little lit candles, and several little dishes of sorbet with fruit.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an excellent dinner for my wife's birthday. The food was delicious, creatively presented and well served. We'd definitely

Date of visit: March 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed you chose 1 Elgin for your wife's birthday and that you enjoyed your meal! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What started as a post-matinee chat on a few bare chairs outside of Le Cafe was transformed into a magical spring celebration, thanks to the appearance of Ivan at the Cafe’s door. The 30-year veteran server and other members of the Cafe staff soon had...us set up with comfy cushions, wine, and a gorgeous cheese plate, even though we were a little early for the kitchen’s opening time. Delightful indeed! Looking forward to my next visit!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! We'll be sure to share your kind words with Ivan and the kitchen staff! :-)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely dinner with friends from out of town. Wanted something extra nice. Plates were each a delightful presentation. Prime Rib was perfect. Duck was tender. Cod was fresh. Our waiter made the experience memorable. He recommended most of the meal and pairing drinks and wine....We tried new appetizers and were delighted! Dessert was decadent. He suggested sharing and it was perfect! He even sang a little tune and took our picture. Haven’t had such a wonderful time in such a long time. Perfect meal. Perfect service. Thank you!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

This is wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know you enjoyed your meal with us, and thank you for introducing us to some out-of-town guests! We're truly happy to hear that you all enjoyed yourselves!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the pleasure to celebrate my friend’s promotion at the restaurant 1Elgin. The staff and manager Alice made the occasion a memorable experience. Our server Geoffrey really made the difference. He was joyful, friendly and attentive. I had the Caesar salad to start followed...by the duck. Each course, the plate was beautiful and elegantly presented. As special thank you to Alice who too the time to greeted us at our table and made sure we had a pleasant evening. We had a lovely time and we will be back.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wonderful! It's so wonderful to hear you enjoyed your meal and service and we'll be sure to pass along your comments to Alice and Geoffrey. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to serve you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little disappointing as far as service goes, prime rib was good and a decent sized serving. The restaurant was moderately busy and possibly understaffed for the evening but the service was painfully slow, we had to cancel our desert as time was running out...waiting for it. We allowed two hours for dinner before the show so we weren't crowded for time but as I stated we had to cancel our desert after waiting 15 minutes for it. The servers were friendly and courteous. One tip for the young lady serving water, and it might seem petty to some, a better response to "thank you" would be "you're welcome" , the response "no problem" isn't quite as professional for a restaurant of this scale.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience, and apologies for the wait time. Your comments will be shared with the management staff in order to improve for the future. Thank you again and we hope you'll join us again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of celebrating two PhD graduations here and the dining experience at 1 Elgin made the occasion all the more special and memorable. The food was sublime and our waiter, Geoffrey, was incredible with his excellence, joyful friendliness, and menu recommendations that...did not disappoint. We had the Wild and Tame Truffle-Scented Mushroom Soup, the beef tenderloin, Honey-Spiced Lac Brome Duck Breast, and the Cranberry apple bread pudding. Every dish was simply *insert chef’s kiss* A special thank you to Chef Ashraf who took the time to come out to our table and share the details of each dish that we enjoyed. The dining experience at 1 Elgin was unforgettable and this is a must visit in Ottawa whether as part of one’s pre-show dinner experience or just simply for the lovely restaurant!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Julie B, Marketing at 1 Elgin, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We're so happy to learn that you were pleased with the evening. We hope to see you back soon! :-)

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GrandTour28743986359
August 19, 2020|
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Hi and thanks for your question. No, 1 Elgin doesn't validate parking. You can find all of our parking info under 'parking' on the NAC website. Have a great day!
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Alexandra E
October 2, 2019|
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Response from Julie B | Property representative |
Good Day, yes no problem if you'd like to come in jeans! ;-)
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April 15, 2016|
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Response from 45traveller | Reviewed this property |
Hi it's right in the same building
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1 Elgin is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4