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#439 of 1,705 Restaurants in Ottawa
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Canadian, International
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Dinner, Lunch
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Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Since it's inception I have visited this restaurant many times and it was always good. This restaurant is the front end of the culinary institute for Algonquin College which has had many good chefs in its alumni. Therefore one would expect it to be excellent....Today's visit was a shock. The cutlery layout on the table was incorrect. The waitress seemed to be a little lost on what she was supposed to do and the supervisor was little help. The first course was a choice of salad or French onion soup or Cream of carrot. The onion soup arrived just warm with a dab of cheese in the middle. The second course was a choice of Atlantic salmon, Chicken or Beef. All dishes were just warm. The dessert was a choice of crepe suzette or poached pears. The crepes were cold and very thick. The poached pears were passable but a lot of cream. We also had coffee which was just warm as well. For a catering school this is a poor example of fine catering and perhaps the instructors should pay more attention to how a real restaurant should be run.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

We’ve been to Algonquin College’s restaurant international several times and have never been disappointed, including a visit earlier this week. The moderately priced food is always excellent with an eclectic 4 course table d’hôte menu that changes frequently. The student servers try hard and while...there is the odd fumble you’d really have to be quite the curmudgeon to really care. Outstanding value and highly recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

While it is true that this restaurant is really a classroom for Algonquin College students in the hospitality faculty, save and except for one or two minor glitches one would never know that. Firstly, the nominal negatives. When we arrived we stood at the reception...counter for more than 10 minutes before anyone came to confirm our reservation. The person to be credited here was actually one of the student servers who noticed and came over. When our cocktails were served the wine glasses removed without, in this case the faculty member, asking whether or not we would be having wine with our dinner. The data itself was nothing short of outstanding, made even more so by the fact that the young man, Juan, who was attending us was a true delight. The only nominal mistake that he made, during the entire evening was to refer to two patrons, old enough to be his parents as 'guys'. He, however, and again to his credit accepted this slight bit of constructive criticism with grace and appreciation. Our meals were excellent. We both started off with crabcakes that were nothing short of remarkable. This of course was a beer/cheese soup and it was a little too watery. Our main courses were spectacular. My much better half had the poached trout and I had to beef. The presentation was outstanding at the taste was, for both, delicious. The apple tart/ice cream dessert was equally delicious. The other downside, if there is any, is the fact that the wine list is very limited and only offers Ontario wines. While this is understandable because this is an Ontario government-funded institution, nevertheless, some of the wines offered our best mediocre. This 'student classroom' remains one of our favoritesMore

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

My brother and I took my Mom there for her birthday on Saturday evening. The room itself is spacious and my Mom commented on how she appreciated not being jammed into a table. The room is quiet and airy. The service was prompt and friendly...throughout the meal. Most importantly, the food is very good. There were interesting options in each of the four courses. My Mom had a chicken ballotine done with hazelnuts which she said was excellent. I had a lamb tagine which was tender and flavourful done with, among other things, green olives. My brother had the crusted tilapia. We all had the warm chocolate souffle with a warm creme anglaise for dessert and it was universally loved. The restaurant and these young people are terrific. This is a hidden gem in Ottawa.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018

I ate here this evening with my wife for the first time, and was very satisfied with all aspects of the 4 course meal priced at only $25. The menu posted on the restaurant's website were the same choices available when we arrived. You had...choices in each course section of app, soup, main and dessert. Vegetarian options were also included. We both started with the arugula salad with goat cheese tart, very flavorful and creamy. Next was the creamed carrot and ginger soup, very satisfying for a fall day. Then, we chose the grilled duck breast, perfectly cooked to medium-rare with a crispy skin, accompanied by seasonal vegetables and scalloped potatoes topped with cheese. Finally, we finished with a lemon fruit custard and meringue swirls, beautifully presented. While we did not have any drinks with our meal, other than herbal teas, a full bar of liquors, beers, wines and cocktails were available. Our primary server Valerie was also efficient and attentive to our needs. Thank you also to the rest of the kitchen team for creating an enjoyable meal. We will definitely be back soon to sample a new menu which changes weekly, or for lunch which is also available. My only suggestion would be to hang more artwork on the walls, possibly even by students for sale, to promote and showcase the visual arts dept. There were a few large posters, one at the back of which was not food or restaurant themed.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

These young people could not try any harder. We have yet to have a poor experience at this hospitality school restaurant. We went there for dinner just after the school break and the nervousness of the students was palpable. But overall they could not have...tried harder. The server who helped us, Zofia, while he was a little nervous at he start, nevertheless settled in and showed what a great professional she will likely become. The presentation of the place settings was perfect when we were seated and the presentation of each course was as well done as one would expect in any 'top drawer' restaurant. The menu changes regularly so that one is never bored at seeing the 'same old' on the menu. Again for us each course was perfectly prepared. That being said, the instructors need to pay attention to what is happening in the 'front of the house'. When we arrived there was no one to greet us and to assist or at least to direct to the cloak room. There was a student 'floor manager' and it did not leave a good impression when she was seen to have have her glass at the corner of the bar and then to be seen throwing a straw across the bar into a waste basket of some sort. As well the students need to be a little more careful in the idioms they use. For example a server should refrain from referring to clients as 'you guys' or saying that he.she will 'grab more bread' for the table At first blush it is easy to criticize, but here the weakness is not that of the student(s) but rather of the instructors who need to pay more attention to decorum and detail The above being said, the restaurant is really one of the hidden gems in Ottawa.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed February 21, 2018

We are 3 friends who have January birthdays (and also born the same year). We were pleased to celebrate this year at Restaurant International. The service was good, and the food delicious. 2 of us started with the charcuterie and 1 had the stuffed artichokes....We all totally loved our dishes. 1 had a soup with mussels, 2 had a quinoa salad. YUM 2 of us had Beef Wellington, and 1 had the tuna. We all enjoyed these mains. 1 had the chocolate mousse cake (delicious), and 2 had the leche cake (this was dense and without a lot of taste-the ONLY disappointment of the evening). All in all we were very pleased with our dining experience and would be excited to return. Thank you very much.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed April 22, 2017

Because we had two children with us we booked a table for 5:30 pm. There were no other patrons in the restaurant. There were two waiters, but we waited half an hour for water and menus. This was just the beginning to a dining fiasco....We then waited two and a half hours for the main course. By the time we left at 8:45 with two sleepy children, we were all exhausted and full of the salty, mediocre food. Throughout the meal the maitre d' hid in the kitchen. Terrible service and lackluster food. Avoid this restaurant at all costs!More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed April 1, 2017

What an outstanding experience! We were a group of five and we could not have asked for a better meal presented by nothing short of an outstanding server. The appetizers, both the spring rolls as well as the calamari were enticing and did not overpowering....The two suits on the menu, minestrone and mushroom were tasteful and again, not overpowering. Our group had a number of the main courses which included rabbit, pork and fish and all were exceptionally well presented and tasteful. For dessert we all had ‘deconstructed pavlova’ that was a perfect ending to a really outstanding meal. Special kudos have to go to our server, Constantine. What an exceptionally personable young man! He had just the right mix of charm and professionalism and knew how to read and deal with his guests. He was able to describe the menu items and match them to the tastes/inquiries of his guests. He knew his wine list very well. When this young man finishes his studies he would be a great asset to any restaurant where tact, humor, and professionalism are the watchwords. Just before dessert we had the privilege of meeting the faculty chef working that evening, Mario Ramsey and two of his students who had taken the lead in the preparation of what was an outstanding meal. It was obvious that he took pride in students, and they, in turn, held him in the highest of respect and regard. No educator could ask for more. Two of our group were treated to a tour of the kitchen and they came back thoroughly impressed. Oh, and the prices are an unbelievable value, but go there for the meal, the value is the added bonus Even though it is a student learning environment is nothing short of outstanding!More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed March 8, 2017

Guy, this is a serious food experience. The Algonquin College students showcase the art of culinary here. The environment is modern and stylish. The staff students were nice and attentive. The girl staff even offered to take a family photo for us. The food was...impressively well prepared and presented. Overall, we had an awesome wonderful meal.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4