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Courtyard Restaurant

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Travellers' Choice2022
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

Location and contact

Byward Market Area
0.3 km from Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 20-08-11 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-08-11 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
For almost 40 years our fine cuisine and charming atmosphere have made us a favorite destination for special events, family gatherings and corporate occasions. Experience downtown Ottawa dining at its best!
PRICE RANGE
US$29 - US$59
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Canadian, International
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed October 19, 2022

My husband and I had a small wedding (~45 guests) at the Courtyard and the venue was the perfect size. In hosting a daytime event we could afford to rent out the Loft room for our ceremony and McArthur room for lunch. Julia, the Senior...Event Coordinator, walked us through all of our rental options and available dates via email within a day of my reaching out. We looked at a couple of venues in and around Ottawa but decided that something in the Market would be most convenient for our out of town guests. The event itself was a whirlwind but the venue was beautiful. The day before, we met with Julia briefly and were able to describe how we hoped the decorations would be set out. She did a great job of arranging things. On the day of the wedding, Julia was a calming presence and helped family members track down items like tylenol and safety pins when they were in a pinch. She also helped us find last minute accommodations for guests whose airbnb had cancelled on them the day they arrived in town. Many of our guests complimented the food (especially the carrot cake). In hindsight, we could have ordered more expensive wines from the bar menu since our guests drank less than expected at our daytime event. We opted for one type of wine that was a step up from the house wine, but we probably could have upgraded the red and the white and still not exceed the minimum spend. Overall, we were really happy with our experience.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 4, 2022

Brian & I travelled 8 hours to get married in Ottawa. We were beyond pleased with our experience. The ease of planning things with Julia helped make this experience a breeze. The food, the location, the look, the staff, everyone was amazing!!!!! The food was...worth every $.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2022 via mobile

This restaurant, located in the Byward Market district in Ottawa, has it all - picturesque building, great food, and attentive service. My husband and I were initially concerned when we made the reservation, as we were informed that they were hosting a wedding that evening....Not to worry- they make sure to only accept reservations at a time when they know that the kitchen will be able to produce their usual high quality food. We were in a small room away from the celebration and it was very quiet. They also checked in with us (twice), to be sure that they didn't serve any ingredients that were a problem for us. It is this attention to detail that makes them stand out. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 17, 2022

We booked the Courtyard Restaurant for our wedding ceremony and dinner in Sept 2022. We were assigned a dedicated event coordinator from the outset; she was extremely helpful and cooperative in working with us to design the perfect event. Everybody who attended the festivities raved...about the ambience and the delicious food that was served. The Courtyard staff's attention to detail ensured that the event went off without a hitch. We would highly recommend this as an ideal venue for a wedding or other small to medium sized event.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

A wonderful venue, We were expecting so much more. the food was bland and ill prepared. A pricy meal is what we expected However we had much better food, half the price, at the pub down the street.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

I reserved a table at the Courtyard for a very special family celebration. Our experience was very disappointing in all aspects. We sat upstairs in a brightly lit area with no ambience at all, not even music. The service was terrible, and most surprisingly, the...food as well. It cost us over 1000k and we all left deflated and angry. I will never go back to the Courtyard!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022 via mobile

We had dinner at the courtyard of this nice restaurant in Ottawa. The staff was warm and hospitable and the tofu with portobello was an excellent choice. A glass of Malbec was a nice conclusion of our supper here tonight.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 12, 2022

We had a wonderful time at The Courtyard for our wedding. Julia was a pleasure to deal with and made sure everything went smoothly and perfectly for us. The food was absolutely delicious and so many of our guests raved about it. We highly recommend...this venue!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022 via mobile

My spouse and I recently celebrated our wedding at Courtyard, and we could not ask for anything better! Julia and her team has made our day so special! Julia is professional, and extremely knowledgeable. She was able to guide us trough the entire process! She...made everything so easy and simple! The food was amazing! There is no other words to describe it! We received so many positive comments about everyone’s experience! I would highly recommend Courtyard for any events! Our celebration was absolutely perfect!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022

Did not take long to get our order we were in a hurry and the wait staff complied…..excellent food will come back

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022 via mobile

Most excellent. We had the gnocchi, creamy, perfectly seasoned, and the tofu, which was really good, served with black rice and a portabella. The chocolate dessert too good. Excellent service.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2022

My wife and I just had our wedding ceremony and reception here. It was a small wedding with 13 guests so we chose the medium sized room for both the ceremony and dining. It was the perfect sized area for our party with the old...stone walls and fireplace making for a cozy and romantic environment. The packages Julia Johnston and the team put together are fantastic!!! You have a choice of several menus from fairly simple to larger more extravagant options. They provide an extensive list of meals and drinks available and then you get to which ones you'd like on your menu. We chose the "passionate package" which allowed us to choose (from the list), 2 appetizers 1 soup 3 mains 2 deserts Complimentary sparkling wine and a choice of several reds and whites. There is also a cash bar open which we had all to ourselves. The quality of the food and cocktails were on point and every single one of our guests were very happy with their meals. I strongly suggest giving these guys a go when it comes to organizing and hosting your wedding. The process is soooooooo incredibly easy and stress free and the pricing very fair. The venue is beautiful, Julia is an absolute pleasure to deal with and the staff are professional and friendly.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 19, 2022

We had our wedding at Courtyard and it was spectacular! Everything went off so smoothly, the venue is absolutely beautiful, and everyone raved about the food. Special shoutout to Julia, the events coordinator. We booked our wedding with Courtyard about a month before our date...and she made everything run so smoothly, it was like we were planning it for a year. She arranged our decor beautifully, and made sure everyone was on track and knew what to do day of. I would recommend Courtyard for any event!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 10, 2022

My husband and I got married here in February and it was absolutely perfect. Julia (the event coordinator) lives up to the hype! We had heard she was amazing and we couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. With a pandemic and a protest...going on, we had enough stress worrying about closures, etc. We didn't have a single stress or worry about the actual wedding and that was all thanks to Julia. She is incredibly organized, super easy going and flexible, reliable, and we are so grateful to her! We had a lot of severe and specific allergies and Julia was on top of everything. If you are considering having your wedding at this beautiful venue- do it! The entire staff was fantastic, the venue is beautiful (the floors were just redone and they are stunning) and the food was incredible! We will absolutely go back for dinner!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 3, 2022

We have been twice for dinner, once in the summer, outside, and the second in the winter, inside. Both times, the food has been fabulous and the service, impeccable. It really is not the cheapest place to eat, but you do get what you pay...for. I am very much looking forward to the next time we can go.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Courtyard Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5