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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Modern, casual fine-dining restaurant and wine bar. Offering Vegan and omnivore tasting menus as well as seasonal dining. Located in historic Grant House in Ottawa’s downtown, Beckta offers a variety of dining spaces from intimate private dinner functions, spaces for large groups, corporate gatherings, high-touch hospitality formal dining to a more relaxed wine bar atmosphere. Experience award winning excellence at Beckta.
PRICE RANGE
US$23 - US$76
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Canadian, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Service is fine, food is fine everything is just that 'fine'. Nothing is great except maybe the wine menu. They're target audience is clearly an older crowd who don't want be be surprised or taste something new. The price is typical of fine dining, but...for what the food is I would go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to say: very nice welcome, we sat in the wine bar area, had a few starters and a wonderful cocktail. Main course and wine were excellent. Perfect, we will come back if we come back in town.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have visited Beckta for our anniversary almost every year since 2015 (2020 being the notable exception, of course), and they never disappoint. The food and service are always exceptional and the restaurant itself is absolutely gorgeous. If you've never visited, Beckta...is located within a converted heritage home on Elgin street in Ottawa. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and every person you encounter is always extremely professional and makes you feel taken care of. If you're a fan of cocktails, I encourage you to look at their cocktail menu which rotates on a semi-regular basis. They're always so unique (with the most fun names!) and are absolutely outrageously delicious. This year we ordered the buttermilk biscuits to start (which were divine - especially with the whipped butter), the scallops and the tartare appetizers, and the smoked duck and chicken for our mains. As always, everything was cooked to perfection. The beef tartare was one of the best I'd ever tasted! For dessert we had the lime cake and the eclair and, again, they were delicious. The lime cake in particular was plated so beautifully - almost too beautiful to eat. Our server, Josh, was great. The restaurant was having an updated dessert wine listed printed so none were available for us to look at, so Josh recommended a few and they were both absolutely delicious and paired beautifully with our desserts. We were there closer to closing time and had an opportunity to chat with him and he was so sweet and friendly. I read a few other recent reviews and noticed some lower-rated reviews which mentioned how some things have changed, like the lack of complimentary bread. While yes, I admit that my husband and I noticed some changes during our recent visit, I would encourage everyone, particularly those who are repeat guests, to try and remember that the last two and a half years have been particularly brutal on the hospitality industry -- not only due to the pandemic but now with skyrocketing inflation. It's very possible that Beckta has had to cut back on certain things in order to help them recover. Restaurants are one of the most difficult businesses to turn a profit in, even without the added stress of a global pandemic and looming recession. I'd also like to encourage anyone who visits - if you ever have an issue with something during your time here, speak up! The staff here want you to have the best experience and they will correct any issues you may be having. In the 7 years I've been coming here, I've never encountered a single staff member who hasn't made me feel like my experience was their top priority. We look forward to our next incredible visit.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by for an Irish Coffee after dinner in the market and asked the bartender if she could make us Irish Coffees. Without hesitation she responded yes and brought us back a very strong bitter brew that was undrinkable. She was nice enough to add...some Baileys to it in order to sweeten it a little. After finishing, she informed us that she had made it with Americano coffee so needless to say after that much espresso, we did not sleep at all that night. The Irish Coffees we had at the Keg the night before were perfect and did not have the same effect.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been going to Beckta since it opened on Nepean St years ago. With the pandemic we stopped 2 years ago. Last year we we going to go but the menu got smaller (and the tasting menu is a surprise now) was just not...inspiring given the prices. We tried again this time for my birthday which was not recognized. The menu which did not really have too many items that got us excited as in the past had a few items that we would try. The menu tries to be creative. Back in the day 2 years ago bread was served not today. For starters we had the quail and the scallops . The quail was terrific perfectly cooked with an excellent sauce. The scallops were bland and platted on a sauce pool. The dish was as described but with a poor execution. For the mains we had the cod and Steak. First the cod arrived cold and bland. The presentation was sauce on one side and fish on the other. the starch of quinoa or barley (hard to tell) was hard and bland. Lardons were unnecessary and killed the dish. Not very attractive. The steak was served medium but had the taste of a well done steak. Platting again was not attractive with kale covering the plate. For $62 the expectation was for a higher quality meal. Why did we return the dishes? Because everything was as described but when you start with bland fish and bland steak for these expectations you can't make it better. For desert we shared a mousse that barely had a chocolate taste. Service was perfunctorily done. Shocked the waiter had not tasted the food on the menu to describe what was what. Just customers say this is good. Not acceptable in this kind of fine dining place. Wine pore but no personality. Left and felt mad we went. Maybe our expectations were too high but Beckta became a "corporation" (see the team too many managers for just a 3 restaurant chain). Left the restaurant and still talking about how sad it is we had a bad experience and dinner. may be in 2 years we will return if the restaurant survives.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Stephen B, Owner at Beckta Dining & Wine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi trvellorRochester: I'm so sorry that you were dissapointed in your meal with us at Beckta recently, and that we missed acknowledging your special birthday celebration. We take your feedback very seriously, and will dig into this with our team to find out what went...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are planning to attend any events at the NAC, make your reservations at this restaurant to dine before going. A true gastronomic delight in the Ottawa region.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 25, 2022

We ordered the 5 course dinner with wine pairing. It was fabulous. Loved every dish and the wine was great. Nice and quiet dinner in a beautiful setting. Service was also outstanding. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 20, 2022 via mobile

Very expensive which I was aware of before going. I have no problem paying more for atmosphere, quality food, portion size, presentation and service. Beckta has atmosphere and presentation down. Plates were creatively offered and appealing to the eye. Food was prepared perfectly and most...were very tasty. We tried several small plates as well as two entrees. Our choices were the Beet Salad with Lamb, Grilled Quail and Miso Mackerel for the small plates. They were indeed small plates! Overpriced for the portion size, except for the Beet Salad that was a good size portion, though the lamb was there very sparingly. For the entrees we had the Lingcod and Chinook Salmon. Both were priced at $52 each. Both items were lukewarm and overly salty. Though they had been cooked to perfection. The Bok Choy with the Lingcod had not been rinsed properly and was full of sand. The Gnocchi and asparagus with the salmon was delicious. Both pieces of fish were about 1” across and 4” long. Extremely small for the price point. We also tried the buttermilk biscuits. They were large, flakey and flavorful. However the top of the biscuit was again very salty. Service was non existent. They took the wine order, food order, delivered the food and never returned until we asked for the bill. At one point they moved the wine bucket away from the table and we had to retrieve it ourselves. I realize after Covid many businesses are having a had time hiring enough staff. But at least once it would have been appreciated if they had returned to see if we needed anything and how the food was.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 7, 2022

Charmingly and tastefully furnished, this restaurant serves food that is inventively prepared and very tasty. The duck breast I had was outstanding, while my wife loved her chicken. We shared biscuits and a beet salad for our first course, and also shared a chocolate-laden dessert....Everything was first-rate!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 4, 2022

Beckta is a block away from the Lord Elgin in Ottawa and a very very fine restaurant. A lovely old house with wonderful windows, a good wine list, and a great menu very very well prepared. Honestly in the game as the best in Ottawa....Busy so definitely reserve, and it's Ottawa so not too late. Also has a wine bar on the other side of the main door.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Coastal593415
June 15, 2019|
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Response from Stephen B | Property representative |
Yes we do offer vegetarian meals on all of our menus, and our chefs are always excited to create special vegetarian dishes for our guests around their preferences. I hope we can welcome you in for a great meal soon.
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While there are many dishes without gluten, the chef is also always happy to adapt most other dishes to avoid it. Please just mention your intolerance when booking your reservation.
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Beckta Dining & Wine is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5