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International, Mediterranean, European, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1.0 km from Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were excited to try this restaurant with friends. But in the end, the experience had us confused about the hype around this restaurant. We were seated in the cramped front section of the restaurant, which was rundown and in desperate need of a refresh....When we sat down, my wife’s chair immediately gave out from underneath her. We thought that perhaps a chair leg broke. Turned out that her chair leg had fallen into a broken floor vent that was directly under our table. We brought up the issue to our server and asked if anything could be done. She replied (without sarcasm) “I guess the plastic wrap we put down isn’t doing the job.” So that explained the plastic wrap all over the place. She came back and said she raised the issue with her manager who would look into it. We never saw the manager and the issue was never brought up again. No apology at all. It was pretty obvious this vent was in this condition for some time. It wouldn’t take much to run to a hardware store and get something to actually fix it. They just don’t want to. Our table had a direct view of the bar area (if you can call it that), which was incredibly chaotic. I get that things get busy, but if your bar is essentially a built in cupboard in a hallway in the middle of a restaurant that half of the tables have a direct view of, maybe try to keep it a little tidy. Our cocktails, once we finally got them, were not very good. And old fashioned served in a water glass. A French 75 that was t mixed and tasted like straight gin and the bottom. (We joked that we could have better drinks around the corner at the Royal Oak…and, sadly, after dinner we did.) The washroom when we were there were appalling. It was beyond filthy. There was blood all over the washroom. One of our friends returned from the washroom speechless from the state of it. There is no justification for that. As for the food, it was okay. But it wasn’t good enough to make up for the downfalls of this place. For starters, the chef could learn how to season things properly. Everything was very bland. The zucchini cakes were oddly wet. Maybe we came on an off night. But the experience did not justify the massive prices this place charges (they don’t tell you that the prices advertised will double if you’re a table of 4). This place has plenty of great reviews, but our subpar experience left us with the impression that this restaurant has lost all of its care and passion.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed December 21, 2022

Warm and cozy atmosphere. Excellent service. Wonderful food and most importantly for me, the menu has so many gluten free options. One of the few restaurants I can eat just about anything and not be sick!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed November 12, 2022 via mobile

If you’re considering going here - do it! The food, service, everything - is incredible. And it is so reasonably priced. My dad and I had the best time. It’s a great place to go, to take your time and have amazing food and just...be so happy. We got 8 dishes, 3 drinks and we were very full and satisfied - with tax (before tip) was only $124! That felt like a great deal considering the quality of the food and we were there for over 2 hours eating the whole time. I would have paid more. Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend the shrimp gnocchi, tenderloin and the beet tower but honestly everything was great.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 3, 2022

The restaurant is located in a small house which adds to the appeal. It was not really busy the evening I went there so it felt spacious. The wait staff was attentive but there were times where the wait between the courses were lengthy. Started...out with the tzaziki which was surprisingly absent of cucumber, which what I am accustomed to. The spinach phyllo was excellent and I wish I had ordered more. The shrimp gnocchi was excellent and probably my favorite of the evening. The tuna tataki being a close runner-up. The open face chicken and moshari ginger did not captivate me. Finished the evening with a creme brulee which was very good. Some of the dishes were overwhelmed with sauces and onions which masked the real flavors. Overall, the evening was good but there was potential that it could have been better.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2022

I phoned about a month in advance and spoke to Zach. I asked him to reserve us a romantic table for our 1st anniversary. When we were arrived, Zach seated us at the best table in the house. Our waitress Catherine (spelling ?) was there...quickly to take our drink orders and offer advice for dinner. She was awesome. Our food came in very reasonable intervals of time. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Try any of the foods that catch your fancy. I would recommend nearly everything on the menu. I would try some other choices just to see how tasty they were. Cathryn (spelling ?) was an incredible server.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 23, 2022

Amazing food and great service! 100% recommend it. If you haven't tried yet, it's definitely a must. Won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022 via mobile

We booked this online based on reviews and we were NOT disappointed. The restaurant has a very nice comfortable casual atmosphere, the servers are super friendly, helpful and attentive, but the food…it was an amazing Greek feast! Each small dish was prepared with attention to...detail and was off the charts for flavour and presentation. The wine list was plentiful and very reasonable. They recommend 3 dishes per person as a guideline. We may have gone a tad over but we are not dessert eaters, so we went for it!! Order a cocktail and some warm olives with feta and dive into picking your dishes… we chose grilled octopus (best since we left Greece!), ouzo shrimp, dolmades, chicken meatballs, lamb tacos, dates stuffed with Gorgonzola and topped with foie gras (our version of dessert)! Every dish was a home run. Try the Greek wines they are also great. Can’t wait to go back!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022 via mobile

I cannot agree with the reviews I found. The restaurant is nice, it seems to have been created inside a house and the staff is extremely kind. I'm sorry to give a poor rating but this refers to the biblical waiting times between one course...and another but above all to the prices of the menu! Their philosophy is to serve a "double" portion for each dish chosen, therefore the unsuspecting traveler has to pay twice what he has chosen. The bill was expensive and the quality of the food was absolutely not up to par, even considering the very small portions! Absolutely!!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 31, 2022

We were 4 persons for dinner. We were happy to sit on the outdoor deck but right behind us were the garbage cans which when the breeze went by the smell was not pleasant. We ordered 5 plates which pretty much all with the same...base, (except the salad) sautéed green and red pepper and some onion and some feta. Our shared Greek salad had one olive person person, kinda skimpy. The service was indifferent. No one ever came to see how we were enjoying our small plates, or if we wanted more wine or more food.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 2, 2022

Having just tried Aroma Meze, I can tell you that all six dishes I tried were simply amazing. In addition to great food, Aroma has a really nice atmosphere. The only issue I had was with the service. Once our samples started arriving, it was...at a good pace, so basically about 5 or 10 minutes after we had finished a plate, which is good given they are small like a normal tapas. However, after our third portion, there was a gap of about 35-40 until our next serving. This was way too long and left us feeling forgotten about. That said, my girlfriend, who has been to Aroma several times, stated that this long wait between courses was unusual. Overall, it was a very tasty experience and I’m sure we’ll be back.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 23, 2022

Loved this restaurant. Each small plate we had was terrific, loved the beet stack and lamb burger, however everything was really delicious. Very nice atmosphere.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 13, 2022

I loved this restaurant! The food was very good (especially the octopus), the waiter very friendly and you can eat at a leisurely pace, not feel like you are being rushed. The ambience was great also. Highly recommend if you are looking to try a...different type of dining style with small plates every 15 minutes or so.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed November 10, 2021

Somewhat eclectic little spot with ambience an warmth. And the food, though more tapas style is outta this world. Service was attentive and prices very fair. On my to do first thing when we come back to Ottawa.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 22, 2021 via mobile

Great food, very friendly service, best table in the house (table for 2 at the window) and a good wine list with something for everybody. We liked to try different small plates. In our case 6 small plates was enough. The tacos (fish and pulled...meat) were our favourites. We understand the concept of small plates and serving them one by one, but we personally would like to have all the plates on the table and mix and match a little bit (especially with the olives, feta and tzatziki).More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 9, 2021

Beautiful patio Attentive and helpful service. Most importantly, the food was delicious with a variety of innovative dishes. Prices were reasonable.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Berit4
May 27, 2018|
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Response from CanadianTravelLover1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. Yes, there is a small patio.
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Mlekb
May 25, 2016|
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They have a lot of vegan friendly options and they can adjust items on the menu to fit your diet or allergies
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Response from ZacharyWilliams | Property representative |
Hi Colleen, Sorry about the late reply. This is actually the first question we have been asked through Tripadvisor, and we weren't quite sure how to respond! : S We of course have gluten free options, in fact, 95% of our... More
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Aroma Meze is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5