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#14 of 2,189 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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296 Elgin St | Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M3, Canada (Formerly Elgin St. Freehouse)
+1 613-695-8696
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Town comes highly recommended, and it lives up to the hype. The menu is fairly limited, but everything the four of us tried was delicious!

Thank Steffen K
Ottawa, Canada
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had walked past Town for yrs now and finally went in with a friend, my only regret, was that I waited so long to go! The server ( Emile ) was incredible and it's very obvious he is passionate about food and the items on the menu. My friend had ordered something to share from the menu that I... More 

Thank ChristopherMW
Iqaluit, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancé and I recently had dinner at Town with his mother while on vacation in Ottawa. We had an excellent experience. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and gave a great description of everything on the menu. The restaurant had a great atmosphere. We had a table near the door but did not get cold from the incoming guests because... More 

Thank KRLetto
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant based on the number of good reviews. We waited about 20 minutes for anyone to take our drink orders. After looking at the very limited menu my husband and I decided to share 4 of the small plates. I know small plates are the trendy thing at the moment but after having left many a... More 

Thank suny50
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

I ended up going here last minute as I was hungry and couldn't find anywhere else close that looked decent. I had the pasta which was overlooked (they tried to tell me it was "al dente" but being as I was a chef for 20 years I knew the difference). I sent the dish back and I am convinced they... More 

Thank rory b
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Went there with my girlfriend for her birthday. We didn't have a reservation but they had room since we were there as soon as they opened (we'll be sure to have a reservation next time). Émile was our waiter and he was phenomenal right from the start! He gave us great recommendations on what we were about to have. We... More 

Thank N5123RV
Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

The menu is so original and everything seems delicious just from reading it. We had the beef tartar and it was sooo delicious. Everything around it was perfect. The staff friendly and courteous.

Thank peterwP9449YD
Prince Albert, Canada
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This was a great dining experience. Creative food and really good wine! Will definitely go back again ASAP!

Thank Gord V
Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We have walked Elgin St for years and haven't noticed this quaint modern bistro type resturant. It is a long narrow establishment. Lucky for us another restaurant on Elgin was full and we were too hungry to wait. I don't know if it was hunger's eye or actually being aware of our environment that we noticed this place. Once inside,... More 

Thank Linda G
Milton, Canada
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121 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This was an over-the-top, amazing restaurant! The food and service were flawless. The staff was EXTREMELY friendly and informative. Everything was just brimming with creativity. From the first cocktail (one of the best I've ever had) to the last bite – PROTECTION! We sat at the bar and had the incredible steak tartare as an appetizer. Best in the city.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 296 Elgin St | Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M3, Canada (Formerly Elgin St. Freehouse)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-695-8696

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?