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Cafe Du Centre National Des Arts

Byward Market Area
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53 Rue Elgin, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Albert)
+1 613-594-5127
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun 10:30 - 14:30
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Unless you know about the café, you wouldn't know about the café...The restaurant is in the back lower part of the National Arts Centre on the Canal. Most that go here are taking in a show in the NAC. The food is very good and a bit on the pricey side (although there are more expensive places not far away).... More 

1 Thank Dre0303
orleans, on, ca
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

We were eating before a performance and so the NAC Cafe made sense. Reception was well done. Service was polite and timely. Food was excellent. To be picky, the restaurant felt too crowded - tables too close together. Granted it was winter and there was no terrace available. And no doubt they try and provide for as many diners as... More 

Thank gordoncr
Ottawa, Canada
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143 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

This visit to the restaurant was at best disappointing if not worse. I had arrived by myself and was greeted by a young and very immature hostess who asked "How are we this evening?" When I told her that I was by myself she seemed incapable of processing her error. The meal and the service was anything but acceptable at... More 

1 Thank Stuball1
Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

I brought a group of colleagues there for lunch. Everyone enjoyed their lunch immensely. The servers were excellent to add chairs when we had unexpected colleagues walk in. The patio in summer/fall is spectacular and the food really was excellent. There was not a complaint in our entire group of 8. I travel to Ottawa often and this truly is... More 

Thank HM H
Leander, Texas
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

Went with a friend for lunch. We did have a reservation for the patio. Our table was waiting & we had a lovely view of the canal. My friend had the Cobb Salad & was very happy with the meal. I ordered the Muscles & they were wonderful! Served in a white wine & buttery sauce in a huge bucket.... More 

Thank Robin J
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

The Café at the National Arts Centre has been a favourite for thirty years - until yesterday evening. I have been very understanding of the occasional meal that's off the mark...others have exceeded expectation...that's not the problem. We did not eat there yesterday. After looking at the menu and finding the prices outrageous...we left. The waitress was not surprised...evidently we... More 

Thank 5958sookerd
Ottawa, Canada
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

I live in Ottawa. I brought my two guests from California to the Cafe of the National Arts Centre. The Cafe borders on the RIdeau Canal, and seems a pleasant place to have lunch. We showed up without a reservation, although there were plenty of tables available. A waiter requested that we stand by the hostess' podium and wait to... More 

Thank cjuneau
Calgary, Canada
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419 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

Visited the Art Gallery and stopped for lunch. Squash soup was tasty. Basic food. Great views from seating area.

Thank TGB40
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

It is hard to find a prettier patio in Ottawa but prepare to pay lots for little. My melon soup was so flavorless that I hardly minded the tiny portion. At $17 it was quite literally a steal ! When my friend ordered a salad she got the "only a salad ??" treatment. It is important to state that I... More 

1 Thank PJoanB
Winnipeg, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2015

Exorbitant prices...atrocious service..inedible food...enough said...sometimes giving someone a second chance is like giving them an extra bullet for their gun when they missed you with the first...will not be back!

1 Thank scarlet177

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Rue Elgin, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-594-5127

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