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Ellison's Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Commercial Core
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14 Charles St. W., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for my fiance's birthday. We had the black bean soup, samosas, blackened catfish and the okra. Everything had amazing flavour and spice! And the owner personally checked on us and thanked us for coming in. Awesome, authentic Caribbean food, will be back for sure!!

Thank Courtney W
Kitchener, ON
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Elvis Ellison makes the best Caribbean food in Kitchener, and he cares about his guests, too. Every time I go, I want to try something else from the tempting menu, but I always end up having the curried goat roti, because no one else makes it so good. I have also tried the Pepperpot soup - really good!

Thank bgmaze
Cambridge, Canada
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Ellison's Bistro offers consistently great food and service. On our most recent visit we enjoyed the pepper pot soup and the black bean soup. Delicious! Home baked herbed buns accompanied our first course. We followed this up with jerk chicken and jerk pork with veggies and the fabulous rice and beans. This was such great value! My jerk chicken was... More 

Thank StephanieDB
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Try the Jamaican stout to wash down the Goat Curry. Great little restaurant, quality of food far exceeded our initial expectations. Elvis stops to talk with everyone and is happy to share stories.....until the kitchen calls him back.

Thank CPF C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome food,great service.Elvis and Zarina know how to treat people. We will be back.My wife had ox tail and rice I had goat Roti and soup.

Thank Rudy T
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Ellison's Bistro is a great place to have a meal. Affordable, delicious, and with great customer service, I enjoy going there every time! Definitely try the jerk chicken, as the chef knows his spices. The portions are on the smaller side, but considering the intensity of the flavours that might be a good thing to ensure you don't feeling heavy... More 

Thank Chris B
Waterloo, Ontario
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Chick nite and we selected Ellison's. Lovely little room close to Charles Street Bus depot. Outstanding customer service... super delicious Lentil and sweet potato soup. Would go back

Thank Meridyth M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Had dinner before a concert at the Centre in the Square while staying at the Crowned Plaza. Walking distance to both locations. Fantastic service and food. We both had the pepper pot soup soup to start. Nice and spicy! My wife had the chicken roti and I had the goat. Both were delicious! Highly recommended.

Thank Bill C
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great food and great service! Don't miss this gem of a restaurant. Very authentic Caribbean cuisine. Menu variety is impressive. You won't be disappointed!

Thank Gingerod
Guelph, Canada
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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

The Good: The staff went out of their way to welcome us, thank us for coming in, and provide good service. Probably the most welcome I have ever felt in a restaurant. The jerk chicken salad I ordered was fresh and tasty. The Bad: The salad was a little on the small side - it had the equivalent of half... More 

Thank LMarieG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Caribbean, Jamaican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Charles St. W., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Kitchener>  > City Commercial Core
  • Neighbourhood: City Commercial Core

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