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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten at the Black Tartan a few times and never disappointed with the service or meal. Highly recommend and never disappointed.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic dinner for two!!! Very friendly and competent server. Overall a great experience. We will be back for sure.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 3, 2024

This was, by far, the best dining experience I have had in a restaurant in a long time. I was once a chef and tend to be critical of restaurants meals that aren't prepared or served as well as they should be. That being said,...Black Tartan was outstanding, serving both beautiful and delicious dishes. The restaurant itself is not very big, nor is it lavishly decorated but the food and the presentation is, in every sense, like that of a 5 star Michelin restaurant. The chef comes out and elegantly describes every dish. I highly recommend this restaurant for those who want a fine dining experience.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 13, 2023 via mobile

Very friendly service by the owner/ chef and one server who capably served a full restaurant. Good menu selection for lunch. We chose the 3 course table d’hôte that had a composed beet salad with its own beet sorbet, and the mushroom soup that had...a mushroom sorbet on top: both were fantastic! The fish course was succulent, and so was the steak frites. Apple cidre sorbet completed this delicious meal . Very different and delicious food! We will return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 20, 2023

The four course tasting that we had at Black Tartan was an amazing culinary adventure with great food, service and atmosphere! Well worth the drive to Carleton Place. We will definitely be going. A big thank you to Chef Carswell and all the staff that...made the evening so amusing and special!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 17, 2023 via mobile

Excellent amazing food, very thoughtfully prepared with excellent flavours, presentation and quantity. I had the three course lunch with beet salad,amazing, trout, superb, chocolate tourrin, delicious. The service was lovely and the chef came out personally to see how we enjoyed our meal, very nice...touch! Worth the drive.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 15, 2023 via mobile

I was reserving a table for next month when I realized I had never written a review of this amazing restaurant. As many note, the evening is not inexpensive, however, I have never left disappointed. My husband and I will dine here for special occasions...with friends or family. Chef Ian and all the staff create an "event". It is an experience of the passion for fresh, seasonal foods created with care and pride. Enjoy bringing your special night to this culinary adventure.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 10, 2023 via mobile

We had a delicious 3 course meal. The service was excellent. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The French Onion Soup had nice depth of flavour. The steelhead trout was perfect. The crème brûlée was heavenly!!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed September 24, 2023 via mobile

Wing Commander presents a assessment of a perfect lunch spot for our first trip into Carlton Place. - BT takes reservations, which works for incoming 300 k drive. Planning your day out after a long early morning drive is a success. - Reservations work with...our dear friend, a ninety plus lady. - May I mention the reviews were excellent. They earned their 5 stars. Check, check, check ... Please have a look a my pictures of our choices aided by our gifted server, Serena. In fact, BT oozed of the hospitality gene. - Best duck ever, from duck aficionados (Wing Commander!). - A Steak Frite out of this world. - A beautiful pork loin, caramelized onion, apple crepe ... whew. Beautiful ...More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 15, 2023 via mobile

The blind tasting seven course dinner was a fantastic way to end a few days vacation in the Ottawa area. Food was delicious from appetizers to desserts. My partner had the wine pairing and she thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Explanation at start of each...course from chef Ian that added to the meal. Locally sourced as possible which adds even more. One of the best meals, and maybe the best, we have enjoyed together. Simply delicious and highly recommend. Hint - the crossword relates to the courses and is more easily solved if you wait.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 15, 2023

Excellent experience, food was great, Chef Ian was very pleasant and interactive. Attention to detail was definitely there! Will be going back for sure! The 4 course blind tasting was perfect!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed February 10, 2023

We have now been to Black Tartan a few times. We have done the early, 4 course tasting menu a couple of times and the later 7 course a few times. The menu changes monthly and Chef Ian has yet to miss. Every dish comes...out to an explanation by the Chef. Most dishes include local ingredients and are thoughtfully put together and prepared perfectly. I would put Black Tartan up against any restaurant I've been to in the Ottawa area. We feel very lucky to have such an exquisite dinning experience right in our own backyard. The best part is Chef Ian makes this type of dinning fully approachable. It can sometimes feel a little stuffy to eat at a fine dinning restaurant and Black Tartan is a fabulous exception to this.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed January 25, 2023 via mobile

Three of us went to the Robbie Burns Day dinner at Black Tartan. Two of us engaged in the whisky tasting (third one was the designated driver). We all agreed that the food, the presentation - with Oui Dram describing the whiskies and Chef Ian...describing the four delicious courses, the atmosphere and the service were outstanding. We are going to call tomorrow to book for next year, although we are certainly planning to be back before then. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed January 1, 2023

We wanted something a little special for New Year's Eve. We hesitated a bit as we've had a number of blind tasting menus before - some mind-blowingly expensive and really disappointing (a literal bite a course served out of some hanging terrarium accessed by chopsticks,...etc.) We'd heard good things about Black Tartan Kitchen and thought we'd give them a try. We weren't disappointed. We opted for the earlier 4-course tasting menu. I'm assured I can give descriptions of the courses (which I won't do adequately or entirely accurately, I'm sure) because the menu changes as of this week - I won't be giving away secrets. There was also a flight of accompanying wines if you wished to partake. We started with a roasted carrot and clementine salad with hazelnut. Really bright and delicious - this from someone not overly fond of carrots. The wine was a crisp Pinot Blanc. The following course was a small tourtiere with dauphinoise potato and a bit of gravy. Really good, as was the Gamy that accompanied. The main was a sous vide tenderloin of bison served with roasted beet and aligot potatoes. I missed the name of the wine that came with it; pretty sure it was a Rioja - lovely nonetheless. And we finished with a Yule log with lemon sorbet and a little meringue mushroom... Really pretty and festive. It came with a glass of maple Sortilege. Hadn't had that in forever and it reminded me how much I like it. In summary, Black Tartan Kitchen is warm and approachable but still offered an elevated meal. Nothing pretentious or just plain weird, but dishes and combinations that challenge the taste buds and imagination. It leaned heavily to local, seasonal ingredients, which impressed me. The meal was also paced really well, with enough time to really savour each course, but you weren't growing old (or starving) in between. The service was super friendly and knowledgeable but, thank goodness... they didn't preach... ( Like trying to find a recipe on a website where you have to get through a small novella which precedes it?) None of that. Friendly and informative. Not at all pretentious. Was it pricey? Yes, but I feel I had value for the money. It was worth it. I look forward to going back again. I'll make an effort to get there seasonally and see what magic they work. It was a memorable evening we all enjoyed it thoroughly. Delicious and interesting food, friendly people. Perfect.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 10, 2022

Wonderful 4-course blind menu on Saturday night. Food was delicious, intricate, complex and stunning! Charming Chef Ian explained each course pointing out the extensive use of local products! And serving staff were excellent. A real gem in Carleton Place. Well worth the drive from Ottawa....We will be back!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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