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“Absolutely Exceptional Food!”
Review of oddBird.

oddBird.
Ranked #27 of 527 Restaurants in St. Catharines
Price range: C$10 - C$60
Description: Chalkboard food, and chalkboard drinks.
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Description: Chalkboard food, and chalkboard drinks.
Reviewed July 4, 2019

oddBird is just that, odd! Oddly wonderful at doing what they do best which is create and serve absolutely outstanding tasting food. we've been there at least a dozen times now over the last year and each time they've dished up a favorite that you can practically imagine the taste on your way there and something new from the chalkboard menu that has delighted.
The menu is like a greatest hits album.
The food, the vibe, the eclectic decor, the interaction, the 'coziness' - that's what they've created - that's the oddBird! and that's the point. Those that miss the point when they go there, shouldn't have gone!

Yes they play funky music, its the oddBird's personality. It's also the only place on earth I listen to that style music, LOL!!
For the wonderful quality and freshness of food, and presentation, that you get, the pricing may seem high to some, but we'd rather pay a few dollars more for quality and panache and be happy with our meal than eat a bland chain meal to save $2-$4 on an app or main.

Can't wait to go back!! Maybe tonight!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 25, 2019

Neat little place that's different. service was friendly and quick, food was very good but pricey. the portion could be bigger. $16 for a glass a wine was over the top! Also, they crank rap music non stop, really annoying! wont be back

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

After following oddbird on insta for almost a year, I was so excited to take my cousin for his 30th birthday. As a self proclaimed foodie I wanted everything on the menu. My family is a bit more reserved with their food choices but were still able to find choices that didn't intimidate them.

I went with baked oysters with hollandaise and the fois gras with bourbon cherries, pork belly. They both melted in your mouth and offered tons of flavour.

My cousin had a mushroom truffle gnocchi...the truffle was shaved and generous!

The others had halibut and a steak both impressed by their choices.

The restaurant is intimate, as in seats maybe 20 and that includes the bar. So we were ecstatic when our wait was only 10 min (we went around 7pm on a rainy saturday). The drinks were great and the service was spot on.

I can't wait to go back and try something else. They have a blackboard menu so it's always changing and the prices were phenomenal for the quality of food.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone...though as a disclaimer I didn't pay attention to gluten free or vegan options.

This restaurant definitely competes with the top restaurants in Toronto (though to be fair, I've only been once) but offers a low key vibe without all the fuss.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Nicole T
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

I can’t believe we have not dropped in here before ! We travel to find great spots like this and somehow missed a place that is better than places we have planned to visit out of the area!
They have a fairly impressive Craft beer and wine selection on the chalk boards that should satisfy anyone looking to drink local.
We sat at the bar that surrounds the chefs prepping and plating the dishes , it was mesmerizing! We already ate but had to have the shrimp tacos and were impressed that they tasted as good as they looked .
The attention to detail these guys put into every dish is something you only expect at a high end uptight restaurant. Congratulations on taking that expertise and making it comfortable and fun !
We will go back to try the rest of the menu !

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank stevea639
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Reviewed May 23, 2019 via mobile

First let me say that the food here is very good. I’ve been twice and had the gnocchi, the big whole fish tacos, corn fritters, fried squid, all were amazing. The mains are smaller portions as others have said and it’s a bit Pricey, but they definitely know what they’re doing with the food.

However, on my own most recent visit, had a really strange experience. The restaurant is small and doesn’t have lots of tables, and doesn’t take reservations, so we were told when we walked in that the only place for two people would be at the bar. We considered leaving as we were not up for sitting at the bar that time, But asked if there was a possibility of getting a drink first and waiting for the next table for two to become available. They had tables open for four but were not willing to seat two people at Them. So we ordered drinks, from the bartender who seemed to have some fun drink options and knew what he was doing. He then proceeded to tell us that there were seats available for us in the main area, so naturally we went and found The open table. We were then told after we sat down at the table that actually what they meant was there was space for us at the bar, which we had already told the hostess that we weren’t interested in for a meal and she had told us that we could wait for the next available table. We explained what she had told us and the bartender went to figure out what the confusion was about and returned to finally tell us we could stay at the table. So we felt awkward for the remainder of our meal, had no interest in staying longer than necessary as to make the situation more awkward. There were no apologies about the confusion and it felt like it was our fault the whole time making things confusing. Clearly miscommunication to us and between the staff. The pretentious hipster vibe went too far this time. Probably won’t be back.

Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank Rachel P
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