Atelier is a tasting menu restaurant in Ottawa serving 'New Canadian' food based on hypermodern culinary technique and technology.
Atelier serves exclusively a 12-course tasting menu offered at $125 CAD per person. We offer a wine pairing to complement the menu for $75 CAD per person.
When reserving please make note of any dietary restrictions or allergies so our chefs may best prepare your experience.
Hours of Operation:
Reservations for Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations for tables of 5 or more must be made by phone.
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available for free on local streets after 5:30 PM Monday - Friday. Free street parking Saturday and Sunday.
A public lot is available for parking beside Atelier, cost will vary depending on time of day.
Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
Atelier Ratings and Reviews
Atelier is fantastic. It is more an art exhibit than a meal, with each dish a masterpiece to enjoy.
We had the best evening for my partner birthday. Carey was one of the best waiter we ever had in Ottawa. He was caring, attentive and knew every little details of each dish.
This isn’t a cheap restaurant but the value is great, we truly feel
Like it was a very fair price for the quality, the design of the dishes and using local products (which we know isn’t cheap).
The wine pairing is also worth it and is almost a no brainer due to the fact that every wine served and selected were of high quality.
We had been wanting to come here for over a year and finally made it for a birthday. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and the experience was divine. Would love to visit again!
This was a true fine dining experience worthy of a special event. Unfortunately, i was expecting more from the food. It was without question very good, varied and very creatively presented in the most meticulous way but the tastes and flavours did not excite me or blow me away as I expected from this type of experience and for the cost.
It was great food and excellent service from the staff. The staff were all super friendly and knew the food well! I wished that the restaurant had more lights. I could hardly see my food, although it was delicious to the last bite. The lack of lights does make it a bit awkward at times. and the tables looked like they were bought at ikea and didn’t have any table cloths and the chairs were kind of hard to sit on. The lack of some decent furniture and lights is why I’m rating it 4/5.
I have been able to check off a bucket list item. Went on a whim; thankfully there was a table available. The service was very good (server spoke a bit quiet but I figured it out) and the menu was beautifully presented, creative and a lot of fun. Both my friend and I love a good food 'experience', and this did not disappoint! I highly recommend an evening - there is no need to do anything else. The pairing were very well chosen, and not limited to only wine, nor are the wines standard. I was impressed to see a BC wine in the pairing.
If you have the opportunity to have an evening here; be prepared to enjoy yourself. I will most Definately be back the next time I am in Ottawa; especially becasue the menu is always evolving.
Very good food and amazing service !! I would definitely recommended to friends and I will come again!
Atelier on New Years is an absolute experience. We were treated to a massive 25 course meal, lasting 6 hours - right into the New Year. The food was unreal and every dish came out looking like art. Highlights included the carrot soup, the amazingly glazed ham slices, a helium-filled sugar balloon and the styrofoam cubes.
The service (Alisson and others) was impeccable and every dish was explained in great detail. We were even treated with complimentary champagne at midnight. We went with the wine-pairing which was thoroughly detailed out by Devon. While I can never tell the quality of the matchings, there were a few that became 10x better once taken with the matched food.
This was the perfect way to cap off a year of milestones for us and we couldn't haven't chosen a better place. This place is HIGHLY recommended for foodies. It's food and so much more of an experience.
The food was interesting and unusual. 13 small courses. We did the wine pairing as well which was very good. Service was fantastic and the waiter did a great job of introducing each course and the wine paired with it. Overall a nice meal for a special occasion but it was very very expensive ($450 for 2 all in). It was a unique experience and if thats what you are looking for I would recommend it. But the portions are small and if you are a big eater you wont be satisfied.
This is a very unique restaurant. The food were so creative, and the wine perfectly match with each dish. I had a great experience.
It was amazing, such a great night. All the twelve course were awesome, pairing with good drinks.
The menu is an experience to live once in your life. All the 12 services are very well presented, nice plates, lots of thinking in every dish. The problem that we found is that, beside 2 plates, it is not very tasty. The fodd is fade, not enough spices or herbs.. it doen't taste much. Squid without spices is rubber. there wa two excnelent plates (soft shell crab and pigeon).. the rest where not very good.
It is worth the try, it is like a laboratory of cuisine... but it is a $230/person testing night!!
I have been wanting to go to Atelier for while and finally just went with my boyfriend and it was such a great experience and I will go again. The food was amazing and flavorful, very friendly staff (sorry I cant remeber their names, but we had two servers, a young women and young tall man) and great wine. I loved the extra touch that I had said I was going for our anniversary and they placed it on the menu for us at the end of the night and all the staff signed it. I thought it was such a thoughtful and unique way for us to finish the night. Thank you for a great evening.
Great dinner with excellent service. 3.5 hours of excellent dining.
I took my boyfriend to Atelier for his birthday and we were both blown away. The food was amazing and the servers really went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. If you are interested in food and molecular gastronomy in the food industry, this is the place to dine. Every course (about 12) was enough to please without overeating. There was a certain flow to the food and every course lead into the next. The flavours were well combined and you could tell there was so much thought put into every bite.
The staff was very accomodating to my nut allergy and didn’t make me feel like I was missing out on a single thing. The restaurant was very quiet which actually made for a better dining experience as it had more of an element of surprise. (Had there been other tables we would have seen what was to be expected for the rest of the evening). The server I spoke to on the phone had suggested a bottle of champagne that went hand in hand with our meal. Overall it was the perfect experience for two foodies such as ourselves.
A really lovely sensory experience as usual. This time, the tasting menu had lots of seafood-more than expected (soft shelled crab, octopus, fish, oysters). I like seafood but I found it to be too much fishiness this time around. Nonetheless, it’s a great experience, great service and there are some very interesting flavour mixes that we don’t usually get to experience.
AteLier is a great restaurant with fantastic food and excellent service. The wine pairings with dinner were fantasitic and made the food even more enjoyable. Presentation of each course was fantastic and added to the experience. If you want to have an incr double culinary experience this is the place to go.
I was travelling through Ottawa for business and I made a dinner reservation for one at Atelier. I never felt alone despite dining by myself throughout the 4 hour dinner. The staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects.
You can tell that a lot of thought went into crafting the entire experience. Everything from how each course looked on the plate, to the mix-match of textures and flavours, to the wine pairing, right down to the flair with which each course is presented and explained to you is part of an elaborate ceremony in fine dining.
Each course challenges what and how you think about food. Some will make you pause in awe at the first bite, and some may leave you scratching your head after you've finished eating. Simultaneously nuanced and in-your-face, the entire experience felt like a feat of experimental dining. Highly recommended.
This place never disappoints me. Great food and outstanding wine pairings, perfect service. Always some new surprising tastes and textures. As I had read on the place years ago, it counts as dinner and a show.
One of a kind culinary experience. Great service.
Of all restaurants in Ottawa, this is it. For foodie paradise and a dining experience this is your dinner and show all in one. Just make sure you're prepared for the 3+ hours... WELL WORTH IT!
A memorable meal. Our first experience with molecular gastronomy, and we're sold on it. The many different flavors and textures in each dish were perfectly balanced and combined; the wine pairings were inspired; and the sommelier and server were friendly and knowledgeable.
One supportive criticism: the quail dish was not quite up to the level of all the other ones. Less interesting, and the meat was just a tad chewy.
No problem recommending this to well-heeled friends!
Thank you again for an excellent experience--including the cute birthday cake!
We have had plenty of fine dining experiences and were excited to try Atelier as it is one of the top restaurants in Ottawa during our visit. In all fairness, we would say going to Atelier is an experience of its own as you are trying a blind tasting menu. The presentation of the food is quite interesting and the service is excellent. However, the decor is lacking on its own for a dining experience like Atelier and the ingredients of the food is rather ordinary. Again, we would have to say that it was more of the experience but do not feel the need to visit again.
I love food and good food. But the food was tasteless. So complex but so bad. Found a fruit fly on my plate. 500$ for two is ridiculous. I don't mind paying for great food but that was my worst culinary experience. Never never again.
The food was delicious, the presentation beautiful and imaginative. Superb service. Great place for a special occasion. Get the wine pairings.
The 12-course tasting menu with wine pairing was extraordinary. Go to Atelier not to get full but for an other-worldly gastronomic experience - this is food you cannot cook up in your own kitchen (ex. helium-filled candied balloon, foie gras encased in a styrofoam-textured shell). There was an interesting variety of wines sampled. Service was top-notch. Waiters and sommelier described the dishes and wines succinctly, and answered my queries into the wines with evident knowledge. Almost felt like I was attending a wine-tasting class!
Only downside is the ambiance. It was quite noisy - almost a full house and the tables were quite close to each other - which was not what I had expected as I had thought it would be a quieter place for a romantic night out. We were seated on the ground floor, close to the entrance, and it was extremely annoying to keep on hearing the front door bang shut every time someone came in/out of the building. Also, be willing to fork over half a grand for two people.
The food and service at Atelier were outstanding and were the perfect way to celebrate my wife's birthday as well as to mark the final evening of our holiday in Ottawa with our daughter and her husband. A memorable evening - many thanks.
This was our third visit in as many years, and I think we'll take a break for a bit. The food was wildly creative as usual, but perhaps not as flavourful or delicious as on the other occasions. The service is topnotch, and of course the descriptions of the plates and accompanying wines are part of the experience. We call it "dinner theatre", because it's so entertaining. The decor is kind of industrial chic, perhaps so as not to distract from the presentation of the food, but a bit of a change would be nice. Anyway, if you have four hours(!!) to spare, and some good foodie friends, treat yourself to an evening at Atelier and settle in for a brilliant and unique night out.
Quite the experience! We enjoyed 10/12 of the courses. The helium balloon was our favorite. Service from our waiter was exceptional. It did however take 3.5 hours from start to finish which was just too long. Tables are also quite close together making it difficult (and too loud) to have a private conversation
We went to Atelier for my Mom's birthday and the overall experience was amazing. We all really enjoyed the food, presentation, fusion of tastes. However, I did feel the restaurant was a little too noisy for my taste. The seating was too close together as it was limited. Secondly, though the service was not bad, I felt that for the amount we paid, I expected more attention to detail. Overall though, taste and quality of food was good and I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Look. It just wasn't for me. I've had greater cuisine in places that are not as highly spoken about. Thanks building on the outside is dramatically strange. The avante garde of this while thing is completely over rated. The service was pretentious .....the food was....ya....ok.
I can appreciate what they're trying g to do there.....but whatever that it, didn't do it for me.
Oh....the drinks were well done and the pairings we're decent.
But .....I've spent half of that on better pairings. Anyways. That's all.
This was the best dining experience I have had the pleasure of attending. The food presentation was phenomenal as well as the taste. I would have never tried such food previously but the whole ambience was amazing. The waiter was very knowledgeable. All Ottawa should experience this dining setting. World class. Thank you.
What a wonderful dinner! The dishes were creative and original. The service was impeccable. The wine pairing included 9 different wine/fortified wine and even sour ale beer with a reasonable cost. Certainly worth going there again
Amazing food and service. Could be a little quieter. Definitely recommend!
J'ai choisi l'Atelier pour célébrer mon entrée dans la soixantaine! Je n'oublierai pas ce repas gastronomique! J'ai bien aimé la présentation des différents plats. J'ai adoré le mélange des saveurs ... je me rappelle encore combien l'onctuosité et la délicatesse en bouche des différents mets m'ont procuré un réel plaisir! Merci pour cette belle expérience des sens!
Food was very interesting and mini-wine pairing exceptional with just about the right amount of total alcohol over 2.5 hours. The waitress was a little dismissive of our few concerns.
Fantastic meal and wine pairings! Highly recommend!!
The food experience was absolutely the best. One has to be adventurous, have a love of food and tastes. This is good art at its best. The service was exceptional also. We had the wine pairing and the details provided along with the description of the plate we were having was great. I only wish they would have provided a written description of each plate when we got it because it was difficult to remember small details of every dish. I would recommend this experience to anyone. Once in a lifetime or once every couple of years because of the price.
Not for everyone, but if you are adventurous and willing to try anything, go for it! The wine pairings were awesome, our server was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to ensure we had a great experience. Definitely worth trying out.
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