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Fauna, Ottawa, ON

Fauna

4.7
4.7
1111 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Canadian
fauna is about the things we love: eating and drinking with friends and family in a fun space. Our menu is seasonally driven and we support local farmers and producers wherever possible. We love the neighborhood and the space and are so happy to be open in Centretown.



We like to have fun in the kitchen. We serve small plates so you can try more than one dish. We use local ingredients wherever possible. We’re inspired by where we live, places we’ve been and things we’d like to do.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:15 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (613) 563-2862

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jon Svazas

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Fauna” can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (613) 563-2862

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Cross Street

    Frank St

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available on Bank, Florence and Frank Street. Paid parking is available across from the restaurant on Frank Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 1,111 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DB

    DavidB

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Honestly, this restaurant was recommended and while the service was great, the food and portion was disappointing for the price we paid. We had a steak dish meant for two people that cost $120 and about four to five of the pieces of meat were full of gristle and couldn't be eaten. I also found the other prices for entrees far too high for what was being offered. The wine list was ridiculously overpriced as well. For that simple reason we would not return. Unfortunately today you really need to provide value for money if you expect repeat customers, and there was little value here, especially losing what amounted to about $20 worth of food through a bad piece of meat.
  2. c

    casu

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried Fauna for the first time last night and didn’t really know what to expect. The atmosphere was great, the service was friendly and the food was absolutely fantastic. Well worth it if you’re willing to splurge on a date night
  3. CD

    CamilleD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Loved the food and dishes at fauna. I thought the service was lacking compared to a few other times I went. The servers weren't that attentive and we had to keep flagging them down for things. Our drinks took quite a while to get as well.
  4. PL

    PeterL

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Starters were good but not amazing, but the mains were fantastic.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the exquisitely curated menu, subtle and complex flavors. Beautiful presentation, and just the right amount of engagement with the team there. Highly recommend!!!
  6. MC

    MCgy

    Calgary

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Service was amazing. Food was delicious. We ordered many of the dishes on the menu and we all really liked our food. good choices of wine. Would come back.
  7. FL

    FrancineL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Starters, venison carpaccio, salmon tartare and strawberry salad - all excellent a pleasure to the palate and the eye. Mains lamb shoulder with vegetables, haddock, and quail dishes were generous , well prepared and well presented.each paired with a VQA wine. Finished off with a crème brûlée and shortbread cookies. Wonderful evening meal.
  8. JH

    JenniferH

    Manitoba

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, relaxed place. Really good food. Great drinks. Service went above and beyond - we were supposed to be outside but found us a table inside. Pricey - but good for a special occasion.
  9. LC

    LeaC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, service and food. Thank you for the slushy!
  10. LP

    LynnP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    I am a huge fan of Fauna. However I didn’t really like the lamb main. My husband loved it, however. There was more fat than meat and the fat wasn’t quite “melt in your mouth”. He ate mine. We loved the veal carpaccio-amazing. The shishito were good but not extraordinary. The tonka bean creme brûlée was also very good. It was so loud in there; occasionally we couldn’t get the servers attention because of the noise. Generally I love the creativity in all of your dishes. I will keep coming back!
  11. SP

    SuzanneP

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing and food was simply perfect! Highly recommend! Suzanne Pack
  12. NP

    NataliaP

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fauna is our go-to place for big celebrations and we were so pleased to attend for our 6th anniversary. We always order from the raw menu, a fabulously crafted cocktails, and their well curated scotch list. Always a wonderful experience 🙂
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Let me start off by saying how much I LOVE Fauna. I’ve been there four times in total now. I have a strong appreciation for good food and I’ve had some of the best meals I’ve ever had at a restaurant at Fauna. I’ve also come to expect a certain level of quality when I go there. But this time, they missed the mark. The halibut dish was essentially flavourless. The lamb shoulder was also just okay in terms of flavour (but I will say the lamb was cooked beautifully). The crème brûlée tasted like it had been sitting out for a while before it was served. The apple tart was good, but still not something I’d go home and think about after. Every restaurant has its days, and based on my previous experiences I wouldn’t recommend NOT going there. But it’s something to be mindful of when couples are paying $300+ to have dinner. I had brought a friend who had never been there and felt awkward after raving about it beforehand. If it was my first time, I wouldn’t have gone back. Also, our cocktails were great and our server was lovely.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 4 of us thought the food was amazing! The service was also outstanding. I will for sure go back and highly recommend!
  15. PM

    PatrickM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The prime rib was amazing! Service was great, never wanted for anything.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was really good. Food was served fast. Went there to try out the soft shell crab specifically. Very impressive indeed!
  17. C

    Craig

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a positive experience at Fauna. Service provides a comfortable, fun and professional ambiance. From the taste of the food, one gets the impression chefs care deeply about the quality and authenticity of the ingredients. Had the best wine ever - organic, biodynamic and unfiltered.
  18. K

    Karen

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    After almost two years of eating at home , we were thrilled to return to Fauna . We had very inventive cocktails at the bar , followed by the endive salad and sea bream crudo as appetizers . Beautifully executed and delicious . For the mains , we chose the vegetarian tarte flambée with Morel and asparagus and the soft shell crab . The crab was outstanding; the flavours of the tarte were wonderful ; the crust/ bread base a little tough . The apple tatin dessert was the only real disappointment - again the pastry left something to be desired . Service was over the top and the meal of excellent value . Can’t wait to return .
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always. Ordered a ‘Dealer’s Choice’ cocktail and the bartender did not disappoint!
  21. J

    Jonesfoto

    Montreal

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If there's a better restaurant in Ottawa, I'm not aware of it, and I'm including Riveriera, Atelier, Supply and Demand, etc. Unpretentious, sure, but with an unmistakable focus on quality, both front and back-of-the-house. Amazing cocktail program, terrific seasonally-varied menu, what's not to like? What a pleasure to dine there....
  22. RC

    RichardC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was exactly what we were looking for in a nice night out, and the wine list is top notch.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, it’s quite nice to sit outside when the weather is great!
  24. DD

    DelightedDiner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful dinner and evening out for our anniversary. The happy atmosphere, the hum of conversations of the many other folks there and buzz of the fauna team quietly ensuring that we were quickly and efficiently attended to, was such a treat. Great to be out again at our favourite go to restaurant. We were very pleased with our delicious dinner of perfectly prepared and presented New Brunswick oysters, scallop ceviche, endive salad, halibut and lamb. The two desserts complemented and completed the meal without being too heavy or sweet. Many thanks team fauna.
  25. BC

    BrendaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I didn’t find a white wine that I liked - a food Pinot g. Or a Sauvignon blanc
  26. MC

    MarieCurie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic, except for the noise level, the music was too loud and not to my taste. It was a challenge to hold a conversation between four people. The dinner and service was great. Our table ordered from every section of the menu and everything was spectacular, both in presentation and taste. Service was discrete, and well informed. All in all a great experience, however if I could recommend anything, I'd recommend they re-think the music selection, then lower the volume.
  27. MM

    MaxMcD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, good food, high noise level - overall had a nice evening
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at Fauna ! The food and the service were exquisite! Thank You !
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing amazing food! Best food I’ve had so far in Ottawa. Normally don’t order fish dishes, but the Arctic Char was out of this world delicious. Same for the dumpling + crab starters.
  30. CB

    ClaudetteB

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Interesting imaginative food. Small menu which is a good thing. Very pleasant room. Expensive but worth it.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Could be challenging for those who don't like sweet-seasoned dishes. The signature ribeye is pretty a must order dish and very much recommended everywhere. However, the taste is just too sweet and greasy and to be honest, the side dishes served along with, are way too sweet as well. I would say the overuse of seasoning & sauces literally removes the original flavor of a steak. Other than that, the crab is a bit smelly. Overall, premium service but disappointed food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was perfect. The service was incredible. But the wine was expensive and not the greatest. Awesome Espresso Martini.
  33. AA

    AdamA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, cocktails, wine list and service. A somewhat pricey night out, but high quality all around.
  34. MK

    MitchellK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine selections were amazing, service was relaxed and friendly. Overall, a very enjoyable experience
  35. LC

    LeslieC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic date night - good food, good wine, great ambiance
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went last night for 8pm reso. Food was amazing; great flavours, good portions and enough variety to give everyone something different. Great service from all the staff. Our server was really knowledgeable about everything on the menu, the cocktails and the wines. Fauna is perfect for a special night out or just everyday dining.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from drinks to food was fantastic! The taste and presentation were out of this world. Finally, have to say that the person who accompanied me mentioned to the server that they serve the best marguerita she has in her life.
  38. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, and a great vibe to enjoy a higher level of dining in a very comfortable environment.
  39. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service. Lovely space. Just a little too loud.
  40. CN

    CdninNY

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went on a busy Friday night. A bit noisy but great service and delicious oysters, elk and Cornish hen. I had a spicy margarita that was definitely spicy. We’ll definitely be back to try the ribeye for two!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Fauna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 563-2862.

Fauna is rated 4.7 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Fauna

425 Bank St. Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y7

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Frank St

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:15 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available on Bank, Florence and Frank Street. Paid parking is available across from the restaurant on Frank Street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jon Svazas

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 563-2862

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Fauna” can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (613) 563-2862

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