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Fauna, Ottawa, ON

Fauna

4.7
4.7
1191 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 3 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 1,191 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JK

    JeremyK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Straightforward one-page menu with lots of good choices. Perfect service. Will definitely go back. It was full on a Saturday night but not crazy noisy.
  2. AE

    AdamE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Amazing food . Absolutely delicious and cooked perfectly. Service was excellent. If I had to find something to complain about it would be portion size too small but I’m a big guy. Would definitely recommend and go back again.
  3. AA

    AshA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    I feel disappointed to share our mediocre experience. There were many lacking aspects of our evening. To start we sat up at the bar in hopes to have an engaging time with the bartender and a more relaxed vibe with drinks. The bartender did not engage whatsoever, and at times hardly asked how the food was. Had he done so, we could have shared some feedback before leaving this review. We decided to go with several small plates- venison tartare, squash soup, tortolini, soft shell crab and the pistachio cake. The venison and surprisingly the soup were the star dishes! However, the tortolini was hard and difficult to cut as well the meat balls were dry and lacked flavor. We were unsure if the soft shell crab was meant to be served on the colder side, but after speaking with others who have dined here before it saddened us furthermore knowing that it was cold and greasy. The pistachio cake was dry and crumbly so at least the ice cream was accompanied to moisten it. To top the disappointment of the evening, we felt incredibly let down that the bartender had not taken the time to share his knowledge and recommendations of the extensive and well curated wine menu. It was truly a shame. We ended up playing it safe and sticking to a glass of orange and a cocktail and were not offered any further drinks to as we dined.
  4. JP

    JimP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We opted to have 3 appetizers:tuna crudo, venison tartar, a mixed meat tortellini; as well as sharing a main dish, the duck. The flavours were excellent and the sequencing of the plates worked beautifully. We concluded with their flourless chocolate cake which was a delicious end to a fine meal. We had a truly enjoyable dinner. We have been reluctant “diners out” due to Covid and the staff took pains to ensure we had a relatively isolated table away from the centre of the action. There was a sound system speaker overhead but the waiter obligingly had the volume tuned down at our request. Fauna is a restaurant we heartily recommend and we plan to return.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Service and food were excellent. Wine cellular room was underwhelming
  6. n

    none

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Food was not of the quality expected - swordfish dry and accompanying vegetables poorly prepared and season. Not hot Crab was 'off' could not eat.
  7. MF

    MikaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable, and the food was unbelievably good. Will definitely come again! Great vibe for dinner with friends.
  8. ND

    NDOttawa

    Ottawa

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our recent experience at Fauna. The menu as always is diverse and creative and the cocktails are as intriguing and difficult to choose from. The service was friendly, informed and attentive. Our only wish was that the sound levels were more muffled and the kitchen exhaust fan worked better. It was a tad frustrating to return home with a distinct parfum de cuisine enveloping our clothes, our hair. That said we’d still return for another delicious meal, but perhaps avoid clothing that require dry cleaning
  9. LN

    LuizaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service ! Very accomodating. Amazing food !
  10. TD

    TraceyD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There is nothing better than fine dining in a relaxed environment with top notch service including menu and wine expertise and recommendations!
  11. LB

    LiBou

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great night. Great service. Excellent venisson tartare! The menu is on the pricier side, so I wouldn't go everyday. However, it's a great little place. Glad to see it's still around after all these years.
  12. Z

    Zena

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    oysters are not fresh,and beef is unsavoury. yesterday was my birthday,but fauna disappointed me. I'll never be there Again.
  13. AF

    AndreaF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The people were my favorite part of our experience. They were incredibly warm, friendly, and accommodating. We were treated to a glass of bubbly when our table wasn’t ready. The food was top notch too. I really liked my vegetarian dish; my husband loved the duck (and dessert).
  14. NS

    NigelShaw

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Maybe it’s for a younger crowd. Ambient noise level so high very difficult to have a conversation. Service professional but a bit rushed for a high end restaurant. Tables basic and fairly crowded. You’re right on top of your neighbor. Food was pretty decent but not outstanding. A big shared dish for two really needs to be served on a hot plate otherwise it’s cold long before you finish. Not a lot of thought in the textures. Creamy mashed potatoes with steak pre-sliced and mushhrooms and sauce tends to just become a big puddle of goop. I much prefer Joey’s striploin and crispy potato rolls and vegetables for half the price. More textures, stays hotter longer. Dessert was weird… pistachio cake that was so dry we couldn’t finish it. Is this a nouveau cuisine thing we don’t understand? In any case we didn’t understand it. The ice cream was good. Price: 2 beers and a glass of wine, 2 entrees, shared steak plate and a shared dessert: $300 including tip.
  15. S

    Susan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service! Great date night place!
  16. J

    Jorge

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came to Fauna a couple of years ago and it was amazing. It was great seeing Fauna has kept the same quality and vibe that I remember. The food is original and very tasty, and the service is great. Certainly, next time I'm in Ottawa I will definitely try to fit Fauna into my schedule!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent taste experience with attentive staff and just an overall great evening.
  18. RQ

    RaheelQ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was amazing but it was for sure noisy, had to yell to chat also, add more staff, u guys need help
  19. PS

    PatrickS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing - sat at the bar - awesome cocktails , fresh innovation plates - just perfect!
  20. CC

    ChristianC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The wine list by the glass is very very short and the price for only a bottle is very expensive start at 60$ for me its a downer but over all very good place
  21. MM

    MalcolmM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great atmosphere.
  22. j

    jojo

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyable evening with my niece. Great good…amicable service. Wonderful overall! Would highly recommend it!
  23. MB

    MonaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was superb! We had a great meal and time. Vibes are cool in this place with the lights and music. Always looking for what they have to offer for a new dish on their menu!
  24. JS

    JillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing everything; service, cocktails and soft crab appetizer. To die for - thank you !
  25. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rarely does any restaurant do eveything right. Fauna sure did! Everything was fantastic! Other review complain that it is expensive. Sure, if you are expecting to pay $35-50/plate and expect as much food as spendingthat same amount at Loblaws, this isntthe place for you. But the value of the experience is similar to spending a good chunk of chamge for a spa day, or getting your car professionally detailed (all of it, for your mouth!!) Will return, without a doubt!!
  26. O

    O9331

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Came here for dinner before a show at the NAC and it was our first time visiting Fauna. Service was quick and staff was chatty and polite. Food was great, we had the Crab for a starter followed by the Steak for 2 which was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was more then plenty. I am a little bias and I prefer restaurants with a smaller menu because the expectation to deliver good food on their items is inherent and the chefs did not disappoint. My only critique is the music can be a little to loud if you’re on a dinner date for two and trying to have a conversation. We’re relatively soft spoken people and at one point we could barely hear each other and we didn't know if we were competing with the music or the couples beside us who were highly likely talking louder so they wouldn't get drowned out by the music. Otherwise, Fauna is a great spot and would recommend!
  27. AP

    AlisonP

    Ottawa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service! great atmosphere and lovely evening.
  28. AP

    AlisonP

    Ottawa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    nice evening, great service and fun night !
  29. F

    Francois

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Fauna delivers a superb experience, with great service and great food.
  30. M

    Miguel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! Best food and ambience, servers are extremely attentive and kind. I had a someone with a beard serve me and they were perfect! 11/10 recommend
  31. 4

    41542

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Everything was to salty. No wine onder 100$. Very expencive for the quality and service. Over rated.
  32. LS

    LenaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing service. Food and drinks were crafted with care, will definitely return when we are back in Ottawa!
  33. RP

    RobertP

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My first experience. Excellent halibut main course. Great wine selection. Very knowledgeable and attentive service. Courtesy and elegance towards one of my guests who was in a wheelchair was greatly appreciated. I will be back!
  34. LE

    LEILAP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were all very friendly and answered our questions with thoughtfulness and made great suggestions. Blue sea drink is not blue, but it is delicious! Boar Chop was incredible. Meat was so tender it basically melted in your mouth.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always one of my favourite places to eat in Ottawa. Great service and creative cooking that is consistently delicious. Love the corner location with lots of natural light during the day and cozy feeling at night!
  36. AC

    AlexandraC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible! Wine list is really good!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good and service excellent. Wine selection not great
  38. MP

    MarieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and the service were great! Only one thing: the music level was too loud! (I’m 33)
  39. J

    Jaclyn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    I would not recommend if you have any food allergies and require accommodations. I am celiac and did not have many options to select from. Example, I was not able to get the burger without the bun because “the kitchen doesn’t do any mods.” I get that. However, I feel if someone has an allergy they should be more flexible and willing to make an exception. I will say the food we has was very good. I would recommend it if you don’t require any modifications to dishes.
  40. CP

    CamilleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicous food, friendly and knowledgeable personel, great design.

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 1191 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 3 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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