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Fauna, Ottawa, ON

Fauna

4.6
4.6
1128 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.


Private dining

Private dining

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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 1,128 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LH

    LauraH

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary and it was a perfect romantic summer evening under the tent which had a beautiful ambiance and wonderful mellow reggae and assorted music. Excellent and friendly service. They treated to a complimentary refreshing pet nat - sparkling rosé like drink which was a nice touch. The dished had a delicious medley of flavours and was beautifully presented. The fresh peach salad was fun. We had the ribeye and fresh corn succotash - amazing! A lovely Californian pinot noir topped it off nicely.
  2. NL

    NicolasL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food is really tasty. We regret that for the price the quantity is very limited.
  3. M

    Mierkat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a lovely birthday dinner. Sommelier recommended a great wine pairing. Food is delicious if somewhat overpriced.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our fav spots in ottawa! Great vibe and amazing food. Mike always takes fantastic care of us!
  5. AM

    AnamariaM

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The portions are perfect and the food amazing! I had the fish and it was absolutely stunning
  6. DS

    DebbieS

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Innovative dishes. Very pleasant interesting servers.
  7. KS

    KaylaS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, super unique small sharing plates. we sat outside because of covid in a beautifully decorated tent. The only thing that was annoying was the motorcycles on bank street but obvy not the restaurant's fault
  8. CG

    CalyG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS perfect!! This place is worth every single penny I have spend there. Best food, service, WINE and staff members. If you haven't been yet, you are really missing something!!
  9. H

    Hilary

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful, delicious. Excellent, kind and helpful staff.
  10. M

    Marko

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very accommodating with allergies and the food is really good!
  11. C

    Claudiov

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The dry aged steak for two was great. the bartender made an excellent Old Fashion. Sound bounces around so noise level was a little high.
  12. E

    Eugene

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were excited to go to Fauna, and very comfortable while there. On a warm sunny summer Friday evening, we had a window seat, watching all of the pedestrians stroll by, while enjoying our appetizers, main course, and dessert. The portions are a good size, so don't over order. We recommend starting with the half-dozen oysters ($22), followed by the quail dish ($42) and burger dish ($39), wrapping it up with the creme brulee ($12). I'm a big fan of dealers choice - I got the Old Fashioned - and I chose premium selection alcohol ($21) over regular ($18). The real test.. would we go again? absolutely yes. Our next visit will include the 80-day dry-aged rib eye (for 2 people). Highly recommended.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!!
  14. BK

    BarbaraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Nice ambiance great food and the service was excellent.
  15. AC

    AlexandraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall. Food was quality, well presented and delicious. Service was on point, very knowledgeable, attentive and accommodating.
  16. S

    Sharong

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was pretentious, expensive and not worth it. Save your money and find another restaurant.
  17. k

    krys

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So thrilled they were able to accommodate our celiac friends needs with delicious options. Service was impeccable!
  18. DB

    DavidB

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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.
  19. c

    casu

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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
  20. CD

    CamilleD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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.
  21. PL

    PeterL

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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!!!
  23. MC

    MCgy

    Calgary

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    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.
  24. FL

    FrancineL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    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.
  25. JH

    JenniferH

    Manitoba

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.
  26. 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!
  27. 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!
  28. 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
  29. 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 🙂
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. 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!
  34. H

    Hilary

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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.
  35. K

    Karen

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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 .
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service!
  37. 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!
  38. J

    Jonesfoto

    Montreal

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 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....
  39. 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.
  40. 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!

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 4.6 stars by 1128 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.


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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