Fauna

4.5
587 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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.

Private Dining

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

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GN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Pas assez de choix dans le menu. Les assiettes sont bonnes mais je suis ressortie avec la faim en ayant mangé une entrée et un plat, pour les dessert, aucun choix intéressant.

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HO
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

In general, the food was pretty good. The beef was amazing, but the curry was a bit blend. The service was amazing and we didn't wait to get our food serve. A bit noisy but not too much. Overall, a good place to go once in a while. And the chocolate desert.... AMAZING !

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SJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an amazing find! After a hair raising drive into Ottawa we were ready for a really good dinner and great service. Fauna was all that and then some! Julian is an amazing bartender and server (ask for his Award winning black pepper lemonade!) and his recommendations were spot on. Had the Rib Eye dinner for Two - no regrets there either. We were lucky it was a quiet night (March Break) so it was lovely and relaxed evening. Fantastic beverage selection and cocktail menu to add to the experience.

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FM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'll be back in two weeks!! And then I'll be back with friends. Bravo!

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CC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

From entering, service, ambiance, decor... loved it

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TT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and we had an excellent time. Quite enjoyable.

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H
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was excellent. Expensive. If you enjoy quantity over quality look elsewhere.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The food at Fauna was unbelievable- the plates were stunning & every bite we ate we were impressed. The server really should consider another industry beyond hospitality as he had no time for us & his mannerisms & tone were rude. This place otherwise would’ve been perfect. We would absolutely go back again but ensure we are not sat in the one server’s area.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The staff were extremely courteous from the moment we walked in.
Service was excellent as was the food. We had not heard of the restaurant before and were pleased to have the opportunity to try it, a friend had generously given us a gift certificate which more than covered the bill. There was good variety to choose from and it was definitely not a run of the mill menu.
We look forward to returning. We went on a Friday, it was very busy but they employ enough staff to ensure the service was excellent and we were served in the appropriate amount of time. My duck was excellent, my husband's scallops looked very good he enjoyed them). We enjoyed our dessert, it was called a chocolate mousse but seemed to have a few other components to it. Our coffees came with a lovely little biscuit on the side, an unexpected surprise.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Love the food and location. Waiter seemed uninterested which was a bit of a contrast to the ambiance.

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EL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great experience at Fauna, delicious food, a great wine selection and the service is outstanding. Waiter had thorough knowledge of menu selections, and even offered his personal favorites. Fauna... a must for all foodies :)
Will be back for sure.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent and innovatrice!
Wine was excellent but a bite extensive!
Something could maybe be done to lower the noise level...

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JL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Green curry tofu was one of the very best meals I have had in a restaurant ever and we eat out regularly in NYC. It had crisp tofu sweetened with maple syrup and given some heat with a sriracha like sauce. The carrots and greens in the curry were amazingly flavorful. Our table also had rabbit and duck and everyone thought the food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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DP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Duck was ..... exceptional! My companion who had fish was left a tad hungry. But I just bragged about the amazing duck!

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P
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great place, Perfect size restaurant. Amazing combination of ingredient for a great final dish.
And sometime,,,,, a person can be good with people and sometime its not there place to serve people.

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D
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Had the tasting menu with wine pairing. Food was ok and the wine was good but neither augmented the other which is kind of the point, I think. Glad I tried Fauna but probably won’t be back.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Very expansive. Plates way too small for the price, especially the « main » ones which were barely larger than the small ones but double the price. Had to go eat somewhere else after. And the food was not especially good (the eggplant was a real disappointment). Music too loud and inappropriate.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our favourite restaurant in Ottawa. We've tried the majority of the highest rated restos that would be competitors but feel that Fauna has the total package. The food and service have been great all 5 times we've been there. We love the music, decor and ambiance and highly recommend it for a night out or for a more fun business meetup.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing special menu, our server was great

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BG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We certainly enjoyed our evening at Fauna, definitely a great atmosphere.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent and attentive service, wonderful dinner with wine pairings. Each dish was imaginative and extremely well executed. A delicious evening.

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CL
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed when I take friends or guests to Fauna. Great ambiance, great food, great service!

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Apps were overshadowed by the mains. Beef cheeks and duck were incredible... on a whole other level. Ham and dumplings were underwhelming.

Will def be back again. Might skip apps.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Soiree tres agreable, belles surprises à chacun des services. Bonne recommandation de vin canadien. Seul bemol niveau sonore de la musique pourrait etre un peu plus bas.

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JB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We did the tasting menu, it was fun but portion sizes were small. Really enjoyed the wine pairing and service was great

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JO
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Interesting and delicious dishes, service polished and friendly.

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MB
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was excellent with good portions. Service was excellent.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Expensive!! Great atmosphere

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JN
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for date night not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. A romantic atmosphere, beautiful local artwork, delicious food, and tasty cocktails can be found at Fauna. We had the egglplant carpaccio, scallops, green curry, and negroni biannco. The host and staff were all friendly and professional. I will definitely be back for a future date night or anniversary.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was very good minus a couple of dishes. The service wasn’t good- messed up two of our orders and didn’t explain any of the dishes and never checked in. It was a good dinner overall but don’t need to come back.

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience. Every dish had an unexpected but interesting and delicious twist. Service was excellent. Also had a very interesting selection of ciders

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Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good stuff

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A
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

J'ai vraiment apprécié ma soirée, le service, une des bonne tables d'Ottawa.

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service continues to be impreccable The servers always have an excellent understanding of the wine list and we have always enjoyed solid wine pairing recommendations. The consistency in providing high quality food and service makes this our favorite "special evening" for over 2 years!

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SE
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We keep returning to Fauna because the food is so well prepared, the menu is innovative and appealing and both the service and ambience are great. It is a place where you can always count on the quality. Have gone there with a variety of friends and have never been disappointed.

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FN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We were seated at a secluded corner table for two away from everyone, and just behind the entrance, therefore we did not get much of a feel of the ambiance. We ordered three starters and the beef special of the day, which were absolutely mouth-watering and delicious apart from one of the starters - the dumplings, which we were not too keen on as we tasted the overloaded sauce more than the actual dish. Service was excellent. If you are wine drinkers, be prepared to spend as the cheapest bottle is around $90 and can go up to $250 per bottle. All in all, a lovely meal, and compliments to the chef.

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JO
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were able to enjoy conversation since it was't packed, on a weeknight soon after the holidays. Very pleasant, delicious food and excellent service.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went specifically for the 80 day aged ribeye and was not disappointed. Asked for the best wine to have with it and our server picked an awesome one, she was also super friendly and attentive (but not in a hovering annoying way) The food was cooked perfectly and we had so much leftover - I normally hate beets, but that horseradish and beet chutney was such a great pairing with the steak.

The place is super cute, we were out for a special occasion and it felt really intimate and special.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall very good. Be sure to check the diner menu versus lunch menu, quite different, in my opinion not a lot of options for dinner mains (not a bad thing eighter just mentionning). Everything we had was high quality (app/beer/wine and 2x mains) Not a cheap place so bring your $$ and you will have a great experience! Oh and the layout is quite outstanding.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very friendly staff, prompt service that accommodated our tight timeline. Ordered 7-8 dishes and 6-7 were exceptional. Very happy with the experience overall. Definitely try the mushroom dumplings and Caesar salad!

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