Fauna

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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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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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What 684 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.4
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WS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and the food is consistently tasty everytime we visit. It was a quieter day on Sunday evening and the waiter came by over 5 times to see how we were doing.

CL
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am never disappointed when I go to Fauna - for business and personal.

JU
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an amazing experience. The service and food were beyond expectation.
The server we had, Catherine, was very pleasant, polite, always with a kind smile on her face and on top of that she was also very knowledgeable of the menu and with an impressive way of presenting the wine list. :)
It was my wife's Birthday we were celebrating and Catherine knew how to keep it a secret till the end in order to surprise her with the desert. It happened exactly as I planned.
So far, FAUNA was one of the greatest experience I had in the Ottawa food scene.
Trully recommend!

And Thank You!
Great team!

GI
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The inventive menu is matched by fun decor, unique cocktails, and some very interesting wines and ciders. My only knock is that the wine list doesn't include Canadian wines, which runs counter to the whole local sourcing ethos. Deleting some of the imports to make way for some delicious VQA would be a move in the right direction.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is a pretty good place to be with my family, enough food to share, and pro cocktail.

Pretty much will come soon

SL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I sometimes wish we had more discerning and more harsh reviews in our part of the world, where we are constantly reading glowing reviews at best and polite shrugs at worst. My husband and I love food and constantly we feel disappointed. I started with a bison tartare, about 50 grams of meat at the most, potato chips and a small taste of three different sauces to accompany. It was good but not exceptional, just as the price suggested. I wasn't sure what to ask for the main course, so I asked the waiter for a suggestion and he told me that the pork chops were succulent. Well, not at all. The best was the German wine and the tartare. My husband had a dish made with a kind of chilli, that should be served without the small layer of skin, but the chef here does not know it. His Halibut was OK.
From my perspective, this is a nice little Restaurant, with excellent service and very pretentious food.

NA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a delicious meal and will go back again soon

RM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wife’s birthday.

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

My husband and I enjoyed a meal at Fauna while visiting Ottawa. It’s an absolute gem of a restaurant. The food and service was wonderful and the signature cocktails a real treat. The service was also impeccable.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

It was a great experience and the food was delicious.
The worst complaint I had about the food was the lobster bisque had absolutely no lobster...which was disappointing though still tasty.
The table they gave us was in the window and that negated most of the atmosphere the restaurant had to offer. It would be better if reservations gave us a choice of where to sit (within reason).
Fauna also needs to keep their website menu up to date as my partner had hoped and planned to try the rabbit but it wasn't offered anymore.
Overall it was a nice and enjoyable treat but an expensive one. I would tell my friends to check it out, though only if they can afford to drop $200.

RE
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Exceptional dining experience at Fauna. Loved the oysters, sous vide lamb and the rabbit leg. Thought the fried soft shell crab was too "fried" (it tasted of the oil it was cooked in) and a tad salty for my taste. Would love to have them work on acoustics - noise level was excessive. Amazing wine list but would have liked to see more bottles that are wallet-friendly. Would definitely go back and try the duck special.

LF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

It is a great restaurant, only issue is the noise level. The interior is all hard surfaces, no where for sound to dissipate, making it hard to have a conversation with your company.

AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was excellent with recommendations. We will definitely be visiting again!

MR
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent restaurant. Tout est délicieux, y compris l’option végétarienne. Choix de vins intéressant. Mais très bruyant. Aux heures de pointe, surtout.

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VC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food quality was amazing and the way it is prepared it is amazing! Worth every penny!

GS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

An okay experience. Service was fantastic but thought the food was very unimpressive considering our bill.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Tres belle et bonne expérience à nouveau. Nous allons au Fauna à chacune de nos visites à Ottawa.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Cocktail menu was creative and the mixologist was top shelf!

AR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I like this place, good food, good portions, a little loud, but then again I am slightly older, any chance of getting the scallops back.

JL
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, beautiful locale.

RM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our third anniversary at Fauna, which has been our annual practice since our wedding night. The staff made it very special for us from arranging the perfect table, to pouring us a complimentary glass of cava on arrival. The service was impeccable, the food delicious, the ambience perfect. We couldn't recommend it more highly. Looking forward to many more dining experiences at Fauna.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very good, service was great. Our server Shannon was super attentive and gave us recommendations for a place to grab a drink afterwards. Will definitely be back!

E
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Spent a nice evening here. Dinner and some drinks. Lamb was perfection but peas were unsually dry and flavorless. My friend's pork belly was delicious, as was the chocolate desert. I think the peas were a one off. I'd come back for sure.

F
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service, excellent food, brilliant wine program. The hen to share is a must try!

M
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We shared the ribeye with half a lobster, béarnaise sauce, and vegetables. It was absolutely outstanding! We finished the plate even though there was a lot of food.

My only critique was that I ordered the garden party drink and it turned out to be a plain Mojito, even though the ingredient list included elements such as green peas that were clearly missing.

If we return to Ottawa we will definitely be eating here again. There were other items on the menu that also sounded amazing.

Thanks for a lovely evening!

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful time coming for a quick dessert! Blood orange dessert was incredible! Thank you!

BT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the aged steak with lobster. Absolutely fantastic!

SG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time and had been meaning to try the place for years. I don’t even like mignonette on my oysters but it was splendid. Eggplant carpaccio was silky and delicate and pork belly just rocked it with a little kick.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable dinner with friends. Their wine list is excellent. Their small plates (in particular the eggplant, Caesar salad and pork belly) were delicious and perfect for sharing. Our server (Sierra) was both knowledgeable and friendly. Our only criticism is the noise level that at times made it difficult to chat with our friends. Overall, a most enjoyable evening. Good value for money. It’s no wonder Fauna remains one of the best restaurants in Ottawa.

H
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Caesar salad was so flavourful despite apparently little dressing. Halibut was moist and tasty. The white chocolate dessert was delicious even though the description did not wow me.

O
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Menu was specific and the service was great. I wish the music wasn't too loud and I felt the value of the food isn't great.

Maybe a bigger beer selection would be appreciated

SB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb service and meal. Great atmosphere!
We would highly recommend this location.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great beer. Great food. And Sierra was a great server. Go here. You won’t regret it.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Malgré le menu restreint, la bouffe était incroyable. Le service, impeccable et les recommandations de vin exceptionnel!

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DD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food hot. Flavour scrumptious. Ingredients interesting (unique/exotic vegetables). Atmosphere noisy.

PS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!

GC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent experience. The mushroom dish alone was worth the visit! Will definitely be going back.

I
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My friend and I went to fauna for dinner to celebrate a special milestone, and we had an amazing experience. Truly all the food was outstanding, and the service exceptional. Dishes were playful and indulgent, combining unexpected flavours and textures. A few dishes that particularly pleased the palate were the salmon tataki, okonomiyaki (cabbage pancake), veal carpaccio... frankly all of them. There are a few vegetarian dishes on the menu (okonomiyaki and eggplant carpaccio were the two we tried - and they were wonderful). Note that they are not "vegetarian options", but dishes on the menu in their own right. Also make sure to save a little room for dessert! We nearly didn't order any, but the blood orange and tamarind dish as well as the chocolate cake are not to be missed.
As for service, we couldn't ask for better. Our server Vikram was charming, helpful, and attentive to our needs. He helped curate our dining experience for the evening: graciously answering our questions, making polite conversation, advising on our selections, and suggesting appropriate wine pairings. And of course he was attentive to our general experience: checking on our table an appropriate amount, pacing the courses well, etc.
Overall, we had an exceptional dining experience at fauna, and we look forward to going back.

SH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sublime food, impeccable service, great ambiance and well priced

TF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

We’ve heard rave reviews about fauna from family members. Food was nothing special, though my halibut was salted(thanks!). Veg were cooked perfectly, but other than drowned in butter, just veg. Husband wasn’t thrilled with his (tasted like nothing, his words) rabbit. So, all in all, very disappointing.

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