Fauna

4.5
656 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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H
Palm Springs
4 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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

Amazing food!

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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.

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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.

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

Sublime food, impeccable service, great ambiance and well priced

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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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d
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Farewell lunch,noise level too high for easy conversation

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

When I travel I look forward to trying independent places, or at the very least something that we do not have at 'home'. Even though there may be 2 or 3 locations in Ottawa, to me it still falls under an independent restaurant.
The food was excellent.
The service was excellent.
Parking is handy with the small Pay & Display lot right across the Street (Frank St.).
I guess I consider myself an entry-level foodie these days. I did appreciate the uniqueness of the menu. It's why I chose the restaurant after seeing the menu online. The rib-eye for two was excellent and perfectly cooked, with perhaps just a little heavy on the cream sauce from a health perspective, but the flavour was excellent.

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HA
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. wonderful service. Great experience. Highly recommended.

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BT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience that made our special occasion better

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b
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A very pleasant dining experience! Modern, tasteful décor, a varied and flavourful menu, and portion sizes were just right. Thank you!

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VB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is outstanding and good choices of wine. Good service and relaxing ambiance

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ML
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at Fauna.....it was all around an amazing experience and would highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Drinks were delicious and expertly crafted, especially the Garden Party. Food was yummy and nice presentation. Only minor issue was it was difficult to hear our server at times. Otherwise great experience. We might go back just for drinks!

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n
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed the restaurant although it was not easy finding dairy free meal. The only think I can say is that the service is a little cold. I did not see a lot of smiles in here, except for the charming Maitre d’o, with a black beard. I appreciated the fact that he made an effort to speak French.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The staff was nice and attentive. Wine selection great. Food was not the same as the menu online and they ran out of Oysters. Didn’t touch one food item and server didn’t ask if there was something wrong or not. I’ll be clear it was more so a preference on our end that we didn’t like it but just nothing overly exciting to go back.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very limited menu in pleasant venue just outside downtown Ottawa. Service was attentive and they organised a taxi promptly when we left. Short menu is not a criticism and there are some interesting options.
Main courses were both fine but starters and deserts were unexciting and overpriced for small bland portions.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My go-to for work dinners. Food is amazing and service never disappoints!.

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PO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing, and service was on point. We’ll be back!

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P
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal with quite outstanding service on the part of E. Veal carpacio was stunning Bisque was great. Good ambiace in a quiet atmosphere.

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r
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

an amazing food experience.

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MJ
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is amazing and the service is great!! I strongly will recommend to my friends.

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food. Atmosphere was lovely. Very quiet for a Thursday night. Server said it was because they don’t play the game which was great by us. Tried a large range of their menu items and loved almost all of them. Desserts could have been better but at least they were interesting

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BS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I like Fauna a lot-food is consistently good and imaginative, but it is so noisy!!!

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AB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Overrated, overpriced. Good food doesn’t have to be paired with snooty service but in this case, the food wasn’t good either. So all that’s left is bad food and bad service. Our waiter was rude and stopped by 20 minutes after our drinks arrived to take our order, brought our food without a word and came back to give us the bill. Management was beyond reproach and couldn’t be bothered to address our concerns. Plenty of other good restaurants in Ottawa. We won’t be returning.

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LT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Entertained my boss here mid week, and it went off without any hitches! Reservation was ready, the food was fantastic and the service well timed. The dessert was a real winner.

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C
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

We had always wanted to try Fauna. The service was very good, food was good, however very over priced. we won't be back.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Typical newbie, non-foodie problem is we left hungry and had to get McDonald’s. But it was an amazing experience. Everything was delicious and the service was top tier. Thank you Fauna!

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal. The food was excellent and our waiter helped us both find wines we liked. And I got to try a Serbian brandy with dessert (the chocolate with passion fruit, very nice)

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I saw on your menu on the website that you offered a Chef 5 course blind tasting experience with matching wine. That is why I chose this restaurant for my 25th wedding anniversary .
I was really disappointed to find out when I got there that you no longer offer it even though it remains on your website. I would recommend to remove it to ensure no other disappointed customers. Food and service was good but I may have made a different choice knowing this as I was looking for this type of experience.

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AC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food and cocktails were delicious but portions are small for the price.

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M
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Original wine list. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Yes I would recomend but would say : All good ... just a bit overpriced ... with tip over 330$ for 2.

A bit more choice for vegetarian would be appreciated but effort is already done, thank you.

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