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.

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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
Service
4.5
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4.0
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DD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second time to dine at fauna this week, being special occasions of Valentines Day and a birthday. The first dinner was the tasting menu with wine pairing for Valentines Day and it was perfect with much attention given to the accompaniments and presentation. The scallop ceviche and duck tartare were expertly prepared with just the right nuance of herbs and spices for both. Can’t say enough about how good the shrimp stuffed chicken wing was. I had the short ribs which were tender, and oh so good I wasn’t keen to share! The pastry chef presented two amazing selections to finish this perfect dinner. The wine pairing were spot on and I especially enjoyed the High Life cocktail paired with the rosa pannacotta. The dark chocolate pastry was serious chocolate decadence.
The second dinner, a birthday dinner, the obvious choice was the 80 day aged ribeye. This presentation was much like a Sunday roast with a fauna twist! Creamy cheese mashed potatoes nestled besides braised Brussel sprouts, onions and carrots. The good portion of ribeye was prepared to perfection and the gravy was a nice surprise..not needed but wow why not! Two delicious deserts finished off the lovely evening served by helpful, friendly servers and the fauna team. The birthday boy was very happy.

MK
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to! The food was excellent, and beautifully presented. This restaurant also has an extensive wine menu and in-house sommelier.

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was unbelievable! The menu was simple, yet the food was detailed and delicious. The chef is a true artist. The shitaki mushroom entree was really great. The cocktails were also fun and refreshing choices. Fauna plays great music and the staff was very service orientated. Definitely enjoyed our dinner experience!

W
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The appetizers were ridiculously small and the porterhouse steak was hard as a rock and tasteless.

MF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive team, very good selection of wines, creative and beautiful dishes: EVERYTHING was excellent! I highly recommend!

KB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best meal we have had in Ottawa! We went their first year in business (it was excellent), but everything was elevated a notch. Phenomenal!

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, wine pairing and service! Great ambience for date night.

LB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

While the ambiance was nice and the food was good, we were not made aware that we would have to select the Valentine's Day tasting menu (it was the day after Valentine's Day). The server let us know that everyone received a call to let them know, but I did not. He then said we could think about whether or not we wanted to stay. I was taking my sister and husband for to celebrate their birthdays and the option to leave to go to another restaurant at that point was not appealing. They did not offer any compensation for this oversight (e.g. a free cocktail or dessert). We also specifically asked to not have cilantro on anything for my partner given a severe aversion and were reassured that nothing had cilantro. The first course he ordered had cilantro and we had to send it back. Again, there was an apology but no offers of compensation - something that would have gone a long way. The service was overall good, but we would have appreciated them making more of an effort given how expensive the Valentine's Day tasting menu was, something we were not expecting. The food and service did not meet the price tag, which came to $700 for 4 people (including gratuity).

m
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food delivered by excellent service in a stylish environment. The food not only tastes amazing it is also displayed beautifully. The staff are both knowledgeable and attentive. The overall ambiance is perfect for both a romantic date or celebrating a special day with close friends and family.

PO
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our 3rd visit and everything was on point once again. The consistency of food and service keeps us coming back.

MC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

We were early in the night.
Told don’t have many hangers for coats? Then get some.
Duck was very good...steak no need for the 88 days...vegetables on each could have been much better.
Apps - Tuna excellent but needs a vehicle don’t want to use fork as it drops between the blades. Told we couldn’t have too many crisps that we asked for.

Here’s where what I’m saying could be wrongly perceived...I’ve never been there before heard good things my guests from Indiana heard about it - but none of us know your story! What is your story - owners on site - farm to table - how do you age beef 88 days etc.
The servers in any restaurant needs to work the table...find out how we got there, what our real thoughts were about each dish, create the right image and manage the expectations or make something change so we feel served.
I would be hard pressed to go back if I did it would be for the couple of apps and drinks looked real good.
Scale of 1-10 I would give it a 6+

FF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was very good, the soft shelled crab was a highlight. The in-house chocolate pralines were delectable and, as an aside, the chocolate couverture was tempered perfectly like the chef had a point to prove!

LO
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first time. Fauna has a beautiful ambiance and the food was delicious!!
Our server, Emily, was lovely!!
It wasn't busy, so when two other friends joined us, Emily, got us another table. We had a great time.
Highly recommend.

a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitress was MOST knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. It was a fun and perfect evening on every level!

VR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Wine list was pricey with no Sauvignon Blanc so for those who expect to pay less than 75$ for a bottle, you will be disappointed. Food was great, oysters were fantastic, great service. Portions are on the smaller side. Overall very good but pricey.

MB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent and the food matched the previous reviews. First time here and we'll be back. Would definitely recommend the soft shell crab and the duck sharing plate!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Once again fauna does not disappoint. Staff understand good service and the kitchen produces excellent food. Can’t wait for our next visit.

L
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Farm to table food with interesting combinations of ingredients. Could have a few more options. Extensive wine list by the bottle and several by the glass.

BS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fauna is one of my favourite lunch and date night spots. As I have many allergies, their customer service in ensuring my meal is safe for me to eat, goes above and beyond. Friendly staff, wonderful ambiance and delicious food I can't wait to come back and eat more!

SP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

Must have been an off night given their current rating

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to Fauna twice in recent months, and both times were phenomenal. The service is excellent, the ambiance is comfortable yet chic. The lighting in particular is great - very well designed! Everyone looks their best in this space. The food is superb. They really know what they’re doing here, which reflected in all of the above, as well as in the delicious cocktail menu, extensive wine list, and the desserts.... My new favourite!

LB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Trust knowledge of waiters and bartenders, they will bring you great cocktails, food and wine.

AP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing spot! We love this place for lunch! Incredible wine list - we can always count on trying something unique and delicious!

RG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was as expected. The only improvement that I could share is for the server to hand over the bill in a more expedient fashion.

N
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food that was served promptly, but did not feel or taste rushed, did I mention it was delicious because it is. Fauna has a beautiful aesthetic that felt both familiar and fresh. The staff was attentive and yet never did they feel intrusive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fauna served us our best meal on our trip to Ottawa. Outstanding, creative local flavors married with incredible craft cocktails and excellent service. The Fauna team took excellent care of us and we are very grateful for the experience. Fauna will be top of our list to visit again next time we visit. Thank you!

AM
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I was shocked at the size of the portions for a tasting menu. They were too big to be truly enjoyable, with each item involving almost solely a slab of meat prepared in some odd way. The service was great and the ambiance of the restaurant was great, however the food experience was quite disappointing. The dessert was lovely as the tasting menu was to choose either from Land or Sea - dessert for sea was a play on a coral reef, and also for the first dish not involving meat. My favorite dish by far was the squid ink pasta with lobster. That was a delicious way to incorporate the menu. Everything else was quite average, although my first oyster experience was great as the starter. I’m sure it would be different if I had ordered one meal, but I wouldn’t go back for a tasting menu.

ES
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The service is exceptional. However, I find the food quality and quantity very poor to warrant a $125 pp price. I don't mind paying a premium for really top notch fine dining. This one was disappointing on my opinion. I can find much better quality in other restaurants for a fraction of the cost.

B
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The meal was very nice, but it wasn't the amazing dining experience that I had there once before and that I was expecting. Many other restaurants to eat at before I might decide to Fauna.

TL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

There were six of us and we all ordered the rib steak sharing platters and finished everything g..a sign of an excellent meal !

c
Ottawa
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place for sharing delicious food !! Will go back for sure !!

NN
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant and great service. Music was a bit loud, though. Had the half duck, it was a bit cold, but everything else was delicious. I recommend Fauna!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Went to Fauna before a holiday party and were very disappointed. The service was poor, we had to wait 15 minutes before even putting in a drink order and then had to wait another 10 minutes to try to flag down the waiter to get an ice bucket for our wine.

The food was good but we felt it was over priced for what it was and the portion size.

Overall a pretty disappointing experience. We have been to Fauna a few times and it has always been okay, but never great. After this experience we won’t be going back. So many other great restaurants in Ottawa that it seems like a waste to go to Fauna over another place.

GD
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great foodies

d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service,very innovative cuisine

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service...our server was there when we needed her but unobtrusive the rest of the time.
Food was delicious.

H
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

This was my fourth visit to Fauna. I have always been a fan of the ambience, food and cocktails but was a bit underwhelmed this time. We ordered the soft shell crab to start followed by suckling pig and swordfish. The prices were noticeably higher or maybe I noticed them because I wasn’t really impressed by the food. The swordfish was bland though the purée and vegetables served with it were flavourful. The pig was juicy but the meat on the bone was too tough to cut with the knife. Unfortunately Not my favourite experience there.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I would only recommend this restaurant after telling the friend, it's pricey for what you get. We have been to much higher quality of food establishments and ambiance for basically the same price. Our kale was too salty and the Yorkshire pudding was over cooked and dry. There was far to much sauce draped over our rib eye steak. A good chef/cook would never over spice or over sauce their main dish.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable. We had oysters and the half-duck. Everything was beyond delicious!

TB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was phenomenal. We had amazing virgin cocktails and the sauces with the food were terrific! Very adventurous. I had the soft shell crab which was the wildest thing I've ever eaten. Thanks for a terrific time.

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