North and Navy

4.6
433 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
A Northern Italian kitchen inspired by the Bacari of Venice
Our menu is inspired by tradition and dictated by the quality and availability of ingredients. We play off the similarities between the climates of Eastern Ontario and Northeast Italy, and create our take on classic dishes made with seasonal game, seafood and vegetables. Plus, sometimes we’ll just add whatever we want.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Monday 5-10
Tuesday 5-10
Wednesday 5-10
Thursday 5-10
Friday 5-10
Saturday 5-10
Sunday Closed
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Phone number
(613) 232-6289
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Adam Vettorel
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Catering
We are happy to discuss catering opportunities for small gatherings and larger cocktail parties.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Bank St
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Parking Details
There is a city parking lot directly across the street that is free after 6pm. Lots of available street parking.
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Special Events & Promotions
Please feel free to contact us for anything you may be thinking of, perhaps we can work together.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 433 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very tasty food. The Sunday sharing meal is a great way to enjoy time with friends or family. Definitely must try the smelts! Dessert is a bit lack lustre, but acceptable.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Won't be going back...portion size relative to prices charged is outrageous. The only redeeming value was the service, unfortunately, that does not make up for the menu. $8 for a single scoop of ice cream, with an Expresso poured over it - really? A fool and his money are soon parted, I guess.

Never again! Definitely will steer my clients and friends away from this money pit

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The staff was amazing and the food was excellent as usual

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

North and Navy was exceptional in the service, experience and overall food quality. Be prepared for a bit of a surprise when ordering dishes, they all taste amazing but will have surprises. We went specifically for the May menu, so I strongly suggest go when a menu is something you are willing to eat. North and Navy is great for both small groups and intimate dinners. The menu is seasonal, using fresh ingredients. It's kind of family style, so sharing is encouraged. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great restaurant experience and filling meal.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food was amazing. Service was great. Justin and Sophie Trudeau were there on a date, too. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We live in the neighbourhood and enjoy the occasional evening at N&N. While the menu has a delicious selection of shared plates, we love going to N&N for a couple of cocktails at the bar. If you happen to be in when Vincent the bartender is in... this man knows his stuff - he makes excellent classics and will gladly introduce you to something new!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

From the moment I reached out to the restaurant on social media to finishing our evening meal, everything was impeccable. I reached out to confirm vegetarian options to which NoNa promptly replied. Then upon my making a reservation, they messaged me again to confirm their vegetarian menu for that specific night. The decor, the drinks, and service got us really excited at the outset, and then the food started coming out and it was all so delicious! Staff were happy to accommodate another round of drinks after we'd initially asked for the bill, and were happy to pack up everything we could not eat so we could take it home. Only one small comment, is that it emptied out early and on leaving all the staff were in the back cleaning so there was no one to say goodbye. It's too bad because other than this you would think you'd had a meal in a restaurant in Italy, but this reminded us we were in Ottawa! :)

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were blown away by the incredible service at North and Navy. We were treated very well and the service was exceptional. The server had great recommendations and the food was out of this world. I could eat their Polpettes for breakfast lunch and dinner every day. 100/10. Would recommend to everyone and anyone.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

North & Navy never disappoints. The menu is always exquisite and the service is amazing. It’s by far my favourite restaurant in Ottawa. Our server Sebastian was super knowledgeable and made our experience that much more enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. The service was great, our waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgable. We ordered her recommendations and loved it all. We were celebrating our anniversary and they made sure to make it special for us. We will definitely return and recommend

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Everything was delicious. Really appreciated the free desserts and will definitely be back again some time. An Ottawa gem for sure. Thanks

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very good food grounded in Italian cuisine but with innovative flare. Desserts are excellent too.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were greeted at the door by two lovely gentlemen that truly looked like they were happy to be working on a Sunday night. They promptly sat us at our cosy booth in the stunning dining room. The service was kind and friendly and he answered all our questions with grace and ease. My father didn't quite enjoy the flavour of his main, at no fault to the kitchen, it just wasn't what he was expecting and our server proceeded to ask all the right questions and made sure he was still happy and had enough to eat. I didn't get our servers name, (tall man with glasses?) he was very nice and professional and gave us the right amount of service. In my opinion, there's nothing worse than an overbearing server that spends too much time at your table. Overall dinner was great, I was looking forward to the Duck 4 two dish, unfortunately not served on Sundays, so I'll have to go back another night! Thanks N&N :)

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Sunday dinners here are the best. Perfect home cooked meal, super satisfying, and amazing warm service. You have to come, and let NoNa feed you!!!

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very disappointing experience. The service was too fast, too rush, the explanations given on the menu was so quick that we had to ask two times. My last dish was too salty (I mentioned it to the waiter).

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I rated the restaurant as good for food and it was. The only problem was that because it was listed in Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, I was expecting better. I had the smelts to start. They were nice and crispy as they should be but they were extremely salty and there was no attempt at presentation, just piled in a non-descript bowl. As a second course I had the liver and onions which was rich, delicious and generous. I was able to take some home and it was just as good the next day. Wonderful! For dessert I had the affogato, a dessert that I particularly like, but not unfortunately at North and Navy. The ice cream was very ordinary, even a bit icy and the espresso was watery and weak with next to no taste of coffee. In fact, I doubt it was espresso. I believe they can do well at this restaurant and I would go back, but they do have some things to work on.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent food and service
The quality of the ingredients reminded me of my travels in Italy
Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I recently took my wife for her birthday and it was quite the treat! Excellent food, excellent setting and excellent service. It was noisier than I remembered, but that is probably because it was packed and despite the business the pacing of our food was just perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great ambiance at the Chef’s Table. Attentive servers. Food as always was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Amazing food and great service. Very nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We are big fans of North and Navy for a night out with friends. When we heard they were now offering Sunday family style dinners, we were keen to try it out with our teenaged daughters. The food was fabulous - all selected by our server - the lovely Erica - for us. An very enjoyable evening was had by all. We would highly recommend trying the Sunday dinners with NoNa!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delicious food. Tasty cocktails. Interesting wine selection. Friendly service. Warm atmosphere

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food, great wine selection. Service was a highlight.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This restaurant has very unusual but very creative and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Amazing food, congrats for making Canada’s top 100 restaurants, a bit too cozy and noise level on the high side

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fantastic food, great flavors, enjoyed mixing plates with umami, sour and salty characteristics. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I've been to North & Navy many times, and this was another wonderful occasion. My boyfriend and I came for our anniversary, and were very happy with the wine, the food, the ambiance, and the (quiet) presence of some of the Ottawa Senators. We agreed that the sea urchin risotto was the highlight of the meal (homey, unusual, pungent - we considered ordering a second portion!), and we also really enjoyed the pizzelle (a welcome surprise, since neither of us are typically dessert people) and the smelts - I'd love to see those as a bar snack. My boyfriend also liked his cocktail, and the wine was great, as usual.

The one mediocre part of the meal, in my opinion was the cucumber panzanella. While I really enjoyed the brightness of the cucumber flavour and the richness of the cream, the dish was otherwise a bit lacklustre, and just seemed underwhelming for $15.

Service was great, and we were especially impressed with the servers' attentiveness given that the restaurant was packed on a Tuesday night, including with what looked like a large reservation upstairs. I'm always so impressed by the professionalism of the staff at North & Navy - they make you feel special even when you are a small table of two young people on a weekday. The food did initially take a while to come out of the kitchen (50 minutes), but the ambiance and drinks were nice enough that the wait did not mar the evening, and we understood that it must have been just as busy back as front of house!

Thank you all again for another great meal in a great setting. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The new Sunday menu is amazing! Everything was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The "feed me" option was exceptional value -- so much variety for so little money. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The steak is unreal.. the potatoes that come with it are fantastic, I think there should be a bit more veg added. Overall always a great experience, negronis are fantastic and good wine selection.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Birthday with guests. Bit noisy but happy noise. Food special!! Waitress perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

My friend and I very much enjoyed our evening at North & Navy. Our server (forgive me, I don't remember her name) was very inviting and helpful. The food was amazing and we enjoyed the wine as well.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I went to NoNa mid-week to catch-up with a friend who was in from out of town. We sat in a cozy booth off to the side, and were warmly welcomed when we arrived. Service was attentive, and the menu offered some really imaginative courses. We started with the burrata (heavenly) and followed with shared pasta courses. The Maltagliati were flavourful and earthy, which contrasted against the full flavours of the salt cod spaghetti. Our main course, Sablefish with Fennel, was a very coherent dish. If there was one inconsistency to the evening, it was that both our fish courses were heavily salted, which detracted from what I’m sure would otherwise have been my favourite items on the menu. Altogether an enjoyable dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always exceeds expectations. Delicious food, and amazing service.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

À la hauteur de sa réputation, ce resto nous a tout simplement enchantés. Un très bel endroit pour commencer une soirée.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Loved everything. Service was excellent. Love a good mixed drink but I didn’t particularly like theirs. Would recommend wine instead. They have a great corner table for couples (will request it next time).

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

So we loved it. The food was so tasty and original. The waiter was professional and knowledgeable but not intrusive. It was quiet but not dead. It really needs to be for the well-heeled or the special occasion because the dinner was not inexpensive (but worth it!).

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was our first time at North and Navy and it was incredible. From the moment we walked in, everything was exceptional. The atmosphere is a fun vibe, the food is impeccable and the service (our server Vincent) was top notch. We can’t wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

First and foremost, the food was excellent and the service attentive. However the menu mostly in Italian and needed explaining, but staff pushed for wine order ahead of selection. Where we were seated, the chairs were not comfortable for a leisurely meal, so we had coffee and dessert elsewhere. Still well worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Amazing food!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My wife and I finally got out to have a belated Valentine's dinner at North and Navy and we had fun. The waitress was friendly and gave a full detailed description of everything on the short menu, so we didn't have to tax our limited Italian too much. We started with apertivo drinks: she had a Prosecco and I had a large spicy Caesar, with oddly complex accoutrements. For antipasti, I had the Zucchini with Buratta and she had the Seared Eggplant & House Yoghurt. They were scrumptious, and definitely the best part of the meal. For primi, I had Spaghetti e Baccala and my wife had Spelt Farfalle with Artichoke. They were tasty, but mine was very buttery/salty, and they were the part of the meal I might skip next time. At that point we decided against secondi (too full) and went right to dolce: Ricotta & Passonfruit Pizzelle for me, and Nutella Marquise with Italian Meringue for her. Altogether a lovely experience, nice warm quiet table, interesting dishes and cutlery (they use mismatched antiques), and well worth the wait.

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