Atelier - Ottawa

4.7
1329 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Notable Wine List
Atelier is a tasting menu restaurant in Ottawa serving 'New Canadian' food based on hypermodern culinary technique and technology.

Atelier serves exclusively a 12-course tasting menu offered at $125 CAD per person. We offer a wine pairing to complement the menu for $75 CAD per person.

When reserving please make note of any dietary restrictions or allergies so our chefs may best prepare your experience.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Reservations for Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

Reservations for tables of 5 or more must be made by phone.
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Phone number
(613) 321-3537
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Marc Lepine
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Cross Street
Carling
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Parking Details
Parking is available for free on local streets after 5:30 PM Monday - Friday. Free street parking Saturday and Sunday.

A public lot is available for parking beside Atelier, cost will vary depending on time of day. $3.00 for after 6PM.
Additional
Chef's Table, Corkage Fee
What 1329 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.4
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Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our dinner! The sommelier was really great too :)

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place, lovely service, amazing food both for the eyes and the palate. It takes 3 1/2 hours! The only complaint is that the venison was too tough. The other 11 courses were perfect.

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GG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atelier is an amazing food experience. Every course was an event. This is not a regular restaurant- it is a unique and creative food experience

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I booked the restaurant after seeing it featured as one of the top 100 in Canada, which it lived up to. We where three for a little over 3 hours, and you might say - that long. While - 12 servings takes a while, and we went with wine pairing, which was great. We were not rushed, and the evening did not drag. All in all it was a great meal(s), with some very nice wine. This is definitely a place for a special evening or celebration, and for those willing to taste a variety of food served in many different ways. A great night.

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impressive meals presentation and wine pairing recommendations. We had a fabulous evening!

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CD
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a dining experience unique to Ottawa. The service was oustanding (Alison) and I loved the way the Sommelier described the wines (Bernard). Not all the food was a hit with us but most of it was and we appreciated the creativity and the interesting flavour combinations.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our second time there both times for special birthdays. A memorable night both times.

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BA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very interesting concept. Really enjoyed my meals at atelier. I will definitely be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overall good experience. Interesting dishes.
Few dishes were not actually prepared as finish product when served but waiter did apologize for this. Typically this would not matter but when paying north of 300$ expect more of the product.

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dinner in a very elegant setting. Would recommend for special occasions.

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AL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience!! I look forward to our next visit at Atelier!

Thx

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! The twelve coarse are just finominal. I can't imagine the prep that goes into this place. Always treated great here.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional service and exciting food.

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

My wife and I recently had an anniversary dinner at Atelier. The food was very good, but did not feel as good as our first visit a couple of years ago. A couple of the dishes underwhelmed. For example, one course was a basic salad comprised of a few cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, cubes of feta cheese and some basil with olive oil. I appreciate the attempt to highlight simple ingredients that are in season, but this was not a dish one would expect from Atelier. Other dishes definitely did shine. In particular, the dish with garlic scapes was spectacular.

This restaurant is still definitely the best at elevating ingredients but we felt that this time around the dishes lacked some of the more uncommon/exotic ingredients we've seen in the past (e.g. truffle, sea urchin, bone marrow..).

We sat on the second floor on the bench along the right hand side of the room. Although the room itself is very nice, we were too close to the people beside us and we could hear their conversations and vice versa. That was a bit annoying especially given the length of the dinner. If Atelier removes only one of the tables along the bench, it would be enough to give the privacy the diners expect.

The desserts were excellent, especially the cherries based one.

As a general remark, I appreciate the concept of the restaurant is a 12 course blind tasting menu, but I feel that each course is so small, and with many components, that it's sometimes hard to appreciate the flavours in the 2 bites that is each course. I think it would be a better experience with two or three less courses, but with each course being bigger.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s amazing!

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RL
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

While the food was very creative it felt that the protein dishes were skimped on in terms of amount. We have gone to some of the best tasting menues in the country and while portions are always expected to be small. Usually the protein dishes tend to be more filling. The indoor ambience also needs a face lift.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my 4th time dining here, but the first time in 6 years. They haven't lost their touch! Still an incredible creative gem and outstanding value. World class in terms of food, presentation, and service. I can scarcely believe it's in Ottawa. Always worth a visit!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly team

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TN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very creative menu, food was visually stimulating and tastes just as good

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R
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary, everything was amazing! Great experience!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Took my dad and sister out for a special dinner, had an amazing experience. Food was absolutely superb. My waiter was fantastic, provided a great description of the blind 12-course tasting menu that we had with an optional wine pairing. Very accomadable with any food allergies or strong dislikes. 3 and a 1/2 hours of pure modern fine dining. Service couldn’t of been better, everyone was friendly, accommodating and we never needed to ask for a refill. You could taste just about every ingredient in each dish, all with a different creative touch/aspect to it. My favourite was the pork shoulder- absolutely fanominal! But not so much with the crab and horseradish soup, most likely just an acquired taste. Dessert was a lovely great way to end our meal. Definitely worth the price and would come back again when new dishes are created.

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VK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was one of the most unique experiences I’ve had. The food was beautiful, I almost didn’t want to touch it. All the dishes tasted fantastic and had fresh and different ingredients. The waitress and sommelier were amazing and so knowledgeable. Definitely would recommend this place for people who love good food and wine and people who appreciate exceptional cuisine.

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CM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Never come here. It’s a huge gimmick. The food is horrible and they try to do things to make it seem desirable like put it in a terrarium or call it “shattered broccoli”. The staff are pretentious and embarrassing. Do not recommend.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, it did not disappoint. The food is pure theatre with modern design and wonderful tastes. Been here half a dozen or so times in last few years and have never been dissatisfied in any way. Class act..

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DT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience. So much creativity in the courses. A number of foods I had never tried. The molecular gastronomy approach was a treat, had seen plenty on television but never tasted. Wine pairings were quite enjoyable. Even though I don't normally drink much white, highly recommend the paired wine option. Small, quaint dining room.

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Très bonne expérience !
Nous reviendrons !

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to celebrate a birthday, and the experience was awesome. Highly recommend getting the wine pairing because it adds a lot to the meal, and the wines that are served are not only expensive, high-quality wines, but also accompany the dishes perfectly!

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P
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Few dishes were good but some were very missed. Especially the `new` dish they brought with sablefish. It was sous vide with plankton and other that I forgot but it was too fishy and unable to be consumed so I took a bite and did not eat after.

Overall good experience, but only will visit in every 5 years to renew my gastronomy experience.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had a nice dinner with my son who is 11 years old. He enjoys the food so much and ate everything. The only thing is the portion is a little small and he could have eaten more.
But overall, AMAZING

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VJ
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An expensive evening but worth it!
Great food with interesting artistic flair!

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W
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fun concept if you like the adventure of trying combination of flavors and a nice evening with great company. However, 12 courses is a bit much and as a result the portions so small that it is hard to register when something taste good - it is all over too quickly. A range of 6 to 8 dishes would be better. The wine pairing adds a lot to the experience, almost a must do, and the service is excellent. Great somelier!

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T
Ottawa
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The blind menu is an experience and so much fun. Everything was delicious. Great attention to detail. Really enjoyed every single bite. The sommelier picked the perfect wine to go with the entire meal. Thanks Atelier for a wonderful birthday! The restaurant even printed a commemorative birthday menu signed by the whole team! Wonderful experience.

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Food presentation was excellent, though the taste was good not amazing. Overall, not worth the price

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thw whole experience was amazing - both food and service. They made you feel like this is happening only for you.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second visit to Atelier, cannot wait for the third visit.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s was great as usual

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ME
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As usual the food was amazing as was the service. The special food request was accommodated without fuss. Always an amazing.culinary experience. Thank you

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good service and plate presentation. In General the taste of the food was delicious. But for some dishes, I think the focus was too much on the presentation rather than on the flavours. Great overall experience just sometimes missed flavours

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M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atelier is fantastic. It is more an art exhibit than a meal, with each dish a masterpiece to enjoy.

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CG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had the best evening for my partner birthday. Carey was one of the best waiter we ever had in Ottawa. He was caring, attentive and knew every little details of each dish.
This isn’t a cheap restaurant but the value is great, we truly feel
Like it was a very fair price for the quality, the design of the dishes and using local products (which we know isn’t cheap).
The wine pairing is also worth it and is almost a no brainer due to the fact that every wine served and selected were of high quality.

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