Atelier - Ottawa

4.6
1320 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
Top tags:
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • 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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Neighbourhood
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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 1320 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.8
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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

Thx

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Exceptional service and exciting food.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

It’s amazing!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Friendly team

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Très bonne expérience !
Nous reviendrons !

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

It’s was great as usual

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing experience. Flavours on point and the plating exceptional.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Très belle expérience

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

my favorite and indeed the best restaurant in Ottawa. The tasting menu is stunning! Staffs are professional and friendly. Never gonna forgot my dinning experience there, and highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We had been wanting to come here for over a year and finally made it for a birthday. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and the experience was divine. Would love to visit again!

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

This was a true fine dining experience worthy of a special event. Unfortunately, i was expecting more from the food. It was without question very good, varied and very creatively presented in the most meticulous way but the tastes and flavours did not excite me or blow me away as I expected from this type of experience and for the cost.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

It was great food and excellent service from the staff. The staff were all super friendly and knew the food well! I wished that the restaurant had more lights. I could hardly see my food, although it was delicious to the last bite. The lack of lights does make it a bit awkward at times. and the tables looked like they were bought at ikea and didn’t have any table cloths and the chairs were kind of hard to sit on. The lack of some decent furniture and lights is why I’m rating it 4/5.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

I have been able to check off a bucket list item. Went on a whim; thankfully there was a table available. The service was very good (server spoke a bit quiet but I figured it out) and the menu was beautifully presented, creative and a lot of fun. Both my friend and I love a good food 'experience', and this did not disappoint! I highly recommend an evening - there is no need to do anything else. The pairing were very well chosen, and not limited to only wine, nor are the wines standard. I was impressed to see a BC wine in the pairing.

If you have the opportunity to have an evening here; be prepared to enjoy yourself. I will most Definately be back the next time I am in Ottawa; especially becasue the menu is always evolving.

Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Very good food and amazing service !! I would definitely recommended to friends and I will come again!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Atelier on New Years is an absolute experience. We were treated to a massive 25 course meal, lasting 6 hours - right into the New Year. The food was unreal and every dish came out looking like art. Highlights included the carrot soup, the amazingly glazed ham slices, a helium-filled sugar balloon and the styrofoam cubes.

The service (Alisson and others) was impeccable and every dish was explained in great detail. We were even treated with complimentary champagne at midnight. We went with the wine-pairing which was thoroughly detailed out by Devon. While I can never tell the quality of the matchings, there were a few that became 10x better once taken with the matched food.

This was the perfect way to cap off a year of milestones for us and we couldn't haven't chosen a better place. This place is HIGHLY recommended for foodies. It's food and so much more of an experience.

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