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Back to Brooklyn, Ottawa, ON

Back to Brooklyn

3.5
3.5
214 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
A new experience in the Byward Market. Casual Fine Dining and Shareable Plates.

Reservations are Mandatory.
We always try to accommodate our guests’ advance seating requests, however, due to limited seating availability, we do not guarantee those seating requests.
We encourage proper etiquette, language, and behavior.
We discourage and will not tolerate the disrespect of other guests and our employees equally.
We prefer a fashion-forward and proper chic attire.
We do not accept tank tops, flip flops, athletic wear, work style boots, bandanas, hoods.
We will hold tables for a 15 minute window past the reservation time.
Parties of 6 or more, as well as bottle service, will have an automatic 20% gratuity added to their bill.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Lounge

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am Fri–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (613) 699-6999

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Warren Sutherland

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Cross Street

    Clarence and William Street

  • Parking Details

    Parking directly in front.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    New Spring brunch menu for Sunday from 12-4pm Bottomless mimosas for $35 from 12:00 till 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    AFROLIFE Presents Back to Back Djs featuring a Brooklyn Boozy Brunch at Ottawa's top brunch spot in the city. Whether it is a smoked Brooklyn Chicken and Waffles or Byward Market Skillet, coffee or bottomless mimosas, you will leave with a full belly and happy heart.

What 214 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.4Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Outdoor Eating

  • Ottawa

    Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. E

    Emilie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Best espresso martini I've ever had. Excellent service, our server was very friendly.
  2. SA

    SephoraA

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Je suis arrivée à 8pm et il yavait pas de nourriture j’ai été decu
  3. KL

    KLEEMISS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    The food was average and overpriced but that is prob standard for the market. The service was prob the worst I’ve ever experienced and that’s saying something… Our waitress was abrupt, not attentive in the least, disappeared most of the night and never once asked if we needed anything I saw zero management on the floor. At one point I saw our waitress chatting with the waitress at the front door drinking a red bull. There is a huge opportunity for training staff in customer service. Fries were delivered cold which made me believe they sat in the pick up window. I had to ask for water multiple times and my husband when he asked for another beer waited 30 min and it came warm. We took my daughter out for her bday and it was not the evening I had planned for her. I rate service 1/10 The burger was tasty but again cold fries. Salmon - just ok- nothing special Pizza - just ok Pasta came hot in a cast iron pan - the only dish that came to our table hot.
  4. j

    jess

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    My salmon and my friend’s steak came cold, as if they were sitting on a counter for 15 minutes before being served. Food was overpriced and service wasn’t the best. More of a spot to drink than eat.
  5. LB

    LizaB

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Look, it's a new place, so some of these things will improve over time, I'm sure. But the drinks were watery, the food was cold, and there was one very over stretched server who just didn't have the time to take our orders or refresh our waters.
  6. A

    Adam

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    I found the atmosphere to be very energetic. However at a certain time of night it turns from a restaurant to a night club. Its very hard to hear or see your guests. I found drinks to be overpriced for the quantity you're receiving, however the food was very good. If you want to go for dinner I would suggest going between 5-7 pm. Before it becomes too loud. Also there are strobe lights throughout the venue made distracting at times.
  7. E

    Eater2013

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Food was cold. They told us 30 minutes after ordering that they didn't have one of the appetizers we ordered. They brought out our entrees and they brought out the wrong entrée and when we told them it was wrong, they went to the kitchen and came back and said they were out of what we ordered and that they brought this other dish (that they initially thought was ours-- so I think they just got the order wrong and tried to force the dish they brought out so we wouldn't be waiting longer for what we did order) Service was bad. It was too loud to be able to really have a conversation/hear. It was more like a club vibe. Wish we had known ahead of time otherwise we would have chosen a different restaurant. OpenTable lists the restaurant as "Tapas/Small Plates" it is definitely not that kind of food. They did comp a number of items, gave us a discount, and brought out other complimentary dishes to help alleviate the issues we faced.
  8. FB

    FannieB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food2service3ambience5
    Il n’avait pas tout sur le menu car manque d’aliments décu
  9. RM

    RoojiM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We walked out Miserable staff. Hostess didn't seat us as per our reservation (we asked for indoors, she sat us outdoors) When we asked for the seat beside where she sat us, she informed us there was a reservation for there two hours after ours We were provided with a QR code for the online menu The waitress did not know the menu at all. She kept saying she had only been there 3 days... poor excuse. We had originally been drawn to the restaurant for it's keto menu due to health reasons. We made our order, she went in and came back to say an iten wasn't available, then came back again to say our substitute request wasn't available and then the third time came back and said that none of keto menu (half their menu online) was available. My partner then asked why they would direct us to a menu that wasn't available. He stood up and spoke sternly and she kept saying don't yell at me. He wasn't yelling. He said relay my question to management. The whole place is a farce. From the staff who are blatantly miserable and ill-equipped by management to do the most basic parts of their jobs, to the false advertising to the blatant disregard for minimal standards of customer service and restaurant management. This place screams shady. Ruined our rare night to go out and doesn't deserve to be in business. I wouldn't he surprised if they are breaking basic ethical, employment, human rights and management codes. They should be inspected.
  10. MB

    MilieB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place - the entire wait staff was very kind and personable. We didn’t feel rushed, our server was attentive and on the ball. The only thing that wasn’t clear was the way the pricing worked for bottomless mimosas, but it isn’t the end of the world. The food was tasty and the portions appropriate, the drinks flowed and the vibe was great. I would maybe recommend a few fans inside because it was quite hot out, but we still had Ana amazing time. Looking forward to going back out and trying the dinner menu!
  11. A

    Anonymous

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    It was fine. I had hoped for a more inspired menu. Everything was fine, but nothing went above and beyond.
  12. v

    valmo

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Friendly service but not on top of things. Brought wrong food to table, kitchen made mistake after being advised of an allergy, (the server did remove the item from the bill without being asked so that was appreciated), billed us for wrong food, food was mediocre. Cocktails and cheese board were very good. The BBQ chicken salad was mostly lettuce with some chicken thrown on top. Wouldn’t recommend this place except for the drinks and patio. It has potential but not there yet.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Food was not great, wait a while to get it.
  14. TW

    TamaraW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Although sitting on the patio was lovely, the food was disappointing. My companion had to send back her sliders which were chunks of dry, cold brisket rather than a beef patty. Kettle chips were hard. The exchanged order of a house burger was no better. My order of zucchini “pasta” with tomatoes and mushrooms was mediocre. This was my first time at the restaurant and I would not attend again on account of the food.
  15. HG

    HeleneG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great. Rib steak was delicious. Portion was good. It took a while to get served as they had server table confusion. Once this was solve, waitress was exvellent.
  16. FB

    FemBot9

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time. Went for bottomless mimosas. The music and atmosphere was great.
  17. m

    mark

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    service was terrible, waitresses were nowhere to be found classy place but with loud edm music & strobe lights (don’t get me wrong im a fan but the two different vibes together are extremely confusing) drinks were pretty good
  18. DG

    DG1111

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Our waitress was kind, and polite, and ambiance was great. However it was really slow service because servera had too many tables to be prompt and attentive. Waited 40 mins from first sitting down to receiving cocktails. Kitchen ran out of ingredients and two ppl at the table had to reorder their mains. There were many missed money making opportunities for the restaurant related to speed. I'll give it another chance if someone else suggests this place.
  19. NG

    NathanaeleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my friends had a very lovely brunch here ☺️ Great food and great environment Amazing customer service !!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The vibe and atmosphere are amazing. It's small nice place, with a beautiful and cosy interior design and a patio (if you looking to enjoy the sun). The cocktails were good (the alcohol in the drink was definitely present) but the food is a big no. We order chicken sandwich and B2B burger, with a side of chips and Caesar salad. The burgers were dry and not well seasoned, the chips were too hard (it's supposed to be just crunchy) and Caesar salad was quite okay. Overall, it's nice spot for a get-together with friends, sip few cocktails but not the best option for food. We had fun tho.
  21. PR

    PolinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and friendly staff, will definitely come back again.
  22. CH

    CHRISTOPHER

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food (salmon) was quite good. However, it took 40 minutes after being seated to receive even a drinks menu, after having to ask. Much too long given they remind you of the two-hour stay-time limit when they seat you. Also, at 9:00pm sharp the restaurant turns into a club with live dj, so you won’t be motivated to stay longer if you are there to have a conversation over dinner.
  23. ES

    EricS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great people. And great seeing my old friend Daphne. Strongly recommend Back to Brooklyn
  24. AW

    AkiiyahW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Worst food I’ve had in Ottawa. Also coffee dined not get refills.
  25. d

    davem

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soooo good! Had the smoked salmon eggs ben…very generous portions. Hostess/waitress were super friendly. Highly recommend.
  26. TH

    TalaH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    The service was extremely poor. No modifications could be made to our food due to a new kitchen. They advertised free dessert for Mother’s Day brunch but refused to provide it because it was too early (it was 12- this is a common time for brunch). We booked for a patio seat but were seated indoors while the walk ins ahead of us got a patio seat. The food was bland and was definitely not worth the price, one of our dishes lacked presentation and was simply an egg in a bun for a high price point. We were willing to pay for an experience which we simply didn’t get- it was extremely disappointing. Our waitress lacked knowledge of the kitchens abilities and never accommodated for any simple requests. I wouldn’t come here for brunch, a celebration or a good time if you care for quality/service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We made a reservation however when we arrived they placed us next to the washroom and the bussing area for dropping off dirty plates. It was a very cramped spot to begin with so having people constantly walk by was uncomfortable. I had sort of thought that if you made a reservation ahead of time they’d give you a better table. The fix was to put us in the back enclosed patio… However the tables are not high enough to dine from when seated on the couches. And there is next to no room available for your legs. We quickly learned that the back patio area is for bigger groups to gather = more noise. The menu was just ok. The whole restaurant feels kind of cramped. And ambiance comes off as an afterthought. The front patio & first few tables is where you will find that summertime Byward Market patio vibe.
  28. g

    gaelk

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    Food menu is only available after 5pm 👎 on a Saturday afternoon which is pretty strange, this is after all a restaurant in the by ward market with a patio neighbouring other restaurants who serve food before 5pm.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decent menu and great portion. Cocktails are amazing. The location is more than convenient (Byward Market), and the ambience is perfect for a date (Received a rose). Friendly service, would definitely recommend!
  30. n

    nicoled

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    no good overall, left before could even be fully served
  31. E

    Enan

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Overpriced food and drinks that didn’t taste good. Server was attentive. Food took about 45 minutes before it came out. We wouldn’t come back here tbh for anything other than a quick drink
  32. M

    Meeel

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My glass of water was dirty .. full of Salt. Brunch was ok . 5.50$ for a coffee . Service was excellent! Very friendly staff.
  33. JG

    JanG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Cute little place, but a bit overpriced. 19$ for a small cocktail... Food was great. It was pretty empty when we went.
  34. ML

    MaveL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Way too loud, bad food. Would not recommend for brunch.
  35. M

    Melissa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good overall but food is too expensive for the quality.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Very bad service. We were sat quick and the server was friendly. She brought us water that had lipstick marks on it. We didn’t ask for water to so we didn’t say anything and ordered our drinks. We sat there for about 30 mins. Until a table in front of us was sat and they got drinks immediately. Come to find out those were not their drinks. The server takes the drinks back and asks if they’re ours. But they were not our drinks either. We told her we didn’t want them. She was very confused and tried to find out where the drinks were suppose to go. We then got up and left. Horrible service! Will not return!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic. We had the steak tartare, shrimp tostada, b2b burger, and gnocchi. The gnocchi and shrimp tostada were divine and the steak tartare and b2b burger were delicious. The brownie finished off the night on a high note as well. We loved the décor, and ambience of the place and had a lovely time.
  38. T

    Talia

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    This is a great place for drinks. The menu is priced quite high and the food was not very good. But the atmosphere and drinks are fun, and the service was great. Would recommend for a night of drinks and laughter, but eat somewhere else first.
  39. J

    Jimmy

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Ambiance. Great service. Food is amazing
  40. MT

    MaudeThib

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went on a date and the vibe was pretty! The waitress Max was really sweet. I recommend this cozy place to everyone who wants to enjoy a good drink & some nice food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Back to Brooklyn does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Back to Brooklyn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 699-6999.

Back to Brooklyn is rated 3.5 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Back to Brooklyn

B-81 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Clarence and William Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am Fri–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Parking directly in front.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Warren Sutherland

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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