Bar Laurel

4.7
194 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Spanish influenced kitchen and bar in Hintonburg offering authentic Spanish delicacies, extensive seasonal cocktails and a wine list focused on low intervention wines with a focus on Sherry and Vermut.
Two seatings: 5:30-6:30pm and 8:00pm-:10:00pm
Late night menu Mon-Thurs from 10pm- late & Fri/Sat from 11pm- late
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent cocktails great food and fun atmosphere.

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OM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is always well prepared and delicious. Fast service. Unique cocktails. All in all it was a memorable experience.

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KW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous craft cocktails, unique wines, and impeccable small bites. Great spot for a couple or a small group of foodie friends.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a repeat visit for my wife and I. The first time was amazing... the second was as good!!

Let the server (Amy ) help you with your drink selections and your dinner choices... you can’t pick wrong... everything is spectacular!

We will be back... again and again and again!

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NV
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our visit to Bar Laurel was fabulous all around: drinks were terrific, food was terrific, service was terrific. I will be back!

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LP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food , service and ambiance. Each dish was created with precision and flare, with incredible flavour and nuance. Highly recommend.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Andrew McDow is a total superstar! He always gives excellent service.

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KM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and modern Spanish tapas-style small plates. Perfect for sharing. Romantic ambiance and decor. Will definitely go back!

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TM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Bar Laurel never disappoints. One of the best-balanced establishments in Ottawa. Professional service, excellent food, stylish decor, inclusive atmosphere. Only nitpick is I don't like much of the art that's on the walls, but hey.

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DD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We joined good friends in sampling as many delicious tapas selections as we could! Our favourite negroni and Spanish cocktails started off the evening and we finished off a most memorable meal with our favourite dessert: the basque cheesecake. We are very lucky to have in Ottawa such an authentic/expertly prepared tapas menu served quickly by friendly and knowledgeable staff. We will be back soon.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious!!!

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was simply incredible. If only we had room to order everything on the menu, I'm sure we wouldn't have been disappointed.

Great food, great and friendly service, relaxed atmosphere. Couldn't ask for more. Thank you!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Graduation

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took a friend there for her birthday celebration - excellent service, delicious food and amazing ambience. Loved it! Will be back.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

You guys do a great job but it’s about time but your menu get a refresh! Food is good but I’d like to see some variation please! Thank you!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Bar Laurel is great. Sat at the bar, and while service was a little slow, the bartender made up for it with a delicious Lamb dish

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A very nice discovery. I will definitely return . Service was outstanding.

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CC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bar Laurel continues to be outstanding! Our waiter was so formidable (sorry, I didn't catch your name!) and gave us a little candle with our cheesecake in honour of my friend's birthday. Cocktails on point, as always, and you must try the cod fritters!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, drinks, service.. all incredibly good!!

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CL
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Need to like small plates but I love all the drinks and the ability to share. Would recommend!

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NM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, good ambience. Attentive staff. Great for a date night or casual dinner with friends.

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EF
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, wine and ambiance. As a gluten free diner I would have appreciated gluten free bread and a gluten free fryer since the lack of both meant a significant part of the menu was not suitable for me.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food, had our server choose the plate to bring for our party of 6 and it was very good.
Would go again for sure

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AG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic, innovative food and great ambiance!! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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N
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Les plats étaient vraiment bons! L’endroit est petit mais convivial et le service était parfait. Nous avons été très bien conseillé. Il y avait peu de gens à notre arrivée mais l’endroit était plein vers 21h30.
Les tapas sont exquis ! Très belle soirée !

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P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My first time here and I loved it! Every dish was a hit. Excited to come again soon.

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Bar Laurel... will not be our last.
We tried about 9 or 10 dishes each was amazing!
The cocktails were ‘old school’ great!... bar tender gave me the recipe for the Black Vesper which is a MUST HAVE

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T
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Bar Laurel is a great little restaurant, clearly focused on getting as close to real Spanish Tapas as they can. The service was attentive and solid, friendly - with the waiter accommodating a special request to grill the octopus. Food was very good - although the wine pours were on the skimpy side. My only "complaint". Slick and cool interior.

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c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat at the bar for dinner. Everyone was super friendly and the food and drink were excellent. Every single dish we ordered was a hit. Wish I could go more often.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

We went to bar laurel a couple of years ago for our anniversary and loved the experience so we wanted to return this year, again to celebrate our anniversary.
On the open Table reservation it asked if it was a special occasion to which I replied it was our wedding anniversary. Not sure why they asked because we did not get a special table, nor was it acknowledged. Previously, we received a glass of bubbly, which we though was great.
We were seated beside a very loud table and our server was less than attentive. We waited close to 25 minutes to get our first drink, which did not start the experience off well.
All in all, the food was tasty but very expensive for the few bites per dish.
We don’t plan to go back anytime soon, which is disappointment because we loved it the first time.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yet another great meal ... again! Mule 2.0 is our go to drink. Our fav restaurant in the city, bar none! We often eat at the bar so we can watch the bartenders prepare the drinks as they do it with such flare!

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Y
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing as usual - we cannot wait to go back!

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d
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome cocktails created in house followed by an amazing selection of small plate and a fine Spanish wine. We ate at the bar and the bar man was a wealth of knowledge on both the menu and wines. I highly recommend this place!!

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TM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmophere and service and attention to detail.

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FM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Food was good but nothing blew my mind. Tapas were expensive. I get that some ingredient come at a hefty price for the restaurant but 10-12$ for 2 croquettas on a bed of salsa verde is excessive.

Still would recommend the place to friends but warn of the prices

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C
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect balance of attentiveness and leaving us to enjoy our dining. Loved all the dishes, so must go back to try more ... patatas ! Eating at the bar was a great option.

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!

Jordan was great, it was our first visit, Jordan was very helpful in explaining the menu

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DB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I’ve been here close to a dozen times and the food, cocktails and service were very good. In fact, I’d say the servers are excellent. I’m not sure what happened on the Tuesday (Sept. 18th) I went, but my guest and I were not served poorly but downright rudely.

The two worst examples (not the only ones) are when asked if we were having dinner or just drinks, I responded “drinks for now please since we’re not sure if we like each other enough to stay for dinner” in reference to me and my guest (I’m a pretty witty dude). His response was “I’m not sure either.” This was said as he was walking away so it clearly wasn’t him joining in with some good-natured teasing.

The other instance was when ordering drinks, after I had ordered mine (I went first only because my guest was still deciding), my guest asked a question about a cocktail then was considering her choice when the server just turned and left... To be crystal clear, this wasn’t a situation of someone sitting indecisively for 5 minutes not being able to choose a drink. It was a matter of 20-30 seconds...! It was also not a busy night as several tables were empty. Regardless, even that would not have been a valid excuse for that kind of behaviour.

In short, it tainted the evening and took away from the hard work of the chefs and mixologists since even the best food and drinks can be ruined by bad service. If you’re going to have rude service, you better be a 4-star Michelin restaurant or have a location with a view of the Eiffel Tower. You’re not going to be getting return customers otherwise...

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DD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great meal. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful and made great recommendations. Will be back the next time I’m in town.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The food was fresh but bland. For a restaurant in that price point, they should have Spanish style tapas nailed in its flavors. It falls short.

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