Bar Laurel

4.6
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251 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Spanish
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
What 251 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Bar Laurel is always amazing. It’s our favourite restaurant but this even was especially wonderful.

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Review
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Fun and unique spot. Will certainly go back and try other items on the menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was really good. Server was super nice. Really nice place, loved the design of the whole place, the bar looked really nice. Small cozy place. Little loud but great place altogether.

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StephanieM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The cocktails are phenomenal here. Our server knew everything on the menu and was great at helping us make decisions. Very unique food options and a lovely ambiance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome Valentine’s Day menu. Worth falling in love just for this dinner alone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

I DO NOT recommend Bar Laurel for Valentine’s day. There was a strictly fixed menu, $75 a person for VERY sub par food. When we saw the menu and considered just staying for a couple drinks we were told by the waitress that “the expectation” was that we will order dinner, and we are not allowed to keep our reservation if we only plan on having drinks. Really disappointed in the service and selection of food for this special occasion. It would have been nice to at least be informed upon reservation of “the expectations” and the fixed menu.

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GiovanniR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Well, i will be back tomorrow...three days from the last time. How is that for an impression? :)

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EvaN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fantastic menu, wine & cocktail list. very attentive & friendly service. great ambiance. highly recommend.

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UnhappyDiner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

A small space in Hintonburg that has lots of promise with it's Spanish-themed menu and inspiration. Unfortunately, did not live up to the hype. The "background" music roared into the foreground at volumes too high for any real enjoyment outside of a dance club making it hard to hear the person sitting across from you. Other dinners shout so loud that I have an intimate knowledge of the weekend date to our left and the research project of the aspiring academic on our right.

Entering the front door greets you at a dinner's high top table and no staff, waiting queue or even any indication what to do other than impose on the couple enjoying their drinks.

We were eventually seated and our server introduced herself after ten minutes of waiting to be noticed. She gave a well-received wine recommendation based on my partner's likes and my draught was enjoyable.

The generous charcuterie fell flat and single-noted; many slices of imported salami. The sides (mustard, pickled peppers, beets and onions) were the star of the board and it's a shame they only gave a nibble of each. The cheese plate was much the same: too small portions of the extras from the chef and the added sting of a nearly 30$ plate. The stuffed mushroom caps were bland and inexplicably placed atop burnt (not pleasantly charred, burnt) toasts.

The best dish of the night was the cauliflower which WAS pleasantly charred and topped with toasted almond. The octopus was perfectly cooked but left much to be desired with lack of textural variance and it tasted overwhelmingly of paprika which drowned out the rest of the plate.

Rounding out the evening were two orders of "skewers" which came as small plated portions (~3 per order). The iberico was balanced but the texture was limp and dissolved in the unappealing sense when consumed. The halloumi was tasty but wasn't innovative or spectacular for the value.

With so much dining competition in the area, Bar Laurel is not one I'll be eager to overpay at again.

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JoyN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a great place for sharing plates - because there are SO MANY amazing small plates and its fun to try as many as possible. It's not inexpensive, but it's well worth it.

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Danny
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious and our server was greeat in helping us choosing the food given our allergies

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HeatherO
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Intimate & delicious! The perfect spot for a post-work wind down at the bar, a date or a gathering of friends!

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vipGlobalFoodie
Toronto
52 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My first visit to Bar Laurel in the Westboro area. Service was attentive, food very good. They accommodated my friend's allergy to onions. Will add to my list of good neighbourhood find in Ottawa.

JD
JDJB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great selection of options. Staff were very knowledgeable about the food and drink and mentioned gluten free options for bread made in house. Also were great to mix up a non alcoholic beverage for we when asked.

Would definitely come back.

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OmarK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place with amazing drinks. The atmosphere profound! The Friendly staff makes it welcoming and homie while having that feel of sophistication

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MelanieM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Hello, we found the wine very expensive. On our third bottle, we opted for the lowest price wine. Sever said it was an adequate choice. I would think all your wines would be more than adequate.

DM
DelMag
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Poor service, wine way too expensive( they only have a few bottles under 100$), very noisy. Food really bad especially the lamb and the octopus. My recommendation... go to another restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food and presentation.

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Jennifer
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We went in for New Year's Eve and had the set menu with wine pairings. All the dishes were delightful but the beef was the best. We sat at the bar and had fantastic service from Quinn. A wonderful night out although hard on the pocketbook.

MB
MichB
Ottawa
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

We went for New Years Eve and sat at the bar. Great place to sit and see the fantastic drinks get made. Unfortunately, it was incredibly slow. We didn't complain and they offered 20 dollars off our bill because they knew it had been quite slow. Drinks were incredible and I'd love to go back for more.

MM
MaureenM
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, Bar Laurel was fun a place to eat, the food and drinks were awesome and the service was really great. 5 stars all around. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Much too noisy - sound dampeners would be a good idea.
The restaurant was very crowded and space was tight. People kept bumping into one of us as the chair was close to the bar.
Service was friendly but the place was so busy that our server wasn’t able to check on our table during the meal.
Food was fine, though what we ordered didn’t require any preparation so can’t comment on the cuisine.

JG
JoanneG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were a group of four sitting at the front banquette and it was extremely noisy.

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KMottawa
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bar Laurel blew our minds. The food was incredible, impressing us with each dish that came out. The drinks were perfectly made, the service with Rhys was outstanding and the overall evening was relaxed, delicious and so enjoyed. It was the first time for all of us and we cannot wait to go back.

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Richie
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Cool spot. Food was very attractive, but not as bold flavored as my palate craves.

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Prada
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great place to drink hard-to-find wine and enjoy great food!

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FraserR
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superb dining. Will definitely go back
Bit too noisy

DT
DaleTaylor
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the flavours of the different dishes we tried, as well as the special cocktail of the day. Loved sitting at the bar.

RM
RayMat
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

The atmosphere of this place is unparalleled. The drinks and small bites are great to be enjoyed with a group of friends. The place is casual and good value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

J’aurais aimé entendre de la musique pour plus d’ambiance samedi soir dernier ☺️

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SamanthaL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I would highly recommend this restaurant. However, if you are looking to have a conversation over dinner, I would avoid going on a weekend. I asked our server which evenings tend to be quieter and it seems like Mondays or Tuesdays are more conducive to the type of atmosphere I would prefer to have a great meal and visit with friends.

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AMCMA
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience2

While the food and service were both enjoyable, the noise level was so high that I came away with a sore throat from needing to shout across the table, in order to be heard. When that space was first opened as a restaurant a number of years ago, the owner had to put considerable time and effort into providing buffers to deal with the noise. I would highly recommend that you do the same. I must admit that I couldn’t wait to get out of the restaurant despite all of the positives.

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Lindsay
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were awesome. Gimlet cocktail was great. Didn’t have anything I didn’t like. A bit pricy, but worth it.

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ABdiningoutinOttawa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service could have been friendlier and not so pushy to get out by 8:30pm

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muidar
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and bar tender was up to the challenge we set!

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TPC2
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Too noisy and too dark.
food deserves better.
More wines by the glass or half.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server Tom was outstanding

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great
Good service

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AngelaH
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was heavenly, the drinks were delicious. LOVED IT!!!

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IsabelleC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

I would absolutely recommend Laurel to a friend, but on a week night when it’s hopefully less busy and less noisy.
The restaurant was very loud, with ruined the ambiance a little, and the space felt a little cramped.
The food however is fantastic, and so are the drinks.
Overall a good experience.

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