Clarendon

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Welcome to the Clarendon Tavern! Offering seasonal, locally sourced and handmade ingredients. Beautifully designed to embrace our heritage building roots with a modern twist. Chef Dave Godsoe was inspired by the vibrancy and character of the market when creating this menu. Sister restaurant to Eighteen, Social and Sidedoor.
Come in for Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, late night and handcrafted cocktails. Located in the heart of the Ottawa Byward Market.

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What 77 People Are Saying
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Harp
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time - perfect for groups open to sharing lots of options! the mediterranean board was unreal!

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Perfectnightout
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was just alright.

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vipIanM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The meal was fantastic but service was a problem.
It was not very busy in the restaurant and clearly our server was cut before our meal was brought out as we didn't see him again ... and clearly no one else picked us up.
Had to flag down servers passing by our table to get refills of water and order more drinks (some of which never arrived).

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DanielK
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We had the trout, which was good, though no salt despite lots of potatoes on the dish.
Cauliflower starter was delicious!

Service: we didn't appreciate waiting 30 minutes to pay and leave.

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vipAdWEAR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

The place is really nice.
Noise level is acceptable.
The food is strange, bad and expensive.
The wait staff surely and uninformed.
I sent an email to management, but have yet to hear back from them.
Poor value.
I would NOT recommend this place to anyone - except, perhaps for a beer or cocktail.

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FrancoisP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

Portions were small. Food was tasteless.
Beer was good, but then again how can you mess up beer?

We had :
•the vege burger (No chili cashew sauce, it tasted nothing, the paddie was terrible and mushy.

• lamb kafta: 3 small turds that made the plate look empty. Watery rice, with tons of pickled veggies (like wtf is this...)
The humus advertised for the plate was average and spread on the plate, not into a nice little container.

Overall nice place, amazing service but the food is a big letdown

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Joanne
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great atmosphere; nice round tables for up to 6 people; fabulous Mediterranean platter that can easily be shared among 5 people.

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Tanis
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. Way better than we were expecting. Everything was paired beautifully, the fried chicken was amazing, and even the brownie wasn’t overly sweet but just perfect. Will definitely be coming back and recommending it to friends

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was a miss. Really not good felafel. The trout was nothing I'd order again. No idea what's going on with the drink menu... It's bad

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LizW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time here and food was delicious ! Service was perfect and our table of 4 was very pleased with our night at the restaurant for my mother in laws 64th birthday - thank you and we’ll be back !

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Brad
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Could of had a better table since I mentioned we were there for our anniversary plus it wasn’t terribly busy due to the weather.
Overall a good experience. Service was good and food was excellent.

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MarileeB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely layered flavours and textures. Comfort food but elevated

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Foodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Creative food, thoughtfully presented in a great venue

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Kk2019
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

Staff working at the hosting station were not accommodating. I had a reservation for 4, I asked if we could seat 3 additional friends with us- they insisted this was not possible- however much of the dining room, including the table beside us, remained open the entire time we were there. The venue itself is beautiful, good drink selection and decent food, but extremely disappointed with the service.

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MalorieB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Warm ambiance, soft, low lighting, and beautiful furnishings and decor. The service was friendly and unassuming. Our meals arrived promptly, and the portions were generous. I'd definitely come back for a cozy meal with family or friends. It's also a nice spot for a cocktail at the bar. A bit of everything!

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Meaghan
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Great atmosphere and decor but got pretty loud, partially because it was so busy. Food wasn't as good as I was hoping, especially the pizzas, but good Happy Hour deals! Waitress was really friendly but slow due to it being so busy (though she apologized).

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Ate in the dining room for the first time last Saturday night. Place has great ambiance and the service was attentive. Food was good but pretty expensive.

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JB16
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Not a fan of the TVs, would ask for other section next time. Pizza was just okay, buttermilk fried chicken was amazing and the burger was good. Could have better cider options. Decor was great. Would definitely go back. A great spot in the market without being too touristy.

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vipAlishog
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The brunch sadly leaves much to be desired in terms of the food quality and service. The fruit had gone bad so it had an usually bitter taste, the toast was over toasted and the portions were a tad too small.

The service standards could be improved - the wrong beverages were brought to the table; we repeatedly had to ask for things (e. g. cutlery, milk, etc) and what we ordered was missing from our plates. When we looked for our server who wasn’t necessarily available the other servers walked by us seemingly oblivious to our obvious need for assistance. They didn’t stop by to ask if they could help in some way seemingly they work in silos.

Dinners have been great but our first time having brunch was a disappointment.

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KimT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Forced my group of 8 to order off a reduced menu with no notice when the place was virtually empty. The manager was extremely rude when we asked if we could order certain items off the regular menu. Very misleading descriptions on the menu. Terrible experience overall.

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Oreo
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

I think the food was just fair, it lacked any real flair or flavour. It was like having a great ambiance and service but with lack luster food. Really missed the mark I'd go back from the ambiance but outside that... Dubious on spending money there agin.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Service by Waiter was great but the food is absolutely awful.

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LauraP
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

First time going here in 15 years of going to Ottawa every September for an event! Will definitely be going back!

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StevenB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some different combinations on the menu, but it was a great meal. Service was outstanding and the staff were friendly. I'll probably go again next time I'm in Ottawa...

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CathH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Clarendon. Our server stood out as exceptional. She was incredibly friendly, patient, and thorough. We had several food allergies in our party and she was compassionate and instilled confidence throughout. The food was well presented and tasty and the atmosphere on the outdoor patio was perfect for a late summer evening. Love the Clarendon.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday brunch was delightful. The food delicious, the ambience charming, and the staff simply lovely. Thank you!

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Avon
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Group of 6 went for lunch. I had lamb burger which was so bad I couldn’t tell if I was eating meat - no flavouring and couldn’t taste the advertised jerk sauce. Others ordered cod and chips and Buddha bowl but nobody raved about the food. Seemed just ok. Surprise at end when the house gin ‘special’ cost twice the amount as my plain G&t made with Bombay sapphire. And the bill came with a 18% gratuity charge!!! I find that insulting - I like to choose what to tip. So one persons meal (no starter or dessert) with one drink came to $50. For LUNCH. I won’t be going back.

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DorC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We were delighted to find out, upon arrival, that we were seated at a table on the patio. It was a beautiful evening and so nice to be outside. Lots of ambiance in the courtyard there. The service was excellent, and the food came quite quickly. I was pleased with my meal. I have no idea how the others felt about theirs. And since the bill was looked after by one of our party, I can't really comment on that.
I do know my husband found his cod had an extraordinarily firm crust on it; my pizza was tasty, but I don't know that I would order it again.

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PearlS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was a perfect restaurant for the different age levels of our group. Food was great, ambience and noise level perfect for conversation. The kids loved the fish and chips!

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MyleneC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I felt immediately at ease in the welcoming atmosphere, furnishings and lighting. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal; the portions were just right and the mix of flavours was superb. Very attentive service. We will most certainly go back!

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DanFC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

June 30th: Our group of 7 had pizzas and cauliflower app which were all very good. However, we were surprised when the waiter (professional and courteous) told us when we arrived they were only offering a limited menu because of Canada Day weekend. Our choice of restaurant was based on the full menu so major disappointment. We ordered a pitcher of white wine sangria which tasted like sugared water. You have to know that people who like sangria can taste the difference immediately. Not that we're looking to get trunk on sangria, but for $20+, you should be able to taste the wine and liqueurs at least. Should have returned it. With so many choices of restaurants in Ottawa, not sure I'll be going back.

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SavannahF
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Nice place, and staff but slow service. Food was average. Won’t be back soon.

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Ada01
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Unfortunately, food was a huge “miss”. Service was subpar at best. Really disappointed - heard great things but saw none of them...

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MaryF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Terrible food, but service and ambiance was good. Don't recommend it.

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vipNormaW
Ottawa
139 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was so impressed by the renos & décor. The menu is varied in choice & price. Food quality is spot on. Great location fills the pre requisites for a go to place.

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Surprisingly good, first time ever there for dinner, quite an interesting menu but well executed and friendly and attentive staff.

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vipBobW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Tuna wasn’t great, you needed a knife to cut up the avocado (_severely underripe) that was in a salad which could have more flavour. Lamb Kafka was great.

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TiaG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Quantity sucks. Been before and was better. Happy hour on menu states 9pm-till close. We were told it was 10pm and the menu is wrong. They did not give in to let us have happy hour drink at 9pm.

Was not impressed with this last visit.

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alisonb
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I really enjoy lunch at the Clarendon when I am in the Market area. The food is always delicious and the beer recommendations are great. This was my first experience of dinner st the tavern and it definitely delivered. Great chicken and arugula pizza, the cauliflower starter was addictive. Recommend the food and the experience.

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vippickmybrain
Edmonton
30 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

How I miss the Black Tomato! But this place was pretty good. Really efficient floor plan with lots of seating even though it’s small. I had a few appetizers and my friend enjoyed the veggie burger. Deconstructed cheesecake was okay. The apple cobbler was divine!

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