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Erling's Variety, Ottawa, ON

Erling's Variety

4.7
4.7
49 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
We are a locally loved neighbourhood bistro just tucked away off Bank street in the Glebe. We serve updated versions of familiar classics in an unpretentious and homey atmosphere.
We feature small sharing plates that we serve tapas style. Our dishes are meant to be enjoyed leisurely and in good company. We offer a seasonal and ever changing menu, oysters, a curated wine selection, classic cocktails as well as happy hour specials Tuesday through Thursday. We are centrally located and blocks from TD place.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Oyster Bar, Bistro
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (613) 231-8484
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Liam Vainola
  • Neighbourhood
    The Glebe
  • Cross Street
    Bank street and Strathcona avenue
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Close to OC Transport
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 49 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambience

  • Ottawa

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambience

  • Ottawa

    Neighbourhood gem

49 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff. Great service. My favourite place in Ottawa.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden Gem in the Glebe. There less than 20 tables. The Tequila old fashion are must try. Every dish was amazing. Our waitress Silva was spot on with service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! Even with kids, it is very enjoyable. They loved trying all the food! High quality menu with laidback ambiance.

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  4. PaulB

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantabulous as always. NEVER disappoints and always over delivers. Menu was fantastic.

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  5. DenisS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful but relaxed experience with consistently excellent food. One of my favourite places to eat in Ottawa

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  6. WilliamP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The noise is a bit too much but it could be resolved with some sound-deadening on the cement ceiling. Food quality and flavours were excellent.

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  7. AlastairS

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect restaurant Fantastic staff Great food (ideal sharing plate size with great taste) Ideal for business, romantic, just friends occasions

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  8. RobS

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner all around. The arctic char and the scallops topped the night. Great service, great food, great night!

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  9. Kiki

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great experience, loved the duck tartar and mushroom toast.

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  10. IanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whatever dish I have tried there, it has invariably been the tastiest version of that dish I have ever had. And the small tapas style dishes mean I can have several of the tastiest dishes I have ever had. My wife and I have several “favourite” restaurants. But when we decide that we are in the mood for the best culinary experience, the choice is alway Earling’s.

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  11. ReganM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish was amazing! Great wine selection and atmosphere.

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  12. AlastairS

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely great food, great ambience and great people. The perfect place for dinner

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Inventive dishes, terrific service. Little bit pricey, but quality and presentation is quality. Sit at the bar if you want to watch the 4 person Kitchen staff work their magic.

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  14. IanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have neve been disappointed when we come here. All round great place

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  15. SusanP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delightful to enjoy a meal at Erling’s! Such creative magic happening in that kitchen. Beautiful, seasonal food. Service is fantastic - professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Our favourite place. :)

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  16. SusanJ

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience, friendly staff, great food. What more can you ask for.

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  17. Chardonnay

    West Palm Beach

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant just keeps getting better and better!!

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  18. Melanie

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing service! Thanks for the great experience

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  19. RebeccaJ

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality of service took this from an excellent meal to an excellent experience. Many thanks to the kitchen who came up with a very tasty modification to serve a dish despite being out of an ingredient.

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  20. JenniferC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to enjoy sample plates, super for all appetites, varied options of a high quality

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  21. ANDRES

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A restaurant with a difference. We savored a couple of creative dishes that were well presented. One was quite a chicken dish that was quite mild while the other dish with mushrooms was a particularly well blended mix of flavors. The desert was a torte when added to a pleasant evening's meal. We had both local beer and some white white that blended well with the meal. Service was quite friendly and we were never rushed. Overall, a pleasant change from the regular fare that one experiences nowadays.

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  22. ChrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Fun atmosphere. Great service. It was my first time there and I especially liked the decor. The kitchen is out in the open which is pretty cool. The server was happy to make recommendations based on our dietary needs.

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  23. JamesV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a terrific time at Erling's! The food was delish! The service is excellent, and the atmosphere chill and happening! We highly recomend this spot for a casual night out, or for a special dinner with your sweetheart.. : )

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  24. han88

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    it took 3.5 hours to get 4 shared plates and a small appetizer. Food was yummy but not extremely memorable, enjoyed the rabbit and duck the most.

    Erling's VarietyResponded on September 22, 2023

    Hi, we remember you and are sorry to hear we let you down. As the three of you stuck around for dessert and tea, we were quite surprised to hear about your experience. At Erling’s, the food comes out slowly, one dish at a time and we try to time everything at the diners pace. We don’t want anyone to ever feel rushed. We were a little extra busy due to Folkfest but 3.5 hours can be a long time, depending on the the diner. We are definitely sorry and are all about making it up to you. Send us a message via email or on instagram. We would love to have you in for a round of drinks and a cheese board on us!

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  25. EmTee

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fine, not incredible. Food was pretty good, not all the dishes are super amazing but highly recommend the duck breast and Brussels sprouts!

    Erling's VarietyResponded on September 22, 2023

    Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review. We do learn from our missteps. Apparently we lacked in the service department that night. We do apologize for that as we strive to give our guests a top notch experience, always. We’re glad you liked the duck and Brussels, it’s one of signature dishes! We’d love to have you in again to try another plate on us. We just launched our fall menu, perhaps you’ll find a new favourite on it too. Send us a message on instagram if you’re interested.

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  26. SusanP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I have been quests at Earlings for years now. What has always remained consistent is the quality and creativity of Liam and his teams offerings. When everything else in our lives have gone sideways, Earlings Vaiety is there the sooth and please. As always Susan and Michael

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  27. JayI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, wonderful ambiance. The service was professional.

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  28. Mynamegoeshere

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great atmosphere, the service was amazing but the food left us feeling meh. Not that it was bad by any means, but there wasn’t anything that made us go WOW.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, product, and scene. A regular haunt for my wife and I.

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  30. PriyaS

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here, Sylva was the best host and she really knows how to treat a customer. Hats off the chefs as usual, the food is always incredibly flavourful and inventive. The pineapple spicy sauce needs to be bottled and sold.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. Briandjudy

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We shared 3 small plates, 2 glasses of wine and a dessert: tomato cheese dreams on risotto cakes, wild mushroom stroganoff, and duck breast with Brussels sprouts. The wine was an Ontario chardonay, which the owner recommended. We had a brownie chocolate sundae and 2 glasses of port. The service was friendly and especially knowledgeable since much of the time it was by the owner himself. The restaurant was busy and the sound level was fairly high. We recommend it for the interesting, changing menu and for its casual atmosphere.

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  32. RomanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s not the cheapest night out, but I can’t imagine a better combination of food quality, food taste, ambiance and customer service. 6 out of 5!

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  33. ChrisJ

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food! Happy hour was really fun and great value!

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  34. Chardonnay

    West Palm Beach

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual this restaurant never disappoints!! We were a table if 6 and everyone loved everything about ghe place. It was a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was very busy. Good vibe.

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  35. CherylJ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our new favorite restaurants in Ottawa! From the warm welcome to the memorable food and cocktails. Simple, fresh and excellent food combinations. Local produce. We will definitely be back!

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  36. Nessa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dishes are local and seasonal, creative and beautifully presented. Portions are perfect for sharing and pairing with the excellent drinks menu. The desserts are always a delight and the service is warm and welcoming.

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  37. Liina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks and cool ambience. Best dinner I have had in Ottawa. Best kept secret for chanterelle lovers;)

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for intimate, yet bustling, modern yet comforting…found it and more. Service was exceptional as was our servers menu recommendations. The food is outstanding. Don’t miss this neighbourhood gem.

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  39. michaelb

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience at this hidden gem in the Glebe.

    Erling's VarietyResponded on August 11, 2023

    Thank you, Michael for the kind words and your continued support over the years!

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  40. Rottawa

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire dining experience was exceptional. Outstanding customer service (fulsome descriptions of food, including options to accommodate food allergies, prompt service) to truly delicious and beautifully presented food. We started with the Charcuterie board and oysters, which were both amazing, and the other small plates (mushroom stroganoff, cherry tomatoes on risotto cakes and octupus salad with tzatzkik) were outstanding. We deliberately saved room for a dessert - a mouthwatering creme brulee with macerated berries. The best part was the 5-7 happy hour, which gave some savings on appetizer options and lovely drinks, including a G&T with grapefruit juice. Looking forward to our next visit!

    Erling's VarietyResponded on August 11, 2023

    Thank you so much! That is the kind of overall experience we strive for. We look forward to your next visit as well!

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FAQs

Erling's Variety is rated 4.7 stars by 49 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 4 times today
Google Map for Erling's Variety

225 Strathcona Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 1X7

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Bank street and Strathcona avenue
  • Neighbourhood
    The Glebe
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Oyster Bar, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Close to OC Transport
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Liam Vainola
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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