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Fairouz Cafe

4.7
1046 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Middle Eastern
Fairouz Cafe is a modern Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in the heart of Ottawa's historic Byward Market.

Decadent dinners, bespoke cocktails, and a uniquely curated wine list - our newly renovated restaurant is the perfect spot for all occasions. Enjoy a casual lunch with colleagues, a special meal with a loved one, a fun night out with friends, or an intimate wedding or celebration.

Our evening offerings are also available for take-out and delivery. Please speak to your server for more information on how you can enjoy Fairouz Cafe at home too!

Support Fairouz Cafe during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1046 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AbeDarwiche
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was divine. The food was delicately chosen from across the Mediterranean and really showed the Lebanese cuisine properly throughout each meal. The house cocktails were really good and showcased the various essences of the region. The ambiance was lovely and the decor really takes you to a beautiful scene in one of Beirut’s heritage buildings. The staff were friendly and a big shoutout goes to Alexandre for being so kind and so welcoming. He truly made our experience lovely. I would definitely come back again. Thank you for that special night.

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SofiaM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Je recommande vivement ce restaurant au marché by.
Les plats sont délicieux, l'accueil est chaleureux et l'ambiance est cosy.
Quoique j'aurai aimé que des chansons de fayrouz y soit diffusé vu qu'il porte son nom!

Mais en général, très belle expérience à refaire sans hésitation!!

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Yasmin
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We had a great time! Love the ambience! Service was fantastic!

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GordonP
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The new location in the Byward market is wonderful. Food was very flavourful and arrived at our table in a timely manner. Portions are generous, so there were take homes that night! In my too 10 restaurants in Ottawa. Thanks! Gordon

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EmilyC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good cocktails, cozy ambience, delicious food and friendly but responsible service. Great experience!

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food. Very helpful bartender (Alex).

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MaureenM
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, drinks & atmosphere- Fairouz is always a fantastic experience. Their new location is really lovely.

They're doing a great job implementing all COVID-related guidelines. We felt safe & comfortable.

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CindyT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food across the board, with a lot of wonderful vegetable/vegetarian dishes to choose from if you are not a meat eater. Nice ambience and good service too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am glad that I picked Fairouz Cafe to celebrate my wife's birthday.

Professional and kind staff, delicious food, amazing drinks, excellent ambience, ... What more could anybody ask for?

It was above our expectations.

Thank you Fairouz Cafe!

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AhmadG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience overall! Would definitely recommend it.

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HeatherT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious. It is a nice change to other restaurants as their menu is unique.

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vipShaner
Ottawa
23 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Alex the bartender/ server was fantastic, excellent cocktails and very knowledgeable. Food was top notch.

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SarahJ
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had dinner on a Sunday evening. They followed all public health regulations and we felt very safe dining here. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional, checking on ingredients and providing suggestions.

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CaitD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very memorable night a the new Fairouz Cafe location for a birthday. They know how to make an occasion special in a perfectly subtle way. It is the same delicious food and beautiful ambiance as the Somerset location. The barman will gladly help you choose which drink from the unique menu to sip on. They are also very COVID wise. I would definitely recommend!

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vipRGB13
Montreal
22 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

An Ottawa Favourite! Excellent food, service and sty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The only complaint was the food took long to come out. Good food, good ambiance our server was excellent.

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CarissaB
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal food & service! Everyone needs to try the new cocktails!!

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ANNJ
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience2

This place transformed from an unique middle Eastern restaurant with amazing offerings to basically a restaurant like any other in the city with limited menu items and food that lacks flavor! I was very disappointed. The meat was cold, their "covid-19 menu" is very limited.

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HannahM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

The vegeterian food was a little blang (artichocke app and the cauliflower)

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Hanna
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Always dependable and delicious food with unique cocktails.

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Jenny
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was tasty but small portions, service was outstanding with Alexander. We was so considerate and fun. We were four girls enjoying a special birthday and he made us feel so welcome even though we were being loud and enjoying ourselves so much, maybe too much! We had a blast with the service of the whole restaurant. Everyone was so sweet and they made the birthday girl feel special, with a card and a special cake! Thank you Fairouz!

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EliasK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food good service and large variety of wine.

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MichaelW
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. The food was excellent and the service was amazing and imaginative. We shared the 4 person sharing plate and loved it - lots of food for a very reasonable price. And the bartender made up a cold night tea cocktail for us that was perfect.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Felt very safe. Good distancing between tables. Staff are excellent. Food was plentiful and delicious.

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Bidoun973
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Canadian cities are full of restaurants offering some generic menu of supposedly 'Arab' dishes that everyone seems to stick to - the same mezze items, a mandatory shish tawouk, lamb and beef dish. I was expecting Fairouz to be different from all the reviews I read. I was underwhelmed by the menu and its execution. The spin on muhammara was alright maintaining the flavors while colonizing it with cashews. It was more like eating chopped cashews dressed with some dibs-rumman (pomegranate molasses). I was excited about eating the classic fried cauliflower as I was super homesick but this turned out to bland. The cauliflower was not browned enough and the tarator (tahini sauce) was missing desired tanginess. My beef was chewy and near cold, sitting on a bed of cold ezme. It came with saj that was dry and cold. Saj should be warm and soft. I couldn't eat it. The lamb sandwich was the only dish that was satisfying but again it came with kale tabouleh that was orphaned in terms of flavor.
Service was painfully slow from the time it took to be seated and to order.
Maybe this food works for people unfamiliar with the cuisine but as someone from the Arab world where restaurants display tremendous sophistication in revisiting traditional dishes, this restaurant completely missed the mark.

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Esspoe
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This meal was fabulous. Every dish we ordered was delicious. Really nice melding of flavours. Great service.
They removed several tables to allow for social distancing. Upside - we felt comfortable/safe. Downside - you lose some ambiance/vibe, but que sera sera. It’s the time we are in.
Highly recommend!!!

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aroc01
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor space. Delish food. Awesome wine selection. Friendly and knowledgeable staff provide laid back place to enjoy a meal with friends.

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Suzie
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The kale taboulé was too acidic for my liking, and the pulled lamb sandwich had a spicy sauce on the bread that I didn’t care for. I did not think it went well with the lamb.

For the fried cauliflower I’ve had better.

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Carole
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Expérience culinaire très intéressante, les parfums de cette cuisine! Un délice! À un prix très raisonnable, dans une magnifique maison. Service attentif, impeccable tout en étant tout à fait convivial ! Bref a recommander ++++

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ChristosC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly a jewel in Ottawa. No other place can compete with the flavors you'll experience here. Its a homerun every time and the service is awesome. Do yourself a favor and overindulge, experience as much as you can, its worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and tasty food. We went to celebrate our anniversary, and were pleased with the service, the hand written note, and the treat at the end.

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TylerW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely great service. Felt so comfortable. Great Ambiance.

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SamMB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Falafel fries and chicken main were delicious. Hubby found his pulled lamb sandwich a bit sweet. Service was good, not as jovial as you would expect pre-pandemic, but this is our new normal! Tables were appropriately spaced, we were never near other diners. Everyone wore masks coming in and out. Bathroom was clean. Fouf cake was amazing. It's a must try!

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KarineD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Une très belle soirée en amoureux sur la terrasse du restaurent. La viande est savoureuse!!! Un très bon repas.
Merci!

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DianeF
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place, good food, excellent service.

Our only disappointment was that our bill came to $250, and were charged $1.50 for each of the 3 additional pieces of pita we ordered for our dips. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant before that charged for bread when you spend $30 on dips.

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Sophie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, generous portions, and a wonderful patio! We will definitely be recommending Fairouz to our friends and family!

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LyndseyJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, warm and helpful staff, and a lovely setting on the front porch. Can’t wait to return, very soon!

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Karen
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service at this restaurant was great. Portions are moderate size and you leave feeling satisfied after having a quality meal. Definitely recommend!

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JarrettS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an incredible birthday celebration at Fairouz! Outstanding service from our server and absolutely delicious food! We had an issue with our family coming from out of town who were going to be late, while the head hostess did sound a bit stressed on the phone she was able to make it work and we are very grateful for that! Very impressive menu especially in light of Covid-19 restrictions. I would say it was fairly expensive but the level of service makes it worth while.

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Nathalie
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Very ordinary... over rated i think. Small menu and expensive for no reason.

FAQs

Fairouz Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Fairouz Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 422-7700.

Fairouz Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 1046 OpenTable diners.

Fairouz Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.fairouz.ca/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.