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Fairouz Cafe, Ottawa, ON
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Fairouz Cafe

4.5
4.5
1328 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Middle Eastern
Fairouz Cafe is a modern Middle Eastern 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.

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!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Halal

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 422-7700

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Justin Laferriere

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room is warm, versatile and eclectic. Designed for unique and intimate gatherings, our space can accommodate up to 42 guests for a seated dinner, or 50 for a standing reception.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor McKinley: (819) 230-5387

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Cross Street

    Sussex Drive

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,328 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Healthy

  • Ottawa

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Super beautiful ambiance, love the detail in the place & the candles every where really makes it cozy! It was 3 of us at the table & we shared the olive shakshuka flatbread, seared halloumi & the muhammara dip. Honestly all of them were just alright, the portions were very small for the price & unfortunately there was no wow factor with any of the dishes. The fresh pita bread was really good & warm though! I’d rate this place like a 4/10 for food & 10/10 for ambiance. I didnt try any cocktails but they sounded very interesting! If i come here again, i’d probably just do cocktails at the bar :)
  2. HZ

    HungryZ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food3service5ambience5
    Fairouz has easily been my favourite spot downtown. I always bring people here to show off levantine cuisine. Fairouz never fails to disappoint, and the flavours are always incredible. This time, the menu had changed. Many of the wonderful menu items had been removed. I get it, things need to keep changing to keep things fresh and evolving and new. The menu became solely focused on sharing style, which is fine. However, I just didn't find that the portions came close to justifying the new prices, for dishes that were intended for sharing. For example, the Shish Tawouk platter ($65) came with a half chicken intended for sharing between two people, with some tabbouleh. Flavour-wise, it was fantastic. But it comes with no bread, no rice, that's all extra. Same with the lamb; $55 for 4 slices of lamb (about 100g total?), intended for sharing too. Incredible menu items like the lamb kofta burger and the old shish tawouk and the old flatbreads (sojouk and cheese especially) were removed! Why?! Anyways, overall, the food is still delicious but do expect to pay a significant markup compared to the older menu. All the appetizers are fantastic, especially the muhammara, and you WILL need extra pita because it's delicious. The duck confit flatbread was shockingly delicious. All drinks are great, whoever the mixologist is here knows what they're doing. Desserts are fantastic, highly recommend the knafeh. One suggestion I have is the option of having the knafeh offered as either the current version (coarse vermicelli) or the knafeh naahmeh (ground semolina flour). Overall, still highly recommend, but please rotate in some of the old menu items!
  3. DW

    DougW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We liked the old menu and don't like the new one. However, we might be in the minority. Good luck!
  4. M

    Mars

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic restaurant and one of our absolute favourites! The food is incredible and the menu changes often enough to tempt you with new choices while still remaining reliable and steady in their selections. We also had the pleasure of having Grace look after us, and her service was incredible! Very attentive, thoughtful and her taste suggestions were excellent! 10/10 will visit again!
  5. PK

    PhilippeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to be for special events. Cuisine raffinée and unique tastes.
  6. J

    Jamie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here twice for dinner! No matter what dish you get, it’ll be good.
  7. B

    Barkla

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall1food2service5ambience3
    For the price and assu.ing its actually chef owned business one would expect more even for Ottawa. Stingy servings, cold food, bland...not impresssed.
  8. GD

    GraceD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely lovely little restaurant! Full of flavour and a variety of dishes to choose from
  9. TS

    TamaraS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    For a $300 NYE dinner, there was barely any food provided as part of the set menu. Their portion sizes for Three people were smaller than the single portion ordered on a la carte. Extremely disappointed and will not be wasting money at Fairouz again. Extremely disappointed.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great NYE menu and ambiance!
  11. EM

    EugeniaM

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the new years special. Was delicious like always
  12. TP

    TimP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and staff are very friendly and efficient. Food is flavourful, beautifully presented, delicious. Atmosphere is intimate and very nicely decorated in the dining room, the lounge area is a little brighter and louder. We would highly recommend choosing this restaurant for an overall good experience.
  13. A

    Alaa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!!! In a city full of shawarma spots, Fairouz elevates lebanese cuisine and delivers on a great culinary experience. We enjoyed every moment!!!
  14. MR

    MartineR

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nous avons apprécié l’ambiance chaleureuse de ce restaurant. Certains plats nous ont plus impressionnés que d’autres, soient le baba ganoush et le poulet. La courge était bonne, mais c’était un peu lourd et pâteux comme plat. Belle sélection de vin et de cocktail.
  15. K

    Kierstin

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Gorgeous dinner - we did the tasting feast. Would recommend for sharing and a fun night out. Take out is also excellent from here!
  16. E

    Esquire613

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Ambiance was amazing and the food is unreal. Service was a little slow but we were in no rush so we didn't mind. The cocktails were well prepared but the wine and beer lists are short on options. Everyone in our group agreed that we will without a doubt be back.
  17. TB

    TanyaB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grace was attentive and very professional. We celebrated a birthday and it was perfect!
  18. DC

    DavidC

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service and atmosphere. Outstanding, fresh pita served throughout the dinner… the best we’ve ever had. Everything of the highest quality.
  19. PO

    PjOtt

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a terrific experience from service to beverages and food! Thank you!
  20. JF

    JamesF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food fantastic, not rushed but not waiting - highly recommend
  21. JB

    JessB

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! The meal was outstanding and look forward to returning on our next trip to Ottawa.
  22. DP

    DanielP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was incredible! The server went beyond our expectations. He did not interfere with out dinner every 5 mins asking how everything was, but was near by in case we needed anything. We felt comfortable speaking to each other in private. The food was good, but I had higher expectations that were not fulfilled.
  23. BM

    BobM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is a great vibe and ambiance when you walk into the restaurant. The service is friendly and efficient. Because the pita bread is made to order,it is advisable to order one or two orders from the get go. Everthing we ordered was fresh and fabulous. This included stuffed grape leaves,hummus with pulled lamb, the beef kibbe,muhammara,marinated olives, all highly recommended. Unfortunately due to the current lettuce situation the fatouche was not availble.
  24. S

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    My cake was pretty stale and we had to wait a while for our table. Even with the reservation.
  25. e

    emkirk

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Dip Trio which was delicious with the fresh-made pita. The chicken and artichoke flatbread was decent, though the fresh pickled veggies were a great accompaniment. Service, ambient (good, dim lighting) and drinks were terrific. Would highly recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great presentation. Knowledgeable and friendly wait staff! Will definitely be back again.
  27. GL

    GabrielleL

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There's a French speaking man working the bar that answered my desperate call to find a table for a certain. He was so empathetic (empathique) and helpful. The server, a Middle Eastern looking man with a beard was so attentive and sensitive to our needs. He made some great suggestions and was very sweet. I was with the President of my board of Directors that night (December 1st) and he was impressed and so was I. Thank you so much for your kindness and quality of food and service. Rare combination these days. Happy Holidays!
  28. PH

    PatriciaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall it was a great experience. Excellent staff and food to go with it.
  29. DB

    DomB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. The food was amazing. The server was dynamic and very helpful with his insight. Great night out!
  30. RM

    RMar

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Good food, staff was not very attentive. unfortunately.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Will definitely go back!
  32. N

    Nicolem

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    3 stars given due to service- came here with friends to celebrate a birthday. Made a reservation ahead of time and noted we were celebrating a birthday. no acknowledgment of such by any staff. To the restaurant - Why bother asking if you are celebrating any special occasion on the reservation form if it truly doesn’t matter?
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and extremely friendly service ☺️
  34. RL

    RLN7

    Manitoba

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Fabulous food and cocktails, with excellent suggestions from the staff.
  35. E

    Elan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The service at Fairouz was below acceptable standards. Although we arrived well before the busiest period, with only two other tables occupied, it took over two hours for our main course to arrive. We were brought a complimentary appetizer but that was hardly adequate compensation. The servers were pleasant and polite, but were not at all attentive.
  36. I

    Iain

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The otherwise fairly good experience was badly hampered by the server, who was a frustrating combination of obnoxiously opinionated about our choices and entirely absent while we waited 20 minutes for the cheque. The food was quite good, but his attitude and poor service soured us on the experience.

    Fairouz CafeResponded on November 10, 2022Hello Ian, Please allow us to sincerely apologize! The service that you experienced is absolutely not in line with our values at Fairouz and we are deeply disappointed that it occurred at all. Please know that corrective action has been taken to ensure that this never happens again. We would truly appreciate the opportunity to connect with you to repair some of the damage that resulted from this and can be reached directly at info@fairouz.ca to discuss how we might apologize further.

  37. MS

    MariaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food was not as good as our previous times: everything was overly sour: the dressing of Fattoush salad, the baba ganoush, even the labneh beside the cake, which made the dessert. The sourness was overbearing because it didn't seem to come from lemon juice but some citrus substitute, which was overbearing. The gesture for our anniversary was very sweet. We have celebrated many anniversaries and birthdays at Fairouz for many years and hope to return for many more. All the Best, Dr. Maria Sabaye.

    Fairouz CafeResponded on November 10, 2022Hello Dr. Sabaye, We are terribly sorry that your dishes presented with an overbearing citrus that you did not enjoy. We have taken some time to speak as a team regarding the preparation of the evening's dishes for the night that you joined us to ensure that the balance that we strive for is properly achieved for each and every service. Thank you for taking the time to let us know and for your kind comments regarding your service.

  38. KC

    KCass

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant, excellent food and lovely special touches, such as acknowledging our celebrations with complementary dessert bites and offering to keep our flowers in the fridge while we ate so they'd stay fresh - the little extras go a long way at Fairouz and complement a beautiful, elevated Mediterranean cuisine.

    Fairouz CafeResponded on November 10, 2022KCass, we would like to thank you for such a lovely review. It truly makes us so happy knowing that our small team was able to make your evening special! Your comments are genuinely appreciated by all of us and we very much look forward to hosting you again. Sincerely, The Fairouz Team

  39. M

    Maar

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service ! Would definitely recommend
  40. G

    Gastronome

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    My wife and I were initially impressed by the restaurant; then, a group of people came in to set up for a birthday party. They were blowing up balloons and popped about 5 of them while doing so. They stood around our table talking, disrupting our conversation, and made no effort to be respectful to other patrons in the room. They were also using the small guest washrooms to change clothes. The food was very good and our waiter was lovely. The Orange Blossom Negronis were terrible. The wines which I looked up (Google is a thing today) were extremely overpriced. Overall the place had a cool vibe but tonight was a disaster.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fairouz Cafe using the Order Online button. Fairouz Cafe also offers 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 4.5 stars by 1328 OpenTable diners.

Fairouz Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Fairouz Cafe

15 Rue Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P9

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Sussex Drive

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Halal

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Justin Laferriere

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 422-7700

  • Private party facilities

    Our dining room is warm, versatile and eclectic. Designed for unique and intimate gatherings, our space can accommodate up to 42 guests for a seated dinner, or 50 for a standing reception.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor McKinley: (819) 230-5387

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