Fairouz

4.6
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CAN$51 and over
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Middle Eastern
Fairouz is a modern journey through the Middle East with dishes inspired by Chef Walid El-Tawel. Located in a renovated Heritage house in Somerset Village, Fairouz possesses a sleek, modern design while paying homage to its traditional foundations. Chef El-Tawel has paired his traditional cooking with local farmers and purveyors while applying contemporary cooking techniques. With a sophisticated wine list and innovative cocktails, Fairouz offers guests a unique dining experience with upscale service in a casual environment.

*Please note that on Sunday and Monday we only offer an exclusive Mezze Menu*
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Stood at the front desk being ignored by 3 members of staff for two minutes.
After asking if we could move tables a waitress said she’d get back to me but never did.
Food was not hot when it arrived.
Felt the pita breads for the dip were purposefully made small to try and force you to pay for more. When we didn’t order more the waitress almost looked disappointed.
Food itself was just okay. But that could have been because it was not hot when it arrived

TD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every way. I highly recommend it. Server at the bar where I sat was very personable.

K
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

I found the place very tight and Too noisy , service very slow but food is good .

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was exceptional as always and good to die for!!!

R
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and device were exceptional. Every member of the staff knew it was a special birthday dinner and made a point of mentioning it. They had a hand signed card waiting on the table, and had a specially decorated dessert. Great meal!

BA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant keeps amazing me with outstanding service, and serves food with amazing flavours. There was a birthday card for me upon my arrival. I'm already planning my next visit. Thank you!!

A
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second time at Fairouz, and I was blown away. The food was fantastic, delicious and well-portioned, and the service was impeccable. Will definitely go back, and would recommend Fairouz to friends without reservation!

RP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was good, not the wow I was expecting from reading the menu, service meh, waitress was too loud, music doesn’t fit the middle eastern ambiance, and prices are way to high for what is being offered specially when you have to order your sides for your main course which is already at $70 and a bowl of rice or cauliflower is $13. This comes to a point of prétention...

F
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our first time dining at Fairouz and it won’t be our last. We ordered the set menu. It was amazing! It was a selection of a variety of different taste starting with a wonderful selection of appetizers to steak and chicken main dishes ending with a nice assortment of desserts. Highly recommended!

AS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Noise is a problem. Suggest installing some noise cancellation paneling or something.

We had a fantastic time. Food and service was great!

MA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for the amazing service, great food and the birthday card!

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had such a lovely time last Saturday. Fairouz offered us a delicious meal with flavour profiles and cooking techniques that are not a part of our every day. Our server was attentive. The different courses were well paced. We felt sated but not stuffed when we left. I've been to Fairouz with a group of girlfriends and with my partner. Both visits have fostered conviviality and enjoyment--exactly what I hope for in a night out. (I wish I'd brought my wrap. I was a bit cold by the window.)

j
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely fabulous and would highly recommend to all my friends. Found the lighting a bit low for reading menus. Wonderful service and waiters.

TF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Our server was great but I gave a 3 for the bartender.
He didn’t acknowledge us until we were getting up to be brought to our table. Even if he was busy, he should’ve at least said hello or be right with you..

CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Perfect in all ways. Great food and service. Great value.

KL
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Awesome cocktails. Lovely atmosphere.

SO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening overall. Food here is phenomenal, and service was excellent. It was my second time here and I'll definitely be back.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Very disappointed. We love Lebanese cuisine which this did not resemble. Even with a limited menu, which might give one hope that each dish would be especially good, both the appetizers the main were a big disappointment. Even your average schwarma or gyro shack would outshine this over-hyped & over-priced excuse for Lebanese. Stick to Beavertails!

ML
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very creative use of flavor, colour, and texture. Very impressive.

MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, wine and service were all tremendous. The sommelier has added some interesting choices to the wine list which just added to our experience. Fairouz has become one of the top spots in the city.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely, your restaurant is the best, thanks Tony!

CB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautifully presented food with very interesting ingredient combinations. I really enjoyed and want to try the other things on their menu.

KA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and I was most impressed with the glass that my scotch came in. It was a proper scotch glass.

TV
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible experience. They are dishonest and scamming. We ordered half a chicken for $40 and it wasn’t even half a chicken. We were told it could feed 3 and it could barely feed one, unless you’re under 4 years old. We were also told it came with a salad and it did not. It’s clear that it was all just a money grab. Very disappointing.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing night! We had the full tasting menu and we enjoyed every thing! Service was impeccable! I will crave again for the appetizers and for the lamb! Salmon was not the best (not seasoned) but everything else was amazing. Thanks to Fairouz for that great supper and time!

WK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

I wasn't quite satisfied with all the plates. Middle eastern missed on the flavour of the region. I didn't believe that they charged for the olive oil to on one of the dips that you would get on any dip in the middle east.

RG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were looking for a different dining experience and Fairouz did not disappoint. Very unique dishes, nice ambiance and great service.

KP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious cuisine! Beautiful presentation and our bellies are always satisfied! One of my favourites in the city.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Some missteps on the food: heavy oversalting (and I love salt) and the cheese appetizer with strawberry yoghurt was like a child's imitation of fine dining - really ill-judged. I think this place is fine in a pinch, a little overpriced, and perhaps a little too pleased with itself. It looks better than it is.

RH
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Noise level was a real issue for us - difficult to keep up a conversation across the table. Food was good, but given the price, I expected better. My three companions were more satisfied. For instance, I thought my end piece of chicken was dry, but the others were happy with their pchicken. Our meal provided a good variety of interesting flavours.

KK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Attentive service - waitress very knowledgeable of wine selections, and all plates on menu. Kudos! Nicely decorated. Meals are for sharing, and being 6 (including a vegetarian with a particular food allergy), we ordered an appetizer, 3 mains and 2 sides. Knowing the size of the plates now, 3 mains and an additional side would have been preferable. Overall, great food, fantastic service and very accommodating. I do recommend.

SS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great city vibe restaurant with exquisite food and flavours and fantastic service! Really great experience!

WP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

My wife and I had a pleasant time, but came away quite disappointed in the overall taste of the food and the price. While we both loved the cheese appetizer and liked the eggplant main (delicious if you love tons of cumin), the fish main was very disappointing - flavourless and slightly overcooked, and something we easily could have made at home. (note that it wasn't terrible... Just bland, and out of character, as we didn't really get anything middle eastern from the BC salmon...)
200+ dollars later, and I'm thinking there are many better places in town.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fairouz is one of our favourite restaurants in Ottawa. We always get amazing service from the serving staff (thank you Taylor!) and of course the kitchen (chef Walid is a superstar). Every time we go, we just order the tasting menu so we don't have to make any hard decisions and we have never been disappointed. They change things up often to keep the menu very interesting and delicious. Thanks again for a wonderful Friday evening!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as usual. The grilled Nabulis (sp) cheese was inspired. Always a wonderful place to be , with staff who know their stuff and really seem to enjoy sharing their food and place with you.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything from the food to the service was fantastic. The flavours were well balanced and the cocktails were delicious! The service was casual yet professional and not over powering at all. Thank you!

PO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

That LAMB...

I can say with confidence this was the best dining experience I've ever had in Ottawa. I will definitely be back.

PF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals of my life. Very creative, incredible pairings, the combination of flavours was amazing. Service was top notch. Deservedly one of very best restaurants in Ottawa.

KC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was amazing, the table service was intimate and attentive (Alex) and the food was exceptional. We had a special drink made for us by the charismatic bartender (Daniel) who listened to our request and created something unique. The other patrons seemed equally satisfied as the energy was positive and the conversations at the tables were robust. We will be returning for another great meal. Thank you!

PS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The meal we had at Fairouz was one of the three best meals I ha e ever eaten. And I am old!
The service was attentive without being annoying. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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