Fairouz

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769 reviews
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Middle Eastern
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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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SN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience. The food, the staff, overall outstanding. Cannot wait to go back there again. Thank you.

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food descriptions and presentation were fabulous but fell short in flavour. For example
the rabbit was quite tasteless.
There were 5 people, 4 squares were presented and we still left an entire square behind. Not one person felt it was worth eating. The cauliflower,
Chicken and beef were exceptional but the dips and rice were quite bland.

The ambiance, service and cocktails get top marks! We will be back 👍

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GJ
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The place is coisy, very nice interior, and the good thing there is a parking right beside the restaurant. The service level is good, food was amazing but a bit expensive

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G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a lovely surprise this restaurant was. Lovely decor and atmosphere, the waiter gave me a little tour of the first floor. The cuisine was incredible! The cocktail was also excellent. Will come back when in Ottawa.

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KB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Found the restaurant just a tad ont the pricy side but the food was really top notch. I mean not the kind of self-starred "top-notch" but truly people who have mastered their craft. I would go back despite the high cost but not as often as I would like to go!

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T
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elegant without being pretentious. Superb service. Extremely knowledgeable about wine. Delicious food. Not overpriced, but pricier than several restaurants in the are of similar calibre. Already looking forward to going back!

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious high end middle eastern cuisine, every dish beautifully plated. Service was attentive and extremely pleasant, from recommending flavours and wine pairing. I certainly will be back and recommend Fairouz highly.

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BB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious food and drinks, as always. The server did not seem impressed that we weren't having a full meal but sharing many small plates and kept insinuating we weren't having a full experience, which was the only thing at all negative about the experience.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very delicious & amazing presentation.
The service was Excellent- the servers and the wine sommelier were very very knowledgeable about the menu .
The chef Walid is amazing talented with his kitchen team.

The only suggestion I would make is to turn the music few knots down - Little load to talk with your guests.

Otherwise superb experience. Will come back for sure.

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SC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I enjoyed the shared meals, the staff were very attentive and I look forward to another meal next time I am in Ottawa.

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H
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to go on a special night. The service was great and the food was interesting.

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was a new discovery for me. We absolutely loved it. The food was amazing (my friend said it was the best restaurant meal she'd ever had, and it came close for me too). The atmosphere was good, and the service just right. I have already recommended it enthusiastically to those I know will appreciate it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Met up with a friend from out of town. Enjoyed the mezze on Sunday evenings. The trio of dips and cauliflower were absolute heaven, so tasty! We enjoyed the Turkish coffee with cardamom to finish the meal - absolutely divine! Can’t wait to go back!

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

This was second time we go to Fairouz. First time we were extremely happy. This time there were a couple of things I recommend the restaurant to consider taking a look at. But before I begin, I want to emphasize - the restaurant was still absolutely excellent. I only docked a few points because of the super high expectations I had based on my first visit. I would still recommend Fairouz and I will definitely go back again.

1) Ambiance - Fairouz has an opportunity to really connect to its inspiration by adding a Middle Eastern feel to its ambiance. The music was generic, and you really couldn't tell this was a Middle Eastern inspired restaurant or that this is any different than other upscale restaurants. Given that the restaurant is named after Fairouz the singer, I think the music playing should have significantly more consideration going to it. This is not to say blast arabic/fairouz music full-on, just simply that the melodies playing could use some Middle Eastern instruments/inspiration.

2) Food - Unlike my first visit, in which each plate was a huge hit and I just couldn't wait for the next dish to come, this time there were a couple of misses. The Sumac chicken was underwhelming and not very flavourful, which was a shame because it was the main course. Last time we went with the meat platter, and it was a hit, so maybe this was just the wrong choice this time. I also felt the stuffed artichoke could have been improved if the red pepper was simply part of the stuffing. It would've again made it more flavourful. On the other hand, the Fried Cauliflower was the highlight of the day and it was delicious. Again, great food, but because of my high expectations I was disappointed with how off the mark the Sumac chicken was.

In summary, I really want this restaurant to succeed because my first visit I was completely blown away and everything hit the mark spot on. I hope the feedback above will help, and I look forward to coming back on my next visit.

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FD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La serveuse était sympathique et nous a bien expliqué le menu et conseillé concernant les portions. J'ai apprécié que la plupart des employés étaient bilingues et m'ont servi en français lorsqu'ils ont remarqué que je le parlais. Le service était rapide et la nourriture vraiment délicieuse. L'ambiance était chaleureuse et pas trop bruyante. J'ai passé une excellente soirée.

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SB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an wonderful time. The food is amazing. The service is spectacular and the restaurant is beautiful. Highly recommended.

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and fantastic service. Caters very well for vegans.

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AG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Definitely worth a visit,
Be careful what you order, by the time we engulfed our appetizers (3) for 2 persons, we could barely finish our shared main course( rabbit)
Oh yea, Cauliflower as a side dish is a signature piece,
We left satiated and a doggy bag:)

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time to Fairouz for my wife and I and we had a wonderful time. The vibe was warm and welcoming from the moment we walked in the door, the service was excellent throughout - including wonderful recommendations on how to order based on us being only 2 people. We will be back at Fairouz again very soon.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, a pleasing experience! Delicious food, awesome ambiance and wonderful service!

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food is great, but the shareable dishes portions are small for the price you pay.
Ambiance and service are excellent.

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NB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the food had incredible flavour

The waiter guided us through the menu and we were not disappointed

Highly Recommend this restaurant

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AP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bday - staff had a card signed and everything it was super nice!!

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OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was very attentive answering questions and accommodating our allergies. They went above and beyond celebrating my brothers birthday with a card and special bites. Everyone left with full bellies and warm hearts. We will be back again soon!

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MC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and ambiance. Would def go back!

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O
London
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

An interesting restaurant with a good middle eastern menu. Very good service. Could do with more variety for the main courses.

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was good, menu was a little thin though. Came with a party of 5 and ordered a meat platter - told it should be enough but it was probably good for 3 max. Service was a bit uneven. At times we were surrounded, then we waited 15 minutes for a dessert menu.

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MD
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunday night meze is excellent, what a plethora of flavours.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favorite restaurant. Service is amazing and the food is simply the best! The kebab is to die for!!!

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AB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really great! Even with our 15 months old baby, food was amazing and service impeccable!

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EA
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it,,,,just needs a little bit of extra light.
Thank you

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M
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic 15th anniversary dinner. Warm staff acknowledged this event with a card signed by the entire crew waiting at our table. I have too many great things to say about the food, so just go and try it. Thank me later.

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and I visited Fairouz for the first time this past weekend. We all enjoyed the food very much; it was cooked to perfection and everything we had was delicious: the dips, the kebab, the chicken, the cauliflower and the chocolate coffee ice cream bar. The restaurant is very attractive and the service was exceptional. Thank you!

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J
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

To be honest we were disappointed. The food lacked a lot of flavour, which surprised us.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was excellent. The zaatar crusted lamb was the best lamb I have ever tasted. Unfortunately, the four bite sized pieces of lamb were not worth $44 in my opinion. I would recommend the place for the taste and the experience but everything I got off the menu was not worth the price at all. If the portion sizes were larger, I could justify paying the insane prices.

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MD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Ambience music was a too loud. Was difficult to cover noise, chats and music.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Très bon choix des ingrédients utilisés dans les différents plats. Une cuisine originale très appréciée à Ottawa.

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PG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Really excellent tastes and textures of surprising bites. Friendly, knowledgable service. Perhaps the best eating experience in Ottawa

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FM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time. I was there for my 25th birthday and it was an amazing experience. My server Laura was incredible. She is incredibly knowledgeable about wine and all menu items. The food was beautifully styled and the flavours were impeccable. I will definitely be going again. Well done!

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LD
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service! A little on the loud side, but thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Thanks!

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