Fairouz

4.7
655 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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*
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of Operation
Sunday & Monday: 5:00pm-9:30pm (Mezze Nights)
Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm-9:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(613) 422-7700
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Walid El-Tawel
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Bank Street
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Parking Details
There is street parking, a public lot directly across the street and a small public garage directly next to the restaurant on the western side.
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Public Transit
Oc Transpo bus numbers 1, 2, 7
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 655 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is by far the best food I have had in a restaurant in Ottawa after a long long time. Our server “Taylor” was so sweet and knowledgeable that made our experience smooth and memorable. The food was exquisite and perfect. A fantastic place for date and romantic evening. Gets a bit noisy though would prefer if the noise level was a bit moderated. Other than that everything else was perfect.
Loved it.

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DJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal but the last moments were spoiled by a heavy wine deposit at the bottom of my glass. When I showed the glass to the waitress she said that all bottles had a deposit. Not so but nevertheless the deposit should have been kept in the bottle! They kindly offered to pour a glass from a new bottle but the meal was over with that last mouthful of deposit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Taste experience. Everything I hoped for

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NN
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time there and would go back for sure if in the Ottawa area. Went on a Sunday night so had the small plates - great experience.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent, sadly the table beside us was sometimes so loud it was hard to carry on a conversation. Some people have no manners, but that’s not the restaurant’s fault.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

50th birthday

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Each dish was all a revelation. The only issue was that everything was always a bit too salty.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was great service amazing. Nice selection for everyone - food options, drinks, even take out ice cream!

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CP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect in all ways. Delicious food, great service. Recommend +++++.

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N
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the place and food! I am a big fan of Lebanese food and this more modern/fusion twist to it is fabulous :). Going back in 2 weeks and can’t wait!

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Y
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at Fairouz! The atmosphere was cozy, service attentive, and food perfectly cooked, spiced, and presented!

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K
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fantastic dinner with 3 friends, some from out of town. Taylor was a fantastic server and the rest of the service staff were amazing from the moment that we walked through the door! Very welcoming and helpful. We went with the Sofra menu, letting Chef take control of our options and we were not disappointed! A great quantity and variety of food, showcasing Chef's talents and the local products that they source.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fairouz once again delivered a unique and elevated fine dining experience. We chose to have the kitchen curate our experience and they did a tremendous job. Service was on point starting with arak mixed table side. Then we were served some dips to start. Fennel and tahini like hummus in texture but with a delightful flavour of fennel, zaatar, and pickled chilies, Muhammara- chopped walnuts mixed with pomegranates - and warm olives dipped in spices, super delicious. Round 2 consisted of savoury katayef, a pancake filled with halloumi cheese and herbs, served with sweet harissa (highlight of the night) and cauliflower topped with tahini and pomegranates. The main course was a mix of grilled meats, chicken was tender and the skin was crispy, lamb kafta was juicy and perfectly cooked, shish kabobs were also delicious. The grilled meats were served alongside a salad of tomatoes, cucumber, and onions finely chopped and mixed with a pomegranate vinaigrette, house made lavash, parsley, pickles, pickled onions, and puréed red peppers and eggplant. Throughout the meal, we were served fresh, warm, delicious pita bread baked in house. Doesn’t get better than that. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a unique middle eastern culinary experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service.

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OT
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Service from Taylor was outstanding. Thank you for another great dining experience.

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We were very impressed by the food - very delicately spiced and beautifully presented. The service was also excellent - a very knowledgeable server who took extremely good care of us. The noise level was comparable to that of other similar restaurants, but it was decidedly noisy, particularly early in the evening. Overall, this was an excellent dining experience and I would not hesitate to recommend Fairouz to friends.

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C
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and experience. Excellent sevice. Will go back!

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ER
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meal, and one of the best dining experiences in Ottawa

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal. Freash and exciting. A nice break from the French bistro taking over everywhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We have been to fairluz before and had a great experience. This time however, the food was disappointing ring and over spiced. Although the food was edible...there is the price we are paying for to consider as well. I am willing to give the restaurant one more chance because of my previous experiences, however the other at our table who it was their first time were not terribly enthused

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my new favorite dining experience in Ottawa. I tell everyone who lives food, they must go!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was spectacular - the food, the service!

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EB
Jacksonville
543 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My husband and I loved our food choices - all Lebanese/Turkish dishes. They included fennel and tahini dip with pita, fried cauliflower, and lamb and beef entrees. And we enjoyed the wines that we selected as well. We both felt the food and wines were pricey for the quantity. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our experience and would recommend Fairouz to others.

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. The atmosphere is great as the restaurant is quaint in decor and size.
Somewhat pricey.

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is food you can't make yourself w each bite a wow experience. Wait staff knowledgable & helpful.

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CV
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Portions were very small for the price. We were charged $3 for Sparkling water from a carafe (ie not very sparkling). The wine portions were very small (I would be very surprised if there was 4 oz in the glass) and at $15 per glass were grossly over priced. Although the food was good and innovative, I would not go back to this restaurant.

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DW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was great! Atmosphere is very nice. While attentive most of the evening, it took longer than expected to get our check at the end of dinner and we were in a hurry so that could have been better but overall great dining experience.

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite places to go for a special occasion dinner. Food is simply delicious, staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. A bit on the pricier side but I definitely recommend if you want an amazing meal to treat yourself!!

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S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fairouz is a lovely restaurant with great atmosphere. I dined with another friend. We had the tasting menu and we were in love with everything but the final course. It was a whole roasted trout. The trout was beautifully decorated but I thought it too strong and my diner partner thought it too frangrant. The waitress offered to get us something else, which was nice but we declined. Thankfully the fig macarons and pistachio ice cream brought us back on the right track!

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CD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm very happy that I found this gem on Open Table for several business groups traveling from Boston. The feedback spread through the conference and by the end of the week, I was asked to make more and more reservations - most people going twice. This isn't a large restaurant, and you get very personal, attentive service. They are sensitive to any dietary needs and make adjustments throughout the meal by preparing special dishes as necessary. The chef's menu changes as the chef's mood and available ingredients change - even two tables may get differing items. Prepare to be indulged and surprised!

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s
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best food in Ottawa. Great for a special occasion although expensive.

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AQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and drinks. Very few vegan options, and not very accommodating to dietary restrictions even with notice.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been to Fairouz so many times now, and we just keep coming back. While the food is amazing, and I definitely recommend the "Sofra" tasting menu, I am constantly impressed by the attentiveness of staff and the encyclopedic knowledge they have about the food, its ingredients, and their origins. It's clear that the head chef has really taken the time to train them on the details of the menu and, moreover, that the staff have a dedicated passion for the fare that they are serving. The food, as we have come to expect, is just exquisite. It is an elegant blend of Turkish, Arabic, and Persian influences, which pair the old and create the new. This takes true skill and talent, and Chef Walid and Sous-Chef Aydin really show their razor sharp focus on every detail of a dish, yet, at the same time, the ease with which they are able to let the deep historical origin of the dish make its own way in a playful, interesting fashion. We, honestly, can't recommend this place more.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, creative dishes, and stellar service. We felt as though we were the only customers they had all night.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food

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d
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have been to Fairouz several times and have always enjoyed the food. As a vegetarian there are many options. I will never walk away hungry.

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JO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food & service! Special touches for a special occasion.

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant, imaginative food and great service. Highly recommended.

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JS
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place ! Great staff . Food was unique and and very yummy

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J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dinner at Fairouz was outstanding. The service is always top-notch, the restaurant has such ambiance, and most importantly - they serve some of the best dishes in Ottawa. Every dish blew us away, and the seasonally prepared halloumi was so incredible that I ordered it again for dessert! I highly recommend Fairouz for a date, dinner with friends, a special occasion ... any reason to eat there is a good one!!

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