Fairouz

4.7
798 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Creative Cuisine
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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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place: food is exquisite and staff are cordial and friendly.

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A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The decor, staff and especially the food make a lasting impression. The flavours are never overpowering, each ingrediant compliments the next. A must try .... and again and again!!!

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CC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and amazing service! The ambiance is great and the staff are fabulous. Cocktails are good too!

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MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just as delicious as the last time! Couldn’t fault it. Love this place. They made a special effort for my birthday - with a card on the table! It was really impressive. Above and beyond! Plus birthday treat at the end is the meal. So so lovely of them.

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NC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Memorable for the food. I will be back. Found the wine very pricey, which is unfortuante as there are good moderately priced wines to be had. I'd rather spend on the food. Knowledgeable and pleasant service.

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MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is a wonderful combination of imagination and taste making the menu different from anything else in the city. A great choice for those looking for a change.

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M
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great! Our experience was amazing. It was our anniversary and the second we walked in we were congratulated, offered a card with all staff signatures, and dessert on the house. Food was amazing and staff is very knowledgeable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are a same sex couple and we were treated warmly, respectfully and fairly. That’s still too rare in the world. Thank you so much Fairouz! Also food was as usual spectacular and the staff were super knowledgeable about ingredients, presentation perfect.

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KP
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very interesting and delectable cuisine! Definitely going again!

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NL
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, adequate portion sizes, and perfectly priced. Love the small plates to share. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable about all menu items. I would highly recommend Fairouz for any occasion.

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n
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

It could be interesting for people that have never been in the Middle East. The food was good but the portions are too small for the price they are asking for. We were not informed about the gratuity of 18% that was already in the bill, so we gave tip twice. First and last time.

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NB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved it here! The food was absolutely delicious and very unique, and the service was incredible. I will definitely be back!

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F
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with family last Sunday and we all loved it. It was the mezze menu. Has good vegetarian options as well. The food, though pricey, was excellent. We pretty much loved everything we ordered. Overall had a great time. Will definitely visit again.

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice place, food is amazing, lots of taste and flavours. We will go again.

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TA
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the cocktails and the food. The service was wonderful. Only with the Table d'hote there was too much food. The chicken portions were too big to eat alongside the salmon and lamb and we are all feeling a little uncomfortable by the end. The earlier courses were perfect. We especially loved the pomegranate dish and the artichokes. Thank you!

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This my third time eating at Fairouz. It's always delicious. The cocktails are unique and the food is exceptional.

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EC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance and friendly and attentive staff. We had a delightful time.

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F
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went to Fairouz on a Friday night. Had the dip trio, stuffed artichoke and shared the chicken and potato salad with my boyfriend. The dips and hot, steaming pita bread were excellent; especially the pomegranate and cashew dip! The stuffed artichoke was crunchy and refreshing. The chicken was pretty standard and unimaginative, but the spicy potato salad was nice. The service was impeccable and friendly. Although the ground floor dining room was beautifully decorated, the decor on the second floor, where we were seated, was less inviting and didn't seem to take full advantage of the high ceiling, exposed beams, and attic windows. Will definitely go back next time I'm in Ottawa!

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was very good. The front steps and entrance way, were slippery and not very safe on the rainy day that we visited.

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FB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We enjoyed the food, the service was excellent! We would have appreciated to have Middle east type of music to put us more in the context. We thought we were going to a restaurant which would present us more a Middle east ambiance. But we really like our overall experience and would recommend it. Unfortunately the wine prices were way to expensive so we did not Buy any which was a negative for us. We recommend that you offre a few bottles at a lower Price.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very interesting restaurant. Would recommend trying one of their cocktails at the three dip platter. Wasn't impressed with the veggie main meal - it was kind of burnt. The menu is extremely expensive and although I would say it would be nice to try it once, I don't think it's worth it to keep coming back. The staff was amazing and very kind, doing a good job explaining the menu.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there to celebrate my sister`s graduation, and Fairouz really made it special for us. Thank you so much for your wonderful service, and the excellent quality of the food from appetizers to desserts. We will definitely be back.

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WH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The food was great, both the Mezze, and the Lamb was delicious, but the chicken was a little too dry to eat, and we often found our water glasses empty, having to waive down the staff.

Overall, I would definitely go back if only to explore their menu a little more in depth.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect food. Service

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BF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

From the reception to the leaving, it was excellent. Service and food impeccable. My favourite restaurant in Ottawa.

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OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Anniversaire

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OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I wanted to try something different and we decided to check out Fairouz. She is vegan and they had plenty of options for her to choose from! The service was exceptional, the atmosphere was great, and the food was amazing. The both of us are looking forward to our next dinner date here!

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ZZ
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've ever been to. Fantastic food, fantastic service.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose the grazing option. From start to finish all our food choices were excellent, nicely spiced, cooked to perfection, delicious. The dishes were delivered with perfect timing. We had a great opportunity to converse a lot in between courses; we were not rushed. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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SN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
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
Ottawa
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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