Fairouz

4.7
620 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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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 620 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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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

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

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OT
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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BA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Bonjour,

On a passé une très belle soirée! Notre seule déception est qu'il n'y avait pas beaucoup de choix sur la carte des menus, plats et entrées.

Bonne journée

Boji

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fairouz is an adventure in dining. Each dish was creative, well presented and delicious.

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VK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and wine!

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A
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food, service and ambiance! Never disappointed when we go to eat. Love that the menu changes up every so often.

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TM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went on Monday night mezze night. The portions were generous for 2 persons. The savory katayef and lamb kofte were the best dishes we had for the night. The mocktails tasted really sour but it complimented the food perfectly.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The service was great and the food good, so why not 5 starts. It's just that I loved the old Fairouz and the old menu. Traditional Lebanese is what I like most.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with a friend on a Friday night. The food, the drinks and the service were all fantastic.

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JJ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding!
Wine and food suggestions were great, creative plates were delicious. We enjoyed the birthday celebration!

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

A very creative cuisine but with strange mix of taste. The appetisers are Great (the alloumi is a must) but the main dishes called sharing are beautiful but a weird mix of things that dont always go together. Tuna and lentilles not shure. Not much veggies either. Very expensive Too. Good service and great wines but very noisy because of a private party on the second floor. Lucky we chose to eat on the terasse.

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CS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolument délicieux avec un service impeccable. Et se faire servir en français était très très apprécié. Merci à vous tous.

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GC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cuisine inventive et appétissante au niveau visuel! Cocktails savoureux!

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EL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Molto buono tutto il menu, personale cortese e disponibile

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Délicieux! Et un excellent service avec Alex et François qui parlent aussi bien français qu’anglais! Nous y reviendrons avec des amis c’est certain!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Executive Chef Walid el Tawel continues to amaze with his masterful Mediterranean creations, hospitality and innovations. I know his Mom and Grandmother who influenced his career choices are very proud! He managed to keep the authenticity of this traditional culinary art, yet step it up, in his own unique way, to bring it to a next level of taste, elegance and sophistication! Truly an amazing dining and hospitality experience.

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EC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was on point and thoughtful, great atmosphere- we will be back! :)

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food was Delish! We too the fix 5 course meal and it was perfect, food was tasty and well presented.

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M
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WoW! Quelle belle découverte! Des plats vraiment savoureux, très bien présenté. Des plats qui doivent être partagé pour une meilleure expérience. Le personnel extrêmement attentionné. Le prix très raisonnable pour la qualité et le service. Bravo et merci beaucoup!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

While the staff and the atmosphere are amazing, and the food is somewhat great, we ultimately wouldn’t return to Fairouz. It is definitely a pricey place with mediocre food.

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MN
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They took incredible good care of us..

They saw a pattern that we visited Fairouz on our anniversary and knew it and reserved our typical Table and offered bubbly

Thanks Fairouz for making it an even more special evening

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LN
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My second time here, and I wanted to introduce the restaurant to some friends. Amazing experience and service, and amazing food! Very unique and different from the typical restaurants in the city. We did the sofra option, which was the perfect amount of food and a great way to experience the chef’s creations.

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DI
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food flavour, service and experience was amazing. We will return for sure. Beautiful space and close to home.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply excellent. This place rocks. The food is amazing. Easily the best restaurant in the city.

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LK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The most mouthwatering meal I've eaten in quite a while. I regularly closed my eyes and sighed with pleasure as I tasted the rich and fresh flavours. The mixed drinks with Arak are not to be missed as they pair beautifully with the middle-eastern spices. The desert was so unique and beautiful. The service was superb. The restaurant itself is lovely, although I had hoped to sit on the patio which was closed (I was there on a Wednesday). My only minor complaint is that it was difficult to hear my dinner companions by the end of the evening. Nevertheless, I can't wait to go back there with my love and savour the dishes I didn't get to try.

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CJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On vacation from NJ. Best lamb I have ever had.

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SK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We would definitely recommend your restaurant. The meal was a culinary adventure. Perhaps a bit pricey
Suzanne K.
PS. We got there before 5pm and had to wait standing outside. Some chairs would have been nice

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ZS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! The atmosphere, the service , not to mention the food! Highly recommend it to anyone that wants to try something out of the ordinary.

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MR
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service, delicious food. Interesting menu that is small with unique and diverse food choices. Loved what we ordered. Our server was amazing. It was my birthday and the whole staff made me feel special.

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JC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food tasty but extremely expensive. Portions very small. You need a lot of dishes to make a decent sized meal. $44 for 5 small pieces of lamb, really only one serving. Even a rice and vegetable dish was $33.

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were greeted with a smile and throughout the evening all staff were always smiling, pleasant and helpful. As we were four, they recommended the option to share the meat platter with dips, grazing and dessert and it was absolutely wonderful. The wine was a great pairing and we thoroughly enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and most of all the great service. We will be back!

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SL
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had visitors from the US and wanted to take them somewhere special and good. They loved it and so did our entire group. Thank you for all your efforts as you provide a very unusual menu that tastes delicious. we cannot wait to come again.

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BF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience from start to finish - excellent wine pairings with great food. Despite a very full restaurant the service was impeccable.

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TK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food and the service. At times, the noise level was a little high...music stacked on top of chatter. I would not let this hold me back from going again. We had a fabulous evening. Thank you!

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R
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I last ate at Fairouz in 2005 and it has now completely evolved into a modern, delicious and creative experience.

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