Fairouz

4.7
572 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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*
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
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Edmonton
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and service. Food was exceptional. For example, deconstructed kebab—genius! Small proportions but surprisingly filling. I am definitely coming back.

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FG
2.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

I would not recommend this place. It is overpriced for nothing. Food is ok, but not worth the price. Not so many options to pick from. This restaurant trying to represent itself as high end hipsterish restaurant. But they were not able to come even close. Too much salt and butter in all the dishes, too small portions. I am sorry, but NO, not coming back and not recommending to friends.

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CL
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, great service, awesome food and the patio was great. Downside to the patio, is the neighbouring bars smoke area is right outside the patio, so it’s a huge minus when you are eating supper.

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NL
Ottawa
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time going to this restaurant. Was recommended by a friend. Would definitely go back!

Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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SC
New Mexico
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The restaurant tried to do an artistic version of Middle Eastern cuisine. Though it scored an A in presentation of the dishes, the taste of every dish we ordered seriously fell short. Everything was over salted; flavors clash (some dishes have too many flavors going on and there was no focal point e.g. grape leaf wrapped fish), ingredients not the freshest. We have dined in some of the best restaurants all over the world. Unfortunately, Fairouz isn't one that we'd want to go back to.

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OT
Calgary
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the family feel all the staff have. They all seem to really love working their and are truly excited to share the food. The food was.delicious. can't say enough about the lamb!!!!

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d
Toronto
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Third time i’ve been in the last two months. Great food. My husband has many allergies and the chef phones him to modify two dishes. Love Fairouz!

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LV
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nous sommes très satisfaits surtout du bon service de Stéphanie, je ne suis pas certaine de son prénom mais nous étions chez Fairouz le 1er juillet à 6h15. Cette serveuse a été exceptionnelle.

Merci

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J
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service as always!

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OT
Ottawa
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Overrated!
Sufra Table for a party of 8, prefixed menu, we were very disappointed. Bread & olives were tasty. Starting with the appetizers/ bites lacking seasoning. Mains although spicy, chicken was good, fish tasteless.
Ambience good , server was very courteous and knowledgeable.

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NW
Miami
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was friendly helpful and very descriptive of each dish and the ingredients. She did not try to influence us on our choices but heartily approved of our decisions. The dishes were artfully presented and every one a winner. My wife and I agreed that it was excellent value for the money and I did not think it was expensive at all given the value of the service and food.

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DS
Ottawa
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience at Fairouz. Service is well timed, food exotic and delicious. Would go back again.

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JM
Toronto
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, interesting good food. One thing: sauce did not match asparagus, overpowering! Great evening!

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AM
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant in Ottawa. Great service and the food was simply amazing.

Thank you for the amazing experience!

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C
Toronto
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Very pleasant restaurant with friendly staff and exciting menu. We enjoyed the meal and the opportunity to sit outside on the porch and to be able to hear ourselves talk! Unfortunately, the service was extremely slow (granted it was a Friday night in June and very busy). We arrived at 8 p.m and were not done until nearly 11.00, although we didn't choose a main course. The wait time between serving was so long that the manager kindly gave us our dessert on the house. That was appreciated, but 3 hours was a long time, even if the dinner was excellent. We definitely plan to return and will hope for better service next time.

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MA
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat outside, very pleasant!
Like the « sharing » style food!

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TS
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing place!! Been here so many times ( first of which was my birthday ) Great place to get together with family. Sufra deal was great and really allowed us to not think about what to order. Very creative and interesting. Highly recommendable.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was spectacular as usual

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UW
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

B -day special meal, my husband always knows how to make sure I have a special meal for my b-day, I was greeted with a Happy Birthday from the host at my arrival, the food and the service are simply worth it. Thank for your attention to my needs.

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SN
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I cannot wait to go back. The staff were amazing and knowledgeable. The food was incredible.

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B
3.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Service was great but I had booked a week in advance and we were seated next to the bar which was noisy and yet there were many empty tables near by that were more suitable. I find the menu over priced for what you are served. On the plus side, we were celebrating 2 birthdays and our server did acknowledge in a nice way. That was appreciated.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have never had a bad experience at Fairouz. I feel very fortunate that this sublime restaurant is in my neighbourhood. It is SO great to know I can depend on the professional service and consistently amazing food. I love taking my friends!!

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MB
Ottawa
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service, ambiance and appetizers were excellent. The chicken was under the level of the rest of the experience.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food & service! Our favorite restaurants in Ottawa!

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CC
Ottawa
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service was excellent, however the wine list is short and pricy. Food is pricy as well.

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S
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal, great ambience and service. Loved it!

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NR
Ottawa
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Saw a review of Fairouz and had it in my back pocket for a special occasion. When the time finally came, the restaurant did not disappoint. The atmosphere is fantastic, as is the food (we had the sumac chicken), and the cocktails are very original and tasty. It doesn't look super well priced on paper but the mains are meant to be shared, and definitely portioned for two people. Will definitely be going back!

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WW
Manitoba
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are visitors from Winnipeg. We were so very impressed with our first visit to Fairouz last fall that we would always try to dine here whenever we visit Ottawa. Last week's dinner here did not disappoint. The Fennel and Tahini dip was fluffy and light; the halloumi cheese in the Savory Katayef was soft and creamy; the stuffed Trout was moist and the tomoato-based sauce worked very well with the fish. To top it off, we had the Halwat-il-Jben for dessert; it was creative and flavourful. Our server, Stephanie, patiently explained the items on the menu and was attentive throughout our meal. The quality of food and service made it a very pleasant experience for us.

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SA
Montreal
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Wonderful food at the restaurant - ambience was nice, however it’s quite loud and I visited with my parents. And because it’s a small place it’s a bit tough to be seated away from the louder people. Perhaps turning the music down would be good. But food is fantastic and I would definitely go back! On the pricier side but worth it.

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C
Chicago
4.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening with great food, great service and a lovely ambience. It’s a favourite place of ours for getting together with friends and sharing delicious and beautifully presented food and a good variety of interesting cocktails, craft beers and wines.

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RH
Ottawa
4.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The menu has changed since my last visit, and where I would have said it to be “outstanding” back then, a few of the new dishes were just “very good”.

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OL
4.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The dining experience we had at Fairouz was outstanding and memorable. The food was incredible (especially the roasted cauliflower), as was the service. Our server was extremely helpful and patient in talking us through the menu and making recommendations for our meal. Look forward to dining here again!

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D
Ottawa
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and service, never disappoints. Already looking forward to our next visit!

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s
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Let me just say this : the flavors are there. I don't mean salt/pepper but rather a beautiful blend of spices in every bite. The dip is SO good....the kebab is the best my friend ever tasted (he has traveled so much that it is VERY hard to satisfy his taste buds). I really recommend this restaurant for anyone looking to try something new and delicious.

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ML
Ottawa
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We will definitely be back to enjoy this creative and delicious restaurant again!

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SE
Ottawa
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious. Cocktails on point and the ambiance and service were great.

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R
Washington DC
3.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

This was my fifth occasion to eat at Fairouz and I don't know what happened but I was quite disappointed.
1- the discovery menu could not be order. The menu said minimum 4 and while 4 out of the six of us wanted to try it, it was not possible because the waiter (along with the manager) now wanted for the whole table to order it or nothing.
Plus they were suspecting that we could share the menu! We are colleagues and we barely know each other!!
2- the waiter was not very smiley.
3- some of my colleagues took the offered sparkling water (open carafe) for which they ended up being charged for without prior advise. It is not a big deal but not notifying the client of even a small amount does not bring good feelings. I am almost sure that, if notified, the client would have taken it anyway but it would be his/her decision.

I was the one recommending the place and you don't feel good when little glitches like that happen. As a result I will unfortunately not go to the Fairouz anymore even if it used to be my favourite place. Or to the least not bring 5 of my colleagues nor my husband.

Sorry.

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t
Montreal
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible experience! This was my third time eating at Fairouz, and while every visit has been amazing, this was by far the best yet! Monday night mezze is the way to go if you enjoy sharing truly innovative and delicious food, perfect for a group of hungry food enthusiasts. Our server, Julia, was perfect – she was knowledgeable, made excellent recommendations, and was obviously very passionate about the restaurant and its offerings. We chose Fairouz to bring guests visiting from Sherbrooke and we could not be more pleased with this decision. Many thanks to all the staff at Fairouz for consistently blowing us away with the food, presentation, service, and ambiance! We will be back :)

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KA
Ottawa
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sunday night specials were very good, as was the service. My first visit but not my last!

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NN
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came with a family group of eight which we were given a set menu. This was the best part of the evening everything was a surprise and so delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening with the expertise of the server and his vast knowledge of the food. We would come again.

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