Fairouz

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Middle Eastern
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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4.6
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4.5
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IT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fairouz was terrific. Had dinner there with a few friends (5 people). The food was a culinary delight with each course explained when served and talented bartenders. We absolutely loved it!

There is a fixed price menu for $60 per person, and it can get a little loud in there when full but the food is worth it!

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were entertaining co-workers from out of town so we wanted to pick a nice place that could accommodate a wide variety of picky eaters. We ended up getting a fantastic prix fixe sharing menu with many delicious options for appetizers, mains and deserts. They even tweaked the mains so the vegetarian in attendance would not be left out.

NG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food recommendations our server made. Everything was amazing!

HT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had only the following mazes: carrot-tahini dip, babaganoush, muhammara and artichokes. The first three were only average, the forth awful. there were too many pomegranate seeds on the muhammara and little red pepper, the chef didn't even bother to roast the pine nuts on the babaganoush,, the carrot-tahini dip needed some sort of green herbs on top, such as cilantro, yet still the best of the maze in our sample. the artichoke was simply awful (jarred, not fresh, vinegary and tasteless artichokes, topped by an average tuna salad. Combining artichoke with tuna is a bad idea, they don't go well together).
the dessert platter was fine, but not exceptional. As an experienced home chef, my experience at Fairouz was disappointing.

DB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Our meal was excellent, and we both liked what Fairouz has done with its space--it's a stylish update to an already cool building. Fairouz is worth keeping in mind for a nice meal out in Centretown.

C
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very tasty. A little bit expensive. Nice attention to give us a plate of cheese because it was à little long.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Overrated but cute...and I’m Mid. Eastern.

PA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience in a lovely location. The Building itself is very interesting and obviously a heritage structure. Wonderful staff and exciting food selection... very tasty!

C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food, attentive service, poor lighting, a few people using cell phones to see the menu.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Everyone was really turned off by the waitress the night we went. She constantly came over to our table and kept interrupting our conversations and pushing everyone to order more drinks. We had ordered drinks, food, and even dessert. If we wanted more on top of everything we already ordered, we would have told her. It was incredibly annoying. Overall, not a great experience. Our friends came from out of town and were excited to try out Fairouz, in addition to catching up. After our experience, I don't think any of us would be returning.

RD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner on a Wednesday evening was my first experience, along with my sister and brother-in-law. We shared 3 appetizers and 2 main courses, which one waiter predicted correctly would leave us satiated. The food was outstanding. Original but well-balanced flavours, tender meats, and very artistic presentations. The restaurant also catered to my tree nut allergy appropriately. The wine list is a little pricey but sadly, this is true of all restaurants in this class so I won't fault them for this. The service was impeccable. The sound level was quite comfortable, although this inevitably depends on the other guests. The decor is very tasteful and conducive to any occasion. Fairouz gives an upscale feel without being pretentious. We will need to attend again soon to try out everything else on the menu. Highly recommended.

CA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went for my wedding anniversary and I cannot say enough! The service was great, the flavours were exceptional...I cannot wait to go back!

H
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I had a great evening at Fairouz, we had amazing service (Sarah was awesome), and loved our meal. We got the set menu as we were a group of 7, and this allowed us to try a wide variety from the menu. Favorites were the cashew dip and the roasted cauliflower. The dishes were paced well, we all left full and didn't feel rushed. Everyone enjoyed their drinks, especially the "getting figgy with it". Will definitely be back!

L
Atlantic Canada
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my second time there. The servers were great at explaining the menu and the dishes as they brought them. I tried the Lebanese (red) wine for the first time - loved it! The Apple of My Eye cocktail was also delish. We tried all three dips plus the beet salad and shared two mains (lamb and rabbit dishes). It was plenty for three of us with no room left for dessert. We’ll definitely be back!

G
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great and unique flavours. Outstanding service. Small portions. Love sharing plates.

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Worth every penny for the culinary experience. I love it when the waitress/waiter helps you with options because they are very knowledgeable with the menu and want to make sure you enjoy your experience.

P
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Im giving this restaurant a 4 star rating overall. The ambience is gorgeous, the food is delicious though overpriced. The service was strong and first but after receiving our starters, the service staff abandoned us and didnt returm to remove our plates, offer another round of drinks, dessert or coffee. As an out of towner, Id give this place a 2nd chance if im ever back in Ottawa again.

HT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved this place. Atmosphere and all!!! The food is never a disappointment

AS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Stood at the front desk being ignored by 3 members of staff for two minutes.
After asking if we could move tables a waitress said she’d get back to me but never did.
Food was not hot when it arrived.
Felt the pita breads for the dip were purposefully made small to try and force you to pay for more. When we didn’t order more the waitress almost looked disappointed.
Food itself was just okay. But that could have been because it was not hot when it arrived

TD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every way. I highly recommend it. Server at the bar where I sat was very personable.

K
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

I found the place very tight and Too noisy , service very slow but food is good .

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was exceptional as always and good to die for!!!

R
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and device were exceptional. Every member of the staff knew it was a special birthday dinner and made a point of mentioning it. They had a hand signed card waiting on the table, and had a specially decorated dessert. Great meal!

BA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant keeps amazing me with outstanding service, and serves food with amazing flavours. There was a birthday card for me upon my arrival. I'm already planning my next visit. Thank you!!

A
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second time at Fairouz, and I was blown away. The food was fantastic, delicious and well-portioned, and the service was impeccable. Will definitely go back, and would recommend Fairouz to friends without reservation!

RP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was good, not the wow I was expecting from reading the menu, service meh, waitress was too loud, music doesn’t fit the middle eastern ambiance, and prices are way to high for what is being offered specially when you have to order your sides for your main course which is already at $70 and a bowl of rice or cauliflower is $13. This comes to a point of prétention...

F
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our first time dining at Fairouz and it won’t be our last. We ordered the set menu. It was amazing! It was a selection of a variety of different taste starting with a wonderful selection of appetizers to steak and chicken main dishes ending with a nice assortment of desserts. Highly recommended!

AS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Noise is a problem. Suggest installing some noise cancellation paneling or something.

We had a fantastic time. Food and service was great!

MA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for the amazing service, great food and the birthday card!

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had such a lovely time last Saturday. Fairouz offered us a delicious meal with flavour profiles and cooking techniques that are not a part of our every day. Our server was attentive. The different courses were well paced. We felt sated but not stuffed when we left. I've been to Fairouz with a group of girlfriends and with my partner. Both visits have fostered conviviality and enjoyment--exactly what I hope for in a night out. (I wish I'd brought my wrap. I was a bit cold by the window.)

j
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely fabulous and would highly recommend to all my friends. Found the lighting a bit low for reading menus. Wonderful service and waiters.

TF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Our server was great but I gave a 3 for the bartender.
He didn’t acknowledge us until we were getting up to be brought to our table. Even if he was busy, he should’ve at least said hello or be right with you..

CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Perfect in all ways. Great food and service. Great value.

KL
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Awesome cocktails. Lovely atmosphere.

SO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening overall. Food here is phenomenal, and service was excellent. It was my second time here and I'll definitely be back.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Very disappointed. We love Lebanese cuisine which this did not resemble. Even with a limited menu, which might give one hope that each dish would be especially good, both the appetizers the main were a big disappointment. Even your average schwarma or gyro shack would outshine this over-hyped & over-priced excuse for Lebanese. Stick to Beavertails!

ML
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very creative use of flavor, colour, and texture. Very impressive.

MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, wine and service were all tremendous. The sommelier has added some interesting choices to the wine list which just added to our experience. Fairouz has become one of the top spots in the city.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely, your restaurant is the best, thanks Tony!

CB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautifully presented food with very interesting ingredient combinations. I really enjoyed and want to try the other things on their menu.

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