Fairouz

4.7
873 reviews
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Middle Eastern
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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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AF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Go with a group of 3 or 4 as most dishes will be shared. Even for 4, we had the set menu and while it was delicious, we all felt we had eaten too much and paid for it a bit afterwards. The service was exceptional.

VB
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really interesting and delicious menu which we ate on their patio. Lovely wine too.

CB
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am so deeply addicted to every item on the mezze menu. The rose water mousse with the halloumi-esque cheese was the perfect summer dish. Everything was lovely as per usual :) I cannot wait to see what the team at Fairouz has up their sleeve for fall/winter menu.

J
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding as always! One of my favorite places to dine when visiting Ottawa!

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievably good food, delicious cocktails, great informative service! Our visit to Fairouz last night made our visit to Ottawa.

DP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

So thrilled to have had the opportunity to experience Fairouz. Middle-Eastern cuisine with a twist! Freshest ingredients. Wonderful service staff. Pricey private import wine list but oh so worth it. If you want to treat yourself to a yummy meal, this is it!

HH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food with lots of vegan choices. Tasty specialty cocktails. Impeccable service. The background music was a little loud. Not our first visit, definitely not our last.

DJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and service attentive but not obtrusive. However, the six-person meal option was a LOT of food for six people. I think I would next time select dishes from the menu and take it stepwise to avoid waste. All excellent food however and a very pleasurable experience.

NA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

I wear hearing aids and it felt too noisy. Otherwise great

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous birthday dinner.

MP
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was our first time dining at Fairouz. We live in Ottawa and all we could think of was "How could we not know about this incredible restaurant?" Highly highly recommend this restaurant--we had the table d'hôte and we were taken on a wonderful journey of culinary WOW! The wine list is also great, and we had a delicious "orange" wine from Niagara. Service and ambiance were excellent as well. Thank you:)

BK
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food with lots of different shareable dishes.

JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fairouz était mémorable. Charmant, surprenant et créatif. Le service bilingue et courtois a été très apprécié. Nous y retournerons très certainement.

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very good, unexpected delicious flavors. Very good service. Very like the culinary experience. Would recommend.

KC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Fairouz. Small dish mezze on Sunday. Arak aperatif, Lebanese red wine, Muhamarra dip and pita, more pita, fried cauliflower, and lamb kofte. Everything was delicious. Wonderful spicing. We would like to have tried more dishes, but were sated, so finished with great decaf coffee. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I'll return whenever I come to Ottawa.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

34$ for an eggplant really??

JD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience with creative food served with flair and delivered by a number of the staff over the dinner time!
Would recommend it in a heartbeat!

GT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb! Delicious! A clever take on traditional Lebanese cuisine. Gourmet twists include seared cheese with strawberries and basil meringues. A delightful evening out.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Always well prepared and tasty and unique. Service is excellent as well. It is a very special treat when we go to your restaurant. Thank you.

SP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Thank you so much for celebrating the fact it was my friend's birthday. The card & dessert were a very kind touch!!

T
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fairouz puts so much thought and effort into their dishes and it shows. All is local, from the flowers and micro greens from the assistant chefs own garden, to the olive oil sent from the old owners own olive trees. Everything is local and amazing ! Just go.

S
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was outstanding; a really Unique menu and perfectly prepared. The service was good, but for food of that quality I prefer more space between the tables ( my table was on the on patio).

LK
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate at Fairouz for the first time last week. The food was creative, delicious and looked like a work of art. The decor adds to the pleasure of the meal, a unique experience worth the price.

MM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always delicious at Fairouz. I've never had a dish I didn't like. Also thank you for the great service, and for moving us out onto the patio once there was room out there so we could enjoy the beautiful summer evening. We also really enjoyed the unique cocktails!

MT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent choice and quality of food. Server funny and nice.
Definitely on my list of first choice

MD
Ottawa
37 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always flavorful, complex and subtle dishes. Excellent wine list for all occasions.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends and I loved the experience! The food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. The servers were amazing and had great timing. They were there when you needed them, but their presence wasn't excessive. We had an awesome night!

VT
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exquisite! This was our second visit to Fairouz and allowed us to corroborate that they can consistently deliver outstanding food. Each dish was a joy, and every a corner of my palate was positively stimulated as we moved from one to the next. This is a highly refined cuisine, with a diverse and broad spectrum of tastes and aromas, which when combined and balanced with masterly subtlety are sure to satisfy the most demanding gourmet.

RS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything tasted amazing. We will definitely be back to try the dishes we didn’t get a chance to try. It is higher priced, but well worth it for the experience. It is also beautiful inside and the staff were all friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Highly recommend

AM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was the highlight of my weekend! The food and the service was spectacular. Truly fine dining with an easy and relaxed feel. Sat on their front patio which was lovely. They were so helpful and accommodating to tailor the food for gluten free diet. Highly recommend the Lamb main - was cooked to perfection. Definitely going to return and try other options as so many tempting choices available.

MK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was fine, but the noise level made it impossible to converse with the person across the table. Loud music and amazing loud bar work. Was considering the venue for our next board of directors dinner, but it's out of the question. I won't be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Apps and sharing plates were very good vegetarian eggplant was ok but not special. Special drinks were great. Service was also great. Left 18% tip bill was 175 for two with three drinks. Felt this was a bit expensive. So good experience but not great for the price.

NV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, beautiful setting and knowledgeable staff. They were able to accommodate my lactose intolerance. The lamb was one of (if not) the best I have ever tried. We really loved the side of cauliflower! Would definitely recommend going!

KM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, innovative food and beverage offerings matched with excellent service.

S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great location in the heart of Somerset village, a short walk to Bank street. The decor is pleasant and the place was quiet while we were there, but it would be pretty loud if the restaurant were full. The server was attentive and friendly, and well informed of the menu and wine list. The food was fantastic. Up market Lebanese, good for a couple's night out.

M
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was AMAZING! Very attentive and knowledgeable staff. Joked with us and made us feel like we were old friends.

D
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall, it was a great experience. The food was excellent! The cashew pomegranate dip was delicious. The chicken was slightly over cooked but the taste was really delicious. The fried cabbage excited my taste buds. The tahini ice cream bar was tasty! The best service and servers. The ambiance and food presentation was better than expected. They even had a surprise for us at the end for our special occasion. No complaints - definitely recommend this place. PS the menu is halal except for tuna, meat kebabs and the rabbit meat dish.

SR
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quintessentially the best Lebanese food I’ve tasted. Two of our 4 guests come from Lebanese background and were completely blown away by the flavour profiles and combinations. We all collectively gave every dish a 10/10 - amazing! And the anniversary macarons were a lovely treat - thank you!!

M
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent, but the fois was okay. I was really disappointed with the salmon and the salad.

DB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful relaxing environment that serves delicious food. The service is high-class with lots of attention. A must-go place if you go to Ottawa.

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