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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CB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

KA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and I was most impressed with the glass that my scotch came in. It was a proper scotch glass.

TV
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible experience. They are dishonest and scamming. We ordered half a chicken for $40 and it wasn’t even half a chicken. We were told it could feed 3 and it could barely feed one, unless you’re under 4 years old. We were also told it came with a salad and it did not. It’s clear that it was all just a money grab. Very disappointing.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing night! We had the full tasting menu and we enjoyed every thing! Service was impeccable! I will crave again for the appetizers and for the lamb! Salmon was not the best (not seasoned) but everything else was amazing. Thanks to Fairouz for that great supper and time!

WK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I wasn't quite satisfied with all the plates. Middle eastern missed on the flavour of the region. I didn't believe that they charged for the olive oil to on one of the dips that you would get on any dip in the middle east.

RG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were looking for a different dining experience and Fairouz did not disappoint. Very unique dishes, nice ambiance and great service.

KP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious cuisine! Beautiful presentation and our bellies are always satisfied! One of my favourites in the city.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Some missteps on the food: heavy oversalting (and I love salt) and the cheese appetizer with strawberry yoghurt was like a child's imitation of fine dining - really ill-judged. I think this place is fine in a pinch, a little overpriced, and perhaps a little too pleased with itself. It looks better than it is.

RH
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Noise level was a real issue for us - difficult to keep up a conversation across the table. Food was good, but given the price, I expected better. My three companions were more satisfied. For instance, I thought my end piece of chicken was dry, but the others were happy with their pchicken. Our meal provided a good variety of interesting flavours.

KK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Attentive service - waitress very knowledgeable of wine selections, and all plates on menu. Kudos! Nicely decorated. Meals are for sharing, and being 6 (including a vegetarian with a particular food allergy), we ordered an appetizer, 3 mains and 2 sides. Knowing the size of the plates now, 3 mains and an additional side would have been preferable. Overall, great food, fantastic service and very accommodating. I do recommend.

SS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great city vibe restaurant with exquisite food and flavours and fantastic service! Really great experience!

WP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

My wife and I had a pleasant time, but came away quite disappointed in the overall taste of the food and the price. While we both loved the cheese appetizer and liked the eggplant main (delicious if you love tons of cumin), the fish main was very disappointing - flavourless and slightly overcooked, and something we easily could have made at home. (note that it wasn't terrible... Just bland, and out of character, as we didn't really get anything middle eastern from the BC salmon...)
200+ dollars later, and I'm thinking there are many better places in town.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fairouz is one of our favourite restaurants in Ottawa. We always get amazing service from the serving staff (thank you Taylor!) and of course the kitchen (chef Walid is a superstar). Every time we go, we just order the tasting menu so we don't have to make any hard decisions and we have never been disappointed. They change things up often to keep the menu very interesting and delicious. Thanks again for a wonderful Friday evening!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service as usual. The grilled Nabulis (sp) cheese was inspired. Always a wonderful place to be , with staff who know their stuff and really seem to enjoy sharing their food and place with you.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything from the food to the service was fantastic. The flavours were well balanced and the cocktails were delicious! The service was casual yet professional and not over powering at all. Thank you!

PO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

That LAMB...

I can say with confidence this was the best dining experience I've ever had in Ottawa. I will definitely be back.

PF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life. Very creative, incredible pairings, the combination of flavours was amazing. Service was top notch. Deservedly one of very best restaurants in Ottawa.

KC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance was amazing, the table service was intimate and attentive (Alex) and the food was exceptional. We had a special drink made for us by the charismatic bartender (Daniel) who listened to our request and created something unique. The other patrons seemed equally satisfied as the energy was positive and the conversations at the tables were robust. We will be returning for another great meal. Thank you!

PS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The meal we had at Fairouz was one of the three best meals I ha e ever eaten. And I am old!
The service was attentive without being annoying. I highly recommend this restaurant.

MS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience, food is great and the service too! I was pleasantly surprised with this place.

W
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent as well the food! Such a romantic ambiance and super classy.

SO
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best food I have had. This is our second time there and we would be coming back again.
Everything we ordered from appetizer to main dishes to dessert was top notch, from taste to the way food was displayed was incredible !!!

TM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was beyond amazing, service was excellent. Overall the ambience to Fairouz was phenomenal. Definitely will be back!

m
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Elevated fusion and modern Middle-eastern cuisine. Upscale casual setting. All services offered in shareable portions. Food is flavorful, inspired and of good quality.
Good wine selection, price per bottle on the high aide.
Nice selection of local beers, limited formats, again on heavy side of the price scale.

Would definitely recommend.

HK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food. Very fresh and tasty!

Highly recommend.

MG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

This is my second time at Fairouz - went once when they had recently opened and again this weekend. Both times I felt the same - a bit overpriced, and the food is good, though not extraordinary. There could be so many more delicious dishes that could be inspired from the Middle East. Overall, a bit disappointing.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary. Upon arrival the host congratulated us on the anniversary and gave us the best table in the restaurant. The service was amazing and we were tended to. They did not do their large plates last night just mezze. So we ordered small dishes and then a meat plate. Our only complaint was the chicken was a little salty but the rest of the dishes were incredible. We were given a complimentary dessert for our anniversary that stained our teeth blue but the waitress did warn us. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolute exquisite taste, amazing service. Will definitely go again!

AP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By far, one of the best restaurant in Ottawa. The food and service are next level. The lamb plate is one of the best plates that I experienced. A little on the expensive side but totally worth it.

SM
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious. Had the tasting menu. Only the salmon and the deserts fell short as the former was overcooked and under seasoned and the latter were dry. My favorite was a grilled cheese dish due to the tiny but outstanding bite of basil meringue with which it was served. Our server, Alexandre, was amazing. Very knowledgeable and as a bonus spoke both English and French. I love having the choice of being served in my mother tongue, which is rare elsewhere. Second time here, and second time having a wonderful experience. Will definitely return.

GP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As per usual, the food and service was impeccable. The entire party (4) enjoyed the meal very much.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food from appetizers to desserts! The lamb was probably the best I ever had!

JF
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service! Love this place, will come back.

CM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The mezze is a huge scam. They give you a lot of dip but only one piece of bread each and it’s highly disproportional. If you want more bread so that you don’t have a ton of dip left over you have to pay like $3. They should provide enough bread in proportion to the dip.

They also don’t tell you how big or small the plates are and if you end up ordering way too much they won’t suggest that you’ve ordered a lot of food.

There was a problem with our appetizers. They came late and as compensation for how late they were they gave us warm olives which were really unappetizing.

On the bright side the cheese dish was really good and the meat is always amazing there. Plus the ambiance of the restaurant is excellent.

C
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always. This is the best restaurant in Ottawa and it is extremely consistent.

AF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 16, 2019
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.

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