Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

4.5
918 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
Inspired by the street food of Southeast Asia, SIDEDOOR Restaurant offers an elegant, sharing-style dining experience sure to bring people together. Available for dine-in or takeout, we are renowned for our fresh, local produce and our unique use of exotic spices and ground curries. Chef Ben Landreville has created a tantalizing menu, placing an emphasis on Asian-inspired tacos and main dishes. Don't forget to end your dining experience with warm, hand-made donuts sure to please your sweet tooth!

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What 918 People Are Saying
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4.6
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vipNLHLB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Food and cocktails were amazing. Service horrible.

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CarolineS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

It seems Sidedoor was short staffed when we had lunch there yesterday. Service was very slow and inattentive. Coffee was not hot. We love this restaurant. This was not the best visit!

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AliceB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very good expérience!
Thé staff was very professionnel and attentive.

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KimB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a birthday dinner and the three of us truly enjoyed our dining experience. Our server Joanna,was amazing, we felt that she could have come with us as we celebrated, very professional. KUDOS TO YOU ALL

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Sparkolicious99
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is consistently good and the ambiance nice. It got a bit noisier as the night wore on but didn't bother us much at all. Awesome cocktails!

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PamH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great place to share a meal with friends. Never feel rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I were traveling and found Sidedoor as a place to eat nearby our hotel with great reviews so we decided to try it! This experience was by far one of the best we have had from the waitress to the environment and

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tbmbor
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

fries- burnt, sauce poor flavour

mapo tofu - spice overtakes the flavour of the dish - can not take mushrooms etc due to the overhanded use of spice

- if going to have overly spicy dish - then have another vegetarian option for the main ( FYI i am a person who likes very spicy food but this was a poor use of spicy)
- should have non-dairy milk option for coffee

FYI - prior to pandemic - side door was the go to restaurant for many various groups of my friends but now I will not be going there as one of the first choices

the service was wonderful, restaurant was clean but the food was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

First time to this restaurant and would be my last the food was bland and felt like you were sitting in the basement of a night club sitting next to the coat rack. The pictures online are deceiving it isn’t what you would expect.

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Tracy
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We shared three dishes - Sichuan eggplant, tuna tataki and the dumplings, and found two of the dishes very salty. The eggplant was also quite tough. The dumplings were ok but nothing special and there is certainly better in Ottawa. All in all, we won’t be back as there are better options.

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JulietH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such an amazing place to go for any occasion. We tried pretty much everything and each dish and drink were better than the one before. 100/10 would recommend to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sidedoor never let’s us down. The food is on-point, the staff and service are excellent and the location and ambiance is perfect!

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Noodle
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I go back here for our anniversary every year. The food is great and the service is always friendly. The braised beef consistently impresses, and the Vietnamese pancake and green papaya salad were perfect starters.

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Lilia
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

OMG on a adoré la nourriture. C'est la version la plus fancy des mets asiatiques qu'On pourra goûter. Plein de saveur, de bons produits. Chaque plat était unique avec mille et une saveurs. Nos papilles dégustatives se sont régalées.
Calmari, super super bon avec la meilleure sauce au MONDE
Vietnamese Pancake : OMG the best of the best
Striploin : un des meilleurs qu'on a goûté
Gong Bao Chicken : Excellent
Noodles : très bons. La version sauce piquante est sur le top du plat so si vous aimez pas ça trop piquant, il suffit de ne pas mélanger sinon optez pour les noodles non piquantes.
Le dessert : des beignes encore chaudes et délicieuses.

On revient, c'est sûr!

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ClaudeG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Unfortunately, this didn't work out great: One member of our party had lots of trouble being serve a plate with no (zero!) hot spices and no cilantro. We were told no spices/cilantro but it seems the kitchen could not quite deliver. Also, dishes were not served to all members of our party (4) at the same time. Beyond this, the food was excellent and our waiter did a fine job managing a difficult situation. The lesson seems to be very careful about this restaurant if someone in your party cannot tolerate hot spices nor cilantro. We would recommend with this caveat.

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Waited over 15 minutes for anyone to start our table, which was next to the kitchen service line. Our table was sticky. My husbands chopsticks were not cleaned. The servers congregated at the service counter to yell and holler and high five - the really tall server was telling stories about his idea of what peace means, then he told stories about his relationship and why it didn’t work out. The restaurant manager also engaged in this crazy annoying activity - and only once asked one of his servers to not lean on the half wall that was our table because his head was basically on our table. Our server forgot to order my husbands main course - so we had one other main sitting on our table getting cold. We saw our server 2 times and couldn’t get anyone’s attention help us. We should have left. Very disappointing experience.

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Chanteclare
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are not from Ottawa and booked after looking at the website. Wonderful location and lots of help for me (I was using a walker, with an air cast). Great food and loved the donuts at the end. A great restaurant and one we'll recommend to friends and family.!

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Anonymous
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really liked the restaurant. Very good service and amazing ambiance. Food was delicious, but I don’t recommend the gong bao chicken as the sauce was not “sweet and sour” it tasted almost like gravy. Everything else (tacos, wings, calamari) is a 10/10

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misha
Manitoba
29 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

a little oversalted to my taste, food came quickly. could have more ontario craft brewers, diabetic choices. over all very good.

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CatherineA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely staff, very comfy surroundings.

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Milene
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The tuna tar tar, fish tacos and panang dishes were delicious. Kudos to the chef!

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stefburch
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Came in for my 21st birthday with my family; food was extraordinary as per usual, and service was good as well! Started off a little slow in getting our drinks but otherwise an excellent night. 100% recommend! So worth the money.

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vipJeremieY
Montreal
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic date night. Tasty small plates. Great vibe! Thanks

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SylvieD
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superbly tasty lunch…the braised beef is amazing as is the beef tataki. The service was very pleasant and the atmosphere relaxing. Overall, it’s a great spot for lunch

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CorrineH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, relaxed meal.
Best dishes were the Vietnamese pancake and the cod dish.
Little bit donuts put it over the top.

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KellyW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only thing I found to not be value- was the overpriced glasses of wine. Everything else was amazing!

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ninam
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!!! Always outstanding. Very consistent food quality and service.

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CrystalS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal. I suggest sharing with friends. Try everything

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N210
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

nice space. food came out all at significantly different times (even the side of noodles to the meat dish for one person). food was really good but overpriced for what it was.

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MariamR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Started off great but my meal came out raw and cold. I was pretty disappointed in that ..

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ToniS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Unusual menu. Somewhat expensive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything from cleanliness, ambiance, service and food was amazing. I will be coming back and recommending this place to others.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had the fish tacos, beef lettuce wraps, and the papaya salad. All dishes were loaded with flavour! Great cocktail options- had Palomas and the Sidedoor Bourbon cocktail, both were delicious.

Super fast service and very sociable waiter, we asked to be moved to the area with more light and were moved quickly without any issues. Love the decor- specifically in the area with the windows, tons of plants, navy textured velvet booths, wood accents and tons of natural light.

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StevenD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Side door was fantastic! We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary and we could not be more pleased. Everything was spectacular. Our waitress really made our experience amazing too with her perfect recommendations and pleasant personality. We will definitely be coming back to side door in the near future and will recommend it.

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BernadetteK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The cocktail Sunset on Aberdeen was amazingly good, the seafood platter as well.

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JoshuaT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing. Had my wedding here came back for wifes bday. Max was awesome

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AllisonK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fantastic, had great recommendations and really made the experience a home run for us.

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DianeM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I read the reviews and thought we would give this place a try and I am so glad we did!!! Food was fresh, tasty and well presented. We will be back for sure

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Nathalie
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, a good mix of stable items and new items, the service is always perfect and I absolutely love their cocktails.

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KarenV
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend! The food is AMAZING, service great, made a bday celebration perfect!

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Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 918 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.