Atelier
Atelier

Atelier

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.atelierrestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 6133213537
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marc Lepine
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carling
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Atelier
Atelier is a tasting menu restaurant in Ottawa serving 'New Canadian' food based on hypermodern culinary technique and technology.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Atelier reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.9
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (79)fit for foodies (73)romantic (45)notable wine list (42)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (6)good for groups (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Atelier is a great spot to celebrate a milestone. The staff was phenomenal, very friendly and polite, perfectly attentive, and extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Overall, the staff really contributed to our experience. The food was absolutely beautiful, not to mention delicious. The levels of flavour the chefs had created for each dish was incredible and complementary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    lyndseylou
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We loved our experience at Atelier; the food was absolutely amazing and the staff made our dinner that much more enjoyable! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to enjoy a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Excellent food and service. Ideal restaurant for special occasion (40th wedding anniversary). Everything was at extra level. Sarah and Steve mastering food description and wine pairing. Enjoyable and Remarkable night. I would strongly recommend L'Atelier to all my friends. An evening to remember.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dima
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Chaque plat est une œuvre d'art pour les yeux et en bouche c'est un explosion de saveur. Excellent service bilingue et tout le personnel est très attentionné. Le coût et la durée (3 heures) en fait un restaurant d'occasion spéciale et romantique. Très belle expérience culinaire.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing but the best!
    beemac
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was our fourth visit to Atelier and once again it did not disappoint. The food presentation is like nothing we've ever seen, each plate designed to perfection. The tastes explode in your mouth and leave you wanting more. The atmosphere from the moment you walk in is catered to you. The quaint seating allows for a great group setting or perfect for that romantic night out. Every time we go we talk about it for days and highly recommend it to friends, many whom have already taken us up on our recommendation. From foodie to hopeless romantic Atelier is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    EadibleOttawa
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very expensive for what you get. Ther service was outstanding but the food generally fell flat. For at service priced at $110 per person I was expecting a lot more. We chalked it up to an experience that was lovely but overpriced and we won't be repeating it or reccomending it. It did help us better appreacitate other local restaurants and what they are able to offer for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing.
    SkitzyMcFritoes
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I took my fiancé to Atelier for our anniversary and told him nothing about it in advance. He was completely blown away by the food, wine and service. While the price is well above what I would normally consider spending on dining out, the experience was priceless. He's still raving about it. The food looks and tastes incredible, and the wine pairings are spot-on. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and very professional. The service is five-star, fast and precise. It feels very high-class without ever for a second feeling pretentious. In Ottawa, nothing even comes close to comparison to Atelier. If you want to create an unforgettable evening and have an amazing all around dining experience, Atelier is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of the best in the city
    nv2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Hole in the wall, with great food! Wine pairings were perfect. Great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food and. Wine
    Robert
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a superb experience. The food presentation and service was exceptional. Terrific sommelier. Overall, a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    Bani
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was excellent and I could notice some of the techniques that I had seen on Spinning Plates being applied to the plates (liquid nitrogen, spherification, etc). Texture and flavour made a great combination in most plates. Out of the 10 savoury courses, the meat and the lobster were the only ones that I didn't care much about. The other 8 were truly amazing. The fruit and the dessert were good, but I had higher expectations. The presentation of the plates was always spectacular. Even though the plates were very elaborate, the waitress explained them in a very casual manner that felt like a conversation between friends. This attempt to make this high end cuisine approachable was also seen in the creative names of the plates.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    jzhao
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is my second time eating at Atelier and the experience just keeps getting better and better. Even though it is pricey, it is more than worth the value. I am definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ottawa's Restaurant to Impress
    capsquyow
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This restaurant is for people who savor their food. My wife and I returned to Atelier to celebrate our new business and to have an enjoyable, leisurely dining experience. And we did, in spades. The food--12 courses of amazingly intricate, delectable nibbles--was like eating artwork that exploded flavour on the tongue. We asked ahead for vegetarian options, and they handled this expertly even asking if we ate gelatin (which I do not). Each dish is perfectly sized to prevent three hour dining from becoming a gluttonous chore. And the wine pairings were interesting and exquisite. It seems ludicrous to consider one of the priciest establishments in the city a deal, but it's really an excellent value for the gourmet experience you receive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    tiguy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very expensive but very special...will come back..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A 12 course tasting menu that will delight your senses! Every course was dramatically different, yet they were all bright and beautiful. They were crafted with great skill and a certain whimsy. We had a blast! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • xTreme Food xPerience
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Who would have thought that the mere taste of food could have goose bumps rippling over flesh, bring tears to my eyes and shivers down my spine? Moaning optional. Every course was an explosion of textures in my mouth, a brilliant mélange of complementary and contrasting flavors that hint at the culinary genius behind the creator of such dishes. The ingredients were fresh, the portions just right and the presentation an inspired visual delight as well as fun. The wine pairing was a careful and thoughtful match of interesting beverages. Staff is knowledgeable, attentive without being obtrusive. Clearly, the attention to detail and the thought that has gone into this uniquely divine dining experience, makes the diner feel cherished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Canada
    GEDS
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been to a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Paris, and the food at Atelier was comparable in presentation, style, taste, and creativity. Amazing food creations and super service from very knowledgable wait staff. I'm amazed this isn't in Toronto! Ottawa has a definite edge here in terms of molecular gastronomy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    One of the best, and most memorable dinners ever! Each dish was perfectly plated, balanced and presented. Truly a special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another FABULOUS dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I live in NB and vist Ottawa once or twice a year. This is my fifth dinner at Atelier. I don't know how it is accomplished, but every visit manages to exceed my expectations! Out of this world food, amazing service, lovely ambiance ... worth the extravagance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    Foodbliss
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A must at least once in your life! What an amazing experience. We plan on going back for every special event and when the menu changes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extraordinary experience...
    FiveforGoodFood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The twelve course menu was superbly prepared with extraordinary attention paid to visual presentation. The real treat was the exquisite tastes that were masterfully combined with each service accompanied by thoughtful wine pairings. The hostess and Sommelier were most hospitable, professional and well informed. Our party of five enjoyed the experience - like none other in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had an utterly delightful and delicious and intimate dinner at Atelier. It was quiet, the service was personal, friendly, respectful. The food was so creative, just the right level of eclectic -- adventurous but not scary! And the food was BEAUTIFUL on the plate -- whimsical and innovative to align with whatever the dish was named. Wow. We would make the (long) trip back to Ottawa just for Atelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great restaurant!!! An experience like no other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of a kind
    cookwithlove
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The experience at Atelier is like no other I have experienced in Ottawa. 12 course tasting menu with menu presented at the end of the meal as a token of the experience. Seasonal, creative, enticing to the senses and beautiful presented. Each course proved that the kitchen team truly understands each cooking technique and is mastering them beautifully. The detail of each dish from our servers throughout our dinner was playful, exciting and the perfect addition to our experience! My boyfriend and I had a very lovely evening but the experience would be fun to share in a group as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious tidbits
    Policywonkette
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was my fifth time going to atelier and the food was exceedingly delicious, beautifully presented, and fun to eat. The service was outstanding as per normal at atelier, with an exceedingly knowledgable staff and sommelier. This was the first time however that I left the 12 course meal hungry! Atelier has shrunk their portion size significantly, and I was upset at the small quantities of food that was served. I actually ate a full burger immediately after leaving the restaurant, something I would I have been physically incapable of on previous visits. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends, but I would like to see them serve bigger portions again
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time and just gets better
    Roosremillard
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always changing tasting menu - always fantastic. A dining experience not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicole
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent Presentation was out of this world. Perfect for a special occasion. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DADA
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Repas gastronomique plein de saveurs , très créatif et excellente présentation. Excellente sélection de vins accompagnant chaque services.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond high expectations
    Ree101
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    For an expensive meal I had high expectations but Atelier exceeded even those. Not only did they accommodate my request for my boyfriend's favourite food on his birthday (oysters) the Chef and servers so delightfully obliged (no temperamental chef anxiety here!) The wine list was excellent, the fleet truly suited each meal. Do not even get me started on the food. Each of the 12 courses the visual was an edible artwork. At first I thought it wouldn't be enough food but the size made us truly appreciate the flavour. I was most surprised by how delicious peas can be. May I suggest you don't eat things standalone - though that's delicious - the flavours are meant to be melded. I can't wait to return. I also can't stress how grateful we are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but room for improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fantastic meal. 1) lighting was poor. I was sitting facing the kitchen near the downstairs door. There was very lighting to appreciate the beauty of the meal. Of note, I young and don't wear specs... 2) The air condition vent was right under the table to by the end of the meal my right leg was frost-bitten... ok, exaggeration but it did get chilly... I was wearing pants. other than that? Fantastic
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As expected
    LeGouteur
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    After reading the reviews (and looking at the price) I was expecting a fantastic tasting adventure. We were not disappointed. If you like discovering new tastes this is an excellent place for that. C'est un coup de coeur!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food excellent. Great service. Noise level was intolerable due to a group of 8 inconsiderate diners who had no respect for the dining environment. Totally obnoxious. Otherwise it was a memorable experience indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quite the evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was my second time at Atelier. I brought 3 colleagues. The food was, like last time, imaginative, playful, and delicious. My most memorable meal within the last year. The service was terrific. The wine pairing was well worth the extra $.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine dining experience
    gemini06
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    A wonderful venue to celebrate a very special occasion. The set menu along with the wine pairing is an experience which you will not forget. Each service was well describe with at least 8 different foods and flavours; many of the foods selected were in season. Although we are both red wine drinkers, we decided to do the wine pairing even though with the summer venue there were more whites. Each wine with each service was well matched and provided us with new wines that we loved. Each wine was well described A 3-hour experience to celebrate our birthdays was worth the expense. Guests were nicely spaced out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Believe the hype...
    DrSteveO
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I went to Atelier on Saturday (our second visit) and were one again treated to not only an amazing meal, but an culinary art show as well. Plates were beautifully presented with flavor to match. Do yourself a favor and spring for the optional wine tasting - some great pairings. Only issue is the size of the restaurant - tables are very close together because of the small space. Makes conversation awkward and noise level high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed!
    JenLu
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    What a unique dining experience! Great staff and an amazingly creative Chef. We enjoyed every minute and it was worth every penny.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    mike
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Our whole experience was great. The food was delicious and the service was very attentive. They were even able to create a menu for us that avoided seafood. I couldn't be happier with the dinner.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Soga
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    One of my best gastronomic experiences in Canada Very very creative dishes and all delicious I also noticed the china , all different and beautiful utensils My only suggestion would be to offer a list of special cocktails besides the wines
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    Open2newfoods
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The flavours are very nice best way to describe the 12 course meal would be 12 very small plates or tablespones ... A lot of style, art and original flavours but not much of a meal. Service was very good. We are not big eaters just expected a bit more ... We had a nice evening however not to return.
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  • Recommended
    gurkan
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Absurdly good. Food and service alike are both fun and very good. Why doesn't this place have (at least) a Michelin star?
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sublime
    fabtheluck
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Best restaurant in Ottawa Well worth the money A culinary experience like no other Explosion of flavours Exquisite attention to details
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.