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  • Atelier

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  • Address:
    540 Rochester Street
    Ottawa, ON K1S 4M1
    Ottawa / Gatineau
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: CAN$51 and over

Atelier Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.atelierrestaurant.ca
  • Phone: (613) 321-3537
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Great restaurant!!! An experience like no other."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Always changing tasting menu - always fantastic. A dining experience not to be missed!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent Presentation was out of this world. Perfect for a special occasion. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Repas gastronomique plein de saveurs , très créatif et excellente présentation. Excellente sélection de vins accompagnant chaque services."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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 $."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a unique dining experience! Great staff and an amazingly creative Chef. We enjoyed every minute and it was worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • " Absurdly good. Food and service alike are both fun and very good. Why doesn't this place have (at least) a Michelin star? "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Ottawa Well worth the money A culinary experience like no other Explosion of flavours Exquisite attention to details"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The evening was better than I could imagine. Amusing and refined. A beautiful edible slide show. I've been anxiously awaiting to visit ever since seeing Chef in action at GMP in Kelowna. I was going to photo every plate but my wife thought that was silly so I didn't. She regrets it now. The servers were outstanding and the pace perfect. We were only in Ottawa for an annual visit with our son. Couldn't get in last time. Made sure this time. Hope to see you in June."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Fantastic evening, with great food. We never tasting such unique flavors! Can't wait to go back to see what else Marc comes up with! Loved the Balloon dessert! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Heard of this place through a family member. In my past 50 years, I have enjoyed my fair share of fine cuisine, but nothing prepared my fiancé and I for the attention to detail, the friendly waiters and the overall effort to make our evening an exceptional one. It was a perfect setting for an intimate moment for me to propose to the love of my life. Lucky for me she said yes and we somehow managed to turn an exceptional culinary evening into a significant emotional event in our lives as well. Thank you to Marc Lépine and the whole team at Atelier. Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants we have been to. Right up there with Alinea in Chicago and 1/4 of the price. Would recommend it to anyone who really loves food and the experience of fine dining"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A great blind tasting menu - 12 course marathon so better fast before for a few days. The wine pairings were also nice with some very unique wines. The service was spectacular - warm staff who knew their stuff and seemed to enjoy spending the evening with you. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food at Atelier is the most creative and unusual experience I've had. It's really a journey that everyone should take. The food is stunning and it tastes divine and it's really a once in a lifetime experience. Every dish that they served had a distinct taste and the presentation of the dishes was very unique. I would recommend this place to everyone. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "120 individual items assembled into 12 courses. Many great ideas delivered with style and bit of humour. Destination restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had been to Atelier in 2008 and 2009, and were amazed by Marc Lepine's prowess to bring together such a variety of flavours and textures to create totally surprising and unparalleled dishes - a feast for the eyes as well as for the taste buds. Five years later, Chef Lepine has brought his craft to an even higher level. Greater sophistication, more flavours and a meticulousness in putting it all together that defies description. The dishes are absolutely artful, and yet playful. Can't help but smile (and salivate) as they keep coming. Steve, the Sommelier, put together a fantastic wine pairing selection. A memorable evening!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "While only a wine list was presented to us, the staff were excited to create virgin and non-virgin cocktails on the spot using ingredients from the kitchen. I only realized the absurd, inappropriate, "can't win" nature of my request after making it, but the staff were graceful and happy to accommodate it anyhow. And the drinks were great! The exquisite menu highlights ingredients from their own garden, as well as other Canadian favourites like morels. Several dishes are guaranteed to bring surprise and a warm smile. This is the only restaurant that I've ever eaten at that understands how to use blossoms/flowers to stimulate flavour, the most important detail."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "It's been 2 years in a row that we celebrate my birthday at Atelier. This year's dinner was just as fabulous as the last. Thank you "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday on the evening we dined at Atelier and the birthday boy described his experience at Atelier as "the best meal of my life!", we wholeheartedly agreed! We each ordered a half wine pairing, Stephen, our Sommelier was absolutely fantastic! The wines/saki/beer were absolutely complimentary to the courses they were paired with. We couldn't pick a favourite course as each one was so unique and delicious. We were all especially impressed with the music selection during the course of our night, we loved all the Canadian content. We also appreciated all of the locally sourced ingredients, everything we tasted was so fresh and without artificial colours and preservatives. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I have been going to Atelier every time I visit Ottawa for a number of years, and it only appears to be getting better and better, which frankly I didn't believe was every possible given how amazing it was the very first time! Marc and his team produce absolutely stunning dishes, complimented excellently with wine or another drink. If you have never been to Atelier, then you are simply not a foodie nor a lover of excellent food and service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The experience at Atelier in unparallelled by anything else in Ottawa. If you're a foodie, this is an incredible dining experience. The 12+ course meal is a work of art. Ottawa now has many fine restaurants, but Atelier is in a class by itself. I know simply spouting superlatives does not really describe the restaurant, but I don't have the words to describe how original and complex each course is. If you are a person who appreciates creative dishes and can enjoy a meal as an experience, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "A complete delight for all the senses......Chef Lepine is a master of creativity, every course will leave you stunned by the complexity of flavours, brilliant presentation and creative use of textures. Exceptional. If you appreciate gastronomy, enter Chef Lepine's world and prepare to be completely amazed and amused ! This was our first time, but we will definitely be returning !"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Amazing restaurant and the food is over the top! Staff is fun and friendly, sommolier is great. Pick seats in corner away from kitchen as there is a lot of traffic. The flavours and the dinning experience is out of this world. The decor is ok, I loved the kids drawing but the rest is quite bland. If you're going it's for the food! Expensive - yes, but worth it as the food is truly amazing. Would go again, and bring friends next time! They also go all out for special occasions :)"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the dining experience. The attention to detail in preparing the different dishes and the taste were otstanding. The ambiance and decor was lacking on the other hand. Thank you to the friendly and knowledgeable staff for making this experience truly amazing."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Fantatic and out of the ordinary. Loved each and every plate. I would recommand it to everyone !"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food was beyond excellent! Every bite is a wow experience. This is my third time at the Atelier and each time is a brand new gastronomic experience. I'm salivating from the memory of eating there last week, while I write this. My real estate agent allowed me to choose the restaurant that he was taking me to. It was his first time. It was fun watching the look on his face as we went through the courses. The wow look. He couldn't thank me enough for introducing him to the Atelier. Thank you Atelier for a wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is incredible, offering haute gastronomy, with some molecular features. The experience is amazing and worth every penny. This restaurant could compete against the best in New York or Paris. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "They do an amazing job accommodating special dietary needs eg gluten-free, vegan. All servers are very knowledgeable, food is delicious, wonderfully presented and creative without being pretentious - it is fun!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "THe vegan options were bland and uninventive. One course simply replaced a slab of plain uncooked tofu (with garnishes) for the delicious-sounding meat alternative that included homemade meat stock. And we did not even get a discount for the vegan menu. I would not change the cutlery for each course; this is not environmentally friendly and tends to interrupt conversation. Attentive service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014