Atelier
Atelier

Atelier

  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Atelier reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.9
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (76)fit for foodies (67)notable wine list (44)romantic (37)neighborhood gem (12)hot spot (8)good for groups (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Outstanding!!!
    Gabb
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I never tasted wine this amazing!! The demi- pairing was absolutely perfect! I have no words for the food!! Quite an amazing experience! The service was perfect. We were simply amazed with every single plate! Delicate and powerful. The quantities were perfect. You feel full but not too much! Even with 12 plates! Stunning!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable experience
    NatalieF
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was one of the greatest dining experiences of my whole life. The presentation of the plates and the food was outstanding, delicious and very unique. We loved all of the 12 courses. The wine pairing was a fun touch, and matched the food very well. Our waitress and the sommelier were kind, attentive, and pleasant, while giving us space to enjoy our meal. Will look forward to going back to Atelier again for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Décevant
    DFLEURY
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Tout avait très bien commencé jusqu'à la soupe. Trop de "crème", aucun goût et le reste du repas semblable. Je croyais aller manger chez un compétiteur de l'Europea ou Laurie Raphaël. Quelque chose qui me rappellerait ces merveilleux endroits. Mais non. Nous en sommes même très loin. Désolé mais ce restaurant est plus que surévalué (way, way overrated) Par contre, il faut souligner le savoir faire du personnel. Quel excellent service nous avons eu. Mon amoureuse qui n'est pas trop à l'aise en anglais, a pu avoir une excellente description en français. Quelques fois un peu boiteuse mais quand même, quel bel effort. Thanks, the staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative !
    OttawaFoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Atelier remains Ottawa's most creative dining spot. Nowhere else in Ottawa will you find this level of culinary research and experimentation. As with all experimentation, the results are sometimes uneven. Sometimes, the multitude of tastes are overwhelming and don't work. Sometimes they just Wow your palate and that's why we want to return. Don't expect steak and potatoes, nor classic French cuisine. You'll find foams, powders, freeze-dried, cuit-sous-vide and other trendy approaches that come from the molecular schools. Plate presentation goes from amusing to Wow! Good wine list. Good service. Reasonable price when you consider the efforts of preparation and number of different plates. Treat yourself to a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place lives up to its reputation.
    Kelvin
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food, wine pairings, staff and atmosphere was great for our anniversary. It is pricey without a doubt but it was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amhrain
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary, and really enjoyed our experience. The food was wonderful, the service was attentive, and the place was quiet on the night we went. The food was adventurous, different and creatively presented. Definitely a place we will be going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Gourmet Dinner Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We took my mother out for her 80th birthday as a treat to this wonderful restaurant for her to enjoy a total explosion of wonderful food and wine. All she could say after the meal was it was the "Best Gourmet Meal She Has Ever Had!".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was amazing, creative and the wine pairing was perfectly matched. Only downfall of the night was the noise level - three groups of women all celebrating birthdays & other things were VERY loud. Made it difficult to have an over dinner chat with our friends and the waiter/waitress were practically yelling to be heard. Second time at Atelier and the meal was divine. Not for the meat-and-potatoe crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A unique experience
    OutofTowners
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Very different, very special. Not in the category of an "excellent meal" experience, but more a very individual, complex, experimental food experience featuring outstanding quality, combinations and presentation. Our experience was that it was not a meal to "relax and enjoy" but one that required one to be alert, concentrating putting in some effort, in a sense, in order to fully enjoy the experience. We wouldn't have missed it, and would plan to repeat on something like an annual basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very impressive but expensive
    sixtoast
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    dinner for two, including tax and tip, came in at around $520, so it ain't cheap. but the food is inventive, playful, creative and artistic. Also tasty. sometimes i felt there were too many flavours and exotic ingredients competing for your taste buds, but on the whole very well executed. Best dishes were the tequila tuna, the almond soup, the korean fusion lamb, and the curried apples. only dessert was a little disappointing. it's a long dining experience with multiple small servings of fine food served over about 2.5 hrs. So a great place for a memorable "special occasion" dinner. Wine pairing selection is very eclectic, from beer to madeira to mead. In retrospect I might have better enjoyed sticking to wine by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Dining Experience
    timbuktu
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Simply phased - Gastronomical version of Cirque du Soleil.. fabulous anniversary treat for my wife and I. Dislikes: 1) there was that a large group of patrons that were extremely loud resulting in my inability to hear the sommelier and server, which is a huge part of the experience. 2) should be a dress code. People in their Wal-Mart attire cheapens this fine establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and service
    1tdm
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A sensory delight: visual, aroma, and taste. A fantastic evening with great service. The wine pairing was also excellent. We went for our anniversary and we were not disappointed. Certainly, up there with the best in Ottawa. We will be back, and likely bring others with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food experience
    BirthdayRegular
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Although extremely pricey, the food was very tasty, very creative, very unusual. Service was very cordial, and the server's explanations were elaborate, complex, and brief - one had to be quick to associate all the words and names to the items on the various plates, platters and bowls. Would I go back? Yes, on very special occasions to show off to guests, not likely for myself (but wouldn't object going if guests came to town).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing - a must for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    By far the most interesting, delicious, visually stunning and delectable meal I've ever had. Twelve dishes PLUS 2 intercourses to cleanse palette. Dishes are small, colourful & combine flavour & texture in a way that needs to be experienced to properly describe. I think this place is what foodies wish for when they go to heaven. Dishes are inspired from all cultures, include meat and vegetarian options. Staff was incredibly attentive - always there for you. THe food was small portioned and so tasty but we left thoroughly stunned and stuffed. Accomodated my friend's last-minute request for vegetarian only dishes expertly. THe only caution is that it is a small venue with only 2 nightly seatings - we were there for 3.5 hours!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodies paradise!
    foodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Excellent food and presentation! Service was superb and staff very friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is my second time at Atelier and it is just as memorable as the first a couple years ago. Chef Marc Lepine, and Sommelier Steve Robinson combine to make what is arguably Canada's best culinary experience. It is artistic, analytical, creative, vibrant, and delicious, and indulgent in some ways. 12 courses of gastronomic bliss with wine pairing! Their delivery is in a very approachable and personable manner, this is not a stuffy or pretentious environment. Every course is well presented, explained, and there are some whimsical and humorous moments particularly how they name their courses. This remains my #1 dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edible balloon, anyone?
    9lo01fd
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We weren't exactly sure what to expect given the "experimental" label, but it turned out to be probably the best dinning experience we've ever had in the city. The quality of the food, the beautiful presentation, the amazing service, the lovely wine pairings, and the pace of the meal made for a perfect night out. Our compliments to the chef and his staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very special GIFT to offer !
    GHLaf
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    What a DINNER . Spectacular presentation of foods, great taste, original, well dosed for a long degustation Menu and each plate with its own surprising contribution. The service was perfect, each plate was well described, the wine was well served and at the appropriate temperature. Ambiance??????? Special: Outside a bit «scary» to say the least, Inside:Cold, Zen, Cubic, for a purpose I suppose: less distraction and food concentration. Overall very good experience for my Guests. DON'T KNOW WHAT TO GIVE for a GIFT to a special DEAR ONE??????? Take them to HEAVEN: «ATELIER» OTTAWA.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner theatre
    Karowart
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wow. What a night out! This is truly dinner theatre, not a simple meal. We will look forward tremendously to going back, but will save it for a special visit with foodie friends. A 5-star dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    FairyGoudaMother
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
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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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    • Ambiance
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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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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
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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..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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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.
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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.
  • 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.
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    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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    • 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!
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    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.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 861 reviews are from the Atelier reviews archive.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet