Lava Dining
Lava Dining

Lava Dining

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lavadining.ca/
  • Phone: 4032838608x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
    Friday: 5pm - 11pm
    Saturday: 11am - 11pm
    Sunday: 11am - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Jason Chen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10 St NW & 2 Ave NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lava Dining
Combining the best of French and Asian cuisine, Lava Dining strives to bring you fine dining in a casual and economic experience. From basic pickled vegetables and breads, to the more complicated pastas and sausages and meats, a majority of our ingredients are homemade in order to give you the freshest and the highest quality food we can while also delivering the passion of our chefs to your taste bud. Using only the best, the freshest seasonal products, each dish is guaranteed to impress.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Lava Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (10)special occasion (9)romantic (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • excellent food!!!!!
    cyeh
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was having a good time in Lava dinning with my family celebrating my birthday. their food is very good. I can enjoy Asian and French food togather in this amazing place. for sure I will go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I went with my daughter and daughter in law. Really enjoyed the meal white asparagus soup and chicken bacon on chibotta .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and delicate food
    CdnEve
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    On a week night, I decided to try this new restaurant at Kensington with my boyfriend. The restaurant environment was very different from others. The black and white contrast gave the restaurant a modern look but with the wall showing the sketches of animal parts brought a casual feeling that warmed you up. The server greeted us genuinely and gave us a quick rundown of the daily special. We decided to have a light meal; therefore, we shared a salad, steak and dessert. The Asian bouquet was fresh with well balanced dressing. The steak was perfectly cooked and the mash potato was creamy and delicious. Both of us were pretty full after the meal. We will definitely recommend Lava Dining to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food, great service!
    Enjoyinglife
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I ordered the thai chili calamari and ratatouille and papardelle, they were really delicious! The thai chili calamari wasn't deep fried, it was very different from other restaurants, it was very refreshing, I really enjoyed eating it! The ratatouille and papardelle was very delicious, and I was very stuffed after finishing my meal! My server was very friendly and nice. I will definitely come back to try out more things in lava dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nickname
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Menu selection for dinner is limited but the food is good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • seems simple but not simple
    DizzyPierre
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    the foie gras terrine is amazing, so smooth and rich after taste. The rib eye is a must try, it seems like a simple rib steak, the demi-glace sauce bring out strong and rich beef taste, i really love it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very small portions
    grumblytummy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very small portions, left hungry and went to another restaurant to finish eating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth visiting
    troutchaser
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A little tucked out of the way on 10th Street but well worth the visit. The halibut was done to perfection and the presentation was exceptional. Nice wine pairing choices to boot. We have recommended Lava Dining to all of our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic plain casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Lava was nothing special. Food was okay but basic. Basically an off the street restuarant and bar. Service was fine but dress was street casula by staff. Bar in background was loud. Okay for a quick bite but not for a date night or recommendation to friends.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Food - Poor Street Presence
    AnonVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The pork belly and duck confit tacos are amazing. All the appetizers (Muscles with Chorizo and Sautéed Calamari Salad) were outstanding. Steak and roasted duck were fantastic. Mashed potatoes with herbs are worth the trip alone. The store front is hidden but, do not let this deter you as it does not reflect on the quality of what's inside. Service was great also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Started out very good... but then-
    Ritzy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Excellent server, a really decent wine and the tuna salad and the calamari starter were wonderful. Halibut was well cooked but did not all like the salty noodles/miso with the halibut. Both the front staff and kitchen were very accommodating in providing another option. I will give the restaurant another chance - it is so pretty and was also very clean. Our server was awesome.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Raises bar in Kensington
    GussyBearVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Couldn't face another evening of burgers and fries, and shouting over Midtown's always too-loud sound system so we were happy to find Lava Dining. Oddly shaped building cramped the front entry, but interior was spacious, elegant with contemporary, muted tones. Happy hour runs 4-8. Nice list of inventive cocktails. Small, well-chosen wine list. Food was artfully presented. 3 delicious sushi sliders $14: Crispy tempura of sushi rice discs filled with savoury, cool tuna tartare. Miso broth with bokchoy and tofu was delish but small for $7. Standard Momofuku-style buns with pork belly (of course), duck confit, braised beef. Friendly, competent service. Nice addition to Kensington dining scene that sees too many pubs and coffee shops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
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