Fabulous and suprising food
We had been meaning to try Sidedoor for months and are glad we finally did. The tacos were recommended to us and are a must have - we tried the beef, chicken and lamb with the table favourite the beef but all were excellent. Other highlights were the lamb curry and the broiled black cod, with the only let down being the cornish hen. The table agreed that Sidedoor's strength is the surprising flavours in the dishes - you don't expect them to work but they do!! We will be recommending Sidedoor to friends.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was exceptional
Our server was exceptional and explained everything on the menu. It was my first visit to the resto. Cocktails are delicious and I love that the menu was tapas - you can share everything and they even added an extra taco to our group of 3 order. The tacos are actually pretty awesome. Ambience is great and located in a really nice spot. Will definitely go back.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
save room for the doughnuts
The food at Sidedoor is excellent.
Do not expect it to come out in any kind of order though. Don't be put off by this but embrace it. Relax and enjoy, if you need to have set courses I recommend ordering in stages. The servers are very good at guiding you through this process.
The cocktail list is great & wine selections (although not huge) offers a good mix with reasonable pricing.
I have been many times as I live next door & I have not had a dish I did not like. That being said make sure to save room for doughnuts! I had to get mine to go last time as I couldn't have a trip to Sidedoor with out them:)
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Ottawa must-dine at!
Was in Ottawa for business and a friend (local) recommended as she referred to Side Door as the "Buddakan" (a New York restaurant) of Ottawa. The menu and taste did not disappoint, the ambiance was modern chic and fun. Loved it the first time, returned twice more before departing. This is my Ottawa must-dine location. Apparently Chef was winner of Top Chef Canada, cool! Braised Beef, Beef Tartare salad, tacos....mini donuts, drink menu....just go and eat there!!!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend and I were in Ottawa for a conference. Over three days we ate at many places but by far, this was the best!! I would go here again and again. This is a must-eat!! Calamari, Bajan Fish taco, Pulled pork taco, & a pork w slaw were ALL fantastic. The only cab by the glass was amazing. YOU GAVE TO GO HERE!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good. Would go back!
Our dinner at Sidedoor was great! The food really is very good. Wonderful flavours and presentations. The lobster curry was AWESOME and the tacos were very good, wish there were more of them! The two beef dishes we had were very good (wraps and alberta beef). Tuna was so-so and the donut sampler plate was a perfect ending! Our server was slow and not very attentive but I would go back for the food!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tacos and donuts!
The menu is eclectic to say the least! Tacos were amazing; rest of the menu has an Asian theme running through it. Everything we ordered was very well prepared - sauces were well thought out, meats moist, veggies nicely crunchy. And then came the donuts - best dessert I've had in a long time. It would have been worth eating there just for those donuts. Noise level was a bit much for me, and I found the wine list could have used more wines in the lower end of the price range. Would I go back? Definitely. Certainly one of the better meals I've had in Ottawa in a while.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going to the side door for birthdays and family dinners for a few years. The food is always consistently delicious and the service friendly and helpful. We tried it for lunch on the patio and all were very happy with the experience. Great tacos and salads.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very inventive and tasty! Food was a bit complex but overall very good. Spacious interior so won't feel crowded
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interesting and delicious food and wine, as well as good service. Definitely a place to return to.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I can't believe our luck discovering this place. We are from out of town and it is always a bit scary booking a restaurant. This place exceeded every expectation from food to service. We even felt compelled to tell our server twice how impressed we were with him and the food.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is always a hit! I bring friends and clients and I love to see their faces when they try the food for the 1st time...Priceless!!!
Keep it up SIDEDOOR!!!!
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
All time City Favorite
Sidedoor is my absolute all time favourite restaurant in Ottawa! Having been there many times, I am never disappointed with the delicious and beautifully presented food. The staff is extremely friendly, and attentive. Delicious drinks and cocktails, modern and unique decor, superb location. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this gem of a restaurant! My only complaint is that I wish they were open more so I could visit at all times and days of the week!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Spectacular Experience
This was a truly excellent dining experience from beginning to end. A++++
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!!
Our last night in Ottawa. We were so sad to be leaving, but so happy this was the restaurant we visited! We booked this at the last minute when we saw we had a space for another dinner & saw this restaurant on Open Table.
Our server was so wonderful, friendly, great sense of humour, and described the food so well. He was helpful in suggesting a wine pairing, which I think is so necessary when patrons are not familiar with your food. Well done!
It was so nice, after all our heavy meals, to have the ability to have some wonderful, flavorful meat dishes, a separate greens dish, & be able to reduce the starchy component. You can order starches if you want ;) but I'd recommend saving the starch for dessert and the doughnut platter! So delicious!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great tacos and donuts
A great spot with fantastic food, especially the tacos, and the donuts tasting platter is a must. Compliments to Chef Johnathan
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will definitely go back!
We were extremely pleased with our meal and experience. The coconut poached halibut was amazing and the portions were quite generous given the price point. Love the concept of family style. Service was also really good.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun place, avoid tuna
Great atmosphere, delicious fish tacos (although we didn't like the mushroom taco), fun place to share dishes and enjoy some cocktails. Service was attentive and professional. The tuna sashimi was highly recommended by our server, yet when served it was too warm, fell apart when picked up, and the flavours were not well balanced at all. When informed, our server simply replied with surprise that he would tell the chef, but did not offer us any other response. Other dishes ordered were enjoyable.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly enjoyed a terrific dinner experience --- great food, superb service and an outstanding menu!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loud & Small Portions
The place is gorgeous and the food is delicious. My only issues were that there was not enough food. The portion was so small that I was starving afterward. I am 130lb girl so this is a new experience, usually I am getting 1/2 my meal packed to go. I was having a business lunch there and found it very loud, not lunch meeting appropriate. I would definitely bring a group of friends in though.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Good Atmosphere
Enjoyed our dinner with a group. Service was excellent and the food was fantastic.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with great promise
Love the Sidedoor for its creative fusion cuisine, the gorgeous decor and the knowledgeable and friendly staff. Being housed in a space that was formerly a supper club, one aspect that I miss at Sidedoor, which it could revive is playing great music on weekends - maybe a lounge style DJ or jazz. This space is ideal.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Limited menu choices of plates to share for starters and main course equivalents. Very tasty Asian inspired dishes ; curries could be spicier, sauces added to separately cooked meat or crustacean so flavours not infused into principal ingredient. Deserts limited to house speciality of donuts - interesting but not an item to drag me back.
Will monitor menu online to check for updates which will encourage a return visit which this restaurant is worth.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The fish tacos and donuts are out of this world!
Came with a group of 12 for dinner and we all enjoyed ourselves. Good service and fabulous food.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll Be back!
Loved the food and vibe at Side Door! The food was well presented and delicious and the service was great! Don't skip on dessert - the donuts are to die for!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very creative and tasty
The chef at Sidedoor is an artist to have created the various unusual items on the menu. Everything we had was very tasty, particularly the pulled pork tacos. The staff are very friendly and courteous, and they will jump in to help each other out if you need help and your server isn't available. Excellent experience all around.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our second time eating at Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and it did not disappoint. We were a group of nine adults and had an opportunity to sample a large portion of the menu. Each dish that came to the table was fantastic. At the end of the night the entire group could not pick a favourite dish as everything was delicious. Our waiter, Kevin, was great. he ensured that we had a constant flow of dishes to try. We will definitely be back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time dining here!
this was our first time dining here but won't be our last - the service was great - love the fact the staff work together as a team and make sure everything and everyone is taken care of. good food, great "cocktail" list, good wine and nice selection of wine by the glass.
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fun spot with great food!
We really enjoyed our evening at Side door. Love the sharing concept! Drinks, food and wine list were all enjoyable. Will be going back next time we are in town.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent, the service was great. I found the ambiance was really nice, if you like quiet restaurants this might not be the best place for you.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed our lunch.
This was the first time we had dined at Side Door. We had lunch and were very please overall. The waitress made our cosmopolitans and when she served them, she was quite reluctant it they would be to our liking. Honestly, they were the best I ever had, she said it was only the second time she had made them. We asked her what she recommended. She said the noodles with the mixed vegetables and bbq'd albacore tuna. It was delicious. We also had the lobster bisque. Small bowl, but good. We were surprised that the only desert was gelato or cookies. That was a disappointment. We also had 2 glasses of Pinot Grigio, very small, for $10.00 each. Overall, a very nice experience. Staff seemed a little young and inexperienced.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thai inspired fusion. Delicious food. Our dinner put in one the list of our favourite Ottawa restaurants. Will definitely go back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend and I had an early dinner at Sidedoor before a show. We were very pleased with our small plates (pulled pork tacos, green papaya salad, tomato salad and salmon) and my glass of Sancerre was delicious. Friendly service. A bit expensive but not unreasonable for the location. I'd been there for a bachelorette party before - good place to go with a group, menu is varied enough to appeal to everyone.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic spot for a night out on the town. Food was superb...Asian-influence, family style sharing, and the service was excellent. Go...to...Sidebar.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere and service. Kitchen will accommodate all kinds of special diets so if you want to eat clean, Sidedoor is a good choice.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go through the door at Sidedoor!
What a great spot! The food was fabulous and the atmosphere fun and modern. Contemporary Asian cuisine describes it to a tee. We were also really delighted with the service - could not have been better. If we did not already have a reservation for the following night we would have gone back again!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Way overpriced portions to
Way overpriced portions to small. Not allergy friendly
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diner was fabulous! It stared without waiter Cam explaining how the dining style Worked then we shared zucchini Rangoon, melt in your mouth calamari, crispy fish tacos, lobster curry, black bean chicken, and mushroom salad. It was all unreal. Lots of greens accompanied the dishes which I like. The portion sizes were appropriate for what you pay. Anyone who love sharing plates will love this place.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Sidedoor several times and the experience is amazing every time. The food, the service and the atmosphere keep us coming back!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my first time at this
It was my first time at this restaurant and I was looking forward to it. I was not disappointed. We were there early, 5:00 so it was quite quiet and easy to have some great conversation with my friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. By the time we left, the noise level had elevated and not sure that we could have had the same experience if we had arrived later. The service was excellent and our waiter was very helpful in suggesting a menu. Overall it was a very good experience and I will definitely return.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed my experience
I enjoyed my experience this time as well as many times that I have been in. I have recommended to many people to try it out as well as I have brought many friends and clients along with me.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out with girlfriends
We all really enjoyed the food at Side Door, it was my recommendation and I had enjoyed it the last time as well. Great place to go with a group of friends interested in a sharing style menu and interesting cocktail menu. The food was great once again and I would highly recommend it to others again. The noise level was a bit loud for intimate conversation, but it was obvious that it is a popular place and the noise level was due to the enthusiastic patrons and their chatter...a weeknight might be quieter. Great atmosphere though!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our top ten restaurants, we enjoyed everything about the side door! Service, food, atmosphere truly delightful.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic night out
Great night out for our anniversary. I booked way in advance and we were seated at the romantic table in the upper level. Totally made our night! Fantastic service from Cam! Incredible cocktails, loved the lobster green curry, the donuts, as always, were a shining moment. We'll be back!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us went for dinner on a Saturday night. We agreed that this was one of the best meals that we had had in a very long time. My husband and I shared the Korean Pork Taco (amazing), the Beef Wraps (very tasty) and the turkey - which was the best turkey i have ever had! Our friends had the dumplings, steak and artic char which they raved about throughout the meal. Our server was also one of the best we've had in a while. She was friendly, honest and extremely knowledgeable. HIghly, highly recommend a trip to Sidedoor! We will certainly be back!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I come from Toronto regularly
I come from Toronto regularly to eat at this restaurant - Love the ambience, the staff and the food. Jonathan has a great team working for him.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were excellent. This is my second visit and I was wowed again! We were a group of 10 and it was easy share the plates and try a variety of dishes. I would highly recommend the fish tacos and any of the curries. I think this is one of the best restaurants in Ottawa.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service and food
This was my second time at Sidedoor and I was impressed again. Tuna sashimi, calamari, Papaya salad were excellent. The donuts were heavenly. And most of all, the fun and attentive service from Simon was exceptional. Thanks!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique food, nice atmosphere, great service! We're from Toronto, and this is definitely one of our favorite places to eat in Ottawa. The food (Thai/Asian fusion) is fresh, tasty, and yummy! Definitely recommend.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty interesting food
A great spot if you like to share. Every dish had lots of flavor. You can easily make a meal of tacos and taco prices are reduced for happy hour.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM