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Sante Restaurant
Sante Restaurant
  • Address:
    45 Rideau Street
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5W8
    Neighborhood:
    Ottawa / Gatineau
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Sante Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.santerestaurant.com
  • Email: cody.lennox@santerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (613) 241-7113
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Pan-Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-Private room with seating up to 10 overlooking Sussex Street and the beautiful downtown Ottawa Cityscape.
  • Private Party Contact: Cody Lennox (613) 241-7113

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sussex
  • Public Transit: Located just steps away from all major bus routes in the city.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available which is free after 5:30pm. Many Public parking lots with availability just steps away from the restaurant.
A word from Sante Restaurant
Sante Restaurant offers casual elegance and superb food in the heart of Ottawa, showcasing professional works of art. Lofty windows overlooking Sussex and Rideau, combined with an intimate and relaxed atmosphere create our unique dining milieu. Superb "globally inspired" cuisine with a twist and an artful blend of Asian fusion, classic Mediterranean and fresh Caribbean flavours create a unique taste experience. We offer a constantly evolving and exclusive collection of exquisite wines- Rich Europeans, Napa Valley Reserves with a focus on regional blends. Patrons have a unique opportunity to view as well as purchase art work from our ever changing display showcasing professional local artists.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Food and service were great. Wine was very overpriced - $14 for a mediocre glass of Pinot Noir?!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I like Santé. Have been several times for lunch. The food is good, creative, healthy, the decor is nice and the noise level and prices are reasonable. However at my most recent lunch it took much too long for our food to arrive, especially given that the restaurant was only half full and that the menu is fairly limited. The service was very cordial however, just much too slow for lunch - and it would probably be a good idea to supply the servers with a little pad to write down patrons orders. Also, maybe the manager could be a little more involved in checking on the patrons and working the room, and not leave it all in the hands of a single, albeit very pleasant server, instead of just standing at the bar, head down, doing paperwork."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I have been to Santé Restaurant twice in the last 3 months and was very favourably impressed both times. The food was excellent, the service very friendly and courteous and the ambience warm and cosy. I will certainly return and would recommend it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I have been going to Santé for many years now: with my girlfriends for lunch, with friends for their Winemaker's Dinner (next one on April 23, 2014). This time we went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had a table in a very quiet area. The food was excellent. I had the Table d'hôte which included a Thai crab salad, the catch of the day which was bass, dessert and coffee. My hubby had the soup of the day: cream of cauliflower and broccoli and the rack of lamb. We both enjoyed our food and the service was impeccable. We will go more often."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food preparation is very fine, very well done. We appreciated a salmon ceviche and the SAnté platter for starters. My husband had the rack of lamb and I had the catch of the day. Excellent. Service was pleasant and courteous."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Sante is a great spot to eat before taking in a show at the NAC as it is just down the street. The food is primarily a fusion of Asian and North American and always delicious. They also host regular winemaker dinners featuring Ontario wineries which are a lot of fun."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was ok, the service fair but the price was expensive. I am not interested in paying a premium price for mediocre ."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I made a reservation and had asked for a window table. We had that and a great view. The food was excellent but the service was a little slow. There was a group with children who wished to join us occasionally. Overall, the experience was very good and I would not hesitate to go back. I used a birthday discount to treat my friends to a shared appetizer. A nice touch."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I have been a patron of this restaurant for many years. However, on my most recent visit, my friends and I had to wait about 45 minutes for our main course after enjoying our appetizers. Sometimes I think restaurants use this ploy in hopes that customers will order more wine, which is already very expensive by the glass. When the meals finally arrived, my friends did not find their food to be well enough seasoned. One of the menu choices was not available (green curry) and the waitress said that the reason was that they were gearing up for Valentine's Day - I guess they wanted to save the green curry for the next day. I was rather embarassed because I had chosen the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "With its high maintenance downtown location, one must expect an lively, ambient evening at Sante restaurant. I was surprised however with the secluded seating even in a seemingly condensed space! The service, although under a shortened menu (a +/-) and a lot of stress on such a busy Valentine's day, was indefatigable. As a youngster, this was my first sorti to a highly accredited restaurant and have no much to compare to in terms of price and food quality, but I can speak for myself as well as my date that whatever it was, it made the night a very special, delightful, and memorable one. I recommend every young couple to take a run at Sante restaurant, keeping an open mind."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For a Sunday night of a long weekend, Sante was lightly attended. We had excellent flavours and quality of food with a good choice of affordable wines. We did find that the excellent cut of meat could have been that much better had the plates been hot to keep it from cooling too soon. Overall a nice dining place for a conversation and a view of the centre of Ottawa."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was mediocre, would not go there for the food was disappointed for the price I paid. if I were to go there for anything it would just to have drinks."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It took 5 minutes after arrival before the owner ( looked like her, blonde older lady) greeted us, only to look as if we came to the wrong place/restaurant giving me the up and down look, which my wife and I found quite bigoted. But it's ok I didn't want to ruin my plans by saying something bigoted too, the food was great except the citrus salad."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Sante has maintained their quality over the years. The cuisine is healthy and interesting, and meals are well balanced. It is enviably situated high above the busy streets providing outstanding views of the Chateau Laurier and the heart of the City. The atmosphere is intimate, and provides a private-club feeling. Music is subdued, enabling diners to have conversations - unlike most trendy restaurants lately.."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Attended an enjoyable wine tasting dinner, but the food, though good, did not seem up to the standards of regular dinners there. A crab salad was quite bland and sent back by some diners, though not be me. Pad thai was good but not as distinctive as on other occasions. Putting everything including ambience and service together, we had a good time."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This restaurant has an inexperienced staff. Service took a long time. Food was brough out incorrectly 3 times and as the issues were discussed with the manager, he decided to say, 'well that's our opinion and you have yours'. Proper management should know how to speak to guests in a professional manner. Guest satisfaction should be there number one priority. Some parts of the meal were good, however, for the cost of each dish we were overall DISAPPOINTED. This is a restaurant pretending to be a high end establishment though their fancy location and high prices. Not worth it!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Sante has always been one of my favourites for lunch. I have been going there for many years and have yet to be disappointed. It is quiet and very comfortable for business lunches."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed Sante, however. I suggest that you add more tofu to your "TOFU Dish", other than 3 or 4 pieces."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My associate was in town from B.C. and I booked a dinner table anticipating an opportunity to discuss some business details in a congenial atmosphere. To our surprise there was some kind of mass wine tasting event going on that evening with many loud microphone announcements which not only killed the atmosphere but made discussions across the table extremely difficult. We also got some dirty looks from other tables when we tried to converse during the many announcements. I fault the management for not advising me what was going on that evening when I made the reservation. As it was it soured me on my experience at Santé."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Overall the experience was good. The good was delicious, but my rice was Luke warm.. There were no specials explained to us and the some of the items put in front of us were not explained. We had to ask what they were. No one came to check on us after dinner was served."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Ordered a steak sandwich - rare. It wasfar from rare. Sent it back - second effort wasn't much better and came well after my lunch companion had finished eating. No compensation on the bill. Server seemed surprised that we weren't happy."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "This is one of my favourite restaurants, not only for the location but I have never been disappointed by the food which is exquisite. And wonderful local art work to enjoy as well."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "After a relaxing massage next door at Holtz spa, we enjoyed a quiet and delicious lunch at Sante. Great service and a nice ATM Miso here. Fun to people watch onto Rideau Street."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Prices were way too high for what the food is worth. Ordered mussles, steak and a bottle of wine. As the wine was being opened I was told the mussles were all gone. Didn't have a chance to change my order or wine as it was already opened. Also the $30+ steak was served like Salisbury steak with some sort of gross gravy runoff poured all over it. Not how steak should be served."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Enjoyed very much the ambiance and the food... the service was great"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Everything was fine except for the fact that it took a long time for the waitress to take my order."
    Dined on 11/30/2013