Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/dining/wilfrids/
  • Phone: 6132411414x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast (Buffet until 10:30 a.m. and à la carte):
    Monday to Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Sunday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Lunch:
    Monday to Saturday Tuesday - 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (à la carte only)

    Dinner:
    Monday to Saturday - 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Brunch:
    Sunday - Seatings between 11:00 a.m. an 12:30 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Louis Simard
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With four elegant ballrooms and 12 meeting rooms, Fairmont Château Laurier can help you plan your special event, wedding, meeting or conference. For more information call 613-241-1414 or visit us at www.fairmont.com/laurier
  • Private Party Facilities: Tucked just off from the main restaurant is Rideau 1 - Wilfrid's private dining room. This space is perfect for a small wedding, meeting or family gathering.
  • Special Events: Celebrate the season at the castle! For information regarding the wide variety of festive season events, contact our Holiday Kiosk Specialist at 613-562-7041 or email us at infochateaulaurier@fairmont.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mackenzie and Rideau
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Paid Parking is available on-site
A word from Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Wilfrid’s Restaurant offers diners a vibrant seasonal menu featuring local and regional ingredients. The culinary flavors are rich, the presentation is clean and the service is exceptional. A complete selection of wines is also available to compliment the Chef’s creations.

Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch - this stunning newly renovated restaurant is more than just a restaurant; it’s a complete culinary experience.
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Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (34)scenic view (34)romantic (24)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (11)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (4)neighborhood gem (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Birthday Celebration
    Coco
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I booked a reservation for Wilfred's online as we were going to be in town for an appointment, and it happened to be my Mum's birthday. I indicated this in the notes section when I made the reservation. The service was excellent, with every staff member we encountered wishing my Mum a 'Happy Birthday' and helping to make the evening special. The ambiance was lovely. The selections were very good, especially with me being vegan, and the waiter/chef were flexible with my requests. I was very pleased with my beet salad and pasta dish, and my Mum thoroughly enjoyed her blackened salmon. It was a nice treat, and I would definitely dine here again if I am in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't disappoint
    acet33
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We dine at Wilfrid's for special occasions and we have never been disappointed. We have always found the food and service excellent. The decor could use a little updating but that is a minor detail. The staff performed flawlessly especially when notified that there was a diner who is lactose intolerant and another with a food allergy. I always recommend Wilfrid's as a restaurant to experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I felt that the quality of the food was adequate but not outstanding. The lamb appetizer was the best. I was disappointed to see VINYL placemats. I use these at home for the grandchildren. Adequate but I would not recommend the restaurant for outstanding cuisine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 50th Anniversary
    Clink
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary. Not only was the restaurant excellent but they went out of their way to make it a special evening for my parents and everyone. A great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VDitty
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were in Ottawa and wanted to do something special for brunch on Sunday. We chose this location and paid over $50 for french toast that was mediocar at best and eggs benedict that was cold, meat tough and the hollandaise sauce was browned on top indicating it had been sitting under a heat lamp for some time. The atmosphere is very nice, but it's one of the most disappointing meals I have ever had and the service was only ok.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegantly Delicious
    taste12
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Well prepared, attentively served in a beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining at a very special place
    Longtimefoodie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I very much enjoyed my meal at Wilfred's. It's not the kind of place where one could go every day in part because of the prices . But for special occasions or for special people, it's quite wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth it. Inexperience staff.
    Newworld
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Before going into the restaurant, there was a girl whom I gave my name to in to regards to mule reservation. She was like a zombie or just woke up, not very professional at all. Them the hotness came out and lead us to our table. Maybe because it's summer and the restaurant decides to hire mostly students, therefore inexperienced staff. Unfortunately, it doesn't turn out too well. Maybe the staff in the evening are more seasoned. In terms of food, it wasn't too special either. For the price that you pay, you would expect a little more. I suggest you go in the market and find a better value restaurant. Food wasn't bad. The crepe was really good, so was the roast beef. However overall, it was not worth it in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Little dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have dined here before and had great food and service, this time around we chose to sit outside but had to do a detour to go outside. Service was not the greatest and the food was good but not as great as before. Chairs are not comfortable outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer dinner
    Lars
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Friendly service, excellent food. I particularly value the calm ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant
    ruetz
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Elegant dining but not 'stuffy'. Great service and lovely view if Parliament and river. Recommend the Crab cakes, halibut. And creme Brule.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but no parking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is great. The food, staff, ambiance, however we are paying for it, so i'ts expected. One huge down side about the restaurant is the parking. You are given the choice to park at the hotel however its very pricey, almost the cost of a plate. They should subsidize (or at least partially) the parking for restaurant clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    rst1925
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was very good. Was disappointed they didn't have the red deer as stated on the menu. My wife forgot her sunglasses and when I went back, I couldn't find them. Apparently the bus boy had found them and left them with the front desk. The hostess searched everywhere and actually ran down the street to return them to us. What great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 58 reviews are from the Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier reviews archive.
  • A lovely romantic evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My boyfriend took me to Wilfrid's for a romatic dinner during our visit to Ottawa - little did I know he was planning to propose later that night! Needless to say my Fiance and I had a lovely time and look back on a great meal that began a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing brunch
    threeforlunch
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a relaxing brunch in a very pleasant atmosphere. It was a great way to kick off the Victoria Day long weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal
    Foodybuthungry
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Very good food. Excellent service. and a warm atmosphere ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats... but expensive
    Lovingcouple
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My husband and I went for brunch at Wilfrid's. Not our first time - we have enjoyed their wonderful selection of food in the past. This was still the case last Sunday. At $43 a person though, it is getting to be pretty steep for a brunch where you serve yourself, buffet style. It was our anniversary so the experience was worthwhile - the atmosphere and attentive service are outstanding. We'd reserve again, but for special occasions only.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    McDarverVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Very disappointing food; EXTREMELY salty. Definitely not up to Fairmont standards. Staff good but not top notch given venue - seemed more intent on preparing set up for next day's breakfast sitting. Executive Chef did call us back promptly to discuss our concerns - appreciated that
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Friends
    Lizzy
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I and my friend have wanted to share lunch at the Chateau Laurier for some time. I was in town and so we were able to meet and spend a few hours together. The food was excellent and the service warm friendly and professional. You have a great staff you must be proud of them Thank you for a delightful lunch
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Kanata
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This was an excellent brunch. Variety was excellent. Large desert selection
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were excellent
    Ottawaborn
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Food and service were excellent in the beautiful Chateau Laurier
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An often overlook gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Wilfred's, in the historic Chateau Laurier, is an overlooked gem that is worth a visit. It defines elegant dining with it's white napkins and gracious staff. The food is some of the best food in the city, a gastronomic feast with beautiful presentation. My family re-discovered Wilred's two years ago -- having abandoned it for more trendy spots -- and we've come back to enjoy it's impeccable service, gourmet food and beautiful views of Parliament Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super romantic and exquisite food
    tanukik
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Atmosphere at the restaurant is fantastic, especially the view! Food quality was one of the best I ever had. I just want to come back!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favourite spot for lunch
    pdm47
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Our group of four friends lunch together on a monthly basis, each of us taking turns to select the restaurant. When it's my turn, Wilfrid's is my preferred choice. I have never been disappointed by the food, the atmosphere or the service. On this occasion, our waiter, Karl was professional, helpful, efficient and friendly -- we couldn't have asked for better sevice. The food, as always, was superb. We will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wilfrieds is an excellent
    StevieT
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Wilfrieds is an excellent place for Breakfast/Brunch. Food quality ... best eggs I have had ... and service were exemplary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Brunch
    janw48
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The food was fresh with a wonderful selection of hot and cold dishes. Everything was beautifully presented and appetizing. The restaurant has an elegant charm that I did not find anywhere else. The chairs are comfortable and overstuffed and the tables are impeccably set. The service was outstanding and we were all impressed. We went for a special occasion and will definitely return very soon to celebrate a birthday. Thank you for providing Ottawa with such an elegant restaurant with top quality food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not live up to the memories
    Kathryn
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We booked Wilfreds at my mother's request to celebrate her 83rd birthday and my 60th. She had fond memories of her first dinner there at the coming out age of 21. When booking I checked to be sure that this was the Chateau's premier restaurant so that she would not be disappointed. With only the sous chef to greet us, who took our coats after several minutes standing there, and again at the end of our meal with no one to retrieve our coats or send us off with a warm greeting the experience down to the place matted table was less than expected. The food was good and the table service good as we would expect. The experience overall for someone with this special occassion dinner choice on her bucket list at 83 years old was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything is good but...
    Jozy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The surroundings are nice. Food is good, service is good but too expensive specially the parking! $22 dollars for a couple of hours for parking on top of the $135 for two persons and no alcohol included.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Brunch
    CathieVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We were lucky enough to get a table for the Sunday Brunch the day before Family Day. Our table was lovely -- we had a great view of the Parliament Buildings. There was a great variety of food -- and all delicious. The service staff were wonderful. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    Ceeeeeeeeeeee
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Although the Sunday brunch may be a little expensive, the food is plentiful and they have a very wide variety of it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been going to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have been going to the Chateau Laurier, more particularly at Wilfried's restaurant, for the St-Valentine for quite a few years. We appreciate the ambiance, the food and the service. This year, we were told by an employee at the front door of the Chateau that the parking was reserved for the residents of the hotel; they were short of spaces. We were told to park at other locations closed by even though we had a reservation at the main dining too of the Chateau. Luckily we had our boots in the back of the car, otherwise we would have turned around and go for dinner at another restaurant. We had to park the car at another parking lot and had to walk in the wet snow a couple of blocks to get; same thing after dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimmie
    Jimmie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was good, touch below Stering or Shoreclub, been here many times still a nice spot for dinner ( or brunch). First time I ever had to park myself at the Chateau, SINCE WHEN IS THERE NO VALET PARKING FOR OVERSIZED VEHICLES (Yukon) we'll there is but they just didn't want to do it. Prepare to walk through slush in your dress shoes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Wifrid's is renowned for its Sunday Brunch. It is pricier than most others but the food is outstanding and the service is impeccable ... which is why it is reserved for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply incredible
    TheGryphster
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Impeccable service and the most wonderful good experience. Served me quite possibly the best supper I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired?
    greenbard
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Have to say that I was far from wowed by our recent trip to Wilfrid's. The style is rather stuffy and the scale of the furniture made it feel less intimate. The temperature in the room was freezing! I had to wear my S.O.'s jacket to make it through the meal. The food was good but not an oh Wow either. The server was very pleasant and fairly attentive so no complaints on that front. Next time I would choose some where else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reservation Problem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    All was great except for one very important issue. Even though the reservation was made a day ahead, restaurant had no record of my reservation. I had to show them my cell phone email confirming it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot...historic setting....
    DinnerDan
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    but, service is mediocre at best and food is just "good" considering pricepoint of menu items.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Right from when you walk into this restaurant it oozes charm. We were seated by huge windows that looked toward the Parliament Buildings, with the lights & snow falling you could not ask for a better . We started with the crab cakes appetizer & they actually were mainly crab rather than filler. These were so delish we could have just had a plate of these & walked away thoroughly satisfied. My daughter had the roast beef, medium-rare with whipped potatoes & veggies....the presentation was fabulous & she couldn't stop raving about the tenderness of the beef or the wonderful flavour of the potatoes. The salmon I had was moist, full of flavour & the sides complimented the dish fabulously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place. Wonderful
    Happy1
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Wonderful place. Wonderful environment. Wonderful food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding venue for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    An outstanding venue for a special dinner, very quiet , exceptional service, reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.