Atelier is a tasting menu restaurant in Ottawa serving 'New Canadian' food based on hypermodern culinary technique and technology.
Atelier serves exclusively a 12-course tasting menu offered at $125 CAD per person. We offer a wine pairing to complement the menu for $75 CAD per person.
When reserving please make note of any dietary restrictions or allergies so our chefs may best prepare your experience.
Ottawa, ON K1S 4M1
Hours of Operation:
Reservations for Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations for tables of 5 or more must be made by phone.
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available for free on local streets after 5:30 PM Monday - Friday. Free street parking Saturday and Sunday.
A public lot is available for parking beside Atelier, cost will vary depending on time of day.
Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
Atelier Ratings and Reviews
A really lovely sensory experience as usual. This time, the tasting menu had lots of seafood-more than expected (soft shelled crab, octopus, fish, oysters). I like seafood but I found it to be too much fishiness this time around. Nonetheless, it’s a great experience, great service and there are some very interesting flavour mixes that we don’t usually get to experience.
AteLier is a great restaurant with fantastic food and excellent service. The wine pairings with dinner were fantasitic and made the food even more enjoyable. Presentation of each course was fantastic and added to the experience. If you want to have an incr double culinary experience this is the place to go.
I was travelling through Ottawa for business and I made a dinner reservation for one at Atelier. I never felt alone despite dining by myself throughout the 4 hour dinner. The staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects.
You can tell that a lot of thought went into crafting the entire experience. Everything from how each course looked on the plate, to the mix-match of textures and flavours, to the wine pairing, right down to the flair with which each course is presented and explained to you is part of an elaborate ceremony in fine dining.
Each course challenges what and how you think about food. Some will make you pause in awe at the first bite, and some may leave you scratching your head after you've finished eating. Simultaneously nuanced and in-your-face, the entire experience felt like a feat of experimental dining. Highly recommended.
A memorable meal. Our first experience with molecular gastronomy, and we're sold on it. The many different flavors and textures in each dish were perfectly balanced and combined; the wine pairings were inspired; and the sommelier and server were friendly and knowledgeable.
One supportive criticism: the quail dish was not quite up to the level of all the other ones. Less interesting, and the meat was just a tad chewy.
No problem recommending this to well-heeled friends!
Thank you again for an excellent experience--including the cute birthday cake!
We have had plenty of fine dining experiences and were excited to try Atelier as it is one of the top restaurants in Ottawa during our visit. In all fairness, we would say going to Atelier is an experience of its own as you are trying a blind tasting menu. The presentation of the food is quite interesting and the service is excellent. However, the decor is lacking on its own for a dining experience like Atelier and the ingredients of the food is rather ordinary. Again, we would have to say that it was more of the experience but do not feel the need to visit again.
The 12-course tasting menu with wine pairing was extraordinary. Go to Atelier not to get full but for an other-worldly gastronomic experience - this is food you cannot cook up in your own kitchen (ex. helium-filled candied balloon, foie gras encased in a styrofoam-textured shell). There was an interesting variety of wines sampled. Service was top-notch. Waiters and sommelier described the dishes and wines succinctly, and answered my queries into the wines with evident knowledge. Almost felt like I was attending a wine-tasting class!
Only downside is the ambiance. It was quite noisy - almost a full house and the tables were quite close to each other - which was not what I had expected as I had thought it would be a quieter place for a romantic night out. We were seated on the ground floor, close to the entrance, and it was extremely annoying to keep on hearing the front door bang shut every time someone came in/out of the building. Also, be willing to fork over half a grand for two people.
This was our third visit in as many years, and I think we'll take a break for a bit. The food was wildly creative as usual, but perhaps not as flavourful or delicious as on the other occasions. The service is topnotch, and of course the descriptions of the plates and accompanying wines are part of the experience. We call it "dinner theatre", because it's so entertaining. The decor is kind of industrial chic, perhaps so as not to distract from the presentation of the food, but a bit of a change would be nice. Anyway, if you have four hours(!!) to spare, and some good foodie friends, treat yourself to an evening at Atelier and settle in for a brilliant and unique night out.
Quite the experience! We enjoyed 10/12 of the courses. The helium balloon was our favorite. Service from our waiter was exceptional. It did however take 3.5 hours from start to finish which was just too long. Tables are also quite close together making it difficult (and too loud) to have a private conversation
We went to Atelier for my Mom's birthday and the overall experience was amazing. We all really enjoyed the food, presentation, fusion of tastes. However, I did feel the restaurant was a little too noisy for my taste. The seating was too close together as it was limited. Secondly, though the service was not bad, I felt that for the amount we paid, I expected more attention to detail. Overall though, taste and quality of food was good and I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Look. It just wasn't for me. I've had greater cuisine in places that are not as highly spoken about. Thanks building on the outside is dramatically strange. The avante garde of this while thing is completely over rated. The service was pretentious .....the food was....ya....ok.
I can appreciate what they're trying g to do there.....but whatever that it, didn't do it for me.
Oh....the drinks were well done and the pairings we're decent.
But .....I've spent half of that on better pairings. Anyways. That's all.
This was the best dining experience I have had the pleasure of attending. The food presentation was phenomenal as well as the taste. I would have never tried such food previously but the whole ambience was amazing. The waiter was very knowledgeable. All Ottawa should experience this dining setting. World class. Thank you.
J'ai choisi l'Atelier pour célébrer mon entrée dans la soixantaine! Je n'oublierai pas ce repas gastronomique! J'ai bien aimé la présentation des différents plats. J'ai adoré le mélange des saveurs ... je me rappelle encore combien l'onctuosité et la délicatesse en bouche des différents mets m'ont procuré un réel plaisir! Merci pour cette belle expérience des sens!
The food experience was absolutely the best. One has to be adventurous, have a love of food and tastes. This is good art at its best. The service was exceptional also. We had the wine pairing and the details provided along with the description of the plate we were having was great. I only wish they would have provided a written description of each plate when we got it because it was difficult to remember small details of every dish. I would recommend this experience to anyone. Once in a lifetime or once every couple of years because of the price.
Delightful. The meal was special, the service was excellent, and we were made to feel like VIPs. This was not just a meal. it was an experience. Be prepared to be thrilled by the dish you were just served, and then excited by the next course! We have had a comparable dinner in New York City, at Per Se. This was was every bit as good (actually better ). The exterior of the restaurant and the street is a bit off putting, but once inside it is fun. If you just want food go somewhere else. If you want something that you will remember, I would strongly recommend Atelier.
I have travelled many places in the world and I have never had such a beautiful, creative and delicious meal. It is quite simply an event to dine here. 12 courses with wine and beer pairings coupled with impeccable service,and incredible ingredients. Each plate and piece of cutlery have been considered for presentation purposes in keeping with each course. I was astounded by how wonderful An experience this was.
The experience we had at Atelier was amazing. They do a 12 course blind tasting menu. It took us just over 4 hours to make it to the end so it was a long time to sit.
Every dish was just as amazing as the last. The dishes were all well thought out and each component, while tasting amazing together, could easily stand on it's own. Everything was well seasoned and thoughtfully placed. Many of the herbs and edible flowers came from a garden on the property. I would recommend this restaurant for all foodies who really appreciate the detail, and artistry that goes into each of the courses.
This was my second time at Atelier and it was much much better the first time - I believe the first time I went was in 2009. Obviously you know you are going to spend a lot at Atelier - I imagine an average bill is something like $500. So that's a lot to live up to. The first time I went it did, this time it really did not. While there we some tasty dishes it was really nothing out of the ordinary. There was a lack of creativity with the tasting menu - lots of sous-vide stuff, couple of interesting gels and mousses, but nothing really next level. Obviously this type of complaint can come off as nit-picking - but for $500 there is a fair expectation of amazing.
The wine was a bigger disappointment than the food. I'm not a wine expert, but I've done pairing menus before, and this was not good. One wine was flat out not good, another was fine but got totally overwhelmed when consumed with the dish it was paired with. The sommelier was disengaged and kept licking his fingers - he was pleasant but that was kind of off putting.
The main server was fine. He definitely was engaged in us enjoying ourselves.
Final comment is on the restaurant itself, the carpet and baseboards are in really dingy shape. Obviously if the food had been amazing this would have been easy to forget. I don't know what the design style of the restaurant would be called - minimalist? - but dirty baseboards seems like something to fix.
Anyways... it was truly an experience the first time I went and a big, big let down this time.
absolutely spectacular, fresh food and locally ( even backyard) sourced, very unique, without being too overtop top or not real food, very informative servers, a great value, especially for all the attention to details, also lastly impressed chef came over to our table to introduce himself
highly recommend, thank you for a great dining experience
This spot was really original. There's nothing like it in Ottawa and we really enjoyed our unique experience for my birthday 🎉. The food was delicious and very creatively presented. The service was exceptional. My only small complaint is that I found it too loud to hear the server when he explained the meals. Don't be shy about asking him to repeat! Enjoy this gem.
What a wonderful meal. The Wow effect is really present in every service and the staff is simply outstanding. I will definitely go back with friends so they can live that magic moment too.
Wow! What a wonderful experience, food simply delicious. A must go absolutely! Thanks!!
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