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About Atelier

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.

540 Rochester Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 4M1
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Canadian

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.

Cross Street:
Carling

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(613) 321-3537

Website:
http://www.atelierrestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Marc Lepine

Additional:
Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Atelier Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.8

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
Special Occasion (16)
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Tasting Menu (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
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Notable Wine List (12)
Good for a Date (8)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Authentic (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Cozy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

I have been able to check off a bucket list item. Went on a whim; thankfully there was a table available. The service was very good (server spoke a bit quiet but I figured it out) and the menu was beautifully presented, creative and a lot of fun. Both my friend and I love a good food 'experience', and this did not disappoint! I highly recommend an evening - there is no need to do anything else. The pairing were very well chosen, and not limited to only wine, nor are the wines standard. I was impressed to see a BC wine in the pairing.

If you have the opportunity to have an evening here; be prepared to enjoy yourself. I will most Definately be back the next time I am in Ottawa; especially becasue the menu is always evolving.

Enjoy!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very good food and amazing service !! I would definitely recommended to friends and I will come again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Atelier on New Years is an absolute experience. We were treated to a massive 25 course meal, lasting 6 hours - right into the New Year. The food was unreal and every dish came out looking like art. Highlights included the carrot soup, the amazingly glazed ham slices, a helium-filled sugar balloon and the styrofoam cubes.

The service (Alisson and others) was impeccable and every dish was explained in great detail. We were even treated with complimentary champagne at midnight. We went with the wine-pairing which was thoroughly detailed out by Devon. While I can never tell the quality of the matchings, there were a few that became 10x better once taken with the matched food.

This was the perfect way to cap off a year of milestones for us and we couldn't haven't chosen a better place. This place is HIGHLY recommended for foodies. It's food and so much more of an experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Organic, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was interesting and unusual. 13 small courses. We did the wine pairing as well which was very good. Service was fantastic and the waiter did a great job of introducing each course and the wine paired with it. Overall a nice meal for a special occasion but it was very very expensive ($450 for 2 all in). It was a unique experience and if thats what you are looking for I would recommend it. But the portions are small and if you are a big eater you wont be satisfied.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is a very unique restaurant. The food were so creative, and the wine perfectly match with each dish. I had a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was amazing, such a great night. All the twelve course were awesome, pairing with good drinks.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The menu is an experience to live once in your life. All the 12 services are very well presented, nice plates, lots of thinking in every dish. The problem that we found is that, beside 2 plates, it is not very tasty. The fodd is fade, not enough spices or herbs.. it doen't taste much. Squid without spices is rubber. there wa two excnelent plates (soft shell crab and pigeon).. the rest where not very good.

It is worth the try, it is like a laboratory of cuisine... but it is a $230/person testing night!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have been wanting to go to Atelier for while and finally just went with my boyfriend and it was such a great experience and I will go again. The food was amazing and flavorful, very friendly staff (sorry I cant remeber their names, but we had two servers, a young women and young tall man) and great wine. I loved the extra touch that I had said I was going for our anniversary and they placed it on the menu for us at the end of the night and all the staff signed it. I thought it was such a thoughtful and unique way for us to finish the night. Thank you for a great evening.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great experience!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great dinner with excellent service. 3.5 hours of excellent dining.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I took my boyfriend to Atelier for his birthday and we were both blown away. The food was amazing and the servers really went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. If you are interested in food and molecular gastronomy in the food industry, this is the place to dine. Every course (about 12) was enough to please without overeating. There was a certain flow to the food and every course lead into the next. The flavours were well combined and you could tell there was so much thought put into every bite.
The staff was very accomodating to my nut allergy and didn’t make me feel like I was missing out on a single thing. The restaurant was very quiet which actually made for a better dining experience as it had more of an element of surprise. (Had there been other tables we would have seen what was to be expected for the rest of the evening). The server I spoke to on the phone had suggested a bottle of champagne that went hand in hand with our meal. Overall it was the perfect experience for two foodies such as ourselves.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This place never disappoints me. Great food and outstanding wine pairings, perfect service. Always some new surprising tastes and textures. As I had read on the place years ago, it counts as dinner and a show.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of a kind culinary experience. Great service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Of all restaurants in Ottawa, this is it. For foodie paradise and a dining experience this is your dinner and show all in one. Just make sure you're prepared for the 3+ hours... WELL WORTH IT!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I love food and good food. But the food was tasteless. So complex but so bad. Found a fruit fly on my plate. 500$ for two is ridiculous. I don't mind paying for great food but that was my worst culinary experience. Never never again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was delicious, the presentation beautiful and imaginative. Superb service. Great place for a special occasion. Get the wine pairings.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food and service at Atelier were outstanding and were the perfect way to celebrate my wife's birthday as well as to mark the final evening of our holiday in Ottawa with our daughter and her husband. A memorable evening - many thanks.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

What a wonderful dinner! The dishes were creative and original. The service was impeccable. The wine pairing included 9 different wine/fortified wine and even sour ale beer with a reasonable cost. Certainly worth going there again

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Amazing food and service. Could be a little quieter. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Food was very interesting and mini-wine pairing exceptional with just about the right amount of total alcohol over 2.5 hours. The waitress was a little dismissive of our few concerns.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Fantastic meal and wine pairings! Highly recommend!!

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Not for everyone, but if you are adventurous and willing to try anything, go for it! The wine pairings were awesome, our server was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to ensure we had a great experience. Definitely worth trying out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food paring I found exceptional and reasonably priced.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Cared away with presentation , forgot that its a food and needs to be prepared tastefully .
Instead of 12 courses do 5 but well .

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was fantastic and imaginative. The staff was friendly and highly professional. By far, the best restaurant meal I've ever had. Even better than Tokay. Kudos to sommelier Steve Robinson.

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