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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.8

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (22)
Fit for Foodies (19)
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Tasting Menu (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Romantic (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Cozy (3)
Casual (1)
Seasonal (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

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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·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.

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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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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 12, 2017

It's getting boring guys and the time between courses was a bit too long. The experience was the same as last time except longer.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 11, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Superior service, creative and gourmet dishes, perfect wine pairings.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 11, 2017

A very unique experience. Dishes are presented creatively. Good for special occasions.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 6, 2017

It is worth the expense for this very special dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 5, 2017

This restaurant is extraordinary both because of the quality of the food, wine and service and because of the quality of the experience.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 5, 2017

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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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 29, 2017

It was an amazing expwrience! I am not familiar with the chef but he/she definitely knows what he's doing. He/she is amazing!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Once in a lifetime experience. Creativity beyond compare and wonderful wine pairings.

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