Fauna

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fauna is about the things we love: eating and drinking with friends and family in a fun space. Our menu is seasonally driven and we support local farmers and producers wherever possible. We love the neighborhood and the space and are so happy to be open in Centretown.



We like to have fun in the kitchen. We serve small plates so you can try more than one dish. We use local ingredients wherever possible. We’re inspired by where we live, places we’ve been and things we’d like to do.
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ML
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Fauna.....it was all around an amazing experience and would highly recommend it.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Drinks were delicious and expertly crafted, especially the Garden Party. Food was yummy and nice presentation. Only minor issue was it was difficult to hear our server at times. Otherwise great experience. We might go back just for drinks!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The staff was nice and attentive. Wine selection great. Food was not the same as the menu online and they ran out of Oysters. Didn’t touch one food item and server didn’t ask if there was something wrong or not. I’ll be clear it was more so a preference on our end that we didn’t like it but just nothing overly exciting to go back.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu in pleasant venue just outside downtown Ottawa. Service was attentive and they organised a taxi promptly when we left. Short menu is not a criticism and there are some interesting options.
Main courses were both fine but starters and deserts were unexciting and overpriced for small bland portions.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go-to for work dinners. Food is amazing and service never disappoints!.

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PO
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, and service was on point. We’ll be back!

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P
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal with quite outstanding service on the part of E. Veal carpacio was stunning Bisque was great. Good ambiace in a quiet atmosphere.

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r
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

an amazing food experience.

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MJ
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the service is great!! I strongly will recommend to my friends.

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. Atmosphere was lovely. Very quiet for a Thursday night. Server said it was because they don’t play the game which was great by us. Tried a large range of their menu items and loved almost all of them. Desserts could have been better but at least they were interesting

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BS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I like Fauna a lot-food is consistently good and imaginative, but it is so noisy!!!

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AB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Overrated, overpriced. Good food doesn’t have to be paired with snooty service but in this case, the food wasn’t good either. So all that’s left is bad food and bad service. Our waiter was rude and stopped by 20 minutes after our drinks arrived to take our order, brought our food without a word and came back to give us the bill. Management was beyond reproach and couldn’t be bothered to address our concerns. Plenty of other good restaurants in Ottawa. We won’t be returning.

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LT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entertained my boss here mid week, and it went off without any hitches! Reservation was ready, the food was fantastic and the service well timed. The dessert was a real winner.

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C
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had always wanted to try Fauna. The service was very good, food was good, however very over priced. we won't be back.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Typical newbie, non-foodie problem is we left hungry and had to get McDonald’s. But it was an amazing experience. Everything was delicious and the service was top tier. Thank you Fauna!

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal. The food was excellent and our waiter helped us both find wines we liked. And I got to try a Serbian brandy with dessert (the chocolate with passion fruit, very nice)

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I saw on your menu on the website that you offered a Chef 5 course blind tasting experience with matching wine. That is why I chose this restaurant for my 25th wedding anniversary .
I was really disappointed to find out when I got there that you no longer offer it even though it remains on your website. I would recommend to remove it to ensure no other disappointed customers. Food and service was good but I may have made a different choice knowing this as I was looking for this type of experience.

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AC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails were delicious but portions are small for the price.

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M
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Original wine list. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Yes I would recomend but would say : All good ... just a bit overpriced ... with tip over 330$ for 2.

A bit more choice for vegetarian would be appreciated but effort is already done, thank you.

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G
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible dishes and amazing service! A must-try (and return) in Ottawa. The flavours and presentation are top notch. Only reason I did not go full 5 stars as it has a very open style concept and I find prices and food such as Fauna's deserve a bit more intimate dining experience.

I went for a special occasion and they graciously provided complimentary sparkling wine. Very classy act guys!

Pros:
- Diverse enough menu to appease but not too big to complicate decision
- Impressive wine list
- Innovative plates and flavours
- Friendly but not overwhelming service

Cons:
- none!... maybe parking but that's not their fault.

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SM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

Fauna had the worst attempt at vegan cuisine that I have ever had. As a vegan I know that my options will be limited, but normally I end up with a really great dish. My experience at Fauna was my worst vegan eating experience thus far. The service was sub par as well. It was clear that our server just wanted to get us in and out as quickly as possible (we had a party of 6). I’m not sure how Fauna landed on Canada’s Top 100 restaurants. It doesn’t leave me wanting to try and of the other restaurants on that list!

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PM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 1

The noise level was very high. It was difficult to have a conversation. I chose the pasta option. The gnocchi was not very flavorful and was in a nondescript watery broth. No bread was served with the gnocchi, so even if the broth was flavorful, it could be "mopped " up. My two companions chose the mussels and were complimentary. Our water glasses were not filled when empty and I don’t recall being thanked on exiting the restaurant.

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L
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, it was terrific to be back for lunch. The service is still outstanding.

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S
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very good meal at Fauna this past week. The halibut was delicious as well as the rabbit dish.
A little surprised that they did not have one Chardonnay on their wine list from California as I do like the more oaky chards.

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YD
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant. Nice menus, beautifull and clean location. Glad I discovered this place. Will come again.

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Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

For a restaurant that is supposed to be one of the best in the country, we found it very underwhelming.
Of the four dishes we ordered, one was very good, but the other three were mediocre at best, and certainly not worth the price (and I almost never say this about food at a restaurant).
Our server, although very nice, was not knowledgeable about the menu or the wines. One of the dishes we ordered did not come as described in the menu, and our server had not been made aware. The server that actually dropped this dish off was unfriendly and didn’t say a word to us as he put it on the table, let alone explain the dish. We found this highly irregular for a restaurant of this standard.
It was my husband’s birthday meal, and overall we were very let down by a restaurant we were very excited to check out. We won’t be returning, and can not recommend it to others over some of the restaurants in the same price point, but with much better food and service (Stofa for example)

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L
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fauna is one of my most favourite restaurants in Ottawa. I often use it for lunch/business lunch or a big party as Fauna has a lovely private room. The service is fantastic. I am very grateful as Fauna staff has always been very attentive to request I make before coming to the restaurant. Additionally, Fauna has a list of natural wines.

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KS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing! I would have liked the noise level to be a bit lower, but aside from that, it was an amazing experience.

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a
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very loud, hard to hear the person you are with. Server was not very attentive. I told her that I could not handle spicy food and the first dish came out with a spicy sauce touching 30% of the food. I let her know when she picked up my plate that it was indeed spicy and to make sure my main wasn't spicy, which she took back to no spices, and the food was horrifically bland. (my friend had the same dish and it was delicious) A good server would take the time to get to know what the issue is and to make sure that they are doing the best for their customer. Disappointed considering this was one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada and it was my choice to come here on my travels.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, best in Ottawa!

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DD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quick friendly service in a welcoming venu. The pear rhubarb soup was a delicious combination of flavours and the duck bison tortiere was delicately balanced with a perfect chutney. Both desserts, too good to pass up, were shared between friends and completed a most wonderful meal.

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FD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Saw Fauna on the list of best restaurants and thought I would try it for my husband B-D and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing the wine list was nice, deserts are original. Very nice night out.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steak here is insane

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The server was not very attentive. Drinks were empty for 10 minutes before she came by.
Both the salmon and the eggplant apps were just ok. The big disappointment was the rib eye for two. The blue cheese culture on it made it taste awful (And we like blue cheese) and that wasn’t pointed out on ordering.

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T
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Although the burger patty was juicy, as a whole, it was on the salty side and could be better with a slice of tomato or some lettuce.

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SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully and prepared ribeye dinner. Worth the drive from Toronto. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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MR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here all the time and I would say they are probably the best kitchen in Ottawa.

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TR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love our visits at Fauna!

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