Fauna

4.6
853 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
What 853 people are saying
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vipdavidi
Las Vegas
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambience coupled with excellent service and wine list

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TomPaul
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple, well designed menu. Excellent food. Extensive drinks menu. Our server was very helpful in selecting drinks, as neither of us drink regularly.

Ambiance was quite nice. Some background noise, easy to hold a close-by conversation.

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NoName
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Meh. Ambience was great, service was mediocre, food was very tasty but incredibly over priced for what you get.

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George
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Pushy, rushed service.
Was kicked out mid drink because there is a time limit no one told us about.

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MartaW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tuna tataki and then the lamb. Both were scrumptious! Great sized portions and the recommended wine pairings were spot on!

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ElaineK
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef wellington is a must. Woukd highly recommend this restaurant.

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NickL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Definitely my favourite restaurant in the city.

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CorinneB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! The service was amazing. We ate for 2 hours without feeling rushed. Definitely one of my favourite places in town. The food was perfect and cocktails were exactly what I needed.

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WaleedG
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with a perfect environment. Couldn’t ask for better service as well. Would recommend.

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Kimmy
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fauna is, in a word, Superb! It is the best restaurant meal I have ever had and I have been to many five star restaurants!
We started with the oysters, sweet, tasty, fresh with fresh horseradish and two different house sauces. We ordered striploin and cheddar grits for two. While this was the most expensive dish on the menu, but it was worth every penny. The juicy steak was seared to perfection with a rub that enhanced the meat but didn't overpower it. It was served with beautifully roasted whole mushrooms in a reduction with tasty cheddar frits and sautéed kale. Every bite was amazing! We finished with a white chocolate orange mousse that was melt in your mouth. It was a perfect finish to the meal. I had the best bloody Caesar I have ever had with the bartenders own pepper sauce. The wine list was extensive and competitively priced. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere modern but unpretentious. I would recommend Fauna with much enthusiasm and without hesitation! Bravo Chef!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great over experience. Food we good and the service was on point. It is a bit pricey for the portion size, but the quality makes up for it. Wine list is on the higher end. Some more lower end options would be great for the novice drinker.

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NuiE
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's rare that restaurants serve decent portions of vegetable; Fauna does! Brussel sprout salad was very delicious!

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Jill
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails as usual. They change up the menu regularly which I like.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fauna is fantastic. The wine list is phenomenal and the sommelier is very knowledgable. The ambience is really welcoming and it is thoughtfully and beautifully decorated. You can really tell that everyone from the wait staff to the chefs really care about their work. It comes out in the food and the service. Highly recommended.

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HeKo
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Similar to other reviews I'd read before choosing to go, should'a listened to them. Portions were small, I was still hungry at the end, why wife and I both got a snack when we got home. The temperature of my dinner was warm, warm on the verge of cool, I wanted to ask them to heat it up a little but didn't want to wait.

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Luciana
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I had a lovely time at this restaurant. I had the risotto as my main dish and it was simply fantastic. I have never had a risotto taste that amazing with such simple yet complex flavours. The service was impeccable and they made sure to always fill our water glasses. Truly a fantastic treat to ourselves.

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vipNatandmo
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice place. Good service. What else can one ask for?

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Steph
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, chic food with character, great ambiance and distinct cocktails! Great experience.

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AlisaFulshtinsky
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favourite restaurant in Ottawa. We simply loved it from A-Z. Yummy craft kitchen inspired by Canadian cooking with touched of middle eastern flavours. The portions were satisfying for a restaurant of this kind. The service was attentive but not pretentious. Ambiance is awesome for a date. We set next to the window and enjoyed a very nice evening with hubby. Every dish wash inspiring and delicious. The bill was reasonable for fine dining. Can't wait to go back!

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MyriamS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food ans ambiance. Would recommand with no hesitation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fauna never fails to impress. Definitely above average staff and food.

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LindaM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were fantastic! Lots of space between tables. Great vibe!

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LesM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The overall experience was quite favorable for us four. The variables surrounding the many restrictions of fine dining during a pandemic made for a very unique experience. I would normally like to spend 3 hours or so when dining. Having a 2 hour limit on the evening had us constantly looking at our watches as to accommodate a second sitting. We knew this going in. Started off with the wine list. VERY EXTENSIVE. Kudos. We took the advice of our wine specialist and ordered the last bottle of Silver Ghost Cab. Great Napa wine. Oysters were great. Ceasar Salad with the body of the anchovie as a garnish was a great touch. Main courses and desserts and specialty coffees were fantastic. With gratuity our bill was $600. Expensive, yes. Will we go back? For certain! Let's continue to support local restaurants during this very difficult time in all of our lives.

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PeterT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate dining experience.
The chef is very creative and the service was great.

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hbsauce
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stellar. We had a great dining experience in this Covid age. Well done Fauna!

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SimonM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delectable appetizers and main courses with friendly, attentive, non-rushed service. Jazz music was a touch too loud.

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CatherineJ
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, good atmosphere. Great drinks. Staff was friendly & knowledgeable.

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MM0501
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular at this restaurant: the food is delicious, of a very high quality and originality, and the cocktails are more than delicious, of the quality of the renowned cocktail bars. As for the service, it is impeccable: kindness, attention, speed. In this time of Covid, the effort to make the terrace welcoming and warm is most appreciated. I recommend this restaurant very warmly and without reservation.

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EmilyMH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The set up out doors was lovely! The food was amazing, service was a little slow but they were very busy.

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ZoeC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing . the outdoor seating wasn't the best a little bit all over the place, but with the circumstances it was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short rib was absolutely delicious. The patio was lovely. Thank you!

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VincentB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food and ambiance. I would have enjoyed more vegetarian options, however.

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Auroraudi
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Fries, Short Ribs and Mushroom Cavatelli are delish! Ribs are super tender, fries are crispy and very tasty with the Steak Spice and the Mushroom Cavatelli is yum! Too bad they didn’t have the mushroom risotto when we came,

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Crob
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible experience. If you aren’t going to Fauna, you’re doing something wrong

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EmiliaC
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, wonderful staff. It was great that heated patio was an option since indoor dining is prohibited during modified phase 2. Just expect to hear the generator in the tent, although it wasn’t overwhelming at all.

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Meaghan
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, phenomenal wine list, friendly service. One of my favourite Ottawa spots!

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AndrewM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and followed all COVID protocols. Felt extremely safe and Eastside cocktail was amazing. Friendly staff and food was unbelievable. Looking forward to supporting this place during this time.

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Pmosk
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, will definitely be back again soon.

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JulieM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty and original. Great wine and cocktail selection, super service - friendly and efficient ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DelightedDiner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve dined at fauna many times and in these uncertain times felt it was very important to support this amazing restaurant. Chef Jon and Billie continue to prepare with perfection our favourites, (burrata, halibut ceviche, short ribs, wagu ) and present new twists on local seasonal ingredients ( hen in the woods). The setup for physical distancing are well thought out, the staff are careful and we felt very comfortable and safe dining out.

FAQs

Fauna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 563-2862.

Fauna is rated 4.6 stars by 853 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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