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Fauna, Ottawa, ON

Fauna

4.7
4.7
1089 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:15 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (613) 563-2862

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jon Svazas

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Fauna” can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (613) 563-2862

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Frank St

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available on Bank, Florence and Frank Street. Paid parking is available across from the restaurant on Frank Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Raw

  • 1/2 Dozen OystersCA$22.00

    mignonette / ghost pepper hot sauce

    • Bison TatakiCA$21.00

      mustard seeds / gherkins / chicken skin salt / olive oil / ponzu

      • Tuna TartareCA$21.00

        sunchoke chips / pickled shallots / salmon roe / chili oil / radish / sesame

        • Endive SaladCA$17.00

          pickled fennel / orange segments / smoked almonds / cider vinaigrette

          Small

          • Mushroom BisqueCA$14.00

            mascarpone / fried pork belly / truffle oil

            • Dry Aged Beef MeatballsCA$20.00

              sage pesto / parmesan / jus

              • Crab + Bone Marrow TortelliniCA$24.00

                lobster butter / seabuckthorn / fennel fronds

                • Soft Shell CrabCA$24.00

                  tempura / daikon slaw / wasabi mayo / chili garlic gastique

                  Main

                  • Cabbage RollCA$36.00

                    mushroom + rice stuffed / pomme puree / carrots / mushroom jus

                    • Venison RackCA$46.00

                      black trumpet puree / brussels / turnip / sunchokes / pear chutney / birch jus

                      • Seafood CioppinoCA$44.00

                        mussels / scallops / monkfish / spot prawn / fennel / potato / sourdough

                        • Dry Aged Rib Eye for 2CA$120.00

                          parsley root puree / fried polenta / confit squash / cippolini

                          Dessert

                          • Tonka Bean Creme BrûléeCA$12.00

                            shortbread / vanilla chantilly

                            • White Chocolate + Foie Gras ParfaitCA$14.00

                              foie snow / walnuts / crab apple caramel / peach compote

                              Last updated: February 11, 2022

                              What 1,089 people are saying

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                              • 4.8Service
                              • 4.7Ambience
                              • 4.3Value

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                              1. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great, it’s quite nice to sit outside when the weather is great!

                              2. DD

                                DelightedDiner

                                New York Area

                                17 reviews

                                5.0

                                17 reviews

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                It was a wonderful dinner and evening out for our anniversary. The happy atmosphere, the hum of conversations of the many other folks there and buzz of the fauna team quietly ensuring that we were quickly and efficiently attended to, was such a treat. Great to be out again at our favourite go to restaurant. We were very pleased with our delicious dinner of perfectly prepared and presented New Brunswick oysters, scallop ceviche, endive salad, halibut and lamb. The two desserts complemented and completed the meal without being too heavy or sweet. Many thanks team fauna.

                              3. BC

                                BrendaC

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                I didn’t find a white wine that I liked - a food Pinot g. Or a Sauvignon blanc

                              4. MC

                                MarieCurie

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                Everything was fantastic, except for the noise level, the music was too loud and not to my taste. It was a challenge to hold a conversation between four people. The dinner and service was great. Our table ordered from every section of the menu and everything was spectacular, both in presentation and taste. Service was discrete, and well informed. All in all a great experience, however if I could recommend anything, I'd recommend they re-think the music selection, then lower the volume.

                              5. MM

                                MaxMcD

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Great service, good food, high noise level - overall had a nice evening

                              6. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing experience at Fauna ! The food and the service were exquisite! Thank You !

                              7. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Amazing amazing food! Best food I’ve had so far in Ottawa. Normally don’t order fish dishes, but the Arctic Char was out of this world delicious. Same for the dumpling + crab starters.

                              8. CB

                                ClaudetteB

                                Montreal

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Outstanding service. Interesting imaginative food. Small menu which is a good thing. Very pleasant room. Expensive but worth it.

                              9. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Toronto

                                2 reviews

                                1.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                overall1food1service4ambience3

                                Could be challenging for those who don't like sweet-seasoned dishes. The signature ribeye is pretty a must order dish and very much recommended everywhere. However, the taste is just too sweet and greasy and to be honest, the side dishes served along with, are way too sweet as well. I would say the overuse of seasoning & sauces literally removes the original flavor of a steak. Other than that, the crab is a bit smelly. Overall, premium service but disappointed food.

                              10. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                The food was perfect. The service was incredible. But the wine was expensive and not the greatest. Awesome Espresso Martini.

                              11. AA

                                AdamA

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Great food, cocktails, wine list and service. A somewhat pricey night out, but high quality all around.

                              12. MK

                                MitchellK

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wine selections were amazing, service was relaxed and friendly. Overall, a very enjoyable experience

                              13. LC

                                LeslieC

                                Toronto

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fantastic date night - good food, good wine, great ambiance

                              14. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Went last night for 8pm reso. Food was amazing; great flavours, good portions and enough variety to give everyone something different. Great service from all the staff. Our server was really knowledgeable about everything on the menu, the cocktails and the wines. Fauna is perfect for a special night out or just everyday dining.

                              15. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Ottawa

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Everything from drinks to food was fantastic! The taste and presentation were out of this world. Finally, have to say that the person who accompanied me mentioned to the server that they serve the best marguerita she has in her life.

                              16. A

                                Anonymous

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food, excellent service, and a great vibe to enjoy a higher level of dining in a very comfortable environment.

                              17. SM

                                SusanM

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Great food, excellent service. Lovely space. Just a little too loud.

                              18. CN

                                CdninNY

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                We went on a busy Friday night. A bit noisy but great service and delicious oysters, elk and Cornish hen. I had a spicy margarita that was definitely spicy. We’ll definitely be back to try the ribeye for two!

                              19. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 29, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Incredible as usual !

                              20. RC

                                RichardC

                                Columbus

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 28, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                cozy restaurant with great food and friendly staff.

                              21. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Our server Cole was great - pleasant and professional in equal measure.

                              22. j

                                janec

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food and service were excellent: Fauna is one of my favorite restaurants in Ottawa.

                              23. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Ottawa

                                3 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent evening celebration at one of our favourite restaurants in Ottawa! Thank you Ken and Fauna Team for a wonderful experience!

                              24. F

                                Foodjunkie

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                Have enjoyed many good meals at Fauna. Saturdays dinner was no exception. Everything was done to perfection:) Highly recommend Fauna:)

                              25. MO

                                MyOttawa

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                Cocktails were very good. Apps were small and overpriced ( 22$ for a single sliced scallop!) and we found salt was used overly generously at times in both apps and mains. Food presentation was nice and the Cod and elk were cooked perfectly. While atmosphere was nice the volume is extremely loud and improvements in sound dampening (ceiling and textures) would improve the ability to converse. Overall we found better value and atmosphere can be found easily elsewhere in Ottawa and would not recommend as a top pick based on that.

                              26. GH

                                GarettH

                                Montreal

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fantastic food, not much selection, but everything we chose was outstanding. Friendly staff, warm ambiance.

                              27. K

                                Kiana

                                Montreal

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Everything about our experience at Fauna was excellent. The moment you walk through the door you are greeted by such kind and welcoming staff. The ambiance is something special, it draws you in and makes you forget the rest of the world exists for a little while. Our server and sommelier were very knowledgeable, and their personalities truly helped make our experience stand out. They have an extensive wine list with such a lovely selection to choose from. We opted for an Austrian wine which paired wonderfully with the oysters we ordered as our starter. The food was undoubtedly amazing. We chose the elk and the cod, both tasting great and beautifully presented. The portions are very filling- in the best way. I look forward to coming back again, next time leaving enough room to try dessert too. Thanks so much, guys. You made our night and ensured our date was a perfect success.

                              28. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Montreal

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food at Fauna’s is always fabulous. New dishes every Time we go. This is one of our favorite places to eat. Well done Fauna!

                              29. GM

                                GMcG

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                overall2food4service2ambience1

                                Delicious food. Extremely loud. Couldn't hold conversation. Was a relief to get out on the street afterward.

                              30. DC

                                DianaC

                                Las Vegas

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Small plates at the bar, everything was perfect. Service, food, wine. Oysters, endive salad, soft-shell crab, seafood chowder. Lots of pleasant surprises.

                              31. NB

                                NatachaB

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I could not believe how fantastic the food was and how on point the service was. It was such a pleasure to go there. It was what I needed to feel like there are still things to enjoy in this city in spite of this pandemic.

                              32. FL

                                FrancineL

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Exceptional. Creative menu, quality food, attentive service. Great place for friends to meet or couples to enjoy a special evening.

                              33. NL

                                NadineL

                                Ottawa

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Ambience was lovely, waiter was friendly professional and knowledgeable. The food was exquisite, perfect flavors and amazing presentation. Tables are a bit close together but we were still able to enjoy privacy. We thought it closed at 11 so were a bit surprised that it seemed to be closing at 10. It was a Tuesday night and they continually reassured us that there was no rush. Highly recommend.

                              34. H

                                Human

                                Ottawa

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 7, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Good food and atmosphere! First time eating here, but would definitely go again.

                              35. AO

                                AlexO

                                Ottawa

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 2, 2022

                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food and drinks were great. Portions were a bit small for the starters so best not to expect to share. Even though capacity limits have been lifted it did feel a bit unsettling sitting so close to others, especially when a patron at the table next to us started sneezing. Was nice that the waiters are still masked. Vaccine passports no longer required.

                              36. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Toronto

                                3 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on March 1, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Incredible food and service! The mix of flavours in the main dishes was remarkable. Looking forward to our next visit. Highly recommended. Thank you for a wonderful evening :)

                              37. AS

                                AnneS

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 27, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Great food and ambiance in center town. Will definitely return.

                              38. LC

                                LeslieC

                                Toronto

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing food, great service… they even found an off menu wine for us!

                              39. KD

                                KristineD

                                Ottawa

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 25, 2022

                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                Great vibe in the restaurant - food quality and speed was great - staff knowledgable on product. Sommelier very helpful with selections. Highly recommend.

                              40. L

                                Logan

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                Went for a date with my girlfriend. Everything we ordered was fantastic. From the appetizers to the drinks to the dessert every plate was something I’d come back for. The music was also amazing.

                              Safety precautions

                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                • Contactless payment available
                              • Physical distancing

                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                • Extra space between tables
                              • Protective equipment

                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                              • Screening

                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                • Contact tracing information collected

                              FAQs

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

                              Fauna is rated 4.7 stars by 1089 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                              Booked 15 times today
                              Google Map for Fauna

                              425 Bank St. Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y7

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Frank St

                              • Neighborhood

                                Downtown

                              • Hours of operation

                                Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:15 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–1:00 am

                              • Cuisines

                                Canadian

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress code

                                Casual Dress

                              • Parking details

                                Street parking is available on Bank, Florence and Frank Street. Paid parking is available across from the restaurant on Frank Street.

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Jon Svazas

                              • Additional

                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (613) 563-2862

                              • Private party facilities

                                Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Fauna” can accommodate all your special event needs.

                              • Private party contact

                                Private Event Coordinator: (613) 563-2862

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