North and Navy

4.6
536 reviews
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Italian
A Northern Italian kitchen inspired by the Bacari of Venice
Our menu is inspired by tradition and dictated by the quality and availability of ingredients. We play off the similarities between the climates of Eastern Ontario and Northeast Italy, and create our take on classic dishes made with seasonal game, seafood and vegetables. Plus, sometimes we’ll just add whatever we want.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us for Valentine's Day! We will be offering a 65$ table d'hôte for a three course meal, as well as our regular menu.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 536 People Are Saying
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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the wine, the staff, the ambiance were all perfect and there was convenient parking as well. Really enjoyed the our birthday celebration at North and Navy

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, varied and unique tasting palettes on the menu. High quality ingredients. Fantastic wine pairings.

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LW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Every part of our experience was perfect and the food was phenomenal. Every bite was "a party in the mouth" with unexpected flavour combinations making you excited for the next dish. I'll quote my mom, who said "I just want to kiss the chef....the food was that good"!!!

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MR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service and a welcoming ambiance. Highly recommended.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Three of us go to restaurants every 6 to 8 weeks in and around Ottawa. Your restaurant was recommended by a friend who is a chef and we were not disappointed. Great service, pleasant ambience and the food selection (made by the server/chef) was spot on. Thank you.

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Visited for a birthday celebration. The first two courses, the appetizers and the pastas were great. The mains, however, were disappointing. The meat was cooked nicely, but the citrus taste was too overpowering. They offered to remake it, but we declined because the meat part was decent and we felt bad to make them redo it. To add to that, the front dining area was completely neglected and we stood around forever waiting to get our coats to leave. The back kitchen staff saw us standing around and did nothing. We didn't know where any of the front of the house staff were. We got too tired of standing around, and opened up the curtain to find our coats to leave. Had a good experience last year, so wanted to go back more often this year, but this experience certainly made us think twice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much. Great food, great wine, great staff. Priceless experience with my wife.

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D
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation at the bar and we're happy we did. The bartender was charming, knowledgeable, prompt and gave excellent recommendations. All of our dishes and drinks did not disappoint. The support staff were all polite and attentive. We look forward to going back.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service. It’s not the cheapest place to go, but great for a special occasion. Highly recommended.

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my friend for her birthday. It was the first visit for both of us. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The waitress was very helpful with recommendations. We shared two antipasti and two primi - everything was excellent. Polpette (meatball) appetizer was delicious and we had the Maltagliati ai Funghi and the Butternut Squash Mezzaluna. Both were delicious. For Dolce the Olive Oil Cake & Whipped Ricotta was perfect. We will definitely be back

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HS
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had not tried this restaurant since it took over the space from Beckta a restaurant which I used to love when it was small and cozy. My friend and I do not eat wheat so were aware that the pasta choices for us would be limited. There was one corn pasta dish which we did not try. The food was quite good but very overpriced for the quality and quantity compared to restaurants as good in Ottawa and elsewhere. I was not impressed by the waiter who might have warned us that by ordering both the eggplant starter and then the scallops we would face an overabundance of yogurt/ cream in both dishes.
The scallop dish was excellent though overpriced at 44 dollars for four scallops. I would not recommend this restaurant and given that it was almost empty on a Tuesday night, looks like the word has got out that it is overpriced

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E
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good character to the rooms and well laid out. Food and service were very good. Will have to try the bar area soon as it looked very inviting.

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G
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were very pleased overall!

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PL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. Every dish was fantastic and the service was great. My only tiny criticism is it's a little dark in the room, but that's not a bad thing depending on the occasion. We'll be going back eventually for sure!

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F
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was ridiculously good and the service was absolutely wonderful!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for the second time for Nona’s dinner - very good food, friendly and knowledgeable service. Cozy ambiance. We plan to make regular visits!

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D
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

great food and service but where we sat it was too dark to read menu and too loud to have a pleasant conversation.

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A
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and service. Our table was ready later than the reservation so we got a glass of bubbly on the house. Always a great experience at NoNa

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C
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an incredible time at NoNa. The food was amazing and very unique tasting. I don't think I could find anything comparable in the city. The atmosphere is so wonderful, and I will definitely be returning!

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were very disappointed by our experience at North & Navy. We went on a Sunday. Sunday’s offer a limited menu which was frankly underwhelming.

As first time guests, we decided to Let Nonna Feed Us which is their chef’s choice tasting menu. We didn’t find any of the courses to be particularly interesting. Since we both ordered the Nonna option we received a wide variety of courses but only 1 order of the Nonna’s Gravy (Main course) which was not a sufficient amount of food. Lots of little bites but not worth $46 a person.

The pork belly in the Nonna’s Gravy was over cooked and the sauce was a very basic tomato sauce. The beet and eggplant salad was bland and the beets were over roasted. Contorni for the evening was a plain salt cod with olive oil on poor quality baguette. The Tiramisu was the real disappointment though. The ladyfingers were stale and the mascarpone texture was runny.

Maybe we will give it another shot on a normal menu night but only at the recommendation of friends who have had better experiences at North & Navy.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks were amazing, service was very good but it was busy that night. Seasonal menu was mainly in Italian so it was a bit difficult for the me or anyone that’s not very familiar with Italian cuisine to figure out what is on the menu but the servers were friendly to explain them. Price was definitely on the higher end but the taste was worth it.

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Northern Italian fare served by knowledgable and professional staff. The meat balls are to die for! Very good Italian wine list as well, and reasonably priced. High quality ingredients prepared thoughtfully. We will return.

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F
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

They had zucchini and burrata on offer as a starter, an odd choice for the winter. Another starter was home-made yoghurt and eggplant. That was very good. My main had way too much sauce. Overall, the food was nothing special, and very expensive for what it was. Especially annoying was that the (admittedly very attractive) know-it-all waitress, when I asked for a glass of wine, came over with a bottle of the most expensive wines in each hand. This very arrogant service is now typical in North American restaurants. You would never get that in Europe, despite the reputation of European service as being snooty.

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MP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, servers treated us very well!
Will definitely go back!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Expensive experience overall.
Nice room, cozy , food good but not spectacular.
Menus a bit pretentious.

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OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Staff were wonderful. Food was great but no celiac-friendly dessert. (Ice cream doesn’t count).

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To die for! The menu is so creative. We ordered the meatballs, zucchini burrata, mushroom pasta, and butternut squash pasta. It was all divine.

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s
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

In the past, we've had excellent meals at North of Navy. This time, not so much. My $44 scallop entree had 4 scallops on a bed of fennel and a very salty creamy side which was too heavy to pair with scallops (and the sticker shock)!!! The lamb special my friend had (and he never complains) - he didn't even eat. Dessert - dry cake (pet peeve). However, as usual - the pastas were excellent. If I ever go again, I would only order pasta. The service was also excellent. Very disappointed because we usually love this place.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and very fine food and presentation

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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North and Navy never disappoints. The atmosphere, food, and staff are always on point. We always look forward to grabbing seats at the back bar for a date night.

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EA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant plans on at least two sittings so don't plan on having a nice long dinner with spaced out courses if you have an early sitting.

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AW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Amazing service. We will definitely be back!

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NM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again, a great evening at N&N: we chose the chef's choice (Fed by Nona). At the price, it was a fair bit of food: Caesar salad with bits of pork belly, fried smelts, spaghetti with meatballs & crackling pork belly, variety of beets, and finally a cheesecake for dessert. These were sharing plates and we really enjoyed being able to parse out how much of each course we wanted.

The service was great: everyone seemed to be having a good time and were attentive to the tables. Wine list was very good; a good variety and range of prices. The waiter had a good recommendation for each course. They must have had the soundtrack to "The Big Night" playing because there was a number of Louis Prima charts playing over the speakers... nice touch.

The crackling pork belly should be outlawed :-) You could get addicted to that stuff.

The cheesecake was actually quite good (I'm not a big cheesecake person); there was a hint of lime/lemon and the overall cake was much better than I had anticipated.

It was a bit loud but if we had moved into the area near the kitchen it would have been quieter. This is a minor point.

This is our third or fourth time in the past couple of years and we have not been disappointed yet.

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MG
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We only planned for wine, appies and dessert. Shared a number of plates between the three of us, everything was fantastic. Very impressed, already planning another evening to experience the full meal options.

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M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Great restaurant. But way to loud ...no point in shouting at your friends over dinner. They need something to dampen the sound

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A
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place as usual. Sat at the chef's table this time to have the full experience. Enjoyed myself even more than the perfect experience I had on my first visit. Friendly staff and amazing food as usual.

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GM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doesn’t get much better than North and Navy. Awesome every time!

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e
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had a very nice dinner here recently. The service was good, the food was delicious and the prices were reasonable. Our only real gripe is the lighting: It was so dark where we were seated that we couldn't read the menu without holding it next to the candle that was on our table.

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were dining with our one year old granddaughter and all the staff were accommodating and genuinely taken by her. The open kitchen was a great diversion when needed. Superb friendly service and delicious food. Four of us ate family style and enjoyed everything.

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MS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite Ottawa restaurant. Never fails to impress!

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