Backdrop

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Welcome to Backdrop Food & Drink, a funky, urban space smack in the middle of Centertown, Ottawa. Join us for weekend brunch, weekday lunch, dinner and drinks.

Come try our unique taste, inspired by blends of Canadian and culturally themed cooking. Our seasonally changing menus feature dishes always made from scratch with locally-sourced products. Watch the scene unfold along the red hardwood runway as our hard working flavor benders work in our open-style kitchen.

The service is classic, honest, and clean – working from generations of restaurant life. Bringing back service to the way it used to be… fast, fun and friendly with know-how and experience.
What 89 People Are Saying
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FF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was very very delicious and different which is what I love. The service was lovely too and they switched our table because it was noisy on the other side. Would go again!!

M
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Decor was good, service was good but not overbearing. Food was tasty, innovative, but not exceptional.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, very reasonable prices for the portion size and great tasting food!

J
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous, as always. Our server, Kent, was attentive and kind and provided great service.

PD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Creative menu and execution that is well thought out.

CW
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, best service in Ottawa. On our must do list each time we visit.

NC
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our meal and the server was really friendly!!! We’ll be back.

AO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service and looks like a good scene in the evening!

PN
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Waitress was a little strange and asked questions of us twice as though she had forgotten she had already asked us these but the food was fantastic.

LW
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is creative and very flavourful, and offers a few gluten free options. Kent is fabulous and helps with recommendations if can’t decide what to eat. The Backdrop has become one of our favourite places to dine in our neighbourhood. If you haven’t been, you really should try.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent, server spoke from the heart when talking about the restaurant, convinced us to try everything. The special secret drink was amazing, mixologist is legit. Food was excellent outside of the bland charcuterie. Will be coming back for sure.

KD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely sensational food. The brunch menu is small but one of the best in the city. If you're a foodie, you need to check out this restaurant. It is worth the wait

JS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Great presentation and really good food. Friendly and efficient staff. Very noisy and no air conditioner.

GP
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality of food was great, taste was great. A little bit on the pricey side and noise level was a bit high for me, but overall experience was great!

MF
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always, the food is very good and the service is friendly. Been here many times, always for lunch. My only complaint would be the music level being way too loud for lunch. Would be perfect for happy hour though.

c
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

not what we see on the web. Saturday night and super quiet very small place.
not what we expect.

JD
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose Backdrop for a lunch meeting. I walk by it all the time and this is the first time I’ve eaten there. I loved it. I will be back and I’ll be bringing more people.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Fathers Day brunch for 3. The Usual, the Veggie Frittata and the Eggs Benny were all excellent.

SC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Father's Day Brunch. My son was won over by the Croque Voisine.

WO
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Friendly, helpful service staff. Food was disappointing. The ribs tasted nothing like the menu description; far too much salt overpowered everything. Jalapeno cornbread was dry.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My team really enjoyed the service, ambience and their meals. The menu is a little intimidating, but trust they know what they're doing.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place but very noisy ...perhaps some noise buffing elements would help! My artic char was overcooked. Glass noodle peanut shrimp dish was excellent! Service was excellent!

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our first visit to Backdrop. The decor has a casual bar vibe to it and our server was efficient and friendly. The food is homemade, delicious, and nicely plated. It was fairly quiet when we arrived at 6:30 pm on a Friday night but got busier as the evening progressed. Live music started around 8 pm which really added to the energy of the space. It would be a great place to go for an evening of drinks, food, and fun with friends. It's in a nice area, just a short walk from several hotels and Parliament Hill. We'll definitely drop by again the next time we're in Ottawa.

HB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great as was the service. The chairs were somewhat wobbly, we weren’t sure they wouldn’t give out and the music was very loud for comfortable conversation at lunchtime, mixed with the volume of others. Ambient music would be more appreciated.

N
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food, timing was good as well since we had an event later in evening.

b
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Lots of other brunch places with better service. I went there for Sunday brunch - and they didn't have tea! No tea on the most popular brunch day of the year. Now, I can see they may have run out, but the server I had just said 'no, no tea today'. I asked him again, and he just stood there, with no explanation, or willingness to accommodate my request.
I ended up walking out of the restaurant, 50 feet across the street to a circle-K, bought a box of my own tea, and returned. Fortunately, they *did* have hot water.
But, as a customer, should you be expected to supply a restaurant with the supplies?

Food was good, but they've got a LOT to learn about meeting customer's expectations....

OR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredibly delicious food, beautiful decor & atmosphere, very friendly and helpful staff & PHENOMENAL entertainment. It was pretty loud only because there was a band when we went but we expected that! It was pretty busy so we had two waiters tending to us and one of them forgot to bring our dessert. Other than that, it was a great experience and I will definitely be coming back!!

A
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food and impressive and varied menu. The service was slow insofar as it took a while for acknowledgement of my arrival and to be seated despite having a reservation. The hostess never spoke to me assuming that I was part of another waiting group. Furthermore my side dish order was never delivered which was disappointing. I waited and when I realized that it had not been noted I didn’t bother asking for it.

VH
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch was very tasty, personalize service of server (receipt gave name as "lunch" lol) and kitchen staff added to the enjoyable experience. We had the Burger and The Char Burger and both were well prepared, juicy, tender and very tasty. Definitely worth many visits.

E
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food as always. Their Cornish Hen is wonderful and the duck wings are mouth watering.

E
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just finished an amazing meal at the Backdrop. I have been there 4 or 5 times already and have yet to be disappointed. The Cornish hen, the Arctic char, the bison chilli, the crab and cod cakes are amazing. As for their duck wings I challenge anyone to find better in the city of Ottawa.

If you haven’t been there yet, well you are missing out. As for me it is one of my go to places when I’m in town.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Kent was awesome!

RS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, excellent and personalized service. Not overly noisy, even on a crowded Friday night. The popcorn snack was delicious and appreciated. Fries were super-salty.

CB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience2

Amazing food, drinks, staff. A must if you in Ottawa.

MD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner on a Friday night... great service, great good and great times to be had for sure!

AB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I've been here twice; once for brunch and once for an evening drink. Service was great in the evening but brunch was very slow, table wasn't set, had to ask for everything; cutlery, salt & pepper, even the menus took a long time to come to our table after we were seated. I enjoy the restaurant though and the food was prepared very well and was very tasty. I'd still go back, expecting maybe that negative experience was a one time thing.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not hot, fries are best served hot, even though it wasn’t busy.
The prices are quite good for the good variety on the menu.
Our server was very attentive and friendly.
I’d will definitely be going back to try other dishes.

D
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great time. Kent is really amiable and knowledgeable.

JF
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I use to pass by that place almost everyday. If I would have known then how good the food is, it would have taken me all the will I have not to eat there everyday.

I went for diner and I had the wild boar chili and my guest, the pork ribs. The chili was on the thick side (which I loved) and I never tasted anything like the sauce on those ribs, so good! The cornbread is to die for, I'll ask for an extra next time.

I can't wait to go back and try EVERYTHING!

BL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My friends and I were disappointed with the quality of the brunch. The food was pretty expensive for VERY basic food. I have gone to Backdrop for dinner before which was quite good but brunch was VERY disappointing.