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Bar Laurel

4.6
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270 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Spanish
Spanish influenced kitchen and bar in Hintonburg offering authentic Spanish delicacies, extensive seasonal cocktails and a wine list focused on low intervention wines with a focus on Sherry and Vermut.

We currently have the patio and interior open for reservations from Wednesday to Saturday starting at 5:30 and on Sunday starting at 4pm. Seating times are also limited to an hour and an hour and twenty minutes for two and an hour and thirty five for four as we need a little extra time to clean and sanitize the tables between seatings.

We thank you for your understanding. Please give us a call if you have any questions.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 270 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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katy
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Service was poor - had to ask multiple times for bread for the table (our server said we could get some if there was bread 'kicking around in the kitchen'), we asked for our main order of food to come at different times as we were five people at a small table, and our items all arrived within five minutes of each other. We had to ask our server for the items in our charcuterie to be named. Our messy sharing plates from our appetizers weren't cleared to make way for clean plates for the main order of food. Overall not the level of service expected for a restaurant of this calibre. Food was very tasty though.

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Robert
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is SO tasty - can’t recommend it highly enough.

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DanicaO
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bar Laurel. One of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa!

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TreyG
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Staff were great and food was outstanding

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vipTatianaZ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On the expensive side, but delicious food. The pulpo was awesome

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AweM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails, food and a good vibe overall!

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loris
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time sitting inside of restaurant since March. The set up was great.
The server responded to all of our questions efficiently and with enthusiasm.

The range of dishes, while sometimes small in portion size, delighted in taste and presentation.

Will certainly go back.

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ST67
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Patio is quite small and right on sidewalk with people passing by very closely. Given COVID situation it was hard to feel totally at ease.
But besides that great service and food was good.
Spanish wines were a tad too expensive so we opted for a French Sangiovese.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Ok food but extremely expensive for what it is. Limited menu due to covid19 is disappointing.

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vipnicks85
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and drinks.

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JessicaT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food was incredible, the staff is knowledgeable. Great cocktails!

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JeffF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food and drinks were really quite good. The service was good, but slow and they missed a few items. The patio was nice, but a little cramped. I would have liked more distance but we did not complain at the time, so not fault to the restaurant there.

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FlorieW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very flavourful and unique I enjoyed my drink also.

Very well done excellent service.
Loved the design of the restaurant also.

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HeathS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a great spot! Great food, drinks and just chill.

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LeahC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Well done handling the pandemic restrictions. Food tasty and cocktails (while selection more limited) were wonderful.

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GeoffA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled on Bar Laurel by accident and were so glad we did! Incredibly tasty Spanish tapas, friendly service and super reasonable for the quality. Will definitely be back!

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Steve
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Only the patio was open. Tapas style food was quite good.

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MaxineV
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as usual, they still make whatever cocktail you desire and the patio is super well done (not too close to other tables!) we should have been i. barcelona that day if it wasn’t for the pandemic so it was a nice local alternative

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lauriane
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The care they put into choosing their products and creating delicious and creative plates and drinks is always going to make feel going to Laurel Bar like a special moment! But without all the usually unnecessary fuss around fine dining.
Service was amazing and friendly as always :)

Treat yourself, go to Laurel.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Bar Laurel is always amazing. It’s our favourite restaurant but this even was especially wonderful.

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Review
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fun and unique spot. Will certainly go back and try other items on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really good. Server was super nice. Really nice place, loved the design of the whole place, the bar looked really nice. Small cozy place. Little loud but great place altogether.

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StephanieM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cocktails are phenomenal here. Our server knew everything on the menu and was great at helping us make decisions. Very unique food options and a lovely ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Valentine’s Day menu. Worth falling in love just for this dinner alone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I DO NOT recommend Bar Laurel for Valentine’s day. There was a strictly fixed menu, $75 a person for VERY sub par food. When we saw the menu and considered just staying for a couple drinks we were told by the waitress that “the expectation” was that we will order dinner, and we are not allowed to keep our reservation if we only plan on having drinks. Really disappointed in the service and selection of food for this special occasion. It would have been nice to at least be informed upon reservation of “the expectations” and the fixed menu.

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GiovanniR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Well, i will be back tomorrow...three days from the last time. How is that for an impression? :)

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EvaN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic menu, wine & cocktail list. very attentive & friendly service. great ambiance. highly recommend.

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UnhappyDiner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

A small space in Hintonburg that has lots of promise with it's Spanish-themed menu and inspiration. Unfortunately, did not live up to the hype. The "background" music roared into the foreground at volumes too high for any real enjoyment outside of a dance club making it hard to hear the person sitting across from you. Other dinners shout so loud that I have an intimate knowledge of the weekend date to our left and the research project of the aspiring academic on our right.

Entering the front door greets you at a dinner's high top table and no staff, waiting queue or even any indication what to do other than impose on the couple enjoying their drinks.

We were eventually seated and our server introduced herself after ten minutes of waiting to be noticed. She gave a well-received wine recommendation based on my partner's likes and my draught was enjoyable.

The generous charcuterie fell flat and single-noted; many slices of imported salami. The sides (mustard, pickled peppers, beets and onions) were the star of the board and it's a shame they only gave a nibble of each. The cheese plate was much the same: too small portions of the extras from the chef and the added sting of a nearly 30$ plate. The stuffed mushroom caps were bland and inexplicably placed atop burnt (not pleasantly charred, burnt) toasts.

The best dish of the night was the cauliflower which WAS pleasantly charred and topped with toasted almond. The octopus was perfectly cooked but left much to be desired with lack of textural variance and it tasted overwhelmingly of paprika which drowned out the rest of the plate.

Rounding out the evening were two orders of "skewers" which came as small plated portions (~3 per order). The iberico was balanced but the texture was limp and dissolved in the unappealing sense when consumed. The halloumi was tasty but wasn't innovative or spectacular for the value.

With so much dining competition in the area, Bar Laurel is not one I'll be eager to overpay at again.

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JoyN
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great place for sharing plates - because there are SO MANY amazing small plates and its fun to try as many as possible. It's not inexpensive, but it's well worth it.

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Danny
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and our server was greeat in helping us choosing the food given our allergies

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HeatherO
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate & delicious! The perfect spot for a post-work wind down at the bar, a date or a gathering of friends!

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vipGlobalFoodie
Toronto
52 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My first visit to Bar Laurel in the Westboro area. Service was attentive, food very good. They accommodated my friend's allergy to onions. Will add to my list of good neighbourhood find in Ottawa.

JD
JDJB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of options. Staff were very knowledgeable about the food and drink and mentioned gluten free options for bread made in house. Also were great to mix up a non alcoholic beverage for we when asked.

Would definitely come back.

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OmarK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place with amazing drinks. The atmosphere profound! The Friendly staff makes it welcoming and homie while having that feel of sophistication

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MelanieM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Hello, we found the wine very expensive. On our third bottle, we opted for the lowest price wine. Sever said it was an adequate choice. I would think all your wines would be more than adequate.

DM
DelMag
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service, wine way too expensive( they only have a few bottles under 100$), very noisy. Food really bad especially the lamb and the octopus. My recommendation... go to another restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and presentation.

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Jennifer
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went in for New Year's Eve and had the set menu with wine pairings. All the dishes were delightful but the beef was the best. We sat at the bar and had fantastic service from Quinn. A wonderful night out although hard on the pocketbook.

MB
MichB
Ottawa
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We went for New Years Eve and sat at the bar. Great place to sit and see the fantastic drinks get made. Unfortunately, it was incredibly slow. We didn't complain and they offered 20 dollars off our bill because they knew it had been quite slow. Drinks were incredible and I'd love to go back for more.

MM
MaureenM
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Bar Laurel was fun a place to eat, the food and drinks were awesome and the service was really great. 5 stars all around. :)

FAQs

Bar Laurel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 695-5559.

Bar Laurel is rated 4.6 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

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