Bar Lupulus

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CAN$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Craft beer and natural wine bar serving locally sourced, Mediterranean inspired dishes. 20 rotating taps, tonnes of funky bottles.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was a last minute reservation, made the night before for Brunch for four people. We were "nervous" about the menu after reading it on-line, as we thought it might be too forward. Our guests are "adventurous eaters" when they travel, and they were very pleased with the choice of venue, the service and food. The service was relaxed, attentive, and appreciated.
The food, while from the Brunch Menu was perfectly cooked and presented, and was excellent.
The noise level was Energetic, not helped by lots of hard surfaces that are too reflective. We did have to speak up a bit but we had no trouble hearing each other over our two hour visit.
We will certainly return to try selections from the Dinner Menu, and have already recommended Bar Lupulus to a friend, as well as family members.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Amazing beer 👌 Incredible service 👌 comically small portions of food for the price. Don’t forget think I’ll be back for food.

JH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went as a family (3 generations) and the toddler was treated so well.

MY
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant with a great kitchen. Wine and beer list is extensive.

WM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The menu entries are confusing, it is hard to tell if something is a flavouring or a major ingrediant

PA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class all around! Very solid spot. Definitely will be going back.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Unfortunately we felt there was too much going on and our server was thinly stretched, our first course arrived without our wine. We did however have the pleasure of being looked after by the owner after a time. Sat at the bar and watched the food being painstakingly prepped. The food was very interesting and visually a delight!

JM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Good beer menu. Too dark to see the food without using a flashlight, which was a shame.

AL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our lunch. It was a bit noisy so we had a little bit of a hard time hearing one another nut it was very good. I had the pasta special and my guest had the rainbow trout. Will come back for sure.

BF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am amazing restaurant with a great team. A go-to for foodies in Ottawa! An outstanding dining experience!

SL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant. The servers know their stuff and the food is interesting without being intimidating. We even had a special non-alcoholic cocktail designed for us by the bartender. The only drawback was the noise level - very "energetic". It won't stop me from returning, however.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and engaging flavour and texture combinations, excellent and thorough service, and extremely lively atmosphere. 👌🏾👌🏾

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went on a bad night WAY too crowded and noisy. Overbooked so service was.slow and food was good not stellar

O
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal...service was friendly and knowledgeable. Very pleased - will go back.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Lupulus has a great atmosphere, perfect for a date. Fantastic selection of beers on tap, staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly. Service was very prompt and our meals which were delicious and beautifully plated were a great value, $18 and $22 respectively! Will definitely be back.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had an extremely positive experience on our first trip to Bar Lupulus. What a knowledgeable and friendly staff, as well as absolutely excellent food with some creative and considered flavour combinations. I will certainly be back and would recommend to anyone looking for a lovely evening out.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have enjoyed drinks here before but this was the first time that we had had the opportunity to have a meal there. Joshua was wonderful at guiding us through the menu. He was attentive and knowledgeable. We truly enjoyed our meal and are continually impressed by the high level of service and care that we have consistently experienced at Bar Lupulus. Looking for to our next visit. Thank you.

GS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, food was great perhaps the noise level was so high that I couldn't hear my friend on the other side of the table...

TC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really really good food. Great dinner experience. The place is too noisy though. We will come back for sure, my new favorite place in Ottawa.

NR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Could see through my cheese portions. Reserved through Open Table app but upon arriving home received a message stating that they could not hold my table much longer. We arrived at 8:25 for an 8:30 reservation?! We then received a message today stating that we never showed and how it affects the restaurant to be a no show! Very annoyed. I really wanted to like this place...

CB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really unique. Excellent beer and wine selection and very technical yet very confort cuisine. One of the most original and thoughtful restaurants concepts in town.

GM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I've been to Bar Lupulus many times (at least 15). The food is always inspiring, gorgeous and so intentionally complex. I love it! Unfortunately, this time seemed to lack a bit. The tartare dish changed, and seems smaller, and significantly less delicious. They're serving it with crackers now and less of the blue algae potato puff ( i guess it's expensive to make? ) but the price has stayed the same. We got the scallop salad, and it was beautiful but had a squishy glue texture, not super pleasant to eat. The pasta was really good. Overall, it seems like the quality is going down on the food. Maybe they're trying to save money, maybe there's a new chef... it's too bad! I'll be much less likely to come back next time i'm thinking of a great spot for an inspiring meal.

MV
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Our cocktails were delicious! We asked for napkins because the table kept getting wet from condensation but the napkins never came. Someone did wipe our table, though. And they refilled our waters efficiently which was nice! A bit loud but loved the place. Would return & recommend to others. Did not eat anything but there was no option in the ratings to indicate N/A!

HC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most of the food was good, but not outstanding. Very creative. Great beer selection

k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Poor service, window open when raining. Bland grey burger

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The tartar was incredible, awesome beer selection, the entrees were too small for the value.

A
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My favourite place to eat when I am in town. Staff are always friendly and have been the same for years which says a lot about how a place is run.

DD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative and delicious. Water was helpful and knowledgeable. Helped pair beer with food...very enjoyable

JB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Food is so pretentious and overcomplicated. Charcuterie plate was the best thing on the menu which required no cooking.

Shortrib was cooked nicely over 8hrs however had not sauce to re add any moisture cooked out of it in the long cooking process. It was dry.

Fowl was cooked well above temperature needed and was dry and overcooked. We complained and they fixed it without question. However 2nd attempt was the same as the first.

Beers were way overpriced. Great selection of beers but averaging $8-10 for a 15 oz pint! I love craft beers but that is the smallest pint I have ever seen. And it it is not only on high abv beers.

Waitress was impressively knowledgeable on the very over complicated menu and their huge beer menu.

OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was interesting; service was pleasant. I have usually gone for lunch, I found the noise was much stronger at dinner. We will return.

A
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and superb food quality. A place to go back to!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was just ok but staff was lovely.

JT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it. Attention to detail, interested in your feedback, gentle welcoming atmosphere. Go there.

BM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for drinks and snacks after a movie. The food was outstanding. It always is. The ostrich tartar was out of this world and the shrimp salad and scallop carpaccio were both amazing.

We had a similar experience with the bar menu. The bartenders were both great at explaining and recommending beers to our three very different palates. Later we switched to cocktails. All of the ones on the list were fabulous and Josh was also quick to recommend new things he was working on.

If you have not been, you must go.

DS
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative dishes that the staff explain thoroughly. Great service and, of course, an excellent beer menu.

NC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - very creative and tasty. Service was fantastic. A very good time.

S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service at this restaurant was HORRIBLE. The wait staff were pretentious, it took over 20 minutes just to get a drink and then once we got them we weren’t served again! Don’t waste your money here.

JL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Impeccable service. The food was excellent! I took the Guinea fowl with snail risotto which was amazing but my boyfriend took the beef ribs and it was not as good as the fowl. It was just okay. Would recommend it anyways! And the beer menu was marvelous!

DR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were 6 adults celebrating a Thursday night without kids. We had a great time from the excellent food to the witty service. I will go back again to have beer from the huge selection of drafts and, mostly, to discover what wonderful creations the chef has made.

RS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favourite of ours! Incredible beer election with awesome limited run/edition beers to drink. Their pricing structure offers such a unique opportunity to order your favourite in a 10oz size or try all of the cool beers on tap with a 4oz pour. The value here for the drinks is incredible. They also have a wonderful by-the-bottle wine list if you have some wine drinkers in your party.

The food is artful, innovative and outstanding. Doing their own take on some classics and re-inventing the wheel with some of their own creations.

Go for a drink (or 10). Go be blown away with the food. Go experience the incredible attentive service. You won’t be disappointed.