Clarendon

3.9
48 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American


Welcome to the Clarendon Tavern! Offering seasonal, locally sourced and handmade ingredients. Beautifully designed to embrace our heritage building roots with a modern twist. Chef Dave Godsoe was inspired by the vibrancy and character of the market when creating this menu. Sister restaurant to Eighteen, Social and Sidedoor.
Come in for Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, late night and handcrafted cocktails. Located in the heart of the Ottawa Byward Market.

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I felt immediately at ease in the welcoming atmosphere, furnishings and lighting. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal; the portions were just right and the mix of flavours was superb. Very attentive service. We will most certainly go back!

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

June 30th: Our group of 7 had pizzas and cauliflower app which were all very good. However, we were surprised when the waiter (professional and courteous) told us when we arrived they were only offering a limited menu because of Canada Day weekend. Our choice of restaurant was based on the full menu so major disappointment. We ordered a pitcher of white wine sangria which tasted like sugared water. You have to know that people who like sangria can taste the difference immediately. Not that we're looking to get trunk on sangria, but for $20+, you should be able to taste the wine and liqueurs at least. Should have returned it. With so many choices of restaurants in Ottawa, not sure I'll be going back.

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SF
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice place, and staff but slow service. Food was average. Won’t be back soon.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, food was a huge “miss”. Service was subpar at best. Really disappointed - heard great things but saw none of them...

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MF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Terrible food, but service and ambiance was good. Don't recommend it.

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NW
Ottawa
129 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so impressed by the renos & décor. The menu is varied in choice & price. Food quality is spot on. Great location fills the pre requisites for a go to place.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly good, first time ever there for dinner, quite an interesting menu but well executed and friendly and attentive staff.

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BW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Tuna wasn’t great, you needed a knife to cut up the avocado (_severely underripe) that was in a salad which could have more flavour. Lamb Kafka was great.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Quantity sucks. Been before and was better. Happy hour on menu states 9pm-till close. We were told it was 10pm and the menu is wrong. They did not give in to let us have happy hour drink at 9pm.

Was not impressed with this last visit.

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a
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I really enjoy lunch at the Clarendon when I am in the Market area. The food is always delicious and the beer recommendations are great. This was my first experience of dinner st the tavern and it definitely delivered. Great chicken and arugula pizza, the cauliflower starter was addictive. Recommend the food and the experience.

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p
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

How I miss the Black Tomato! But this place was pretty good. Really efficient floor plan with lots of seating even though it’s small. I had a few appetizers and my friend enjoyed the veggie burger. Deconstructed cheesecake was okay. The apple cobbler was divine!

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BF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

GOOD EXPERIENCE.Quiet table for a family birthday celebration.Good menu options.Food was well prepared and presented.Good cocktail and wine options. Very good server,knowledgeable,and attentive.Quite warm ,maybe this is the shoulder season and temperature will be controlled better soon.Great decor and ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

je n ai pas aime cet endroit. ca veut pas dire que c est pas bien le prix correspond pas a la qualité de la nourriture

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NS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were seated in the dining room which has no air circulation so although our food was really good, we were sweating to our seats. There are other areas to sit. I wish we had of been in the lounge area instead.
We didn’t have one server but rather everyone was kind of looking after us which also meant no one was really. We sat and waited for our bill for about 30 minutes and when she brought it, she simply set it in the table upside down and she rushed by. Didn’t say a word.
The noise level was okay until a large group came in beside us and then it got quite loud.

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BC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We know it is difficult to manage a group, but all went well and the staff smiled and laughed with us throughout our stay. Portions are a good size and of very good quality. Desserts are shareable if one wishes!

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l
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor! We had brunch we our friends from out of town Easter weekend and the food was great but a bit on the pricey side. Would still recommend, the service was wonderful and nice ambiance.

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just a little warm in the bar area. Windows opened did let some fresh air in

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OF
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Arthur was great :) Food was tasty, and the ambiance was nice for our small group.

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P
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend the Clarendon for brunch, lunch and/or dinner. We have tried it for each and we were impressed each time.

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NS
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Manager and server were excellent. Food was nasty. Buttermilk chicken was apparently dark meat, so it looked under cooked. They were good to accept the return with no hassle. Then got a flatbread which was pretty poor quality. I get better at happy hours at Earls. Wine tasted stale or not stored properly. I'm sure there are better places in the area. Skip this one.

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AG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arthur was amazing! As was the scotch egg on the bar menu... yummm! We are going to make it a weekly even to come by, sit at the bar, and have a scotch egg each with a pint of Hamilton's own Collective Arts!!!!

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a
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, imaginatively prepared, attentive service in charming surroundings.

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KA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I was there for brunch and felt that the cost of the meal in relation to the level of service was not a good value. The service was quite slow and took a long time before a server even approached the table to offer coffee. The worst part was that their drip coffee is $4, and does NOT include refills. I didn't get a warning that it would be at a cost when I asked for a top-up. Even the most high-end brunch spots in the city offer free coffee refills at brunch. It was almost $30 for brunch for one person (no alcohol) which I thought was too steep, given that the food was just okay. I had the chicken & & waffles - the chicken had a nice flavour, though the coating wasn't crispy. The waffles seemed like they'd been reheated from the day before. Real maple syrup, which was nice. And the decor/atmosphere is nice & cozy.

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C
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I’ve been to The Clarendon Tavern twice in the last couple of weeks. Food is great and the decor is super cozy. Unfortunately, on both occasions, it took more than 10 and 15 minutes to have a server come to our table to take our first order. On the second occasion, the restaurant wasn’t busy at all and employees would come to our section but not even look at us which would had made it possible to ask for our first drinks. Afterwards, service is okay, but again it took time to have the waiters come back to our table for a second glass of wine or to order another dish.
So, food is great but the service isn’t always top notch.

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OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Drinks for the table came more than 15 minutes apart, but otherwise the atmosphere is lovely.

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A
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good food, unfortunate that they ran out of maple syrup which should of been served with the waffles and was not advised first or offered anything else in replacement.

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UK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experiment. I took my girlfriend here because of the atmosphere and the simplicity.
Service was friendly, the servers didnt hesitate to joke around while we were ordering. Food was really well made for my taste. The drinks were on point. Can't ask for more

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Friendly local and great food. French onion soup was a bit small for $9 but other food was great and friendly and helpful staff

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GL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

It was a C experience, the atmosphere is great, the food was pretty good but that’s where it ends,. The service , no explanation other than slow. 2.5 hours for a 2 course dinner . But to top it off the Dining room manager was quite rude to us. The bill came with an 18% tip assumed which I personally don’t like. But when I asked her to remove it so I could add my own tip I she was very rude to our party . Bottom line , many better places close by. Don’t waste your evening.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meals. 2 of us shared the brunch board, it was a great way to try a bit of everything and it was very tasty. A bit pricey, but it was a quality “foodie” meal that we really enjoyed. We will be back to try dinner next time.

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I
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

My flatbread was burned black at some parts of the edges and not particularly edible. The unburnt parts were fine. The server forgot the side salad I had ordered so I had to remind her. She didn't accurately describe the contents of the salad - she said there would be candied nuts but there were none and I was looking forward to them. She also said there would be 6 pieces to the flatbread but there were only 5 (not a big deal but I was expecting more food than I had ordered). It took a long time to get our food, we were a party of 3 and it took almost an hour to get our meals. On the plus side, the ambience was very nice, decor was pretty and we had a nice booth seat.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant/bar in Ottawa.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice location and atmosphere. Music didn't correspond to the atmosphere (bad playlist) and super loud. Caesar salad was tasty. Lamb burger was burnt and tasteless. Service was good enough. Wouldn't go back.

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SH
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience at the Clarendon. The food was excellent and the restaurant itself is really nice.

I had a table for 19 and last minute 3 people couldn't come and the staff were really great and were able to change our tables so that instead of two groups of tables we had one large table. Everyone loved the food and are looking forward to returning!

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Overall we enjoyed our evening. The staff are pleasant and the food is ok. The decor is beautiful and the vibe is enjoyable.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was great, but glad we double checked the bill as they overcharged us for our meal. Item was 42$ on the menu and charged 50$

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food! Very cozy atmosphere as well!

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Clarendon for brunch! Our only complaint would be the temperature of our food. We ordered their new brunch board where the items that should have been warm/hot were more room temperature. Otherwise we would Go back in hopes the food temp would be warmer!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall the food and ambiance were very good. Although the fries arrived cold, they were quick to refill place them and provided dessert at no cost to us.
We would definitely go again.

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GM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but you need a place to go after to eat as plates are tiny!

Overall, would recommend for small plates and drinks!

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