Common Eatery

4.5
94 reviews
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Contemporary Canadian
Eatery and Craft Cocktail Bar
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p
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was okay today: eggs benny didn’t have smoked salmon, & chicken waffles was mediocre.

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p
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great eggs benedict (with smoked salmon)! My friend ate the chicken and waffles... simply divine. We are returning for dinner. Bottomless mimosas for $20... can’t go wrong here. Neighbourhood gem for sure.

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OF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and drinks. Prices are reasonable and the quality is fantastic. Staff is very friendly.

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

All good items and cocktails were expertly made. Plates are great for sharing or for personal meals.

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RF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing cocktails... a must try restaurant in Ottawa. Can’t wait to try their brunch.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Host was great , buss boy was great, after 15 minutes of waiting for our server which we could see at the bar on her phone we decided to leave. She never came to ask us for drinks or food !

This was a “date night” which a friend had recommended this restaurant for us to go at! We made our reservations for 930 and we were both excited to attend due to the recommendation!

We eventually ended up at Als Steak house and spent 350$ ! Where we actually got service.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch on Mother’s Day, service and food far surpassed expectations! Very well done, fantastic service and delicious food. Thanks, we’ll definitely be back on more Sundays!!

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LV
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place on a Friday night! Food is good and affordable.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The drinks came with a nice presentation that was very unexpected so it was a nice surprise. Although the menu seemed kinda odd and much too overpriced for what was being received. The food and drinks also took quite a while to reach the table. I would only recommend this place for the drinks as they were fun and cool, but after going once I would not come back again.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great! Such a fun spot.

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Didn’t have over half the items we tried to order and what we did order was over salted to make up for taste

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time at Common last Saturday evening. We were there for cocktails celebrating a birthday with some friends. Had great service and loved the unique drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. The restaurant out of 3 main dishes and ran out of Sauvignon Blanc. Running low on these options on a Saturday night at 8 pm is unacceptableespecially since restaurant was barely half full at 8.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Fabulous ! The food was sooo delicious and great selection. Friday night they had a live singer which created a great ambiance.

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OF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sitting next to the window left us freezing our entire meal, but the food/cocktails, ambiance, and service made up for it! Small plates were delish! We had 4 of them, all of which were super tasty (Labneh for the win!). Service was great during the meal, but took a long time to settle the bill at the end. No big deal for us, but it might be for anybody who's in a rush. It is loud in there, but we didn't mind it!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great staff m, atmosphere and interesting twists on brunch basics.

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k
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

I'd recommend Common for drinks and entertainment! The cocktails were amazing, but the food tasted "okay" and portions were meager. 10/10 atmosphere and live music.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The drinks there are worth the visit. Young urban crowd but didn't feel uncomfortable even though we were the oldest customers in there.

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L
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I feel bad rating any location this low, and to be fair my experience was only with brunch.

Having eyed the menu ahead of time, our friends had made their choices ahead of time only to find out they didn't have the chicken and waffles available.

That was just the beginning, we found out they also didn't have chorizo sausage (which was an option with the traditional breakfast) or brown toast (which was also supposed to be an option).

Items that should have been part of the meal were forgotten, substitutions were made without notice (they probably also ran out of those items).

One of my biggest pet peeves is being charged by coffee cup. 9$ in coffee later... We wish we had been told.

The restaurant itself is very hipster, it's a weird vibe.

I would not recommend this place for breakfast.

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D
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent! We loved our brunch and the service was A-1 as well. Great find!
Donna

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

Good atmosphere for a Saturday night.
The food was good, the plates offered were well balanced. Cocktails were good and service was good. I would return. Wished they had a few more larger plates to offer.

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H
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I visited Common specifically for the cocktail experience. The cocktail menu has changed and I was a but disappointed with the cocktail I ordered.

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

Went to Common based on word of mouth and reviews with 4 other gfs. While the food was decent, it wasn’t necessarily great for sharing.. The quantities did not match the number of ppl at the table and were at no point adjusted - it can be difficult to share a SINGLE steak tartare crostini 5 ways. The waitress wasn’t great at recommending plates (what was good or what would’ve been suitable for a larger party) and didn’t seem very familiar with the menu; our saving grace was the gentleman who appears to have been a manager - he definitely came to the rescue and guided us in our selection. Additionally, the wait for drinks was painfully long and the bus staff was odd, asking to take plates we were still eating off of (they actually had food on them) and waiting next to our table, leaning on walls while chewing gum in a borderline creepy manner. While we all enjoyed the food and the price-quality rapport, we were all a little underwhelmed with the service. It was definitely delicious, but for the hype I have gotten, I definitely expected more. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for better service next time!

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NS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great diner and fun drinks

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SR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Everything seemed to be okay up until I found a hair between my egg and smoked salmon on my sandwich and when the cook removed the hair he never washed his hands. No hair nets and no gloves when handling food.

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SA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a fun time. The food and drinks were fantastic. The only downside was the slow service. We were a party of 9, but there were only 2 other tables in the entire restaurant. We sat for about 15-20 min before our drink orders were taken. And about 10 min after we received our drinks, before we asked about our food orders.. after that, it took quite a while to get a second drink order. Drinks are were you make the majority of your money! Servers need to be on top of refills!
Besides, the slow service, our servers were super friendly and knowledgeable. Our food and drinks were delish. I would go back.

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, it took an hour to get a server at our table to order food. When our food finally came out, it came out all at different times. Somewhat understandable for a party of 8 but it just didn't flow quite right. The food was decent though the new small plates menu was super disappointing, it left some of us wanting more but the options were not extensive. The cocktails were great as always, especially the gin basil smash. This place is great for a drink but disappointing on the restaurant front, we won't be back for food.

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MP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu changed the night before from full dinner menu to only snacking; would have been good to know since we had booked the space for dinner. Food quality was good but executed bigger portions / meals.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food , great service. Came for dinner with my girl friends and my experience exceeded my expectations

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j
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was mediocre. Drinks were fabulous

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NG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great happy hour drinks and food, perfect after work drop in spot!

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RE
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were both awesome. I'd like to see a few more vegetarian options. The drinks were simply some of the best I've had. Well worth the $.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great drinks before dinner. The food tasted excellent. Must haves when we return are the octopus and pork belly

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j
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for our friend’s Birthday and everything was excellent . Food was very tastie. Our server Hayley was very attentive and made sure our friend received a complimentary dessert with a candle ! Will return for happy hour drinks in future

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately the service took forever and I was served bad oysters that I had to spit it out. We left after appetizers and went to another restaurant

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LP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Happy hour cocktail specials are great! I came back the following day because the drinks were splendid!

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G
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good dinner, will be back! Drinks were nice, atmosphere was comfortable and service was excellent.

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G
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is super delicious and the cocktails are incredible. I’ve been several times and will go back again soon. Love this place!

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J
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was terrible & food was mediocre, not worth the money paid.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I was very excited to eat here with some friends visiting from out of town - cool vibe when we first went in but a lot of awkward table placement made us feel like people were sitting on top of us or like we were in a hallway. This would have been negligible except the rest of the dinner was so abysmal. The service was slow from the start and it took at least 30 minutes before we had our drinks, appetizers took maybe 30 minutes... then from ordering our mains to them arriving took 50 minutes! Not to mention they had the order wrong and my friends were finished by the time mine arrived. The server was MIA the whole time and indifferent to our plight. The manager came over to drop off the mains and flightily said they'd comp the mains and give us a free round of drinks. They never stopped for a moment to actually speak with us or apologize for the delay. They also never communicated this with the server so when it finally came time to pay no one knew what was up. The apps were awesome, the mains were ok, but the service and timing was unacceptable. We had plans to be elsewhere for 9/9.30pm and didn't make it out until closer to 10.30pm. I wanted to love it but it would take a big gesture to bring me back. The whole experience was really upsetting. The comping was appreciated but slightly too little too late.

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