Common Eatery

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
Eatery and Craft Cocktail Bar
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SD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was great, but place is noisy, too open. our food was basic and bland despite the above than average price. wine selection was expensive. min 55$ for red. would have been ok if food quality matched the wine quality. place was also very drafty. despite outstanding service, will not be recommending or going back.

BP
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, decor and staff. Will definitely return!

CR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, excellent service, and bottomless mimosas can't be beat! Went for brunch with two friends after a night out, and was thrilled with how fast the service was, the quality of the food itself, and the value for money was also excellent.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience in Ottawa! Loved it! Great food and great service.

p
Edmonton
27 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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

p
Edmonton
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

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.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!!

LV
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great! Such a fun spot.

AR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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.

CB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

k
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

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.

M
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

L
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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.

D
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

GV
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

H
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

MB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food3service2ambience2

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!

NS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great diner and fun drinks

SR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

SA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

KL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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.

MP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

MB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

j
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was mediocre. Drinks were fabulous

NG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

RE
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 $.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

j
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

KC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience2

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

LP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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