Grill 41

3.9
168 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Steak
Grill Forty One restaurant is located in the Lord Elgin Hotel, in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Its fine dining menu, upscale decor and extensive wine selection will be sure to impress you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 168 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on all time ratings
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3.9
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3.6
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JoanneL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great ambious was a little loud the language of other guessed was a not the best he said the "F" too many times.

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SandraH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience and we guarantee that we will be coming back for more. The atmosphere was very joyful and the setup was beautiful. We were very blessed by the service. The meal was exceptional. Can't wait for when you reopen. Wishing you and staff a very Blessed New Year. May you stay safe
My prayers for you and staff will always be one of joy, peace and laughter.
God Bless you today and always.
Sandra

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RogerD
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a great evening. The service was great the food was really good. All in all it was a great way to spend Christmas.

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vipBonApetit
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had the Christmas Eve menu. Food wasn’t great and the decor is gloomy. Not much choice that night but for a regular dinner out I’d pass

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NancyW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I hate to leave bad reviews but we were only in Ottawa for one night and I think that someone hijacked TripAdvisor. It just wasn't good but I think things were just opening after being closed for a while.

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SkitzyMcFritoes
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful. Our server, Sue, was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Place was dead empty

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vipNathanL
Ottawa
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio supper was great...every time I go to this place I am reminded of how great it is. Stop by and have some food you'll enjoy it! We had simple stuff but it was well done. I had the Brisket sandwich and my wife had the Steak Frite. We'd order either again in a heartbeat.

Grill 41
Responded on August 7, 2020

NathanL, Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal with us. Hopefully we will see you back on our patio soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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Foody
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food quality was very good. The presentation of the caesar salad blew me away!

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ChristianJ
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Band was playing but was too loud for the space. Food was great. Prices a little high.

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KathyB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very enjoyable Valentines Day experience. They had a lovely 4 course dinner menu with a great choices.
It was more food then I could eat and I enjoyed each course. My only disappointment was that my steak was not cooked to medium rare. It was more medium to well done.
The restaurant was buzzing and it was a busy evening. The service was very good dispute the many dinner reservations. We felt a little rushed with the speed of each course coming out. Not rushed to leave the restaurant but just food coming out too soon, one course after another.
A unexpected touch which we enjoyed was the little band playing live music in the background and they decorated the tables beautifully for Valentines Day.
Overall a very nice experience.

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BillP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The initial ambiance was nice, with a card with our name on the table, menus in place, etc. But the food and noise level was not up to the mark for a good restaurant, especially on Valentine's night. But when I wanted to order a la carte (I have to eat gluten-free) the server balked at this, and finally agreed after going to the maitre d'.
The chef needs to go back to chef school. My wife and i ordered our steaks medium; mine came well-done and hers was rare. When he asked how the food was, I pointed mine out to our server, who apologized and gave me a free dessert. My wife was too embarrassed to say anything, and shouldered her way through hers.
The live music that came later was far too loud. The couple next to us complained, then took their food up to their room to eat. The food was otherwise good, but in general things were not up to a five star hotel.

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AbsintheThinker
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My first visit to Grill 41. Very pleased with the atmosphere, service and fare.
We were seated adjacent to a window overlooking Elgin Street and Confederation Park. SO nice.
My dinner guest on this evening had a few minor dietary issues. The service staff and the food prep people were extremely open and accommodating to her special requests.
We felt comfortable and welcomed; taking our own sweet time with ordering, and lingering.
The music selection was excellent, and the volume perfect!
The entire event was enjoyable.

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Foody
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job providing service while in an important meeting. Well done.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was good but overall ambiance does not match the menu. Felt like a hotel restaurant .... and not a 4 star hotel. Just felt odd and it was not cheap. All I can say is odd , a mismatch of food and atmosphere

Grill 41
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We are always looking for ways to improve and grow our restaurant. We are currently working with a contractor to bring improvements. Hopefully we will see you back at Grill 41 soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett

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Foody
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a meeting. The service and food is the best in Ottawa!

Grill 41
Responded on February 12, 2020

Foody, Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We hope to see you back soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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Ponsie
Toronto
68 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointed in my restaurant selection
Food cold and over cooked. Service slow. Young lady didn’t know how to open wine bottle. I send up dong it.
Really a hotel restaurant and nothing better
It was a mistake

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CaroleR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had breakfast here two years in a row and will definitely go back. The Benedict Florentine is very good.

Grill 41
Responded on February 3, 2020

CaroleR, Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our breakfast. We hope to see you back next year for your annual visit. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always. They seemed to be having an issue with the draught beer was very warm. Even though there was no ciders on the menu, the waiter went and found a couple of cans for a GF intolerance

Grill 41
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review our Grill 41. As a result of your comments on Saturday night it was discovered that we needed a new pump for our draught so it was repaired early Sunday morning. We hope it wasn't too much of an inconvenience. We hope to see you back at Grill 41 soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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MichaelI
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Surprisingly not busy during the downtown lunch hour. The atmosphere was perfect for carrying on a conversation, which was the primary reason for my choosing this place. The food is of quite high quality with food portions smaller than your typical roadhouse fare while pricing slightly higher than same.

Grill 41
Responded on January 28, 2020

Michaell, Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We are thrilled that the atmosphere worked for you luncheon. Hopefully we will see you back again soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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HeatherK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Ambiance less than I would have expected. Service mediocre. Some orders got mixed up but were made good on. Long time waiting for coffee cream, of all things!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection and variety of food!. We did the Christmas Day brunch and was magnificent. Service was incredible and the ambience was festive and jolly.
One of the best meals we had in our trip, kids were happy and satisfied with the selection and my wife and I had a great time eating and talking about our plans for the day.

Grill 41
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your food and service. Hopefully we will see you back in the new year! True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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ConstanceG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was cold, the mini pancakes were hard, the coffee was cold and very strong.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We did the Christmas Eve selection. We have to send back a steak because it was undercook but we realize the waiter never asked us for our cooking preference..
I also got the fly if wines with my dinner but the drinks came always late and the Pinot noir that was supposed to be with the meat only arrived after we reminded our waiter.
Thus kind of defeated the purpose of having a different wine with each meal since all of them were one meal late except the Prosecco.

Grill 41
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a specific review for Grill 41. Specific feedback such as this allowed us to make improvements to our service. We used your comments with the team to make sure tables on our New Years Eve celebration did not have the same result. We appreciate your comments and hopefully we will see you back at Grill 41 in the new year. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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AlyK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Christmas eve dinner.

Grill 41
Responded on January 6, 2020

AlyK, Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal and service on Christmas eve. Hopefully we will see you back at Grill 41 soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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fussydiner
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Sadly, we were disappointed with the ambience and the food. On the plus side, location is good if you are attending a show at the NAC afterwards, which is what prompted us to book.

Grill 41
Responded on January 6, 2020

fussydiner, Thank you for filling out the online review. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy our ambience and the food prepared for you. We will be taking a closer look to see how we can improve our ambience in the coming weeks, especially before Valentine's Day. Thank you again for your feedback and have a happy new year! True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were excellent. We always enjoy eating a meal in this fancy restaurant in the luxurious Lord Elgin Hotel.

Grill 41
Responded on January 6, 2020

PeterS, Thank you for taking the time to give us a favourable review. We are overjoyed that you have enjoyed your experience and hopefully we will see you back soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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Ottawawinter
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For all it's advertisement of chef-prepared meals, Grill 41 was a total disappointment. My ziti pasta was nothing more than tomato sauce from a can with what seemed like packaged meatballs, all of which wad bland tasting and not worth the price on the menu. There were several long periods without attention from the waiter, not even to refill water, and the dining room was and packed with people with small, loud children. If Denny's or Olive Garden is your thing, Grill 41 is for you.

Grill 41
Responded on January 6, 2020

Ottawawinter, We are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy the food or the service. We have shared your comments with our team so they understand the impact of the small steps, such as refilling water, that make a difference. We do make our tomato sauce and our meatballs from scratch so we have shared the comments with our kitchen team to be sure the recipe is appropriate. With this specific feedback we are able to make changes to our service and our food. For this we are grateful.

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briano
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our snack at the restaurant prior to attending the NAC for the Messiah.
we will be back.

Grill 41
Responded on December 25, 2019

Briano, Thank you for taking the time to fill out a review of Grill 41. We are glad that you will be coming back! True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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Ann1
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My friend and I enjoyed our meal at Grill 41. Our waiter was superb, gracious, understanding and helpful. The menu is short and to the point, and some of it is pricey. We both chose the steak frites and mine was absolutely perfect. The spicy mayo made the fries perfection and the steak was perfectly medium and melted in my mouth. My friend's steak, however, had stringy bits of gristle here and there...we know it was the luck of the draw but would expect more consistency at this level of restaurant. We both had wines by the glass that pleased us well, and a very special coffee for dessert which tasted really, really good.

Grill 41
Responded on December 20, 2019

Ann1, Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. Specific reviews like yours help us fine tune our food and service. We hope to see you back at Grill 41 soon. Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

Grill 41
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review Grill 41. We are glad you enjoyed the service. Hopefully we will see you back again soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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DebT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was cordial and genuine, food was fresh and tasty. Always a pleasure!

Grill 41
Responded on December 18, 2019

DebT, Thank you very much for reviewing Grill 41. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal and service. Hopefully we will see you back soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service.

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CatherineZ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Théâtre tickets afterwards

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Confusion and in-attentive table waiter and waitress couldn't decide who was getting us as guests (nice welcome), then we asked for paramsan cheeze for our pasta dishes ($25 a dish) and this was an inconvenience and waiter had to "ask the kitchen". Complete zombie staff and poor showing on all levels. Do not eat here - waste of money.... and made to feel like you're inconveniencing the staff there.

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Happycouple
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Grill 41 seems to be trying to re-invent themselves. We had not been prior but had booked concert tickets and wanted to enjoy dinner prior. The location near the National Arts Center was outstanding but the kitchen appeared not to be prepared for the rush. The food was very good but the delay for our main prompted us to ask for our pre-booked desert and our bill all at once so that we could get to the venue on time. We will try it again but hope that they plan better for events nearby.

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JohnR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there a year ago, and found good substandard...was kindly sent a gift certificate which I used this past week. Our 9th year in a row at Grill 41 for lunch with former employees. The Chef's seafood chowder was amazing and the chow mein very flavourful. Will be back for sure. Thank you.

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MollieS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Disappointed because we chose things off the menu on website but they weren’t being offered in restaurant. You need to update website to reflect new menu.

Entertainment on Friday evening very good but a little loud for talking.

Food and service was good. Thank you.

Grill 41
Responded on November 20, 2019

MollieS, Thank you for taking the time to fill out the review. We are terribly sorry that our menus were not updated in time for your reservation. We hope to be able to welcome you back soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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JBlonde
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and I will highly recommend your restaurant.

Grill 41
Responded on October 30, 2019

JBlonde, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back to Grill 41 soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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KarenE
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was quite busy the service was excellent as was the food. We will be back!

Grill 41
Responded on October 30, 2019

KarenE, Thank you for taking the time to fill out the review. We can't wait to welcome you back soon. True regards, Jennifer Merrett Director of Food and Beverage

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Grill 41 using the Order Online button. Grill 41 also offers delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Grill 41 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 569-2126.

Grill 41 is rated 3.9 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.