Grounded Kitchen

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Grounded has a ‘made-from-scratch’ philosophy - from the homemade 57 sauce to the DIY concrete bar top. Our name says it all!

Grounded features an entirely made-from-scratch kitchen prepared by culturally inspired chefs with a passion for great food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pair your meal with a local craft beer, cocktail, or vintage wine. We’re fully licensed in the dining room, the chef’s kitchen, and our street-side terrace. With a space composed using repurposed and reclaimed materials, Grounded’s inventive décor creates a unique atmosphere that feels like home!
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MH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Former colleagues meeting for lunch, we were happy to be able to make a reservation (Open Table). We had a vegetarian in our group and there were lots of vegetarian options. Quite disappointed when two of us ordered the Tuna and Shrimp Poke bowl, only to have the waitress come back to say they didn't have any left. It was only noon, and a main feature of their menu wasn't available? We ordered the Super Food Salad instead. It was very good, although the Goji berries were quite hard and stuck in my teeth. A different 'sweet' option would improve the 'eatability'.
It was a very chilly day and one of the waitresses closed the door to the patio, for which we were grateful. It was still very cool in the restaurant, though, and most of us kept our jackets or sweaters on.
One of our group ordered hot tea, to warm up. It came in a mug with an infusion cup. When she took the tea out after steeping, the level of tea in the mug dropped significantly. She would have liked more hot water, but the waitress didn't come back for her to order it. Providing the tea in a teapot, instead of just a mug, or brining a pot of hot water, would provide more value.
The ambiance and decor is fun and energetic, however it was becoming too loud to be heard around our small table by the time we left at the end of lunch. Adding some sound-dampening measures would be great.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the cool, tasty tables of downtown. Chill vibes, always good food, unpretentious and cool at the same time. Recommended.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay...nothing special but not much of a selection

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Server got one order wrong but was corrected very quickly. It was the busiest I have seen and the noice level was quite high at an inside middle table. Overall a great experience

PJ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in the city of Ottawa. Perfect place to go out with friends, or co-workers after work and have a delicious bite with a cool beverage. Fairly casual setting that has a "community" vibe.

CB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED the meal we had. Sandwich of the day and salad. Had trouble with the online menu (we were sitting outside and are technically challenged). Service was great.
We will be back again.

KH
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Grounded. One of my favorite places. The food is always fresh, the serving team is quick and having an outdoor patio as an option is really great.

A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a lunch with a friend! I have been here before and fell in love with the house smoked lean bacon sandwich. It was perfectly cooked the first time and very lean. The second visit, it was very fatty, I actually asked for a plate and knife to cut the fat away, which meant I had to take the sandwich apart, remove the fat and make the sandwich again.

I think if you suggest lean as the operative word in describing the bacon- there should be no fat, especially enough to fit into a side plate. So I’m not sure I’ll go back and it’s because of the inconsistency.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Mixed drinks are really $$$. Food is very good. Service is fine. It gets rocking loud in that room, it’s impossible to talk, y’all could use some acoustic treatment

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Although my salad was tasty, it was extremely expensive. $17 super salad, add $8 for chicken plus tax and tip was $32. Yikes!

PL
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a great spot for lunch, very lively and food was absolutely delicious. Everyone enjoyed their food, thank you!

KH
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a fan of Grounded. Breakfast, lunch, dinner even cocktails after work. This is a go to place for me.

i
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is good, service is excellent, price is very reasonable. Only down side is noise. It gets very very noisy during lunch time.

CC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very chill, great food and drink. A very happy Happy Hour!!

B
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Cool vibe but lots of things to improve upon including size of drinks, politeness of service and noise levels!

LK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service (made us feel special) and great food!

r
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was happy I was able to make a lunch reservation the same day since I know it can be busy to accommodate. The meal we ordered (fish) was alright. It lacked seasoning. The brownie dessert was really good.

SK
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took one of my most trusted colleagues there- it was actually for my birthday. The food was excellent and when we walked in they were playing What A Feeling...so we were already groovin’!
Service was great, and all food delicious (and so quick) we got to enjoy more time chatting.

We will return...we decided to make it our monthly meeting spot.
Thanks so much for being so fantastic at what you do.
PS the coffee was THAT good and THAT strong we thought we’d had two glasses of wine. :)

MB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Mike and Amir for a super lunch! Food, ambiance and service amazing!

J
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service! I would recommend anyone to Grounded.

S
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely delicious as always, the pork and soba noodle dish was just sublime

PD
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Not as good as last. The food was good, but not excellent.

AB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

It was just too crowded and too noisy. It was hard to have a decent conversation with my friend.

F
Ottawa
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grounded was the perfect spot to meet my friend for a celebratory lunch for her engagement! The atmosphere was bumpin and our food (pork belly and tuna poke) was yummy. Our server was super nice; despite how busy it was he didn’t rush us to order, letting us linger over our bubbly. They gave us a sweet corner table by the window and had a high chair ready for my baby too. Looking forward to coming back!

N
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Bad experience, seating bad, service bad, food bad.

H
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff at Grounded were fabulous and provided our group top notch service. Thanks Mike and Justin! We were loud group of 9 total. The staff were patient with us and accommodated all our needs. The food was delicious. Perfect ambience and the 90s hip hop music was the cherry on top! Will definitely visit again.

CR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I have to many people in the past, this time my answer, it pains me to say, would be a no.

JM
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visit to a real gem of a place. We enjoyed a great bottle of wine, fabulous mushroom arancini appetizer and great Tuna Poke. Tasty and reasonable quantities. Although it was a little loud because it was a very busy Friday evening, we were seated in a quieter corner and carefully cared for. Good food, good value and we'll be back for sure.

CO
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chill atmosphere, great selection of local brews, great unique eats and incredibly good service.

PK
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Chicken parm sandwich - bread with breading of the parm was too much carbs.., perhaps select a different bread or use a wrap??

SK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolutely wonderful birthday dinner I had here with my family. The food, drink, atmosphere, service, everything was top notch!! We can’t wait to go back!! Thank you to the awesome owners for making this dinner so memorable!

RB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice place with nice staff , I would be back for sure .

RM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grounded Kitchen is unique it has a different vibe that's really neat
the food fabulous not a big menu but obviously an excellent chef as the
taste of the food is just fabulous. This is my go to place now.

SS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. The acoustics in the restaurant are not ideal. Everyone at the table commented that it would have been a more pleasant experience if the restaurant played more jazz/lounge-like music.

RM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, friendly service and warm atmostphere.

L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing and the food was good. It was ridiculously loud, however, and meant we had to shout at one another. Would like a few more cozy corners.

B
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

reservation for 10 for breakfast. Served quickly, food was great, served relatively quickly, server was new, but did a great job.
The only complaint I heard from the group was that the coffee was bitter.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very happily surprised with our meal here. I ordered the house burger and my partner ordered the hand-made pasta. He wasn't a fan of the pasta but I really liked it and we both loved the burger. We also split a poutine to start which was very good. They season their fries really well even in the poutine, and the gravy was top notch. I got the white wine sangria which was sweet but not too much so and had a really nice blend of flavours. We went on a Wednesday night so it was very quiet, but from the decoration and general vibe of the place (awesome bear mural by the way, that thing is so cool I really wanted to touch it) I wouldn't think it gets too rowdy. Both the host and the waitress were awesome and the seating is great too, very comfy. We'll definitely be back!

CL
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and great service! This is our go-to stop for lunch.

C
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot. Great food and ambiance. Wings are a must try

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