The Fish Market Restaurant

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Located in the heart of the Byward Market; Ottawa’s first and still most popular fresh fish & seafood restaurant has proudly been serving Ottawa locals and global travelers since 1979. Our Canadian Maritime themed restaurant features fresh Nova Scotia lobster, Alaskan crab legs, salt water shrimp, deep sea scallops, PEI mussels and the best assortment of fresh fish available anywhere. Our menu also offers up a lovely assortment of non fish fare like steak, chicken and pastas and gluten free choices. Booking private events and creating custom menus is our specialty. Our private dinning room seats 48 guests. Enjoy our large selection of vintage wines, classic cocktails, local craft beer and decadent desserts while relaxing in uniquely nautical surrounds. The Fish Fish Experts look forward to seeing you today.
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4.2
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RichardC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Worst night waitress never wrote our order forgot food we ordered
i dont think we will be back at that restaurant
they lost a good customer

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MariC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Looked promising from the outside but not worth the price. The lobster linguine was very heavy on the cream sauce and the rice pilaf was undercooked. Your best bet is to stick with the fish and chips. Service was attentive and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service from Chris.

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StanS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Water dripping onto table from patched drain pipes In ceiling with buckets hung below the pipes. Claimed never happened before but then why the buckets and patches.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a very european experience, really enjoyed tHe atmospHere. tHe music was very cozy and tHe service was decent as well. tHey was good and tHe fires were excellent. would recommend if looking for a fancy nigHt!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food took a long time to prepare and it didn’t taste very good. It wasn’t worth the money this time.

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EmilyS
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Main course was over cooked. We paid for Valentine’s Day dinner. Apps were good, but that expensive main course of lobster, scallops, salmon and shrimp was a huge let down. Overcooked and just not good for what you would expect from a seafood restaurant.

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vipann416
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Ok
Hostess really disorganized and was putting us to sit next to the door with my mom who is in her 70s and it was -30 outside
They said it’s not cold and tried not to. Hey get us another table and room 3 people 5 mins to make a plan

Food came out cold and some warm and super slow
Over priced for what you get

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Rosebop
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The restaurant was freezing, the server was not attentive and sooo slow. The Valentine’s Day dinner was a serving for one that we shared we left cold and hungry over 2 hours later

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MeganR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The surf and turf platter is definitely not big enough for 2 people. & 13$ for 5 very small shrimp tempura is crazy. Every single host was very unorganized and it took a long time to be sat at our table. The tables are WAY to close together, I felt uncomfortable talking to my partner because I felt the person next to us could hear us. We asked to move tables and the host didn't even take a look to see if anything was available, she just bluntly said no. Very unorganized restaurant and we definitely won't be returning

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KenM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The halibut was deep fried and arrived in a basket. Not a pretty sight when celebrating a Valentines Dinner with that special person. It was mushy with little flavour. Should have ordered the citrus salmon, which may have been presented on a plate. Will try a different restaurant next time.

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Philippe
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Love the place! Finishing the week with a great meal is always a plus! :D

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Dayspring
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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SheriT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just as good as I remember

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks Sheri so glad to have you back in! Come back soon for Monday All You Can Eat Mussels :) Barb & Team

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vipDamirB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is not as good as expected. Shrimp was overcooked.

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was phenomenal! Very attentive service and very accommodating to my allergy.

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks Debbie! So glad we took good care of you. We are always happy to accommodate allergies, we take our guests safety seriously. Please join us again soon. Barb & Team

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John
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great evening. Super service and a positive experience overall.

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks John, so glad you enjoyed us! Hope to see you again soon. Barb & Team

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was presented very well. Great quality and taste. Server was pleasant and efficient

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks Robert! So glad you enjoyed us and we took good care of you. Hope to see you again soon. Barb & Team

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Foody
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is the second time we have had dinner here. The first time, the food was great for both my wife and I (she had the halibut and I had the fisherman's stew). This time, mine was good (mussels in tomato sauce), but my wife's was ordinary at best (fish and chips). I had a taste of my wife's, and you could probably do as good at home with frozen fish from a supermarket. We will likely be back for lunch, but probably not for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great. Price is just a little bit too much but ok. The ambience I think in summer time would be great. But because we went there New year’s eve dinner plus it was slushy and snowing outside, it didn’t let me enjoy much the surrounding (Just because of the weather) Overall, almost perfect! I will be recommending of course!

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ArlFLL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted a low key, fairly quiet restaurant with great food - this was spot on. The staff was great.

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks so much ! Barb & Team

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RonS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Will visit again upon my return to Ottawa!

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hi Ron! So glad you enjoyed us, please come back soon! Barb & Team

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LindaH
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food fine service . Enjoyed a meal with friends here recently.

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

thanks so much Linda!! Hope to see you again soon. Barb & Team

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JanetM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can see why The Fish Market has such a wonderful reputation! It might seem odd for Maritimers to go to an inland restaurant for seafood, but we found that once wasn't enough. So enjoyed everything!

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

WOW!!! Janet what a compliment we appreciate your accolades more than you know!! We strive to be the best inland Maritime restaurant possible. Barb & Team

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KellyH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. All meals at table were enjoyed thoroughly. Service was great. Would recommend to anyone.

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks Kelly! We really appreciate your kind words.... please come back soon. Barb & Team

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vipDavid
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fish stew is awesome.

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hi David Thanks so much we are so proud of our New Brunswick Stew! Barb

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow maybe they were busy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It is a little dirty and the food is not so fresh

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ValG
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there with the family for my Mother’s 70th birthday dinner. The service was great, the waitress was very attentive and pleasant. Food was delicious. Would definitely return.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reception was gracious and most courteous a welcoming warm and intimate..the ambient atmosphere was of a lovely casual fine dining trattoria...our waitress gracious and affable, charmingly informative; Our food was amazing! I thank you for this wonderful dining experience.. jca

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CMR1987
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was subpar
Waiter was very rude, condescending. Spoiled our special occasion.

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JenH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was me first time visiting the Fish Market. Highly recommend it! I will be back next time in Ottawa

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TamaraH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding! The food is fresh and delicious, and our food was served quickly after being ordered. Our server, John, was fantastic... very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. 5 stars for sure!

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vipRosieP
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good fresh seafood. Great service.

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gracefullikeagazelle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely warm wood decor. Terribly uncomfortable corner seating. Round table pushed both of us into angular hard surfaces. Service was friendly and very fast. Asked if pepper was available and the micro amount that was ground (with a quick flourish) over the food platters ended up mostly on the table. Note to self: Bring your own pepper grinder next time. We ordered mussels and frites (with leek and mushroom sauce) as main dish and breaded calamari as appetizer, both to share. Neither serving was what would be considered generous. Calamari was crispy and nicely-seasoned. The mussels had average-sized shells with the tiniest amount of meat inside..and I'm from the Bay of Fundy area so maybe I'm spoiled by tablespoon-size mussel meat inside the shell. These mussels were in the teaspoon-size. Sauce was meh. Frites were meh. Not bad but certainly not great. Would I return? Not if I was the person picking up the bill.

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ConR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Last evening of our Ottawa vacation we wanted a nice dinner experience.
Great service fun ambiance varied food selection, even a number of evening specials.
We weren’t rushed food was delivered hot and delicious.

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TonyW
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had supper here twice in 4 days. The menu is biased towards fish, naturally. The restaurant is spacious, has pleasant decor and is relatively quiet. We ate on the ground floor without seeing either into the basement or to the upper floor. So there is a sizeable staff; service was very good. We much enjoyed the food we chose. The restaurant is a cut above the many in the Market area. We were glad to have booked as the restaurant is understandably popular.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall Food was very good. The only complaint is that the vegetables we had were somewhat overcooked.

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AlanH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is excellent and the fresh fish is definitely a must. The customer service was great and seamless throughout a busy Saturday night. The serving staff look after all the needs at the table and promptly delivers refills or other items. The chef really knows their seafood. You will enjoy the experience.

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you so very much for visiting us and the awesome review and rating! We appreciate you taking the time to share :) Kindly Barb & Team

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OpenTable Diner
Hanover
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Der Fisch war völlig durch und vertrocknet, kaum zu genießen und die Knusprige Panade war ein undefinierbares geschmackloses Pulver.
Leider ein Reinfall👎👎👎

The Fish Market Restaurant
Responded on September 10, 2019

Hello thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Our fish is prepared with care and we are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy yours. I hope you made mention to the server and management put things right. If not I invite you to connect with me personally Barb@fishmarket.ca

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