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Sante Restaurant

319 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Sante Restaurant and Art Gallery offers casual elegance and superb food in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Lofty windows overlooking Sussex and Rideau and a casually elegant atmosphere creates the perfect choice for both business and pleasure. The contemporary and globally inspired cuisine offers classic Mediterranean, fresh seafood, steaks and locally sourced fresh ingredients. Santé offers a constantly evolving and exclusive collection of exquisite wines- Rich Europeans, Napa Valley Reserves with a focus on regional blends. Patrons have a unique opportunity to view as well as purchase art work from our ever changing display showcasing professional local artists.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Steak, Vegetarian / Vegan, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(613) 241-7113
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Guerra
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking available which is free after 5:30pm. Many Public parking lots with availability just steps away from the restaurant.
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Public transit
Located just steps away from all major bus routes in the city.
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Wednesday Night Live Jazz
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Special events & promotions
Corporate Groups are welcome. Seating capacity 65.
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 319 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MariaP (Ottawa)
1.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

they were closed. no notice , no warning . we got there abs were greeted by closed door. their phone is longer in service and the website is down

LouiseF (Ottawa)
1.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

This restaurant is no longer in business - get with it guys!!!!

AndreD (Ottawa)
1.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Do not bother to get ratings for this restorant, we had a reservation but got there and the restaurant was closed on a Friday night

IanB (Ottawa)
1.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

Went to restaurant
it wasn't even open i guessed it been closed since the sink hole. Very disappointed in this restuarant. I have eaten there and had such great experience

KatharineG (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Your site is a big sham. Luckily, I phoned Santè beforehand and found the phone line was not in service.

I then phoned their adjacent Spa Holtz and learned that the restaurant was still closed because of a giant sinkhole that opened in the street in early June, cutting off access to water supply lines , etc. They are still in process of getting city and health permits in place to re-open.
Fortunately, I live in Ottawa and know the area and the owners, so alerted them to this issue.

How could you tell me that I had a confirmed reservation in a closed restaurant?

RetoI (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on June 21, 2016

The restaurant is closed !!!! Bad surprise. Why is this restaurant still on your site ?

CathyG (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

We were celebrating our anniversary, and our server was kind enough to offer us glasses of sparkling wine. We had the 4 course Mediterranean dinner, it was excellent, although to call it Mediterranean would be a stretch.

jexovine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2016

A nice spot. Easy to access location. Interesting menu, and the presentations were very good. Great flavor. Good variety. Nice staff. Flexible and innovative. Nice satisfying meal. We will return.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
3.0  Dined on May 2, 2016

I've been to several times over the year, and usually the service is much better. The food is always good, though sometimes the portions are a little lacking, the meat dishes. This time there was a singer and a guitarist, and the closest table was about fourteen people. Not only did they get great service, at the expense of the rest of the but the singer only visited their table between sets, so nobody else had the to buy her cds, which she was autographing.

LoupC (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

We told the waitress it was our anniversary and we received a complimentary bubbly with a floating was delicious and very thoughtful! The 5 courses were all very tasty and fun. The only negative, if you will, would be the fact we took the wine pairing but nothing was really explained, it just didn’t feel special. We were expecting to be wowed with the explanation of each wine choice. Other than that, the service was great, it was a wonderful evening.

Chantal (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2016

Le site web mentionne que tous les mercredis il y a des musiciens jazz et malheureusement, ce mercredi, il n'y avait aucun musicien. Lors de la réservation, aucune mention à cet effet et ni sur le site web. Vérifier avant de réserver si vous désirez de la musique live.

No musicians and no notice on web site.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

When we were first seated, a large party was just arriving, without asking our hostess asked if we would like to move to another table on the other side of the room. The great service continued throughout the evening. The meal was well plated and very tasty, priced well. Thank you for a nice experience.

OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

This is one of my wife's favourite restaurants, so it was a natural pick for out fourth anniversary. She enjoyed all of her items very much. I was less impressed with my main course, but the other items ranged from very good to excellent.
For the first 90 minutes of our meal the atmosphere was relaxed. Our server was wonderfully attentive and humorous. However, toward the latter part of our meal, a DJ showed up and began playing loud music. It seemed more appropriate for a shopping mall than intimate dining and destroyed the mood.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2016

Wonderful quiet gourmet dinner - because it was a Tuesday night, I guess. The food was really good and the presentation was amazing.
Thanks for a great evening.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Table was not ready; entrée was forgotten; music- vinyl Fridays should be a Tuesday. Food was just ok.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on February 29, 2016

I had the eggplant parmesan and it was very tasty and surprisingly filling for a vegetarian dish. It came with an assortment of mini vegetables, cut into tiny squares which were well seasoned and spiced nicely. Very satisfying meal accompanied by a medium red wine.
The bread was fall-apart fresh.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
1.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Went to sante as our first date night since the birth of our son. After waiting ten minutes and still no sign of our server we left.
We will not return and would not recommend to any friends.
We did however have a wonderful time at milestones next door.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

I've always liked this restaurant and the fact that they opened especially for Valentine's Day Sunday was a sign that things could only be great. And it was. Four course meal was superb.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

Great meal and great service. Would go back again next time I visit Ottawa.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2016

Good food and wine a little pricey was only down side