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Sante Restaurant

3.8
319 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Steak
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  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sussex
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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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Entertainment
Wednesday Night Live Jazz
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Special events & promotions
Corporate Groups are welcome. Seating capacity 65.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 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

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1.0Dined on July 18, 2016

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

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1.0Dined 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

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1.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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?

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1.0Dined on June 21, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

We told the waitress it was our anniversary and we received a complimentary bubbly with a floating raspberry....it 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2016

Good food and wine a little pricey was only down side

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2016

It's been some time since I've lunched here. The food continues to be good, not memorable. I was surprised by the price of the entres. Prices were high for the food offered and for lunch items in other restaurants. Will be some time before I return; there are so many options in the same area.

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Let me start by saying that a fine dine restaurant is as much about the excellent food, a labor of love by the chef incharge, as it is about professional, attentive service. While Sante delivered on the former and is very well located-great views and location-the service was terrible for a place of this repute and food quality.
We kept standing at the entrance trying to catch the attention of the 2 passing servers, and not once did they as much as glance to acknowledge us or smile and greet us. Even fast food chains offer service with a smile nowadays! Food took forever to come, but was enjoyable and delicious. The duck Amuse Bouche was fabulous and the main course too was succulent and delicious! Unfortunately the service took away a lot from our rare and treasured night away without kids. This restaurant would do a lot better if they hire professional, well informed knowledgable servers-perhaps from a Hospitality Management graduate program.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2015

It s a new year eve...i dont understand how the jazz band left at 11pm!! Moreover the sitting was wrong we were almost touching the guitar player...our tablr was soo close to the band hence very loud although we love jazz...the food was very good but the prosecco was not at the right temperature

It waa a dispointment for us as we end up having the countdown on a taxi!!!

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

When we arrived, we were immediately asked if we were going to the theatre, which we were. Dinner was perfectly paced so the various dishes were nicely spaces and the meal finished a little before the time we needed to leave so we did not have to rush out.
The food was excellent, as usual. The portions were a nice size and the flavours made the meal delicious.
Service was efficient without being hovering. Our server was friendly and helpful.
This was our third meal at Sante and we will definitely be back for another.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

My wife and i were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary and wanted to find a "nice" place in the Byward Market area to fit the occasion. We checked out just about every restaurant listed in the market online and it either didn't fit the occasion, the menu wasn't to our liking or were greatly overpriced. Sante Restaurant was the last one i found, and my wife and i immediately liked it. The menu was simple but offered some awesome dishes and the price was very reasonable.
My wife and I both had the Mediterranean Discovery Menu, and what a great choice. The flavors were out of this world. Our servers were very friendly and new their stuff.
It was nice for a change to sit and enjoy your supper, we were not rushed at all, and the timing between courses was perfect.
Would we go again, most definitely!
WHAT A FIND!

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2015

This restaurant is located a very short walk from Chateau Laurier. Up on the second floor, it affords a view of Wellington Street, towards Parliament. On a Thursday evening there were only 2 other table occupied, which seemed surprising given the quality of the food. However, service was very slow - it took nearly 3 hours to get through 3 courses.
The food though was great - tasteful and beautifully presented. Our table started with creamy turnip soup, beet salad and caprese salad. For mains, we had vegetarian lasagna, pad thai (served with orange, not lime), and scallops with pork belly. For dessert, creme brulee, pudding au chomeur and chocolate mousse.
If you like surprises and have no food restrictions do try the Chef's Choice menu (3 or 4 courses).

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

This is our go-to place when we are attending the NAC. This particular visit was outstanding! The service by Liz (I think) was great, very attentive but not bothersome. I had the Shrimp Chowder to start, the best soup I've had in a very long time. The broth was very tasty and the shrimp and squid plentiful. I followed that with the Duck done 2 ways, Duck Breast and Duck Confit. It was very, very good. Done to perfection. My first time with Duck, I'll be back! My wife had two appetizers, Focaccia with Feta and Mushrooms and warm Arctic char over salad. She raved about them all evening. There was plenty in the two apps that she didn't miss the entree. This will continue to be out go-to place for the NAC evenings!

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3.0Dined on October 26, 2015

I had the beef with root vegetables. It was cooked just right, rare, and was very tender but I found it lacked taste. The vegetables were outstanding. My friend had vegetable lasagna but it did not have any pasta, instead it had a flaky pastry, more like a vegetable tart. It was good but she was disappointed since she expected lasagna. The service was good, the place is elegant and classy but the food was disappointing.

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1.0Dined on October 24, 2015

My experience was not as good as in the past. The service was really slow and the food not up to the usual syandard.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2015

Lovely dining experience. We will visit again when in Ottawa.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2015

Sante was great, the food was delicious and they were very accommodating. Would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2015

Our meal was supposed to be lemon grass bas3d

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2015

My friend and I always enjoy "catching up" at Santé. The atmosphere is tranquil and relaxed, yet the service always very professional. The food is delicious.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

The food is delicious and very fresh. The server is very nice and friendly. She requested the kichen made a special hamburger for my six year old as there is no kids menu at dinner. Highly appreciated! The restaurant is on second floor of conner of busy streets, next to Fairmont Hotel. It is good view of watching people. It is pretty quiet for a Sunday night during long weekend, but it is very joyful for our family!!

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

I've never had a bad dinner at Sante. I love the location, overlooking Wellington Street, great for people-watching. The wine list emphasizes Canadian wines, so it's a great place to dine if you're visiting our city. Lots of special evenings, too!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2015

The ambiance here is great - quite enough so that you can have a good conversation - making it ideal for either a anniversary dinner or a business lunch where you want to be able to talk across the table without having to raise your voice. Food is all very carefully selected - local produce, organic, healthy. Great selection of wines and friendly and competent service. One of our favorites!

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2.0Dined on August 22, 2015

Something just didn't click here. They really tried to do something special, but just didn't make it. Right away it was odd - there was weird music for dining - a Euro-beat with some cuts that had a deep base that were actually uncomfortable at times. (Although overall the restaurant was quiet and easy for conversation.) We shared the scallops/kale salad appetizer - much of the kale was too tough to eat. I like raw kale, but you need to use baby kale, or massage it, and definitely cut out the stems. The salmon entree was very good. The pork belly pasta was just okay - a bit salty, and just not interesting.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2015

Excellent everything. Will be returning every August and for Valentines/Anniversary

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2015

Santé is going through some changes. Its menu has already changed significantly from its former Asian-fusion incarnation. I gather from the staff that there will be additional changes forthcoming.

It is probably to be expected that when a restaurant goes through changes like that, there will be hiccups. Saturday evening when I dined there, there were certainly hiccups. I ordered bottled sparkling water and was astonished to be informed that they had none. They did their best to make it right by obtaining some club soda from the next door spa, for which they did not charge me. When it came time to order food, I placed my order and was told that they had been unable that day to prepare the item I had ordered, although it was still on the menu. I ordered something else, a strip loin, which was well prepared. I will add that the hostess and waiter gave excellent polished service, which somewhat mitigated the aforementioned rough spots.

Perhaps I just happened to dine on an off-night for Santé. I hope that is the case for the sake both of Santé and its customers, because I would like to see Santé get the opportunity to reinvent itself and thrive.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2015

Good food very interesting beer list. Very attentive service.

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