Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

4.5
922 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
Inspired by the street food of Southeast Asia, SIDEDOOR Restaurant offers an elegant, sharing-style dining experience sure to bring people together. Available for dine-in or takeout, we are renowned for our fresh, local produce and our unique use of exotic spices and ground curries. Chef Ben Landreville has created a tantalizing menu, placing an emphasis on Asian-inspired tacos and main dishes. Don't forget to end your dining experience with warm, hand-made donuts sure to please your sweet tooth!

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MagaliK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great place to be! Food was amazing and I’ll definitely go back there.

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Daddy2dine
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Flavours were spot on. Wait staff were friendly and accommodating.

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NewYearFiancee
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food. Service was good. The appetizers were a bit pricey for the quantity but otherwise had a great time.

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elenad
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Fusion cuisine. I would recommend ordering and sharing multiple appetizers. Their sidedoor cocktail is amazing.

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Aleksandra
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, however, I consider it's slightly overpriced. Service was relatively slow. Liked the interior design.

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

It was very difficult to make a reservation. We reserved online and then two hours before, the restaurant called us and didn’t leave a message so we played phone tag with them, not knowing if we even had a reservation or if they were open. I called back many times and sometimes no one answered and sometimes I was left on hold.

Food was great, service was great, drinks were really great. But the reservation issue added a tonne of stress

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KarenH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will not be able to go to Ottawa again without dining at this restaurant! Amazing drinks, service and food: you MUST get the appetizer pancake! Thank you for one of the top dining experiences of my life :)

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Fabi
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was excellent. My cocktail was delicious. Service : very fast and in a hurry to close. The nice dinning room with a lost of windows was very cold... kinda ruined it for me.

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JadeM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were on point. They never disappoint.

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Emilie
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks and great ambiance. Their tacos are to die for!

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A91mp7e
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We showed up at noon (opening time) and the staff was ready to greet us and have us seated. Drink and appetizer recommendations were on-point. Great tasting food, good cocktails, and quick service, combined with cozy modern-chic ambience - one of the best places for a date, social outing in Ottawa's Byward market.

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Karla
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish we tried was delicious and well plated. The service was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely be returning to try other dishes as there were more tempting options than we could eat in one visit.

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PatriciaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa. Every dish on the fusion based menu is exceptional. I can’t wait to come back again.

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love2eat
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing - I believe what I ate would be called Asian fusion. There are lots of dishes with nuts though, so as I am allergic that limited the dishes I could choose from. The atmosphere is lovely; there is an arboretum and that was the seating location of choice. The service was very good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, the service was as exceptional as always. Atmosphere is always posh yet cozy.
Definitely remains a favorite.

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ShelleyM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Beautiful presentation. Fun contemporary atmosphere. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Great place to dine with friends.

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vipNLHLB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food and cocktails were amazing. Service horrible.

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CarolineS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It seems Sidedoor was short staffed when we had lunch there yesterday. Service was very slow and inattentive. Coffee was not hot. We love this restaurant. This was not the best visit!

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AliceB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good expérience!
Thé staff was very professionnel and attentive.

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KimB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday dinner and the three of us truly enjoyed our dining experience. Our server Joanna,was amazing, we felt that she could have come with us as we celebrated, very professional. KUDOS TO YOU ALL

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Sparkolicious99
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently good and the ambiance nice. It got a bit noisier as the night wore on but didn't bother us much at all. Awesome cocktails!

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PamH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to share a meal with friends. Never feel rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were traveling and found Sidedoor as a place to eat nearby our hotel with great reviews so we decided to try it! This experience was by far one of the best we have had from the waitress to the environment and

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tbmbor
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

fries- burnt, sauce poor flavour

mapo tofu - spice overtakes the flavour of the dish - can not take mushrooms etc due to the overhanded use of spice

- if going to have overly spicy dish - then have another vegetarian option for the main ( FYI i am a person who likes very spicy food but this was a poor use of spicy)
- should have non-dairy milk option for coffee

FYI - prior to pandemic - side door was the go to restaurant for many various groups of my friends but now I will not be going there as one of the first choices

the service was wonderful, restaurant was clean but the food was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

First time to this restaurant and would be my last the food was bland and felt like you were sitting in the basement of a night club sitting next to the coat rack. The pictures online are deceiving it isn’t what you would expect.

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Tracy
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We shared three dishes - Sichuan eggplant, tuna tataki and the dumplings, and found two of the dishes very salty. The eggplant was also quite tough. The dumplings were ok but nothing special and there is certainly better in Ottawa. All in all, we won’t be back as there are better options.

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JulietH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing place to go for any occasion. We tried pretty much everything and each dish and drink were better than the one before. 100/10 would recommend to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sidedoor never let’s us down. The food is on-point, the staff and service are excellent and the location and ambiance is perfect!

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Noodle
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I go back here for our anniversary every year. The food is great and the service is always friendly. The braised beef consistently impresses, and the Vietnamese pancake and green papaya salad were perfect starters.

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Lilia
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG on a adoré la nourriture. C'est la version la plus fancy des mets asiatiques qu'On pourra goûter. Plein de saveur, de bons produits. Chaque plat était unique avec mille et une saveurs. Nos papilles dégustatives se sont régalées.
Calmari, super super bon avec la meilleure sauce au MONDE
Vietnamese Pancake : OMG the best of the best
Striploin : un des meilleurs qu'on a goûté
Gong Bao Chicken : Excellent
Noodles : très bons. La version sauce piquante est sur le top du plat so si vous aimez pas ça trop piquant, il suffit de ne pas mélanger sinon optez pour les noodles non piquantes.
Le dessert : des beignes encore chaudes et délicieuses.

On revient, c'est sûr!

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ClaudeG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately, this didn't work out great: One member of our party had lots of trouble being serve a plate with no (zero!) hot spices and no cilantro. We were told no spices/cilantro but it seems the kitchen could not quite deliver. Also, dishes were not served to all members of our party (4) at the same time. Beyond this, the food was excellent and our waiter did a fine job managing a difficult situation. The lesson seems to be very careful about this restaurant if someone in your party cannot tolerate hot spices nor cilantro. We would recommend with this caveat.

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Waited over 15 minutes for anyone to start our table, which was next to the kitchen service line. Our table was sticky. My husbands chopsticks were not cleaned. The servers congregated at the service counter to yell and holler and high five - the really tall server was telling stories about his idea of what peace means, then he told stories about his relationship and why it didn’t work out. The restaurant manager also engaged in this crazy annoying activity - and only once asked one of his servers to not lean on the half wall that was our table because his head was basically on our table. Our server forgot to order my husbands main course - so we had one other main sitting on our table getting cold. We saw our server 2 times and couldn’t get anyone’s attention help us. We should have left. Very disappointing experience.

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Chanteclare
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are not from Ottawa and booked after looking at the website. Wonderful location and lots of help for me (I was using a walker, with an air cast). Great food and loved the donuts at the end. A great restaurant and one we'll recommend to friends and family.!

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Anonymous
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really liked the restaurant. Very good service and amazing ambiance. Food was delicious, but I don’t recommend the gong bao chicken as the sauce was not “sweet and sour” it tasted almost like gravy. Everything else (tacos, wings, calamari) is a 10/10

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misha
Manitoba
30 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a little oversalted to my taste, food came quickly. could have more ontario craft brewers, diabetic choices. over all very good.

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CatherineA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely staff, very comfy surroundings.

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Milene
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The tuna tar tar, fish tacos and panang dishes were delicious. Kudos to the chef!

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stefburch
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Came in for my 21st birthday with my family; food was extraordinary as per usual, and service was good as well! Started off a little slow in getting our drinks but otherwise an excellent night. 100% recommend! So worth the money.

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vipJeremieY
Montreal
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic date night. Tasty small plates. Great vibe! Thanks

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SylvieD
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbly tasty lunch…the braised beef is amazing as is the beef tataki. The service was very pleasant and the atmosphere relaxing. Overall, it’s a great spot for lunch

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Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 922 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.