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Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar, Ottawa, ON

Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

4.3
4.3
944 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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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 562-9331

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Landreville

  • Private party facilities

    With it's grand space, private room, semi-private bar and stone walls SIDEDOOR is a great place for anything from a corporate event, family gathering to a wedding or rehearsal dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Candace Power: (877) 878-4234

  • Neighborhood

    ByWard Market

  • Cross street

    Sussex

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 944 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ottawa

    Good for Groups

  • Ottawa

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. k

    kidfromthefarm

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Had been here before and enjoyed it. This time the food was mediocre. Menus were dirty. Feels like it needs a refresh and attention to detail.

  2. M

    Maxwell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    really great food, and our waitress was lovely! had a great time :) we also sat outside and I loved the area we were in

  3. NA

    NeverAgain

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    I have been a repeat customer, it was one of our favourite places. Not anymore. We wanted a specific cocktail that was on the menu and they said they don’t have it. For the appetizer we were served weekend leftovers, extremely dry pulled pork on the tacos. When I told the server about it there was no reaction whatsoever. The service was slow despite the fact there were very few customers. Also we expressed interest in the patio but nobody thought to offer us to move there. The food is extremely expensive and we don’t think it is worth $100 per person for a cocktail, a small appetizer and a small main course. I doubt we will be going back.

  4. IR

    IsRa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    Your tacos could use more toppings. A little bland.

  5. DV

    DinoV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The decor and ambiance in the restaurant was amazing. Our server was awesome. Very helpful and great sense of humour. Most importantly the food was incredible. Even the wine recommended to us was perfect. We will definitely return when back in Ottawa.

  6. S

    Sonia

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    As many others,we had bad service. The main course was served almost cold at 10pm and the kitchen was closing. Otherwise, the food is very good.

  7. G

    Genny

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    It was overall good. We had tacos and bao buns to start and then the Cod with a side of greens. The apps were amazing! So delicious. The Cod was magnificent. The greens were definitely too salted and just swam in soy sauce which made it hard to enjoy. Sautéed greens would have been much better. Service was somewhat slow and underwhelming, however. We ordered wine and they were out of that one. It took them around 15min to tell us that and help us out for another selection. They also kind of forgot about our main course and we waited around 30 minutes between our apps and the main course. Communication between kitchen/bar and service staff wasn’t the best and it was felt.

  8. XD

    XanderD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I came here for anniversary. So here’s the thing seafood platter delicious no complaints. Now here comes the kick the ramen main. Pork belly was extra burnt. Noodles were clumpy and the black miso it was contained in wasn’t hot. Unfortunately I can tell the person making it put in some effort but it was to no avail. I’ve had many a ramen in Ottawa and this one was not it.

  9. MR

    MarcR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    I live in Toronto and come from the hospitality industry. You would not live long here. Arriving from Quebec city. Terrible service by comparison and according to my standards. Waiter in jeans and in slow motion. Lack of service. 1/2 hr to get a drink after ordering. You would have sold me two glass of wine instead of 1 with a prompt service. Where is the manager? 1/2 hr to get our dishes but that's an OK wait had we had our drinks. Good food but cold food. Needed to remind the waiter to bring a third plate for a third party. I realized it was lunch time on a sunny day and that your terrasse filled up in 15 minutes or so. But still. Get your act together. I would go back cause the food is good, fairly priced for Ottawa, but at this point, would never recommend your establishment.

  10. F

    Foodie

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    This place was over priced and the service was terrible. They forgot one of our food item and we had to wait 30 mins after finishing our food to get that item Waited for a long time to be seated and order taken. The pork belly was so fatty and poor cut of meat for $20! The braised beef was so dry. The duck tasted dry and not fresh. The papaya salad was soak in the sauce And didn't taste fresh. The dumpling was so salty. For the price it was not worth the money.

  11. b

    britishman1

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    Food was good… waiter was not. We were sat at a patio table which we had asked for. Given only 1 set of cutlery for 2 people. Had to ask 3 servers before ours showed up. Had to ask to move inside as the tables were way too close together and the table behind us were screaming (not the restaurants fault) once we moved inside it was lovely. Food was good but the waiter just seemed like he didn’t want to be there.

  12. K

    Kevinw

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Very uneven service. The delivery of the dishes was sort of all over the place and one of our items was never delivered. Food was generally good, but one dish was really too spicy to be enjoyable at all. Sides meant to be eaten with dishes were only delivered after we had eaten the dish in question. Wouldn’t recommend at this price level. Waitress did apologize, but didn’t offer anything in exchange for poor service.

  13. GC

    GayC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun menu. The beef tacos were excellent as was the papaya salad, a must. Even if you are not a desert fan, you must try the amazing, freshly cooked donuts. they were absolutely delicious.

  14. S

    S1m0n

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best duck tacos in town Excellent service Highly recommended

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had calamari, tuna and dumplings. All delicious. We sat in the courtyard and enjoyed a beautiful day with superb dishes. A definite yes from me!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was terrific.

  17. I

    Irene

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    It has an interesting Asian fusion menu, but the taste was not as good as expected. But the environment and service are excellent.

  18. KM

    KayleighM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Food wasn’t good, super over priced. Tofu was extremely spicy, duck tacos had jalapeños and avocado on it when that wasn’t listed on the menu. I can’t have avocados since I’m allergic and didn’t realize it and ate 2 bites so I had to leave.

  19. JW

    JeremyWang

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Overall this place is good for Friday night relaxing or hanging out with friends. The food is good but I am not sure it is for everyone. Service is pretty good and the atmosphere is great.

  20. MO

    MissOttawaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    The calamari was excellent but the rest of the meal was disappointing. The dumplings were very heavy on the dough, the beef curry was just OK, the fish was nice but the noodles that came with them were overcooked and soggy. Our waitress was charming the venue nice and I believe even the owner was there helping to get the dishes to the tables which was nice to see. I couldn’t recommend this restaurant based on the food but we had our drinks on time and a lovely bottle of wine with nice company.

  21. JC

    JenC

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service , drinks and yummy food! Great vibe and fun spot !

  22. HP

    HeatherP

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebration for a friend’s birthday. Their famous donut dessert was served on a piece of slate with a candle. Very thoughtful. Excellent luncheon.

  23. JS

    JeffS

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I brought some friends from out of town and they loved it

  24. PG

    PatriciaG

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Cuentan con un menú variado de comida de Asiática y de otras regiones. La comida fue muy buena en combinación de sabor y condimento. La atención del personal muy buena, siempre atentos y amables.

  25. k

    kristinb

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Great space. Slow service and don’t order the sweet and sour chicken dish. Donuts are amazing and would go back just to have them again.

  26. M

    Mame

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is amazing and great customer service. Stephanie was very nice 😊.

  27. A

    Andrea

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    The evening started well with a bottle of sparkling wine as we were there to celebrate my husband's birthday. Our appetizers were very good but took a long time to be delivered. After another very long time we received part of our main course. We were finally able to flag down a server to ask if he could ask OUR server where the rest of our meal was. Our server appeared to inform us that "another table stole" it. Seriously? A customer actually went into the kitchen and stole our food? We finally got a replacement order after we had already finished the part of the meal it was meant to accompany. All in all, an extremely disappointing evening, particularly as it was meant to be a celebration.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Very inconsistent service, we had four different servers. The table was set with a dirty plate. The table seat had leftover food crumbs. The menu has vegan options but they were basic and raw. The curry was average. With so many better options close by, not likely to return.

  29. MM

    MeganM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb service and delicious food. We enjoyed every bite.

  30. AC

    AlbertC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Normally Sidedoor is one of our favourite restaurants in Ottawa. For whatever reason, our most recent meal was disappointing. The panang beef was particularly poor- it was dry, chewy and tasteless. Our waitress was kind enough to take it off the bill.

  31. AL

    AnnikL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience, quality plates and service. Will go back!

  32. D

    Deary

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Early dinner due to concert at Canada Tire Center. We advised our server that we were on a tight schedule and she was so helpful. She was friendly, offered dining suggestions. Outstanding food and service.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Une première visite, qui sera répétée.

  34. T

    Tina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The lamb paya, coconut fritter and gong bao chicken were fantastic, would recommend ordering a side of rice per our server’s suggestion. For cocktails we ordered the cleanse, gimlet and mojito. All were great. Our server was helpful and considerate with our dietary restrictions. Would recommend all of the above and the desserts (donuts and vegan ice cream). I also noticed how comfy the booths were, which I really appreciate. Can’t wait to return.

  35. BP

    BPow

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    Poor service. Food was terrible. Tuna sashimi was chewy and tasted old. Beef baos had weird taste. Beef curry was okay. But I found all the meat tasting stale and old. I paid $200 for dinner and it was NOT worth a penny.

  36. AE

    AliciaE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    An amazing evening! Server was very nice, made sure we had everything we needed. The food was very good, we had crispy duck tacos with the braised beef bao buns as an appetizer, which were very tasty, followed with the black cod as the main course. We wanted to try something new, and we were not disappointed!

  37. SD

    ScottD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was fantastic! The selection of both food and drink was very impressive. We will definitely return.

  38. K

    Kyla

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent server, great ambience, & tasty cocktails. The Cleanse is 10/10

  39. R

    R007

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Very good food, but very slow service. We arrived at 7 pm with our 7yo daughter and got our entrees at 9h30!! We understand the kitchen was overwelmed, but let’s just say it’s not kid friendly if you have to wait that long. Thankfully our daughter is so well behaved and stayed calm. We were not hungry anymore it was so late, but the food was good. The waitress was really nice.

  40. M

    Martita

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was great, service was fine,the room was a little cold on a grey day.

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Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 944 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

18 B York Street Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sussex

  • Neighborhood

    ByWard Market

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Landreville

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 562-9331

  • Private party facilities

    With it's grand space, private room, semi-private bar and stone walls SIDEDOOR is a great place for anything from a corporate event, family gathering to a wedding or rehearsal dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Candace Power: (877) 878-4234

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