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Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar, Ottawa, ON

Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

4.5
4.5
932 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!

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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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

Popular dishes

Menu

lunch 11:30-2:30pm mon-fri, full dinner service & bar 7 days a week from 4:30pm, happy hour 4:30-6:30pm mon-fri & sunday

Tacos

2pc

  • Chicken CarnitasCA$9.50

    • Spicy Braised BeefCA$9.50

      • Ancho Pulled PorkCA$9.50

        • Romano MasalaCA$9.00

          • Bajan Crispy FishCA$9.50

            • Chef's FeatureCA$9.50

              Dim Sum

              • Chefs Daily Dim Sum

                • Market Price
              • Tuna SashimiCA$14.00

                w/ yuzu marmalade and gingered jalapeño

                • Vietnamese Salt & Pepper CalamariCA$13.00

                  • Grilled Beef Lettuce WrapCA$17.00

                    w/ house pickles

                    • Sustainable Fish Lettuce WrapCA$17.00

                      w/ house pickles

                      • Chiangmai Sausage Lettuce WrapCA$17.00

                        w/ house pickles

                        Veggies

                        • Green Papaya SaladCA$11.00

                          w/ cashews, mint, thai basil & crispy taro

                          • Spring Leaf SaladCA$11.00

                            w/ sprouted lentils, miso vinaigrette & radish

                            • Smashed CucumbersCA$6.00

                              w/ mint & sesame

                              • Chinese GreensCA$6.00

                                w/ golden garlic

                                • Steamed Seasonal VegetablesCA$6.00

                                  • Steamed Jasmine RiceCA$4.00

                                    • Russet Potato FriesCA$6.00

                                      w/ tasty sauce

                                      Meats, Seafood & Mains

                                      • Hainanese Chicken BreastCA$26.00

                                        w/ ginger-scallion nam & natural nage

                                        • Grilled Lamb RumpCA$28.00

                                          w/thai pistou, spring pea & rhubarb slaw

                                          • Roasted B. C HalibutCA$27.00

                                            w/bonito beurre noisette, lemon & asparagus

                                            • Braised BeefCA$29.00

                                              w/ panaeng curry, roasted peanuts & fresh herbs

                                              • Crispy 'Mapu' TofuCA$20.00

                                                w/ vegan shiitake chilli sauce

                                                • Butter Poached LobsterCA$29.00

                                                  w/ green curry & seasonal vegetables

                                                  • Grilled Beef StriploinCA$29.00

                                                    w/cherry tomato, ramp nam jim, thai basil

                                                    Sweets to Share

                                                    • Olivia Dark ChocolateCA$7.00

                                                      donuts

                                                      • White Chocolate w/ CranberryCA$7.00

                                                        donuts

                                                        • Donut Sharing PlatterCA$14.00

                                                          • Cinnamon SugarCA$7.00

                                                            donuts

                                                            • Chef's FeatureCA$7.00

                                                              donuts

                                                              • Vegan Coconut Rice PuddingCA$4.00

                                                                Last updated: February 5, 2022

                                                                What 932 people are saying

                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                4.5
                                                                4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                • 4.5Food
                                                                • 4.5Service
                                                                • 4.6Ambience
                                                                • 4.2Value

                                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                                  Fit for Foodies

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                                                                1. KM

                                                                  KayleighM

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                  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.

                                                                2. 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.

                                                                3. 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 !

                                                                4. 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.

                                                                5. 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

                                                                6. PG

                                                                  PatriciaG

                                                                  Mexico City

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 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.

                                                                7. 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.

                                                                8. 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 😊.

                                                                9. 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.

                                                                10. 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.

                                                                11. MM

                                                                  MeganM

                                                                  Toronto

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Superb service and delicious food. We enjoyed every bite.

                                                                12. 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.

                                                                13. AL

                                                                  AnnikL

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                14. 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.

                                                                15. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Une première visite, qui sera répétée.

                                                                16. 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.

                                                                17. 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.

                                                                18. 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!

                                                                19. 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.

                                                                20. 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

                                                                21. 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.

                                                                22. 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.

                                                                23. CA

                                                                  CaitlinA

                                                                  Toronto

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The food was fantastic and the service excellent. The server was knowledgeable when asked regarding food items specific to my dietary needs and gave excellent advise on modifications. Her recommendation, the Coconut Fritters, was amazing!

                                                                24. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Sebastian was great :)

                                                                25. T

                                                                  Tabitha

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                                  overall2food3service3ambience2

                                                                  Was really disappointed to see that staff were not masked and that masking was not encouraged. I know it's not "the rule" but many places are continuing to encourage practices that help keep staff and customers safe. I definitely won't be back until after the pandemic is behind us, and perhaps not even then.

                                                                26. MO

                                                                  MarketOTT

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                                  overall3food1service4ambience4

                                                                  Vietnamese crepe was burnt badly. Steak was overseasoned and overcooked. Serving a steak on a sizzling platter sounds good. But a rare steak quickly turns medium well. I saw that the cooks had tried to insulate the steak off the hot iron plate using the vegetables. But they ended up getting burnt too. Maybe the executive chef wasn't there on a Wednesday night? But it was one of the worst meals I've had in a while. Also, they don't have mayonnaise to go with fries? The waitress apologized and brought "tasty sauce", which seems to be some variant of bernaise? Maybe with fish sauce added? Not great...

                                                                27. PK

                                                                  PhilK

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Visited on Saturday at noon to avoid loud atmosphere. The papaya salad was so fresh satisfying. The duck tacos are unique and tortillas homemade and authentic. I could eat the miso cod every day. Rare combination of tasty, fresh yet healthy. The lamb paya was sublime. My dad made the original version of this dish better than anyone so it would take a lot to impress me. Hats off to the chef for a unique and delicious blend of dal with fall-off-the-bone lamb shank and a lovely compliment of pomegranate and fresh cilantro. Lovely ambience, great service (though it was not busy). Pricey but worthwhile.

                                                                28. JB

                                                                  JulieB

                                                                  Montreal

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Delicious food and great service! I will go back to that nice restaurant soon.

                                                                29. NV

                                                                  NatashaV

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                  We had a knowledgeable, patient and engaging server for a casual business lunch.

                                                                30. LH

                                                                  LaurieH

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Food is way above average with variety, attention to plating, reasonably priced for the quality

                                                                31. DP

                                                                  DanielleP

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Lovely atmosphere and good service! Would go back and would recommend !

                                                                32. C

                                                                  Chris

                                                                  Ottawa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Tasty mex-asian fusion. Good service, nice ambiance and stone decor. Meals and sides ideal for sharing.

                                                                33. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Best Asian food! Best kung pao chicken and drinks!! Love the star anise ice cream

                                                                34. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Toronto

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Everything was perfect. The food was craveable and hard to part with. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. It was so good we nearly went back for lunch the next day. Guaranteed we’ll return.

                                                                35. GL

                                                                  GabrielleL

                                                                  Ottawa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Love the ambiance and unique asian fusion. Great couples night out.

                                                                36. IH

                                                                  IreneH

                                                                  Ottawa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                  The menu is not my favourite food, but we were really happy that the restaurant was open for lunch. The inside of the restaurant in the atrium is a very pleasant place to eat. The service was very good, and the food was good. No complaints at all, and I hope that the restaurant remains open after all the difficult times that businesses have gone through over the past two years.

                                                                37. LJ

                                                                  LynneJ

                                                                  Montreal

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                  Wings were dry Otherwise tasty tapas! Awesome service and nice chic setting!

                                                                38. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                  Great server, very personable. Introduced my friend a long time Ottawa’s person to the restaurant she loved it

                                                                39. AF

                                                                  AlainF

                                                                  Ottawa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  A nice restaurant for couples and with friends. Food is prepared fresh daily.

                                                                40. N

                                                                  Nick

                                                                  Ottawa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                  overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                                  The service was very slow. We waited 5 minutes at door before being seen to a table. I had ordered a drink to pair my meal but by the time I got the drink i was already done my meal. The ramen we ordered had next to no broth and was very very oily.

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                                                                Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 932 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                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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