Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
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Spicy Braised Beef
Green Papaya Salad
w/ cashews, mint, thai basil & crispy taro
w/ yuzu marmalade and gingered jalapeño
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.
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.
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.
Fabulous food, the service was as exceptional as always. Atmosphere is always posh yet cozy.
Definitely remains a favorite.
Delicious food. Beautiful presentation. Fun contemporary atmosphere. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Great place to dine with friends.
Food and cocktails were amazing. Service horrible.
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!
A very good expérience!
Thé staff was very professionnel and attentive.
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
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!
Always a great place to share a meal with friends. Never feel rushed.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sidedoor never let’s us down. The food is on-point, the staff and service are excellent and the location and ambiance is perfect!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.!
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
a little oversalted to my taste, food came quickly. could have more ontario craft brewers, diabetic choices. over all very good.
Great food, lovely staff, very comfy surroundings.
The tuna tar tar, fish tacos and panang dishes were delicious. Kudos to the chef!
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.
Fantastic date night. Tasty small plates. Great vibe! Thanks
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
Great, relaxed meal.
Best dishes were the Vietnamese pancake and the cod dish.
Little bit donuts put it over the top.
The only thing I found to not be value- was the overpriced glasses of wine. Everything else was amazing!
Amazing!!! Always outstanding. Very consistent food quality and service.
Great meal. I suggest sharing with friends. Try everything
nice space. food came out all at significantly different times (even the side of noodles to the meat dish for one person). food was really good but overpriced for what it was.
Started off great but my meal came out raw and cold. I was pretty disappointed in that ..
Great food, great service. Unusual menu. Somewhat expensive
Everything from cleanliness, ambiance, service and food was amazing. I will be coming back and recommending this place to others.
Had the fish tacos, beef lettuce wraps, and the papaya salad. All dishes were loaded with flavour! Great cocktail options- had Palomas and the Sidedoor Bourbon cocktail, both were delicious.
Super fast service and very sociable waiter, we asked to be moved to the area with more light and were moved quickly without any issues. Love the decor- specifically in the area with the windows, tons of plants, navy textured velvet booths, wood accents and tons of natural light.
Side door was fantastic! We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary and we could not be more pleased. Everything was spectacular. Our waitress really made our experience amazing too with her perfect recommendations and pleasant personality. We will definitely be coming back to side door in the near future and will recommend it.
The cocktail Sunset on Aberdeen was amazingly good, the seafood platter as well.
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 923 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.