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About Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
Asian Fusion, Sharing Plates
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday- Thursday & Sunday 4:30pm-10:30pm, Friday and Saturday 4:30pm-11pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room
Special Events & Promotions:
From corporate gatherings to weddings SIDEDOOR loves to host special events.
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews
Delicious food for the most part, although one dish slightly burnt. However, while we were warned it would come out as it was ready, dishes did come much too close together - to the point we couldn’t enjoy one of our dishes as it was already cold when we got to it. We mentioned this as we could not finish it for this reason, but nothing was done about it. Also as everything came very quickly it felt like a very rushed meal instead of the relaxed experience you would expect for the price that would have allowed us to properly appreciate the food and atmosphere. We were then also asked about the bill very quickly before even finishing our (first) drinks. The restaurant was not busy and no one needed the table so it was difficult to understand this rushed eating approach. For this reason while the food itself was overall good, will likely not return.
Great food, drinks and customer service. Overall, a great time! Quick recommendation:get the salt and pepper calamari!
Belated office Christmas party was here. We went before 6:30pm so it was still happy hour! Had the special cocktail, the fish tacos, the pork belly tacos, the spicy cauliflower, the salt and pepper calamari, the shrimp gyoza and lastly the donut platter!
The cocktail was a gin, vanilla liqueur, cucumber and grapefruit drink. Very well balanced and much better than I had originally imagined.
-The Pickled jalapeños MADE the fish tacos for me. Although, I kinda wish the fish were crispier.
-Pork belly tacos were good, but not Taiwanese pork belly good.
-Spicy cauliflower had great texture where I could barely tell that I was eating cauliflower! The cauliflower also wasn’t that spicy in my opinion.
-The shrimp gyoza came out burnt on one side... it overwhelmed the flavour. When sent back the chef made us new gyoza and sent us his apologies. They were a lot better and had the satisfying crunch I was looking for. Sadly the shrimp inside was still quite average to me.
-The salt and pepper calamari was by far my favourite dish served. The tenderness of the calamari was just amazing. The sauce was okay.
-lastly the donuts were everything I look for in a donut texture-wise. Light, fluffy, not at all greasy. The special was this raspberry peach cream with sprinkles on it. Really cute and appealing. Ultimately I thought it was okay. The white chocolate cranberry was quite good, but I wish it had (literally) one or two more cranberries on it. I found my favourite was the classic sugar and cinnamon. It could really do no wrong.
My husband and I ate dinner at Sidedoor (on a recommendation) before an evening performance. Lovely to arrive during Happy Hour with $2 off selected beers and wines. We ordered the fish tacos which were tasty but tiny for the $10 price tag. The calamari was nicely done and tasty for our final selection, Tuna Tataki, tasted fishy - not the freshly caught flavor I was expecting. Very disappointing and again, very little portion for the price tag. However the donuts were delicious and generous!
we were first at the Side Door for a reception. it was a large lively gathering and quality of the food, the friendly efficient service and the decor all made a very good impression on us. we decided we would go again in a smaller quieter group.
we were not disappointed! we went after a concert and enjoyed all our choices off the menu, the pace of the service, the general energy and ambience of the place as well as the comfort of the seating. the care taken and creativity in plating each dish was delightful. our server was helpful, genial and professional.
what more could we want? it has become an 'a list' choice for us when we want a downtown meal.
I hadn't been to Sidedoor for many years before I rediscovered it with a friend. Since then I've been bringing other friends to enjoy the great atmosphere and great food. I'm very happy that the quality has not changed over the years and will continue to enjoy the restaurant.
The food is spectacular. This is a food destination in Ottawa, in my opinion, always delicious, creative, and fresh. That said, I feel like the wine list is overly pricey, and the beer selection a little limited, given all the great craft brews on offer in Ottawa. That said, and recognizing that I'm not really a cocktail drinker, I wouldn't go here for drinks, but if food is your focus, Sidedoor is excellent.
We were recommended and found the place to be adequate at best. The service made it all that much more pleasant but the food was lacking. Some of the items were excellent, for example the calamari is as good as I have had anywhere. But the dumplings, tacos and tuna were mediocre at best.
The service was great; the waiter asked us if it was our first time and was able to give us solid recommendations on what to order. The drinks were served cold, the food came in a timely fashion and was hot, fresh and delicious. The atmosphere was good for a date; it got a bit loud when a large group came in to dine, and at times it was hard to maintain a conversation. Overall, great experience- would definitely recommend!
Sidedoor restaurant is an amazing experience! They have it all; food, atmosphere, and service. I look forward to it every time I visit Ottawa. The tacos and donuts are delicious and you won’t go wrong with the Chef’s Option. Above all, the standout service cannot be forgotten.
This was our first time here but it will not be our last. We thoroughly enjoyed the fusion offerings on the menu. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. The wine list is varied so there is something for everyone. Don't miss this when you are in the byward market
Sidedoor was an all around great experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking for incredible quality food, fresh ingredients and a great atmosphere. The service was very friendly but also became confusing when servers would switch tables and you suddenly had a new face bringing food to you. Prices were slightly high but were reasonable for the great quality.
I would definitely recommend Char Siu Pork Belly tacos, green papaya salad, braised beef panaeng curry with rice and the donuts!
The Char Siu Pork Belly tacos were one of the most amazing bursts of flavor I've experienced, while the Cajun chicken were nothing special.
The green papaya salad had a great flavor and the crispy taro on top really gave it an awesome texture!
Braised beef panaeng curry with jasmine rice had a very authentic rich peanut flavor and was a truly huge portion of beef, we were only 2 people and took about half home!
Donuts were warm, soft and very light and fluffy; great for donut lovers!
Two family trip to Ottawa from Montreal - three teens, three parents, one five year old. Fantastic taste experience, great service, great value. My teen wants to take her friends for her next birthday, never mind that its nine hours from our home in Bethesda Maryland. Will absolutely go again somehow.
Wouldn't recommend coming here if you are a broke college student. The food was great but because of the sizes we had an expensive bill with a little amount of food to show for it. We didn't have one particular waiter (which was confusing) we had at least 5 different people bringing us food and asking us how we're we're doing the whole night which made it difficult to know who to ask for help. With that being said, the food was AMAZING especially the tacos. It's a beautiful restaurant and we will defiantly come back again in the future !
Really disappointed with food after dining at Sidedoor 20 times before.
Food was really ordinary. We could not figure out the type of fish in the tacos. Papaya salad was runny and bland. I would be hard pressed to come back. My wife has always been a Sidedoor groupee , said she was over the restaurant. Service was great waiter was enthusiastic.
Food was really not up to your past standards
Les portions ont considérablement diminuées. La salade de papaye est minuscule. Le bol de soupe de la boite à lunch était risible . Nos 4 bols étaient remplis à la moitié environ. Le service était d'une lenteur. 1h30 pour un diner!! Le serveur qui nous mentionne que la cuisine est très occupée... come on... Presque personnes dans le resto et une vingtaine de personnes sur la terrasse. Les gens ont 1 heure pour manger, il faut donc faire en sorte que nous soyons servis dans un délai raisonnable.
Side Door is definitely our "go-to" restaurant when we visit Ottawa. The Asian-inspired tacos are delicious, the calamari is perfectly cooked, the papaya salad is refreshing, and the donuts make us feel sorry for all the other donuts out there.
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