Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

4.2
843 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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hela
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I'm impressed with the quality of the dishes and service is always exceptional. I broke my wine glass and within 15 seconds someone had replaced my glass and tidied up the table. Excellent. The only slight downfall is that some of the smaller dishes are priced quite high. I got the "Son in Law Egg", delicious, but $10 is very expensive for a couple bites. Overall excellent and worth the visit! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Lobster was chewy and cold. Had to ask for kitchen to bring another one out. They did, so +1 for them on that. Still left a good tip cause i feel bad about covid

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Bianca
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very helpful and food was delicious. Great atmosphere!

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Lulu08
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Went for my friend’s 30th birthday.
The food was excellent however the service was really disappointing. The waitress even didn’t bring something special for her birthday (I wrote a note in the reservation when I reserved) and she also didn’t seem happy to be there. Unfortunately, we will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The location is great and the service excellent. The papaya salad could have used a little more of a kick to it ... but that is personal preference.

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andreh
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent specially the Salmon Sashimi, Thai Salad, Short Rib Currey and of course the donuts!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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JaneD
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and very generous sizes! Lovely staff and a relaxed atmosphere.

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FrancoisB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Strangely quiet. Server was awful no personality just very cold. Food was great. Nice spot

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Ottawa123
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome experience! Always been one of my favourite place in Ottawa.

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GenericNickname
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The table and menu were sticky - suggesting that they had not been properly cleaned. They seemed to prioritise portion size over quality. The food had a good level of spice but lacked flavour and the textures were questionable. Objectively, the food wasn't bad, but it wasn't good, and most certainly was not worth the price.

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Skyler
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was okay, weren’t checked on too often. Table was decent and the food was okay as well. Portions were realistically small for the mains but sides were a healthy portion. Wasn’t a perfect meal but would still return again.

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Vimal
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Took my wife here on her bday. Awesome ambience. Food was not great. We ordered pork dumpling, fish taco and gong pao chicken. The dumpling wrapper was too think and chewy. Tacos were okay. The gong pao chicken was really well cooked but had way too many schzewan peppercorns. The signature sidedoor bourbon cocktail was also medocre. Limited dessert selection.

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Mich
Ottawa
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent but it was quite slow in receiving our food. The value for the food is far superior to their competitors. It allows you to try different things.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Really beautiful and friendly staff!

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SimonL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Post lockdown was a bit worried that things might have slipped... Not at all Sidedoor is still one of Ottawa's best!!! Thanks for everything looking forward to my next visit.

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MaryL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Asian inspired cuisine! Would highly recommend

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JulieB
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious - papaya salad, chicken wings, and the fish tacos - except for the beef Tataki was disappointing - too thick and boring (even had a 'fridge' taste. My $18 martini with tiny, unfresh olives was also disappointing. We consumed everything cause we hate wasting but I wouldn't order those there again. The wine (Chenin blanc) was nice. The service was pretty great :)

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ShawnaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

There was no host when we arrived - waiting 5 minutes until he came and was really rude. We called ahead and asked to sit in the atrium and were told over the phone that’s where we were to be seated. The host seated us at another table and when I asked him to sit in the atrium he seemed annoyed and took his time setting it up.

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KristinP
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is delicious - cute spot. Braised beef is probably one of my favourite dishes ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was great. The food was really good and the drinks were really good . Can’t wait to see how it’s like without the whole pandemic vibe.

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Amara
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The black cod was too salty and pricey.

The beef stew was OK.

For the only dessert that side door is serving it was a let down.

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YaserS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food was excellent Covid restrictions in place and it was well spaced out.

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Cass
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing! Definitely recommend the donuts as a dessert and can't wait to eat there again

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KenL
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was amazing! It was such a romantic night away with my wife. Very covid friendly and all guidelines were in place but didn't take away any of the beautiful ambience. We will definitely be returning to The SideDoor restaurant in Ottawa's by ward market.

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JoshB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food papaya salad is the best salad I’ve ever eaten

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anon
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Definitely save room for dessert...the donuts are to die for!!

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vipElizabethA
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the dumplings, tacos and donuts! Each was amazing and filling. Would definitely go there again.

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AntonioG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Over priced. Service far from professional and food guys for $15 a pleasure no $38.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Always a great atmosphere. Tuna sashimi, bao chicken and cod were exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fresh and tasteful, the server was great. Only downside we were two and we did not receive our food at the same time. A good 5-10 min difference.

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Alicia
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The interior of this restaurant was cozy and stunning. My husband and I ordered the shrimp curry, which we both agreed was the best curry we had ever had. Highly recommended this dish. It was big enough for 2 people to share if you order a bowl of rice for each of you.

The kitchen was open to one side of the restaurant where we were sitting and we were able to see the chefs cooking. My only complaint is that out of the 4 chefs working only 1 had their mask on properly. The other 3 had it pulled down under their chin, which concerned me as they were talking close to where food was being prepared (we visited end of Nov 2020). The restaurant was outstanding but I do hope they take this feedback into consideration

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AlbertC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef panang was unbelievably delicious. Can’t even go wrong with the tacos. Tuna sashimi was divine. Always a treat to dine here.

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Porsche
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

seafood platter was a bit underwhelming... shrimp, salmon and tuna were ok but lobster obviously frozen and small portion. oysters or scallops would be a nice addition

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KeilaF
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Toujours tellement agréable d'aller manger au Sidedoor, la nourriture est toujours excellente, le service excellent et l'ambiance accueillante. J'adore! Un must dans la région.

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MeyF
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, excellent service. The seafood platter was everything you could expect, cooked to perfection. Pricy but worth it.

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JohnH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Highly recommended for great Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

they weren’t even opened. no one picked up the phone either.

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FredB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This reservation was made prior to the government shutdown of indoor dining. However, outdoor dining was still permitted. At the day and time of the reservation outdoor dining was still possible and enjoyable. We arrived at the restaurant at noon, the time of the reservation. There was nobody there and no notice as to whether someone might arrive shortly to serve on the patio. We waited for approximately 15 minutes and nobody showed up and I received no email or text message to inform me. We left and had a very enjoyable terrace lunch at another restaurant. While I understand the difficulties restaurants might have with the changing government regulations, I don't think it would have been asking too much to post a notice, to send a text or email, etc., to inform potential dinners: a totally unacceptable disregard for customers, and I might add fairly regular customers. I doubt I will return in the near future, irrespective of government regulations.

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TheAmaranthe
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricy, but worth every penny. Best meal we've had in Ottawa. We'll be back, it was simply outstanding.

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Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 843 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.