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About Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

Asian Fusion, Sharing Plates

18 B York Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday- Thursday & Sunday 4:30pm-10:30pm, Friday and Saturday 4:30pm-11pm

Cross Street:
Sussex

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(613) 562-9331

Website:
http://www.sidedoorrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Korecki

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

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Good for Groups (13)
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Creative Cuisine (13)
Tapas (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Cozy (8)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Romantic (6)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Casual (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Spicy (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service offered by the waiter was excellent but the food wasn't so great.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great food... on the pricey side, but good. Can't get half a lite of wine..

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Late weekday lunch, neither crowded nor loud, so good for conversational visit at that time of day, excellent service and tasty food.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was so so. Will go back just because food was so good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Nice overall. Good ambiance and comfortable booth. The chef's special donut was AMAZING!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

SIdedoor rarely disappoints. On this occasion staff was short for the lunch crowd, so there are delays in the kitchen and in paying the bill. But our server (Morgan) was great and the restaurant is always beautiful.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food was very good. Nothing compares to it! Excellent service.
Great ambiance

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Already raved about the salad and squid twice since Friday. I'll be back :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I don't normally post reviews but felt I had to because of our group's bad experience. Among other issues, the waitress was rude, there was very little choice on the menu and it took 45 minutes to get our food once we ordered. Won't be going back.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 7, 2017

mediocre food, expensive for what you get, nice ambiance

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Good food, something for everyone and quiet spot so you can chat. My only request would be to make a vegan option for the ramen noodles, they look seriously amazing!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Tried Sidedoor while visiting in Ottawa. I have some dietary restrictions but sound lots that I could try. Food was excellent--especially the Calamari.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was amazing as usual & our waitress was so pleasant, charming & very helpful with the menu.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

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 !

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food flavours,ambiance and location. Every dish has its own different taste.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The tacos were excellent. The soup had a greasy film on top. The salad was terrible. The whole thing was wilted, rather than crisp. I regret that I did not return it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 5, 2017

excellent service, food & vibe...the Butter Poached Lobster with green curry was amazing...loved it - definitely going back!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Service was quick, friendly and helpful. The food is great, highly recommend the tacos. The price, for the quality of the meal, is reasonable. Would go again next time I'm around the area.

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

The tacos were delicious and great value. The donuts were to die for. We ordered a steak too and it was quite small and overcooked, with a strong fennel presence. It was a very good cut so still good. I would recommend sticking to tacos and donuts, which are the reason I will definitely go back!!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

A very enjoyable experience again at the Sidedoor. My love and I had her Birthday lunch, absolutely delicious--again. The service was attentive and for the most part flawless and so very gracious. Thank you Sidedoor.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Loved the food! Fresh, balanced and tasty! We had a reservation at 8pm on a mandat so it was quiet. Service was good, wine was great and ok priced. Would definately recommand!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Sidebar boasts unique flavours with each course. Our server was very attentive and helped with our menu choices - which didn't disappoint. Great location for date night before hitting up the nightlife.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

I've been here 4 times and leave happy every time! I don't eat dairy and egg, this restaurant can accommodate for that easily! Can't wait to go back again ❤️

Tags: Bar Seating, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Not to be missed! Outstanding food, ambience and device!

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 5, 2017

The food was phenomenal, the atmosphere was excellent - the service was outstanding

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Side Door is one of my favourites in Ottawa... never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Love the shared plates and of course the donuts! Great flavours and great ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Really good interesting food with outstanding service. Thank you!

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