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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

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Hot Spot (10)
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Fun (9)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Comfort Food (1)
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Organic (1)
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Like most people say it’s not great for a romantic evening for 2. But for groups (big tables) or if you like to try different things it’s awesome. Food is great. Some unique things and awesome donuts.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great space and incredible service.
Everything is coated in curry, way too much. Hard to find actual food amongst all the curry sauce. Dishes are very small. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great service. Just found the food too salty for our liking.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We've been here many times. Menu hasn't changed. The sharable are Too saucy. Too noisy

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great spot!! Glad we were recommended to go there. The food was unreal!!!

Tags: Organic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great experience. Excellent food. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Top shelf quality, excellent staff, delicious food, and refreshingly unique. Well done!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Cozy
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very nice location and the food was excellent! We had 3 different meals that all tasted fantastic and the doughnuts are just to die for!

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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!

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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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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fabulous food. Great customer service. Definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic
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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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vip
 (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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