Last month we had the calamari and it was amazing, with a light batter and so tender. This time is was sub par - heavy, dark, grainy batter and tough texture...beef tacos were still the best.
I was disappointed to learn that the maps tofu is no longer on the menu. Restaurants in Ottawa do not seem to be concerned with vegetarians or vegans and are fixated on providing a lot of meat, chicken and fish. I thought Sidedoor was different, which was my previous experience there. The "sharing plates" were much too big for one person (and not every guest will want to share the same plate) and grossly overpriced. They also should come automatically with rice. The dessert section is very limited and not everyone likes donuts.
The ambiance is very nice with all the stone walls. The food is interesting and becomes a conversation starter. Service is good. I take out-of-town business associates to the Sidedoor and it has always gone over well.
Amazing fish tacos. Loving the happy hour, as it makes it more affordable.
The food was good. Service was fast and it was a reasonable price. Drinks were slightly expensive, but this should be expected. I would recommend to anyone looking to go to a business casual restaurant experience.
Live music would be a welcome addition!
Delicious food, very trendy place, but we found the employees were a bit haughty
Amazing food and service! Great for a group and for those who like to order share plates. Everything we tried was delicious! Can't wait to go back.
Went for dinner with a friend from overseas, and happily, the menu offered enough variety and the dishes were consistently tasty. Highlight: tofu tacos. Tuna sashimi (tataki?) dish felt dated.
Service was friendly, though it took a while to learn that the first two bottles we had selected were out of stock. This included the GV that was easily the best match to the food menu. The rosé Chinon that we eventually selected paired well with our meal.
Having last visited 5+years ago, the concept is still relevant, though a few other spots in the Market offer equally good Asian-esque and small / sharing plate options.
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.
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.
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.
Great service. Just found the food too salty for our liking.
We've been here many times. Menu hasn't changed. The sharable are Too saucy. Too noisy
Great spot!! Glad we were recommended to go there. The food was unreal!!!
Great experience. Excellent food. Can't wait to return.
Top shelf quality, excellent staff, delicious food, and refreshingly unique. Well done!
Excellent service. Awesome food. Great atmosphere. It was a first for all of us and everybody loved it.
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!
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!
This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. I would go back in a heartbeat.
The service offered by the waiter was excellent but the food wasn't so great.
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.
Great food... on the pricey side, but good. Can't get half a lite of wine..
Late weekday lunch, neither crowded nor loud, so good for conversational visit at that time of day, excellent service and tasty food.
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.
Fabulous food. Great customer service. Definitely go back.
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.
Food was amazing. Service was so so. Will go back just because food was so good.
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.
Nice overall. Good ambiance and comfortable booth. The chef's special donut was AMAZING!
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 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.
Food was very good. Nothing compares to it! Excellent service.
Already raved about the salad and squid twice since Friday. I'll be back :)
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.
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!