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Highlander Pub

British, Pub, Scottish
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115 Rideau St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Comfort food

The restaurant has the perfect placement, for people watching and atmosphere in the Bay Market Food, drinks and service were, top of the list!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
Hundested, Denmark
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

A great place to celebrate, meet friends, have drinks, dine and just relax. We had a fabulous time at the Highlander. A great meal and wonderful atmosphere.

Thank Ashley L
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

Kind and friendly staff and good pub food! I asked if they could make me a buffalo chicken wrap (not on the menu) and they gladly did and it was very good.

Thank Rachael D
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 NEW

After all the hype of a traditional Scottish pub, we were somewhat disappointed. The food is so-so. And, the service the same. With so many dining and drinking options to chose from, pass this one by

Thank hogwashhogan
Hundested, Denmark
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The restaurant has the perfect placement, for people watching and atmosphere in the Bay Market Food, drinks and service were, top of the list!

Thank Zandain
Caledon, Canada
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

The staff here are so nice!! Right there when you need them, fast service.. Downfall is the pub smelled so bad!!!! The washrooms were disgusting!!!! Smelled like raw sewage on the wet, dirty floors!!! Too bad really! Had great live entertainment but had to leave because of the stench!!

Thank Mary B
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

they pretend to be Scots, but they're from the highlands of Canada. I had their chowder and must say that I've never seen such small prawns or scallops, and to make matters worse the "bacon" they promised as an ingredient was more like those bacon flovoured shards you buy in cheap grocers or pound shops. The waitress might have been... More 

Thank easy2please2015
Ottawa, Canada
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Absolutely loved the authentic décor, tartans everywhere, all servers wearing kilts. Great selection of scotch, biggest selection in the Ottawa region. Our server was spectacular. Food was very good (we had Spinach, Artichoke and Cream Cheese Dip for appetizer, I had the Scottish Fish and Chips and my boyfriend had the Black Angus New York Striploin Steak - cooked to... More 

Thank GenPoirier2015
Torpoint, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Just got back to our hotel from the Highlander Scottish Pub in Downtown Ottawa. Busy pub in the thriving Byward Market area. Great atmosphere but need to upgrade the cheap little round tables and chairs. The local beer and steaks were fine and the service friendly, but the overall Al Fresco dining experience was missing the finer touches. Might of... More 

Thank 4CornishTravellers
Victoria, Canada
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74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The menu looked interesting, but the food (at least what we ordered) fell somewhat short. Service was poor. After placing our initial order (and getting a chance to taste a couple of beer before ordering, which was nice) our server basically ignored us. There are many other choices nearby.

Thank Cdn_traveller59
Ottawa, Canada
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110 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It's located in the ByWard Market area in Ottawa. It's great to walk around this area and eat on one of the many terraces. We stopped at this Pub for the first time. We ordered a grilled chicken caesar salad at $10 which was good, the chicken as nicely grilled, and we ordered a Chef's salad. Chef's salad was not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 115 Rideau St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 6135625678

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene


Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?