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Atelier

#3 of 2,266 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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Eclectic
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540 Rochester Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M1, Canada (Carling)
6133213537
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 101
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Incredible in so many ways! Not just a meal, but an experience!

Had seen Atelier reviewed on TripAdvisor, but had not heard much other than that. My wife and I were watching Food Network last week and saw a competition involving two chefs from Atelier, so we decided to google the restaurant and learn more. What we read really intrigued us as we had not had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Stuart T
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Kanata, Canada
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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134 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kanata, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Had seen Atelier reviewed on TripAdvisor, but had not heard much other than that. My wife and I were watching Food Network last week and saw a competition involving two chefs from Atelier, so we decided to google the restaurant and learn more. What we read really intrigued us as we had not had a full meal using the molecular... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Eating here is much more than just a great meal. Six of us enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings. Each course had a story told with enthusiasm by the server about the technology (like a vegetable mousse made with frozen nitrogen), the flavour combinations, or the origins of the dish. The food was a charming focus for our conversation... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

For my birthday, my wife took me to Atelier, a restaurant we had read about but never visited. We had one of the best meals we ever had! Atelier is unique in Ottawa where the chef makes the decisions on what will be served each night. We had a wide variety of small, but delicious dishes, all cleverly named to... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Ever go to a restaurant that's just "ok" and spend $20 on a cheap plate of food and frozen veg? Save your money and spend it on a place where you get true value and a taste experience in Atelier. Flavours are amazing, staff is incredibly attentive (without being offensive or uncomfortable)...so worth the money.

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you are celebrating a special occasion, l'Atelier is the place to go in Ottawa. The food is out of the ordinary and the service very attentive. There is no set menue but you are asked when you make your reservations if you have any food restriction, substitution is provided. There are twelve services and wine paring is suggested. The... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Deconstructed and minimalistic. The choices are the Chef's Tasting 12 course menu and you don't read it until you have finished your meal, to take away as a memento. The server explains each dish when presenting it to the table. It is art for the eye and art for the mouth. We took pictures of each dish and I have... More 

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Ottawa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Be prepared to throw all your food inhibitions out the door and just eat everything on your plate. It's all gorgeous, delicious and one of a kind!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

When we travel I research to find special dining experience for my husband and I. L'Atelier did not disappoint. Yes, it is in an odd building without a sign. But it doesn't matter. The tiny restaurant's seats were filled, and no doubt they are every night. Our dinner was twelve courses! We wondered at first how we would manage this,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It was our fifth time, at Atelier, and we were just as amazed, by the creativity and sheer genius, as the first time, some 5 years ago. Fourteen courses of the most original dishes one can imagine: oysters, caviar, smoked trout, scallops, mackerel, pork belly, duck, cured meat, bison, edible helium balloon (no joke!) ... not to mention desserts. Each... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

It is worth every penny! The food is like a piece of art on each and every plate. The combinations of food will send your taste pallet into ecstacy. Get the wine pairing too. While you are there get a tour of the kitchen.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 540 Rochester Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M1, Canada
    (Carling)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 6133213537

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 56 - 64
  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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