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540 Rochester Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M1, Canada
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Ranked #13 of 2,170 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $64 - $73
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Carling
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English first
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

First tried Atelier when I saw it in the Enroute list of best restaurants back in 2008. I've been once or twice a year ever since. It's amazing - creative, local, fresh, and always delicious. I always get the wine pairing with the meal and the pairings never disappoint! If you are looking for impressive and tasty food that you... More

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Ottawa, Ontario
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The bottom line up front is that this is Ottawa's only molecular gastronomy restaurant, but it is also the best overall restaurant in the city, featuring a very creative and talented chef in Marc Lepine and an excellent service manager in Steve Robinson. Be prepared to spend at least three hours here, and upwards of $450 (with tax and tip)... More

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Ottawa, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Dinner at this restaurant lends itself to lots of time, money, and an open mind to try what you may not be familiar eating, or seeing something you can picture eating...but none of these should deter you from what will arguably be one of the most memorable dinners you will experience in Ottawa, albeit anywhere else. It's the evening's dinner... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Dinner was with three friends at Atelier this past Saturday (June 28). Out of the four of us, three had eaten here before and one was a first timer. As expected, Chef Lepine and staff did not fail to impress. All servings were well timed, creative and absolutely delicious. The evenings wine paring was interesting as the first seven were... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband took me out for dinner at Atelier for my birthday and it did not disappoint. The meal was not only a feast for the eyes but for my mouth as well. Yes, it’s about $120 per person, which equates to about $10 a plate and the price will make sense once you see and taste each plate. Every... More

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Atelier is performance art and food in one setting. Each small course was beautifully constructed/staged and the combination of tastes and textures was finely crafted. I loved the whole experience but it's not for everyone - Some people prefer more food and fewer plates. The excellent service was all part of the experience, like delivering the applewood smoked strips of... More

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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We went to Atelier has a romantic evening with my husband. Of course, following the other posts, this does not look like a restaurant from the outside. It does not get better by entering the tiny, dark lobby. The restaurant is very minimalistic (no decor, white walls) but still feels elegant and not neglected at all. The service was very... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

What a dining experience we had. We were thoroughly satisfied to say the least. Already promise myself the next time I am in Ottawa will surely return. If I must choose I do prefer the seafood over the meat dishes. When the first few amuse bouche came on we were not impressed at all but when the real dishes came,... More

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Twelve courses is a lot of food, and one might be leery of not being able to make the food choices but the whole night was a sensation to the taste buds. This is a place to go when you want to splurge and ensure it will be worth it. The wine pairings were perfect for the food and if... More

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Ottawa, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We went to Atelier recently, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The food was exquisite (my favourite being lago-unchained), creative, and beautiful. I don't think I've ever used beautiful to explain food before! The techniques the chef uses are really amazing, and we found every dish to be very tasty. It is pricey, but I think worth it experience it at least... More

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