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Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

#169 of 2,281 Restaurants in Ottawa
#187 of 2,411 Places to Eat in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Byward Market Area
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307 Dalhousie Street | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Best Market Mexican

Please get back to basics & stuff tortillas like you used to..Burrito portion size has dwindled & guac was thinner.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
Norm W
Ottawa, Canada
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  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turnover of kitchen staff has made the food inconsistent over the years. The current staff produce good food overall. My one disappointment almost from day one has been that the pre-cooked meat used in almost every dish is overdone and dry. Having said that, the food is tasty, portions are large, the salad is always crispy fresh, and there's a... More 

Thank Janet F
Kingston, Ontario
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always pop into Ahora when we are in Ottawa. Reminds me of the found when I lived down south and reminds my wife of home. Have always walk out with a smile on our faces and bellies full.

Thank brendan_ryde
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for something a little different than we have in our area. This is not an actual sit down restaurant. They give you a menu and you go to the counter to order. They bring your meal to your table. Food was good. Just not the place to go for a sit down meal.

Thank Lisa W
Ottawa, Canada
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243 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Please get back to basics & stuff tortillas like you used to..Burrito portion size has dwindled & guac was thinner.

Thank Norm W
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Second trip to Ahora this year. Same good food. Busy but not crowded for a a Friday night(?).Good service.

Thank George M
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Came here on the strength of other Tripadvisor reviews but was disappointed. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and was filled with trendy young things but I found the food bland and disappointing, even with added salsa and hot sauce. The high point for me was the 5 de mayo - a Corona with a frozen margarita dumped on top... More 

Thank ErkiBear
Manotick, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

It is OK. The food is ok. At times I wondered if the nacho chips and guacamole were made on site or purchased elsewhere. There was nominal chicken in my chicken burrito. The salsa bar is a neat concept, but the containers are very small to obviously limit use... place is tight for space... you order your own food and... More 

1 Thank Dan L
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We really enjoyed our dinner at Ahora. The food was great and service pleasant. The experience is a bit different in that you order at the counter, they have wait staff to serve your meals and drinks, and you have to go to a salsa bar to get your own "condiments". While odd at first, the salsa bar really makes... More 

Thank iav8
Detroit, Michigan
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309 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I very much appreciate the fact that the salads here branch out beyond the typical iceburg lettuce in a fried tortilla shell, and you can actually tell that there are fresh avocados in the guacamole. Winning! All the dishes tasted great - from tacos to salads to nachos and quesadillas. The ambiance is nothing noteworthy, but then again, most Mexican... More 

1 Thank waverider681
Ottawa, Canada
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127 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

A favourite spot of ours in the ByWard Market area, to enjoy the warm Mexican atmosphere and delicious food...burritos with all the trimmings with lime-laced beers or tasty glasses of Sangria. They have an extensive menu, all made fresh and served cheerfully. It is a very bustling & popular place. We let the colourful surroundings transport us south while we're... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 307 Dalhousie Street | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: 613-562-2081

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget


Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?