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Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

307 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-562-2081
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Ranked #54 of 2,142 restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Great place. I've been there a few times and it's never been a disappointment. I'll gladly go back any chance I can. If you're in the by-ward market you have to try this little gem.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The place is quite difficult to find as only it's entrance is visible from the street. You walk down some steps to where the diner is. We ordered 2 meals which were both around 13 dollars each, cheaper alternatives were on the menu though. The meals were large and tasted delicious. It was the best meal we had had in... More

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Fremantle, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

We came across Ahora while wandering down Dalhousie at the recommendation of the local information bureau. This is not a fancy restaurant, but it is great Mexican food and extremely good value! The place was very clean and tidy, we got service with a smile (which appears to be unusual in Ottawa!) and really enjoyed our evening.

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

really hard to spot, small sign and the restaurant is location downstairs, but completely worth it once you're inside, very classic mexican dishes and well-run small restaurant with delicious flavours and salsa bar. Highly recommend the nachos and go early at lunch to avoid line-ups.

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Pembroke, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Ambiance, music, decor... all charming. Service and prices, excellent. Food terrific, the salsa bar is a real bonus.

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Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

Head downstairs to Ahora for good food in a colourful Mexican restaurant. A couple of tacos makes a nice lunch and a burrito plate is a filling supper. Everyone can pick their salsa -- from mild to fuego -- at the salsa bar. The tacos are the soft corn kind. Service is always cheerful and attentive. You order at the... More

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Ontario
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Tucked away, downstairs on Dalhousie, this hidden gem is worth the hunt! Authentic and original, Mexican flavours at an affordable price. Head early to avoid the rush, limited tables. Large servings, all you can eat salsa bar...what more can I say!!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

Came here for a late lunch on a cold winter's day. The atmosphere is so cheerful and brightly coloured that you warm up quickly. Food was good and freshly made. Service is a little strange as you get a menu then go up to order then they bring you the food. Lots of salsa options. Would definitely recommend stopping in.... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

All the dishes are fresh and flavorful, I've never been disappointed. Huge portions. Great salsa selection!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The atmosphere is very lively. It's underground but doesn't feel dingy. The food was decent, but didn't knock our socks off. The margaritas were awful. We ordered a pitcher and we're not convinced it had any tequila in it. We didn't even finish it because we felt like we were just drinking straight cheap sugary margarita mix. The ordering process... More

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