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Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

#75 of 2,156 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Byward Market Area
Mexican
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307 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
613-562-2081
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A LITTLE GEM

If you are looking for a bright spacious Mexican restaurant, then Agora is not for you. But if you are looking for very tasty and well prepared food served a unique environment then you've found the right place. Agora is located in a small basement space not far from the Byward Market. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
allanhovi
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Kearney, Ontario
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Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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243 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Toronto, Canada
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It is tricky to find -- and not wheelchair accessible, but the food at Ahora is tasty, plentiful, and reasonably priced. A wide variety of Mexican dishes with drinks from Mexico as well served in a fun and festive environment with an open salsa bar: go up to customize the spice on your dish. If you're passing through the Byward... More 

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Canada
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Quite familiar with Mexican food as we have travelled many times to Mexico and like to eat local. Bland food, all four members in my party were very disappointed. We had tacos and burritos.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We chose to eat at this Byward Market location one evening during our stay in Ottawa. We had read that the food was excellent. Service was fast and very informal. This is more like a fast-food service. Moderate pricing, big serving sizes. Food was flavorful, but we found that it was very salty. There are a number of options, and... More 

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western md
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great Mexican food near the Byward Market, it's in the basement but it was packed. The food was fresh tasting and portions were large. A great alternative to some of the higher end places close by

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Kearney, Ontario
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a bright spacious Mexican restaurant, then Agora is not for you. But if you are looking for very tasty and well prepared food served a unique environment then you've found the right place. Agora is located in a small basement space not far from the Byward Market. It was very busy and crowded but well... More 

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Oshawa, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This was our first visit to Ahora Restaurant and were not disappointed. The restaurant is small with perhaps 20 tables in a basement room, with a somewhat exaggerated Mexican decor. You must order at a counter and the food and drink is brought to your table by a server. The entire staff of the restaurant appear to speak Spanish and... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Please note I haven't been in a long time. I used to go to Ahora with my friends a few years ago. We lived in Orleans but we'd make the bus trip downtown because we liked this place so much. Delicious and filling, and just a great casual place to hang out with friends. I miss this place and I... More 

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Longueuil,Qc
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Small and not many tables,but don't be stop by that. Try it, excellent mexican food at very affordable price.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Tried the tortilla soup and a salad. Very tasty. Lots of vegetarian options. Small location but worth trying.

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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It is a small place and was very busy on our visit but that actually added to the fun! Lots of excellent choices on the menu, something for every taste. Delicious!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 307 Dalhousie Street, 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
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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