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Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

#82 of 2,172 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Byward Market Area
Mexican
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307 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
613-562-2081
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Mexican, inexpensive

It is a small casual restaurant located in the basement with stairs. We ordered the burritos shrimp and beef . Very tasty as they have small salsa bar so you can choose your own spicy sauces.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
5000traveller
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Ottawa, Canada
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is a small casual restaurant located in the basement with stairs. We ordered the burritos shrimp and beef . Very tasty as they have small salsa bar so you can choose your own spicy sauces.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Ordered pitcher of margaritas, nachos with chicken, veggie quesadilla plate. Too few nachos though smothered in cheese, beans, with a bit of chicken;, only guacamole inside quesadilla, rice on the side; frozen margarita from machine only, and for 29.00$ pitcher, hmmmm minimum tequila in the drink. This particular experience did not measure up to previous comments. Its a Shame, we... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There's nothing fancy about Ahora's. The service is friendly, and the food is tasty. Good value for a casual meal.

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Durham, North Carolina
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit. The place seemed so tiny, I overlooked it on prior visits to Ottawa. The food is great and authentic (and I was raised on Mexican food in California). I had a nice, very filling dinner. It hit the spot and was a reminder of home.

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Halifax, NS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Had a great mexican meal here. IT got packed quickly. I felt that it was as authentic as anything I've had recently. I liked the atmosphere. There was a funny taste on my chicken but I really enjoyed my Ahora Plate.

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great food that is authentic mexican; staff here are very friendly. Salsa bar was a nice touch. Very reasonably priced and this place must be a local favorite as it was quite busy when I went. I will be back!

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Rochester, New York
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Nice little place sous-sol but very colorful and good Mexican food selection. Out of the tourist traps of the Byword but still close to it.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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Additional Information about Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

Address: 307 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 613-562-2081
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
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
Cuisine: Mexican

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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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