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222 Lyon Tapas Bar

#142 of 2,224 Restaurants in Ottawa
#161 of 2,374 Places to Eat in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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Spanish, Tapas
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222 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5V9, Canada
613-238-0222
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great downtown tapas bar

Normally I don't like Tapas, but maybe it was the variety or the company but I have to say I enjoyed it. Having a large menu that varies from the same old to rather unique items helped. Some of my favourites include: the Prosciutto Wrapped Dates, Spicy Chorizo and the Spanish Cheese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Peter_Bomberg
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Ottawa, Canada
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  • Romantic
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Ottawa, Canada
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264 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Normally I don't like Tapas, but maybe it was the variety or the company but I have to say I enjoyed it. Having a large menu that varies from the same old to rather unique items helped. Some of my favourites include: the Prosciutto Wrapped Dates, Spicy Chorizo and the Spanish Cheese Plate. The service was quick, efficient and friendly... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We have eaten at 222 many times over the last few years and have found it consistently produces interesting and tasteful food. The wine list is very reasonable, though somewhat limited. The service is friendly, the servers knowledgeable and attentive - you generally leave with the attitude that you want to return again soon. Be aware, the place is tiny,... More 

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Ottawa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We have been going here since the beginning. Location was simple for us as we lived around the corner, but now that we have moved, we are not frequenting as much as we would like. But when any occasion comes up, we turn to this place. We love the décor, the cleanliness and the staff. Best of all the food!... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My wife and I looked forward to eating here based on the many positive reviews and our love of Spanish food. We found the food bland and uninteresting. The artichoke dip resembled what a chain restaurant would serve. The mushroom croquettes were tasteless filler with the occasional slice of mushroom. We will not return.

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

222 Lyon Tapas restaurant is in a small quaint house in a residential neighborhood. We had reservations on a Thursday evening, which I recommend because the place has very limited seating. The bartender and waitress were very friendly. The waitress suggested that we order a couple of tapas each to start. We actually ordered two tapas and two pinchos (very... More 

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Ottawa
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

222 Lyon Tapas Bar is small (seats about 20+ in the dining room and another dozen at the bar), friendly and very popular with locals. Reservations are highly recommended. The menu is not overly large, but every single dish is reliable. The service is friendly and efficient and the food is always delicious. I am a regular patron and will... More 

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Victoria, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Loved this place but there was a noisy group of conference goers who disrupted what could have been a lovely atmosphere. Top marks for the fried smelts, garlic prawns, and artichoke dip.

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Waterloo, Canada
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A friend learned about 222 Lyon Tapas Bar via Urban Spoon, so a group of 4 of us gave it a try. We ordered 8 tapas (plus olives & bread) along with a pitcher of sangria. We feasted! Welcoming atmosphere, authentic selection, and everything we had was very tasty. The chorizo was definitely my favourite option.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I was travelling on my own and was looking for a place for dinner. The staff at the B&B where I was staying recommended 222 Lyon Tapas Bar. I am so glad they did. The food, the ambience, the

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I always come here when in Ottawa on my own. The U-shaped bar seats ten, and I guarantee that Cathy will make you feel comfortable with a glass of wine, maybe introductions to other patrons, and menu suggestions. If you are not in the mood to make new acquaintances-- no worries -- there is enough light to read your book... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 222 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5V9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 613-238-0222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
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
5:00 pm - 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?