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“Table 40 - great food - very noisy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fraser Cafe

Fraser Cafe
7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 1C9, Canada
613-749-1444
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Ranked #15 of 2,222 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
ottawa, canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Table 40 - great food - very noisy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Went to table 40 on Monday night with a party of six. We'd been to Fraser Cafe before so we knew the food and service would be great - and we were not disappointed. The no-choice menu takes all the mulling over the menu out of the equation and as such, we were offered food that none of us would have normally ordered. Everything food and service wise was good. The only negative comment is the place is extremely noisy to the point that hearing the conversation at our table was difficult. It's definitely an acoustic problem with the hard walls and floor that should be rectified.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Table 40 is Sublime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We had dinner at Table 40 (the Fraser Cafe's hospitality venue) last week with a large group and were thoroughly impressed by the food, presentation, service and decor. I had the Cornish hen and it was exceptional. The tender chicken was nestled in a large bowl with roasted potatoes, heirloom carrots, a chapati (yes) and just the right amount of delicately flavored curry sauce that complemented the whole dish.

Dessert was a chocolate terrine - and while it appeared on initial view to be a rather large fudge square, the first mouthful overwhelmed with amazingly lush chocolate. Sinful does not come even come close to describing the experience.

The tables in Table 40 merit special mention. They are made from large slabs of reclaimed wood by a BC company called Live Edge Design. This "green" element made the dining experience all the more interesting.

We can not wait to go on our own to Fraser Cafe.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Culinary Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We have been to this restaurant and few times. The food is incredible. It is our favourite. Make reservations early (even a few days) chances are if you call that day you will not get in. It is that popular and a sign of an excellent restaurant. Try the chef's special. It is not like other restaurants. The special is what inspires the chef at the moment and will be completely different from anyone else. With a few people we went out with, four of us ordered the special and we all received a delicious meal but each was unique.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“AN EATING EXPERIENCE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Certainly an experience on each occasion. The primary feature is the food..its quality and presentation. Helpings are very generous..almost too much. Service is less than desirable..last occasion with three of us each was served at a different time so I was eating when my table-mates were finished. The restaurant is small and cosy but not in a warm comfortable way but probably best they can do given the limited space. For the price of dinner which can easily run $50 to $75 a person with drinks and wine, I do prefer a little more in the way of quality table-setting. Atmosphere however is good as the kitchen is open and very close to your table and in many ways it feels like a french bistro. And yes, bring a big appetite and go for the chef's special..you will not regret it!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Good food but NOISY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Simple menu with minimal choice which is refreshing, a couple of fish dish, one beef, one chicken and one pork, simple and good. The service was very attentive but the place is so NOISY, there is a need to damper the sounds especially in the long cavernous section of the restaurant. In addition they have a surprise dish which one of our party ordered, it was chicken. The scallops and fish were great but the steak was average.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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