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417 Rideau St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5Y9, Canada
(613) 789-7979
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Open now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As usual, our dinner was so wonderfully delicious starting with the onions bhaji and following through with Butter Chicken and the accompaniments of Pilau Rice, Naan Bread. Others in our party enjoyed Boona Chicken and Chicken Korma. The food was excellent.

Thank AndreaMact
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been enjoying the Sitar's wonderful food since 1984. Consistently fresh, full of flavour! Don't be afraid to specify your favourite level of 'hot', it will assure your pleasure experience to the max. The service isn't always the quickest but just go with it, the taste experience is worth the wait!

Thank paulmarc10
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

I love the food here, its always fresh and delicious. The staff is very friendly and atmosphere is pleasant. My only beef is that the service is a bit slow, but if that means they are cooking my meal while I am waiting that's ok, as I know what I am getting is not being re-heated.

Thank Jixx
Ottawa, Ontario
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134 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

My husband and I have been frequenting this wonderful restaurant for at least 30 years. It has been consistently good. We hadn't been for a couple of years but went again last night with friends and we all agreed that bthe meal was excellent.

Thank SarahEOttawa_Ontario
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I suspect that this restaurant caters to people who don't like spicy food. I had the chicken jalfrezi. This is a hot, dry, dish in which chicken and fresh green chillies should feature prominently. The Sitar's version was a mild, soupy, chicken stew, with two tiny pieces of a rather mild green chilli. It wasn't badly cooked, it was just... More 

Thank Dr F
Longueuil, Canada
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102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I went to have lunch at Sitar with a friend and we were a little in a hurry. It was the perfect choice as we had the buffet. Not so various but all the food was delicious and tasty. We particularly liked the dessert.. yammy! For a reasonable price, we could eat rapidly and were very satisfied. Moreover, the service... More 

1 Thank Sylvie F
Ottawa, Canada
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254 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

we were in a hurry as we were going to a movie...the wait staff rushed our meal but it was excellent.....good value for money.....clean.....they use fresh herbs and not too hot....do try it....few steps for the oldies.......and parking right outside the doori

1 Thank carol w
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We've been in Canada now for 10 days and it was time for some Indian food. Did a bit of Tripadvisor research and Sitar got the nod. Pretty quiet inside but place was clean bright and welcoming. Food was really good - I had the Chicken Madras and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very friendly gentlemen cooking and serving. I recommend Sitar.

Thank Martin S
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I grew up on British-Indian fusion cooking, and I appreciate good Indian where I find it. After my experience in London and the north of England, I found the food here poor. Perhaps if you are not used to spicy food it will seem exotic, but overall the menu is homogeneous. The curry sauces were nothing special, and the quality... More 

Thank BenSW
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96 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

In the last several years i have been going here off and on. I have thoroughly enjoyed our each visit. This time was a Sunday early dinner before heading out to a show. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients that clearly shows on the taste and scent. Judicious use of indian spices enhances different flavours tingling the taste buds. We had... More 

1 Thank malimu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 417 Rideau St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5Y9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: (613) 789-7979

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