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Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

Byward Market Area
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307 Dalhousie Street | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Caught in the rain at the Byward Market and we wanted something relatively fast so we could go to do and scape room after a day of museums and sightseeing, so based on so many positive reviews we chose Ahora. My teen summed it up perfectly - what a dump. Small, tables crowded so near each other you have to... More 

Thank Oakville_mommy
Leicester, United Kingdom
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304 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

On a recent visit to Ottawa with my daughter to visit her sister and the grandchildren, we decided to have dinner at the Ahora for Mexican food. The younger kids enjoyed the experience. The adults thought it average and overpriced for what we got. Perhaps, we are spoiled and have come to expect better ... currently living in Spain.

Thank Leonard_vd_Heyden
Ottawa, Canada
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Maybe the reviews I heard set my expectations too high, but I was not really overly impressed. Its a cute restaurant, basement snack bar format but brightly and entirely theme painted. You get seated with a menu and then go to the counter to order and pay. Then the waitress brings your food. There is a "salsa bar" with a... More 

Thank eukaable
Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At last! Authentic Mexican spices in Ottawa. Ahora is our inexpensive downtown go-to restaurant when we just can't take another same-old-pub menu. Fresh and tasty with a varied spice-it-up-yourself salsa bar, Ahora's bright colours take me back to vacations in Mexico, but the stand in line to order and flavours are right out of California coast's delectable ethnic restaurants.

Thank Patrice S
Milton, Canada
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been here years ago when I lived in Ottawa and I enjoyed the food, but the most recent visit was disappointing. I got two bean tacos for roughly $8 with a side salad. The salsa bar is always appreciated as you can try 4-5 different types of salsa. However the meal was very disappointing. The taco shells were fine... More 

Thank falafelraptor
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here more than once and last week I went there with some friends. I ordered plato ahora which was beans, rice and a chicken filled burrito with guacamole which was good but not an out of this world dish. Their desserts, churros and alfajores are not worth having because they are dry and not fresh. Ottawa is... More 

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Otta, Norway
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56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I discovered this place 2 weeks ago and I already went there 3 times! When you go in (you have to go downstairs to the basement) you might think that it will not be that great but you are in for a surprise. Food is delicious and cheap! You get a huge plate for the price you pay and it's... More 

Thank Yanet P
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we visited this basement café we found it noisy and crowded but, much to our surprise, we loved it! We ordered and paid at the counter and our food was served very quickly. It washed down with a litre of house white wine which proved very acceptable. We were moving on so we were disappointed not to be able... More 

Thank Denis B
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great meal here on our first night in Ottawa. Wanted to try something different. The food was delicious. Very flavorful as Mexican food should be. The only issue were the drinks were not as great as I would expect from a Mexican joint. Overall it was great and the service was prompt and excellent.

Thank Brent S
Chelsea, Canada
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91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of options to choose from for authentic Mexican cuisine. Simply prepared, and very good. Venue is in the basement, cute and ok for a quick lunch.

Thank CathyJ9B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 307 Dalhousie Street | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: 613-562-2081

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