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#7 of 11 Bar in Ottawa
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American, Bar, Pub
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed September 17, 2022 via mobile

It's a Great restaurant with great ambiance and great service. We got pulled pork and shrimp tacos with crab dip appetizer.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 16, 2022 via mobile

If you have an hour and a half to spare to sit and wait for mediocre food, go here. It’s perfect to sit and watch everyone around you get their food, eat, and leave while you sit with your water.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022

Got seated and nobody came to our table to take our order. After about 25 minutes we went to hostess and told her nobody came by yet. She said ok and went "somewhere." We waited at least 10 more minutes and still nobody came to...our table so we walked out. As we were walking out, the same hostess said, "Have a good one!" Party of 5; 2 adults, 3 teens.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 28, 2022 via mobile

Hosted a business dinner on the patio. Perfect weather, great atmosphere, and outstanding service, in spite of being understaffed and pretty busy. Food and drinks were great. Everyone had a blast and we closed the place. Great newer addition to Ottawa.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 10, 2022

Came for the day from the city. Chose this restaurant over Hank's because the menu sounded fresh and appealing. This is a casual spot with uncomfortable chairs that make very loud noises as they are being moved or rearranged. Our server was rather cranky and...I am used to giving everyone a pass because I know places are short staffed and such due to the pandemic. However, I also know that I go to work every day with a smile on my face whether I am in a good mood or not. We can't use covid as an excuse forever. My meatloaf sandwich was terrible. It seemed like there were pieces of carrots in it. My aunt ordered a burger and took one bite. It is unfortunate, but the only thing going for this place is it's location on the water.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

Our visit was during the off season, so the food service of the kitchen was a little slow, but the service of the bar tender, Lizzy, and our waitress, Jasmine, as well as the environment was excellent. We were not in any hurry so the...slower than normal food service was not a problem. The setting was lovely as we watched the sun set over the harbor of empty slips. Some of the weekend retreat cottages were occupied so the interior lights from those cottages added to the special aura of the evening. We can only imagine what the environment will be like when the slips in the harbor are filled and there is greater activity in the harbor. My wife and I had seafood entrees (grilled grouper and blackened mahi mahi). Our adult son had the surf & turf entree. The Brussel sprout slaw with cilantro dressing was spectacular. The asparagus spears were very good for so early in the season. All of our entrees were perfectly prepared. We shared a pumpkin cinnamon pecan bread pudding for dessert. It, too, was delicious. As we left the restaurant, we stopped to talk to the bartender regarding her bourbon offerings. She had Blanton's, E.H. Taylor, Woodford Reserve, & Bulleit at very reasonable prices. We seldom travel through Ottawa, but our son lives in Morris, IL. We definitely will return to the Red Dog Grill again in season. I am sure he will return more frequently.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed September 13, 2021

We couldn't find a decent restaurant in town... so our last choice before turning in was the red dog grill... We were so happy to have chosen this bar and grill. The food was excellent, the view was great and the price a bit more...reasonable for a family of four consisting of two boys with Mom and Dad. We wold highly recommend it and will definitely return, if we happen in the area once again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 20, 2021

I suffer from celiac disease which requires eating a strict gluten free diet. Most restaurants are very accommodating but Red Dog has no interest whatsoever in serving celiacs or gluten intolerant diners. I’m giving it two stars because the others in our party enjoyed their...meal but I would have only given it a one if it had just been me. This was my third and final attempt to eat there this summer… there are plenty of other local restaurants with trained staff and gf menu choices.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021

We've been here a few times and this place is a great addition to Illinois river and Ottawa areas. Today was a great day to eat outdoors and our server Jasmine was awesome. We ordered the fish tacos, chicken rap and waffle and regular fries....Also had a couple tropical drinks. Everything was perfect and prices are reasonable. Also a great menu with lots of options. They have free visitor boat docking with fuel. It looks like they have rentals also. The marina is newer and is just a great place to go. Great job guys...!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021 via mobile

We have been here multiple times. Plenty of room for parking. It sits along a boat dock the view is beautiful. Summer time they have live bands and other activities. They have indoor and patio dining. My go to here is the Baja fish tacos...and waffles fries. The lobster roll sandwich was a lot smaller than we expected.they have rental condo, rental boats/ jet skis extra and just a short 5 minute drive to down town Ottawa. Definitely will go back love the atmosphere here. Service is good could be tad better but always busy so we understand.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 29, 2021

Great place would like to come back and stay on the property some time. We ate at the restaurant Red Dog Inn. Great food especially the burgers Service was great view beautiful

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed October 19, 2020 via mobile

Great marina setting with shaded outside tables and a pretty harbor view. Cold drinks and good bar food. Gets busy on summer weekends. Safe setting too!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

The food here was delicious and the waitresses were phenomenal but we were disappointed to watch a very rude make host turn away a very pregnant women with her young child and mother. It appeared that she asked to sit in a cooler spot and...he refused. Watching an incident like that will unfortunately keep us from coming back. At a time when most restaurants are struggling to stay open they need to hire a better host. After all, they are the face of the restaurant. I hope he was reprimanded or fired.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 16, 2020

It's a nice restaurant on the bay. Great views of some really nice houses and boats. Friendly staff. Nice outside patio. Large menu with many choices. Tried some dishes with shrimp and lobster. The lobster quesadilla was really fishy tasting. I enjoyed my shrimp wrap....Really wasn't as memorable a restaurant as I had hoped.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed September 9, 2019 via mobile

After initially struggling with what seemed like an indomitable lack of organizational skills, the restaurant has bounced back under the current management. The menu is original and offers a good variety, both at lunch and dinner, and the wait staff is friendly and competent. Despite...the fact that all these attributes make the appealing, there remains a mystery to be solved. Many of the dishes on the lunch menu are traditionally served with pickles ... and they do NOT have any.. EVER!!! Today we were told that have no intentions of getting any in the future so if you like your burger or tenderloin with pickles, it’s BYOP- bring your own pickle.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Red Dog Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4