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“A Great Eating Spot Just a Short Drive from Ottawa”
Review of Kelly's Landing

Kelly's Landing
Cuisines: Seafood
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Nepean
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Great Eating Spot Just a Short Drive from Ottawa”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

I have no hesitation in recommending Kelly's Landing for a convenient getaway meal out of Ottawa, partilcularly if it's a sunny day with fluffy clouds. Get a table on their deck which sits on the banks of the Rideau River. Wlhile you eat or enjoy your drink, you can watch boats cruise by or ducks landing. It's quiet, peaceful, with good food. I especially like their fish chowder, but their other seafood dishes and salads are better than average.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Bob F
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Manotick
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Excellent Food for the Past Eight Years: Best Seafood Chowder Anywhere”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We have dined at restaurants around the world - and this place remains one of our favorites for casual dining on a nice summer day. (They are only open from late May to early October.) Since most of the restaurant is on an exposed patio overlooking the Rideau River, this is not the place to come if it is raining. (If it is sunny, sun-screen may be needed.) And on a warm summer weekend day the place tends to be packed by us "locals" and those in Ottawa who have discovered it. The service staff are local folks who enjoy working there and it shows, although at times there is a bit of a lag-time to get seated. And yes, the tiny kitchen can get backed up but the three times we have been there this season we have had excellent meals served nice and hot and certainly fast enough for our liking. We often come by boat and this is where we also buy gas for our boat. The owner, easily identified by a ready smile, curly grey hair, and deep tan, is often around the front at the store, or pumping gas at the riverside dock - and he lives next door. The seafood chowder is among the best we have had anywhere - and we have it all over the world. There is a variety of cold beer on tap and a limited selection of wine, but quite suitable for the fare. The fish and chips are good, and we always have the chowder. This time at the urging of friends my wife had the chicken boxty and I had the seafood boxty. Wonderful! The sauces are so good we ate every drop. But do be prepared for a casual setting. The furniture is all plastic outdoor patio furniture - after all, when it rains there is no room inside to store anything, so what would one expect? The negative reviews posted by others seem to be of a very different place than the one we know.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Bob009
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The View is Great - Everything else about this Restaurant is very disappointing”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Title says it all ! Great view of the Rideau River but has an overpriced, limited very basic menu. Tired Cottage like patio furniture. Avoid this place - not worth the trip or the money !

  • Visited July 2013
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4 Thank George R
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good thing for them they're on the water...”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Stopped in this past Saturday, July 6th, 2013. Food was what we could best describe as sub-par at best. Service from waitress staff was decent but food took a long time to get out from kitchen due to an alleged, "back up". Food arrived luke warm and was nowhere near as great as what some others describe as, "...some of the best food..." and "...best dining experiences..." I don't know where or how often these folks get out but it's not as often or at the same places where we go.

  • Visited July 2013
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6 Thank Justplainme J
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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice View, Bad Service”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We have heard about this place for a while and decided to check it out. When we arrived the weather was overcast and the patio was not busy. We waited by the hostess stand as it says, “Please Wait to Be Seated”. After we stood there for a while someone abruptly approached us and told us to sit wherever.
Someone finally came around and took our drink order. They had to change a keg and that took 15 minutes.
Another friend of ours showed up and they took his order, 10 minutes later she came back and asked what he had ordered gain?
Our fifth friend showed up and he was at the table for nearly 15 minutes before any acknowledgement and that was after I had to flag someone down (not our server) and ask if we could have another round and order food. She said she’d send our server over.
Finally, our server came back from taking payments from a party inside (we could see her). She said we now have her undivided attention for the rest of the night.
Service was a tad faster but still brutal.
A couple of guys came in around 845 and also stood at the entrance while waiting to be acknowledged. They were told that the kitchen was closing so they’d have to order fast….it sounded rude and unprofessional.
I would understand a bit more if the patio was over flowing with people but there might have been 8 tables between two girls.

  • Visited June 2013
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4 Thank stephaniemck
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