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“Great Neighborhood Bistro”

Taylor's Genuine Food and Wine Bar
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Ottawa
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Great Neighborhood Bistro”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Taylor’s food is delectable.

The charcuterie is fair to very good. The soup of the day the night we visited was a velvety smooth mushroom, quite perfect. The house maple foie gras torchon was meagre. Four very small torchons that could have used a little seasoning. The portion was way to small even for a charcuterie and particularly at the $12 price point.

The mains we selected were both simply delicious. We sampled the arctic char and the Ontario beef petite shoulder tender. Both were prepared to perfection with exquisite accompaniments.
Again the portions were more in the small plates category but the pricing was in the high 20’s. The excellent smoked tomato chutney comes with most charcuterie and mains and makes its appearance a little too frequently.

The wine list is well priced and heavily laced with Canadian choices from Niagara and Prince Edward County. Wines are served not only in Reidel stemware but the appropriate one for most grapes.

Dessert is excellent. We sampled the strawberry rhubarb tart and it was a terrific mixture of traditional and some delicious surprises.

Service can be a little unpolished at times but the team work is outstanding.

The open kitchen at the end of the bar adds a nice focal point and the aromas seeping thought the restaurant are simply wonderful.

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank IntSommelier
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Agree with the next review - Good but tiny expensive portions”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

This place is much like other eateries in the area: a little food for a lot of dough. Unlike some of the more tired restaurants in the area, it was very tasty, but considering the price I doubt I'll be back.

  • Visited April 2012
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3 Thank Stewie55
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McLean, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good food, expensive, small portions”
Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

I live in Old Ottawa South and had dinner at Taylor's. I was dissociated at the portion size. It was tiny, especially considering the high prices. The favors and originality were nice though. It is borderline tapas at main entree prices.

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3 Thank MoV1
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ottawa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth it”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great Food,
Great Service,
Fun Atmosphere,
What more can you ask for?

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank Doug P
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Birthday dinner at Taylor's - so delicious!”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. The service was fast and friendly. The food was SO delicious (the cheddar pie is to die for!) and we even got complimentary bubbly for my birthday. My only complaint was the price - but I'd go back in a heartbeat.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank StephMcD3
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