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“Don't eat the salads”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Shore Club

The Shore Club
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Ranked #42 of 2,725 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Canadian, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario
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91 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Don't eat the salads”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Lovely decor, courteous service and initially nice pseudo new age music in the background, but the lobster cobb salad and waldorf salad were 90% iceberg lettuce. At $20 & $16 respectively it is an understatement that the salads were lacking the essential ingredients as well as an attractive presentation. By the end of the lunch a toddler was screeching and running everywhere, and the nice background music was no longer pleasant but rather changed -- getting loud to the point it was difficult to hear my companion in the booth. The restaurant which is about 2 years old is located in the Westin Hotel which is opposite the new Congress Centre. The food with the low lighting might be okay for those from out of town who haven't read any reviews, but it's definitely not on par with the Chateau Laurier or Le Cafe. As a local resident I would not return to nor would I recommend this restaurant. It's worth walking a few blocks to the Byward Market which is less than 5 minutes away and exploring the array of different restaurant choices. The prices here were highly inflated but I guess that's how one pays the rent. By the way I've had the Waldorf salad at the 'Waldorf Astoria Hotel' in NYC and this version is a far cry from the real one.

  • Visited March 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fantastic Evening!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

If you're expecting to dine at ShoreClub and walk away under $200 don't even think of going here. This is an upscale, dining experience not the Keg. We had an excellent dinner here with fantastic service and great food. Starting with the Maitre d who went out of his way to give us an excellent table even though we wanted to sit at the bar and have a drink first. The bar tender, Adam, was terrific. Attentive, friendly and made us feel like regulars. When we were ready they seated us at a nice romantic booth. It was all uphill from there. Our food was delicious, I had the steak and lobster which was offered with either a 7oz filet mignon or 10oz Ny, which is a great choice. I went for the Filet. My husband had the NY strip only, which was 14oz. Sides are all extra but big enough to share which our waiter was sure to tell us so we did not order too much food. Whenever either of us left the table, our waiter knew and promptly came to the table to refresh our napkin. Similar to the service you will find at Baccarra at the Casino. We each started with appetizers. My husband had the Lobster bisque which is often too salty. This bisque was fabulous, they even came with a small glass of sherry which was offered to be added to the soup. I had the vanilla prawns, a plate of 4 large plump shrimp in a crispy tempura batter and spicy thai dipping sauce, again delicious. All in all, with 3 beers and glass of wine at the bar, appetizers, our main course with two sides,and another bottle of wine at dinner our meal was $226.00. If you're looking for a great place to have an upscale dinner on the byward market, this is the place. You'll pay the same price at Empire Grill, and believe me the Shore Club makes Empire Grill look like an amateur.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Diane2242
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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food but somewhat pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

We chose The Shore Club as a place to dine out after attending an event at the Ottawa Congress Centre, which is next door. It was a good choice given the location (didn't have to brave the winter winds outside), somewhat pricier than we would have liked, but compensated to a large extent by the quality of the food and the service. The menu is extensive and covers most palates. I had the filet mignon which was very tender and tasty; it was cooked precisely as I had requested. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her lamb cutlets. The sides are charged separately but each dish was large enough for both of us, so we ordered two and shared. We ordered wine by the glass which was as fresh as if it had been poured from a new bottle. The service was excellent; the waitress was very attentive to all our needs, wants and desires. We were seated close to the bar which provided us with plenty of background babel, but we were in the mood for it, so it was OK.

In summary, we enjoyed our dinner at The Shore Club very much, but we will make sure that our next visit is for a special occasion because the price tag is a bit too high for just a casual night out in the town.

  • Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Perfect Evening!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at the Shore Club during our visit to Ottawa. From the moment we walked in the door until when we left we were happy. We opted to arrive a few hours before our reservations so we could have some drinks at the bar and watch the hockey game. The bar staff are funny and friendly and make a delicious drink! The menu is large and has something for everyone...and the atmosphere was chic and romantic. We each had steak and split a side of grilled tomatoes. All delicious! The wine list was also great. We wanted suggestions about some things to see in Ottawa and our server was more than helpful. She was pleasant and cheery and added to the experience. I have already recommended this restaurant to people that I know!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank KristyandBob
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Montreal, Canada
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Overall good dining experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere was very nice looking the food was good however portions are really really small for the price your paying calamari entre was small for the 14$ price .the service was good also and wine list prices were decent

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