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“Kudos to the culinary students of Algonquin College!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant International

Restaurant International
Ranked #389 of 2,710 Restaurants in Ottawa
Cuisines: Canadian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ottawa, Canada
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Kudos to the culinary students of Algonquin College!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

I've been going here every year for my birthday since I was a student myself at Algonquin (so for 4 years now). I'm actually considered a regular, haha! I'm always impressed by what the students do, I've never been disappointed by the food, and the servers are great at suggesting wines or dishes if you're undecided.

You have to go in knowing that the choices are limited, and the staff are still learning, but they are always professional and eager to make your experience a good one. So sure, sometimes they forget the bread, or they spill the water. But they more than make up for their mistakes with the courteous service.

Last year I took a larger group (I usually only go with my now hubby-to-be) and everyone enjoyed it! The only disappointment was they had run out of one of the a main courses before we could order. I guess they had to work on keeping better stock of things (not sure who does that, the students themselves or the faculty?)

And for a not particularly rich, barely out of post-secondary school rag-tag group that my friends and I are, it's an affordable place to go that's "fancy".

Plus I love supporting my college! :)

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline S
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Once Again----Just Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

To be greeted with a genuine smile, and to be served by a young person with a pleasant smile and a genuine interest in doing a good professional job is so unusual. The restaurant is spotless and the place settings are perfectly laid out. Three of us had different meals, the first being pasta, the second being scallops and the third being beef and all were just great. The plate presentation left nothing to chance. Sure the wine list is limited, but so what. Oh, one more thing---the teaching faculty should ensure that when beef is on the menu that the kitchen has horseradish. It is unfair to the student server to have to tell a guest that there are only the most limited of condiments.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stuball1
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Ottawa
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176 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Often great food for always great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

I've been going here about five years and it's usually a hit. Since it is students you should expect some occasional sloppy service (they are learning), but the food is usually very good.

Today I took family for lunch and all my dishes worked well (they change every day). Shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce with large shavings of Parmesan cheese for app. Halibut in a sweet corn curry with green beans, baby potatoes and shiitake mushrooms was the main, and an apple torte with strawberries and whipped cream for dessert. The beginning and end courses were very good, and the halibut with curry was excellent and different!

The only main risk here is the very limited menu, so you have to have versatile tastes. No visit is perfect, but for the value it's always worth it.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank J P
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Arnprior, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Best kept secret in Ottawa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

The restaurant is open to the public and the food served is produced by the culinary students at Algonquin college. It is open for lunch Monday to Friday and for dinner Monday to Saturday. There is free parking. The menus change everyday, but the price for a four course lunch is about $15 and for a 4 course dinner it's about $25. The menus feature great items like shrimp and seafood, beef, veal and lamb. Lots of variety, you just have to be ready for a shorter menu than many restaurants offer, but with great food. Bread and desserts are all made by the students. Food can be exciting, creative nd flavourful. Amazing value for the food provided. Students sometimes visit the table to ask for feedback and you can ask for a tour of the kitchen and meet the class. Reservations recommended.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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