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“Very good restaurant”

Rosie's Southern Kitchen & Raw Bar
Ranked #1,313 of 2,808 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $11 - $79
Cuisines: Southwestern, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed July 29, 2014

A very pleasant meal and atmosphere. Food is very good. Menu is creative. Premises are clean and staff is friendly and responsive.

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2  Thank Elie A
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was supposed to be a special birthday dinner but turned out to be a big disappointment. I ordered pesto scallops and got three bland tasting scallops sitting on one wilted Kyle leaf and a bit of rice for $29.00! My friend ordered paella which was misleading as it was more like a jambalaya. With two glasses of wine and a tip the bill came to almost $ 120.00 for the two us. And we came away hungry!

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3  Thank BZK2014
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

We have tried Rosie's many times now. It's in our neighbourhood, it has lovely decor but aside from that it is a huge disappointment. The food is the biggest problem. It's as though they don't try and hide where they cut corners. Example, a hot full tomato with a dot of pesto on it, is not a suitable "seasonal vegetable" side.

The grande nacho is a handful of tortilla chips with a couple shreds of cheese and two cubes of chicken. Save yourself $15 and go buy a bag of Doritos. The satisfaction level is the same.

The service has been very hit or miss. They are either really nice or cold and snappy with you.

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2  Thank HungrySimon44
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

Things started off well, but went downhill. We ordered crab cakes with the cilantro chimichurri sauce; the crab cakes were so-so and were not complimented at all well by the sauce. The 1/2 lobster in shell was ordered, and came covered in sauce which made it hard to extract the meat with a standard knife and fork provided. The NY Strip Loin was ordered, what came was a 12 oz. NY Strip - a totally different menu item. Our server, although friendly, forgot us when it came to taking orders for coffee and dessert! Would definitely not pay a return visit.

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Thank Jean H
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

A beautiful and welcome addition to the Glebe restaurant scene. Gone is the Southern, barn-like decor of the much-lamented Mexicali Rosa, and its mediocre, short-lived follower. The inside part of the restaurant is beautifully appointed, with its striking bar and large high tables. But why this obsession with large screen - I counted six of them - plasma TV's, which nobody watches anyway? Is this a restaurant or a sports bar? Go figure.
The two-part patio (one-half covered, the street-side part open, with large umbrellas), lies unfortunately on the Bank street side; however, it is is huge, pleasant and well-designed, with some well-thought and beautiful landscaping and a firepit.
The menu is eclectic, the wine and liquor list is well-balanced, and the service is cheerful and attentive.
After the flowers comes the pot, and I mean the food of course. Which is hit and mostly miss, but also very, very expensive for what you get. Here is the detail of what we had last night. Two somewhat watery margaritas ($9 apiece), a decent order of nachos (reminiscent of Mexicali Rosa's) @ $12, one order of sea scallops (4 pieces) peerfectly cooked, on a bed of mushy, greasy and overly salty arboreto rice with small pieces of spicy - and salty -chorizo, and some wilted greens ($31); and an appetizer order of steak tartare ($18!!!) consisting of about one oz.(three bites!) of hand-cut beef, very poorly seasoned, with a poached egg, three small pieces of toasted flatbread, and a funny and totally out of place drizzle of bourbon-infused.... caramel!!, plus a $5 order of good French fries. Add to that two 6 oz.glasses of a good Niagara region Rosé wine ($9 apiece), well chilled and served in nice wine glasses.
Total, $130 (with taxes and tip) for a somewhat mediocre dinner that did no do justice to the decor - and the quality of the service. Would I go back? Yes, but only for nachos and a drink or two on the patio.

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1  Thank HicEtNunc
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