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“Great food, awesome surrounding and awesome service”

Courtyard Restaurant
Ranked #26 of 3,255 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $46
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
Description: For over 35 years our fine cuisine and charming atmosphere have made us a favorite destination for special events, family gatherings and corporate occasions. Experience downtown Ottawa dining at its best!
Reviewed May 7, 2019

I was joined by 4 family members for a bit of catching up last Saturday at The Courtyard Restaurant on the By-ward market in Ottawa. Our meals were all to our taste standards, hot and timely served.

The restaurant is old stone and block structure with high ceilings. We were able to carry on our conversations without having to raise our voices. I recommend this restaurant for times when you need great food, great acoustics and good friends. You won't regret it.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Thank Jean M
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Reviewed May 2, 2019 via mobile

Cynthia and the team at the courtyard did a phenomenal job with my wedding. It's a stunning venue, with excellent food, and the help with planning, coordinating and decorating etc. made our day perfect and effortless.

Many thanks and fond memories ❤️

Sarah and Michael

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Sfindlay2019
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Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

We had a few venue options in mind when we met with Cynthia at the Courtyard, but after initial meeting we cancelled the others. Cynthia promptly answered any and all questions without hesitations, offered suggestions. We could tell this was not her first wedding and she knew what she was doing. We went with the DJ, florist and baker on her preferred vendor list and were NOT disappointed.

When the day arrived, we were blown away with how absolutely amazing everything was set up! The ceremony space was set up beautifully. Prior to the ceremony Cynthia made sure there was no wardrobe mishaps for anyone, making sure we were all ready to go.

Transitioning from ceremony to cocktail hour was seamless, and the food during was all amazing! At this time we took any family photos etc.

We got to preview the reception set up before any guests were seating, we were both in aw of how quickly and perfectly Cynthia and her staff flipped the room (and installed the dance floor). Every last detail was thought of... I mean everything!!!

The food was delicious! Our guests are still commenting on it!! The staff did a wonderful job taking orders and serving everyone. Not only did Cynthia checked in with us to make sure our meals and everything were okay, but also with each table.

We really have nothing negative to say about the venue or our experience but what really put it over the top was Cynthia! I don’t think it would have been as perfect without her!! She is honestly amazing, so on top of everything, and she really really does care about making sure your day is all you dreamed of... and more.

We had 10 children that attended, and weddings can tend to be boring for little ones. Cynthia set up a fort in the other room for them, complete with flame less candles. Our daughter loved it so much she fell asleep and the rest of the staff made sure that no one disrupted her!

I really don’t know if Cynthia and her staff understand how much every last detail, effort and hard work they put in meant to us!

Thank you SO much

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Keshia M
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

Omg. Cannot day enough about this place. Weddings are a very stressful event and having a team like Cynthia’s to help out alleviated so much of the stress. We went in not really having a definite idea of how we wanted it done. Cynthia not only gave us suggestions but new ideas.

The venue is gorgeous and quaint. Very historic (even with a ghost named miss Evans). Cynthia knew everything.

She assembled and got everything ready and all the ducks in a row. She and her team set everything up and reassembled the venue to transform from ceremony to reception. We got our cake and flowers through her suppliers and made it that much simpler for us.

The day went off without a hitch. Beautiful place and amazing staff. The food was fantastic and service top notch.

For anyone looking for a one stop shop for a wedding, this is the place for you. Worth every dime. Our guests raves about this place and I can’t say I blame them.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank HolliSeguin
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

We had dinner at Courtyard restaurant for a company event, for about 40 people on March 12th. I have nothing but positive things to say about this venue for several different reasons.
The venue is absolutely beautiful. We loved the room - it was just perfect for our needs. The quality of the food was excellent. Everyone commented on how delicious their meals were.
But the important thing to mention is the service. We had a server/bartender/maitre d' named Dallas, and we really lucked out with him. He is efficient and friendly, approachable and professional. I watched him training a new employee working with him; he was patient and obviously very knowledgeable. He seemed unflappable - 40 people descended on him at once, and he took care of everyone's needs. I worked as a restaurant manager for 15 years before recently changing careers, and I know that someone like Dallas is a rarity in that business. And I wasn't the only one who mentioned the great service.
Finally, planning the event with Courtyard's event planner Cynthia at the beginning of the process was super easy because of her professionalism, efficiency and great communication. She had some great suggestions and was a pleasure to deal with. We will definitely keep the Courtyard in mind for future events.
In general, the whole event happened very seamlessly and was much appreciated!

Date of visit: March 2019
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