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“Fantastic Fish Restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pelican Grill

Pelican Grill
Ranked #31 of 2,709 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $37
Cuisines: Seafood, Canadian, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A casual seafood bistro with a fresh fish market attached. We are only interested in serving the freshest fish and seafood we can get!
Bratislava, Slovakia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic Fish Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Not a top end restaurant but a very cozy one with very friendly staff. Went there for a dinner with a few friends. No problem with parking. The menu is quite limited but there is a special of the day always added. Beside beer a good selection of wines is also available. The quality of food was superb. We enjoyed Lobster Bisque, Atlantic Char and Mussels, all fresh and tasty. Great place, we will definitely come back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Milan K
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Ottawa
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Try the Bouillabaisse!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Exceptionally fresh seafood well prepared and originally presented! Their bouillabaisse is the best I've ever had!!

Visited December 2012
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2 Thank Suzanne C
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quebec
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“nice and easy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

Been there several time, in solo and duo. Always without reservations, and always at the same table. Always had the mussel and fries with Belgian beer. Always good, always excellent and friendly service. Always finished my dish and licked the plate.
Always found a parking close enough so my hip would not complain, (+ free)
I went there the first time because tripadvisor said #1 in Ottawa.
But I noticed the price creeping up over the months.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank QuebecRpj
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great find, great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

I've eaten at the Pelican Grill a few times for lunch as I work quite close by. I am consistently impressed with the taste, quality and presentation of the food and the fun, friendly and attentive service. I always feel so welcome upon entering the Pelican, which makes the dining experience that much more enjoyable. The restaurant was under construction when I last went (most likely all cleared up by now though), so there were a couple eye-sores, but the fact that the place was still packed for lunch tells you a lot about their popularity. Overall, a great little place!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Foodie F
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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177 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Quality of Fish Unsurpassed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

Not only did I eat here, but I also bought fish to take home as well. This is one of the few inland places where the quality of fish is unsurpassed. The menu lunch menu is relatively limited, but that's okay because everything is rated a "buy" on it.

The counter staff behind the fish market are intensely knowledgeable about the product. The guy with the red hair is superb. The wait staff in the restaurant could use a little more training in being amenable and serving from the correct side of the diner. However, it is all excused because of the quality of the fish.

Prices are a little high, but I don't mind paying for quality. When in this neck of the woods, both the market and the eatery are worth patronizing.

So all in all, in spite of the

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank TechLord
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Jim F, Owner at Pelican Grill, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thanks for your kind words. The guy with the red hair is Chuck. He is a star fishmonger. We are really thrilled that you mentioned the high quality of our fish because we are fishmongers at heart. Cheers
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