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“Great ingredients but only good food” 3 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: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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!
Ottawa, Canada
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429 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“Great ingredients but only good food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

I was very excited about hearing about the restaurant and store, and looking at the shelves they carry some fantastic products and have very fresh fish (and a good variety).

So it was a bit of the disappointment then the lobster bisque reminded me more of something from a can than something from a creative chef. The Lobster poutine was interesting but way too much gravy and the taste was bland. The salmon special was nice and well crafted, however the pasta special was a disappointment, the clams did not come trough rather the spicing made us think it was made with bacon. The moule frit were very nice and the trout was fine but again the flavour was not exciting at all.

Service was mixed, we had 2 waiters,, one good the other so so.

Overall I am not sure I would come back based on the price but do have to give them credit for a great concept as well as a great atmosphere, the layout is great and the menu is well balanced and intersting

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Peter_Bomberg
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Ottawa
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great food, slow service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

I have been going to the Pelican Grill for the past 7 years for lunch. Funny but I find that not much has changed over the years. The food is VERY fresh and the menu does change from time to time. The last time we went a few weeks ago the service was very slow due to so many people that were there (Lunch is busy) This caused a 1hr lunch to extend 30 minutes so be forewarned. Also parking is crazy, too small a parking lot for so many small businesses and Farm Boy. Regardless it is worth the wait and I am always satisfied with my meal. This last visit I had the fish tacos and bowl of daily soup. VERY Yummy !!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ottyb
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Ottawa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great service & very good seafood.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

We had a dinner at Pelican Grill the first time last weekend. The service was super great, they brought our water quickly after we got seated. And they also brought something to entertain our little one to play and draw when we were having dinner there. Our little one likes the apple pieces from the salad in the restaurant, one of the waiter cut some more apple slices for him without any charge. Most importantly, the seafood was excellent at this place. We ordered the daily special (fish pasta) and fish salad, they were so good that I would like to go back there for dinner everyday. Keep up the good work. We will go back there for seafood again for sure.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lovegoodfood G
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Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

We have eaten there several times and every time the food has been delicious and cooked to perfection. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. Reservations are definitely recommended as it is always full.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank susanjpitt
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Would Return”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

After reading the reviews and talking to friends that have visited the Pelican Grill, I thought it was high time to see for myself. As we decided to have an early dinner, I did not expect the restaurant would be very busy around 5PM on a Wed. The waiter had a full booking but did manage to fit the two of us with the understanding that the table was reserved for 6:30PM. The table server was very good and the food was even better. We started by sharing a shrimp tempura appetizer which was done just right. Our two main dishes consisted of one fish & chips which was done in a crispy and thin batter. Very good. The second dish was salmon on a bed of mashed potatoes and a few veggies. Reasonable selection of wine and beer also available. The restaurant is rather small considering the large crowds that go there and a reservation is your best bet. We'll definitely return, a great seafood dining experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank db1227
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