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Review of Fraser Cafe

Fraser Cafe
Ranked #4 of 2,982 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Friends had highly recommended. We were made clearly aware of the premium prices charged Fraser Cafe. Expectations were high. But our dining experience there was our biggest disappointment in a very long long while.

The space is cramped and tables are way too close to each other. This was exasperated by the restaurants's heat being turned up to an unbearable level. When our server came over to our table to explain the evening's specials, his eyes shifted to the couple at the table next to our's and it was unclear which table's diners he was talking to. Seemed like he was addressing the two tables at the same time.. When I asked him what the charcuterie app included, he replied 'do you mean the cheese or meat?'. I replied 'both!'

We ordered a dozen oysters and said to the server that we'd think about other apps and mains while we ate them. He shot back that we should order our main courses immediately so that the kitchen could start preparing them. He made us feel rushed which was surprising since the restaurant was far from full on this Saturday night.

The food itself was quite good but not good enough to justify the top-of-the-market pricing. Combined with the ham-fisted service provided by our waiter and the mid-market ambiance of the space, the overall experience was a huge let down. To cap the evening off, we asked another waiter to call a cab for us. He said it would arrive in five minutes. After almost half an hour, we inquired about the cab. "Oh, gee', he answered, 'I totally forgot to order one for you.' When the tab for two can easily top $300 (as our's did), Fraser Cafe should provide a much more satisfying and professionally delivered experience.

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1  Thank Harold S
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

The chefs are brilliant and this restaurant is a must go to for the food at least ... in addition the atmosphere is great and service is very competent and friendly.

Thank Jen B
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Very tasty food in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for brunch at the weekend but get there early.

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Thank Jackie186605
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Our second trip to Fraser Cafe was much like the first: food was great but table layout detracts from the experience. Went as a group of 4. Getting to and from the table felt like leaving a crowded theatre, with lots of shuffling and excuse-me's. But food was great. Beet salad married a delightful combination of flavours. Soup very good. Waiter helpfully suggested that our two senior companions split a bowl. Very nice option. Had the chef's surprise again. Perfectly cooked Arctic char with delicious sides - lentil, veggies. Array of vegetables was impressive - 5 kinds, beautifully prepared and presented. Others had pork and beef. All received great reviews. Waiter made a wine recommendation that was reasonably priced and went well with the different dishes. Desserts very good; one companion found her chocolate cake to be a bit dry - but not a bite was left. Would not hesitate to return or recommend to friends.

1  Thank DarB-Ottawa
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Fantastic service, ambiance and food! Been here for brunch, lunch and dinner, always a happy visit! Definitely has become my new favorite place, looking forward to checking out Table 40 sometime soon!

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