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“Been many times and will return”
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The Honest Lawyer
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Buffet
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Been many times and will return”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

Fantastic place to kill time and great for team building with co-workers. Food is better than average, but you go for the games and atmosphere anyways. There is a one lane bowling game, lots of arcade games and a few pool tables. Try out their beerzooka is you have 4 or more people!

Visited December 2011
Thank Greg S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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  • English first
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English first
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2012

Decent, if greasy, pub fair. Slow service. Limited beer selection. Many better choices up the street in the heart of the market!

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Thank MichaelBurjack
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lots of fun but the food is awful.”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

What do you do for your daughters 19th birthday in Ottawa? Get a bunch of her friends together and treat them to a few hours at the Honest Lawyer in Ottawa. It had been 5 years since I was last there, but recalled that they had lots of fun games to keep everyone busy and the location was perfectly - downtown Byward Market.

So the good/great - 1) lots of great well maintained games to keep everyone busy BUT I easily went through $25 per person in games alone in slightly more than 2 hours - this adds up quickly. 2) drinks were tasty, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic BUT no bargain. 3) The service we received was the high-lite and far exceeded my expectations or that of all those present. Both punctual and polite, quick with the chatter and most kind and attentive. Top marks here!!!

Now the nasty - The food is dreadful. Nachos barely had any cheese and not many of them for what was in the higher end of the roadhouse price expectation for this product. Poutine was ghastly, little curds, fries just ok, and covered/drenched in gravy. Couldn't eat it. Chicken Wrap was ok, but again higher priced for roadhouse product of this portion size. My wings were just awful - chicken pieces were smaller and covered with heavy batter to make them look bigger. The BBQ sauce was applied heavily and my stomach had enough after just three.

Oh BTW, my partner was physically sick 2 hours later from her chicken wrap and that was one of the better tasting food items as noted above.

Was it a bad night in the kitchen or an on going problem with trying to run a fun place to play with a decent place to eat?

Overall I paid easily $50/person for good/great entertainment but easily amongst the worst food experiences I have ever had.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank BestWorldReviews
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
258 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Not fancy, but fun.”
Reviewed August 18, 2011

Go early or go when there aren't one-time specials on. It's a big place, but once prime time on the weekends hits, it gets crowded with a younger set. Lots of fun games, TV's, and a great jukebox. The menu has a decent selection and given the size of the place and it's near-capacity crowd, the service is pretty good.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank Buchans79
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Jiaozuo, China
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Hate it, someone should...”
Reviewed February 23, 2009

Hate it, someone should end the misery.

2 Thank starlaOttawa
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