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“Tapas Monday...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Allium

Allium
Ranked #28 of 2,710 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Smyrna, Georgia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Tapas Monday...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Looking for a nice quick dinner one Monday night, my wife and I drive down Holland street to find a nice restaurant called Allium... We actually had an interest in a full dinner, however on Mondays tapas are the only served. We decided to try... Ultimately we were pleased we made the adjustment.

Our dietary requirements are rather strict, however Allium handled our requests very easily and did not make us feel uncomfortable.

We will certainly make this a regular stop for the ambiance and delicious tapas dishes. Looking forward to returning for a normal dinner soon.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank cjackUSA
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Montreal
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152 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Relying on Trip Advisor reviewers' recommendation is always a safe bet, so we booked Allium last night and were glad we did. A little out of the way for tourists, it is a charming little bistro in a residential neighbourhood. Street parking was not a problem.
The food was just perfect and the service friendly. We took a chance on the surprises of the day, confident we would not be disappointed and we definitely weren't. The starter was large scallops resting on quinoa croquettes -amazing! The main surprise was a duck confit, a good sized duck leg accompanied by a small stack of 'gratin dauphinois' and baked creamy beets. Simply delicious. The waiter couldn't spoil the surprise but he did suggest a good wines to go with our 'surprise' meal. Definitely the best meal I've had in Ottawa in the 'bistro' category, and I would got back anytime. Allium is not to be missed!

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1 Thank Marysela
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Vancouver
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102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Very good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Dining room is very loud on a busy night. When making a reso, ask to be seated in the back area if you're looking for a quieter evening. Food was very tasty and very well cooked. Service was also very good.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank westcoastcutie
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Ottawa, Ontario
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151 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“The #1 restaurant in Ottawa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Thank you Allium for a fantastic Valentine's Day dinner. This was our first visit and we both concluded that Allium is now the best restaurant in the city. My wife tried the blind menu, and really enjoyed the venison starter and the scallop main course. I had the steak frites, which was outstanding-- and a touch better than the same dish at Absinthe just around the corner. Although the tables are positioned quite close together, the restaurant has installed sound absorbing ceiling tiles so that you can actually have a conversation. Service was first rate. We will definitely be back again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank servicecomesfirst
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Ontario
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89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Sublime.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

I came here a couple of years ago for a birthday celebration and that night I had the best meal I've ever had in Ottawa.

We started with a raw minced scallop on some sort of cracker. The sweetness of the scallop was paired nicely with a fresh citrus flavour.

We then had a filet mignon and I remember that being delicious. It was served, of course, with onions on the side I believe.

We ended the meal with a smashed chocolate cake, which was just the right decadent sweetness to end a delicious meal.

I need to make an excuse to get here for another great meal, and soon!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank jaindough
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