Atelier is a tasting menu restaurant in Ottawa serving 'New Canadian' food based on hypermodern culinary technique and technology.
Atelier serves exclusively a 12-course tasting menu offered at $125 CAD per person. We offer a wine pairing to complement the menu for $75 CAD per person.
When reserving please make note of any dietary restrictions or allergies so our chefs may best prepare your experience.
Ottawa, ON K1S 4M1
Hours of Operation:
Reservations for Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations for tables of 5 or more must be made by phone.
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available for free on local streets after 5:30 PM Monday - Friday. Free street parking Saturday and Sunday.
A public lot is available for parking beside Atelier, cost will vary depending on time of day.
Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
Atelier Ratings and Reviews
We went to Atelier for my Mom's birthday and the overall experience was amazing. We all really enjoyed the food, presentation, fusion of tastes. However, I did feel the restaurant was a little too noisy for my taste. The seating was too close together as it was limited. Secondly, though the service was not bad, I felt that for the amount we paid, I expected more attention to detail. Overall though, taste and quality of food was good and I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Look. It just wasn't for me. I've had greater cuisine in places that are not as highly spoken about. Thanks building on the outside is dramatically strange. The avante garde of this while thing is completely over rated. The service was pretentious .....the food was....ya....ok.
I can appreciate what they're trying g to do there.....but whatever that it, didn't do it for me.
Oh....the drinks were well done and the pairings we're decent.
But .....I've spent half of that on better pairings. Anyways. That's all.
This was the best dining experience I have had the pleasure of attending. The food presentation was phenomenal as well as the taste. I would have never tried such food previously but the whole ambience was amazing. The waiter was very knowledgeable. All Ottawa should experience this dining setting. World class. Thank you.
J'ai choisi l'Atelier pour célébrer mon entrée dans la soixantaine! Je n'oublierai pas ce repas gastronomique! J'ai bien aimé la présentation des différents plats. J'ai adoré le mélange des saveurs ... je me rappelle encore combien l'onctuosité et la délicatesse en bouche des différents mets m'ont procuré un réel plaisir! Merci pour cette belle expérience des sens!
The food experience was absolutely the best. One has to be adventurous, have a love of food and tastes. This is good art at its best. The service was exceptional also. We had the wine pairing and the details provided along with the description of the plate we were having was great. I only wish they would have provided a written description of each plate when we got it because it was difficult to remember small details of every dish. I would recommend this experience to anyone. Once in a lifetime or once every couple of years because of the price.
Delightful. The meal was special, the service was excellent, and we were made to feel like VIPs. This was not just a meal. it was an experience. Be prepared to be thrilled by the dish you were just served, and then excited by the next course! We have had a comparable dinner in New York City, at Per Se. This was was every bit as good (actually better ). The exterior of the restaurant and the street is a bit off putting, but once inside it is fun. If you just want food go somewhere else. If you want something that you will remember, I would strongly recommend Atelier.
I have travelled many places in the world and I have never had such a beautiful, creative and delicious meal. It is quite simply an event to dine here. 12 courses with wine and beer pairings coupled with impeccable service,and incredible ingredients. Each plate and piece of cutlery have been considered for presentation purposes in keeping with each course. I was astounded by how wonderful An experience this was.
The experience we had at Atelier was amazing. They do a 12 course blind tasting menu. It took us just over 4 hours to make it to the end so it was a long time to sit.
Every dish was just as amazing as the last. The dishes were all well thought out and each component, while tasting amazing together, could easily stand on it's own. Everything was well seasoned and thoughtfully placed. Many of the herbs and edible flowers came from a garden on the property. I would recommend this restaurant for all foodies who really appreciate the detail, and artistry that goes into each of the courses.
This was my second time at Atelier and it was much much better the first time - I believe the first time I went was in 2009. Obviously you know you are going to spend a lot at Atelier - I imagine an average bill is something like $500. So that's a lot to live up to. The first time I went it did, this time it really did not. While there we some tasty dishes it was really nothing out of the ordinary. There was a lack of creativity with the tasting menu - lots of sous-vide stuff, couple of interesting gels and mousses, but nothing really next level. Obviously this type of complaint can come off as nit-picking - but for $500 there is a fair expectation of amazing.
The wine was a bigger disappointment than the food. I'm not a wine expert, but I've done pairing menus before, and this was not good. One wine was flat out not good, another was fine but got totally overwhelmed when consumed with the dish it was paired with. The sommelier was disengaged and kept licking his fingers - he was pleasant but that was kind of off putting.
The main server was fine. He definitely was engaged in us enjoying ourselves.
Final comment is on the restaurant itself, the carpet and baseboards are in really dingy shape. Obviously if the food had been amazing this would have been easy to forget. I don't know what the design style of the restaurant would be called - minimalist? - but dirty baseboards seems like something to fix.
Anyways... it was truly an experience the first time I went and a big, big let down this time.
absolutely spectacular, fresh food and locally ( even backyard) sourced, very unique, without being too overtop top or not real food, very informative servers, a great value, especially for all the attention to details, also lastly impressed chef came over to our table to introduce himself
highly recommend, thank you for a great dining experience
This spot was really original. There's nothing like it in Ottawa and we really enjoyed our unique experience for my birthday 🎉. The food was delicious and very creatively presented. The service was exceptional. My only small complaint is that I found it too loud to hear the server when he explained the meals. Don't be shy about asking him to repeat! Enjoy this gem.
What a wonderful meal. The Wow effect is really present in every service and the staff is simply outstanding. I will definitely go back with friends so they can live that magic moment too.
Wow! What a wonderful experience, food simply delicious. A must go absolutely! Thanks!!
Eclectic and electric. Ambience quirky, severe and yet relaxing. Service attentive, very professional and unobtrusive. Food, outstanding an understatement. Each of the 12 courses a delightful culinary adventure. Flavours meld together subtlety but tastefully. Wine pairings well selected to marry the multiple flavours of the wine with the various food characteristics. Definitely 6 stars out of 5.
Culinary delight for all the senses. Each dish is an edible work of art. Exquisite service from very knowledgeable servers, each in tune with the fine details of the dishes offered. Extensive carte de vin with a sommelier ready to suggest or impart knowledge on the wine being ordered.
Minimalist decor probably intended so as not to disrupt the diner's eating experience.
Well worth the money.
Atelier has not disappointed me this time too. I had my best desserts ever in Atelier, both dessert dishes are in excellent taste and wonderful appearance. I haven't had one single old dish from my previous times and every single dish is perfect. Definitely will be back later.
Food was very artistically presented and half of the ingredients I couldn't taste and had never heard of. Really unique experience, but I can't say that much of the food was terribly memorable from the perspective of what it tasted like. Was bordering on gratuitous snobbery to hear all the ingredients involved in making the crazy dishes, but that's part of the entertainment value. I did the half-wine pairing which gives you smaller portions of each drink. Was really well put together and unique choices that matched the meals well. Despite the cost, it's not 'stuffy' and you don't have to be terribly dressed up. Overall was a fun experience, but have had more memorable tasting food at another restaurant's tasting menu in Ottawa that was only 6-8 dishes, and a bit cheaper. Can't remember the name of the place. If it was a bit cheaper, could maybe justify the cost. Don't get me wrong, it's a unique experience, with very creative presentations, but when you throw 20 ingredients into a 2-bite dish, and I couldn't taste what difference any of them made to the dish, it's hard to justify the experience at that price. If you're looking for more memorable tasting food, look elsewhere. If you want an interesting artistic (and still tasty!) dining experience, try it out!
I would call it an event, rather than a meal. You must be adventurous to enjoy a "blind" tasting - and enjoy I did. Be prepared to let them know at the start of the meal what you would not like to be served - you will not be ordering off a menu here! Everything was beautifully prepared and delish - down to the last frond of garnish. Each dish was photo-worthy!
Went there for 15th anniversary and for a culinary experience. The 12 course blind menu did not disappoint. Delicious and the plating was gorgeous.a true culinary experience. Was stuffed after the 12 courses. Service was amazing. A real gem in ottawa. Reservation required.
The food was excellent. The waiter and sommelier were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Great variety of courses and extremely sophisticated. We had one gluten free meal which the restaurant easily handled and pointed out any differences when the course was presented.
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