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.
Hours of Operation:
Reservations for Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
Atelier Ratings and Reviews
The food was amazing. Exquisite present ...
The food was amazing. Exquisite presentation and taste. Food service felt somewhat impersonal and perfunctory. Wine service more attentive, conversational. For a 12 course meal dining experience, I expected comfortable, cushy chairs (that were not fraying), a table with linens, carpet that was not industrial tile-style carpeting (which was also fraying in numerous places with what felt like no padding at all - laid directly over concrete slab?), poor lighting (cold, not warm), fast food-style soap dispensers and a mirror in need of replacing in the restroom. The atmosphere was industrial and cold, not inviting, warm or remotely elegant. Perhaps the point is that it's all about the food (which is outstanding), just don't go dressed up expecting and elegant romantic meal.
Everything from the host/hostess to the ...
Everything from the host/hostess to the decor to the food was magnificent. Can't wait for the menu to change so I can go back again. The experience was amazing and everyone was on top of their game. This place is a must try. Can't wait to see what the chef comes up with next.
Great place. No real atmosphere. It is r ...
Great place. No real atmosphere. It is really all about the food which is spectacular. 12 courses is a bit too many. 9 would be the perfect number in my opinion. The wine pairings were excellent. The best I have ever had. Great evening and overall experience.
We had a superb dining experience on sat ...
We had a superb dining experience on saturday night. Atelier always gives an exciting, creative and surprising experience. I love the set blind menu where they accomodated my hubby's diet restrictions where he still got to enjoy the whole experience. Deinfitely a must try in ottawa for innovative creations and wonderful service!
For our anniversary we wanted a dining e ...
For our anniversary we wanted a dining experience and that is just what Atelier delivered, a wonderful experience. We enjoyed every bit and bite of the tasting menu which had many layers of flavours for our pallets to enjoy. The comical titles for the dishes were very fitting and helped build the intrigue in the dishes.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Atelier deserves to be one of Canada’s top 100 restaurants as the food and service were exceptional. Also it is no surprise that the head chef and owner Marc Lepine’s creativity in the kitchen enabled him to once again win the gold at the Canadian Culinary Championship.
I had a half portion of the wine paring with my meal and that was just the perfect amount for the tasting menu. All the wines were new to me with the exception of one BC wine.
Trying to choose our favorite dish was extremely difficult, they were all excellent. The menu changes often at the Atelier and being a fixed price I have started saving for my next experience. As an anniversary treat the staff gave us a sweet after dinner surprize which was very nice.
At the end of dinner my server asked if we would like them to call us a taxi. We had a DD so this was not necessary but I have never been asked this before when out dining. It was a nice touch showing concern for their customers
My only complaint would be that I couldn’t take home a doggy bag.
Outstanding but expensive, well fit for ...
Outstanding but expensive, well fit for special occasions. There is no menu, so you subject yourself to the whims of the chef for a 12 services gastronomic adventure. The wine list in the optional "all-included" may disappoint sometimes (the proposed Chateauneuf-du-Pape is so-so) but it proposes surprising mixes and matches.
Dining at Atelier was one of the most un ...
Dining at Atelier was one of the most unique experiences I have had. The blind 12-course menu made the evening fun and the courses were spaced out perfectly. We never felt rushed, and had time to enjoy each plate. Definitely do the wine pairing - the sommelier is fantastic, it is worth it. We had fun trying to guess what was next based on the drink description. Overall, it is a comfortable space with exciting foods. We tried some new things, and the chef made the familiar new and fun. Our server was fantastic, gave excellent descriptions of the dishes, and great tips on how to tackle some of the creations. We highly recommend dining at Atelier. It's an experience you won't forget!
We were delighted with our evening! I d ...
We were delighted with our evening! I didn't know anything about the restaurant except it's rating, so I was especially excited to discover a 12 course blind menu; averaging 5 bites each - each bite a choice, balanced mingling of flavours, textures and food types. Our kind of dining experience! Everything was delicious! Service friendly and attentive. Sommelier had some interesting pairings too (no spoilers).
Decor no distraction to the food, possibly intentionally.
We asked for a quiet table and got one (the restaurant cannot be held responsible for guests who like the sound of their own voice, and think the waiters appreciate their critiquing each course. I know I didn't.)
Ranks among the most expensive dinners in recent years, but also among the most memorable.
There tasting menu is mind blowingly del ...
There tasting menu is mind blowingly delicious at the moment, and the wine/ beer pairings were incredibly well picked out. I have been going to atelier for a few years now, and they always deliver a spectacular meal. But even by their standards the summer tasting menu they put together is better then usual. Go. Go now.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience at Ate ...
Overall, I enjoyed the experience at Atelier. A few of the dishes were, unfortunately, not to my taste (eg chicken mousse), but the other dishes made up for it. Would highly recommend the half wine pairing.
Spoiler Alert: I especially liked the Asian sesame asparagus and the smoked salmon (?) in a chip crisp that arrived under a glass dome filled with smoke on a wood plank. The presentation was phenomenal.
Went there for my partner's birthday and everything was top notch. Great place for amateur foodies like us - Atelier brings you on a roller-coaster of flavours, textures and smells through 12 very different courses. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Atelier was a wonderful dining experienc ...
Atelier was a wonderful dining experience that fully lived up to the hype. The courses were all intricately crafted, artistically served, and full of flavour. I initially started off as a skeptic of tasting menus but I was pleasantly surprised. The dessert though blew me away! I will definitely be coming back again for more special occasions.
The main thing that stood out (even beyo ...
The main thing that stood out (even beyond the exceptional food) was the service. The staff were incredibly accommodating and helped me set up a memorable evening where I proposed to my girlfriend. Special thanks to Steve who had many helpful ideas. The food was delicious and creative. Especially the dessert!
The staff were exceptional, in their exp ...
The staff were exceptional, in their explanations of each course and their attentiveness ( ordering a cab for us, coming to our table when the cab had arrived and walking us out to,the cab). They went above and beyond, made it a great experience.
We have eaten in many great restaurants ...
We have eaten in many great restaurants around the world and our recent visit is up there with the best of them. Great service. Food with flair. Highly recommend to anyone who appreciates great food.
Best dining experience in Ottawa. The t ...
Best dining experience in Ottawa. The tasting menu at Atelier is creative, tasty and just plain fun. I am always amazed by what they come up with from the sublime chicken liver pate, through rich beef broth and other savoury courses to the delightful desserts. The most fun was an edible balloon filled with helium.
We can't afford this every week but it is the best eating in town.
Exceptional dinner at Atelier
The food was creative, whimsical, stunningly plated, and absolutely delicious. The wine flight was equally fascinating and went perfectly with the various plates. The service was excellent - unobtrusive, quietly attentive, kind, and very knowledgeable. The decor was chic, comfortable, and minimalist. Overall, this was fine dining at its very best.
A wonderful 10th year anniversary celebration
I had heard about L'atelier and had been dying to go for years. We finally decided it would be the place to go to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary and it was fabulous. All of the staff were fantastic and the food was great. It was a great dining experience and at the end of the night, they surprised us with a card that all of the staff had signed wishing us a happy anniversary as well as bringing us an extra treat.
Best restaurant in town. Not to be missed~
This place is by far the best restaurant in town... It's in fact worthy of a good distance trip. If I lived out of town, I'd be happy to spend the night just so I could go to this place. The food is very inventive, beautifully prepared and perfectly executed. Don't miss it!
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