About Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
Asian Fusion, Sharing Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday- Thursday & Sunday 4:30pm-10:30pm, Friday and Saturday 4:30pm-11pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room
Special Events & Promotions:
From corporate gatherings to weddings SIDEDOOR loves to host special events.
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews
We absolutely loved Sidedoor. Our server ...
We absolutely loved Sidedoor. Our server was charming, helpful and attentive and the ambience is casual in this stylish, fusion-cuisine restaurant. We started the meal with a beer for my husband and I had a Herb's Favorite - a gin and tonic with cucumber, fresh dill, and a lime slice - wonderful! This is a place where you order several things and then share. We started our meal with the baby kale and apple salad with spiced, roasted and chopped peanuts. The dressing was delicious. Next we had the sashimi, which was delicate and full of flavor. Our final dish was the honey pork tenderloin with root vegetables - delicious. If we lived in Ottawa, we would be regulars at Sidedoor.
Although I have eaten here several times ...
Although I have eaten here several times and the food was excellent, I found it to be mediocre on this visit. A little stodgy and the food was not as hot as it should have been.
Food was amazing, very unique and great flavour profiles in the dishes. Service was fantastic as well. Highly recommended for a great dinner. Make sure to have the fish tacos
We went to Side Door based on raving review about this restaurant. However, we were disappointment both for the service and the quality of the food. 1) Upon arrival, we were seated in the corner at the back of the restaurant. The restaurant was really empty at the time, so we asked whether we can get moved closer to the window instead. The waitress told us they were fully booked and we cannot change table. However, when I later passed by the door, I heard the other hostess asking the diner whether they would like to seat near the window or at the back. Clearly, the choice was there but just not for us. 2) FOOD. The place claimed to be asian-fusion. We ordered 4 dishes, 2 appetizers and 2 mains. The green papaya salad was plain, with too much acidity and not much other flavor to balance it out. The fried calamari was the only memorable dish, however, it was really salty and I had to take a lot of water to bring down the saltiness. The braised beef was extremely disappointing. The beef was not seasoned at all, layered with a thick layer of crushed peanuts, and the sauce doesn't taste like Thai coconut curry at all. The rice that came with it was too wet for this type of dish as well. Please make sure you have consistent service and decent quality of food. Will be hard to imaging this place can survive over a year in Toronto, where ethnic food is so much better.
Slow Bar Service
Appetizers shouldn't arrive before cocktails. Bar services was way...behind! Second time this out- of-sync service was experienced. Otherwise.....a great place to dine.
Sidedoor Never disappoints!
I would consider myself a "regular" visitor to Sidedoor. I've explored the majority of the menu and enjoyed almost everything. The service is great. The food is even better. Don't miss out of their famous tacos (fish and braised beef are my faves). If you like bok choy, definitely get the Chinese greens - best veggies you'll ever eat! Great date night spot, but be prepared to spend some money. Enjoy!
We have eaten at the side door a number of times, and have never been disappointed. Fun and delicious
This was my first visit to Sidedoor Kitchen and Bar (though I was familiar with the space when it was Foundation restaurant). I had visited the website to review the menu and found it rather limited. However, the choices are healthy and eclectic, and the wine list is substantial without being overwhelming. So, I decided to try out Sidedoor for lunch with a friend and I was pleasantly surprised by the comfortable seating arrangement, the quality of the food and the friendly and casual service. Given that it was a sunny day, the lighting and overall atmosphere was very nice too. Overall, it was a great experience and I would be tempted to return for dinner or experience the late night scene. Well done!
A nice experience
I had a really nice evening at Side Door. The setting was beautiful, that room with the glass is situated in one of the nicest parts/courtyards of the market, and we were there just as the sun was beginning to set which made for some nice light. The decor was nice, and I was able to get a booth as requested. Our server Tyler was wonderful - he was around just the right amount of times, very personable and I really appreciated that service. The food was simple, but tasted fresh. My date and I really enjoyed the concept of the sharing plates. We had a nice evening, and I would recommend it to others.
Our waitress was awesome and made the experience excellent! We tried some tacos, papaya salad, tuna tartar, lobster curry with rice, brisket Penang, and the donut board for desert. It was delicious. The only item I would not reorder is the tartar. It was lack lustre and a bit bland. Everything else awesome. Ordered the petit Syrah red wine. Perfect! Lovely dinner.
Worth the trip
Never ceases to impress. We live in Montreal, a food Mecca, and Sidedoor is the first restaurant that we seek while in Ottawa. Has been so for years as they never disappoint. Atmosphere is great and food is amazing. Service is exemplary.
One of my fave spots!
I love Sidedoor! I love the flavours, and the Bajan Fish Taco is the reason I return. Whenever I am in Ottawa I always make sure to stop by for happy hour which is a great deal: Half price tacos and cheap wine. The Green Papaya Salad is amazing as well and a nice glass of wine to top it off makes me super happy :)
Will recommend. Good value.
Will recommend. Good value.
Amazing food and awesome waitress Jen!
Fantastic night out and food is amazing!!! The poached lobster curry is what keeps me coming back for sure and everything else is just a delicious bonus. The cocktails are great too!
Excellent meal, but the server asked us ...
Excellent meal, but the server asked us to leave. Great drink special, it was delicious.
Fantastic dining experience! The staff w ...
Fantastic dining experience! The staff were very friendly and professional and the food was very high quality. The Papaya mint salad was garden fresh, and the Braised Beef Curry was unbelievable!! Highly recommend this restaurant.
Last time was better and so was the serv ...
Last time was better and so was the service ... Dishes came out at the wrong times and also didn't receive everything we ordered and still got charged until we notified them
Will go again!
Similar to my first visit, the food, wine and service was superb! Will go back again for sure!
Recently a little disappointing.
The last two times we visited the restaurant we had great food, but the way they serve their food is causing issues. We ordered a number of tacos, larger sharing plates, etc and a number of sides to share. Unfortunately both times the sides came at the end of the meal. While I appreciate the "comes as it's ready" mantra, eating bowls of plain white rice at the end of the meal is not appropriate.
Tasty sharing spot!
The duck app was outstanding. Tacos (fish and pork) were good albeit a bit pricey. Calamari and papaya salad were good. Surprisingly, the showstopper-looking doughnut platter disappointed as they seemed "tough"...very strange as they were warm so I anticipate made to order, but it was like that for both of the flavours I had. Our server was completely on point: friendly, amenable to our request for the tacos to be served in 3's (instead of 2's), not rushing us but checking in enough to ensure we had everything we needed, including refilling hot water for our teas. She really made the meal much more enjoyable. Staff at hostess stand were nice too. Would definitely go back to sample more of their menu!
The moment we walked in the hostess was ...
The moment we walked in the hostess was very rude almost like we were bothering her so that set the tone for the night. We asked to be moved as it was really cold and a gentleman moved us eventually but not without making us feel like we were putting them all out. Took them 10 mins to move us to a table that was free the whole time. There were 4 of us seated and mains were coming out before starters. My husband and I had finished our meals before our friends even got their Peking chicken which when we asked where it was, we were told, oh that dish takes longer. That should have been stated to us when we ordered it. Our waitress was friendly but we had to keep asking her for things as she was not very attentive. The food itself was good but considering we got there at 9 and left at midnight, it's not somewhere i would go again. When we left, all staff were drinking at the bar and not one of them acknowledged us and said good bye or thank you! This was our second vist here and will definitely be our last.
Good place in the Byward
It is tough when you go expecting excellent and good, but no complaints about the food and service. We had gone to a competitor for lunch that day, and the food was exceptional, so this trip suffered by comparison. Still, the food was good, although the atmosphere was a little dated and the table was sticky. When the waiter picked up our glasses to fill he noted they stuck to the table but made no attempt to remedy the issue. Still, he was attentive enough and the food came out quickly. A good place for specialty tacos and and they have an interesting and eclectic menu.
Great staff and service. Papaya salad an ...
Great staff and service. Papaya salad and calamari were amazing. Loved the chefs choice octopus taco, but didn't love the tuna poke. Wish we had saved room for donuts. Overall great night, will return!
Each time I come to Ottawa I try to get to Sidedoor for dinner. The food is incredible and we always have a great time.
Great food, relaxed environment
Staff and server John were pleasant, thoughtful and didn't interrupt. Tacos were top grade cuisine. I'm not vegan but the vegan lentil tacos were the best! It wasn't crowded and the sound level was just like white noise ambiance. Was a perfect time out with my wife on her birthday. A couple more peaceful artworks on the wall wouldn't hurt.
Always love it!
Great food, great service - amazing restaurant. Side door has been around for some time and the great and innovative food continues to be great, not fussy and approachable!
good spot, good food
Good convenient spot for a glass of wine and something good to eat. portions aregood for sharing two people per plate. Glad the kept the charachter of the building.
Side-door - a bit hard to find, but what a find!
Went to Side-door on a Monday evening - waitress was absolutely fantastic - very knowledgeable, absolutely the most helpful in ages - explained the food items - knockout suggestions - food is absolutely amazing - fish tacos and the green papaya salad were her suggestions - both vibrant offerings with truly unique and delicious tastes. we also ordered the calamari - delicious but a tad more like other places - flawlessly cooked, tender and flavorful. this is definitely a return venue - when we get back to Ottawa, I will definitely be trying it again.
Fantastic food, great service, and a coo ...
Fantastic food, great service, and a cool venue. The papaya salad with tuna tataki could have had a tad bit more acid, but does not take away from the overall experience.
Just ok...a bit dissapointed
We sampled various dishes. The best thing we ate were the tacos. Both the pulled pork and the crispy fish were just delicious. But at 9.50 for two very small tacos, we found it a bit expensive. As for the green papaya salad, it was not very good and we both left most of it on our plate. The strong taste of fish sauce overwhelmed the dish. The braised beef with panang curry was very peanutty and not so curried with lots of pieces of gooey fat making its way to our mouth...we just wanted to spit it out. But still managed to fill our bellies. At last we were looking forward to dessert. The donut sampler looked better than it tasted and was just ok...the white chocolate being our favorite. IF we ever go back we will stick to the tacos and bulles. Too bad because it is a beautiful place and the service was top notch.
Great meal at Sidedoor
Dining experience at Sidedoor was awesome. Had tacos and calimari for starters... both were gems. excellent flavouring in the tacos and the calimari were seasoned perfectly and were the most tender we have ever eaten. Decided on a side of fries up front as well... of course these were cooked and spiced to perfection and the only drawback to the diping sauce was that it didn't come in a bigger container! Main dish was Butter poached lobster with green curry and vegetables served on rice. As with everything else, this was seasoned to perfection. Would have preferred more lobster but the portion was adequate. Finished it all off with the donut sampler. Just do it... trust me you'll love it.
As always, everything was lovely. Thank you :)
I always love Side Door, whether for outings with friends, a romantic night out, or in this case for my daughters and my mum. Your wait staff is the best, the food is always outstanding, and the atmosphere is just right. My daughter just turned 10 and wanted to go back to Side Door for dinner, for a Shirley Temple and tacos :) The dessert with candles was perfect, and she was made to feel very special. Thanks so much, always a fan. Anna
Solid spot in the market for upmarket fa ...
Solid spot in the market for upmarket fare. Better then most other places in the area. Recommend.
Exceptional find in the Market
Splendid Asian-inspired plates, the tastes are phenomenal, and fairly priced. The owners at Eighteen, Social and SideDoor know how to do things right.
One of the top spots in the market
Side Door is easily one of the best spots in the market for small food plates and wine! I love their wine selection, and of course who doesn't love little tacos and doughnuts? I have been multiple times either for a romantic night or with a few friends. This past time unfortunately not the most attentive server but regardless of him I would still go back because I've had great service in the past. It's a great little spot! Also wish it was open later on weekends for all the wine lovers!
Great food each and every time
One of my favourite restaurants. Great food each and every time. Great wine and cocktail list (sorry don't drink the beer). Had the papaya salad, dumplings and the steak this time and all were fabulous. The steak was unbelievable - tender and tasty. Great service - friendly and helpful.
Too expensive for what it is.
Small portions. Servers were loud and disturbing. The two of us felt lost at a big table (more than 6 seats) even though we had reserved a week in advance. Way overrated! The only highlight was the cashew salad : tastyl, original and acceptable size.
Cool restaurant in the Byward Market
Cool small-plate restaurant in the Market. Large space with lots of tables and an interesting elevation/level design. The menu was great with lots of options. Tacos were especially good. It did get quite loud round 9/9:30pm but that's understandable as they also have a large cocktail menu and bar scene.
excellent foods wine soup and desert
Excellent hot spot on the Market Apetizers, soups and salads are to die for! Worth making the detour -a must see and discover-the wine list is impressive and dont forget to enjoy at least 1 in house robut!
I understand that a group of 8 isn't the ...
I understand that a group of 8 isn't the easiest to accommodate, however I was a bit disappointed with our table. It was right in the middle of the room in the lower level, which made it hard to have a decent conversation (noise level) and half of the chairs were broken/really uncomfortable. There were a few extra chairs sitting by the fair, so we swapped a few out. I found the food very tasty, but the portions were really small for the price point. I understand the tapas concept you are striving for, but I still find the portions two tiny for the price. I still think the quality of the food is good and the restaurant has a unique ambiance. Service is good too :)
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