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, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, 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
Felt pressured by the server while my fr ...
Felt pressured by the server while my friend and I waited for other friends. Although we were having drinks, it was uneasy having the server every minute or so inquiring about our food order when we did not even finish our drinks...
We would have preferred a better drinks selection.
We have enjoyed the sidedoor in the past ...
We have enjoyed the sidedoor in the past. This time the meal was not up to its usual standards. The crispy fish taco's were not crispy and the main dishes were too rich for a summer menu. We were disappointed not to find the dumplings on the menu this time (which would have been more appropriate for a summer meal than the heavy/rich seafood options).
We had hoped to sit on the patio, but the patio was closed due to the heat. It would have been appreciated to have been informed of this prior to arriving, so that we were more prepared for indoor, airconditioned dinning. (With a sweater ect.).
Fabulous place in a lively courtyard in ...
Fabulous place in a lively courtyard in Ottawas Bayard Market. Asian fusion. The best lettuce wraps and so different. Side dishes were wonderful. Also ambience is lovely. Also loved the jazzy piped on music. Sinatra, Nat King Cole.
The server could not be understood due t ...
The server could not be understood due to the noise in the restaurant. When I food did arrive, issues with the dishes as some people asked there Taco's to be on lettuce leaves and not corn or floured tortillas.
The food was very one note and did not have much depth of flavour. I think its a cop out for the kitchen not to be able to do all the tables dishes at once. You state dim sum style and people can pick at what the want but two tacos's coming to the table of 8 people not sure how that is supposed to work. As well dim sum you usually have a constant stream of food coming. As well not sure were peppercorn steak please in an Asian inspired resto.
Very disappointing evening.
Food is delicious! and the service was v ...
Food is delicious! and the service was very accommodating - an individual from our party was extremely gluten free/ celiac, and our server explained all the different options appropriate for her diet. I will definitely be back for those tacos and donuts.
Great fusion food from a great chef. T ...
Great fusion food from a great chef.
The menu is short and changes regularly, according to what's fresh and what the chef is interested in exploring.
It's great for groups with different eating styles, because (without any sacrifice of flavour) there are items for paleo-carnivores, vegans, vegetarians, fish-lovers and wheat avoiders...
The mini-tacos and the dim sum are always surprising and delightful. From spicy beef to a lentil patty...
Everything is designed for sharing, so it makes for a lovely night with friends or a romantic date.
Location and decor
Inside an old stone building in the heart of Ottawa, the decor is high moderne and but warmly comfortable - a tough mix to achieve. The music was pleasant and set a level that didn't drown out conversation. There's a great private room for larger parties, too.
Food was creative and well-prepared. Ser ...
Food was creative and well-prepared. Service started out strong, but in later stages the waiter seemed to lose interest (though the restaurant wasn't especially busy) - not offering refills, not asking about dessert. It was odd.
Food was very good.
Great service and food. A wedding was taking place at the same time and it was somewhat noisy. I wish I would have known in advance to booked another time. Lots of people coming and going. Somewhat interesting but wasn't the quiet place I expected.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 :)
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.
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 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.
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