About Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Wilfrid’s Restaurant offers diners a vibrant seasonal menu featuring local and regional ingredients. The culinary flavors are rich, the presentation is clean and the service is exceptional. A complete selection of wines is also available to compliment the Chef’s creations.
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch - this stunning newly renovated restaurant is more than just a restaurant; it’s a complete culinary experience.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast (Buffet until 10:30 a.m. and à la carte):
Monday to Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sunday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Monday to Saturday Tuesday - 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (à la carte only)
Monday to Saturday - 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday - Seatings between 11:00 a.m. an 12:30 p.m.
Mackenzie and Rideau
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
With four elegant ballrooms and 12 meeting rooms, Fairmont Château Laurier can help you plan your special event, wedding, meeting or conference. For more information call 613-241-1414 or visit us at www.fairmont.com/laurier
The hotel's parking is accessible from Rideau Street (front of the hotel) or MacKenzie Street (back of the hotel).
- Indoor valet parking: $43 CAD/night with unlimited access
- Indoor self parking: $30 CAD/night with unlimited access
Prices do not include taxes and are subject to change without notice.
Private Party Facilities:
Tucked just off from the main restaurant is Rideau 1 - Wilfrid's private dining room. This space is perfect for a small wedding, meeting or family gathering.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Wilfrid's Restaurant - Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ratings and Reviews
Wilfrid has been my favorite restaurant ...
Wilfrid has been my favorite restaurant forever. Experienced on different types of occasions - casual as well as formal: and my rating... Always ... as Dun & Bradstreet might say... AAAAA-1 - on all counts. I will eat at Wilfrid's as often as I can. Expensive - NO - Worth every penny of whatever cost involved.
I only wish some patrons would dress a little better. Sunday Brunch - shorts and baseball caps... not suitable in my book. The Château has more class than that - and the dress issue is not a code - it's simply respect.
Love the place!
We spent a lovely evening celebrating ou ...
We spent a lovely evening celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary back at the same hotel where we held our wedding reception. The ambiance remains fresh and current. And more importantly, the service was excellent … the tempo of service, interaction with server, presentation and taste of each plate … all wonderful. Special thank you goes out to our server, Jacinthe.
We choose to celebrate this special occasion at Wilfrid’s based on an expectation. Great food, great service, in a wonderful setting. We were not disappointed.
We will be back soon, especially for an opportunity to sit out on the terrace.
The standard of service and food quality ...
The standard of service and food quality is always predictable, very good. Food choices on this occasion (and my family has been many times ) was the Duck (tender and flavourful according to the two who chose this main course), and the other person had the Pickerel, served with a lovely bean accompaniment (very good - would have again). Appetizers; salad, crab cakes, and an interesting cod dish (ceviche) were great choices to interest all palates.
Unpretentious but elegant with wonderful ...
Unpretentious but elegant with wonderful quality food and a view to die for. Always a special, memorable experience. The attentive and skilled servers considerably enhance the already exceptional experience. A world class experience.
Failed to live up to expectations
We went here while in Ottawa celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. The Chateau Laurier is a beautiful building in the heart of Ottawa. The location and aesthetics cannot be beat. I was perplexed why, on one of the busiest nights in Ottawa, the restaurant was largely vacant.
I cannot knock the service, our waiter Alex was superb and very attentive. The food was acceptable but it seemed to lack that extra oomph I would expect from a fine restaurant, especially one in such a fine location in such a wonderful city.
I can't say the food was bad. In fact it was quite good, but I had higher expectations than just good.
We chose the Table d'hote offered for the evening. I chose the chicken while my wife chose the pickerel. The opening beet salad was the most memorable part of the meal. The presentation of this dish was very well done.
The entrees were adequate with little to remarkable in the way of presentation one way or the other.
The dessert was a disjointed collection of banana flavors and chocolate. Presentation was lacking. The flavors were delicious on their own but did not combine well in the final dish.
The next day's lunch, stumbled across in a far more rustic setting, turned out to be the memorable meal of the trip.
I had difficulty with picking something to specifically recommend about this restaurant.
We went to Wilfrid's for my husband's 60 ...
We went to Wilfrid's for my husband's 60th birthday. We were a group of 7 who went for the buffet breakfast on Saturday morning. All 7 loved the food and the ambiance and everyone want to return in the near future. Thank you.
There was a large bus load of US Seniors ...
There was a large bus load of US Seniors in for the weekend, the decor seemed to fit this group. The food was good but not great for a Fairmont Property. With all the terrific restaurants in Ottawa it might be a long time until I visit this one again.
Our occasion was a girls get-away weeken ...
Our occasion was a girls get-away weekend - mother, daughters, granddaughter. It was a highlight of our visit to Ottawa to go out for breakfast in such a historic building and beautiful location. My granddaughter (13) was especially delighted - her first time at such an elegant restaurant. It came recommended to me by a friend who lives in Ottawa and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting our capital.
Total paid $180 for Wilfrid. I was expecting something as better for Mothers' Brunch. It wasn't worth $180 + $12 for my mimosa. We might go back for a normal brunch à la carte.
Total paid $240 in the ballroom for a previous Easter Brunch, that was worth $240. That we would try again. That was special.
So this time it was so-so. I was disappointed for the price paid, the so-so food and the traffic around the tables. And I was disappointed to be billed in advance, more than before, after our disappointment.
Great mother's day/birthday spot
Loved the service here. Our waitress was so nice and accommodating. I told her that it was my mother's birthday and she later came out with a special dessert plate for her. The food was delicious - especially the crepes. The chef was also super kid-friendly and interactive. He does a build-your-own crepe and omelette bar during the buffet breakfast. Would definitely come back again and recommend it to others!
Important occasion marred by attitude of greeter
My wife and I went to Wilfrid's to celebrate our relationship in advance of most of a month during which we would be travelling separately.
Unfortunately, the person acting as hostess had the approach of a security guard trying to keep the riff-raff out, both upon our arrival and at departure. It significantly dampened what would otherwise have been a pleasantly memorable occasion.
We are not sure whether this approach is based on instructions she received, or was something she assumed on her own initiative. In either case, customer service training and supervision are called for...
Our waitress was wonderful and attentive. She almost rescued the situation for us, but we still left feeling hurt by the overall experience.
the Chateau: a special place
When we walk into Wilfred's on our once a year anniversary dinner, we are greeted by long term staff who remembet us year to year. seated by the windows with the Parliamant just beyond, we sip our cocktails and chat with caring staff about our year. this year saw a marvelous soup followed by filet of beef and prime rib. both served with excellent sauces and vegetables. Being now an age where only coffee is advisable, we relaxed thereafter but were presented with a small celebratory pastry platter unrequested. Fairmont hotels have greeted us in a similar manner wherever we have gone. San Fransisco, Bermuda, Napa, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, all have been wonderful experiences. In September the Manoir Richelieu in Charlevoix will find us with them on the beautiful St Lawrence river. We have alteady experienced superior help from reservation staff to enhance the stay of our handicapped friend. Wilfred's may find us there this summer on their flowered deck for brunch. It is not cheap but it is a satisfying change from many other expensive restaurants which hustle one through an equally expensive meal.
Service was very slow but food was unparalleled.
Decor appears more relaxed than it used to be. Last time we came (a couple of years ago), the tables had white tablecloths and the service was flawless. Nowhere I've been was the service so impeccable. This was where you took someone to have the finest dining experience in Ottawa. It would truly impress. Now the decor and service was average for a nice restaurant but the food was still exceptional. We would all recommend the filet mignon. But I'm afraid the decor and service would now put this restaurant in a class of several nice restaurants around Ottawa from which I would choose.
Spoil That Special Someone in Your Life
If an efficient Administrative assistant is worth their weight in gold, then I hit the jackpot with mine. I wanted to demonstrate, in a meaningful way, how much I appreciate their 'beyond call of duty' support. This winter, we went together to check out the Christmas Tree Display. At that time I promised we would be back...and true to my word, we did: For Lunch at Wilfred's, my treat! It was amazing. Thank you for helping me to spoil my right hand.
Worth Checking Out
We ate breakfast (not brunch) and decided to take in the buffet instead of eating a la carte. Overall, the selection of both hot and cold offerings was plentiful. It was a slow morning and some of the hot entries were a little tired but Chef Jimmy was quick to offer us fresh eggs benedict and maple crepes, both of which were fabulous. Fresh cinnamon buns, banana bread and muffins were a real treat, along with the full complement of chopped fruit.
Fine Dining at its Best
A beautiful, historic hotel like the Chateau Laurier needs a special restaurant to complement the setting. The dining experience must add to the whole experience and Wilfred's certainly did that! The food was excellent, interesting and beautifully presented, the ambience was relaxed yet elegant and the staff were attentive and friendly. Dinner at Wilfred's was the perfect cap to our lovely, historic weekend in the nation's capital.
We had an eight o'clock reservation and our table was very elegant. It was quiet all around us. There were other guests enjoying their dinners but the ambience was very soft & mellow.
I ordered the caprese salad and it was absolutely delicious!!!! Fresh succulent tomatoes and the cheese melted in your mouth. My husband shared it with me. The selection of bread which came in a basket was plenty and very fresh. The butter was soft and not hard and easy to spread.
My main meal was the 6 oz prime rib, with au jus sauce, mashed potatoes and herb roasted carrots, it was delicious! My husband ordered the milk fed veal chop with gorgonzola sauce, mashed potatoes, and green beans almadine. He said it was the best veal chop he has ever tasted.
The portions were very proportionate and I ended up taking some of my prime rib home.
I would love to come back and try a few other things. We were too full to order dessert but I would have tried the pumpkin cheesecake.
pricey for an old tired menu
The ambience is nice in that its in a beautiful old building. The portions are very small for the price. eg. $18.00 for 2 scallops. I'm ok with smaller portions however the price should reflect that. Would it kill them to add another scallop instead of looking like they cheaped out.
My wife and I attended Wilfrid's on Valentine's Day and ended up somewhat disappointed with our experience. The food was fair, as I say in my review, but given the cost the meal was sub par. The staff on hand were very helpful, we enjoyed them and the surroundings are quite pleasant. But the reason for going to Wilfrid's, the food, was nothing too special at all. I am quite sure we will not hurry back for what was a very average food experience.
another guest impressed!
I took a long time friend who lost her husband last year,
to Wilfred's for brunch on Sunday. It was Valentine's Day and as I'd also recently lost my husband, thought we could celebrate the day together as we'd had over one hundred incredible years of marriage between us. My friend told me that she ate more at brunch on Sunday than she had eaten since her husband passed away. I know it was because everything available at the buffet was so appealing to look at, so creative with ingredients and wonderful to taste. Instead of feeling sad as I'd expected to, we left laughing and deciding to return in the near future. Thank you for turning what was to be a lonely day into a wonderfully happy experience.
It was my mother's 80th birthday and we ...
It was my mother's 80th birthday and we wanted something special for her. Wilfrid's delivered a special evening of amazing food, nice atmosphere and a beautiful view of the Parliament Buildings. We were all very pleased with our experience.
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