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Island Flava

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409 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-321-4198
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 03:00
Sat 12:00 - 04:00
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I have always enjoyed the friendly, relaxing atmosphere at Island Flava ! The food is awesome !!! This is a small sit down Caribbean style restaurant & have take-out as well .

Thank CherylMcGee
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Went to this place with a girlfriend on a weeknight before heading to the Bytowne for a movie. She ordered the oxtail platter and I had the Chicken Curry Roti. The roti looked fine but when I had my first bite, I was surprised at how delicious it was. The curry had great depth of flavour and there was a... More 

Thank judith201640
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016

They are located on the same strip mall as A2Z Cellular Repair, love the music and the food! feels like you are eating in the Caribbean loved it!

Thank Waji S
Orillia, Canada
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59 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

In the shadow of the Rideau Centre on the Ottawa U side of the Canal and steps from Rideau street is a little gem of a quick serve Caribbean style food. There's a few tables to sit at but it's mainly a take-out restaurant. I tried the Goat Curry Roti (ordered spicy of course) and was impressed by the overall... More 

Thank RJM0183
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The jerk chicken here is relatively good by comparison to some others in the city. I wouldn't recommend the roti, it's just not the real deal...the roti was not soft and fluffy and the flavor of the curry wasn't exactly what I expected. Overall, it's a decent restaurant.

Thank SBentham
Ottawa, Canada
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I've long been of the opinion that Caribbean food is good for the soul, and this place lives up to that. I've now done takeout for lunch twice and both times I've been happy. Good prices for the chicken roti and chicken curry. The chicken curry is going to feed me for two days, as it comes with salad, perfectly... More 

Thank LisaMcFoodie
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 June 2016

I know there are people who like this place, but they don't have a sense of customer service. A simple thing like asking for hot sauce on the side was turned down because YOU HAD TO ASK FOR IT WHEN YOU PLACED YOUR ORDER. Holy crap! You'd think a Caribbean restaurant would have a squeeze bottle always available! NEVER GOING... More 

Thank Frank S
Gatineau, Canada
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Very delicious chicken roti.I also had some fried plantains and salad.I noticed the drinks are also from the caribbean islands.They are also open late I realized ideal place to get late night eats after clubbing.

Thank Maurice G
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I ordered a vegetable roti. It was neat and awesomely delicious! My only complaint is that they only provide plastic utensils. The food cannot be easily cut with a wobbly knife. Bring your own fork and knife, or take-out.

Thank Thuong T
Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2016

One of my favourite places in Ottawa. The portions are great, the service is great, and the food is delicious. if you ask for extra spicy, they make sure it's spicy. My favourites have been the boneless jerk chicken roti and the oxtail dinner. A great price for what you get (rice, salad, and plantains), the servers are always incredibly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 03:00
12:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 409 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-321-4198

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?