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2586 St. Joseph Blvd, Ottawa, Ontario K1C 1G3, Canada
(613) 837-6665
10:30 - 21:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 15:00 - 20:00
Mon - Wed 10:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

One of the better Shawarma restaurants in the city. Delightful staff and nice decor. The shawarma's are huge so getting a medium or a small is typically the best value. Bring some breath mints for afterwards though…lol

Thank billy b
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

You would think that an owner who boasts to be the garlic king would offer a great chicken shawarma! I got fooled. My shawarma tasted pickled. That is the only taste my taste buds picked up. Chicken was bland and greasy. Garlic sauce was gross. I'd rather hit up a chip wagon for a dirty hot-dog that this mess of... More 

Thank amine616
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I've been going here for over 20 years. They have the best food and prices. They are great at catering too. We usually eat there once a week or more.

Thank maurice c
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

First time visit. Introduced my toddler to the Garlic King and he gave her a lollipop! Treated us like family. We loved the food, great casual atmosphere. My wife, who is really picky, brought our daughter to the washroom to wash her hands and came out raving about how clean it was. There are roughly 200 Lebanese restaurants between the... More 

Thank Paul F
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Have been faithfully getting our shawarma fix here for 15 years, through various locations (even when they left Orleans for a while). The food is very consistent in quality, and they occasionally add new side dishes that complement the existing offerings. Spicy chicken and spicy belilah are two nice new additions. In this new location, they have seen fit to... More 

Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Most disappointing shawarma I have had in ages. Everything was so bland and tasteless! Let's hope this was just a bad night for them but sadly I won't be going back!

Thank MarOttawa E
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
201 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

These people really know how to make a great shawarma sandwich. The ingredients are all fresh. The sandwiches are a good size and the prices always stay good. The staff are always friendly and have a joke or 2. I've been going back for years. When my sons come back to Ottawa for a visit we always have to stop... More 

Thank chillwills
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I think that this place is great for take out. Not sure I would want to eat in the dinning room. We had shawarmas & salads. Very garlicky and tasty. The garlic king was very welcoming and made the waiting very entertaining.

Thank DeniseetPierre
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Pretty standard, Dave is always a laugh, trying to make you buy a can of pop, because that is where the money is. LOL Like my donair East Coast still, basic with sweet sauce, this fits the bill.

Thank John S
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
131 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

This place is great if you like sparse accommodations and lots of garlic. My wife and I tried it and found that it did not meet basic needs. It is noisy and the service is marginal. We will not be back. Good Luck.

Thank MichaelHM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Fast food, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
15:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2586 St. Joseph Blvd, Ottawa, Ontario K1C 1G3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: (613) 837-6665

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