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National Des Arts

#792 of 2,271 Restaurants in Ottawa
53 Rue Elgin, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-594-5127
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible15%
10 Feb 2018
“Thank You For a Perfect Dinner”
23 May 2017
“Lovely experience”
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53 Rue Elgin, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

It is difficult for any restaurant property to stay at the top of its game but Le Cafe certainly shows no lack of effort and resolve. Sure from time to time there hare hiccups but when the management staff are made aware instead of excuses...More

Thank Stuball1
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I usually have dinner here with my daughter before the ballet. THe menu is always enticing and the food is excellent and beautifully served. They get you out in time for the performance feeling that you have had a leisurely dinner. Good wine list, and...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Unless you know about the café, you wouldn't know about the café...The restaurant is in the back lower part of the National Arts Centre on the Canal. Most that go here are taking in a show in the NAC. The food is very good and...More

1  Thank Dre0303
Reviewed 10 February 2016

We were eating before a performance and so the NAC Cafe made sense. Reception was well done. Service was polite and timely. Food was excellent. To be picky, the restaurant felt too crowded - tables too close together. Granted it was winter and there was...More

Thank gordoncr
Reviewed 28 November 2015

This visit to the restaurant was at best disappointing if not worse. I had arrived by myself and was greeted by a young and very immature hostess who asked "How are we this evening?" When I told her that I was by myself she seemed...More

1  Thank Stuball1
Reviewed 2 September 2015

I brought a group of colleagues there for lunch. Everyone enjoyed their lunch immensely. The servers were excellent to add chairs when we had unexpected colleagues walk in. The patio in summer/fall is spectacular and the food really was excellent. There was not a complaint...More

Thank HM H
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Went with a friend for lunch. We did have a reservation for the patio. Our table was waiting & we had a lovely view of the canal. My friend had the Cobb Salad & was very happy with the meal. I ordered the Muscles &...More

Thank Robin F
Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

The Café at the National Arts Centre has been a favourite for thirty years - until yesterday evening. I have been very understanding of the occasional meal that's off the mark...others have exceeded expectation...that's not the problem. We did not eat there yesterday. After looking...More

1  Thank 5958sookerd
Reviewed 24 July 2015

I live in Ottawa. I brought my two guests from California to the Cafe of the National Arts Centre. The Cafe borders on the RIdeau Canal, and seems a pleasant place to have lunch. We showed up without a reservation, although there were plenty of...More

Thank cjuneau
Reviewed 5 June 2015

Visited the Art Gallery and stopped for lunch. Squash soup was tasty. Basic food. Great views from seating area.

Thank TGB40
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Rue Elgin, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-594-5127
  • E-mail
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