Have been every 6 months to a year since they opened. On the most recent visit the service was as friendly, professional and informed as always. This is one of the only restaurants where I completely trust a server to pair my wine. When I travel for business and try this I am brought whatever is overpriced. Elsewhere in Ottawa you get a blank stare. At Beckta you are brought a great wine that marries beautifuly with what you are eating , is fairly priced and is fun while still serious.
On the most recent visit, however,the food was a step down from past experiences. Scallops app was good. Lobster was good. Banana dessert was good. Friend's meal was also good. But, that's not good enough given the prices and more importantly the expectations that the whole experience demands. Beckta was one of a kind when it opened but since then others like Domus and Black Cat are on the scene putting out wonderful , inventive food with excellent service.
Is attention focused elsewhere now, with Play and Opening Soon in Westboro on their plates ? I hope not because when the food here is "on" and Steve Beckta himself is in the room, this place can still dazzle.
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11 June 2012
Hi Snikt21: Thank you for dining with us again at Beckta. I'm sorry that I missed you this time. I'm really happy that you felt so well taken care of as usual, but I apologize that something must have been off with the food on this visit. While "good" might be good enough for many, you are right that our bar is higher than that. We really want to have you leave raving. I promise that our new projects are not distracting us from our high standards at Beckta. The Chef is in the kitchen at Beckta right now more than ever. I would love to hear more details of what you felt was lacking with your meals so we might be able to fix it right away. I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and really hope that we can get you back into the "blow-away" camp on your next visit to Beckta.
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With many thanks,
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