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Reviewed 22 May 2023

Wow! Excellent dishes with many surprises. I suggest reserving early to be the first one to be served to keep the surprise and also since the meal is fairly long.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 April 2023

I use to bring my friends and celebrate birthdays at atelier. I moved away and still tried to return. However the quality of food has gone way down. Also instead of individual dishes, it has gone family style with a bunch of tapas style. Food...was either too salty or too sweet and nothing complimented each dish anymore. There was not even sufficient palate cleanser between meals. Wines were not paired well for each course and I trusted my credit card was well adjusted so I told them to put the tap on my visa however they just racked it up to over 800 when the prix fix meals were only supposed to be 220 per person. I emailed and they didn’t care if I never came back. I never expected one of the restaurants I recommended to a lot of my friends be like that. I’ll go over to hulls casino for gastro style food now. Every month I come back to Ottawa now for meetings, definitely no longer going to bring my guests to atelier ever again.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2022

I took my wife to this restaurant for her birthday. This was not our first time at Atelier, as we had dined there previously several years ago and before the pandemic. That said, this was our first time experiencing the new 42 course tasting menu....Firstly, as a matter of disclosure, I am not a lover of tasting menus and was dreading a little the four-hour marathon experience. Even my wife, who typically enjoys tasting menus, was having some second-thoughts about choosing this restaurant for her birthday given the time commitment and our overall sleep deprivation due to our baby son's early morning wakeups. We were legitimately concerned that we both would be going face down in our desserts by the fourth hour. However, we were nevertheless looking forward to the unique menu and food which we knew would be spectacular from past experience. As before, the restaurant is minimalist, to put it mildly. The decor is like something you'd expect from a cafeteria, rather than a fine-dining venue. While I realize this is part of the chic unpretentious vibe the restaurant is going for, there's a point where the "less is more" philosophy simply becomes *less*. I feel that when I dine at a restaurant where my bill for two is north of $600 before tip, some character not to mention a touch of elegance would be expected. The service was excellent. As soon as we finished our water someone was there to refill. When we finished our wine and cocktails, the waiter was there within minutes to offer a refill. We found the wait staff friendly and engaging. Most significantly, I noted to the waiter at the outset that I much preferred to eat many dishes at once rather than have each tiny amuse bouche sized dish arrive one at a time. He noted that this was the way the chef would have preferred to serve the 42 course menu originally. I did not ask for nor expect any special consideration; I was simply making conversation with the waiter and expressing an opinion. To our delight, that's exactly how the food was served - 4-8 dishes at a time. Instead of one tiny amuse bouche followed by a long wait for the next mouthful (which was our experience with the old menu and other tasting menu experiences) food arrived fast and furious in a delightful smorgasbord of dishes. Now this was my idea of a tasting menu! When the waiter announced that only 12 dishes remained from the 42 course menu and we were moving into the dessert phase, to my surprise it was only a little over two hours into our meal. The waiter confirmed, upon inquiry, that he had done precisely what I had asked and delivered more dishes at once, rather than spreading them out which was the norm. We were absolutely delighted at this unexpected (and unasked for) accommodation, which not only improved the experience immensely but permitted us to finish up after just under three hours, which let us get home at a much more reasonable hour. Regarding the food, it was outstanding as expected, but if I may make a criticism I feel the balance could have been tweaked, especially on the portion size for the "main" dishes. To be frank, I would have wished for more meat on the bone (literally and figuratively) and would have happily sacrificed 9-10 of the amuse bouche portions to get some more of the main dishes such as the braised meat. And that's part of the problem with a 42 course menu - it's just hard to even remember what it is you're eating. Even now, just two days later, it's all a haze in my mind. Everything is excellently prepared by Chef Lepine, but all you're getting are these fleeting little tastes, which can be maddening. I just wanted more of some things and less of others and in the end left feeling a little *unsatisfied*, even if my belly was full. Again, this has always been my main dissatisfaction with tasting menus but I feel it was exacerbated even further by the extraordinary number of dishes (42), which I found overwhelming. I have awarded Atelier 4 stars rather than 5 in my review for three reasons: 1. The dreary decor; 2. The balance of the menu, especially in the "mains"; 3. Too many dishes resulting in an unsatisfying, confusing experience. For the price they are charging, I expect absolute top notch in every respect, and the restaurant falls short in just a few areas. That said, there's no denying that this is an incredible one-of-a-kind experience, especially for a City like Ottawa. When the Michelin Guide comes knocking, I've no doubt Chef Lepine will earn his star.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 15 February 2022

This was the most disappointing meal we've ever experienced. The bottle of red wine came out cold to start (a wine that should be served room temp at least), and it went downhill from there. Realize this is a 'gastronomic dining experience' but the food...was awful. Just terrible. Cold, under seasoned, and some were almost inedible. I was excited when the snow crab came out, only for it to explode in a grease bomb in my mouth and I had to spit it out. The oil tasted like it hadn't been changed in a week. You scan a QR code with each dish and Atelier really needs to check often where these are directed - the foie gras/pate dish when scanned when to a search where the first article was about ducks having tubes shoved down their throats to force feed them to create this delicacy. Not exactly something you want to read about during your elite dining experience! My husband and I were continuously looking around to see if others were enjoying their 'edible paper' or cold tortellini. The one dish we enjoyed (out of 44!) was the pea puree. If you like wine, they have an extensive wine list. The wine was the highlight of our meal, and our server was friendly. As someone who travels, cooks and dines out often, we had been looking forward to this for months given the good reviews. We left (after a $500+ bill for 2, after a 10% discount due to us expressing our dismay), wishing for our time back to go anywhere else but Atelier. Still in shock anyone would pay to eat here.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 19 October 2021 via mobile

Our night at Atelier was like a guided tour of Europe's 2-star Michelines and tasting everything on their menus. We were served 44 bites of the most delicious and varied food that we've ever tasted, presented in beautiful arrangements, and releasing bursts of wonderful, unexpected...flavours. I spend my year trying to find food experiences that does that just once for me, and then I come to Atelier and I get dozens and dozens of that thrill all night. Above all else, I love delicious, beautifully prepared desserts.  Imagine my unbridled joy when our server delivered 10 of the most fantastic tasting desserts I've ever eaten.  The genius of Atelier is the beautiful execution of so many dishes and the wonderful experience of trying them all. As your night goes on, you get the feeling that you're involved in something magical as each successive dish impresses, and your thoughts are joined with excitement coming from tables all around exclaiming over their own favorite dishes. Thanks so much to the chefs and staff who made this wonderful food and wine experience possible.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 6 October 2021

Absolutely outstanding, one of the top dining experiences in my life, and I've eaten and cooked at many highly ranked and Michelin starred restaurants. Cameron and Devon were outstanding FOH, and chef was gracious and attentive. He really leans into technology, from the innovations coming...from the kitchen, to the use of QR codes and cell phones, which connect you to ingredients, techniques and suppliers. Atelier is clearly ahead of its time! I need to add a comment regarding the rare poor reviews online. Yes, there are courses delivered as a chip or powder, etc.. The kitchen is challenging us with textures and flavours that chef challenges us to identify, but all work perfectly in the context of the dish. I left completely satisfied (after almost 5 hours!), and couldn't ask for anything more.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 30 August 2021

A culinary experience akin to a 42 dish course of partially defrosted airline meals. A culinary equivalent of a modern art hoax. An installation art from 2015 called, When Are We Going to Dance Tonight? comes to mind. You will enjoy it if you like:...-Costco's bread crumbs (presented as a dish). You will be asked to guess the flavors. -Crumbled Doritos (presented as a dish) . -Crumbled Doritos and Costco's bread crumbs sprinkled over some one or another partially defrosted airplane meal. Its cold because it is "molecular", as you must know. -Like to scan things when you eat them -Art for art's sake -Interior design as tasteless as the food -Uncomfortable chairs that will keep you on he edge of the seat, unable to relaxMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 29 August 2021 via mobile

I guess for the price I am forced to compare this place with very good European restaurants in Paris or other cities. Its not even close. I guess it was mostly rated by people with different past experiences than mine. Feels very Ottawa-like. Too many...chips dishes. Yes. Chips. I don’t expect to get a dish called ‘wasted’ (as explained it is made from ingredients that otherwise would be wasted), i dont expect to get chips (at least 3 dishes, I dont expect to get cheap desserts, just give me one good chocolate soufflé instead). K, if you want to feel foolish at the end of the evening, go for it. I had the 44 courses dinner. Like in life, it should be about quality. Not quantity.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 27 November 2020

Our experience here was wonderful. It was our anniversary and they made us feel very special. As soon as we got there they wished us a happy anniversary. The food was amazing and very nicely presented, we had the wine pairing and that is a...MUST if you eat here. Our waitress Laura was amazing, and the sommeliers are so knowledgeable about the wine, any question you throw at them they know! You must come here if you’re looking for an experience.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 19 May 2020

Atelier recently started offering a “drive through” version of their dinners. Beautifully done! And what a wonderful gesture! That is a very work-intensive project for not much return considering the expense I would imagine. Bravo to them for doing this!

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed 13 February 2020

This is a very special place to go for a fantastic evening of dining on unique, amazing dishes prepared by the best chef’s! Each plate served was an artwork and very unique! Highly recommended for special occasions!

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 29 January 2020

This place is unique. Book ahead and get a personal call to verify the reservation and checking on dietary restrictions and anything you don't like. They will customize the menu to make sure you are pleased and don't have any surprises. 12 courses - every...evening is totally unique with dishes rotated out and in every day. Big plates little courses - still a lot of food to cram down. We left stuffed.... Eat at your pace - just engage with the staff on timing. We were there for three hours. This leaves lots of time between dishes to talk and relax. There are also wine pairings - one large - - one small - The large option delivers a small glass with virtually every dish. The couple beside us could not keep up. Every dish is amazing - - the food is perfect and the presentation is spectacular and prepared with meticulous detail. The presentation on the plates is like a work of art - Instagramers delight! In particular I liked the Mushroom Tom Yum, Scallop Croquette, Guinea Fowl Liver Mousse, and the Kimchi Rice and Beef. The beef was perfect - - a great cut, tender, juicy, and cooked rare. Melts in your mouth. Pricey night out at $125 pp (all in with tip was $315 for two - without wine pairings). Wine by the glass is also pretty steep. Limited parking on the street. Take Uber. Servers take time to present and describe every dish - this was fun for both of us. Listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada in 2019. It was number 25 in the country.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 7 January 2020

The food is amazing. It is like artwork. Beautiful to look at. Very different and many dishes are served. The waiter explains all the rare ingredients and how it is prepared. Loved it. Great for a special occasion.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2020

We have been there three times for milestone birthdays with friends, and enjoyed our experience each time. We especially liked being surprised with the creative presentation and choices. Some dishes are like edible art!

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2020 via mobile

My daughter took me to celebrate my retirement... we had stellar service from Eric and in addition chose the wine pairing which was also excellent... our somalier was very knowledgeable and we had some great conversations with him... the good news was that we were...able to have one wine pairing between us as I don’t drink much... the food was delicious... my favourite course was the sable fish and my daughter’s was the scallops... a wonderful treat which ended with a visit with chef/owner Marc Levine...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Don’t believe so, ask your server as this is one of those things that might change, if enough patrons ask.
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Yes you can order wine by the glass or bottle. We always take the pairing that goes with each of the 12 plates. We share the pairing because after 12 pairings, you will probably be sloshed. Sorry for the late reply. I love... More
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Yes, you can go with your family. You need a reservation. To bring small children is not advisable. The meal lasts all evening - it is a set tasting menu of 12 different plates.
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