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Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

Byward Market Area
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307 Dalhousie Street | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-562-2081
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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165 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We come here often, with friends and out-of-town visitors. You are always warmly greeted and service is attentive. They serve delicious real Mexican food & a very nice Sangria to go with it! The decor is colourful , letting you be off to Mexico as you dine. You can reserve or just walk in. It is in Ottawa's tourist centre,... More 

Thank Chanterelley
Level Contributor
54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always enjoy lunches here - large portions, tasty food for a good price. I always have their vegetarian burrito which I enjoy - the tortillas are so soft and fresh.

Thank Jessica G
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had heard good things about Ahora and was looking forward to our meal. Food came quickly and was hot. Taste was average and really nothing that special. Some of my chicken was good and some seemed to have been reheated?? As I picked through the meat I found several quarter sized pieces of aluminium foil in my meat and then... More 

1 Thank TorontoTraveler2525
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Went for dinner with a couple of friends on a snowy Saturday night. Quick, if slightly awkward seating. Quick service, simple menu with loads of choices for vegetarians or vegans. Nice colourful decor, delicious food and you choose your salsas. The margaritas were rather weak, but the meal was cheap - that cannot be said of too many places in... More 

Thank arc_rocks
Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The food tasted old and bland. I honestly don't understand the good reviews I've seen for Ahora. The only thing I liked was the sauce bar. The different sauces and salsas were decent, but that's about it. I would NEVER recommend this place to anyone.

2 Thank Kelli4472
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Located in a basement off of Dalhousie Street, it bustled with activity when we were there on a Saturday night. It's set up so that you stand in line to order and pay and then your food is brought out to you at your table. There is a salsa bar with different styles and spiciness for you to add to... More 

Thank writingwoman
East Gwillimbury, Canada
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Found this little place by chance, walking distance from Novotel. Small and fun, you order at the counter and they bring the food to your table. Really good, authentic Mexican cuisine. Don't leave without having the churro's!

Thank Laurieslucy
Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I found the place rather funky for a Mexican restaurant, the food was very tasty. You order your food at the counter and the waitress bring them to you. There was a salsa table, you just help yourself. Nothing fancy but the staff was very friendly and explained to us about the menu. We would return.

Thank Bookedtravel
Gatineau, Quebec
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Ahora is a gem on Dalhousie, located in a basement-level spot that one could easily miss. But judging by how crowded it can get, not many people are missing it. You may consider trying to time your visit so that it doesn't occur during peak hours. If you're the kind that can get claustrophobic, do note that some of the... More 

Thank MapleGeo
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112 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I found this place thru Trip Advisor reviews and I had my expectations set too high. The food and drinks and ambiance was good. We ordered the vegetarian burrito with a choice of salad or rice. It was ok. The place has a small dining area so make sure you get there early before the lunch or dinner rush.

Thank Sheila T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 307 Dalhousie Street | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-562-2081

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