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Benny's bistro

#131 of 2,191 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Byward Market Area
French, Cafe, Canadian, European
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119 Murray St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5M5, Canada
+1 613-789-6797
07:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 17:30
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Montreal, Canada
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140 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A limited menu but very innovative and even better very, very good. The portions were generous even if at first I did not think so. It is a very small place so better to arrive a bit before 10h30 (Saturday and Sunday) if you want a table. In any case, before 10h30 you can have a continental breakfast, i.e., coffee... More 

Thank demo51
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were looking for a place for Brunch, after and a quick we found Benny's Bistro, and are we glad we did, it is hidden away behind a bakery, there are no windows and the place feels more like a lunch room than a place that would be serving out the wonderful dishes that they do. It is worth the... More 

Thank Luke M
Summerside, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Came to Ottawa to celebrate my girlfriend'a 21st birthday and could not have picked a better place . Researched online beforehand hand and heard nothing but amazing recommendations on numerous blogs. Came here our first day (Saturday) for brunch and it was our first taste of Ottawa. Simply amazing . Had amazing service the moment we walked and it wasn't... More 

Thank Breealoma
St. Catharines, Canada
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78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We were on a walking tour of Ottawa And decided to try it out. It's behind the bakery - initially their menu seemed a little daunting to me I loathe salmon and that was 2 items And a few others didn't sound appetizing and while I try to be open minded it's sometimes hard My wife and I both opted... More 

Thank dmcampbell1977
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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135 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

A great local spot, which we've been to several times. The breakfast is just what the Doctor ordered and has whatever you want. If you require something to sop up the previous night's excesses, I suggest the Eggs and bacon hash

Thank Riskm
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Visiting from out of town, my father in law suggested we grab a French style breakfast at this place (I love Parisian cafes). Walked in and saw a simple but delicious selection of goods (I'd rather see few things done well than many things done poorly) - so I was intrigued. Walked out of the bakery front of house to... More 

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Chelsea, Canada
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114 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

What a surprise! We stopped by for lunch and all four of us were beyond impressed with our lunch choices! Unbelievably fresh, well prepared, novel pairings. Service was great and the venue while understated is very comfortable. We will be back!

Thank Catherine M
Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I don't get here often- I usually go about twice a year with a friend for lunch. I am never disappointed by the food or the service. Everything is delicious and prepared with care. There is a very good variety of items on the relatively short menu. It's always such a pleasure to see the friendly chef/owner working away! Recommended... More 

Thank Terri B
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This is the best lunch I've had in years. I'll hope to return every year! The beef tartar was delightful, French, (not German!) style, the octopus was scrumptious, the mushroom dish wonderful, bread fantastic, oh my goodness.

Thank TheDode
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I had the roasted mushrooms, they were good but a little on the dry side. The service was fine, nothing spectacular. I heard great things about Benny's, I'll be back to give it another try.

Thank erika p

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
French, Cafe, Canadian, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 17:30
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Murray St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5M5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-789-6797

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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?