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296 Elgin St | Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M3, Canada
+1 613-695-8696
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“meatballs” (92 reviews)
“octopus” (37 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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296 Elgin St | Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M3, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came in fully optimistic. Tough review as we enjoyed most of the food but that’s it. I get it - trendy restaurant with Ironic decor. That means minimalist and lacking effort. Simply too crowded, Cattle seating with basic service but nothing more. Waitstaff spent...More

Thank Darrin C
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Came here Friday night with my husband and another couple. The food was pretty delicious! Had the caesar salad which was really nice and fresh. Perfect amount of vinaigrette, the whole table enjoyed it. My friends had the octopus to start which was yummy and...More

Thank HKJ420
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

I came here with a bunch of co-workers for dinner. The menu isn't large but everything we ordered was great. I had ordered the pan roasted cauliflower. A bit of an odd choice for me but I loved it. I would order it again. The...More

Thank Alexander C
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

We were recommended to try this place out and loved it. We found a spot at the bar (is crazy how many small places in this city accept reservations, so make them if you can!). I had the rabbit risotto which was really tasty, and...More

Thank Crowlberg
Reviewed 22 November 2017

I've been looking forward to trying Town based on TA reviews, but was very disappointed. It most definitely did not live up to the hype. Beef tartare was underwhelming, Messaluna - horrible. Meatballs were nice, but didn't make up for the disappointing pasta. I will...More

Thank Maria P
Reviewed 11 November 2017

My friend and I went to Town the other night. We had heard many great things about this restaurant, but have never had an opportunity to try it. We went on a Wednesday night and it was hopping (so I recommend that you make a...More

1  Thank WorldlyWench
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This was my first time to Town, and I was very impressed. Dined with my wife, and relative. For apps my wife and I shared the Beef Tartare, and the BBQ'd Octopus. The Tartare was great, one of the best in the city. The BBQ'd...More

Thank Brent L
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We took the opportunity to dine at Town this week during our stay in Ottawa! While the menu appeared to be limited, I must say that we all eventually found starters and main courses which we really enjoyed! Our starters included the octopus, potatoes, carrots,...More

Thank 961darleneg
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We were welcomed and seated quickly and were offered water and drinks promptly. The space itself has minimalist decor so you get the feeling that they've decided to focus on food and service which turned out to be true. Service throughout was friendly and efficient....More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

The restaurant isn't big. We were happy to sit at the bar to avoid waiting time. Ricotta stuffed meatballs is a must try for first time comers. I did regret not pouring enough cheese sauce on my meatballs and now want to go back to...More

Thank Toroniee T
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9 January 2018|
Response from Alexander C | Reviewed this property |
you should contact the restaurant directly for this information but it is a small location. I don't even think there's enough room for 70 people in the whole restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 296 Elgin St | Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M3, Canada (Formerly Elgin St. Freehouse)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-695-8696
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