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“Just amazing”

The Fish Market Restaurant
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Ranked #269 of 3,112 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: US$ 15 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
Description: Ottawa's first and still most popular fresh fish restaurant has proudly been serving Ottawa locals and global travellers since 1979. Our Canadian Maritime themed restaurant features fresh Nova Scotia lobster, Alaskan crab legs, salt water shrimp, deep sea Scallops, PEI mussels and the best assortment of Fresh Fish available anywhere. Our menu also offers up a lovely assortment of non fish & seafood fare.Our heritage building located in the very heart of the historical Byward Market features three unique dining and bar facilities. In the loft upstairs is Coasters Seafood Grill our casual dinning room offering up "Ottawa's best" fish & chips, and all you can eat PEI mussle specials.In the cellar is Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro Ottawa's original and very popular wine bar. Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro offers live local jazz Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings no cover. Our award winning wine bar features over 300 wines, 80 by the glass, 200 imported beers, an extensive scotch selection and fantastic fresh bistro fare. Reservations are accepted in all three restaurants and large groups welcome. We truly are the fish and wine experts in Ottawa's Capital City! Hope to see you today!
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Kids brought us here for dinner the night of the big storm snow storm. The wait staff were great and the food was stellar. I have been here before and this is one of out favourites. Cant say enough good things

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Reviewed 22 February 2016

Reservations are a must. Food was great. The menu was large so everyone in you party will be happy. We were a party of 6 and we were in and out in an hour but the staff never rushed us. We just wanted to get on with the night.

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Thank skdel
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Maybe I expected too much - fresh fish in Ontario? But the market has several fish mongers, there must be good fish. Meh. Over cooked salmon, so so shrimp and average salads. Service was OK, but slow and a bit indifferent. I need to keep looking for a better seafood joint. I guess tourists like me keep this place afloat.

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Thank TomFNY
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

The food was okay, but it was not worth the price (the prices online did not match the prices on the actual menu). My main issue was the service. Our waiter seemed very out of it; he wasn't able to answer any of our questions about the menu and kept hovering around the table while we were looking over the menu. My fiance ordered a pasta dish and asked if there were any chili flakes. The waiter waited a long time before responding, and said no but that he could bring out hot sauce but then never brought it out. We were very disappointed overall because it was an expensive meal and we did not have a good experience.

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Thank allis0nc452
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Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here for dinner last night with a couple of friends. I hadn't been in about 10 years but remember leaving disappointed. Not much has changed since my last visit.

When we arrived the restaurant was busy, and the atmosphere was good. The decor is unique and adds to the experience.

Our meals consisted of a Caesar salad to start which was good, mussels in a creamy leek sauce which was very tasty and some calamari which were also appetizing.

The main meals were a different experience. All the fish plates are overly priced. Our mains were lobster linguini, which came with a couple pieces of lobster, the tiny (between 3-4 ounces) yellowfin tuna plate with potatoes and carrots, the halibut and the combination plate (trout, tilapia and Artic char). Our waitress couldn't differentiate the pieces of fish for us. All the meals lacked presentation. They looked like cafeteria type food. They tasted average at best.

The meals including drinks (one bottle of wine and a beer) was above $300 for four us. Definitely not worth it.

When we left the restaurant looked quite empty with only a few tables occupied for a Saturday night.

This restaurant is your typical tourist trap, high prices for mediocre food.

The owner should definitely reevaluate her plates (plating/taste) and/or her prices.

Thank Marc P
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