Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Beershine (695) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 10, 2012
44 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
I rarely say things like this, but, I have absolutely no idea why this place is popular on Ratebeer. When we were there, most of the taps were only mass marketed international beers (Kilkenny and friends) and some C-grade Ontario micros. Doesn’t really have a special atmosphere, either. Much preferred the Manx for that. For beer, though, gotta go to Gatineau.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A fine hangout with great emphasis on the decorum. Multi-roomed complex with loads of Abbey artefacts and beer-related collectibles. Lots of room, plenty of seating, large patio - though it’s one of those places where I’d rather sit inside. Vast beer selection for this part of the world, including the generic beer from anywhere, but a solid selection of Belgian bottles and a few German/Austrian/English beers on tap. Plenty of classics in the same place. Slightly above average prices. All in all, certainly one of the top places in Ottawa region. I ate a pizza which was more than fair and a decent serving. It might have been number 1 some years ago, but the recent apparition of Brasseurs du Temps, to me, feels more interesting because they brew their own which are good and also provide absolutely excellent, rarer guest taps.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | November 26, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Came here this summer and was impressed. The Belgian section is absolutely gorgeous and has a pleasant selection for government-controlled Canadians. Check in the fridges, you might find something that’s not in the paper menu. Cantillons were a little expensive, but they are priceless gems anyway. I too don’t understand why the place is split in two and the Belgian beers only available in the Belgian "Abbey" section, but I guess it works for them. Great building, fun selection for Canada, probably the best place for a beer in Ottawa.
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | August 10, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Massive beer menu with loads of selection. Nice patio and a cavernous interior as well. Kind of a cool vibe inside, lots of wood, wrought iron, stained glass and low lighting. Good food, although the menu is a little short. Would definitely recommend checking this place out if you’re in the area.
jercraigs (259) Toronto, Ontario | October 25, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Sometimes life teaches you lessons. This week it was the merits of calling first, especially on a Sunday. Arrived around 1230 to a sign reading 2PM summer, 5PM winter. We weren’t the only ones disappointed, two families & a construction crew also had to find sustenance elsewhere. Anyways, eager to check it out I returned Monday. I have to admit it was a bit of a let down - don’t get me wrong, I loved the décor, the staff was great, and the option to order a half pizza (the Dante) was both perfect for my hunger level and delicious. I think my disappointment was partly the aborted effort Sunday, and lots of praise from others that left me feeling underwhelmed when it was only good and not great.
Half pint of Satan’s Red was decent and quaffable, pint of Erdinger was in poor shape and I should have sent it back for thebottle of Achel I was craving but for whatever reason I didn’t. Anyways, I’d still recommend the place, the atmosphere is great and I think I would have enjoyed it more not going solo. Maybe drop some of the import taps if they are not selling and focus on their solid bottle line up. Easily accessed on the bus from downtown – you shouldn’t need to take a cab in Ottawa in my opinion unless you are staying way out of downtown. Would definitely visit again.
Almost forgot – washroom had disconcertingly pleasant sweet orange citrus aroma to it. Made me laugh.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | August 17, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Well you gotta love the atmosphere...room after room of intimate pub settings, very much with a Belgian/monkish theme, multiple outdoor patios...wow. The food I had was very good, a steak sandwich with salad, and not too badly priced. Beers? Well not that impressive if you’re used to great American big-city bars but between the fair number of standby quality offerings and plenty of Ontario micros even a jaded guy like me could find a few new ones. I had 2 draughts and 2 bottles and all were in good shape. Yeah it’s worth a stop.
Quevillon (216) Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec | March 29, 2006| Updated November 28, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Wow!! Allo pub, juste le décor est spécial, sur tout dans l’Abbey, on se sens dans une petite chapelle, mais avec la bière. Comme je l’ai mentioné, j’ai mangé et bu dans l’Abbey avec LadySusan. La sélection de bière, La Bible de Bière, est très bonne et la bouf est #1. C’est un Do again!!
CapFlu (194) Victoria, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated January 5, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Truly fantastic drinking destination - great selection, consignment, setting and good value for food. Ask about the "Abbey" hidden off the hallway to the washrooms - Yes! A whole other bar dedicated to Belgians... Enjoy!
pushkinwow (121) Ottawa, Ontario | August 23, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Probably the best place in Ottawa proper for beer. 30+ taps that combine local, Canadian and US and other (mostly Belgian and Britain). Bottle list is fairly extensive - the owner has good connections with distributers out of Toronto and gets good stuff as long as he thinkg it will more (e.g. Westy, burlywine) but doesn’t seem to have an appetitite for the more exotic stuff like Cantillon, Mikkeller etc - with a very good selection of Belgians and other tasty treats (make sure to walk into the abbey and look in the "special fridge" to see what they have thats not on the menu. Atmoshphere is great, combines a pub and a church, although it can get quite noisy when crowded - patio is nice. Food has gone down hill quite a lot over the past couple of years - probably better to eat elsewhere on the street since you are in the heart of Little Italy. Service can be hit and miss depending on how you get. All that being said if you don’t want to cross into Quebec, or you just want some good beer, this is the place to go in Ottawa.
tiggmtl (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 29, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
The patio is not all that attractive but the main bar is nice and "the Abbey" is a cloistered beer haven. Fun to make the discovery after wandering down the hallways. Friendly, prompt service. Not so sure having separate beer menus for each area is a great thing but the selection is very impressive and certainly the best in Ottawa. Perhaps I’ll try the food next time, because I will definitely return.
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