Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
gramity (39) Edmonton, Alberta | September 16, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
The styling and feel of this pub is definitely one of the more interesting and enjoyable that I’ve seen. It has quite a mix of your standard "pub" stylings with Italian and Abby influences throughout.
I came for the beer. They had Westy 12 @ $40 a bottle and the 8 and 6 for $30. The bottle list was pretty extensive and lots of quality beers on tap.
I went to the little Abby corner tucked away by the bathrooms to see what was in the cooler and not on the menu. These bottles appear to be priced quite high. Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus was $40. Buyer beware at those prices.
In summary, loved the place and I will remember it as the site of my first Westy 12.
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.
jacobm52 (10) Pennsylvania | April 7, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection of beers. Rivals anywhere I’ve ever been. Prices are high but everywhere in Canada is.
JesseM (43) Ottawa, Ontario | August 7, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visisted here twice. Second time was far better than the first so this rating will come primarily from that experience. Really cool place with stained-glass windows and wrot-iron fencing decorating. Seating feels somewhat cozy despite how big this place actually is. Was super busy my first visit and the service was okay but horribly inattentive and apathetic. But the second time the service was much better, very friendly and surprisingly knowledgeable about beer (seems to vary by server). Food was quite good, had the meat head pizza. Decently priced too, okay quantities. Beer is pretty solid, prices are good on draught pints but bottles were bizarrely high on most things (higher than what they would be on draught). So I didn’t bother getting anything from that extensive list. Nothing available that will blow your mind but some good offerings. My first experience made me pretty hesitant to go back, but the second definitely made up for it. Check it out when you’re in Ottawa for sure.
MXD (13) Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec | July 18, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, nice pub in Little Italy in Ottawa. Many sections in the bar - the terrace is really so-so though. Like the abbey. Lots of beer-related objects inside (it was really wierd to see a Mickey’s sandwiched between two Chimay bleue, however. Annoying hip-hop. Service was a bit slow, and it was sunday, but then, I asked for a "beer of the month", which might explain. 200+ beers and 30+ taps and 10+ beers of the month. Interesting, but still second to L’Autre Oeil in the region. Will try food someday. Prices are in line with Ottawa’s pubs.
sinkhole (7) Ottawa, Ontario | November 16, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
My favourite place in Ottawa to get a beer, plus they have a nice Italian food selection as well! Superior ambiance as there’s always something to look at (not including the waitresses!). Above average service (and beer knowledge)and the food is notch above the regular fare. Nice summer patio but the Abbey is the place to visit. My only complaint is that most over their beers are available through the LCBO.
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.
Berley31 (5) New Brunswick | May 28, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best places to drink beer in Ottawa, if not THE best. Huge beer selection, obviously, with informed staff... beers are almost always served in their matching glass. Great interior and exterior. Food is quite excellent as well. Only complaint would be that the beers can be quite overpriced. There’s also a store connected to the restaurant where you can buy all sorts of beer stuff.
grandgenie (21) gatineau, Quebec | January 6, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Une belle anbiance inspirant le régime monastique, un incontournable en matière de décor. La nourriture est bien et les choix diversifiés.
cfrancis (79) Ottawa, Ontario | December 29, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer selection. Ambiance is great with the options of different patios or abbey style interior. Service is slow at times because it gets busy. Most if not all beers come in matched glass and there is usually always someone there that can help you with your selection although it might not be your server.
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