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Elgin Street Freehouse

296 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1M3


The Elgin Street Freehouse is a chic hideaway right on one of Ottawa’s main drags, perfect for late-night appetizers and custom cocktails.

Category: Restaurants


Cuisine Type | Fusion, Tapas
Ambiance | Meet For Drink, Trendy
Meals Served | Light Meals/Snacks, Dessert, Dinner
Amenities | Happy Hour, Local Favorites, Private Room(s)
Pricing | $31 - $40
Payment | Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa


Neighbourhood | Centretown
Getting There | Buses # 5, 14
Cross Street | Gilmour St.


Monday through Thursday 4:00PM-10:00PM, Friday 4:00PM-2:00AM, Saturday 5:00PM-2:00AM, Sunday closed

Profile Last Updated: March 25, 2009

Earthy Yet Theatrical
With its dark wood furnishings, inlaid stone floor and granite-coloured tile walls, the Elgin Street Freehouse has an earthy feel, and the intelligent design opens up this small space. Mirrors at the front reflect natural light and more behind the bar add the illusion of space. The décor is uncluttered and clean; vases of tall grass add a nice splash of colour and classic movie posters add a fun touch. The heavy red velvet curtains that partition off the dining area add a theatrical touch, as does the large television screen on which black and white films silently play.

Featuring…. Fusion Fare
The Freehouse creates fantastic fusion cuisine, combining the familiar with the foreign. There is a good variety of reasonably-priced appetizers, such as poutine with Balderson cheese and mushroom sauce, bacon wrapped scallops, baked brie and a warm salad that features fennel, apple and walnut. The main menu is small and includes such delicious options as pork chops with a walnut and blue cheese cream sauce, rack of lamb over creamy risotto and curried scallops and prawns. You’ll want to go back and try each one. Desserts are just as enticing with a fresh selection that changes weekly.

Bottoms Up!
The drink menu is extensive. Choose from a wide selection of wines – red, white, port and ice – or from the equally extensive cocktail list. Pay homage to the city with locally-inspired drinks and enjoy the best mojitoes in town.


Happy Hour: From 4-6pm Monday through Friday.