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The Black Thorn Cafe

15 Clarence, Ottawa, Canada, K1N 5P4
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Opening Information

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:30am – 2:00am
Thursday: 11:30am – 2:00am
Friday: 11:30am – 2:00am
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00am (Brunch 10am - 4pm)
Sunday: 10:00am – 12:00am (Brunch 10am - 4pm)

- Our Kitchen is open daily until 11pm -

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Outside Seating Area
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About The Black Thorn Cafe

Thank you for choosing The Black Thorn Café. Please complete the form on the right to secure your reservation. For reservations greater than 14 people, please contact Rachelle O’Connor at 613-809-4364.

Since it first opened in May of 1999, the Black Thorn Café has been a favourite of locals and tourists alike. The Café consists of four main areas; the front patio, main bar, dining room and back patio. We are located at 15 Clarence Street in the ByWard Market. Our dining room and back patio overlook the beautiful Tin House Courtyard. Our menu is European Café / Bistro inspired and prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The Black Thorn is the perfect spot for an after work drink, dinner with friends or celebrating that special day. We look forward to seeing you.

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Visited On Friday, 11 December 2015

Would have loved to have our Christmas luncheon at your establishment - I had made my reservations 9 months in advance - but unfortunately, you had to cancel because of temporary closure. Perhaps next year.

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Visited On Friday, 21 August 2015

We had an excellent waitress. Very nice atmosphere. Loved the decoration and patio even though we were not able to sit outside, as rain was in the forecast. Lovely experience. definitely, we would return back on our next trip to Ottawa.

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Visited On Friday, 07 August 2015

Patio is gorgeous and the food was delicious. Bartender was also very accomadating to our specific drink requests. Server seemed slightly confused and annoyed at first but then warmed up to us and provided excellent service for the remainder of the evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 July 2015

Nice pub feel. Salmon and risotto was great. Good selection of local beer, served quick and cold

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Visited On Thursday, 23 July 2015

Very tasty meal with friendly ,efficient service in a quiet oasis in downtown Ottawa. Thanks for the lovely meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 July 2015

Food was so so but expensive for its quality and quantity. We won't be coming back.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 June 2015

We recently hosted our wedding reception at The Black Thorn and I absolutely cannot rave enough about the service we received. Everyone was beyond helpful and friendly right from the beginning. The planning process was a breeze with Rachelle and Chef Keith at our sides. Their execution of everything we planned was impeccable. Chef Keith and the kitchen team served the most amazing meal. The duck bacon should be on everyone's food bucket list. We could not be happier with our decision to host our dinner there as the staff made it more than we could have ever hoped for. We want to thank all of the staff at The Black Thorn from the bottom of our hearts! Michaela and Tyler Dren

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 June 2015

One of my favorite spots in Ottawa for social gatherings and will gladly go back. Atmosphere is great but certainly wouldn't mind if the appetizers were cheaper ($9 for french fries?)

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Excellent restaurant.

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Visited On Friday, 29 May 2015

Delicious!

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Visited On Friday, 22 May 2015

We waited at least an hour for food and it was mediocre. Their brunch is good but dinner wasn't worth the price. The steak I had was $37 an at best worth $20

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Visited On Thursday, 14 May 2015

Very slow service

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Visited On Sunday, 10 May 2015

Friendly staff, great food.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sadly the dress code of your patrons has dropped from a few years back when we first began to dine at your establishment. For our visit - though we had reservations for weeks we felt like more of an inconvenience. The playing of food and drinks was not what I have come to expect over the years - our plates had no garnish and neither did our drinks. I would recommend your establishment to people who want to eat somewhere nice but casual enough for flip flops and short. It used to be our go to place for special occassions like birthdays. I understand you needed to make changes in a downsized economy - it is simply a sad reality.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A wonderful place to enjoy a meal!

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 April 2015

We were so pleased that Black Thorn participated in a "Taste for Life" and your back room was perfect for the event. The food and service were both excellent. Loved the chef's duck amuse bouche.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 April 2015

Fantastic Service! We were a large group (14) and needed to be in & out within 2 hours - I was a bit concerned because it was quite busy when we arrived. Food was fabulous, great selection of wine, and very reasonably priced! Would love to go back in the summer and sit on the patio.

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Visited On Friday, 03 April 2015

Our server was fantastic! We had a great evening and were not disappointed in any aspect. Thank you!

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2015

A good Sunday brunch is hard to find, especially one that takes reservations so you don't have to wait in line for 30 minutes! The Black Thorn Cafe is amazing! Great food, great service and no time spent waiting outside in the cold!

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Excellent! Thank you!

Responded On Thursday, 02 April 2015
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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2015

The menu is quite interesting, and the food is always good. Service is exceptional, strongly recommend.

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Glad you enjoyed dining with us, also great feedback on the service!

Responded On Thursday, 02 April 2015
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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2015

Service was fantastic. Our server was very patient with us 6 picky women. I was impressed that you took reservations for brunch on weekends... Very rare! And coffee was included in your meal, also rare to find these days. Extremely affordable and very tasty! Will be back for sure and have already told people about it.

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A wonderful review to read indeed! We look forward to seeing you again!

Responded On Thursday, 02 April 2015
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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2015

Great food, exceptional service and good value. We had a great time.

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Great review - thank you for the feedback!

Responded On Thursday, 02 April 2015
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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2015

Please put the Winterlicious salad on your regular menu!

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So glad you enjoyed it! I'll pass this info along to our Chef!

Responded On Wednesday, 04 March 2015
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Visited On Saturday, 28 February 2015

our food was excellent and the service was the same .the server was terrific ,we were meeting friends we had not seen in a long while and she allowed us time to catch up and never rushed us .our friends were impressed and so were we . great food and atmosphere we will be coming back for sure .

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Great feedback! So glad you enjoyed the time with your friends! Hope to see you this Summer if it ever warms up and we get the patios open! (-:

Responded On Wednesday, 04 March 2015
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Visited On Sunday, 22 February 2015

Personnel accueillant et service très satisfaisant. Produits frais et cuisine savoureuse. Nous y retournerons certainement.

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Fantastique!!

Responded On Wednesday, 04 March 2015
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