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Cuisine type

  • Japanese,

Dishes

  • Sushi,
  • Sashimi,
  • Maki,

Features

  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Upscale,
  • Casual,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
149 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5P3
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Tuesday
Wednesday
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Friday
Saturday
Closed On Sundays For Private Party
Closed On Sundays For Private Party
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Ratings & Reviews - Festival Japan Japanese Restaurant Ottawa

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wing3484
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Good if you like throwing your cash away

Service was terrible. Food came slow considering it was dead, and they even forgot one of our orders. Our server for the night even had the decency to raise our tips after already tipping him. Our meal was already expensive for the quality it came in.

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Restaurantica12
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This is not a memorable restaurant but it is...

This is not a memorable restaurant but it is close to where I live and I sometimes go to Festival Japan for the sake of convenience. My buddy and I ordered sushi from the al a carte menu and washed it down with sake. It wasn't down right terrible but it wasn't nearly as good as other Japanese places in Ottawa. The waiter mixed up my order and brought me the wrong type of sushi for one of my selections. He didn't seem to be very enthused.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Appalling food - greasy and served with sauces...

Appalling food - greasy and served with sauces that tasted like they came out of a supermarket bottle. No real flavour. I told the server that I had a severe allergy to seafood and barely received an acknowledgement from him. Luckily, I carry an Epipen and chose my food carefully - and had others to taste-test anything suspicious. The Chef's Salad consisted of supermarket baby greens with shredded carrot and 1/8 of a tomato, accompanied by a plastic squeeze bottle of "ginger" dressing (didn't have much ginger flavour). The Steak Teriyaki was half fat and coated with store-bought sauce. Rice side dish arrived partway through the meal and was lukewarm - still the best part of the meal, though. Others at the table ordered Shrimp Tempura and couldn't eat the five shrimp provided as they were so greasy. The Chicken Bites didn't seem to have a) much meat, b) flavour, or c) any crispness. Frozen chicken fingers would have been better. Plates were ungarnished. The only appetizer that looked appetizing was the Sushi Combination. The person who ordered that enjoyed it - most of the other appetizers had a lot remaining on the plate when they went back to the kitchen. Lousy service - no consistency or planning in food delivery. Some members of our party reported that the greeter couldn't figure out the reservation. The server knocked over a drink and dripped a hot sauce onto two members of our party while serving entrees. He apologised and provided extra napkins and replaced the beverage, but the person had Coke from hip to knee. The person who had the hot stuff spilled on her wasn't hurt, but no remediation was offered - not even to cover the dry cleaning bill for her suit jacket. A piece of Chocolate Mousse Cake came at the end of the meal to "make up" for the Coke spill (maybe the sauce spill, too?) with a handful of forks so it could be shared. Nothing appealing about the mousse cake - it was a slice of a commercial frozen cake that anyone could get at their local greasy spoon. We all made a speedy exit from the restaurant as soon as the bill was paid - there's no ambiance or anything that would encourage anyone to linger. Thank goodness it was a company dinner - I wouldn't have paid for my meal if it was on my tab.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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Dont like the restaurent...it's like pushing us...

Dont like the restaurent...it's like pushing us to leave!

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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Festival Japan is definately the best restaraunt...

Festival Japan is definately the best restaraunt in Ottawa.The staff were excellent and perform very well under pressure.Iwould eat there everyday,infact i used to!A definate 10!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Went in without reservation but that was no...

Went in without reservation but that was no problem, it was quite empty. The food was average at best and same with service. At times we thought we were disturbing the staff. There is nothing out of the ordinary for a Japanese resturaunt, I was dissapointed by the small variety of Sushi. What was there was OK.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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A bento box of satisfying sushi restaurants in Ottawa

A bento box of satisfying sushi restaurants in Ottawa

With a choice of tatami rooms offering a degree of privacy or seats at the sushi bar to watch your sushi being crafted, Festival Japan is a long-standing downtown favourite. Nicely presented, the always-fresh options include spicy scallop rolls, the usual array of nigiri and sashimi, and temaki cones, such as spicy Atlantic salmon. The bar stocks four types of sake. The fact that there is occasionally live jazz makes for a value-added evening.

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