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Cuisine type

  • American Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Vegetarian,

Products and Services

  • Offbeat,
  • Vegetarian,
  • Vegan,
  • Gluten-free,
  • Home-made,
  • Baked Goods,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • French,
Location
198 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C6
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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

In 1988, the culinary landscape of Canada was not as green as it is today. When Ron Farmer and Poppy Weaver decided to open their own vegetarian restaurant in downtown Ottawa, their dietary and business tastes were way ahead of the curve.

"They opened The Green Door Restaurant because they were both vegetarians and there wasn’t anything like it around," explains Nathan Armstrong, the restaurant manager. "It was one of the first purely vegetarian restaurants in Ottawa."

Ron and Poppy's passion project became the passion of many diners in the neighbourhood as well – The Green Door Restaurant is now busier than ever.

Read the story of The Green Door Restaurant

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Pierrette G
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Bonne bouffe

Excellente nourriture toujours de bons légumes frais

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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I was a bit leery about eating here after reading some of the bad reviews saying how expensive it is, hair in the food, cafeteria-like ambiance, etc. Didn't sound like my kind of place, at all. However, my experience today was wonderful! I walked in, and the place smelled great. Good start! I was meeting a few friends, so I paid for a coffee and sat down to wait for the others to arrive. The organic brew I poured for myself was good. No bitterness at all, which was a nice surprise. Then, when it came time for us all to hit the buffet, I tried about 7 different dishes, and each one was superb. If I could cook like that myself, I'd never miss meat on my plate. I didn't have room for dessert, but they were all equally appetizing, especially the carrot cake. The women working the cash were friendly and smiled. The place itself gets a lot of natural light, which I also enjoyed. By the time we were done, the place was full and a line up for tables had formed, as the other reviews had mentioned. Overall, I cannot fault them for anything. I highly recommend this place for vegetarians and veggie lovers alike. Yum!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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It's too far out of the way to be a regular visitor. But I have patronized it for years. Excellent variety and great tasting vegetarian food. Dishes don't hide behind walls of spice, oil, fat, cheese. They don't need to. The cafeteria setting will not suit everyone, and you have to be careful when you go or you may not find a seat. Should be tried by anyone who wonders about vegetarian foods. Licensed even.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Delicious and healthy yet cheap food! Best...

Delicious and healthy yet cheap food! Best vegetarian meal I've ever had. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Ottawa. The decor and atmosphere are modest but I don't care about that.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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The quiche and the raspberry pie are very good...

The quiche and the raspberry pie are very good. The only thing I don't like about Green Door is that by the time you get to pay for your food, it's kind of cold. And it is a little bit expensive for the amount of food I had. But I would probably come back.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Great vegetarian restaurant. The selection is...

Great vegetarian restaurant. The selection is incredible and the food is very good. I recommend the spanakopita and the salads. It is priced by weight. Depending on what you choose, the price can be high or low. I have never spent more than $12 for dinner and dessert. The vegan chocolate cake is a must-try.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Hands down my favourite place to eat in Ottawa...

Hands down my favourite place to eat in Ottawa. The selection is incredible, and I never get tired of the food even though I eat there at least once every couple of weeks. I've also taken countless non-vegetarians there, and they have always loved the food as well.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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i'm a vegetarian...and it's a vegetarian...

i'm a vegetarian...and it's a vegetarian resteraunt so you can't really go wrong there.... there is tons to choose from. there are a lot of vegan dishes too, and many of the ingrediants are organic. it's a unique place and i had been wanting to go there for a while. this place has a great reputation, and now i know why

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Find great vegan food in Ottawa

Find great vegan food in Ottawa

This is another pay-by-weight restaurant, and why not pile it on? Quinoa tabbouleh, kidney bean chili, Thai curry – all the classics, enviably made, are here to be enjoyed. If you can find a table. It's a popular spot, and there is often competition for space. Make sure to leave room for dessert because the chocolate swirl cheesecake awaits.

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Vegetarian cuisine for the masses in Ottawa

Vegetarian cuisine for the masses in Ottawa

The granddaddy of Ottawa’s vegetarian food scene - you still get your plate weighed, you still return your dishes, but, the place feels rejuvenated with the new décor. I’ve always had a soft spot for the mashed potato kale. Plus, I love the community feel here. And, takeouts are encouraged.

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Ethical eats: Ottawa’s best farm-to-table dining

Ethical eats: Ottawa’s best farm-to-table dining

An Ottawa institution, The Green Door Restaurant has been serving nourishing vegetarian and organic food since 1988. The menu is created every morning according to the daily supply of fresh produce. The restaurant is a member of Savour Ottawa, a network of producers, suppliers, restaurants and retailers who source locally. Visit The Green Door’s website for an extensive list of ingredients used in all of their dishes. You can even purchase the Green Door Cookbook if you want to brush up on your vegetarian cooking.

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