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El Tucan Restaurant

Mexican, Latin, Central American, Spanish
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85 Montreal Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K1L 6E8, Canada
+1 613-749-2317
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is excellent... Salvadorean options like pupusas and tamales are fabulous but lots of Mexican- American options for the less adventurous eater. Quaint, eclectic decor. If you like wine with dinner, no options and they've run out of wine before!

Thank SmartyC40
Ottawa, Canada
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166 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The food was quite good - we tried eating here because we heard of papusas on a TV show and found this restaurant. The bean soup was a great starter on a cold night, and our papusas were tasty (I preferred the cheese & pork one to my wife's cheese and shrimp). We shared a plate of chorizo tacos which... More 

Pembroke, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

El Tucan is as close to the real thing as you are going to get being in Ontario. The food is fresh, well prepared and believe me, original! At first glance, the place may not look as inviting as one would hope however, once in, you realize that the atmosphere is very cozy. This is a family run business and... More 

Thank mancocapa2666
Ottawa, Canada
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366 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Great menu with many choices. Food is authentic & tasty. Owner friendly & homey atmosphere. Popular for takeout.

Thank Norm W
Chelsea, Canada
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

A friend suggested this restaurant and I have to admit I wasn't sure I wanted to go in! This is a family run business and they prepare food as though you were dining at a friend's home. Everthing we ate from appetizers to mains were tasty and well presented. The service was excellent and very friendly.

Thank Catherine M
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Very friendly service, great variety of food available, nice touch to have the tv on Central American channel

Thank Robert_Guertin
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104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Started off with a the papusa,tamale and pastel. Of the 3 I liked the tamale. I found the flavors of all of them very mild. I was expecting spicy food like Mexican. We had the fish tacos which was OK but the cilantro took over the flavor. We also had the yuca con chichcarron which cassava with fried pork. Again... More 

Thank hausl
Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

They have Mexican and south American food that is not the usual mexican style food. I love Mexican food, and have eaten at a lot of places in Ottawa. Half of the stuff on the menu at El Tucan I didn't even know what it was. It tasted good though. And reasonably priced.

Thank Michael J
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

I've been here several times and it always has latino patrons. The food is very homey and tasty, from El Salvador but also other places in Latin america. I'll keep coming here.

Thank QuitaPeluza
Ottawa, Canada
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

This place is a true hidden gem and not yet overridden by hipsters. Go on a hot summer night and ask to be seated on the backyard patio. You will forget that you are in Ottawa and be transported to a Salvadorian barrio. Great friendly service, delicious food (pupusas are wonderful, the fried yuca are crispy and delightful, the fish... More 

Thank AnnaFrancisco

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
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Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Montreal Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K1L 6E8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-749-2317

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?