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Ahora Restaurant Mexicain

Byward Market Area
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307 Dalhousie St | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E8, Canada
+1 613-562-2081
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Burlington, Canada
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When my 19 year old son took me to this place my first thought was, "How drunk was he when he was here?". It looks like a hole in the wall joint but the food was fantastic. Apparently it gets really busy and there can be a wait, all I can say is that it will be worth that wait!

Thank ExpediaKirsty
Amherst, Canada
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Odd service is right felt more like we were in a food court at a mall having to select your meal and go to the counter to order and pay first. If you wanted for example another drink you had to go up and get it and pay. The food was only average at best, have had much much better... More 

Thank smed88
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The grilled chicken that they use for the tacos was burned, I mean black burned. I asked for another one but all the chicken is cooked in advance and was all the same. Rice tasted like something you would buy in a Lipton pouch at the grocery store. Someone has to show them how to prepare real salsa which was... More 

1 Thank Daniel L
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Went here this past weekend. You get a menu and seat but go up to order food. Seemed understaffed. got a great cactus salad and guac. the michelada was not good - was told it was spicy, it was not - just overly lime juice. the model of service could be refined but other than the michelada, food was good

Thank Trent N
Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

At first glance this small family restaurant doesn't seem like much but again and again we are amazed at how flavorful the food is. We went to Mexico a few years ago and we can honestly say Ottawa has found a little Mexico in Ahora. If I can suggest a dish try the Ahora Platter. It is amazing!!!!!

1 Thank JettSetterYogi
Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The space is small and it was packed on our Friday night visit. You order at the counter and the food is delivered to your table. You can see the chefs working behind the cash. My enchalada was fantastic. Try the sangria too, it was packed with fruit. Lots of choice and truly authentic Mexican.

1 Thank AnnesTravels
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Food was amazing, fresh and tasty. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Reasonably priced. But loud in here.

Thank Robin_Sp
Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is by-far one of our favourite restaurants of all time. We usually get the chicken quesadilla with chips and it's the best. You get to choose your own sauces and other toppings at a bar which is amazing. Truly the best Mexican in Ottawa (and so far in Toronto, too).

Thank nickyandreza
Ottawa, Canada
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104 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Gotta give credit where credit is due. The food is very good. Service not so much. On a busy evening the hostess was all scattered, seating tables out of turn. My order (this is order-and-pay-yourself-and-they-bring-it-to-your-table kind of place) got mixed up. Went to ask for extra cheese, was told it was $2 (!) but then got it for free. Asked... More 

Thank Maxim B
Orillia, Canada
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220 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Location in the By Ward Market area is easy to find. The staff are helpful and cheery. You order from the counter and you meal is delivered to your table. There is a great selection of Mexican food from which to choose.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 307 Dalhousie St | 11:30-22:00 Daily, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-562-2081

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