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Memories Restaurant

#13 of 60 Dessert in Ottawa
#222 of 2,342 Places to Eat in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Byward Market Area
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136 St. Patrick St | Intersection of Sussex Drive and St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5J8, Canada
+1 613-241-1882
09:00 - 01:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 23:30
Mon - Wed 10:30 - 23:30
Thu 10:30 - 12:30
Fri 10:30 - 01:00
Sat 09:00 - 01:00
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Vila do Conde, Portugal
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We stop in to Memories whenever we're in Ottawa (we've been there dozens of times). It has always been an oasis of warmth, with friendly staff, the best coffee in town, excellent tea, generous and delicious desserts (try the carrot cake!) and inexpensive healthy dishes. It's a bit harder to find since it moved over a block a few years... More 

Thank Dan B
Warrington, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Just fabulous, ordered for five of us, pickerel on salad and burgers. Wonderful, so clevererly matched with flavour and well presented. Service fabulous, desserts made on premises and out of this world. Well worth a visit. Been in Ottawa since 1983, but change of venue due to building being condemned caused it to be quieter. Well worth a visit.

Thank Karinquarrie1
Ottawa, Canada
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69 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Hidden away behind the Earl of Sussex and Richard Robinson near the Art Gallery, Memories is a very good place for a leisurely lunch. We had burgers and pickerel--all excellent--and, of couse, desert. Long an Ottawa fixture, it continues the tradition in a new location.

Thank Michael D
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

The outside dining area is secluded, quiet and pleasant. The food was excellent. My Eggs Benedict florentine was particularly good. They seemed short staffed and we had to wait for our check, but the staff was polite and pleasant.

Thank Carol R
Ottawa, Canada
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Dropped in here for our dessert after walking off part of dinner. The service was quick and polite, but I was disappointed with the range of choice for a place that prides itself on being a dessert destination. Despite a menu boasting approx. 20 dishes, the display case had only about 6-7 (while it was a Sunday night around 8ish,... More 

Montreal, Canada
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497 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Close to National Gallery. Good for lunch. Chicken skewers and chicken on Greek salad was not great. First time I see dark meat in these dishes. Ask for white if that is your preference! Dessert was good. Raspberry crumble was delicious but ice cream was melting when arrived at table. Not cool! Ask for frozen ice ream or send melted... More 

Thank gorlinjay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

The food was very delicious. Ambience was nice, we ate at the patio and this place is just right at the right side facing the Notre Dame Basilica across the street. Natalie, the waitress, was amazing. She was quick, very courteous, and did an amazing job serving lunch for everybody by herself. We felt sorry for her as the place... More 

Thank Nathan J
Pembroke, Canada
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Was there for desert after late lunch elsewhere in market. Definately worth the visit. Excellent deserts, large portions. We had carrot cake, chocolate raspberry damnation, and almond cheesecake which was a daily special. All excellent, none excessively sweet. One of the best carrot cakes I have had. Patio was lovely,relatively secluded and quiet for the market, lots of shade, good... More 

Thank Marlene39forever
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The stories that they are making there desserts at the maison. Is 100% truth the different flavours, tiramisu,double dark chocolate, the blueberries pie, the rhubarb and strawberries dessert are heavenly.

Thank 1311957
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Located beside the Ottawa cathedral and in front of the National museum, the patio setting is striking. The menu is interesting, tge food was excellent. I had the special of the evening, which was fresh fish, my husband had the spaghetti. The restaurant is recognized as having the best desserts in the Ottawa market area and i can attest to... More 

Thank suz1012015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 12:30
10:30 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 St. Patrick St | Intersection of Sussex Drive and St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5J8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-241-1882
Since 1983, Memories Restaurant has been well-known for its desserts - made on premises with no preservatives! A warm atmosphere featuring healthy meals such as our famous traditional Canadian quiche.

Beautiful view beside the National Arts Gallery and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. Conveniently located in the Byward Market in Downtown Ottawa - at the corner of Sussex Drive and St. Patrick Street.

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