Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
Petit Bill's Bistro
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Foods from Petit Bill's Bistro

2009 Aug 11
I can only agree with everyone else's happiness with this little gem. The close-knit family atmosphere of Petit Bills, plus the fact that I didn't feel like I was wearing sunglasses and didn't have to yell in conversation, are large factors in why I'll be back again. And again.
The main factor: the food, of course.
Firstly, the main attraction - lobster poutine! I had heard so much but not until I tried it did I fully understand how incredible it actually is. Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried making it at home with any success?
Very prompt in bringing the food, ours meals were hot and delicious. Very friendly service, they really care about the food.
It's great to have found a place so good, yet inexpensive enough that as a student I can frequent it.

2009 Jul 20
I think I am one of the very few in the city who did not enjoy my meal at Petit Bill's. I ordered the duck....and quite frankly it was terrible. The service was slow. Our waitress seemed miserable the entire time (we were a larger group, but we had a reservation so there was really no need for the attitude). I would try this restaurant again just because I've heard other people rave about it but my first experience was not a pleasant one.

2009 May 17
Lobster poutine.

2009 May 17
Chorizo appertizer.

2009 May 17
Seafood macaroni

2009 May 14
After doing some tulip "watching" at Dows Lake last night, we decided to try Petit Bill's. I have had my heart set on the Lobster poutine ever since Ron Eade's blogged about it. We were greeted by a very nice man (owner maybe?). The place is charming and inviting. Our waitress was equally nice and personable. We started with the lobster poutine and the Chorizo Sausage. The sausage was full of flavours and the roasted garlic the perfect accompaniment for this dish. Now, the poutine was good, but not what I imagined it would be. I expected it to look the same or similar as Ron's picture here:
The fries were nice, the shoestring type. I would have loved to see more lobster; there was hardly any big piece, mostly "shredded". With the price of lobster right now at an all time low, they could have added more... For our main, we shared the Seafood Macaroni; it also had 2-3 tiny pieces of lobster. I could not discern what the "other seafood" was, Pollock? Overall an interesting dish, but lacking something in the flavour department. Also could have used more sauce, was sort of on the dry side. The wine was great; we sampled a half litre of Kingston, South Australian cab. The only thing again, and that seems to be the norm in Ottawa, it was room temperature. Had this wine been slightly chilled, I would have given it a 10. Cool your wines people! I also have to quickly mention the bathrooms; spotless! Very nice touch with the hand lotion, hairspray and even mouth wash.

Here is what was sort of the deal breaker for me: We were seated near a window, the sun was shinning on my wine glass and I noticed (before the wine arrived) that there were a few lip marks on my glass, as well as 2 greasy fingerprints. I asked our waitress for another glass. As I turn around, don't I see her wiping my glass with her T-SHIRT !!!! I don't even do that at home. When I see things like that, I start imagining what might be going on in the kitchen... would they put a steak back on a plate if it accidently fell to the floor? I really wish she had not done that.

2008 Dec 20
Went to Petit Bill's Bistro today with my wife for a lunner otherwise known as afternoon tea. She was craving soup, and I was undecided. The soup of the day was a carrot squash soup. It was quite delicious with nice little chunks of onion, carrot and squash. There was a very nice warmth the soup and there was an undernote of butter... delicious. She also got the Caesar salad. It was good. Homemade dressing. I got the cod and chips... wow... amazing. The fish is pan fried, so it was nice and light. I love fish that isn't 100% cooked. This was perfect. Flaky, but moist. And the chips... great. In fact, we liked them so much we ordered a side of chips so that my wife could have some as well. They came with a Belgian mayo that was infused with roast garlic. Great combination! We were the only ones in the dining room (since most people don't eat lunch at 2:30). The wait staff was professional, but super friendly. There was no fake friendliness. The owner dropped by too to talk to us. He's a very nice man. Said Merry Christmas on the way out. Nice touch. We'll definitely be back... probably for the chips. Can't wait to try the lobster poutine!

2008 Nov 9
Possibly in the servers defence; was it a "soup of the day" or a regular menu soup? I ask because, working in a kitchen, it would be very difficult for a server to know each and every ingredient that goes into a soup-of-the-day or special in MY kitchen since we make them daily, often from our imaginations, on the spur of the moment, sometimes only once and never repeated. I usually give the servers a general idea of the ingredients (ex: "Today's soup is a roasted sweet potato and carrot soup - it is a little spicy because it has some chilis in it, and it has chicken stock so it is not vegetarian, OK?") and I expect that if someone wishes to know more about the ingredients due to dietary concerns, they will inform the server, who will obtain more information from the kitchen, however I don't give each server a detailed list of each ingredient I happened to throw in the pot on a daily basis. I personally think that's reasonable considering my resturant makes everything from scratch and does not have a set rotation of specials to keep things fresh and interesting...not sure what the situation is at this place though, but I'm just saying...

2008 Nov 8
my SO and i were on our way to agave tonight, when i pointed out petit bills and made note of the comments on the forum about how good a place it is for eating alone. turns out, it's also great for dining with others!

we were greeted by one of the two brothers who owned the place, and seated in the cozy lounge section. it looked a bit dead, until i realized that there was a whole other section...oh, and until about five couples who had reservations showed up in the ten minutes that followed.

i had the seafood macaroni, which was incredibly rich, and yummy, but not overly flavourful. it was super good!

my SO had the burger platter, in which he subsituted cheddar for brie (who would do such a thing?). he said it was super good, in that way that made it seem not like a burger, but like fine dining.

we split the flourless chocolate cake, which was yummy, but i think i would have been more in the mood for the maple cheesecake or the newfoundland pound cake douced in rum...but my better half likes his chocolate, and isn't keen on rum. i'll have to go back.

they have a good selection of beers and wine, and their appetizers are definitely worth looking at.

our only qualm is that our server could have known the menu a bit better--at the table next to ours, one client had a milk allergy, and the server/co-owner didn't know if there was cream in the soup...but, he did do it justice in finding out!

2008 Oct 2
Had been meaning to try Petit Bills,and finally made it - happy to see the restaurant was reasonably busy for a Wednesday night.

I have to say it was a highly satisfying dinner - the food was excellent, the wine list by the glass is both diverse and a nice touch, and the service is outstanding - friendly, personal, yet not over the top.

I had Chicken in a green curry sauce, and my wife had Salmon - and we both quite enjoyed it.

The flourless chocolete cake for dessert was arguably the best we have had, and my wife is a chocolate freak.

I hope they can survice the construction, because the atmosphere and food make this place a keeper. The prices, especially compared to other Wellington hotspots (gastropub) are also quite reasonable, topping out at $20.


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2011 Jul 14
Absolutely love the lobster poutine! A great deal for the money and very tasty!

2010 Mar 15
My husband and i had a lunch today.
We heard about Petit Bill's has a reputation but food was disappointed.
I started with beets salad that it wasn't reasonable price, yellow beet was over over cooked and i paid $14.
We studied at Le cordon bleu, many friends recommended and they likes Lobster poutine.
It was soggy fries with broken sauce. I could taste any of Mascapone flavors. It was pretty gross.
I believe that ratings can be very deceptive.
But waitress was nice otherwise pricey and nothing special.

2009 Dec 23
What more can I say that other's haven't already said? Lobster, on mascarpone cheese sauce, on fries, with lobster butter drizzled over top. I put some fresh ground pepper on mine to add a bit of zing, the only thing that could make this dish better would be... some fresh shaved truffles!

2009 Jan 11
Lobster poutine: Chunks of lobster, broiled in butter with marscapone cheese sauce on top of delightly crispy yet tender shoestring fries. I first thought that the delicate flavour of the lobster would be overshadowed by the other flavours but boy was I wrong. This dish is amazing. Try it, that's all I can say.

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2009 Dec 23
They served Clocktower beer on draught here, a pale ale, apparently. I thought it was unusual to see their beer in an establishment other than their own, not necessarily an unwelcome addition! Very cool to see!

2015 Jul 10
My partner and I got a pair of Bill's Burgers on a recent visit, and we both thought it was outstanding-- near, if not at the top of our list of Ottawa burgers. Definitely beats out a couple more expensive options elsewhere in town.

Super friendly service and owner, too. Have to make a point to come here more often.