Fries at The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
Wings at The Clocktower Brew Pub
Tuna Sandwich at The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
Foods from The Clocktower Brew Pub

2008 Oct 13
Came here a few days ago for dinner with friend and SO. We hummed and hawed over what I thought were too many menu choices.

I had the mussels with cream sauce (cream, white wine, bacon and cilantro). Very, very yummy, but very rich. The price was right at $10, and $3 for a bottomless basket of fries. Seriously bottomless.

Rainer had the curry of the week, which he described as super spicy, but nonetheless good.

My SO, Andrew, had the standard burger and fries.

All in all, we were impressed with the food, for what it was. The service was not very personable, in fact she was down right cold. But she was very efficient. We'd go back if we were in the neighbourhood.

2008 Apr 16
The food here is so hit or miss, it's actually a bit funny. But we go here so often for drinks, that sometimes we end up staying for appies or a meal.
Last Sunday we were in just for some late afternoon beers which ran into dinner time therefore, decided to order a meal. They always have a curry of the week and a pasta of the week. I went with the pasta which was described as tortellini alfredo and shrimp. Sounded great. The tortellini was for sure the store bought tri-colored kind and the sauce, not sure if it was made there or not, was not bad. BUT...the shrimp that came with it was...wait...deep fried!! Oh man, I couldn't believe it. Very overdone deep fried shrimp to boot! That was for sure a new thing for me, deep fried shrimp with a pasta meal. I don't expect anything less or anything more foodwise from here. Good thing I only go mostly for the beer ;)

2008 Mar 13
I'll simply point out that most of Clocktower's own beers are Ales. See the note I'm about to write under "Beer" for details on their proper serving temperature. Hint : not too cold.

2008 Mar 13
Can you believe that I've gone to both locations at least a dozen times. My (and my friends) largest complaint about the Bank location is the warm beer. The other site gets it right. The attitude of the staff is indifferent towards repeat business. If you complain about the temp of the beer you're dissed and given a weak excuse. My recent visit I caught the waitress adding beer to a glass she was pouring me from a half filled glass that had been sitting under the taps for about an hour. She denied it, but I saw it. I was given another waitress who admitted they do that as a house "policy". I don't have a problem with saving "spillage" but don't serve it to a regular, and never let the customer see you do it!! I have made my last visit there.
On a positive, the Sunday night prime rib is excellent value for the price.
Either the owner dosen't care about repeat business, or isn't a beer affecionado, or figures screw the satisfaction of customers, I'm counting my money...

2007 Jun 8
Second part of my review (see comment under Beer). We were at the Bank St. location.

First, I found the menu overwhelming. I don't know if any of you have seen Restaurant Makeover on Food TV, but I said to my husband that the chefs would probably strike off most of the items. I took me ages to decide what to order, and I was afraid that with all the different kinds of menu items they had, that the food would be mediocre.

I was right. I ordered a side Caesar salad and Crab Cakes with Green Onion Aioli. My husband had the Bangkok Noodle Bowl (after I read about it on this site).

The salad was huge! I thought the waitress had misunderstood and brought me the regular size salad, but she billed a side salad. It was on a main-size plate. And it was nothing special. It had bacon bits, a few croutons and goat cheese.

The crab cakes were terrible. Very mushy. I think they pureed the crab in the food processor with some red pepper until it turned to a paste, then pan-fried it. The green onion "aioli" was just mayo with green onions pureed into it.

My husband was disappointed with the noodle bowl. It had no extraordinary flavours, just sauteed veggies on a bed of noodles with soy sauce.

I'm surprised that we were so disappointed considering the good reviews I read here before going.

2007 Apr 26
For what it's worth, the menu for the one on Bank St has just been freshened up a bit...

The "chippers" are worth ordering despite the blush-inducing silliness of the same. Pretty much just freshly made potato chips -- yum.

2007 Apr 26
I somehow think they do have different menus with some same items....but i could very well be wrong. I'll find out soon though, probably this weekend!

2007 Apr 26
re: the suggestion of separate entries for different locations. Can anyone tell me if they have different menus at each Clock Tower location?

In general, I group restaurants by menu. If they have the same menu they should have just one entry. Of course, if you want to mention the service it helps to also mention which location. :)

2007 Mar 13
And so I went back at lunch today! Got to chat with the new brewmaster Patrick, who said he just started there in January. See my comments under "beer at clocktower" and 'burgers at clocktower" for more.

2007 Mar 11
I have not been here in a couple of years but have to get back soon because they have a new brewmaster, who graduated from a brewing school in Scotland if I am not mistaken. Their old brewmaster was hit-and-miss but fortunately mostly hit. Pub food is very good and I see someone else has had the veggie burger which I used to find very yummy. So many places have blah veggie burgers - not that I don't eat meat or anything but veggie burgers can be awfully yummy when home-made and done right.

Time to get back there to check the place out, I'd say!

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2015 Nov 27
So the oyster stout is back and delicious.

2011 Jun 10
Went with my Dad to the Clocktower tonight to watch the game with him. We delved into the beers there. He had a cask-conditioned red, and a bytown brown, while I had the Kolsch and the Raspberry wheat. Now, more the matter, I love dark beers with full flavour, and don't much like lighter coloured beers. So....yeah, shouldn't have ordered the Kolsch and Raspberry wheat. That being said, if you like lighter beers, I would recommend them, because, even though they were not to my taste, they were still pretty good. My Dad generously let me have a sip of his beers, and they were steller. The Bytown brown was hearty and had a nice coffee pre-taste, which means that the next time I go back, I will order nothing but it. So, to summarize, really really enjoyed the beer.

2010 Jul 16
Just got back from a Brewers' lunch at the Bank Street location. Had the new Organic Wheat, which I think is only a seasonal for the summer. It is fermented with a "normal" yeast, so does not have any of the funky flavours associated with Belgian or Bavarian Wheat beers (and their respective special yeasts). So it classifies as "American Wheat". It was an extremely good beer - very quaffable on a hot summer day. Crystal clear. Kudos to Patrick the brewmaster - very well done. It was so good that I had to have a 2nd :-P

EDIT : Oh, and got to meet Orleansfoodie for the first time (waves)

2010 Feb 18
Was here for lunch today. The Koelsch (sic) and Wishart's Bitter were both absolutely fantastic! Their beers have really improved since they hired a real brewmaster - go Patrick!

2008 Oct 13
I have to agree with Zym: The Kölsch here is a deadringer for the yummy Dom Kölsch which you get in Germany...Köln specifically. Might be my favourite beer. Then again, anyone from Köln will tell you that Kölsh stands alone.


2008 Sep 28
Went in for a quick beer and burger yesterday while my kids were in an activity nearby. The Koelsch was a dead-ringer for the ones I've had in Cologne - in particular I'd say Dom Koelsch with it's slight sweetness. For those not in the know, this is the same type of beer that Beau's is brewed after, so anyone who likes that, should love the Clocktower Koelsch.

2008 Jan 21
Just last week I had the ESB and the Brown and I enjoyed both. The ESB was especially flavourful. As far as brew pubs go, it's them and the Draught Horse out in Navan, and that's it to the best of my knowledge. But fortunately a lot of places these days are carrying micros. Click "Beer" on this site for some of my recommendations.

2008 Jan 21
It just wasn't good beer. Not flat to style, but flat as in stale. If you can recommend some good brews they make I'm always willing to give them a chance.

Frequenting brew pubs in Montreal Boston and Toronto for the past decade and a half I had high hopes for Ottawa. Are there any other brew pubs in Ottawa I can try? Localish breweries whose products I love are Millhouse, McAuslen, Heritage. From the New England area, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Dogfish. I lean towards complex hopped beers.

2008 Jan 21
Just curious which beer you had Shamus. If it was one of the cask beers that would explain the flatness since cask beer is often flat (by design)

2008 Jan 21
Have I just been unlucky? Some of the worst pub brew I have ever had has been here. I've tried the location in the Glebe and in new Edinborough and both times the beer was almost undrinkable - flat and flavourless. I am a huge supporter of crafted beer and really wanted to like the Clocktowers offerings but sadly I cannot do this.



2012 Jan 14
Confession: I haven't eaten a burger in...hmm, probably 8+ years. It's not that I've made a point of avoiding them, we just haven't crossed paths - i.e. maybe I need to get to more barbeques.

Last Thursday, I was here (Bank Street location) with a couple of friends, both burger enthusiasts, for dinner. They often speak of the excellent burgers here. I read the description of the Angry Goat Burger and it also spoke to me: Herbed goat cheese, banana peppers and spicy mayo. I chose the side of salad: a generous amount of mixed greens with grape tomatoes and balsamic & olive oil dressing (on the side) with a bottle of San Pellegrino - they have a nice 500 ml size.
The burger was hugely delicious and perfectly done. So good, I was back Saturday evening with my sister eating the same. Again excellent. Service was friendly, quick and efficient. I really like this place.

2010 Feb 18
Another absolutely perfect burger today! That will be all ...

2008 Sep 28
Absolutely perfect! Served on a scrumptious kaiser bun with pickles, lettuce and onion. Big burger, and very flavourful. Tough to imagine a better burger.

2008 Jan 15
Once again a very wonderful burger!

2007 Mar 13
Had the "Black and Blue" for lunch today, with blue cheese on it. Mmmmmm, stinky cheese! Everything about it was great except I'm not sure if this was the "black" part or not, but the burger was charcoal black on the outside. Luckily it did not taste really burnt so it was still yummy. I'll try it again next time I'm there and hopefully it won't be so charred. Yummy pickle on the side, served with lots of onion and tomato and lettuce.

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2016 Apr 2
The kimchi fries are indeed a pretty awesome snack, been meaning to mention them here for a while :)

2016 Apr 2
Kimchi fries at the Elgin St location. Great fries and combo of kimchi, mayo, sriracha, chicken and garnishes. All this dish was missing was something pickled (onions, hot peppers). I enjoyed this during appy hour so for $7 I thought it was a great deal and paired nicely with their bitter.

2010 Feb 18
Once again, perfect french fries.

2008 Sep 28
Another 2 strong thumbs for their fries. Perfectly crisp on the outside, tender on the inside.

2008 Mar 3
Had fries (w/a burger) here on Friday and I'm still thinking about them -- they were very good. Home-cut fries are so rare these days.

2007 Dec 23
The home-cut fries I had yesterday were absolutely perfect!

2007 Mar 23
Was back at lunch today and this time had the fries with my burger instead of salad. They appear to be home-cut and were very yummy. Nice and crisp on the outside and tender inside. Good job clocktower!

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2013 May 9
As posted above, the Tuesday wing special is now 6.25 for 10. Very good quality wings.

2010 Jan 27
I paid a visit to The Clocktower Brew Pub (Glebe) last night for their Tuesday night wing night (Reg $9.75, Tuesdays $4.95). The Clocktower has a good range of flavours, all the heats, including Malaysian (suicide), Sweet Chilli, Hot & Honey, Spicy Maple BBQ, Honey Szechuan, Jerk, or Cajun Dusted. I decided to try the Spicy Maple BBQ for something a little different. They're sufficiently saucy and have a hint of sweet maple and BBQ flavour, they are not spicy though. I was a bit surprised that no carrot sticks, celery or sour cream came with the wings (sour cream is extra), but this would only really be an issue with the hot wings for me. In any case, its definitely worth a visit on wing night, and at the Bank St. location at least, go early! We hung out near the bar for about 30mins before finding a seat in the bar area and ate there - a seat in the dining area didn't come up. The Clocktower has a good selection of their own microbrew as well as other beers, so waiting isn't an issue, trying to stay out of the way when there are no seats is.

To note: My friend had the 5 spice chicken - his review was that it was alright, the veggies seemed to be the best part though.

Wing Size: 7.5

Sauce: 6.5-7.5 (6.5 for advertising them as spicy, 7.5 because they're still good)

Recommended Beer: I had a Fenien Red, which is a little sweet and went nicely with the sweet wings, as well as a Wisharts Bitter which had a nice contrast to the sweet...I wouldn't actually recommend alternating though. Pick one and stick with it.

2008 Jan 22
Best wings in the city.
Cheap on Tuesdays...

Today is Tuesday, allllllllright.



2008 Apr 11
There are 2 types of veggie burgers : those that try to look and taste like a hamburger, and those that don't. In my experience the ones that do try are often pretty terrible, while the ones who do not try are often pretty spectacular. Unfortunately, this was one of the ones that tried to look and taste like a hamburger, and while it was not terrible, it was not very good either. I certainly won't be having another. It tasted like soy sauce. Yuck.

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2007 Mar 13
Had a very nice side tossed-salad with my burger today, instead of fries. The veggies were all fresh. They had a choice of maybe 5 different dressings, I chose the blue cheese which was delicious.

I'll order it again.

2007 Apr 26
I am excited to announce that the Clocktower (on Mackay) has changed/added to their menu! As a frequent customer to this pub, I pretty much have their menu memorized and stick to the same old, same old.
So, here is the tuna...I don't think I have the name right but it's the only 'tuna' item on the menu. This was the first time I've actually had a tuna steak, so I really have nothing to compare it to but I really, really, enjoyed it. They serve it on pumpernickel bread (grilled, I think) with some nice wasabi mayo. Such a nice treat having unique choices at a pub. They serve it with either fries or salad...I got the salad which is their standard salad that goes with all the dishes...mixed greens, red onions, grated carrots, chunks of tomatoes, and a honkin' pickle. Dressing is usually on the salad, but I get it on the side!

Can't wait to try the other new items! I'll let you all know of course....

Fresh Foodie: Do you think there should be two separate tags for each Clocktower location? I'm pretty sure that zymurgists' reviews are from the location on Bank, while mine are from Mackay.