Scone Witch
Scone Witch
Scone Witch
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2011 May 15
Never liked scones until now! I always thought scones as these brick-hard nuggets that tasted bland. The scones here are buttery, moist, and uniquely flavored (i.e. current and ginger is my fav). I like the decor. There's a kinda Indie-Restoration Hardware vibe. Service is friendly or at least helpful (I get smiles most of the time). Prices seem reasonable to me $2.00 for one scone without any toppings, etc. Lots to choose from for breakfast or lunch. This place is soooo good!

2011 Mar 30
anyone knows if they have Gluten free scones?

2010 Jun 29
Tried the 'new' location at 35 Beechwood today and was pleasantly surprised. I found the premises spacious and airy with plenty of available seating. Ordered the BLT sconewitch on a cheddar scone and side salad. The scone was light and fluffy, melt in your mouth goodness. Salad had just enough dressing. Only complaint was the portion size. I know its lunch but I just wasn't satisfied. It gave me a good excuse to order a second scone to go for a snack later. Recommended if you seek a light lunch. Would also recommend taking some to-go for future snacking.

2010 Apr 8
squash soup + lemon scone = perfect combination of savoury and sweet.

the service was quite fine.

2010 Jan 31
YUM. I went here this morning for brunch and it was super delicious! I had the currant/ginger scone with rhubarb/ginger jam and it was the best scone I have ever had in my life. It came with scrambled eggs & mediterranean vegetables and goat cheese, salad and lots of fresh fruit. It was all quite good, but my scrambled eggs with goat cheese were missing the goat cheese completely, which made me ultra sad because of my incredible affinity for goat cheese. Oh well.
My partner had a lemon poppyseed scone with blackberry jam which was also very good, but my currant/ginger selection was the clear victor :)
I didn't even realise that this place was literally about 3 minutes from my apartment building - score. I will be back (often)!

2009 May 23
OH EM GEE. I had a vanilla cream scone and a cheddar scone today for breakfast. No I probably didn't need to buy two, but I wanted to try a sweet one and a savory one. Anyway, they were AMAZING. I have a pretty badass scone recipe, but they go stale so quickly that I'm not even going to bother making them anymore. I'll just nip down here.

They were the perfect scone - flaky and moist on the inside, lovely crusty exterior.

I'll try their brunch sometime on a weekday. They were crazy busy while I was in there. I didn't have any issues with the staff like previous posters - everyone was super friendly...but that might have had something to do with the fact that I just ordered scones to go, and not a brunch entree to eat there. It really must be quite difficult for them to keep up with everything and where people are sitting etc.

2008 Nov 25
TheMiserab, that is a terrible attitude by the service staff at the restaurant. the clients are rude, so the staff is rude back? i can't believe the owner of the scone witch would condone that behaviour.

i go to the scone witch on the weekends, it is often the pitstop on my running route. i have found the cooks at the back pleasant and easy going. the front counter staff is usually short and rude to me and i am certain it is not because of my small talk and pleasantries.

i don't think it out of the ordinary for the each staff member to have a few roles in such a small restaurant. that is what i like about the place.

i love the scones here. the currant one with ginger jam is fantastic. if you are lucky enough to get there when they have a bag of day old scones, snatch them up, freeze them and then warm them in the oven on a cold morning. the scones are light, fluffy layers, which is rare for scones in ottawa. it is the scone witch scones that made me rework my recipe until i could achieve similar effect at home.

i generally don't get anything other than scones with jam. the eggs are great as are the sandwiches. i just find the prices high for the small amount of food you get. two scones (one sweet, one savoury) are enough to tide me over.

2008 Nov 24
I have been to the Scone Witch on several occasions because I love the atmosphere and the food is amazing. I've noticed that many people have commented that their service is questionable despite the food being fabulous.

The last time I was there, the woman in line in front of me was being short with the young man behind the counter, cutting him off and just speaking to him with disrespect. He was a little short with her, as well, and when he took my order put a smile back on his face and was very pleasant. I mentioned that she seemed a little scary and uptight, and he shrugged it off saying that a lot of people who eat there are rude and the only way they can deal with it, since they are so busy, is to be rude back.

I have worked in kitchens for ten years and the first time I visited the Scone Witch, I was shocked to see that the cooks do everything from cooking eggs to clearing tables to taking orders. The open kitchen format means that food prep must stop every time a customer wants to order. This is insane to me, since it slows everything down and puts unnecessary levels of stress on the employees.

No wonder they are short with people who are rude!

The young man at the cash thanked me kindly for my generous tip, which I felt they were entitled as they all contribute to the preparation of the food, since they apparently are tipped often like a coffee shop. That's disgraceful.

2008 Oct 19
I went to Scone Witch on Albert today for the first time with some out of town friends. The food was amazing. But the service was totally and utterly horrible. The girl that was working the front cash was rude, condescending, abrupt and didn't smile. It was so bad that I was embarrassed to have brought out of towners there.

I didn't even go back to order a 2nd coffee b/c it would mean talking to the rude lady at the cash.

I should add though that the people working in the kitchen were very polite and courteous. It is too bad that the first person you encounter was not even half as pleasant as them.

2008 May 8
I am a fan of the food at Scone Witch, but not of the service -- certainly not today.

My friend and I arrived during the lunch hour. Having been here before, I knew that the service was not that quick which is fine. My friend asked one of the prep people what the soup of the day was. The response she got was brash and borderline rude. We quickly made our orders and went to pay which took at least five minutes. We returned to the food counter area and the same prep person asked us for our orders again (obviously she had not paid attention the first time). Another five to ten minutes had passed when I realized that we had not been asked what our choice of scone was to go with our meal. The menu board clearly states that customers choose the type of scone they want. The response I was given was that customers had no choice during lunch and that they would be given whatever was available unless they had a particular food allergy. Since I like all their savoury scones, it didn't matter much but given what it says on their menu board and the fact that I was able to choose my scone during a previous lunch visit, the response didn't sit well with us. Of course, this was mostly the case because the manner in which the response was given was quite rude.

When we did get our meals, I have to say it was fabulous. The salad was fresh and delicious. The scone mealwich (chicken in white wine sauce) was mouth-watering. However, no matter how good the food is, the entire experience is tainted by extremely poor customer service. We understood it was the lunch rush but there is no excuse for poor uncalled for customer service.

We were able to secure ourselves a table and eat at the resto. My friend had completed her meal but had food leftover in her container. One of the servers immediately came over to sweep up the containers only asking after-the-fact if we were done. For all she knew, my friend was taking the leftovers home. It was simply a culmination of crappy service.

I'll definitely be thinking twice before going back anytime soon.

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2010 Mar 5
To die for! My new favourite meal is here at the Scone Witch. You can have it with a salad or a soup, I opted for the salad and was pretty impressed.

After reading some reviews about the staff, I didn't have an issue at all with them. In fact I found them to be very accommodating and helpful.

2007 Nov 26
I had the tuna sconewitch today with tomato and black olive paste on a herb and onion scone. It was good yet somewhat flavourless....I guess I was expecting more from the black olive paste? Anyway, this would not deter me from eating anything else from here. Such a nice change of pace than your typical sandwich.


2010 Dec 22
i forgot how much i appreciate good scrambled eggs!
when the chalkboard says "creamy eggs", they really mean it.

salads come with a light honey mustard dressing. fruit on the side always seem to have a bit of pomegranate, kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and strawberry.

i don't think there's any need to comment on the scones, but i always go for the brunch because it seems to be a proportional deal.

btw, the day-olds basket always used to be empty and no savoury scones left but i went this past sunday and there were a lot available. i wonder if the new location has any bearing on this or if i was earlier than usual (11am)?

2007 Nov 4
We went to Scone Witch this past Saturday and were very pleased. My gf and I both got the scrambled eggs special (she went with the one with goat cheese (and the goat cheese was plentiful), and I got the mushroom rague). We both got salads on the side, 2 glasses of orange juice, a scone each (she got the onion and herb scone and I got the vanilla one - though we shared), I got a coffee and she got a hot chocolate. All together, the meal cost $32 and we left a $5 tip which is reasonably generous given that you place your order at the counter (though they do bring it to you.

For our money, we were very pleased. Some more upscale brunch places should come here to see how food should be cooked. The scones were incredible as was the rest of the food. I particularly loved my coffee and she was very happy with her hot chocolate.

The downside (if its important to you) is that its pretty informal place and you place your order at the counters. Having said that, I found them to be polite and quick to bring it to our table. I am fine with a relaxed atmosphere and ordering at the counter but if its not your thing...

We went to the Metropolitan about 5-6 weeks back for brunch and this was easily better in terms of the food and the service - and it was cheaper. I wasn't disappointed in the Metropolitan (it was what I expected - it was ok) but it was not that memorable. Scone Witch left me feeling impressed and thinking this is the place to go for a nice little brunch. As Mr. Schwarzenegger once said, I'll be back.