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Jul 28, 2014 11:00 AM

Ripley's Acquarium

I'm planning a dinner at the Aquarium and looking for advice/experiences to date. Probably in the first half of 2015 --ie once the construction season is over..

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  1. Lots of seafood available... ;-p

    1. "At" the aquarium or "near" the aquarium.. form the sounds of it they just have typical snack-bar food... burgers chicken fingers etc on site.

      1. You should try the ttc someday.

        1. Front Street is nearby albeit chain-type places (East Side Mario's, Joe Badali's and the like). If you don't mind taking a stroll down to Front Street East I like Biff's Bistro. There are alot of other food offerings along that part of Front but I usually head straight to Biffs - maybe others can chime in with recommendations? Or heading up Bay I can recommend The Gabardine or Bannock.

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          1. re: ottawaoperadiva

            Actually I'm interested in the Aquarium. A new venue and I wanted to get advice from anyone who had been there for an event.

            1. re: Herne

              What exactly will flip your fins about the menu at the cafe in the aquarium? There is no fine dining restaurant there.


              Maybe the chicken fingers?

                1. re: chowfinder

                  Thanks chowfinder and Petek. Problem with the suggestion is I'lll have to give my email out to yet another bunch looking for my cash. But I'll have to do it I suppose.

                  1. re: Herne

                    What I meant to say was,find out who the preferred caterers are and then ask your fellow Chowhounds for advice/recos...

                    1. re: Herne

                      Always best to have a second email account for such matters. ; ) Although in this case I doubt they will be all that aggressive.

                      Additionally, any Canadian company worth a damn won't mess with CASL.

                    1. re: Herne

                      They probably have a list of "preferred" caterers.Best to find out who they are and then ask for recommendations.

                  2. re: Herne

                    I've been there for a couple of events. One was a private event and the other was jazz night. The private event had surprisingly decent hors d'oeuvres plus there was a lot more variety than I expected (I remember liking the mini grilled cheese sandwiches a lot; there were also things like pulled pork sandwiches, tuna tartare, baked pretzels, macaroons). I went to jazz night after dinner so didn't eat anything but all I saw were little boxes of charcuterie and cheese for sale. So it seems pretty variable what's available.