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Bowman's Bar and Grill

Welcome to bowman’s bar and grill

familiar food done well

Great selection of Local Craft Beer

Customer Testimonials

Bowman's Bar & Grill
Based on 725 reviews
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Irish Jayne LoyerIrish Jayne Loyer
12:50 05 Apr 23
Craving Satisfied!!! It's been awhile that I've been craving for nachos! And thanks to my dear husband he found this restaurant! The nachos is the best So fully loaded. Highly recommend it and if you want to try tacos there's a lot of flavors you can try on. I order pulled-pork and it was good. Thumbs up👌👍👍👍
12:09 18 Mar 23
Very cozy and small little spot just off Carling. Tasty nachos and kind/efficient staff made it quite enjoyable!
Kathleen JetteKathleen Jette
03:24 04 Mar 23
Wonderful! Loved the chicken nachos. Hubby said the Bowman's burger was delicious. We appreciated having a selection of craft beer to choose from. Mike, the server, was courteous, friendly, and helpful. Lovely place! I imagine it is even better in the summer when you can go on the terrace. Great experience! Will definitely visit again.
Jennifer WhiteJennifer White
23:04 25 Feb 23
My favourite restaurant in Ottawa West. It has a warm and cozy environment. The staff is friendly and engaging. I always enjoy my favorites with a pint of cider
Andrew HamlinAndrew Hamlin
00:50 18 Feb 23
We stopped in on our way past and what a find! Wonderful atmosphere, exceptional service and hearty, tasty food. We had the Darkness beer, a very nice brew. Southern Chicken Sandwich was excellent and the churos are absolutely best way to finish the meal. Fully recommend this place.
Bill NowellBill Nowell
21:02 21 Oct 22
This place has the feel of a friendly neighborhood bar. The staff are attentive and humorous while giving excellent suggestions and service. The menu is bar food but with an interesting twist on the usual fare that everyone at our table enjoyed. I highly recommend Bowman's if you are looking for a place for a fun meal with friends.
Rami .JRami .J
15:58 16 Oct 22
Absolutely perfect place, local and catered perfectly for a birthday party of 24… they managed to survive and satisfy a storm of 24 dreadfully deafening carleton U students, but at least we weren’t from Ottawa U. All jokes aside, amazing food, beverages, and definitely the place to be on a spirited Saturday night after a hefty week of exams, and a final thanks to the host and chefs for the hospitality and great service! 🙂
Renee MarieRenee Marie
17:24 26 Aug 22
Excellent service, the inside had an unappetizing smell, food is well made and presented but double what I would expect to pay given the portion. Balsamic vinaigrette was I feel too acidic. Might go back for the beer and quiet atmosphere but not for the food
Waylon ThompsonWaylon Thompson
22:03 23 Jul 22
Texas Chili (in a bowl or as a nacho topping) is a delicious as I remember (from the before times).Decent selection of craft beer, and just a nice friendly place for dinner and drinks.
Dayle DunhamDayle Dunham
10:06 13 Jun 22
This place really gives off hometown bar & grill vibes, despite being located on Carling. The atmosphere was really welcoming and chill, our server even more so. I got the fish tacos, which were delicious, and my dining partner got the chicken sandwich & a poutine. He said the chicken sandwich was more coleslaw than chicken, but we both enjoyed the poutine. Their gravy was creamier than your normal beef-based brown gravy, definitely a nice change.
J ValentiJ Valenti
23:13 31 Jul 21
I’ve been going to Bowman’s for about 8 years now, and it’s always excellent! My parents got the burger and fish and chips, which they really enjoyed. I ordered the vegan tacos and the chips and guacamole, which were delicious. Mike is also such a friendly and great server! He checked on us often and kept our drinks full. Big thanks!!!
Andrea Proulx NDAndrea Proulx ND
01:50 11 Dec 20
I love Bowman's! They have some great salads, best burger in town and fantastic staff. An Ottawa favourite!!
Clayton DignardClayton Dignard
16:08 18 Nov 20
I'd like to give a shout out to Bowman's for great service, great food, and well, just great people! I ate here with my family pre-covid and continue to support them during the pandemic as they offer pick-up/take out. Skip the box stores and support local!
Elizabeth BulhoesElizabeth Bulhoes
02:33 16 Nov 20
After searching for a place to eat in the general vicinity of my sister-in-law's hotel, we stopped in at Bowman's, expecting to find the usual pub fare. What we found instead, was incredible food and amazing service. We were greeted by Dan, who was so friendly and very helpful in helping us choose our meals. Everything is bought locally and made fresh and all their traditional pub meals have a gourmet twist. I cannot recommend this place enough. All four of us were tickled pink with our meal and the churros we shared for dessert were out of this world! Best meal out I have had in quite some time ( and not just because of COVID). 😉 Do yourself a favor and try it out. You will not be disappointed! Thank you for a great dining experience, Bowman's!
Babycatcher _JenBabycatcher _Jen
01:21 16 Nov 20
Excellent service! Been here 3x now and haven't been disappointed by anything...except the washroom accessibility, but it's an old building!Perfect Covid19 protocols in place, actually being practised!Food is great; pub grub made from scratch...some stepped up with a twist, but good solid fare. Decent local tap selection and wine list.A hidden gem!
Immanuel LanzaderasImmanuel Lanzaderas
14:58 10 Nov 20
Expanded, covered, heated patio. Good rotating beer list (more than just keith's). Friendly service despite the staff being absolutely swamped (it was a warm night for november). Fried chicken sandwich was absolutely delish. Fries were perfect. Definitely glad this place is within biking distance!
Marc 13Marc 13
19:27 07 Oct 20
Great outdoor patio under the tent. Serves cold beer and hot wings....what more do you want?
Chris HulanChris Hulan
23:57 21 Sep 20
Great service. Good food. outdoor seating for safe socially distanced dining.
Charles RoyCharles Roy
00:15 19 Sep 20
Good food, good drinks, nice atmosphere.
Steve HarveySteve Harvey
01:46 27 Aug 20
Peter and Mike are the best. So friendly! Get the deep fried pickles! They're Diiiiiiillllliiiicious!Update: this place has Covid roles figured out! Best, most comfortable place to go during the pandemic!!!
Dawn PincombeDawn Pincombe
13:59 26 Aug 20
Service was amazing and the food also. Had the burger!
12:02 27 Jun 20
Heard Bowman's had the best nachos in the city and they had expanded their patio into their parking lot so went to check it out. First, they were busy but there was very regular turn over of tables so didn't have a problem getting one. The expanded patio also has a nice tent to keep the sun off of you too.The fully loaded nachos were disappointing only because they are definitely not the best in the city but they are good. They just didn't live up to the hype. The pickle chips, fish tacos, poutine, and chicken sandwich though were all excellent and beat expectations, hence I'm keeping this review as 5 stars.The draft beer selection is great and all from local craft breweries. They happen to have the dominion city early grey marmalade beer which is one of my favorites plus they have a halcyon sour (although not great) and another sour (whitewater blood moon - a little better option) coming soon.Great service. Tables got cleaned well between customers. Would be nice if chairs did too. Servers wore shields although I don't think they come down far enough to cover their mouths well so masks might be more appropriate. Great community feel here. Lots of locals from the neighborhood dropping in on foot or by bicycle. That is amazing and great to see. I would definitely come back.
Justin JonesJustin Jones
00:43 14 Jun 20
My wife and I came here for an early anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed! We had a fantastic time. Amazingly friendly staff and food to die for! Bowman’s is definitely going to be in our rotation post lockdown!!
Kristi EvansKristi Evans
20:07 02 Sep 19
First time coming here, it was inviting when I walked in. They had a lot of booths and table and chairs set up. I ordered the pulled pork poutine and the portion size was huge. It tasted amazing.
Mark MaximuZMark MaximuZ
21:10 14 May 19
While on the road doing work, it's always great to treat yourself to different things... Why do the same ol'places? Then there's Bowman's... Twice me and my coworker have eaten there... And both times it's been a solid 9.5! How often can you say you've gone to the same place and they've hit it on the 👃 both times... CHICKEN AND WAFFLES!! To die 4! It'll leave you asking yourself... Why didn't I order a second plate???🤤🤤🤤
Olivia ParentOlivia Parent
00:56 27 Apr 19
Delicious food, great atmosphere & very friendly staff. 10/10 would recommend!
Rawad EliasRawad Elias
16:08 14 May 18
Very good food, and super friendly staff!Tried the "Bowman Burger" and it was delicious. I would definitely recommend it, but I found it a bit expensive at $17.99Also tried the "Pork Belly Club" and the flavor was very good, but I wish it had a bit more chicken.For dessert we had the "Churros" and they were the best I've ever had. It's enough for two people, but you can easily easy it by yourself 🙈. It's even better than Mexican restaurants I've been to!It takes a bit of time for the food to come out, but it's worth the wait. It was entertaining as well because they had an open mic for musicians (went on a Saturday night).I would've given it 5 stars if the prices were a little lower, the club sandwich had more chicken, and service was a little faster.Would I go back, or recommend it.... ABSOLUTELY!
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Bowman’s Bar & Grill on Carling Avenue began welcoming patrons in December of 2013 and now it is hard to imagine the Carlington neighbourhood without it.


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