About Us

Like walking in to your best friend’s home, Grunt is a place to relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and truly experience honest and wholesome food.

Our head chef, Jason McLeland, takes your tastebuds on an adventure, truly allowing you to explore surprising pairings, delicious flavours, and outstanding treats all in the comfort of your friendly neighbourhood restaurant. (We’re like Spiderman, but with less crime.)

Please take your seat at the bar, we’re looking forward to getting to know you.

Check out our reviews!

Grunt
5.0
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Mandala Moynahan
Mandala Moynahan
2019-07-28T14:42:51+0000
The food is amazing and creative. Flavours are worth way beyond the price point. Beverage selection is perfect. Love the open kitchen and being able to watch the chef create beautiful plates. Grunt has only been in the neighbourhood for a few months but have already become an integral part of the community. Looking forward to my next visit!read more
Reama Khayat
Reama Khayat
2019-07-28T00:38:22+0000
Fantastic experience, exquisite food (flavors were on point), terrific wine list, neat local beer list and just an all-around great place!read more
Will Fairclough
Will Fairclough
2019-07-19T14:00:45+0000
Welcoming, very accommodating to my allergies, and exceptional food. Highly recommend you visit Grunt!read more
Janice Oliver
Janice Oliver
2019-07-18T03:06:03+0000
Well, let’s start with delicious. Then add some more delicious!read more
Brian Donahue
Brian Donahue
2019-07-13T10:32:49+0000
Innovative, fresh and inspiring cuisine supported by friendly and personalized service set in a modern homey atmosphere . This restaurant is sure to please any palate with their selection of flavors, textures and presentation.read more
Ash Whiteside
Ash Whiteside
2019-07-12T12:49:39+0000
Lovely little spot with immensely good food. Make a booking before it gets too packed! Will be back.read more
Anders Trankalis
Anders Trankalis
2019-06-17T13:51:17+0000
Had a good time with my friends. Food was excellent and such great service as well. The decor is nice and would recommend coming to have a meal here.read more
Cameron Taylor
Cameron Taylor
2019-06-14T03:04:22+0000
Fantastic time. Jason was awesome. Food was unique and super tasty. The small intimate setting was great to chat one on one with Chef McLeland and Marie. Thanks a ton for a fantastic time.read more
Sara Taylor
Sara Taylor
2019-06-14T02:35:03+0000
Highly recommend! Delicious food and warm hospitality. I went with a group and we shared all dishes - hard to pick which was a favourite. We will be going back for sure!read more
Gregory Mavin
Gregory Mavin
2019-05-29T20:08:39+0000
Great creative food with interesting ingrediants and flavours!read more
Stacey Laviolette
Stacey Laviolette
2019-05-14T15:23:58+0000
Amazingggg food!!!!! Great service and did I mention the food is incredible? Love it and can't wait to go back 🍽read more
Norah Joy
Norah Joy
2019-05-12T23:25:47+0000
Wonderful time tonight. Excellent food. Amazing flavour combinations. The chef is very talented.read more
Rachel Anne Lynne Atkinson
Rachel Anne Lynne Atkinson
2019-05-12T03:09:08+0000
Went for the first time tonight with my boyfriend. Loved it! Besides the awesome food (we had the blue cheese gnocchi and the ash dushed chicken) the decor was really impressive. We forgot to vote for next weeks dishes but we will be back regardless!read more
Spencer Stephen
Spencer Stephen
2019-05-03T22:25:03+0000
Great service and inspired food. A great addition to the community.read more
Andrés Cutillas
Andrés Cutillas
2019-05-02T04:13:43+0000
Fast service, great staff and food I'll definitely go back for. I would highly recommend stoping by if youre in the area or making the trip if youre not.read more
Paige Kendell
Paige Kendell
2019-05-01T22:35:01+0000
Super yummy food and very friendly staff! There menu changes up every week so we'll be back lots to check it out. Can't wait to try more. Thanks for the great service and yummy dinner tonight!read more
Christine Simard
Christine Simard
2019-05-01T01:14:11+0000
I’m so happy that Grunt opened and now there’s a place for fine dinning food at a reasonable price in Ottawa. The bbq oyster mushrooms are my favorite!read more
Eileen Monkhouse
Eileen Monkhouse
2019-04-29T23:40:51+0000
Enjoyed a tasty, unique, Mac & Brie special in casual surroundings. Service efficient & unobtrusive. Great coffee!read more
Mélyssa Brunet
Mélyssa Brunet
2018-11-01T23:37:40+0000
Can’t wait for Grunt to open! Jase catered for my friends and I not long ago and the flavours he creates are just amazing! Looking forward to trying what he’s come up with for his restaurant!read more
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Pamela Gemmell
Pamela Gemmell
22:42 26 Apr 20
Just had the Sunday takeout. Roast lamb with all the fixings and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Delicious and we shared dessert so we can have more tomorrow. Thanks Jason.read more
Aileen Davies
Aileen Davies
23:54 18 Apr 20
Another amazing takeout from GRUNT! I love the fact that they present meals that we wouldn’t make at home - with always an interesting twist & use of different ingredients! Thank you so much for doing what you are doing in the community!read more
Mary Huang
Mary Huang
13:22 05 Mar 20
We were 10 people for Sunday roast of Beef Wellington a couple of weeks ago and it was great evening. Jason and Marie were great and they blocked enough time so we had chance to chat... wanted to go back and try duck breast on their regular menu but the night they had tables and I had time was snow storm. Next night I snag a table last minute on open table for the bar and called them to be sure and they said they were full so need to coordinate better with open table on availability.read more
Ashley Chen
Ashley Chen
00:39 26 Feb 20
Delicious food fill with complexity. The duck breast was a perfect balance between fat and lean. If you see their sticky toffee on the menu, RUN OVER RIGHT NOW. Because their sticky toffee is theeeee best thing I have ever ate in my life. I can honestly eat tons of that stuff. In terms of service, they are the best!! Honestly everyone is so so sweet. You feel like you are a part of the family when you are there. Highly recommend that you stop by and try Grunt.read more
Brad Phillips
Brad Phillips
14:37 27 Jan 20
Had the chance to check out the Sunday roast and wasn't disappointed. A FULL meal of roast beef, stuffing, Yorkshire pudding and an array of vegetables all topped off with gravy and a huge portion of apple crumble and ice cream for dessert. Add to it a very intimate setting and it feels like it could be dining in your own house. Exceptionally friendly staff too. Highly recommend! Come hungry.read more
Chantale Plante
Chantale Plante
02:21 27 Jan 20
What a gem! Found this place through a food reviewers suggestion who loves it. Went for Roast night. Beautiful. Like a homemade meal at a top chefs house. Personable and warm. Wonderful service. Lovely food. Small so reserve. Will be back for sure.read more
Patrick Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy
02:19 27 Jan 20
Cozy kitchen with excellent traditional food - good Scottish cuisine and amazing home-style cooking. The rotation of various meats for the Sunday roast is a nice twist - look for the beef Wellington and the lamb if you can catch them! Highly recommended - going back againread more
Cindy MacBride
Cindy MacBride
14:55 18 Jan 20
What a gem! The service was great and the food was delicious. They'll definitely make friends with their salad, which was so flavourful. And the sticky toffee pudding...🤤❤️read more
Carolyn Kuhn
Carolyn Kuhn
16:56 28 Dec 19
I can’t say enough good about this place. The atmosphere was great, the owners are just lovely people and the food.... omg the food was amaaazing. Plus, there I had what was probably the best coffee in town. Will definitely be going back!read more
Mia Maillet
Mia Maillet
16:58 23 Dec 19
We had the roast lamb, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, stuffing loaf and Yorkshire pudding. It was incredible. Very flavourful and just the right combination. Felt like a family dinner with chef Jason and his partner. They also shared their herbs with us!read more
Pam L.
Pam L.
22:47 30 Oct 19
Incredible restaurant and addition to the neighbourhood. Jason's dedication to not only the restaurant, but the community, is palpable. Then there's the food... Succinct and well-executed menu. Small cozy restaurant, so be patient or make reservations!read more
Dave Watts
Dave Watts
09:27 23 Oct 19
Great food! Well prepared and presented. Very personable staff. Washrooms very clean and well stocked. Stairs to enter.read more
Neal Trecarten
Neal Trecarten
02:41 28 Sep 19
Jason is amazing as is the rest of the staff. Very friendly and attentive. Jason treats his customers first-class. He is very involved in supporting a local community run club. Amazing food at a very affordable price. Grunt is a top restaurant in Ottawa. If you haven't been here yet, make reservations!read more
Caroline Crocker
Caroline Crocker
01:16 28 Sep 19
This is my favourite new restaurant! I was delighted by personable and quick service, awesome food and beer, and very reasonable prices and portions. The menu changes biweekly and I'm excited to go back!read more
Dave Craig
Dave Craig
00:11 25 Sep 19
If you think this place is upscale, you would not be wrong. The difference here is the food you get is upscale, intriguing and novel. The price, however, is amazingly low considering what you get. Friendly owner, cool interior this place is a must. Please like my review if you found it helpful =D!read more
Eric Cooper
Eric Cooper
18:22 22 Sep 19
I can't recommend this place enough. Amazing food, friendly service, very reasonable prices (all mains under $16), they keep the menu small and change it up every two weeks. The food is flavourful and inventive. You gotta check it outread more
Zac Brunet
Zac Brunet
16:27 05 Sep 19
The food is fantastic and the beer menu is local and extensive. The price point is great at $14-$16 per plate - tax inc! Will have to keep coming back as the menu gets a shake-up every couple weeks!read more
Teertha Bose
Teertha Bose
02:03 29 Aug 19
Visiting from GTA with local friends this past weekend...had a great experience on a Friday night. Small, low key neighbourhood joint with excellent food and even better vibes. Chef Jason is a passionate guy who takes an interest in his guests and the community.read more
Mary Ross
Mary Ross
00:17 29 Aug 19
Delicious, well prepared and presented cuisine. Friendly, helpful staff. Small but cozy space, well priced. Highly recommend!read more
Kevin Royal
Kevin Royal
03:23 18 Aug 19
First class spot. Warm, family-run, cozy and comfortable. Intimate and great for a catch-up with friends or for date night. Highly recommended. Food is the highlight, alongside the hospitality of the owners. Loved both the Porchetta and the Curry. Try it soon. You'll be back.read more
Archana Bhatt
Archana Bhatt
13:35 16 Aug 19
We went to Grunt a couple of weeks back - and haven't stopped talking about it. Excellent food at a fraction of the cost for the quality. We ate everything on the menu! Chef McLeland is extremely personable with his guests, and is moving past simply offering Michelin-level meals to building community with his kitchen. Highly recommend.read more
Umber Dube
Umber Dube
18:11 26 Jul 19
Perhaps it was mismatch of expectations, but Grunt was ultimately a disappointment. We ordered the bison kebabs, porchetta sandwich, and gnocchi. While the intention and description of these dishes was ambitious, the flavours ultimately fell flat. However, the venue has the endearing vibe of a local pub and the prices are in line with the quality and quantity. Apparently the menu will change frequently so there may be improvement with time.read more
Brendon Fraser
Brendon Fraser
16:17 25 Jul 19
One of the hardest places to review since the menu changes every 2 week, but what is stunning is the creativity of Head Chef Jason McLelland. A really phenomenal chef that brings so many fresh ideas that I leave there with four new ideas for meals and a deeper understanding of food. As a fellow culinary fiend, I cannot forget Grunt. All prices are reasonable also, so there is no reason not to come back every week. My new favourite restaurant in Ottawa.read more
Kathy Waters
Kathy Waters
04:00 06 Jul 19
Mind blowing menu....food is phenomenal with menu changing every two weeks. Service is incredible! The chef/owner Jason is so passionate and personable with his customers that we all keep coming back. Best thing to happen to Mechanicsville! Can’t say enough about this gem of a restaurantread more
Kat Butler
Kat Butler
21:55 14 Jun 19
Delicious food, cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, fair prices. We were blown away!! They change their menu every few weeks. Can't wait to try next menu!! Highly recommend!!read more
Cecilia Leong
Cecilia Leong
23:59 07 Jun 19
Grunt is amazing. It IS a tiny space but it has a very homey-vibe. It's the first restaurant where I could have conversations not just with the staff, but also other neighbouring tables. You don't have to if you don't want to, but hopefully that paints that homey vibe. Food is excellent. Super different. They are smaller plates, but not tapas small. For 2 people, it is about a dish each + a shared dish to be satisfied. They are also affordable despite the fact it is a fancy restaurant presentation. The menu changes every 2 weekd, you can vote on what to see next, and they always announce it on social media.read more
James Shugart
James Shugart
15:54 07 Jun 19
Amazing spot. Had a couple of amazing small plates and beers here. Really friendly staff and amazing chef. The space is really cool as well. Will definitely be back.read more
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Grunt
5.0
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Eric S.
Eric S.
2019-06-13 04:20:31
The porchetta sandwich is unreal. Super friendly owners, and good prices of food. I'll be back soon to check out the next round of their rotating menu. read moreread more
Mark T.
Mark T.
2019-06-07 06:30:50
Superb food in a cool, intimate setting. Value for money. Go now before you can't get a table! read moreread more
Chris S.
Chris S.
2019-05-03 18:54:45
I was in Ottawa for their opening weekend and I couldn't believe how incredible their food was! I love the decor and atmosphere. They definitely ensure that... read moreread more
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