Bar Laurel is named after Calle del Laurel in Logroño, Rioja, a street that is famous for pinchos, tapas and wine.
Jon travelled to Spain for the first time 10 years ago, fell in love with its food and culture, and didn’t want to come home. After returning to Spain a few times, Jon started to think about opening a Basque/Spanish influenced restaurant in Ottawa. The menu for Bar Laurel is inspired by recent trips to the Basque country and the Rioja region: lots of small bites (pintxos), tons of wines by the glass, sherry and vermouth based cocktails, secreto iberico and seasonal vegetables cooked on charcoal and steak and chickens cooked in the wood fire oven. Ingredients are sourced locally when possible.
Our wine program focuses heavily on low intervention wines from Spain and Canada. 15 to 20 wines are available by the glass every day.
We also have a strong Sherry program with up to 20 different options available all of which are a perfect match for our tapas and desserts.
The cocktail program is created by Matt Millard, featuring Sherry and Vermouth based updates to classic cocktails.
The space was designed by owners Jon and Kate Svazas. They worked with friends The Modern Shop, Uproar Interiors, Bill Wiseborough, Chris Snow Photography and Interversion to create a fun, modern space for guests to eat and drink. Doublenaut designed Bar Laurel’s rad logo, they did an amazing job and we’d recommend them highly to anyone looking for graphics work.
1087 Wellington W.
Mon-Sat: 5:30pm - Late
There is street parking on Wellington and surrounding streets (Sterling, Sherbrooke, Melrose)
We are accessible by many bus routes but primarily the #11. We recommend checking with OC Transpo for bus schedules.
Jon Svazas - Chef & Owner
After spending the last 12 years working in kitchens, Jon opened Fauna in 2014 in Centretown. Prior to that Jon worked at Taylor’s Genuine Food and Wine, Domus Cafe, Farbs Kitchen, Vittoria Trattoria and the Arc Hotel. Jon is happiest in the kitchen and hanging out with his family.
Matt Millard - Head Bartender
Matt was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He fell in love with bartending while working at Panda and Sons in Edinburgh where he was trained by some of the best bartenders in the UK. He finds himself living in the Nation’s capital after meeting his Canadian wife Amy while on vacation in Whistler, BC. Matt is an award winning bartender and comes to Bar Laurel with the passion and energy to constantly push himself and his craft.