Mexicali Rosa: "Dow's Lake" Ottawa Restaurant Tip by apbeaches

Ottawa Restaurants: 244 reviews and 367 photos

We sat on the patio overlooking Dow's Lake. Nadia our waitress was friendly and attentive. Mexicali Rose is a Mexi - Cali style restaurant with many drink, happy hour, nacho, taco and children's specials. Prices were reasonable, food was okay but the lake was really pretty. Lunch specials were around $10 each and the portions were enormous. The restaurant has been around since 1979. Dow's Lake is a small man-made lake on the Rideau Canal, At the south end of the lake is Carleton University, and to the west is the Dominion Arboretum, at the edge of the Central Experimental Farm.

Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my shrimp fajita's and my husband's Nacho's were enormous & delicious.

Address: Dow's Lake, Ontario
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: We followed Queen Elizabeth Drive along the canal to the Lake.
It's north of Hog's Back Falls in the middle of Ottawa. It is at the south end of Preston Street, just south of Carling Avenue, and just to the west of Bronson Avenue.

Phone: 613 234-8156
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Mexican

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2015
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