Shawarma Palace is known to be a benchmark in the Ottawa food industry, serving authentic Lebanese Cuisine. They have been a part of the growing Downtown Rideau community for over 24 years, operating 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
“Since launching this location in 1996 we have expanded throughout the National Capital Region greatly opening another 3 locations across the city. We plan to continue to grow and open new locations in the upcoming future.”Says Owner Hanadi Dawi.
Best known for their fresh, healthy, and generous portions, the signature Chicken Shawarma is what especially makes them famous. You can expect an array of delicious dishes such as the famous chicken and beef shawarma, falafels, hummus, tabbouleh, kabobs, and more menu items that delight.
Inspired by childhood memories and influenced by the fine flavours of authentic Lebanese cuisine, the current Owner’s father saw an opportunity to fill a void by introducing authentic Lebanese food to the community. “The experience of seeing my family business prosper and succeed into what it has become today has been the best journey of all. It truly has been an amazing journey to be a part of.” Says Dawi about the local staple brand.
Shawarma Palace is his second home. As a family they have all worked together and have been a part of this business since it was born. “The biggest inspiration to us is seeing the joy and gratitude of our guests after they have devoured their delicious meal.” says Dawi.
The location Downtown Rideau is close to all the major attractions our beautiful city has to offer, and the family has established themselves as a local pit stop for tourists visiting the capital city from all around the world. “We love being a part of Downtown Rideau. We are close to everything!” he says.
An aspect of their success and loyal customer base boils down to passion. “We love building lasting friendships with our amazing customers. We appreciate not only our customers but all those who contribute to our success, we may not know everyone’s names, but we always remember the smiles of everyone who walks in.”
Some of the funniest and most memorable times for the staff to reminisce on have taken place during the late night hours given how the restaurant attracts the night owls. “We once had a group of people dancing and doing the tango inside the restaurant after a night out at the local bars.”
Although COVID has slowed the business down, the team has done a remarkable job at pivoting and still has customers coming back and lining up for more (safely, at a distance of course). During these unprecedented times, Shawarma Palace has closed the dine-in area for the safety of customers, however, they are open for takeout and delivery through partners; Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, and DoorDash. Catering is also available for occasions.
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464 Rideau St. Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z3