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Place Category: RestaurantsPlace Tags: XF, Best Mexican Restaurants with Vegan and Vegetarian Options in Ottawa, Burritos, Mexican, Restaurant, and Vegan-friendly

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  • Welcome to Ahora!

    Ahora, which means Now, reflects our commitment to offer a variety of Mexican dishes adapted to today’s taste. Our goal is to offer healthy and tasty Mexican food at affordable prices.Since our opening in 2004, Ahora has grown to be Ottawa’s favorite Mexican Restaurant. Years later, we continue to serve you with the same passion for tasty food and the same desire to please our clients.

    Ahora’s festive and casual atmosphere is inspired by typical Mexican Cantinas. Our bright colors and friendly décor will make you believe you traveled to sunny Mexico for a meal.Try our burritos, nachos, quesadillas and tacos, all prepared with the freshest ingredients. We have a free Salsa Bar where you can choose from a variety of mild and hot sauces to spice up your meal just the way you like. We have a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Accompany your meal with our stellar Margaritas, a selection of beers and cocktails, fresh juices or Mexican soft drinks.We look forward to serving you and hope you will have an enjoyable experience at Ahora.

    Since 2004, Ahora Mexican Restaurant has brought a new concept of food and a Salsa bar to Ottawa and the Capital Region. Fresh, healthy, tasty and affordable meals are the core of our place: burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and much more are popular among locals.

    Many of these dishes can easily be made vegan with plenty of beans and staff are happy to do so.

    Ethical Criteria: Veg-friendly

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    12 Reviews on “Ahora Mexican Restaurant”

    1. Robin Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      Great food and great price – lots of veg options and some compromise for your meat loving friends. Casual atmosphere and a good place to meet and get to know people people over great foods. Service can get slow some times but they’re all really friendly!

    2. Sarah Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      They’ve got so many vegetarian options, AND they can all be made vegan!!! The staff is so friendly and accommodating. The restaurant itself is super cozy and fun, great music! Such authentic cuisine, and they’ve got the best salsa bar ever.

    3. Karla Yupe Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      This place is amazing. I was a fan long before I ever became vegan as they have very authentic Mexican cuisine.

      Luckily Mexican food can be made vegan and there are plenty of options between burritos, enchiladas, and tortilla soup. Salsa bar and margaritas are all a bonus 😉

      It can be almost impossible to find parking in the Byward so I don’t go as often as I’d like to 🙁

    4. Loge Notin Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      Great place in the heart of the Byward Market! I grab every vegan option and throw it on a tortilla whenever I stop here. Cool drinks too!

    5. Joan David Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      Ahora has been serving up consistently delicious meals since they opened. I — an Ottawan — spent some years living in Los Angeles, and came back to Ottawa in 2001, ecstatic to be back in Canada, and a little sad about the food I had left behind.

      When Ahora opened its doors, I was one of the first regulars. In pre-“Yelp” days I e-mailed them about how terrific the food was — also mentioning that I thrilled to a place that could serve my vegetarian utfamily reliably vegetarian food (no worries about lard in the beans; my most frequent Spanish in LA was ‘Sin carne, por favor’ — while also turning out what I’m told are first-rate non-vegetarian dishes.

      If they ever stop serving the ‘enchiladas vegetariana,’ I’ll…I won’t move back to the US, but it would be quite a hit to take. When they first opened worried that they might not find their audience, and I’m always very pleased to see it packed as it should be — with no decline in quality.

    6. Julie Mac Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      I just went to this restaurant recently and have to say, I’m impressed that they have a Vegetarian and a Vegan burrito! I had the vegan burrito and it was okay. Nothing thrilling, but I was still glad they had the option. The salsa bar was fairly good, and the customer service is excellent. Also, their drinks are great!

    7. Megan Gordon Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      Big big fan of Ahora! The service is extremely fast even when its packed – great for a casual bite to eat in the market. The Mex-vegetariano burrito with chips and guac on the side is my go-to and is essentially heaven wrapped up in a soft tortilla.

    8. Sarah Schwartz Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      Wow! I come here as often as I can and just love the environment and the food! They have tons of veggie options for tacos, burritos and enchiladas! All they need now is some Daiya cheese so that vegans get the full meal! 😛

      They also have nice drinks here like margaritas, mojitos and sangria 😀

    9. Zahura Ahmed Ahora Mexican Restaurant
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      Best Mexican cuisine in Ottawa! Lovely atmosphere and friendly customer service- and the portions are enormous, I always had food leftover for my lunch the next day 🙂

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  • Burritos

     
     
    Vegetariano
    Black beans, cheese, salsa gringa, lettuce and guacamole

    8.25

     
     
    Mex-vegetariano
    Rice, cheese, salsa gringa, lettuce, guacamole and sour cream

    8.25

     
     
    Burrito vegan
    Black beans, lettuce, red and green peppers, guacamole, onion, tomatoes and salsa Ahora

    8.25

     
     
    Burrito de pollo
    Chicken, cheese, salsa gringa and guacamole

    8.50

     
     
    Burrito de carne
    Steak, cheese, lettuce, guacamole and salsa Ahora

    8.75

     
     
    Burrito grande
    Chicken or steak, cheese, black beans, rice, salsa gringa, lettuce, guacamole and sour cream

    9.25

     
     
    Burrito de camarones
    Shrimps, cheese, red and green peppers, onions, avocado, rice and sour cream

    9.25

     
     
    Burrito frijoles y queso
    Black beans, avocado and cheese

    6.25

     
     
    Burrito frijoles, queso y pollo
    Chicken, black beans, avocado and cheese

    8.25

    Lo Tradicional

     
     
    Plato ranchero
    Burrito au gratin filled with chicken or steak, salsa gringa and guacamole, topped with salsa Ahora and sour cream

    13.25

     
     
    Ranchero vegetariano
    Burrito au gratin filled with rice, salsa gringa and guacamole, topped with salsa Ahora and sour cream

    12.25

     
     
    Plato Ahora
    Burrito au gratin filled with black beans, chicken or steak, salsa gringa and guacamole, topped with salsa Ahora and sour cream

    13.50

     
     
    Enchilada de pollo/carne
    Three corn tortillas au gratin filled with chicken or steak, topped with salsa Ahora and sour cream

    13.25

     
     
    Enchilada mixta
    Three corn tortillas au gratin filled with chicken, steak and vegetarian, topped with salsa Ahora and sour cream

    13.75

     
     
    Enchilada vegetariana
    Three corn tortilla au gratin filled with guacamole and salsa gringa topped with salsa Ahora and sour cream

    12.25

     
     
    Tres tacos
    Three tacos of your choice: chicken, steak or vegetarian with salsa gringa, avocado and chees

    13.50

     
     
    Pollo asado
    Grilled pieces of chicken served with corn tortillas

    13.50

     
     
    Carne asada
    Grilled pieces of steak served with corn tortillas

    13.90

    Para los Chiquitos

     
     
    Quesadilla mex
    A crispy flour tortilla with cheese and salsa Ahora

    6.50

     
     
    Enchiladita
    Two corn tortillas au gratin, chicken or steak served with salsa Ahora and sour cream

    9.25

    Tacos y Quesadillas

     
     
    Taco vegetariano
    Soft corn tortilla filled with beans, salsa gringa, lettuce and avocado

    5.25

     
     
    Taco
    Soft corn tortillas filled with salsa gringa, cheese, avocado, chicken or steak

    5.75

     
     
    Taco taco
    Two tacos of your choice: chicken, steak or vegetarian, salsa gringa, avocado and cheese

    9.25

     
     
    Quesadilla vegetariana
    A crispy flour tortilla filled with cheese and guacamole

    6.95

     
     
    Quesadilla de pollo
    A crispy flour tortilla filled with chicken, cheese and guacamole

    8.75

     
     
    Quesadilla de carne
    A crispy flour tortilla filled with steak, cheese and guacamole

    8.90

     
     
    Quesadilla suprema
    A crispy flour tortilla filled with chicken or steak, cheese, rice, beans and guacamole

    9.50

     
     
    Taco y quesadilla
    A vegetarian, chicken or steak taco with a cheese and guacamole quesadilla

    9.50

     
     
    Quesadilla de camarones
    Shrimps, cheese, red and green peppers, onions and guacamole

    9.25