Ottawa’s Best Catch

All About the Pelican

Our Story

The Fish Market opened on Merivale Road back in 1978 and for over 40 years we have been committed to our founder Gilles Roy’s mission: “to serve our customers: superior quality seafood, friendly service and good value.” Pelican opened in its present location in 1985 and added the restaurant (Grill) in 1996.

Pelican remains family owned and operated with multiple generations of fishmongers involved in operations on a day-to-day basis. Continue reading to find out all about the Pelican Seafood Market and Grill.

Marc Roy

Marc Roy

co-owner / Operator
Jim Foster

Jim Foster

co-owner / Operator
Image of the restaurant interior to help show all about the Pelican

Expanded Market and Grill

For those of you who haven’t visited for a while, in 2016 we expanded our seating area and seafood market. We also added an intimate private seating area which is perfect for groups. Our bigger kitchen now boasts multiple fish smokers so we can produce more of our much-loved house-smoked products.

Rusty Nail Design built us the nifty new space out of reclaimed wood and metal (After all, we’re all about sustainable sourcing.), including copper top tables and Gille’s Bar named for our founder and family patriarch – a great place to suck back some oysters and grab a craft brew from the hand-built draft taps.

Today Pelican is the gathering place for Ottawa’s South end community that attracts customers from across the city, and is a destination for tourists seeking Ottawa’s best seafood dining experience. Our fresh fish, excellent fare, warm atmosphere and friendly, personable staff keep ‘em coming back.

The Pelican is one of Ottawa’s oldest independent food businesses. We believe in giving back to the community where we live and work. Our chefs enjoy participating in culinary fundraising events like Taste in the Glebe, Broadway for Bruyère (Bruyère Foundation), Feast of Fields (Carefor) and Taste for Hope (Shepherds of Good Hope) that connect them with Ottawa’s culinary community while supporting a good cause.

In 2019 we partnered with Mealshare to help local youth in need, and gave our guests the opportunity to do their part too. When you select a menu item marked with the Mealshare logo, Pelican through Mealshare and Operation Come Home, provides one meal to a youth in need. Buy one, give one – it’s that simple!

James McMillan

James McMillan

Head Chef

Talk about working your way to the top. Chef James originally joined us as a dishwasher when he was just 16. Since graduating from Algonquin’s Culinary program and time spent honing his craft at several Ottawa restaurants including working alongside celebrated Canadian chef John Taylor, now 17 years later he leads the Pelican culinary team.

Chef Marc Beaumier

Chef Marc Beaumier

Brunch Chef

Chef Marc has been busy working on a revised fish-forward brunch menu for the Pelican. Having returned to the Pelican from Les Fougeres, Chef Marc speaks highly of his former mentor, award-winning Chef Yannick LaSalle. Marc brings a supportive and uplifting approach to kitchen management, hard work and devotion to his craft.

Emile Roy-Foster

Emile Roy-Foster

General Manager

Starting as a busboy when he was 15, Emile grew up at Pelican working for his Dad and Uncle in the business founded by his maternal grandfather. A Queen’s Engineering graduate, Emile’s passion for hospitality could not be suppressed. Now he manages Pelican with a keen eye on customer experience. No question here - engineering and fish do mix.

Lester Sio

Lester Sio

Market Manager

Got a fish question? Lester will give you a smile, an answer, and a recipe with your fish every time you visit us. He has a vast knowledge of fish and can help you whether it’s your first time in the Market or you’re a seasoned shopper looking for something new.


Daily 11:00AM – 8:00PM


Lunch hours:
Daily, 11:30am to 4:30pm

Dinner hours:
Sun-Wed, 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Thurs-Sat, 4:30pm to 9:00pm


Monday, September 6th


Sun – Wed     9:00AM – 7:00PM
Thu – Sat       9:00AM – 8:00PM


Monday, September 6th


1500 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7Z2
in the blue heron mall

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