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Gezellig, Ottawa, ON

Gezellig

4.8
4.8
192 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
With a name that means "cozy or nice atmosphere, but also belonging and general togetherness," gezellig invites guests to experience an elegant menu of local, seasonal cuisine using french techniques in a casual and welcoming environment. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, gezellig prepares each menu item using high-quality ingredients purchased locally. On the menu are items such as seared scallops, braised beef shortibs, potato gnocchi, beef tartare, duck breast, and wild-caught lingcod. Our classic butterfinger for dessert is a staple that has been on our menu since opening in 2012

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Global, International, Market Cuisine
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (613) 680-9086
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighbourhood
    Ottawa
  • Cross Street
    Located on the corner of Richmond Rd. and Churchill St.
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine

What 192 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

  • Ottawa

    Great for brunch

  • Ottawa

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

  • Ottawa

    Great for brunch

  • Ottawa

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

192 Reviews
  1. Moune64

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and staff is outstanding. The braised beef short rib with creamy mashed potatoes is so good. As far as ambiance goes, we chose a late dinner time to avoid the loud noise and kids but alas it was noisy and there was a group with very young children. The noise level went down significantly at around 8:00 pm. The food is a tad pricey but well worth it and we I will definitely go back.

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  2. TomM

    Charleston

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gezellig’s menu is creative and the service is impeccable and gracious. The crème brûlée was impressive.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic: never without a full glass of water, starter and mains were timed perfectly, dropped knife was replaced instantly, server was courteous and funny without being invasive. Tall tattooed chap, fantastic at his job. Food was delicious but super rich: had the scallops and I will say, order this only if you're extremely hungry. Nut allergy was accommodated without any issue. Their current batch of PEI mussels are enormous and delicious, highly recommend.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greens salad was extraordinarily delicious— uniquely flavored with red onion purée and vanilla lime dressing. Wonderful prawns and rice noodles (a bit salty but very flavorful). Spectacular raspberry chocolate crème brûlée!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a nice simple lunch meal, but well presented and very tasty.

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  6. Foodwithflair

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a lovely lunch celebrating a birthday. Requested a window seat and was pleased to get the front window booth. Food was amazing as usual and the service was impeccable. The lunch meal of 2 plate selections for $30 offered was impressive - large portions for both dishes. We have enjoyed the brunch, lunch and dinner at Gezellig and never disappointed!!

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  7. PeterH

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We five octogenarians enjoyed an excellent evening, reminiscing about our times together in the 50s. Gezellig facilitated our reunion with their friendly warm ambiance. For the most part the food was excellent; however, a couple of the dishes were not up to our usual high expectations - built upon many years dining there, but this in no way distracted from our joyous reunion. Now if the noise level could be cranked down for us hearing impaired seniors, our evening would have been even better... Thank you to Ry and the other staff for making our evening.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Bon service mais très très long Arrivée à 18h30 et sorti à 22h15

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was Mother's day but the restaurant wasn't crowded. This time we felt like we were being rushed. The food came quickly and we were in and out in under 75 min. The mushroom and ricotta on challah bread was amazing as was the butterfinger dessert. I had a raspberry creme brule but the creme looked and tasted a lot like raspberry yoghurt. I've had the eggs benedict in the past and it was delicious.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is fantastic! Servers always have great recommendations, do a great job of checking in in a timely manner, and are so pleasant.

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  11. nancyl

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall was nice but it was very cold…had to keep out coats on while we ate.

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  12. AdrianC

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service from Andrée. More dessert options

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed our dinner very much. Service was great. Loved the ambience. Thought the noise level was a little high especially given that we were dining with an older person with diminished hearing. The scallops and noodles was a very good dish. Also enjoyed the fish of the day which was sea bream filet. Not quite as fond of the eggplant appetizer as I thought would be. But all in all a very good dining experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding restaurant as are all Beckta restaurants. Great food and wines. Wonderful cocktails. The atmosphere is pleasant and casual

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal. There was a wide variety of choice for myself and guests. My favourite waiter served us and was very helpful with wine selection.

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  16. Michael

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Gezellig is a favourite spot for myself and many of my friends. The menu is always varied and the preparation imaginative but reliable. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service professional but friendly.

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  17. AMARYLLIS

    Los Angeles

    291 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    291 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This meal was so incredibly exquisite in every way, my dining partner and I are still raving about it now, days later. (Starters - Asparagus Soup, Gezellig Greens; Mains - Scallops, Cod; Dessert - Buttercake.) The service was perfect also. I can't say enough good things about this place, that's without question, one of the very best in the city.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a very nice restaurant with the delicious food and great service! I highly recommend this place

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  19. JudyM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. I will definitely return.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time guests. We came as my wife had a desire for duck, which she had, and was excellent. I had the scallops, which was also excellent. Will definitely return,

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a friend’s birthday and had a fabulous luncheon. Highly recommend

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  22. Ottawhere

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Although I've had several dinners at Gezellig (which have been wonderful); this was my first time having lunch there. A friend was visiting from Sidney (BC) and I thought it would be a nice treat to take her to Gezellig. The lunch menu was fairly limited, and they offer 'small plates'. Given that neither of us are big lunch eaters, we thought we'd just order one small plate ($17) since two plates were $30 (and only if you BOTH ordered 2 plates). I had the mussels frites, and although I found the frites a little too salty (although that could be me, as I don't use a lot of salt in cooking), the portion was large enough to share the frites. The mussels were delicious. My dining partner ordered the chicken salad, which came open face on a small piece of bread, with a few greens on the side. I meant to ask her if she was satisfied with the portion. I know that everything has gone up in price, so perhaps it is just the norm, in a post-pandemic world.

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  23. forthebutterflies

    Toronto

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We has another top notch dining experience at this gem of a place in Westboro. We waited at the lovely bar for a few minutes for our table to be ready and enjoyed fantastic cocktails. We were then escorted to an amazing table (in a little nook, really) by the window and then our friends joined us for what we all agreed was stellar service by James, and incredibly tasty and generous food by the kitchen, along with some perfect wine pairings. We capped off the evening choosing to be back at the bar to share desserts that hit the spot, another cocktail and some tea. If we still lived in Westboro I bet we’d visit Gezellig weekly. So good and exceptional value.

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  24. AvrilB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This place is crazy busy, and the noise level was excessive for a Saturday brunch date when two birthdays were celebrated. The ambience is sadly lacking due to the excessive noise and busyness of the place. If you're looking for a place to celebrate that isn't "over the top", choose somewhere else! The food was not great, and the portion size and pricing were unjustified. This restaurant will appeal to millennials, with the whole plate-sharing preference of millennials, but to me, this visit was a complete miss! Would I try it again? No!

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  25. DonW

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our 3rd time to Gezellig. My wife and I both found the food too spicy…..she had Fogo Island cod and I had pan-seared scallops. The ciabatta bread appetizer was great as were the crême brûlées. Our main server was efficient but not overly friendly.

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  26. MaureenH

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    James is amazing. Food incredible. Drinks delicious! Go!

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  27. kimb

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch, two small plates for a set price from diverse list of options.

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  28. JamesM

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere, great selection of food and drinks.

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  29. Christine

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch options and reasonable for the quality of food, service and ambience

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  30. JohnH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant lunch - lovely environment, superb staff, excellent food and drinks. Wish I was more local, would be here every week.

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  31. nancyl

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Over all good. Timing a little off for wine with dinner

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  32. Sara

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding brunch!! Thanks, Gezellig Team, we will be back!

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  33. N1234

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice simple food for white English people. The bread that was served should be punishable by law, though :’) surprised it wasn’t taken off the bill. Overall OK - brunch there is much better.

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  34. RobertS

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Gezellig for a birthday dinner of 4 people. We were provided with a very quiet booth, and we enjoyed the service of an excellent server. The timing of the courses was perfect, and the food quality was excellent. The selection of wines was very good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something of high quality and great ambience.

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  35. happydiner

    Ottawa

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Good wine list. A cozy restaurant in the heart of Westboro. The food never disappoints. It is part of the Beckta group and all the restaurants are very good. Always full so you need a reservation

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  36. melmo

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In a word, spectacular. The service was so accommodating when we showed up with extra people, loved the recommendations, food and wine were amazing. Will totally be back for more! Thanks James!

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  37. JohnP

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gazelle offers excellent food, warm service, a comprehensive wine list and a secluded lower-floor corner for a first-rate dining experience.

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  38. StephanieJ

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent meal with excellent service - we had the asparagus soup, the moules frites and the arancini - all were very good as was the raspberry crème brûlée!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for brunch/lunch on a Saturday. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Service was good. We were all very happy with the experience.

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  40. ManInWhiteConverseShoes

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very nice visit and I enjoyed the food and service Wonderful!

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FAQs

Gezellig is rated 4.8 stars by 192 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Gezellig

337 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Located on the corner of Richmond Rd. and Churchill St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Ottawa
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Global, International, Market Cuisine
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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