NeXT

4.6
319 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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Our restaurant is all about sharing. We have designed a casual selection of plates, showcasing Ottawa’s regional diversity coupled with the flare and originality of Chef Blackie’s personal food memories from his global travels. Whether you are booking for social or business, here at NeXT we have crafted three unique different spaces to make your NeXT dining experience a memorable one.
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DL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I’d recommend to a friend but I wouldn’t go with them. It is a lovely restaurant, but I don’t like sharing plates, I would rather have a full entree to myself. I don’t want to work around other people’s allergies/intolerances/preferences. I don’t want to deal with someone who is a cheapskate or greedy. I don’t want to order plates that I don’t prefer because the group wants it. Please bring back the entrees!

NeXT
Responded 2 days ago

Hi "DontLikeToShare" you don't need to share our dishes, in fact all dishes are designed for 2 people but in fact are the same size as a normal restaurant portion.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The evening was wonderful right from the start. Our server was patient as we asked a ton of questions (first time there). He reviewed the menu with me (I have celiac). And was fantastic throughout the night. We went with the blind tasting and every bite was delicious. The mushroom feta pulse was outstanding. Steak tartare delicious. It was all perfect.

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B
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best mother’s day brunch so far.
The only negative is we didn’t have access to high chair for baby !!

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CC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience and some of the best food in Ottawa!

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D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch. For $44 pp I found the food to be underwhelming. The restaurant served eggs Benedict pre made so it was cold. Had to prompt our waiter a few times for drink refills. For this price, Wilfred’s at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier would have been a better Callie.

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SK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was amazing and Rob was very friendly. I would definitely go back.

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V
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great food and great ambiance. The blind tasting menu was really good.
Staff and owner were extremely friendly and approachable.
Unfortunately, one of the guests who had a peanut allergy had a reaction with the desert.
The restaurant had been notified prior about this allergy. The restaurant was appropriately apologetic.

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c
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The new menu is out of this world. Chef Blackie was so friendly and amazing. I brought my sister and brother-in-law from Nashville to Next and it was also our first experience there. We cannot wait to go back already!

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GS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always the experience at Next was great. Great food and a space for great conversation.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience. Chef Blackie is the most ceative chef in Ottawa.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Next for our anniversary. As always, we chose the mystery dinner. It’s not a great mystery as everything is from the menu. It’s their concept of “you choose or we choose”. We LOVE when they choose! (Including the wine pairing). Last night’s choices were fabulous, the service and pace perfect, and it was topped off with an unexpected glass of bubbly :) Thanks again Chef Blackie

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LO
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasty tapas and good service. Nice atmosphere although it did get loud in there once it filled up, making conversation somewhat challenging

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ML
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A true culinary experience that one has to attend The food was amazing (wine parring was spot on), service was outstanding and ambiance was great. Looking forward to our next visit soon!

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AD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had. We had the 9 course meal with the wine pairing. Amazing!

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Chef Blackie always ensures an elevated experience and does his best to connect personally with each table. There was also a wedding taking place and you would have never known - food service in the dining room went smoothly and the kitchen clearly works well under pressure as they exudes calm.

My husband and I were celebrating an anniversary and chose to try the tasting menu. The amount of food was generous and we both left feeling full :) Loving the menu! The mushroom soup with pastry, the cauliflower, the Ling Cod - there aren't words to describe how tasty they were!

We will definitely be back!

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KB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had the "chefs surprise" vegetarian meal. I'm not sure what the meal is actually called but basically you give some basic requirements for you meal and leave it up to the chef to create your meal. It was delicious.
We will go back for sure once I can afford it again :)

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L
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The music was way too loud. Great food. The poutine was very good but not enough cheese. I will co e back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hi, we had a fabulous dinner, evening. The pace of the service was perfect. The selections were delicious. The soup was outstanding! Thanks Marilyn

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SP
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience. The food was absolutely delicious and the personal touch was a wonderful touch!

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SP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Une expérience sublime! Cet endroit est toujours à la hauteur de nos attentes et même plus!

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L
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

this was our second time at Next within 2 years. My recollection that the food was rich (eg. saturated fat) and salty was confirmed on this most recent dinner. Not to say the food wasn't delicious, it was, and the combinations of ingredients were unique and complimentary, and there was Umami, but generally the dishes are uncomfortably fatty and salty. Service was mediocre as there were only 2 servers on a Sunday evening that seemed to be moderately busy - 1 extra server was definitely necessary. Our server knew the food and was informative but being short staffed was not attentive. I was very disappointed with the entire experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having just gotten engaged that morning, we returned to NeXT for dinner since we recalled it was the best dinner we'd ever had two years prior when we'd shared the blind tasting menu. We did the same again and were similarly blown away. Hats off to Chef Blackie and the entire staff.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, ambiance and service - truly love this place and definitely coming back.

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r
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience for our anniversary. Waiter was very attentive and respectful of our food preferences.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Yes I would recommend but the services was to fast and not well explain!! The ambiance was poor
That was my second time. First time was much better!!

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D
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Meal, Seasoned perfect and nice that Chef Blackie came out to visit, We will be back and recommend to anyone looking for a great meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easter Brunch! Food was delicious and very well presented on the buffet. So many choices. We will definitely be back.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Easter Brunch with my niece! Fun and delicious! Choice of 17 dishes, orange juice, coffee and tea. Service was superb. Such a neat idea. I'll be back. Thank you!

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great Easter brunch with my family. Everything was great: food, service, ambience and decoration. We had made a reservation and did not have to wait to be seated. The buffet table was beautiful. I would recommend this place to celebrate special occasions.

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C
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

as always, Easter brunch at NeXT blew us away. The quality and sheer variety of food meant everyone was happy and full :). It's becoming a tradition at my house and one that we hope to continue for years to come.

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RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Easter brunch. Fine selection of foods, well prepared, well displayed, and attentive service.

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P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Should either be a bring your own wine restaurant or not.
If you charge 15.00$ instead of 5.00$ to open a bottle on Saturday it should be written on the menu and the waitress should mention it.

NeXT
Responded on April 22, 2019

Hey Poca. Our BYOW policy is very clearly written at the top of our menus all of them.. Its simply states. "B.Y.O.W. Sunday to Tuesday $5.00 per bottle". Its a incentive for guests to come to next on those days. We don't advertise B.Y.O.W. on Wednesday thru Saturday, however you are correct its $15 on these days. This is standard in hospitality. What is not standard in hospitality is volunteering pricing to guests . Our BYOW . is also promoted on our website.

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JV
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've lost count of how many times we've eaten at Next, but it seems to get better every time. I'm not sure how that's even possible since the first time we went we fell in love with it. The cod was melt in your mouth delicious. The udon was superb. The blackened chicken was out of this word. The service was perfect. The atmosphere was great. I could run out of superlatives describing it. Suffice it to say it is our favourite restaurant in the NCR.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Restaurant. Kind and Courteous staff. Amazong Food. 10/10. Great restaurant for the location.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice to get this quality of food and decor in a casual dining experience. We went with the blind tasting menu and every think was delicious. The mains we're absolutely amazing however I personally didn't think the selected items were a good mix. Two items were so similar I had a hard time tasting the difference between them. That said a very lovely meal and I will be back in a few weeks.

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MI
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our go to favourite restaurants. The tasting menu is always a wonderful selection. Great food and great service.

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We were a group of 7 foodies and had a wonderful experience at NeXT. I am hoping to return in a couple of weeks to try a couple of dishes we just couldn't fit in. The portion sizes were good and most could accommodate a taste for each. Great that if there were individual portions it was indicated on the menu as well. My only comment would be that we found it dark and couldn't properly see the food. Visual is part of the experience so a bit more light would have been nice. (We were sitting on the benches in the corner by the entrance). Our server was very patient with us as we struggled through the many yummy choices on the menu, and a good time was had by all!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Opted for blind menu. This was our second visit at Next. First visit was amazing (also blind menu). This time a little disappointed. Meal was very rich, not well balanced. Lots of cream/mayonaise base, deep fry and carbs. Salad was pale. Main couses side (rice and potatoes) did not compliment the meal, made it starchy and heavy. Mushroom soup on the other hand was amazing! Both ambiance and service was great.

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The least appreciated dish was the steak & the most delicious was the praws & eggplant along with the lamb shoulder.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing and so beautifully presented. My Husband and I went for his Birthday and we absolutely loved it. We will not hesitate to recommend. Thank you for the lovely touch of a complimentary birthday dessert 🍮!! Sarah & Shawn

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