NeXT

4.6
235 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed shareable plates to try a variety of dishes and all were very good. No worries about not having enough food, and a great variety to pick from. Looking forward to going back again to try some different dishes. Wait staff and all servers very attentive and happy to explain a dish.

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RH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic evening. Great food and great service. Will be going back.

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OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our party of 10 was celebrating a few birthdays, and although the restaurant was packed, we were served promptly, with great food and service every step of the way.. must have ordered half the items on the menu as well, they were all excellent...

Have been to NeXt a few times, it never disappoints.

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HG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is amazingg and sooo well priced. Every bite had sooo many unique flavors. The waiter we had was super knowledgeable about the food, everything he recommended was amazing. By far the best restaurant my husband and I have ever been to. Very very impressed. We will be back.

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MD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Amazing food, lovely surroundings, but service was painfully slow at first. I've never experienced this at Next. It must have been a busy night, as it took over an hour to get water at the table, despite numerous requests. After our food arrived, everything flowed smoothly, and the blind sharing menu was incredible.

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B
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Was amazing, explained the menu very well. As more guests came in it got very loud and was hard to hear my date but everything else was amazing. Food was amazing.

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NB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. Our waiter was attentive to our needs.

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Yes I would recommend next but not on a promo night such as valentine’s day. We waited half an hour past our reservation because they didn’t allocate enough time for each peoples meals. We were also told we would be able to use some gift certificates that were given to us for christmas when their team called us to confirm our reservation. However they were turned away when we tried to pay which left us very frustrated. The gift certificate outlined all the rules and regulations for using the gift certificates which indicates “there’s no restriction on time or day” it also states “use this like cash”. I tried to call the next day instead of complaining the night of which would of ruined the ambiance for everyone and I was told that the “internal policy” is to not accept those cards which is incredibly misleading for guests. We are still waiting on management to follow up with us...

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service all around was a fantastic night ! Would go back again and again !

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VF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing time on Valentine's day. Sharing menu was superb. A lot of food yes but you eat what you want due to sharing menu style. Busy night but that is to be expected on valentine's day and was a really great experience. We went with another couple which made it even more fun. Would recommend doing the wine pairing as well as it adds variety.

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T
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A very special place for sure to celebrate Valentine's Day. Every dish was as delicious as it looked. The service was impeccable and friendly. We would love to return for their regular menu.

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A
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Blackie and his team continue to impress us with the full experience

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CT
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For Valentine’s Day we wanted to mention the food was outstanding and the wine pairing was perfect! A very enjoyable evening! Thank you!

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MF
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my husband out for Valentine's Day 2019 - it was simply amazing. We had the 9-course set menu with wine pairings. The lobster and black bean encrusted halibut and the cold smoked beef tenderloin were TO DIE FOR. We even told our server that we would wash dishes for a week if Chef Blackie would give us he recipes!

We arrived at 1800 for our reservation and the restaurant was lovely and quiet. By around 2000, it was very busy and the volume significantly higher - but not so high that we couldn't converse.

My husband and I are foodies and we enjoyed every dish. We hope to be back soon!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our experience was great. Not all the food was to our liking, but overall very good. Our server was very good, very knowledgeable. The only drawback to the evening was actually realized after we left. When we got home I checked my receipt the next day and realized I under tipped out server. To that, I am extremely sorry, he was very good. I have already recommended your restaurant for the food and service.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. Would definitely recommend!!

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our party had dietary restrictions (celiac and no dairy as well as a shellfish allergy). The menu had been altered by the team prior to our arrival to show the items that could be safely ordered by those affected by these dietary restrictions! This was so helpful!!! Thank you! We will definitely be back! Love your restaurant!

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TG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I wish that the Tom Ka Goon soup was a bit hotter, and contained more than 1 shrimp. It is usually my boyfriend's favourite soup but it wasn't the best dish we've had. It was a little bland and not served hot. The steak tartare was delicious but a bit too salty for our taste. Otherwise, everything was phenomenal and I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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

This is consistently one of my favourite restaurants- it never disappoints me - I always enjoy my outings to Next

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RT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a great pre-Valentines Day Dinner. Everything was perfect. We had the Sharing for two along with the accompaning flights of wine. Service was superb in a wonderful relaxing environment.
Chef Blackie stopped by to explain our main course, that was a welcome treat.
Thanks for the excellent evening.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Two couples very much looking forward to dinner and left very disappointed. We were seated in a conference room (overflow area we assume, not in the main dining room) and therefore ambiance was terrible. The conference room was vast and noise was loud. We were seated at a round table meant for 8 people and felt "disconnected" from our guests. With the room noise, it was hard to hear what anyone was saying. When we were seated we were given the menu and the waiter was very good at explaining the menu to us, however he did not ask us for drinks. When he returned, he answered some more questions about the menu and never asked us for drinks. We had to say to him that "we would like to start with a drink order". Not good. Service of food was very quick, except we waiting quite a while for dessert. We tried a varied assortment of food and some was not good, could be just not to our taste. Some items were exceptional. Of particular disliking was the dutch baby cake. Inedible, not one of us could eat it. We will not be returning.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Because they don’t have a secure coat check people keep their coats & hang them everywhere over chair backs. It ruins the ambience
Service was poor. I ordered tea & was served coffee which was spilled on the saucer. I was offer the chance to take home my uneaten steak & it was thrown out
They apologized and made everything right There seemed to be a lack of communication between the serving staff

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SL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The flavours were wonderful and the service was exceptional

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was really friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. The speed of service was outstanding and the food was incredible! They made our anniversary very special! Thank you so much. We will be back!

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KH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn't have been much better. Food was great and service was very prompt.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish! The atmosphere was fantastic and the food was absolutely delicious! We very much enjoyed our visit and cannot believe we waited this long to try it out.

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant in Ottawa... I travel from Montreal 5 to 6 time a year to eat here.

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

As always, NeXT never disappoints. We were a party of 4 and went with the Chef’s blind. 9 separate plates, all equally unique and outstanding. A variety that included duck, venison, shellfish, whitefish, vegetables and cheeses. Don’t even get me started on the deserts. We left very full, very satisfied and will be back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our evening was fantastic. Strange situation being that we were the only people in the restaurant. Second time for all of us. First time we chose the blind chef's choice while this time we ordered personal favorite dishes. Our service was extremely professional and friendly. Overall it was a great evening of ambiance, food and service. Must mention that a large factor when deciding on where to go was the option of bringing our own wine. If I was to suggest anything it would be to note this option on your website and if already there, to make it more visible.
Thanks and will definitely return and recommend.

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AS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Hi there - seeing as though you asked
I did initially in the reservation - write that it was a birthday . My mother’s 85th actually.
There was no attention to that detail .
We are not the guests to announce that at the table either. We could have told the server; however, thought it would have been considered as it was noted in the initial reservation .
Otherwise, service and food was excellent. We will be back.
Cheers

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CD
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

We did the 9-course Blind Tasting Menu paired with the wine flight. The food was very good - we loved every dish and they were all different. And it was great to have a view into the kitchen.

Our server was the most disappointing part of the evening. He would drop the food off, list the ingredients really fast and then pretty much walk away while he was still talking. The glasses of wine were poured elsewhere, rather than at the table, and then we'd watch him rather clumsily carry them to our table. Not really what you'd expect when you consider how much creativity goes into preparing the food. (If it's their regular practice to do this, they should really consider changing it. Trust the waiters to bring the bottle to the table, display the label and pour it there.)

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Ambiance great food good but service bad.
Server(didn't catch his name) was impatient and passive aggressive with my guests I have invited. Would not permit us to order more than one plate to explore. Rather than being an adventure or an expierence. It was patronizing.
Martini came with a fruit fly should of immediate replaced. Unfortunately NOT!

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LP
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was very good, service excellent. Did not expect to be seated in the reception room. If I had known I would have asked to be seated in the restaurant side. The atmosphere was not as good in that room.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Good wine suggestion. Awesome ambience. Fantastic service. No complaints. Will definitely be going back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food as always, proper temperatures, presentation is beautiful, tastes together amazing!!! And service is a 10! Chef Blackie visited us and that eas a great treat. Excellent job, excited for thr next visit!

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SB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This place is definitely unique. Great food selection & great service. All staff are friendly & accommodating. It's all about ensuring the guest has a great experience. Food options are interesting and all dishes delivered to the table fresh & steaming,. The menu , however, could use more veggies and/or salad options. We have been there 3 times now, and each time we are more impressed. Really good value for such a unique foodie experience. Excited to hear they are changing up their menu in March. Add on another salad or two Blackie!

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WJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend it! We attended an event and then had dinner afterwards. Every moment was excellent. The food is exquisite! Our server was knowledgeable and discrete. Fantasstic experience.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great. Odd sized sharing plates though. The mains almost seemed to be set up as a single plate of food, but all of it was delicious.

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