Oz Kafe

4.6
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314 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian

Oz Kafe in the ByWard Market, York Courtyards in Ottawa, Ontario.
Historical Building, great ambiance, and an outdoor patio.
Food is European inspired, locally sourced and veg forward.



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4.6
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4.6
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vippickmybrain
Edmonton
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A beautiful atmosphere for a casual night out with a good friend. I remember Oz Kafe when it was on Elgin... still the best drinks in town! Went for the trout this time and no regrets. My buddy took the mushroom soup and a large charcuterie board, and they were enough. Not busy Monday night, so we took our time. Lovely chocolate and spiced apple for dessert. Recommend this place if one simply wants to relax and eat good food.

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ChrisJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food in a fun environment. The cocktails are awesome! Hint - try the rabbit duo if it is available!

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JoshuaT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was incredible. They did a fantastic job with service and really gave us a special treat that night :) Thanks so much, as always!!! :D

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vipBP73
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu, great beer, great staff. Awesome experience.

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CentretownFoodie
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was great expect the walls were oddly bare and the window we were sat beside let in such a draft.

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SofiaN
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

amazing food and cocktails, chaucuterie is half price on sundays and definitely worth trying!

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EmilyS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!!!

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vipMichelC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a reservation one month before Valentine's weekend. When get to OZ cafe at 6:30PM and the first floor is maybe 70% full. There seems to be a great ambiance with people at tables, the bar, music, etc.

They sit us on the second floor where there is no one but us and some servers talking between them. We ask what is going on and they tell us people will be sitting on second level after 7PM. At this point there is still plenty of room on the ground floor including at the bar. Still can't believe they sat us up there all alone. We grabbed our coats and left. We advised our server and another staff member as to why we were leaving and they just didn't seem to care. Needless to say we won't be back

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and great food. The Valentine’s Day menu was adorable and delicious!

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ChrisD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Valentine’s special plate for two was a surprise treat! Superb food, service, and ambience. Would recommend to anyone without hesitation.

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TracyG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the ambiance of the stone walls and candlelight. The service was excellent. Fantastic cocktails! We can't wait to return.

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CooperG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a little loud during the peak dinner time. However, it was still possible to carry a conversation and enjoy the atmosphere. Generally acceptable given that we booked our dinner during the peak busy time. That said, The staff and management were wonderful, The food was wonderful, the drinks were wonderful. 5 stars for all the people that make that place run.

We will be going going back for another night out.

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sallys
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful server who made fantastic wine recommendations. A really fun meal that tasted great,

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Singhs3
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food, great ambience and friendly service.

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SallyR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere

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Colinfabian
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful time! I had a great birthday dinner. Thank you

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ChelseaS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant I've been to in my life!! I've been enjoying this restaurant for years and I've never once been disappointed by anything

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vipCassandraF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food and drink selection, I chose the caesar, Malbec and lamb which was all delicious! Loved the dim lighting, as well beautiful venue. I am only giving it a 4 star because the service- more specifically time waiting for drinks was quite long (they possibly need more servers on weekend nights), other than that the service was great and food/ambiance/venue was perfect.

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food as always. Service was very slow until main was served. Afterwards perfect but I think there must have been shortage of staff. We were there at six and waited half hour for drinks and then pushed to get appetizers with our drinks. Also small thing but when serving margaritas you should have the proper glasses. Was very difficult to drink. But yes for sure will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice ambiance, super service and a really surprisingly good kitchen. I’ve been in Ottawa forever and have heard of the Oz Café for a long time, but this was my first time there and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in the Market area. Highly recommended

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden gem of a restaurant! Highly recommend the charcuterie boards. Excellent service and atmosphere.

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NancyL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

i had reserved for our anniversary requesting a nice table. we were taken up stairs to a small table of 2 behind the coat rack?? We did not accept the table, given what i had requested. we were then offered a nice table in the main room. Not sure why that did not happen first?

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Demend77
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was well prepared. Service was excellent. Drink menu had different hand crafted cocktails. Would recommend and would return.

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vipPaul
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best and excellent restaurant in Ottawa.
First, meet and greet pretty awesome and you feel like back to home.

Second, the bartender super professional and pretty detail making a special drink for me. That is amazing.

Third, food presentation, taste fantastic. Each part cook pretty detail and taste super fresh. Of course nothing left on each dishes. The chefs so good.

Last but not the last, Surprise dessert on house.

Overall super highly recommend. Cost compare with other restaurant is good and not overpriced.

Thanks again to celebrate my birthday.

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Phil2020
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My wife and I had a great relaxing time, and thoroughly enjoyed every dish we had, all very flavourful. Looking forward to discover more of their cuisine at our next visit.

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StaceyG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time! Food and sevice was outstanding! Had the lamb shank which was fall off the bone delicious! Cozy atmosphere and enjoyed the late night DJ that showed up after dinner.

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Publover
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner. Loved it!

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Wai YingD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was overly salted, it didn’t seem busy and they placed us at a table with a draft. Caesar had way too much worchestire sauce. Staff not attentive nor forthcoming in effort to remedy what was apparently laciking.

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StephenJ
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The Oz Kaffe is a wonderful, historic and warm place to dine.
The food was exceptional as was the intimate exchange with our server...and so would recommend this magical place to my friends as a fine place to dine and to hold great conversation.
Two thumbs up...and look forward to dining there on the patio when the courtyard is in full bloom.
It reminds me of Quebec City and so have a great love for this magical place!!
Keep up the fine cooking and attention to detail...as I have already become a patron to your place!
Best regards,
Stephen

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DeniseP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Lovely place, well organized. Food was excellent. However the noise level got way too high and we had to leave. I would recommend but would certainly warn about the noise level.
Happy new year to all staff and to you, Oz.
Denise

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing New Year's Eve Dinner!!

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ArturW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner. Great menu with a diverse set of choices. All of it was delicious. Particularly enjoyed the rabbit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Our reservation was on New Year’s Eve and there was a set menu. Unfortunately we were not aware of this as it was not mentioned on their website. While there were vegetarian options for two guest our meat eater didn’t like the meat options. We were looking forward to their regular menu. That being said we would return to this very pretty restaurant another time.

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DavidS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Any restaurant review which begins with comments on how great the in-house mustard is, is telling. It's so good I begged for some to take home. The house made condiments, pickle and mustard are perfect compliments to Oz Kafé's amazing charcuterie and cheese selections. Opted for the salmon gravlax and Grey Owl cheese, which probably would have been a meal in itself, and worth the trip in taste notes alone. Braised lamb shank was a tad dry, but everything was perfectly seasoned and for once, I didn't regret a restaurant not trusting me with salt and pepper at the table. My partner's gnocchi was even better. Small but interesting wine list, a great location tucked in a courtyard between George and York streets, and excellent service. By far my best dining experience while in Ottawa. Looking forward to the opportunity to dine there again.

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Tishia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having dinner here was more than I expected!! I am speechless!!

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GregHeather
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Service issues.

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UrsulaH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We had a Tomlisnson gift card all inclusive for two. The waiter did not make a great effort to replenish our drinks or even suggest any good wines to pair our dinner with. We were seated behind the bar and felt somewhat over crowded. The Cesar salad was amazing the meal had good flavors, and was appealing to the eye. The environment is cozy but the service was not very good.

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ChristineJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food, great service. My companions were beer connoisseurs from he UK and they really enjoyed the wide range of beers and ales . My meal - lamb shanks was excellent . I'll be back !

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LiseB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful on all levels . Very cosy and warm setting . Great service and very good Caesar drink .

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AdamK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was incredible and the service was amazing. So many unique flavors. Only thing I would say is that the meatballs were a bit too salty, but the crust on them was so good. Would definitely recommend.

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