Oz Kafe

4.5
233 reviews
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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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MR
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Très bon restaurant. La nourriture était excellente, y compris le mets végétarien, mais le dessert nous a un peu déçu. Le service était un peu froid, mais courtois, la nourriture a pris beaucoup de temps à arriver. L’atmosphère est très agréable, la terrasse placée dans un endroit idéal.

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TH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was lovely as always! Looking forward to our next visit. Thanks so much Oz!

JT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The food was good but not great. My fish was over cooked any guests chicken was super salty. I had heard such great things about this restaurant so I was quite disappointed with the food. Overpriced for the quality of food.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We shared the gnocchi as an appetizer and they were excellent. We had a difficult time choosing the mains because they all sounded good. Ended up with the Cornish game hen and the beef that was perfectly cooked. Dessert was one of the sorbets. The overall price was good; service was excellent and enjoyed the overall feel of the restaurant. I would definitely go back next time I am in Ottawa.

NG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant checked all our boxes. The ambience was trendy and rustic at the same time. Aryn, our server, steered us through excellent wine choices throughout the evening and shared her story and her passion for wine. This added to the amazing dining experience. The charcuterie board was exquisite and the meals themselves were excellent (stuffed zucchini, halibut and Cornish hen). The evening ended with delicious mocha sorbet and banana chocolate chip ice cream. We will definitely include Oz Cafe in our dining experience on future trips to Ottawa!!

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Every time we go to Oz we are not disappointed. The service, ambiance, quality of food and taste is always there. It is one or our favourite place to go, and have a nice delicious, tasty and enjoyable dinner. We love Oz!

JS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We decided to sit out on the patio. It was a beautiful evening and the patio is in a square off the Main Street, so nice atmosphere.

k
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been going to Oz since it was located on Elgin. It’s usually an outstanding experience but tonight the baseball steak was gristle and the salad wasn’t washed properly so I got sand and silt with the greens. If this had been my first experience with Oz it would probably have been my last.

B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved every minute. The food was exquisitely prepared. The bartender was knowledgeable and generous. Our server was generally attentive and helpful. I would have liked to hear more about the ingredients themselves and their origin. The ambiance in the courtyard was private but social. We will return as soon as possible.

H
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I booked this on a hot summer Saturday. The patio was busy, so we opted for inside....which was quiet, and much cooler. We’d spent the day driving then walking all around Ottawa in 39 Celsius humidity.

We shared an appetizer of aged cheddar and duck terrine. It came with plenty of sophisticated accompaniments-pickled onion, peppers, pickles - two different mustards...and plenty of sourdough slices (from a boule...grilled perfectly.)

My wife had 6oz baseball sirloin...with charred broccoli, pan roasted new potatoes....with a herbed pan jus....amazing! (Yes...I tried it!)

I had the grilled wild boar! With a white bean purée, with a blueberry balsamic reduction (I think?)...it was so good....I forget the other sides.

The wine was a 2017 Terrasses Pesquie Grenache Syrah....which went great with both!

Most of the food is locally sourced, except for the wine. A limited and thoughtful menu.

The service was attentive, informative and friendly. But not overwhelming and allowed us to have a quiet long dinner to ourselves.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely place to celebrate a birthday! All four of us enjoyed our meals, the service was excellent, and the ambience was perfect.

SM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and drinks were amazing. You get good bang for your buck with the mains and desserts but some appetizers are very pricey: 40 bucks for 2 pieces of cheese and 2 charcuterie items is too damn steep. Attentive and friendly service and they even expertly handled a mistake made with my order. We sat outside even though it was sizzling out cause the courtyard is just too damn cute. And wonderfully quiet. A great overall experience.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delish. Awesome meal and great service.

NG
Ottawa
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I had a wonderful dinner with a friend there this evening. Fabulous atmosphere, excellent service and delicious selections. Scrumptious!

MG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Oz Kafe, was a wonderful experience.
Our meal, service and attention to detail was amazing.
We started with two charcuteries, the grey wolf, and duck liver pate.The portions were a very good size, and delicious.Our main entrees were Halibut and Cornish hen.
We did not have room for dessert.
Great atmosphere.
Will definitely return, as we live in the market.
Would strongly recommend.

RB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A bit tricky to find in the alley but worth the search. There are mains but we stuck with appetizers and the charcuterie selections. For two of us, one appetizer and 5 selections was more than enough. The tempura asparagus appetizer must have taken only seconds to get to our table it was as light as can be. All 5 charcuterie were assembled and very attractive on one platter. We'll be back ... with friends.

ML
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful old building with lots of character!

AV
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant - everything about it is a treat! The location, the physical surroundings (tucked away in the courtyard of the Byward Market), the vibe and staff are all top notch. Drink selection is superb and the food is very tasty with generous portions!

N
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Happy place. tasty food. The waiter remembered us and we sat on the patio. So relaxing. The cornish hen was really flavorful and the morel main dish was equally tasty. The prices are reasonable (for food of this calibre) and the wine list is very good. A nice low stress place to go for a semi-classy meal in the market.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was there on a Friday night and it was moderately busy. A great gem in the Byward market area inside a stone courtyard. I had the Cornish hen and my friend had tuna. They were both amazing. Awesome chocolate brownie desert too. I can’t wait to go back.

SW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoy everything about this place. The location, the setting, the ambiance, the service, the food - I think it's a terrific place for a meal whether it is personal or business. Whenever I'm in town on business I end up here - often more than once!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

40th Wedding Anniversary

CW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We had a terrible experience at Oz Kafe last weekend. The two items on the menu we were looking forward too were replaced with other, less appealing options. Four of the five beers we tried to order from the menu weren't in stock. Then the waiter dumped an entire glass of wine down my friend's back! Sure, it was an accident, but they didn't comp us ANYTHING on our bill until we complained! Then, to be fair, we were fairly compensated for the trouble. But sadly it's a gift certificate to their restaurant, and we really aren't keen on going back... we'd rather get some stuff free from our bill instead. With so many options in the Market, I'm really surprised this place is doing so well... we'll certainly choose elsewhere next time.

ID
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We had a wonderful dinner and our server was fantastic. She was gracious and incredibly knowledge. The only caveat is that there was a problem with microphones and speeches from a gathering upstairs were at times taking over the entire dining room. We’ll definitely go back.

MA
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were the third large group in a small area so it was very loud and also hot . The waiter accommodated our request to move to the patio which was great . The drinks were great and the charcuterie board was delicious. Because we went as a large group , some of the food came out a bit cold but tasted good . Our waiter was incredible

JH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Tasty food, solid service. Excellent drink menu. Music was a little loud, but a great date night out.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The servings were a bit smaller then expected, but reasonable. Would definitely go back.

EH
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Perfect choice for a special occasion! Intimate location serving delicious food with good service. The background music was not loud and complimented our dining experience. We will return! 👍👍

NJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

My husband enjoyed his steak. The wild boar chop was rather bland, as was the shrimp appetizer. The tempura asparagus appetizer was fine, but paired with a very overpowering smoked red pepper dip, and the asparagus stalks were stacked in the sauce, so it was hard to avoid. The banana sorbet was refreshing. The vanilla tart was very bland and didn't taste of vanilla, just bland. The chocolate brownie was dry and very dense. I enjoyed the sparkling wine and glass of Syrah very much, and the service was excellent. We kept ordering because we wanted to give the menu a fair try and a friend recommend the place. Despite this, we might give Oz another try, and choose different menu items and hope to enjoy it more.

M
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and vibe. Reasonable prices. One of my favourite spots in town.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and service, but the wait for the main dishes was way too long.

BW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an intimate dinner with my wife. Food was sooooo good! Drinks were amazing. Antonio our waiter gifted my wife the dessert for her birthday. A++ all the way.

AJ
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Sister’s birthday

DM
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beer selection was amazing. Server was great. Charcuterie plates off the charts. Mains were superb. The historic building adds so much. Loved it there.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My risotto was excellent. Topped with pine nuts. Shared a very delightful cheese plate.

JO
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal, each dish excellent. One glitch: I had requested a quieter table, and we were shown to one directly under a speaker and near a table set for ten! Luckily, there was a quiet table at the other end of the room which was perfect, and the staff obligingly moved us there.

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

I am quite picky when it comes to dining out but I adore this restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is wonderful. The location and ambiance are also quite memorable. It is a favourite for me here in Ottawa and it is a place that I will happily and confidently recommend to others.

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

Oz was an amazing night out! Amazing food and great ambiance. I loved their customized charcuterie option (bonus that Sunday charcuterie selections were 50% off!).

B
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service amazing. We did not have a good table location otherwise recommend.

MW
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, great ambiance, and great food and drinks. Highly recommended.

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