Oz Kafe

4.6
222 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
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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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SM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delish. Awesome meal and great service.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Delicious food and wonderful old building with lots of character!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

40th Wedding Anniversary

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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! 👍👍

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Sister’s birthday

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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MW
Toronto
10 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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CD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Really nice place , food was excellent (we shared brocoli ceasar ,meat balls and mushroom risotto)
Drinks were really good to

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

It was a wonderful dining experience which we will repeat as often as we are in Ottawa.

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J
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was there on a Friday night for my birthday. The ambiance was amazing, and the same goes for the food (on point) and the service. The music is really good and we could still hear each other talk. The drinks were very good too. I had the Big Turk and the Old fashioned and they were very well done.
It's a very nice place for groups (we were 8), but there were also Smaller tables downstairs for 2-4!

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KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super informed and friendly staff. The food was outstanding!

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

OZ Kafe's new(ish) location is a little tricky to find but worth the search. Ambiance is great, drinks were amazing and the food was really good.

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GB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent choice for any occasion: lovely location and cozy decor; charming and professional service; and, drinks and food were exceptional for the price (mushroom risotto, wild board and sirloin beef)! Not only will we recommend the Oz Kafe, we will certainly return. Thank you to all the wonderful staff.

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The food was amazing unfortunately the service was lacking. It took us 25 minutes to get a drink and I had to keep asking for water. The waitress removed 1 of the 4 plates while 3 of us were still eating so we felt rushed. I would go back for the food

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service, and food. Would definitely go back for business or pleasure.

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g
London
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service. Helpful with recommendations. Great food. So tasty...so flavourful. The brocolli caesar salad was unbelievable!

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L
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The best French 75 on the planet! Wonderfully attentive server; knew when to come to the table and when to give us space. Delicious risotto - an appetizer but totally filling. Charcuterie options were also wonderful. Just the right size portions for everything. Wonderful evening.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. Eberything was perfect. Ahsley was absolutely amazing, knowledgable and extremely pleasant!

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