Oz Kafe

4.6
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264 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and quiet but cozy atmosphere. The fresh ingredients were delicious.

P
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Very bad food, bad taste and combinaison. Very deceiving.

KM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Oz always delivers. Great venue, consistent service and tasty food makes it a favorite of mine. Personal and Business meals work there.

DW
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was fantastic and service was friendly and courteous. An excellent evening!

SM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

While the food, service and character of the building was very good, the noise from so many other diners in one tight space made me want to finish my meal and leave. At the cost for a nice meal out, that was an unfortunate outcome. I'd go again, but I would try to choose a slow and quieter evening.

MN
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I reserved a table at Oz when I came to visit my daughter who attends school in Ottawa. The food was great and they had choices for both vegetarians and those that are not. We had the cauliflower steak and the lamb shank. Both were good and the meat just fell off the bone on the shank. A couple of old fashioned cocktails topped off the meal. Great spot that is quiet enough to have an intimate conversation. I highly recommend Oz!

JA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, the service and the atmosphere was incredible. We had the meatballs, charcuterie, cornish hen and the ribeye. Everything was spectacular - thank you Oz and staff.

h
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dinner for two with a shared appetizer and two beers came to $115. Too expensive imho.

OT
Dunbartonshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated in a quiet location and meal, service was excellent.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a really nice venue for a dinner after a week of meetings. From a warm greeting to attentive service, great advice about wine matching and a good overall pace, the total impression was very positive. Thanks for a wonderful time!

KM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had never ever heard of Oz Kafe before. I found it online when I was looking for a new place to celebrate an important occasion. I was looking for a cosy place with low light, and a nice menu with reasonable prices. It was a risky move to book a table only based on the photos! The place is beautiful. All my friends loved it and were happy to discover this hidden gem.

LA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic service. Love the atmosphere.

LH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Food, Quaint Atmosphere, Attentive Servers. Overall an excellent choice for a date or business outing in the Byward Market area

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food - able to accommodate vegan/gluten-free, but the true carnivores were also happy. Get cozy space. Delicious cocktails and extensive beer/wine lists.

C
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a bit pricey. But, to me was worth it... The flavors are so different from the usual. And, so it is the menu. I would go back for another special occasion

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Antonio was great. His wine selection paired well with all of our meals.

C
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of my new favourite places to eat in Ottawa! Every morsel of the cornish hen main was succulent. A wonderful meal (& treat) for an anniversary dinner.

LD
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Overrated. Food was good, but certainly not worth the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and ambiance was great! Had a wonderful evenning!

CG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic and incredible as always. My only regret is that I was in Ottawa for such a short time that I could not go back for dinner this time around. The food is delicious, ambience is perfect and the staff are wonderful. Highly recommend.

NG
Ottawa
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Another lovely meal at Oz Cafe. We were celebrating a birthday. The food and service was fabulous.

L
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved this place. Our wine and food were excellent. Our waiter was the perfect amount of attentive. Food was amazing and at a good price. Beautiful location.

C
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was my first visit to Oz Kafe. I had heard lots of positive reviews and I'm glad to say that my visit ranked among these. I will definitely return, sooner than later!

R
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very charming ambience, delicious food and great service. I'd definitely come back!

SE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

I have been to Oz Kafe many times when it was on Elgin. This visit was disappointing. We ordered so many items off the menu. The server never came and asked how we were doing or checked in if needing a drink. We spent 2 hours there and my friend was only able to order one drink. The service was not very warm. Felt more like you were intruding.

BC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was fun and well-matched within seasonal themes. The menu was a bit far flung with certain elements but what we ordered was produced almost perfectly. The service was exceptional and definitely the most pressing reason to return. Would try the restaurant again in a different season to see how the menu progresses.

LP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, very friendly and helpful service; great atmosphere

GR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Service was a bit slow but food was great . The pate and summer sausage were great for sharing

MH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our entrees were excellent, however the appetizer was not as good we had the spicy meatballs. They were not spiced and really lacked a flavor.

GW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It is a very nice place tucked away from the noise of the Market itself. The menu had a variety that suited our needs for a light dinner before heading off to the NAC. The presentation was very well done and all the food tasted very nice. I would say that it may be a wee bit pricier in comparison to some other establishments but that is only my opinion. Overall it was very nice and I have recommended Oz Kafe to my family and friends.

OT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

OzKafe is a unique dining and cocktail experience on all fronts. I have been to this fabulous spot several times and am always amazed at the stellar service and the quality of the unique food offerings. The interior ambiance is outstanding: cozy, well decorated, chic-elegant farm house with a touch of industrial charm. The staff are eclectic, passionate, on point, and friendly. Love it!

MR
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

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 on August 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.