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Joy on Sussex, Ottawa, ON
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Joy on Sussex

4.6
4.6
39 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
Welcome to Joy on Sussex.
Located in the heart of the ByWard Market in a magnificent courtyard on Sussex Drive.
Joy on Sussex has hosted events with Ambassadors, Federal and Provincial Ministers, the Mayor, a multitude of members of parliament and city counselors, industry leaders as well as luminaries and some out of the ordinary birthday celebrations, Joy on Sussex is always at the center of the city cultural calendar. A go to location for after work, date night and a late night drink amongst friends any day of the week. The menu features a raw bar selection, and original Bistro style dishes made from scratch that will delight the palate.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Bottle Service, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (613) 627-2335

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Located on the prominent Sussex Drive, in the heart of the historic ByWard Market, just steps away from the NAC and the Chateau Laurier, JOY on Sussex is a beautiful and versatile space within a Heritage building.

  • Private party contact

    Ilon Tyan: (855) 550-1352

Experiences

  • Charcuterie board + bottle of wine for $50!

    CA$56.50 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a charcuterie or cheese board, plus a bottle of our red or white wine for only $50 plus tax and gratuity! Perfect for a date night, girls evening, or anything in between.
  • Valentine's Day Menu

    CA$62.15 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Join us for Valentine's Day and enjoy a 3 course meal for only $55 (plus tax and gratuity)! Your choice of appetizer, main dish, and dessert. See attached menu for options.

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KC

    KieranC

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joy has a great vibe to it. The food was excellent. The service was also. We love the upbeat music and decor.
  2. JF

    JFArbour

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service et ambiance parfaite. Qualité de nourriture à la hauteur de notre attente
  3. p

    pickmybrain

    Edmonton

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great location on Sussex. Sat by window & enjoyed people watching. I had the tenderloin, my friends had the salmon and duck. Our plates were spotless! Not a lot of drink options despite the walls of liquor on display. Will definitely return to try their appetizers.
  4. NU

    NormanU

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening! The service, food and atmosphere were great!! I fully recommend Joy on Sussex
  5. BS

    BrandonS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    High-tea and appetizers
  6. MN

    MikeN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My wife and I typically shares tastes of our meals and the winner between us was the mushroom ravioli. My Braised Duck with blueberry risotto was very good. Service was excellent. Value wise we rated our experience better than a 1Elgin at the NAC
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matthieu was a fantastic server. He accommodated our special needs with grace, was attentive, and solved problems before we were even aware they existed. Joy was a beautiful room with eclectic decor’ comfortable seating spaces, and a great bar. Our food was inspired, imaginative and expertly prepared. Would definitely return.
  8. j

    jsaim

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service; and the staff was very attentive to guests and customers. 5/5

    Joy on SussexResponded on November 8, 2022Thank you SO much for your kind review and our team is exhilarated that enjoyed our space and service.

  9. C

    Chanontherun

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    One of our favourite best kept secrets. Great service and the food is great too.

    Joy on SussexResponded on October 23, 2022Greetings from Joy on Sussex! Thank you SO much for your review - it means a lot to us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  10. KS

    KellyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance and service was fantastic. Food presentation, taste and portions are generous. Definitely will come back again !

    Joy on SussexResponded on October 23, 2022hi Kelly, thank you so much for your compliments and detailed review!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner! Beautiful restaurant with excellent service. We enjoyed wonderful cocktails, a generous cheese board, and delicious entrees.

    Joy on SussexResponded on October 11, 2022Thank you so much, it was a pleasure serving you!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service!great food and love your art and lighting!
  13. o

    ottawafoodie

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Run down and dirty. seating and tables outdated Bathrooms smelled like sewage and dirty. Horrible service Waitress with no communication skills whatsoever took our drink order which she wrote down-15 min later the manager came back saying there was a “misunderstanding “ and she didn’t know what we ordered! We left and I will definitely not come back .

    Joy on SussexResponded on September 12, 2022Hi ottawafoodie, we are truly saddened that your experience was subpar. We will be sure to bring this up with our management team.

  14. PP

    PeterPiano

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great food and service. We enjoyed eating in the courtyard as well. My wife loved the mushroom ravioli and my pan seared salmon was delicious. Our servers Matt and Anna were very helpful and cheerful. -overall a wonderful meal.

    Joy on SussexResponded on September 12, 2022Thank You so much! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, we hope to see you again soon!

  15. U

    Upperwestsider

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Love the patio waiter was beyond good great evening

    Joy on SussexResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you so much!!

  16. DT

    DeanT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was the worst experience with service and quality of food. The calamari had one piece of fish and the rest was garnish and potato. The prime rib was served cut into strips instead of served whole and was seasoned so much with salt. It made me wonder what it was. the asparagus was over cooked and stringy that I couldn't cut with a fork. the the price of all of this was way over priced. I wanted to speak with the manager because it too so long and ended up with a sub standard dining experience. The waitress was terrible and delayed with the simplest tasks of making sure that we were getting what we asked for, instead after 30 minutes mentioned that the stove is having problems. I would not ever recommend this restaurant Joy.
  17. CM

    ChantelleM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    This place came so highly rated I wanted to try it. So disappointing. I had the duck with a blueberry risotto and a cranberry au jus. The duck was cooked well but the risotto was a disaster swimming in oil not an au jus.. tried two bites ..was inedible. My partner had the tenderloin, again beef cooked well but overcooked asparagus, and the potato dauphinoise was grainy. On the positive side the drinks were excellent and the service was very good, but their entrees were lacking.
  18. EQ

    EuniceQ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoy the ambience.like the interior design.presentation of food is good.just need to reduce the saltiness of gravy. duck breast blueberry rissoto is creative combination.The duck meat is well seaoned and tender.The bar tender was very attentive,accommodating to my request. As I could not drink alcoholic drink,he prepared the mocktail or summer drink to me. The drink was refreshing and suitable for hot weather on that day. Strongly recommend this restaurant.
  19. BR

    BenR

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the food immensely. So did my wife who is usually a picky eater. Dessert was divine.
  20. F

    Francois

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! We love our diner there. Cocktails are well done and they help us find the best wine for our main course. The food is delicious as well!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner, and we’re very impressed by the service, and the food was amazing, we will definitely be back!
  22. LC

    LaurelC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, reasonable prices, and friendly staff. Highly recommend.
  23. JR

    JewelsR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic venue and great service. Would definitely go back
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fun dinner date spot! Definitely a very trendy vibe to the space, lots of energy, good music and a solid cocktail selection. It’s easy to see why this is a happening spot!
  25. I

    Imajenn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server (Cierra) was very polite and very helpful (we were undecided as to what to order for drinks and food, and she explained the menu options and gave great suggestions). We will definitely go back!
  26. KT

    KTOxxxxxxxxxxx

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place for any occasion and you can't beat the ambiance.
  27. DR

    DaveR

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    food was delicious and service was excellent. We were there for an early (6pm) dinner. There was not many other patrons at that time.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, excellent service by the hostess and our waiter, and the food and drinks were outstanding!
  29. K

    Karine

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Our bill amounted to $200, plus tip and we were asked to leave the table by 10 pm. We were never offered another drink or even dessert. For that reason, we will not be going back and I would not recommend it to friends.
  30. JT

    JanetT

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Will definitely be back!
  31. AC

    AnnaC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and awesome service. The only thing I would change would be the music: maybe something more calming, like soft jazz or more in a romantic style. Less club music. I highly recommend the place!!
  32. SA

    StephanieA

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe for a fun night out! Love the decor, good music, excellent service.
  33. M

    Madison

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful valentines date night. Valentines menu was amazing, food was incredible, very good portion sizes for a five course meal. Love that we didn’t feel overly full by dessert. Matt gave us great service. Described all the menu items lovely, and was very attentive. Great drinks as well.
  34. RP

    RachP

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Went for Valentine’s Diner. We were not impressed with the service, for $80 Per person for the price fixe, we weren’t even told about it, nor greeted, they just brought the first course without even talking to us. the food was not bad but quite basic for what they charge. We waited 15-20 minutes between courses.. this was absolutely the worst part of it, sitting there waiting for over 45 mins total. plus an 18% + tip is mandatory… I know they just reopened, but it was not the best experience sadly especially on Valentine’s Day
  35. n

    noservice

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We ordered drinks and never received anything after waiting 45 mins. Others that came after were served and we were even asked to move tables. We even reminded them that they forgot us! Then as we left after not receiving our order they told us to have a great night. Like, okay 😬
  36. T

    Theo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My partner & I went for an early Valentines dinner, and the experience was extremely memorable. The hostesses & servers were very kind, polite & attentive, making sure we had everything we needed. The drinks were absolutely beautiful & tasty. The type of pierogies we ordered were not available, but the server brought us the other type and took it off the bill, which was so nice of her! The braised beef was absolutely to die for, but the salmon was the slightest bit unflavored — we feel like it had some more potential than what it came as, but was still very enjoyable. Overall, it was an amazing experience. Rather expensive, but to be expected for such a high-end place in the heart of downtown. I am actively recommending this restaurant to friends and family — thank you so much to the kitchen & front-house staff for a great evening. Much love.
  37. M

    Melissa

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you're looking for a fancy and romantic place, don't look any further. Very cozy setting and tasty food/drinks. The service is also great. Would definitely recommend for a date night or girls night out!
  38. CC

    ChristineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my niece here for afternoon tea. It was a beautiful and memorable experience. Would go again.
  39. GM

    GordonM

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our sever was very nice and attentive and the food was wonderful.

FAQs

Joy on Sussex is rated 4.6 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Joy on Sussex

527 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S6

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    ByWard Market

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Bottle Service, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 627-2335

  • Private party facilities

    Located on the prominent Sussex Drive, in the heart of the historic ByWard Market, just steps away from the NAC and the Chateau Laurier, JOY on Sussex is a beautiful and versatile space within a Heritage building.

  • Private party contact

    Ilon Tyan: (855) 550-1352

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