NeXT

4.6
383 reviews
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Contemporary Canadian
Our restaurant is all about sharing. We have designed a casual selection of plates, showcasing Ottawa’s regional diversity coupled with the flare and originality of Chef Blackie’s personal food memories from his global travels. Whether you are booking for social or business, here at NeXT we have crafted three unique different spaces to make your NeXT dining experience a memorable one.
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Ottawa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Creative and tasty menu. The banana pancakes were blend and could have used more syrup
Overall a great brunch experience.

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DP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant is noisy and tries to make dishes like bread baguette or salad with bacon fancy using different names on the menu. Very noisy ambient too.

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CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Small plates were tasty and unique, but pricier entrees were rather bland with majority of dish being filler (rice, potatoe).
Service was friendly but slow to get drink refills. Would skip dessert next time.

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P
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Quelle déception! J'étais allé à Next il y a deux ans et j'avais trouvé leur nourriture excellente. Mais cette fois-ci, la nourriture était très ordinaire. Nous avons commandé un repas à neuf plats et on nous a servi que de la friture, exception faite d'une excellente soupe aux champignons. Pour être honnête, j'aurais mangé aussi bien au KFC. Cette expérience fut des plus décevante. J'éviterais ce restarant.

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MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Have been here several times always exceptional food! We honestly don't want to dine anywhere else because nothing compares. Normally great service. This time around though service was poor. Was hoping the meal to flow but when it came to ordering second flight it took 20 minutes after first flight for the waiter to come back. I had tried to get his attention several times but was ignored. After the meal it took 10 minutes to serve coffee. First we hot coffee then a few minutes later the cream came then several minutes later the sugar and no spoons! This was our anniversary dinner and first time I was disappointed.

Love the food. Wait service is lacking...

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T
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We are regulars and this experience with the feature chefs was amazing! Next never disappoints!

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JP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sharing plates are the best. And Next does it right. Everything was on point. And service was Great

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great place - friendly staff, delicious food and wasn't too crazy busy and therefore not too loud. Noon on Sunday for brunch is wonderful!

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MH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

It did not meet my expectations in either food or ambiance. The food portions were scarce and the taste was disappointing for the price.

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HM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an absolutely wonderful time at NEXT. It was a special occasion, and NEXT did not disappoint. The blind tasting menu (July 5) was delicious, our waiter was fabulous; it was an incredible 3 hour dinner extravaganza, perfectly paced. My only observation...and it is NOT a complaint!...is that the food combination in our tasting menu was all very heavy. Each individual dish was perfect, but overall I wish one of our courses had been lighter. Only because then I could have eaten more. Will definitely come again.

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JC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was our first time at the restaurant. Service was great very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was ok. There were strange names on some of the dishes, we ordered a pork belly dish which turned out to be a Cesar salad with only one piece of pork belly on it. The duck poutine was very good. The best part of the tempura battered cheese curds was the spicy sauce that came with it. The ribeye steak dish was excellent. The sesame chicken was good at first but the flavour became over powering tasting a little too sweet.

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good meal and excellent service. We highly recommend it.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Next for special occasions and for treating our family to a spectacular brunch. The food was amazing and the service excellent!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. We always enjoy the variety and unique offerings at NeXt.

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LA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there with friends and had a wonderful experience despite an unavoidable power outage due to thunder storm. Food was excellent and a unique experience with sharing plates. A favourite restaurant where you are guaranteed great service, beautifully presesnted food and wonderful to the palate. Upscale surroundings but still presents in a very comfortable and casual atmosphere.

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JS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, and unexpected in its variety and taste.
We will definitely go there again, and profit from our first visit, in understanding how the menu works. There was nothing we did not enjoy.
Our server did a very good job in explaining the courses, and was friendly and personable.

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AA
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, loved the food. They still made us dessert even after the power went out (crazy hail storm!) Thanks again Next :)

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PB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering the fact the power went out early in our dining experience, the service and quality of product remained excellent throughout. My only recommendation would be to low the background music to ensure it is in the background. I found it a little loud, and I am hard of hearing. Our server turned it down a couple of times. Chef Blackie and staff were amazing.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had such a wonderful food experience...it was delicious and each element, plate we found to be very creative and so flavorful! The whole evening and ambiance was perfect....We had wonderful anniversary and can't wait to go back.
Hats off to all the Chefs!! Our server was very knowledgeable and provided us with great service ...
Joanne and Wally

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Suggest reservation after 7:30 as noise level is less.

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to NeXt several times in the past. Always electing for the blind sharing menu, we have never been disappointed. The food and service are first class and choosing the blind sharing menu is an excellent way to experience foods that you may not normally select from the menu a la carte.
Many people speak of places like the Keg and whatnot, but if you're out for a great meal and going to pay a good price anyways, I highly recommend checking this place out.

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ES
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The selection of plates was incredible and every item was better then the next. Highly recommend Next. Great service and excellent food.

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OT
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner with the family to celebrate my birthday. Next never disappoints; the food and wine pairing were really delicious! We had the MB Blind Tasting menu; the selections brought to the table were Wonderful! It gives everyone the opportunity to be a bit more adventurous in having food you would not typically order. Good job Chef Blackie and team!

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L
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb atmosphe, exceptionally clean, great service, fine selection of wine and superb food.
Strongly recommend. :0)

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LT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and staff was very attentive and respectful. An excellent evening!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favourite restaurant in Ottawa and, once again, we couldn’t have been a better experience. It was our 40th anniversary and we splurged on the blind tasting menu for the first time. It was awesome! They also provided free champagne drinks for the occasion and double the usual amount for the last desert course. Although they nicely spaced out the courses so we didn’t get too full too soon, we couldn’t finish it all. They boxed up the left overs and we enjoyed it all over again the next night! Thank you so much NeXT.

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CH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is absolutely amazing. It’s a hidden gem. The squid 🦑 with sambal and kecap manis taste like authentic Bali dish. Beef tartare melt in your mouth with right amount of citrus, the dessert is great. I would absolutely recommend this place. I would go back for the food for sure.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food the first time we went was marvelous. This time, mist thinks were fried and some had a but too much salt. Which was a pity as it hid the true potential of the dish. Will return only because our first time was marvelous. Hopefully the dishes won’t disappoint.

Service was great and love the atmosphere.

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MR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to NEXT at least half a dozen times and every time we have been, the food has been awesome along with the service, atmosphere, hospitality etc..

Always a pleasure to dine at NEXT.

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MG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything exceeded expectation. We were there celebrating our daughter's graduation. No matter where else I go, I always find the sharing platters a great concept, it just seems more social to share food. I love this place. The menu is always unique, with lots of great options.

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OT
Toronto
51 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting delicious share plates. Nice Servixe. Very clean

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first time visiting Next and certainly not our last. Always and outstanding experience at this restaurant. Delicious foods, exceptional service and a nice atmosphere.

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SD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

I heard really mixed things about this place, but we enjoyed the brunch boards!! Great food. The place is a bit shabby for the quality of the food and price point. The whole place looks like an ad from a low budget furniture warehouse with zero character and could use a good cleaning (emphasis on bathroom cleaning). The service wasn't great either. Slow to come back to refill our bottomless mimosas / juices etc, and it wasn't that busy at all. At one point our waitress starting sweeping the back room while we had been waiting for 10 minutes or so for her to clean our plates / bring the bill. We had to go grab her to remind her we were still there. The food is really good though and despite the shabby / very basic decor, I would totally go back for brunch. The brunch is actually better than most places in Westboro, so don't let look of the place fool you.

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SX
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food here! Ambiance is great. We took my family out for the Father’s Day Brunch board and everyone enjoyed, including my baby girl who had some of the pancakes on the board. We will be back for sure!

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PA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

This was our 2nd time visiting NEXT and it was not as magical as our 1st visit. Both occasions were for our wedding anniversary and this time around it felt different. Don't get me wrong, the food was exquisite and unique, however, the service left a lot to be desired. We sat in the exact same table as last time and think we had the same waiter (not sure though) as our visit 2 years ago, but didnt feel the attention and care this time around. They didnt even light our candle or offer us a small glass of champagne to celebrate our occasion like the straight couple next to us. Those small details made the last visit feel so special, but sadly not this time. I was planning celebrating my birthday here this coming November, but reconsidered after this experience.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going and it wont be the last! We went for our 4 year anniversary and not only our waiter but the chef himself made us feel so welcomed. The food was to die for and even though we went with the blind menu (which I'll be honest, there are a few things on the menu I normally wouldn't have ordered which we got) but having tried them, was not disappointed in the least in any of the dishes that were presented to us. They created a perfect evening for us and we appreciated ever minute spent there.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food . Interesting concept.

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Y
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything! From oysters to baguette to braised beef, everything was excellent! Will keep coming back.

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I were having a last dinner together before she returned to North Vancouver since she came to town for a family funeral.

The food was thoughtfully prepared, exceptionally flavourful, wonderfully presented and very unique. At the end of the meal, my sister slipped away to purchase a gift certificate for me and my wife as a thank you for staying with us and Chef Blackie chatted with her and asked why she was in town. After she told him the reason for her visit they had a thoughtful conversation together. Chef Blackie visited our table and discussed the reason for the visit and made sure our meal met our expectations. In fact, it was better than we expected.

This visit to NEXT left me and my sister feeling blessed to be able to enjoy a lovely evening together, with a caring owner and attentive staff and helped make a difficult few weeks end with a last evening together that was memorable for us both

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends and family from out of town and they loved the restaurant. We definitely recommend Next to our friends. The only downside was Next ran out of ice cream.

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