NeXT

4.6
432 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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MS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second time at NEXT and the first time the food was more outstanding.

ML
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unbelievable Food

This is such a beautiful restaurant, with excellent service, and absolutely wonderful food. Outstanding flavour. It's been awhile since I've had such amazing food. Everything was perfect. Party in your mouth...every single bite. One small tip - would be great to have a clean plate for each dish. Difficult to enjoy the full experience of each dish when the previous delicacy is lingering on the plate.
Our waiter Marshall, was great. Patient and accommodating. Especially since my friend was late due to traffic.
My phone had died while getting traffic and timing updates from her, and he found a place for me to charge it.The only minor downfall was he forgot about us after our dinner. He dropped the dessert menus and I suppose he got busy...All in all, we were fine -  we really didn't need dessert anyway.
Having said that, we will still definitely be back. The food was seriously to die for. And I really would love to try that creme brulee.

S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! Presentation was lovely. Friendly staff. We took advantage of paying a corkage fee and bringing our own wine 👍. It was a bit noisy for a Monday! But you got used to it. All sharing plates. Fried cheese curds, scallops, baguette w fresh ricotta, all delicious.

RD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was phenominal!! Also liked being able to bring our own wine

JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary, as we haven't been for over two (2) years. We had a wonderful time returning to this place! The actual restaurant wasn't extremely busy either, so the atmosphere was ambient when talking with my wife.

The waiter who seated us, and the waitress who helped us were excellent with their service. We ordered the Blind Tasting menu and loved everything that we were served. The smoked chicken was our least favourite dish, but we were so full we had to be selective of how much we were eating. All their vegetarian dishes sent out were perfect - their cauliflower curry being my favourite.

If you ever go, I highly recommend the deep-fried cheese curds (I believe they are called), as they were definitely the best choice at the restaurant.

I would highly recommend this place for their tasting menu. Well done!

MH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Like always! Will definitely be back for the amazing brunch.

BP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the server. This was our second time going for our anniversary and the food and service did not let us down! We selections from the menu we have never tried before and found it all delightful. We found ordering two tapas at a time we were not rushed and could have a different theme with every paired selection. We had 8 in total and one dessert to share with coffee.
This is not just a meal but a dining experience. Treat your self and you will not be let down.

d
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was good and food was outstanding. It was a bring your own wine night so that kept the overall price reasonable. My only complaint was the music was a bit loud.

EB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was very informative about the menu. Unfortunately due to health restrictions we could not have several items on the menu. The corn could not be removed from its dish, coriander had to be avoided and a few other items were simply not what we liked. We liked the mini-first course of a ham and cheese grilled sandwich by any other name. The scallops were overpowered by the meat sauce that was below it that we found far too spicy. Later when it came to dessert, nothing suited us.
The wine list was very basic and not to the liking of the knowledgeable wine lover you were serving.
We liked the idea of having a dish to share between the two of us. Presentation was good, atmosphere was good, prices in line with other specialty restaurants.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience yet again. We have been celebrating our Anniversary at NEXT for years and it never disappoints. The food is exquisite and the blind share is the only choice we have ever made there as it is phenomenal. This is our go to place for special occasions and it should be yours as well.

y
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch last Sunday, just when I sit down, I noticed there was lipstick on the cup, that's fine, some is hard to wash off, but the worst part is the food, the chicken is too hard to bite, the meatball is even raw in the middle, which brought us a horrible afternoon.
All in all, everything is Ok except the food.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food came out very fast, which is normally good, but we expected it to come in stages, not all at once. We felt rushed when eating as we wanted to eat the food while it was still hot. I guess we should have asked to have the meals to come one at a time, but we were bot offered the option.

H
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food both amazing!! Friendly staff we did the blind tasting menu, I’m not a big fan of coconut soup, however once our server realized, he came with a substitute dish that was amazing.

T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was good but waiter service was not. Found it quite noisy.

JB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing restaurant with brilliant dishes and excellant service.

L
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing else to say but AMAZING! Will absolutely recommend to everyone I know.

MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We go a couple of times per year and the menu changes up. I highly recommend teh blind tasting option. The food is always excellent and we've never been the slightest bit disappointed.

RM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You offer a great experience - not just a meal!
Voices carried - not sure what you can do about that!
Hope that you pay your staff well, because they work hard and are very pleasant!
The variety of food and the how well it was prepared and served was exquisite!
We have already recommended NeXT to people.
Thank you for everything!

GS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The place was nice enough and the people were friendly and attentive but the food was very mediocre and disappointing given the price especially. Given the competition and prices available I cannot see you being our first choice next time

GL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A diversified and eclectic menu intended for sharing. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Recommended for special events and friends.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Atmosphere, food was on point. Great service. Will definitely go back!

FL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. The staff were perfectly attentive and Chef Blackie even personally delivered us our favourite dish - beef tartare. We highly recommend the Blind tasting menu, which was tailored perfectly to our dietary needs - make sure to arrive with a good appetite. NeXT continues to be our favourite restaurant!!

CW
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing evening! It was our first visit and we had the Blind Tasting menu. Loved it and the fact that we didn't have to make the hard decisions of what to order! Food and service were excellent. We were actually the first customers (at 5:30 pm) and it took about 1 1/2 hrs for the full dinner service. Have already recommended this restaurant highly and look forward to our next visit, perhaps to try the wine pairings!

KA
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! We had the blind tasting menu which was lots of fun while trying foods that I wouldn’t have thought that I would like (but found out that I do like them!).

JM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exclusively a shared plate menu was a new experience. Chef Blackie did not disappoint as the food was excellent.

LB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. We chose the Chef’s choice for our dinner. Every dish wowed us! It was a bit rushed as we were going to a concert. Next time would like more time between courses. Server was very knowledgeable. Will definitely go again!

ED
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as always.
Noise level was a bit louder than previous visits as there was a young baby next to us. No big deal. It happens!

LW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did the blind menu and wine pairing for a birthday treat and it was absolutely delicious. There was a lot of food... we couldn’t finish the last course, which was a shame. Loved it though and worth every penny.
Only critique about the ambience is that there was a sideboard right beside our table where used plates were being stacked - bit awkward.

AS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Brunch is good. Could use a change
We randomly go, and it seems to be more of the same . Server was lovely 😊

MB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent culinary experience. Highly recommended.

LL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

In terms of the menu very flovourfull, however alot of the items have capers infused into their dishes. A good variety but seen to be leaned toward the seafood side. One of the items I had was the trout cake, I would not recommend getting that unless you like eating a cup of salt because that's literally what it tasted like due to the capers in it. On the other hand top service and an above average restaurant, also the menu does change so check often.

CG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Delicious and creative dishes in a carefully designed and thought out tasting menu. We really enjoyed that Chef Blackie visited our table several times to introduce dishes and chat with us in general. The food is truly the star. As for the space, it's a lovely venue but we found it very loud as a "date spot". It's large open spaces don't do much to quiet the good times most tables appear to be having.

D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always good food. The wait staff did their best but appeared to be understaffed this evening. Things in the order were forgotten and we had to ask a few times for some items

NS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our second visit to NeXT and we might be tempted to go more often but it's a bit far for us (we live downtown). We were a party of 4 and opted for the blind tasting menu. Be warned, this option demands a very healthy appetite! Everything we ate was delicious and the flavor profiles were quite varied. Top best were: Lamb Keftedes, Chorizo Spice Tempura Fried Cauliflower, Red Thai Prawn Stuffed Crimson Eggplant, Tempura Fried Cheese Curds and Blackie's Crispy Chicken. Least interesting was the Cryo Watermelon + Smoked feta salad: couldn't detect the smoke in the feta and the salad was lacking acidity. We all agreed that the quality/price ratio was fantastic at NeXT and we also appreciated seeing Chef Blackie very hands on in the kitchen as well taking the time to connect with his guests. Although our server was lovely and amicable, there were some unusual delays between courses (dinner took 3.5 hours). And it was too bad NeXT ran out of the wine we were hoping to order... Overall, NeXT is very, very good, fun, eclectic and worth a visit. My only complaint is in regards to the bathrooms which need some TLC due to wear and tear but that would never deter me of going to NeXT again.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The “Chef’s choice” was a real hit with our 6 person table. The server was accommodating to taste preferences. The food was excellent and the wine pairings spot on. Noise level was high and posed some issues for hearing impaired members of our party.

K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! One of the best restaurants we have been to in Ottawa and by far my new favourite! We will defiantly be back. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

c
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From entering the restaurant to leaving, we were made to feel at home and at ease.

Our server was perfect, and the dishes for our tasting menu arrived perfectly times.

The wine list was great, and the non-alcoholic beverages were on point.

Will definitely visit again

OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience dinner with my husband and son for my birthday. It was a great evening wit good food and good company!

WB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited this restaurant a few times, but this was our first visit for Sunday Brunch. It was very well prepared and presented, quite unique. We had some dietary restrictions (preferences, not allergies) and the kitchen staff did their best to accommodate those. Nice atmosphere, very pleasant way to spend an hour or two and relax on a Sunday!

CD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

So much food, didn't really need 3 boards for 5 older ladies, I think the server could have said so there was a lot of waste even though we took at least 4 containers home.
I don't think there was enough servers I would be put off by the server, he was rushing but it only took me a couple of seconds to say what I wanted to say.
My poached eggs were hard cooked, didn't think this is the way they should be served.
Overall it was all about the people we were visiting with and this concept was a wonderful experience for us to try.

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