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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Nordic shrimp with old bay mayo, cucumber, celery, pickled shallot and iceberg lettuce on grilled sourdough
Pan Seared Mackerel
Braised lentils, roasted baby carrots and leek, herb aioli, arugula, confit lemon
Smoked Rare Beef
stone fruit mostarda, pickled shimeji mushroom, tarragon aioli, crispy leek
Great value, perfect service, quiet patio, food good
Great staff. Very accommodating and helpful. Great mushroom risotto and pasta with Ragu sauce!
I ordered the bouillabaisse dish, 7/10
My sister got the sirloin dish 10/10
Dessert was good
Service was good, could have been better.
Overall, a beautiful place in the heart of the market & would probably go back and give it another shot.
It was kind of ordinary. I liked the food but I wouldn’t go there again. It was cold. People were smoking. They were moving stuff upstairs and pounding on the floors, constantly - we brought this up the staff and they just shrugged (like the smoking). There was no music. It was a sad lonely cold place with staff that felt like we owed them. Never going back.
We ate outside. Nice atmosphere and safe environment. Service and food were excellent.
Food and service was excellent. It was a chilly evening, perhaps in the fall some large heaters would be helpful, but otherwise everything was great!
Outstanding food and service - a definite crowd pleaser.
Food was cold and overpriced
Service was slow
We had a great dinner on the patio! Menu needs some improvement with respect to labeling for dietary restrictions.
A big disappointment! We were excited to try out the new Oz Cafe, in its new market location and with new chef, but unfortunately were very disappointed. Food was mediocre at best, with very bland flavours and combinations that did not complement well, nothing like it once was. The service was fair, and lacked attentiveness to detail. We would not recommend, nor would we return.
Oz Kafe is a fantastic restaurant with sublime food, delicious drinks, excellent attentive service with attention to every detail, a very aesthetically pleasing, large, safe, clean and accessible space with a large patio for al fresco dining as well! Bon appetit!
One of our favourite places for an evening out on the Ottawa Market. Great service and excellent food and cocktails
We were able to sit on the patio and enjoy the beautiful courtyard and wonderful weather! Antonio was our server - warm, friendly polite! Food was delicious, and beautifully presented. Our group of six had different dietary requirements- 3 vegetarians, and 1 with allergies- easily accomodated all of us! Appetizers arrived quickly, but mains and dessert were VERY slow arriving, but this was the only negative. Overall a lovely evening!
We were treated well. Limited menu but it was tasty. Good safety practices.
Nice evening- while following Covid protocol. Tough to do - well done!
Delicious food, restaurant is tucked in a hideaway quiet area with cute patio lights and old stone. Service was a bit slow, but the tasty food made up for it!
Excellent mock-tails. The food was fantastic. The service was very attentive. Would definitely recommend but it's not really a secret gem.
A beautiful atmosphere for a casual night out with a good friend. I remember Oz Kafe when it was on Elgin... still the best drinks in town! Went for the trout this time and no regrets. My buddy took the mushroom soup and a large charcuterie board, and they were enough. Not busy Monday night, so we took our time. Lovely chocolate and spiced apple for dessert. Recommend this place if one simply wants to relax and eat good food.
Great food in a fun environment. The cocktails are awesome! Hint - try the rabbit duo if it is available!
Everything was incredible. They did a fantastic job with service and really gave us a special treat that night :) Thanks so much, as always!!! :D
Great menu, great beer, great staff. Awesome experience.
Everything was great expect the walls were oddly bare and the window we were sat beside let in such a draft.
amazing food and cocktails, chaucuterie is half price on sundays and definitely worth trying!
Made a reservation one month before Valentine's weekend. When get to OZ cafe at 6:30PM and the first floor is maybe 70% full. There seems to be a great ambiance with people at tables, the bar, music, etc.
They sit us on the second floor where there is no one but us and some servers talking between them. We ask what is going on and they tell us people will be sitting on second level after 7PM. At this point there is still plenty of room on the ground floor including at the bar. Still can't believe they sat us up there all alone. We grabbed our coats and left. We advised our server and another staff member as to why we were leaving and they just didn't seem to care. Needless to say we won't be back
Fantastic service and great food. The Valentine’s Day menu was adorable and delicious!
The Valentine’s special plate for two was a surprise treat! Superb food, service, and ambience. Would recommend to anyone without hesitation.
We loved the ambiance of the stone walls and candlelight. The service was excellent. Fantastic cocktails! We can't wait to return.
It was a little loud during the peak dinner time. However, it was still possible to carry a conversation and enjoy the atmosphere. Generally acceptable given that we booked our dinner during the peak busy time. That said, The staff and management were wonderful, The food was wonderful, the drinks were wonderful. 5 stars for all the people that make that place run.
We will be going going back for another night out.
Wonderful server who made fantastic wine recommendations. A really fun meal that tasted great,
Excellent food, great ambience and friendly service.
Amazing food, great atmosphere
Beautiful time! I had a great birthday dinner. Thank you
This is my favorite restaurant I've been to in my life!! I've been enjoying this restaurant for years and I've never once been disappointed by anything
Amazing food and drink selection, I chose the caesar, Malbec and lamb which was all delicious! Loved the dim lighting, as well beautiful venue. I am only giving it a 4 star because the service- more specifically time waiting for drinks was quite long (they possibly need more servers on weekend nights), other than that the service was great and food/ambiance/venue was perfect.
Excellent food as always. Service was very slow until main was served. Afterwards perfect but I think there must have been shortage of staff. We were there at six and waited half hour for drinks and then pushed to get appetizers with our drinks. Also small thing but when serving margaritas you should have the proper glasses. Was very difficult to drink. But yes for sure will be back!
Really nice ambiance, super service and a really surprisingly good kitchen. I’ve been in Ottawa forever and have heard of the Oz Café for a long time, but this was my first time there and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in the Market area. Highly recommended
A hidden gem of a restaurant! Highly recommend the charcuterie boards. Excellent service and atmosphere.
i had reserved for our anniversary requesting a nice table. we were taken up stairs to a small table of 2 behind the coat rack?? We did not accept the table, given what i had requested. we were then offered a nice table in the main room. Not sure why that did not happen first?
Food was well prepared. Service was excellent. Drink menu had different hand crafted cocktails. Would recommend and would return.
Oz Kafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 234-0907.
Oz Kafe is rated 4.6 stars by 331 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.