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“One of our favorite restaurants in Ottawa” 4 of 5 stars
Review of ZenKitchen

ZenKitchen
634 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5K4, Canada
613-233-6404
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Ranked #153 of 2,218 Restaurants in Ottawa
Cuisines: Vegan
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“One of our favorite restaurants in Ottawa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We have been enjoying the Zen Kitchen for a few years and it has consistently delighted us with exceptional food and service. They have been very accommodating to our food sensitivities. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Ottawa.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Calgary
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Absolutely outstanding vegan/vegetarian cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

It was our last night of three that we were able to spend time with our 19 year old daughter who had spent the past five weeks 24/7 in training at Royal Military College in Southern Quebec, so we were determined to find somewhere where we could really enjoy, and the food excellent.

Zen Kitchen was a last minute decision and such an amazingly wise one as it was clearly the most delicious food that we had in our three week journey out East. All the food is locally sourced and so wonderfully prepared and becomes a symphony of taste and colour while being presented like an absolute art piece. The staff are outstanding and so attentitive, - the service being impeccable. We were so fortunate to be able to make a last minute reservation and to be able to sit out on their small balcony in the warm September air with the sound of Sunday evening live jazz wafting from the indoors. Our daughter had two starters instead of an entree which were the Polenta Fries with chipotle mayo (absolutely amazing and I really don't like cornmeal but these are to die for!!) and Deconstructed Falafel (which is another amazing taste adventure). I had the Handcut Ravioli which is was wonderful with so many different vegetables coming through and my husband had the Fine Herb Gnocchi. I would return to this restaurant any time I am in Ottawa. A real find!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you're looking for a great tasting menu and wonderfully presented with great service, then ZenKitchen is where you should go, even if you're a carnivore. One of us had the 4 course tasting menu and the other the 5 course so that we could share the "cheese" course (yes a vegan cheese plate - AMAZING!). Our waitress was friendly, knew the menu well and could make recommendations. She also asked upfront if we had any allergies and immediately asked the chef what I could have on the menu to make selection easier. The flavours were well balanced, the presentation was lovely, and the food was amazing. The wine selection was also very good. Highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa
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“You won't miss the meat...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Easily one of the best restaurants in Ottawa, and I say that as a former waiter. Not only are the staff friendly, efficient and non-obtrusive, but the owners are fabulous and show a lot of respect and care for their clientele. Plus the wine list has more VQA choices than most restaurants in the city. I take out-of-town friends here when I want to impress, and it works every time. And trust me, you won't miss the meat!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“If you are Vegetarian, go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We went for Friday night dinner and ended up there again for brunch on Sunday morning. The food was delicious. Very interesting foods and flavours. You can eat outside on the front porch (although it is right beside the sidewalk and road) or enjoy the comfortable, trendy interior.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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