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“Amazing food - service needs improvement” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Next

6400 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville, Ottawa, Ontario K2S 1S4, Canada
+1 613-836-8002
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Ranked #1 of 25 Restaurants in Stittsville
Price range: $21 - $45
Cuisines: American, International, Asian, Canadian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Casual Dining | Events | Take home | CateringAfter traveling and cooking on three continents for the past 28 years, and having been a resident of the west end for the past 10 years Chef Blackie is thrilled to welcome you to NEXT. Located in Stittsville, NEXT is all about casual neighborhood dining. No matter the occasion our facility boasts four original ways for you to enjoy friends and family set in a amazing contemporary setting. Our primary feature NEXT, Casual dining, features an 80-seat dining room, and a swank bar. Additionally we have a grand event room that can host any occasion; be it a wedding or a “all day business meeting”. We are here to exceed your expectations! Thinking of hosting an event in your home or business? We possess the drive, talent and passion to deliver, no matter your location. Finally what would neighborhood dining be like if we couldn’t have you stop by on the way home and take-home anything on the menu. Always available when we are open, surprise your family with creative casual cuisine, with a Blackie twist. Forever evolving we can’t wait to show you what’s in store NEXT.
Ottawa, Canada
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“Amazing food - service needs improvement”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I have eaten at the Next three times. Each time I have been very impressed by the quality of the meals: they have been truly excellent - and I am a harsh critic! The restaurant offers an amazing variety of dishes. West Ottawa/Kanata offers virtually no other options for this type of meal
: certainly the Brookstreet (Perspectives) has faded recently. However, the uneven quality of the service diminishes the experience. There is an inadequate number
of servers, which means very long waits and much "ball-dropping". For example, at the New Year's Eve dinner, we never received the second glass of wine that had been included in the fixed price menu. Nonetheless, I will continue to eat here because of the great food! Just be prepared for the slow service.

Visited December 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

In a previous review, I suggested that the best and only really fine dining experience to be found in Ottawa's 'Far-West' end would be "Perspectives" in the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata. Well, guess what? It now has competition in the form of "Next" Restaurant, well-hidden in the depths of neighbouring Stittsville. Don't write it off for that reason, though. You see, one of the partners in this new endeavour and Executive Chef is none other than Michael Blackie, formerly of the aforementioned Brookstreet Hotel and, more recently, executive chef at Ottawa's National Arts Centre!
Formerly the Celebration Centre, "Next" has been made over into a banquet, meeting room, catering, restaurant and takeout enterprise, describing its restaurant fare as "casual dining." Our first experience of "Next" was in the banquet category when invited to a local realtor's year-end spread for customers and friends. So impressed were we with the imaginative appetizers churned out endlessly in the visible and spotless kitchen that we came back for the full dining experience.
“Next” specializes in ‘small plates,’ several of which are shared and so imaginative and tasty that one is quickly sated. Among our choices were: Tom Ka Gai soup, served quaintly in mini teapots, prawn pot-stickers, emmenthal cheese and STS chorizo pan-melter, mussels steamer, to which we added shared “bashed” mini-potatoes and house-cut fries with truffle mayo and, to conclude, Tahitian vanilla crème brulee. To make the outing even more attractive and affordable, by going early in the week and booking online, we benefitted from a 20% reduction."Next" also offers an attractive Sunday brunch for two called "The Board."
If we had anything negative to say, it would be that the somewhat banquet hall configuration felt slightly cold and sterile in terms of atmosphere and that the location is somewhat out of the way for Ottawa diners, and that, especially on a quiet night, the service was a bit slow. However, congratulations to Blackie and to Chef de Cuisine, Matt Hall, for the excellent initiative and exciting offerings in an area not known for truly gastronomic experiences.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kingston, ON
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“A fabulous gourmet extravaganza! Worth the drive to Stittsville!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Our group of three families (11 in total) were referred to this restaurant by another Ottawa-area restaurant unable to accommodate our reservation request. What a lucky break for us!

We arrived at this unassuming looking building, located kind of in the middle of nowhere, and were warmly greeted and shown into the sophisticated, sleek dining room.

Our waiter offered us the option of a "group dinner" - for $49 each we were promised that we'd be fed the chef's favourites until we were stuffed. We decided to opt for this adventurous form of dinner.

It was a great choice. We were provided with 10 different courses in all - an antipasto-cheese plate, a mango salad, a Thai soup shooter for each of us, mussels in wine/cream broth, chicken morsels, duck confit, lamb shank and short rib, followed by platters of tasting size portions of 6 different desserts.

Every dish was amazing. The presentation was beautiful. The 11 of us shared three or four servings of each dish, and the timing was perfect. Just a little break between each course to allow the food to settle.

In all, the meal took three hours and we were absolutely stuffed, but agreed it was the most amazing dining experience we'd ever had.

Our only complaint... if we'd known what fabulous dishes were ahead of us, we'd have skipped the bread entirely.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Ontario
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Spot On!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Our first visit but definitely not our last. Dined with another couple. Restaurant was busy being a Saturday evening during the Holidays. The food was fantastic and the service was very attentive Chef worked the room making sure everyone was satisfied. Well worth the drive for those of you that are not in the west end!

  • Visited December 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
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“Easy, stress free Christmas dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

We had 8 friends including two children over for Christmas dinner . We ordered dinner for ten a few days ago. My husband went to pick it up at 3:30. Everything was ready including a very efficient delivery system at Next - he didn't even have to get out of the car . Everything packaged in foil pans ready to stick in the oven to reheat . The turkey was a magnificent bird, perfectly cooked, moist and flavourful. Veggies (carrots and green and yellow beans) still had a lovely bit of crunch left . Mashed potatoes were divine. Gravy looked and tasted like there was a bit of whole grain mustard in it , just enough to make it interesting. There was an animated discussion at dinner as to whether the bread stuffing should be called a dressing rather than stuffing, but all agreed that it was delicious. Lots went back for seconds. The final act was a traditional mince meat pie that was a real hit with the guests . Well the whole meal was a big hit with the guests, and the hosts who were very happy to have had a relaxing day. And we have the leftovers!
Thank you very much Mr and Mrs Blackie, you may have just started a new Christmas tradition in our house!

Visited December 2013
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