Ottawa’s newest restaurant Gezellig opens today

Gezellig is located at 337 Richmond Road.

Sometimes we feel a little spoiled. 

On Friday, a group of Local Tourists were absolutely delighted to be invited to the pre-opening party for Gezellig – entrepreneur Stephen Beckta’s brand new restaurant. 

If you’re a fan of Play Food & Wine (as we are) or Beckta (also delicious) you’re probably already trying to get a reservation at Gezellig – and we can wholeheartedly tell you that it is absolutely worth a pop by.

Wondering what’s on the menu?

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We tasted the beef tartare, squash risotto, Alberta strip loin, seafood chowder, chicken salad roll, mussels, and probably the greatest dessert ever tasted by a human being – some sort of chocolate, peanut butter, caramel….piece of heaven.

It was fantastic to be welcomed into the kitchen to chat with executive chef Michael Moffat and chef de cuisine Che Chartrand: offering up this behind-the-scenes glimpse was a really special touch.  

The staff – and there’s no surprise here – were also fantastic; all night we felt like we were chatting with great friends.

Inside Gezellig (this used to be a bank!)


A formal review will come once we get our butts over for the full experience, but in the meantime if you’d like a closer look at the food..head on over to Ron Eade’s blog at the Ottawa Citizen. 

Thanks again for inviting us to this wonderful launch, Gezellig!

Gezellig officially opens for dinner today, October 22. The resto will begin offering lunch on October 29, and brunch (Ottawa’s most important meal of the day) begins November 3.  

Let us know what you think!