Genji Japanese Restaurant

Ottawa, Ontario

3.9 / 10 votes

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A wide selection of vegetarian dishes in a contemporary Japanese flair.

Genji Japanese Restaurant features modern and unique dining area as well as sushi bar. At Genji, you will be able to savor traditional Japanese food such as sushi (maki, nigiri, te-maki), sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, udon, as well as salads, cooked appetizers and special desserts. Genji also offers a variety of premium quality sake, beer and wine.

Vegetarian menu includes green salad, ohitashi (blanched spinach with Genji sesame sauce), edamame, grilled Eggplant, tofu, vegetarian Maki (e.g., cucumber roll, avocado roll, Shiitake roll, vegetarian futo), Inari (i.e., tofu pocket), marinated shiitake, asparagus, tamago, vegetable tempura and many others for your selection.

Added by FoodLover on Mar 4 06 (last updated Mar 6 06)

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Thanks to the reviews by Ottawa Magazine (the July/August issue) and the recommendation by Ottawa Citizen's food critic's Anne Desbrisay on Canada Day.

With a 4.5 stars rating (out of 5) by Ottawa Magazine, I got to try this restaurant.

Ottawa Magazine writes: "Dining at Genji for the first time feels a little like falling in love. ... Nasu dengaku is spectacular; the buttery flesh of fried Asian eggplant melting on the tongue as it mingles with a sensuous sauce made of miso and Japanese mayo. Next up is an understated baised tofu appetizer bathed in smooth sesame sauce that is the essence of umami, the illustrious fifth taste."

Genji does live up to the hype. In my opinion, this is the best Japanese restaurant in Ottawa.

Attentive service (they came to fill my half-empty cup with free green tea very often) and knowledgable staff. I would recommend Genji to every one with two thumbs up!

P.S. Genji was also on 2007 "Frommer's Ottawa" recommended restaurant list. Do I need to say more?

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At first glance, Genji seems to offer a decent variety of vegetarian dishes, but it soon becomes apparent that the proprietor has only the vaguest notion of vegetarian cuisine.

Of most concern is the fact that all of the deep-fried dishes that are labeled “vegetarian” in the menu are cooked in the same oil as the fish and meat. Many of the sauces for so-called vegetarian dishes include eggs. Also, only white rice is available, despite the fact that Japanese dishes can be beautifully prepared with genmai (brown rice). Although the servers are polite and helpful, they seem to lack awareness of what constitutes a vegetarian dish. As a result, vegetarian customers are left with a lack of trust that they will be served truly vegetarian food. We were very disappointed.

These problems could be easily mitigated by offering more carefully prepared vegetarian dishes. Otherwise, this restaurant has no place on a website that provides information on vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants.

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Downtown Ottawa


Between Metcalfe and Elgin (next to the parking lot)


Accepts Reservations

Not Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • MasterCard Visa


  • Japanese


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic


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11:30am - 3am;
4:30pm - 10pm
11:30am - 3am;
4:30pm - 10:30pm
4:30am - 10:30pm;
11:30pm - 3am
4:30pm - 10:30pm

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