Cafe Gia Ristorante
Cafe Gia Ristorante

Cafe Gia Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cafegias.com/
  • Phone: 4106856727
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Gian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eastern Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Gia Ristorante
In 1953, Giovanna Aquia, along with her family, boarded the famous Italian luxury liner the “Andrea Doria” and made their way to America from Cefalu, Sicily, arriving in Little Italy, Baltimore on June 23, 1953. Their family life always revolved around the dinner table. It was there that a great appreciation of simple Sicilian cuisine took root.

It was the desire to share our Sicilian heritage and Sicilian cuisine that prompted the family to buy an older neighborhood diner and create a new, warm, comfortable family ristoranté in Little Italy, “Café Gia Ristoranté.” We have strived very hard to recreate a Sicilian bistro, a place where one feels like they are in Sicily while dining. Buon appetito!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Cafe Gia Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)great for outdoor dining (12)romantic (11)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (7)special occasion (6)notable wine list (5)scenic view (4)good for groups (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • What a great night at Gia's...As Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had not been to Gia's in a while, and we dined there last Saturday and as usual it was awesome. I think of Gia's as one of those hidden gems in Little Italy everyone needs to get to know about. The ambiance is as if you have walked in an Italian cafe in Tuscany and not to mention the food is delicious. The portions are not overwhelming, but rather perfect for pallet. The wine and dessert options are also amazing. Enjoy a quiet dinner at Gia's. You will never regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner!
    PenitaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband and I took guests from out of town to Cafe Gia for dinner. Food, service and ambiance are the best! I had the risotto with shrimp and zucchini, highly recommended by our wonderful waitress, and it was the best I've ever eaten. We all loved our dinners. Enjoyed chatting with Favio. When we eat at Cafe Gia, we always feel like we are in a bistro in Tuscany. Great decor! Love the painted walls!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Have eaten here several times and the food has yet to disappoint. Great atmosphere. Service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    onlygoodfood
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went to this restaurant after reading the reviews and found the food to be very average. I tried the halibut special and I have never tasted anything so salty. I literally bit into a full bite of salt--I really don't know what happened. Our waitress was also inattentive. Coincidentally, I ended up going to the restaurant again the next day because it was part of a food tour and thought it was an opportunity for a second chance. The minestrone soup was again just average. I would not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints!
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    4 of us dined here on recent Saturday night. We had made a reservation through Open Table which was confirmed but for some reason they did not have our reservation. We were seated immediately anyway. Our entrees were wonderful. Whole Bronzino perfectly cooked, seafood pasta, lasagna and spinach gnocchi all very good. The only dish that was not up to par was an octopus appetizer. Love the atmosphere and service is always first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, Great service!
    RT311
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    After just one visit, we've found our new favorite restaurant in Little Italy. Authentic Italian food reasonably priced. After a just a brief conversation with the owner, we felt like old friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfyingitalianamericanfare
    Wasthischickenhappy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was satisfying Italian-American fare, as was the pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adorable and delicious!
    NoThanksVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Don't pass up the chance to eat at Gia's. It's small, quaint, and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely restaurant in Little Italy
    ChuckDallas
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Cafe Gia is in the heart of Little Italy. The decor is pleasant and appropriate and the service is personable and efficient. The food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Little Italy
    ShannonVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our second visit to Cafe Gia in 5 years. I remember loving it then, and we loved it now. We have tried nearly every restaurant in Little Italy since moving here over 8 years ago, and nowhere is the pasta quite as good as Gia's. I highly recommend the Gorgonzola gnocchi and the linguini in white clam sauce. Great ambiance, cute outside deck upstairs to watch the world go by. We will definitely return in less than 5 years this time!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    EatalotVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Never knew this place existed! We ordered the caesar salad, eggplant parm and a pasta bolognese. Everything was delish. Service was a bit slow. There were only 2 servers. We sat for over 10-15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us. Other than that, would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming neighborhood bistro
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The highlight of our trip was stumbling upon this charming little bistro in historic Little Italy. We sat on the balcony and had just the best meal while in Baltimore. I highly recommend the octopus and the Fettuccine Lucia. There was a strolling mandolin player which was reminiscent of a True Italian experience. Our new favorite Italian restaurant is Cafe Gia!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great at Gia's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a real gem of a place to dine. Love the romantic surroundings. It's always a hit with me and my guests. Gia does such a wonderful job and the food is scrumptious! Can't wait to come back...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection
    romantic
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    They might as well place a sofa sleeper and a 65' high def television, because I would not want to leave! Second time here, 1st for my birthday and second for a romantic dinner with my wife. She was blown away and we loved that the staff would lightly converse with us, giving a sense of camaraderie not found in many restaurants. This seemed more like eating dinner at a friend's who just so happened to have a balcony overlooking Little Italy where they showed you the best dining experience, but left you alone enough to gaze into your wife's eyes and fall in love with her all over again...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What I Wanted...
    nicknak
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Soupy Lasagna, dry veal, chewy octopus, and fair service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 115 reviews are from the Cafe Gia Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Feels like family.
    JudyJudyJudy
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We always come away from Gia's feeling like we've just had dinner with family, in a good way. Good food, service, wine, and ambience. It's not 5-star but it's homey & delicious. Can't beat the atmosphere. Gia's eagle eye doesn't miss anything and she never fails to greet us a hug.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian food ever
    JanSel
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Adorable decor, makes me happy to be there… love the upstairs murals. Food was great, Friendly waiters, mixed up my order x 2 but on 2nd time I decided to forego the cavatelli I had ordered and keep the eggplant parmesan as it looked so yummy ( it was).The mother-daughter owners are so nice. I highly recommend and plan to go back. The"moderate" noise level was because we sat outside over a typical city street.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food didn't impress.....
    lenden830
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    this was our second visit to Cafe Gia. The ambiance is unique and cozy, the service was great, but the food fell flat. The pasta dishes, which were served in bowls, were swimming in water in the bottom. The breaded chicken parmesan, strangely, had no flavor at all. There three dessert offerings, we ordered two of them, and they were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian Done Well
    ArlingtonianVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A charming little spot with a nice menu, generous portions and solid cooking. A starter of bruschetta was served on property toasted Italian bread but the tomato and caper topping was a bit bland and needed a bit of pep from the salt shaker. Veal saltimboca was tender and satisfying, with just the right proportions of cheese and ham. Accompanying green beans were excellent but the roasted potato wedges were just meh. Quite reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Dhskskh
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I went there or my birthday, and all of the staff came up and wished me a happy birthday. The food was delicious! Service was great, and the food did not take a long time. We will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to Little Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Cafe Gia Ristorante is a restaurant serving Italian cuisine in the Little Italy section of Baltimore + Attractive dining room and helpful service + Nice selection of wines at a variety of prices + Very good Italian food with that "home made" taste
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy Family Italian Restaurant
    Ralph
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This was my third visit to Cafe Gia. The restaurant is owned by a mother-daughter team, and the service has been consistently friendly. The menu is surprisingly broad considering the small size of the restaurant, yet all of the dishes appear to be house-made and very fresh. The wine list had a nice selection of domestic and Italian wines, and the prices were reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone who would like to experience authentic Italian food in the heart of Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I always enjoy going to Cafe Giz......the atmosphere, food and service makes for a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A night out with the parents
    kfrancella
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband and I took my parents out to dinner to celebrate a special occasion and we chose Cafe Gia since we had enjoyed it before. The food did not disappoint as usual- great specials and consistent dishes from previous experiences. The wait staff was VERY attentive- also overly so- until it got a bit busy and it was a bit of a disappearing act. That was a little strange. While dinner was yummy- dessert could have been skipped. Next time we will walk down the street for some gelato instead of ordering dessert there. Overall another good experience at Cafe Gia and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    AL21201
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Little Italy. The ambiance was charming and the food was delish! Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back for another fantastic meal!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as Always
    Rudy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Always get a good meal with excellent service, fun place to go without annoying noise
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too excited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We were not very pleased with out experience at Cafe Gia. Stood in the doorway too long before greeted and taken to our table. The service was poor and the food mediocre at best. Would not go back and do not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good dinner
    Charlie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    My wife and I had a very good dinner at Cafe Gia Ristorante. It was very convenient, with parking right next door. The food was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    Epicurus
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We needed a table with fairly short notice and decided to go to Little Italy. We saw on Open Table that we could get a reservation at Café Gia and that it had an interesting menu and a very good rating. We loved the décor: the place had hand-painted murals on every wall with scenes from Italy that included lots of people enjoying good times. This created a very festive and fun atmosphere. Our party ordered one of the specials and three items from the menu and we were not disappointed with any of them. Our waiter, Fabio, was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient without being intrusive, even though it was very busy. I will be recommending this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday party
    Charmcitydiner
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was great! The heated balcony was a real treat on a brisk winter night! The server was warm, congenial and made very good suggestions! Although they didn't have the needed ingredients to make my mojito, my server guided me through the wine list and made excellent recommendations to pair with my tender, savory veal dish. Bravo, well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delizioso
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The burrata appetizer was amazing! The frutti da mare was spectacular! The tiramisu was the BEST I've ever tasted! Our server Mike was personable, knowledgeable, efficient and on point with all that he recommended to us. The Limoncello was to die for! If you've been to Italy, then you'll recognize the authenticity of this restaurant, it is a real find in Baltimore's Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipping a bit
    DMattVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Gia's has long been one of our favs - been there dozens of times over the years. This visit was good, not great. Hope they are not resting on past laurels and slipping into tourist trap mediocrity.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, ambience
    CityloverVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Gia--our server was engaging and knowledgeable, and the food was excellent from start to finish. And the room was quiet enough for us to talk and laugh and enjoy the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant, though smallish,
    Randy
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The restaurant, though smallish, is an excellent spot for any special occasion. The food, service, and ambiance were excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    BaltoDiner
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    A truly superb salad was followed by gnocchi that tasted like it came out of a bag of frozen pasta. Then the espresso was watery and tasteless. A very disappointing meal at a restaurant that came with high praise.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Experience in Little Italy
    Carol
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    The food, staff and atmosphere made for an extremely pleasant experience. WE were celebrating a birthday and this turned out to be the perfect place. Our waitress seemed to be everywhere and at our table when we needed her. We would definitely go there again and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood fin
    Measdow
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Charming small restaurant in Little Italy neighborhood of baltimore, very short drive, or long walk from Inner Harbor hotels and convention center. Has usual expected selections (superb chicken and eggplant parmigiana dishes) and revolving unusual choices. Mid priced for a city restaurant, casual dress, very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never ever disappointed
    Greygoose1
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Café Gia continues to be one of my favorite go to restaurants. From the wonderful lady that greets you at the door until your last minute is such a wonderful experience. I took tow friends(my neighbors) with me for their first time and they are still talking about how much they enjoyed the visit. When I made my reservation through Open Table I requested outdoor seating on the balcony. When we arrived there were no openings, but the wonderful lady who greets you at the door, who I believe is the owner, said give me a few minutes. Sure enough, after waiting just a few short minutes, a table was just getting their bill and they quickly got the table reset for us, Excellent food, wine, ambience, and service. What more could you ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Gia very good food
    frank
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Sat upstairs outside on veranda on a very comfortable evening nice atmosphere, food & wine were good, enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price.
    elleVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We ate upstairs on a balcony. Lovely atmosphere. The waitress was very pleasant and provided good service. The food was ok, but not worth the price. Will not dine there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate