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Celli's Osteria
Celli's Osteria

Celli's Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cellisosteria.com
  • Email: info@cellisosteria.ca
  • Phone: (905) 634-7421
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM;

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday - Friday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday - 5:00PM - 10:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering for intimate dinners for two, boardroom meetings, special events: baptisms, communions, confirmations, anniversaries, fund raisers, the list goes on!
    We offer services that include party planning, decor, private chefs and full staffing for events of any size.
  • Private Party Facilities: For corporate events to special occasions. We have rooms to accommodate events for 6 to 60 guests.
    We offer party planning and decor assistance to ensure the prefect event from start to finish!
  • Private Party Contact: Linda Sager (905) 637-7421

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brant & James
  • Public Transit: Burlington Buses 2 & 5 drop you off practically on our door step!
    The Burlington John Street terminal is a short 5 minute walk away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample stree parking and public lots with in walking distance.
A word from Celli's Osteria
Rustic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist.

In Italian, Osteria means ‘tavern’ or ‘inn’ where visitors may enjoy simple lodging and traditional food and wine. We proudly celebrate this heritage by upholding a classical understanding of the value of the simple things—family, food and comfort—by welcoming you to enjoy the warm embrace of Celli’s Osteria. Enjoy rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary flare that express our belief in the value of seasonal products and simple, genuine flavours. Enjoy seasonal menus and a combination of both locally produced and imported Italian ingredients, cultivating a ‘glocal’ blend of enchanting flavours that are beautifully complemented by an extensive wine list. Come dine with us at Celli’s, where we offer you an opportunity to celebrate the flavour of the simple life.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Kudos to the chef(s) at this restaurant. They never disappoint and we never leave unsatisfied. We have been here multiple times and are absolute in love with the pasta. Service is generally very good as well, but we've had our first disappointing night recently. Hopefully it was just a one time kind of thing because we want to keep coming back . Overall we would still highly recommend this place if you love pasta / italian food!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Frist time eating at Celli's Osteria for lunch and had a great meal! Love the menu and especially the pizza! Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "On the menu - authentic, rustic Italian cuisine. On the plate - beautifully presented food. And lots of it. On the tastebuds - delicious, perfectly cooked and spiced food. I particularly loved the calamari; moist and melt-in-your mouth. The service - friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Seventh visit in 12 months, each time ordering Spaghetti with Scallops. Very consistent quality and taste - tomato / basil sauce is fabulous. Service and approach by staff has improved greatly, we had two very pleasant and engaging servers last visit. I have recommended Celli's to several friends and neighbours and will come back often."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Nice place to have a quiet lunch and watch the people go by outside. Food very good."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "even with a voucher, I'd walk elsewhere ! Maybe it's just me, but the place and food just didn't "work." The pasta was too clammy and I don't mean vongole. True the tomato sauce was sure "tomatoee" but when you're paying close to $30 you want pasta that tends to the al dente, not overcooked. The green house salad was pretty tasty although a trifle on the sweet side. But the two pieces of baguette and olive oil replete with a clove of garlic were delicious; just wish the waiter had offered seconds. The clientele was a nice mix of families, lovers, and old folks out for dinner "out". The room when filled up was pleasant enough. We enjoyed the walk back home...."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Thursday...The first day of Spring!..although cold but sunny..my friends and i enjoyed a marvellous lunch at Cellis. WE all had their sumptious Paninis with soups and house salads...Our waitress JAMIE was fast and efficient , while her server friend entertained us with a joke or two! Loved the atmosphere and the wine and food, my friends and i will make this the GO TO spot from here on.Try the hero paninis or the tuna.. both excellent!..."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was our second visit in a few months. After a rocky start, with no one approaching Our table for almost 15 minutes, things were much better from that point on. Food was excellent but the service was just fair. We had another period of about 10 Minutes where all 4 wines glasses were empty but no waitress. To me, you should never be looking Around for wait staff, and 4 empty glasses is pretty glaring. To the owners credit and our Appreciation, they did not charge us for the appitizers and were very apologetic About our Rickey start. Just wish the service was a little more consistant. We will give it another try as the food was once again excellent."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Sunday was a nice dinner with friends and family. Great service from Jack and Jamie,they made us feel at home,even with four kids in tow.From our appetisers to our mains and wine, we were never rushed or felt left out. The restaurant is warm and cozy with great pastas, we chose lobster taglietelle, and myself and friends had beet and the mushroom risotto.The bacon scallops app, was to die for, thanks again to our servers, we will come back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food and wine was good but overpriced for what I received. My friend had their pizza special and would highly recommend it....and it was much better priced. Nice atmosphere and great service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Been here several times and had great experiences. This visit was so-so. Food was good, although the prices seemed to have been raised and the wine prices are very high with more than a 300% mark up in some cases and of course, the bargains were out of stock.. That said the food is good but the service was not up to previous experiences, very slow after serving the mains."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We stumbled upon Celli's one night while trying to find a place to celebrate my birthday we had a great time there and decided to go back for Valentine's day. We were not let down the second time. Pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauces were not too heavy. The bracetta is amazing there, the one with the honey was light and fluffy. Their Pizza was delicious and you can really taste how fresh the ingredients are. All in all it was a great place with an excellent atmosphere and delicious food, will come back for more for this rustic Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great ambience, friendly staff except one waiter, who was curt with us. Our server was excellent, food was good and served with perfect timing."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food at Celli's. The sea bass was really well done and a generous portion. A touch on the pricey side at $25 but worth it. We will go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Evening started well. Friendly and knowledge staff. Food was very good. Only negative was that As the place got busier,the wait staff disappeared. No one once asked if we would like more water or wine. We would have liked dessert, but it took 10 -15 mins for them to come back and see what we would like. Still took another 10 mins on top of that to get the bill and pay. Too bad because things started well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time dinning at Celli's Osteria. We went for a Valentines dinner. Wow the food was divine, atmosphere wonderful, fantastic wine but the absolute best part was the outstanding and friendly service. We will definitely be returning and often."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Celli's Osteria for Valentines day. The food was devine from the bread to the dessert. We shared the scallops and Bacon, I had the roasted vegetables with goat cheese salad, loved it, husband had the Verdi Salad. For the main couse I had the Mushroom pasta with shrimp added, the shrimp were very large and ended up taking leftovoers home, delicious.. Husband had the sea bass and peppers& onions side he ate every morsal. For dessert I had the chocolate pistacio tart, and husband had the bailies cheese cake. nothing was left on our plates. It was a busy night but everything came in a timely manner and enjoyed the evening. I'd definately go back went. Glad I saw it on Open Table and decided to try it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I ordered the linquine and clams which had absolutely no taste. Needed to add lots of cheese and salt to give it any flavour. Interesting - when I asked our server for the salt she said "tastes a little bland?" - like she knew. Wine prices are also very high. Even though service was good, not enough to bring us back. Too many other good places in town."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "WHILE THE FOOD WAS GREAT SERVICE WAS DISMAL. 15 MINUTES TO EVEN be offered a glass of wine is unacceptable. I dine out weekly and while the food was great the lack of attention by the server lowered any desire to return. A shame for a great chef to be destoryed by terrible service"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed a Sunday lunch with friends at Celli's Osteria. Panini and soups and salads were lovely, service was excellent. We especially appreciated the attention to a guest with celiac disease. The server was knowledgeable and helpful; there were many options on the menu. When a request was made which the server couldn't answer, she quickly consulted the chef and came back with a positive answer."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "First timer to Celli's. Female friend and I rate it AWESOME!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Unfortunately we had a table in the middle of the front section - luckily not too much traffic (new years meant most tables would be filling up after we left) or it would have been pretty cold with the front door opening. Service from the 'helper staff' was very nice (unobtrusive, but making sure water was filled, plates cleared). Waiter not terribly friendly - felt like we were bothering him, frankly, and when the food was brought by other staff they were very abrupt and didn't bother to find out which food went where, instead impatiently demanding 'who had this'. Food was good, but not for the money - three of us totaled $150 with tip. For a special night out we expect to pay around this, but it didn't really feel all the special."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Loved the round booth facing the floor to ceiling windows with a street view. Scallops were fabulous."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Came with my husband on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Our server, Sharon, was excellent guiding us through the menu as some items were unfamiliar to us. We enjoyed a lovely bottle of Pinot Noir, and fabulous pasta. The bread was to die for! We will be back."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "The restaurant has a fairly small menu but on the two occasions I've been there the food has been excellent. Portion size is good; not small but not so much you're straining to finish. Inside the place looks classy (though you don't have to dress up) and the chairs are quite comfortable. Can't comment on the wine list, as I was not in a position to enjoy a glass (had to work right after my meal both times). Service is pleasant and unhurried; almost a bit too unhurried on my last occasion, when I had a limited amount of time for dinner, but luckily I got out the door more or less when I'd hoped to."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Celli's was very good to my partner and I for her Birthday dinner on Sat night. As indicated the food, service and ambiance were enjoyed thoroughly, will be going back again soon."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Wonderful service! Wonderful food! Wonderful ambience! Loved the décor!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "The ambience is very nice with elegant décor. Food was good particularly the mushroom pasta (creamy sauce was just right and lots of mushrooms). White fish dish was good but rather small portion. A comment re wait staff: one kept loudly interrupting our conversation with little consideration as to whether someone had finished what was on their plate. The other person said "excuse me" when approaching the table and seemed to appear as needed rather than being intrusive. Was also more helpful with food selection. Would come again but food varies according to dish. Pasta dishes seem particularly good."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The restaurant is pretty, lights are dimmed enough to be romantic and lively, you're able to read the menu, too! I recommend listening to your server, Jamie (sp?) and his lady-server partner, and order at least one of what he's suggesting. We went with one appetizer, one main and the wine. Did not regret any! Each of us ordered different things in appetizers, the special mozzarella salad was out of this world/arancini/calamari/mushroom bruschetta all awesome, the branzino was excellent, the vongole pasta with add-on scallops, Mennonite chicken and organic salmon, all exceptional! We ordered different sides, too, gnocchi was perfection!All in all, I hope they won't change a thing and continue to be as splendid as they are now!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Good food but a little over priced. Had a pasta dish with chicken for $22. Not worth that much. $16 would have been more appropriate. Food was good but not great. Needs more selection. Desert was great."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "It was my first time to this restaurant, we enjoyed the appetizers and the main, will definitely be back."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "One of the better restaurants I have been to in a while! Creative and well executed. Arancini are delicious and ricotta dumplings with scallops in butter sage sauce to die for!!! Normally I am disappointed with desserts but not here. Gorgeous lindt chocolate tart - beautiful presentation and delicious."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Great Italian foods, top notch recipes. Everything was great, down to the opening bread and olive oil! Apparently they have their olive oil sent straight from Italy!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Decor is modern, lots of glass. Service is excellent. Food is good not exceptional. Overpriced for what you get. Osteria atmosphere means tavern. Celli's offer pizzas, pastas, to regular Secondi's. However, it has one of the priciest wine list for a restaurant that serves pizza, with a page full of bottles selling for 300-$500 a bottle. Rather pretentious, which was a huge turn off. Who the heck is going to order a $500 bottle of wine to go with his pizza?"
    Dined on 9/12/2013