Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa
Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa

Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tosca-ristorante.ca/
  • Phone: 6135653933
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Cafe, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call (613) 565-3933 for catering details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gloucester
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: and parking lot as well
A word from Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa
Ottawa's upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of Ottawa's downtown core.Tosca Ristorante offers a magnificent blend of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine in surroundings nothing short of sheer elegance.

As soon as you walk in you will be greeted with a combination of traditional Italian color ways of patina, stone, and rich wood. This essence has been incorporated in every detail of this charming and sophisticated restaurant and bar; from Tosca's creative Italian menu and selected wine list, to the inviting interiors providing for a comfortable, intimate and memorable experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)special occasion (5)notable wine list (5)romantic (5)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Group Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were a large group and they handled it well. Service was very good and the timing of the meals was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    MicFoodVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wonderful wine recommendation combined with generous portions of delicious food = a return visit. The risotto was perfect and the antipasto plate very generous to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    Richdiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Found Tosca on the internet. Great Italian food and very generous portions. Service was excellent. Good overall value for downtown Ottawa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK not great.
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A large group of us were in town for the Army Run Half-marathon so we were looking for an Italian restaurant that could accommodate us the Saturday evening before the race. It was fine. The food was not good enough that I would make a point of going back but it was alright.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    Panda
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was excellent. The food was mediocre - nothing extravagant. Very quiet place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food – great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a nice meal at Tosca and would definitely try it again next time we are in Ottawa.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant is amazing!!! Their staffs are very friendly and accommodating. We have a baby with us in the table and they had been attending to our every need for the baby. In terms of the ambiance, it was neat, tidy and spacious. I love their pastas!!! It was very flavourful and very satisfying. Their food servings are good (or better than most) - their plates are big and they're full. It was worth the money you'll be paying for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal
    gva1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The restaurant is located in downtown Ottawa. The food is excellent and not overly expensive. Staff are courteous and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant for Any Occassion
    GastroPierre
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Business lunch or with a group of friends, this restaurant has a nice, atmosphere. Not too formal, chic with a touch of casual. There's a nice wine list and the food is well prepared and presented. You can bring a significant other or a business associate and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy ourselves
    Patrick
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We go once a month or so, and we usually bring out of town guests. The prices are low and the quality is high. The food is better than the prices suggest. The servers and staff are top notch. They are especially good after a few visits and they recognize you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday, husband!
    RVRGRL
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were visiting Ottawa from the States and came here to celebrate my husband's birthday and had a wonderful time. We were with friends and the four of us were seated in a large, semi-circular both. The food was very good and the service was outstanding - it made the evening! We would definitely return to this restaurant - it's not too far from Parliament Hill and near the Hotel Indigo, where we like to stay when we are in Ottawa.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night with Friends!!
    YumYumYum
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We went to Ottawa with our friends who are visiting from The UK. 4 adults and 4 children. Our service was outstanding! We had two of the friendliest waiters ever! Loved them! Our food was delicious. Best olives I've ever had :) It is only a 5 minute walk to the Parliament buildings as well. I would recommend this place to anyone and will definitely go and dine there again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 158 reviews are from the Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa reviews archive.
  • busy patio
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have made a habit of bringing friends to this restaurant for lunch. We tried the patio Friday. The hostess was not at all friendly. In my opinion, the patio was under staffed. My manicotti was dry. However, our waiter was great. I will continue recommending this restaurant, I have had many great experiences.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    Jomo
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I'm a regular and LOVE their seafood salad! Always well greeted!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian Downtown
    biztrvler
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Modern décor friendly attentive service. Food was good but expected better for the price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    picked this because I wanted something different. tired of the chain gang restaurants. this was definitely a place I'll revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going back again and again
    Jomo
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Excellent everything as always! Personal pizza was marvelous and will definitely have it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have been to Tosca for dinner many times, however This was the first time for lunch. I was pleasantly impressed. Our food was great, service great and we were in and out in an hour without feeling rushed. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5th Time a Disappointment
    luv2eatottawaVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We host every employee's birthday at this restaurant and I come in for dinner 2 or 3 times a month since its a stone's throw from the office. The previous 4 birthday outings were good so I was expecting another comfortable outing. Unfortunately that didn't turn out to be the case. Our server was quite pleasant, but the overall experience left much to be desired. Salmon that was supposed to be grilled showed up doused in butter. Birthday cake that we brought in looked like it was sliced by a 3-year old and then served on hot plates right out of the dishwasher; creating a pool of melting cake on everyone's plate. Maybe this was an anomaly, but we plan on taking a 3 to 6 month break from this place. Will give it another shot down the road.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What struck me when we entered
    RedBlacksGirl
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    What struck me when we entered the restaurant was the "power lunch" feel to the room. The atmosphere reminded me of private clubs where I have lunched, but unlike those clubs, Tosca had a definite metropolitan vibe. The food satisfied my craving for a hearty pasta lunch. The servers reminded me of those I encountered in Italy, where being a waiter is a life-long profession. All in all, the perfect setting for a lunch to reconnect with a former boss.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very nice place to go back to.
    Firenze2015
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Enjoyed my evening with my daughter and her wife. We had two appetizers and main dishes which we could hardly finish because so filling. Yummy. We will return for more! Molto grazie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but not special
    ElFer
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Decent Italian food but nothing out of the ordinary. Place was empty on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average but high priced
    greenbard
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Went for lunch. Cost wise was fairly high compared to average but the food didn't really meet up with the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Rich
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I took my family to Ottawa for the first time last weekend for Winterlude and found this restaurant on OpenTable so decided to book this for a special dinner on Saturday evening. While my expectations were not too high the evening was great with food on par with many of the restaurants here in Toronto. The service was excellent and they even accommodated some food restrictions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ottawa Winterlude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had travelled to Ottawa for Winterlude and to skate the Rideau canal. Found Tosca restaurant on Open Table. Very nice atmosphere and decor. The food was very good from the appetizers to the main course and desert. Our waiter's service was less than we would have expected for this level of restaurant. The service was fair at best. Still overall a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Outstanding Night at Tosca
    urbanentertainer
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We found out late in the day that some special guests from out of town would be dining with us, so naturally Tosca was our first choice for the night. One of their strengths is that they are consistently excellent. The food is always top-notch and the service is welcoming and professional. Our guests enjoyed themselves immensely and said that they will definitely come back to Tosca for another outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decor, ordinary fare
    MrBCP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful, but the food is underwhelming
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Above and Beyond
    urbanentertainer
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Once again Tosca Ristorante was outstanding. It is always our "go-to" place for family gatherings and for entertaining out of town guests. This past week we invited our downtown office colleagues to enjoy our Christmas party in this winning atmosphere. The food as always was exceptional and the service was friendly and professional. You will not be disappointed if you choose to dine at Tosca. The food, atmosphere and service are consistently exceptional time after time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid meal well served
    ScottsdaleGuyVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Great discovery in Ottawa. Skip the hotel restaurants and find this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Polished service
    BillM
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Excellent service was a highlight. The food was good traditional Italian and arrived quickly and piping hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch Spot
    chantl01
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The lunch menu is quite interesting and between that and the starters, there is a good selection of lighter and less expensive meals available for lunch. The food was great, salads were really nicely presented. The service was good, but could have been slightly more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service, food is okay.
    gthomas3
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    great service, food is okay. not outstanding italian cuisine
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service is excellent: Very
    Dans
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Service is excellent: Very efficient and courteous. Ambience is also very good. During my most recent visits I was disappointed with the food... The manicotti was dry (as though it had been in the freezer too long) and the gnocchi special (with cheese) was too rich (too much butter... or something) and lacked flavour.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    FastslowfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Disappointed with Tosca's offerings after happening upon the patio for a late family dinner while on vacation. No complaints with the staff or service however the food was really marginal against typical good Italian restaurants... Pizzas were OK at best, and seafood pasta was 'fishy'.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around
    tmr777
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Wasn't sure if our experience would be positively memorable based on many mixed reviews I've read on different review sites. However, from the moment we walked in the door service was attentive. We were very impressed with the quality of our meals and we have lots of comparisons we could make since we eat out a lot in town and abroad. Tosca proves you don't need to go to the market, Elgin street or Preston street to have a great meal. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill??
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Tosca had been a favourite of ours for the past 5 years that we have lived in Ottawa. However, the last 2 times have not been good. The wait staff have been overbearing when unnecessary...yet when I Indicated that my shrimps in my linguine do not taste fresh, they did nothing and then avoided our table until they were tracked down for a bill. The bill was not adjusted for the unedible shrimps which are a major component of the dish!!! We were not impressed and we do not see ourselves returning or recommending.
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  • What happened to the Gloucester?
    AlishogVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    I used to go to Tosca often when it was housed in a small house on Gloucester street, so despite the slick new digs I figured the amazing cuisine and impeccable service would remain intact - this is not the case. The food is fair a best, a cross between East Side Mario's and Vittorio Trattoria. Decent enough for lunch but not up to snuff for a client dinner. That being said, the bread is delicious, the wine list is good and the staff try, but are young and clearly not foodies as they failed to distinguish one type of pasta from another. It is unfortunate that such a formerly fine eatery has denigrated itself into the cliche Ottawa dining spot. Hopefully this place can reinvigorate itself to its former glory, but until then, I shall pass
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK, but will not return.
    pebbles1633VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    We were in Ottawa for a conference. This was a business dinner and honestly, we were not overly impressed with the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was medicore, the service was the same. Nothing stood out about this restaurant. We ordered a bunch of appetizers....the pizza was ok....the fried zucchini were nice.....the antipasto was ok as well....again, this was a place, I would probably go at with my girlfriends for a casual night out...certainly not a place to impress a business client. I would not go back, as I feel Ottawa has many other dining options...but a nice place for a casual gathering.
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  • Good meal
    Carol
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    We shared the bruschetta appetizer, which was tasty enough. The tomatoes looked and tasted a little bland. But the seasonings and the crunchy bread were yummy. My husband had the gorgonzola pasta and declared it fabulous. I had the zuppa de pesce. It was LOADED with seafood. And was a HUGE serving. I managed to get through it all with some assistance from my husband, but I would definitely recommend sharing it with someone. The prosecco we drank throughout the meal was a nice festive touch. The service was friendly and attentive. We took the waiter's advice about what to order and he didn't steer us wrong. We enjoyed the crunchy, baby-biscotti that came with our after dinner espressos. All in all, a lovely dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough to go twice in a row
    HappytravellerVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    The food was very very good, one of the best Tiramisu I ever had. Service was friendly and attentive . We liked it so much that we went twice in a row, the second visit for my husband's birthday. I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate