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Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa
Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa

Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tosca-ristorante.ca
  • Phone: (613) 565-3933
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in downtown Ottawa. The food is excellent and not overly expensive. Staff are courteous and efficient."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I'm a regular and LOVE their seafood salad! Always well greeted!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Modern décor friendly attentive service. Food was good but expected better for the price."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "picked this because I wanted something different. tired of the chain gang restaurants. this was definitely a place I'll revisit."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Excellent everything as always! Personal pizza was marvelous and will definitely have it again!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Decent Italian food but nothing out of the ordinary. Place was empty on a Friday night."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Cost wise was fairly high compared to average but the food didn't really meet up with the price."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful, but the food is underwhelming"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Great discovery in Ottawa. Skip the hotel restaurants and find this place."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Excellent service was a highlight. The food was good traditional Italian and arrived quickly and piping hot."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "great service, food is okay. not outstanding italian cuisine"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "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'."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/6/2013
  • "Waitress poorly trained. Food was okay, not great. They served Kaiser buns for bread??"
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Tosca. We were there on Good Friday, and worried that it might not be open in spite of our Open Table reservation, as everything in the area was closed. However, it was open, and reasonably busy! The food was fantastic! Portions were generous, and the service was friendly, if a little slow from time to time. It took a while for bread to be brought, and for our dinner plates to be cleared and it took a while to get the bill. We may have noticed this more than others because we had our 9 year old with us, who was getting antsy toward the end. It wouldn't stop me going back, but just something to be aware of. All in all, a wonderful meal, and a lovely spot. I would recommend it."
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "Excellent service and great, great food! This is quickly becoming our "spot""
    Dined on 3/28/2013
  • "I'm really glad I chose this spot on Valentine's day. My reservation with open table was honoured. It was also easy to book which is a bonus. After we were seated we were served by our waiter in no time. Very attentive to details. More than willing to accommodate our requests. The words "thinking outside the box" come to mind while remaining traditional in serving customs and practices. All food was served hot and in a timely manner. He also presented himself multiple times to check on how our food was or if we needed anything. I hope I get the same server next time. If I would change anything it would be the music. Sometimes it was noisy background and other times it lacked any energy or entertainment."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I went to Tosca on a Thursday night and were definitely impressed. As we are from out of town, we had not heard anything about the restaurant before seeing it on Open Table, and are glad we tried it. We shared an antipasto platter (peppers, cheese, olives, onions, articokes, salami, ham) which was quite sizeable and tasted great. My girlfriend had the gorgonzola tortelli and I had the penne fortunato. The food was quick, absolutely delicious and in large portions - we were only able to finish half of our mains after the platter. We would have loved to take our left overs back with us but our hotel room didn't have a fridge. We will most definitely be returning here the next time we find ourselves in Ottawa!"
    Dined on 2/8/2013
  • "I would not recommend this restaurant - the food was mediocre at best and the service was terrible. It was empty by 10 pm on a Saturday night. The only positive was the fair prices for wine."
    Dined on 2/2/2013