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Cafe Gia Ristorante, Baltimore, MD

Cafe Gia Ristorante

4.6
4.6
714 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (410) 685-6727
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef Gian
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Cross street
    Eastern Ave
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 714 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore

    Neighborhood gem

714 Reviews
  1. BrigidW

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mark was an awesome server. The food was absolutely delicious. All and all, a fabulous time!

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  2. MarcW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food in a comfortable atmosphere. One of my favorite Baltimore restaurants.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I met one of the owners she was so sweet. She mad sure we were comfortable the whole time. She mad is feel welcomed. Its a little hard to get out on Valentines day with a toddler. However he enjoyed eating his home made meatballs and bread. We all had a great time there abd its beautiful restaurant .

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, what a great experience!! I can’t wait to go back

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  5. TammyL

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food & wonderful service -best restaurant in Little Italy in

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  6. pagewright

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time! The food was excellent as well as the ambiance. Abdel, our waiter, was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ We had a great time talking with Gia* too.

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  7. EricM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very nice menu. Food quality, however, was substantially less than expected and certainly was not commensurate with the high prices charged for basic simple foods.

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  8. JoeD

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual. Great menu choices. Make sure to try the Coffee Lemoncello.

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  9. jerayray1

    Baltimore

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Gia is a neighborhood gem. It's fun and funky interior compliments the food like a comfortable hug. Abdel, our server made our visit extra special. We started with the Frito Misto and Burrata, super good. The Gnocchi special and Eggplant Parm with a side of Meatballs went well with our Super Tuscan wine, yummy!! Looking forward to our next visit.

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  10. SpecialSWMI

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My daughter and I had a delicious meal. It’s a nice casual Italian restaurant. We ordered two salads and split them. We tried the Osso Bucco , as well as more traditional spaghetti and meatballs and both were delicious.

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  11. MylesH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet, professional but also laid back atmosphere. Food was excellent. Service as well.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great staff—very personable, visited by owner, a very pleasant, delicious meal!

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  13. RobinM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal, superb waitstaff, and reasonably priced. We will be returning!

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  14. DanM

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and absolutely amazing food. Will definitely make this a favorite place to visit on our trips to Baltimore.

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  15. Baltogal

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely staff and Gia is there and friendly and warm to everyone.

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  16. chrisg

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This place is masquerading as an authentic Italian restaurant when it’s actually serving poor quality food, wine, salads and bread. Unfortunately little Italy isn’t what it’s advertised to be. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a lovely family run place with old school charm, and excellent food. Service is friendly and we were not rushed. Will come back again!

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  18. SharonS

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian food with some nice dishes that aren’t found on traditional Italian menus. One example is grilled octopus that was served on a bed of lemony mesclun and chickpeas. The seasonal gnocchi with butternut squash and the mussels were great too. My roasted beet salad came with a huge pile of beets! Our server was very professional. Only complaint is that the main dishes came out too fast while we were still enjoying our appetizers.

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  19. GBandU

    New York City

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service. Not bad, but not very good food. Seems like a better spot for a drink and maybe an appetizer which were better than the entrees.

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  20. PAVisitor

    Poconos

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff was disorganized and things seemed chaotic at times. No bartender was working and wait staff did not make good drinks. Food was very pedestrian for the prices. Wait staff was friendly. Host was indifferent.

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  21. Campbell

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, excellent service, and such a fun atmosphere!

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  22. AnneM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Cafe Gia Ristorante. We travel about 90 min 3-5 times a year to visit because we love it so much. The staff is amazing, and the food is out of this world. Great indoor and outdoor seating options. Great friendly atmosphere.

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  23. CarlosV

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Definitely a spot I will be going to again.

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  24. MarkB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent, but the food was only fair considering the price.

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  25. DLUCK

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Will definitely return from another special event.

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  26. GeorgeM

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We throughly enjoyed the total experience.The food was delicious.Service was excellent.Want to come back soon.

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  27. churchlady

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place. It is only our second time here. We were so much looking forward to our dinner, we booked our reservation here before we booked our hotel.

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  28. Carol

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was very slow. We were left waiting for the check for nearly an hour after we finished dinner.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal! Friendly service! An owner who cares about her business and it shows! We will be back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was very slow. Sat at the table for at least 30 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order. Had to ask multiple times to get a refill on a drink. 3 of the 4 dishes were good.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We travel to Baltimore usually once a year and would never miss having a dinner at Cafe Goa. It is a wonderful experience with exceptional food and service.

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  32. Slynn

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always! From the gentleman at the hostess stand, to the waiter, to the fact that Gia herself always walks the room, first class! The food? Well, it's amazing! All our dishes were flavorful, large portions, hot and homemade. You couldn't ask for a better meal and experience.

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  33. NicoleR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent, couldn't ask for anything more.

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  34. EdMahayag2017

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful time! Giovanna is wonderful and great to chat with her this time around. Food is amazing and atmosphere is italian.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a cute place and amazing food. I was traveling for work and liked it so much I went back a second time later in the week. Great limoncello too!!

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  36. MikeJ

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wine, & service. Prices were very reasonable. Was able to park close by. Also felt secure walking short distance to restaurant.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great but I felt from the entire staff to quickly order and rush through dinner and leave. We arrived 10 min early to our reservation and looking to have a calm and enjoyable dinner. The manager said the kitchen was busy and they had other reservations coming. It was not true as there were many tables still open and plenty of available time slots when I booked online. Our immediate waiter was pleasant and nice. I just wished the manager and staff were not so transactional and pushy. I am torn as I love the food and I want to support local businesses but I don’t like feeling like I am rushed and expedited through a Saturday night dinner.

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  38. LindaD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cute restaurant. Food and ambiance were excellent. Owner and staff friendly.

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  39. Elizabeth

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Another wonderful time at Cafe Gia. From appetizers to main courses everything was delicious.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place, got my order wrong though. Food was good; not a place that would stick in my mind to go to again but definitely enjoyable. Nice ambiance

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Cafe Gia Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 685-6727.

Cafe Gia Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 714 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Gia Ristorante

410 S. High St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Eastern Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Gian
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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