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For 2
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Cafe Gia Ristorante

4.6
308 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International
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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
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Phone number
(410) 685-6727
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Gian
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Eastern Ave
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 308 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JarrettB 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Nice little corner restaurant. The food was delicious, service great, chocolate creme brulee was amazing. The 80s rock music didn't fit the decor, but a great cozy place.

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AlphaEats (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We are always greeted warmly at Cafe Gia. The service is good, the food is wonderful, and the ambience is delightful!

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vipmkwmd (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The closest thing to Rome in Baltimore! This was the second time we came to Cafe Gia, and we were not disappointed! The service was good despite it being very crowded on a Saturday night. The food was wonderful. The pasta was the closest I've had to the Italian in Rome that I've had. Will be back!

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AandN (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Theater after dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

tops in food and service as always. Best Italian in Baltimore. Have been there no less than 6-8 times

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vipsailor (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Just a fun and Authentic family owned Italian restaurant. Very good food. Very creatively decorated with original paintings/murals, table tops, etc. all very well done. Just a good comfortable place

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and service. Quiet place to have a good conversation with a meal.

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Kate (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

We love Gia's and go there often. Always love it. It's our can't go wrong, go- to place!

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vipDAJS (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore never disappoints. We got the pork stuffed pasta in butter sage sauce and a stuffed veal dish. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything taste that good. You know the trend that many places have taken on where the put a teaspoon of sauce and swoosh it on your plate - so little you can’t taste it but it is supposed to be artwork? That’s not Cafe Gia’s. Expect generous portions of decadent food... obviously the chef wants you to have a decent amount and leave feeling nourished with Italian love. Don’t skip on the dessert or lemon cello!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I reserved a table for Christmas Eve dinner. At the time, the only tables was around the corner from the front door. It was chilly and breeze and the draft came through the screen that was set up between us and the door. This was the only criticism we had all night. The food was outstanding. I ordered Veal Francese which was not swimming in sauce. It was the best I had. My wife, who can be a food snob, ordered the Osso Buco, which was tender and juicy. Our server, Irena, was attentive and knew the menu. She even brought us sample Cello drinks for us to try. We have been to Café Gia previously and will return in the coming year, once it warms up.

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vipBobA (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Cafe Gia Ristorante and last week was no exception. We love the warm and cozy atmosphere inside the restaurant and the food and service are consistently top notch. It is a fun place to stop in and enjoy a good, old fashioned Italian meal at a reasonable price. Highly recommended!

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CoalCrackerGirl (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Lovely little gem in Little Italy. Delicious food and the cozy atmosphere is delightful!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was fine but the service was not good. We will not be running back to this restaurant. It's a shame that no one felt the need to come over to our table to check on us, including one of the owners who walked by us multiple times and never said a word to us. Not a great dining experience. They also have no side salads which was disappointing.

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vipLizzy (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

A lovely dinner .. a real gem! The pasta was clearly homemade and everything was perfectly prepared. We will return and share with others.

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vipDAJS (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. The food is so good every single time. I’ve yet to try something I don’t love. The ambiance is icing on the cake. Can’t wait to come back!

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