Cafe Gia Ristorante

4.8
529 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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!
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ThomasO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came down from NY to visit my daughter at Loyola. Not only was the restaurant, beautiful, food was great, service was spot on and owners and staff were extremely friendly. SKinda like eating with family. Highly recommend. (This was during covid limited seating. Please support them and all local businesses. We need to reopen! They're sticking it out for us, they need our help!)
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JohnS66
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food, including grilled octopus, osso bucco and rice balls.

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Christina
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service. The server was kind and helpful, and everything we ordered was delicious, from appetizers to homemade pasta to an incredible seafood special. We ordered dessert to go, and at it at home - it was so wonderful, we were glad we didn't pass it up. When our bill came, I was shocked at how affordable all we had ordered ended up being. This pleasant surprise ended a perfect evening at Gia.

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vipFoodieGal
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined out with my husband for a post Valentine celebration and let me tell you, the food was amazing! It wasn’t too crowded when we were there (that’s a plus!) and all the tables were spaced for social distancing. The staff was very professional and guided us through the menu perfectly. We feasted on grilled octopus and sausage and polenta as starters and Bass risotto and osso buco as our mains. For dessert, we passed on traditional sweets and opted for their house made Limoncello (best we’ve ever had!). Cafe Gia isn’t a fine dining restaurant with table cloths but a casual, friendly trattoria type eatery where you’ll feel like you’re in Italy!

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AllieP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was to DIE for!!! Beautiful atmosphere, friendly servers. They lose a star on service because the hostess/owner? wasn't wearing a mask at any point during our time there. Other than that, fantastic.

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vipChris
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Gia and go there frequently. It is a gem of a spot in Little Italy, run by a mother/daughter duo. The food is always so good—try the lasagna and the veal. It makes me feel like I’m in my grandmother’s kitchen.

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BillS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted at the door to this lovely restaurant. We were promptly seated on the balcony that overlooked the street. The service was very good and the food was fantastic. Would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was too crowded during COVID, pasta gamberi was a bit bland, room overly bright, a candle on the table would be nice.

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vipPandoraly
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The handmade pasta here is always outstanding. Their outdoor dining is cozy and warm even in the cold. Highly recommend.

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vipJoeM
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

There's nothing special about this restaurant. Zero ambiance. Windows were open just a crack, likely to take advantage of the cool air and not have to run the a/c. There was an extension cord running from an outlet in the upstairs dining room through a window. The waitstaff was not uniformed and shabbily dressed at that. It was like eating at a run down Denny's.

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VincenzoP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From pasta to veal, everyone’s dish was exquisite. Waiter Mark was outstanding.
Great value!

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vipMAfromLA
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was wonderful as usual and so happy to be able to patronize one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Baltimore. However, due to Covid, the whole vibe is a bit deflating. Cafe Gia's was set up very socially distanced, just wish it felt like the ol' days - where things were vibrant and bustling. My heart goes out to all of the restaurants trying to sustain their business these days.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food, and a lovely atmosphere. We sat outside.

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Katelin
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, cute place!

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vipChris
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly restaurant with excellent food and service.

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pieshop
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Gia's. The food was impeccable and I look forward to many more meals there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wedding anniversary

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend. Enjoyed our evening. Staff was friendly. Food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always welcomed like family at Cafe Gia and always leave with smiles and full bellies.
Especially impressed with your flexibility in these hard and trying time. Thank you again

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EmilyW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our one year wedding anniversary and it was delicious!

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vipFoodieGal
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The balcony was lively but safely distanced. We had the octopus and prosciutto pizza apps which were delicious and the sea bass, veal saltimbocca and clams pasta which were all fantastic! Be sure to try the house made cello sampler, hit the spot after an amazing dinner!

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always fresh and delicious. Atmosphere is cool and low key. Love all the decor. Our waitress was slow in responding at times. I highly recommend Gia's and would return again!

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johnb
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and value

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vipLindsayG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A beautiful little gem in Baltimore's Little Italy! This restaurant was quaint, the staff was attentive and kind. Our drinks and food were delicious - we started with the Arancini - there were 4 of us dining and only 3 were served - we shared but it would have been nice to receive an even number or enough for all! All of our dishes were delicious, though a bit oversalted. We are already planning our next visit!

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JackS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious! We started with thee fritto misto. So light and yummy. Husband had the homemade gnocchi w/butternut squash......light sauce and so good. I had a pasta special of ravioli, again delicious. Portions more than ample. Alas, had no room for dessert. Would definitely recommend! Reasonable pricing, too!

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Pariah13
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Such an accommodating Maitre d'hotel and an attentive waitress. We were seated at a cozy table against the street-facing door that opens on to the sidewalk terrace. Unfortunately, the door is not insulated properly, and a rough, cold, chilling draft kept me shivering throughout my dinner.

A very nice salad was served.

So it was so terribly disappointing that the lasagna my wife ordered had virtually no meat, and was made with an inferior pasta that was so over cooked that it was like eating a cheese soup. My pasta dish was much better, but the portion was so meager, by comparison to the portion of lasagna served my wife, that I left the restaurant hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great wine

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ByronB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. If you don’t try the sea bass and risotto you’re cheating yourself!

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th time we've been there. ALWAYS good food, excellent service, attentive staff. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reminds me of a fine neighborhood restaurant in Italy

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vipJimG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal. Some of the most tender veal I ever had. Loved the fact that the owners made a point of stopping by a few times

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Chris2428
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful food and service. I am sure we will be returning in the near future.

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JeffR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great wine and and very nice and attentive wait staff! Can’t wait to visit again!

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Chiant94
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Service was sadly lacking, in a not very busy environment.

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Kappy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Some of the best in the area.

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Sasd
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lovely place with very nice people, but the food was not up to the standards of other restaurants in Baltimore's Little Italy. Salad dressing lacked flavor, fritto misto was greasy, and the pasta con vongole was oily and poorly seasoned. It's a beautiful little restaurant, but we were disappointed in the food, especially when there are so many other great choices only steps away.

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vipOmnivore
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What a delightful restaurant! The paintings on the walls tell you right away that you're in a special place: the decor is like an appetizer for the eye. The service was excellent, especially from the woman who was taking care of all the diners without ever once seeming hassled or stressed, though she had every excuse to seem both. And the food was delicious, from the grilled octopus through the pasta main course to the creme brulee dessert. If I lived in Baltimore, Cafe Gia would be my go-to place. My three companions enjoyed it as thoroughly as I did. Three cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined after Cafe Gia about 8 times in the last 3 years and have always had a positive experience. The decor is charming as soon as you hit their entryway. The service is attentive and the food is delicious. It’s a quaint space and never too loud.

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HatemG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I try the restaurant. Food was great. Small place with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evelyn was wonderful! Excellent service and the food was awesome! We would definitely return.

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

Cafe Gia Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 529 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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