Cantina Gia

4.7
92 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Welcome to Cantina Gia
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 92 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
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LauraB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Tends to be booked up with reservations so book your spot in advance! Worth it!

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MSin
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a celiac I am often restricted in what I can eat, in lots of restaurants. Which is something that you know when you eat out - but that is not the case for Cantina Gia…. It was the very opposite. I felt like it was my birthday! I got to eat Arancini balls…. Arancini balls! Covered in zero gluten, cooked in a celiac safe fryer, which only did totally GF things, I was blown away. Then add to that - the free access I had to the rest of the menu. Incredible service from the knowledgeable bar tender Jess, who was awesome. Delicious wine. And outstanding food. I will be back there as fast as I can get a booking! Highly recommend.

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viprolfcarlos
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have you ever had your mouth joyously conquered by a literal army of flavour? You have? Then you have some sense of what Cantina Gia is doing when they figuratively inject their offerings with battalions of aromatics, oils, and spices. Good luck!

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Elmerwon
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server - Jessica - was excellent! Thx for a fun birthday night :)

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viprolfcarlos
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Gia offered up stellar, jovial service, and immaculately prepared EVERYTHING. My friend and I shared the Branzino and had our taste buds veritably NAPALMED by the flavour. Rest in peace, my mouth. Good night.

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PeggyR
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had 6 dishes of which the only one that was really good was the lamb stew
Carabonara poor
Pesto vegetarian dish mediocre

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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CHEF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and outstanding cuisine. One of my favorite restaurants

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le service est super chaleureux et attentionné. On se sent chez soi. C’est le but je crois.
La nourriture et la carte des vins sont impeccables!!!
Bravo!!!!

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DalEats
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great little place! Delicious corn arancini and bruschetta. Great wine list.

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HayleyB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ambience was great. Good was sadly disappointing and flavourless. Expected much better food

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CatherineN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is simple, fresh and well seasoned. Service was friendly and quick. We had a very nice lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb ragu was the bomb

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vipGuylaineL
Ottawa
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hesitate to tell everyone how wonderful this place is…because it will get tougher to find a reservation! One of my favourite places in town for a great meal…escaping to an Italian bistro with friendly servers. The Branzini and Cacio e Pepe are AMAZING and the wine list caters to the food beautifully. A bit loud when at capacity, so maybe not perfect for a serious conversation…but otherwise buzzing for a great local night out

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VeronicaC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived in Ottawa for 7 years and this has been the best dinner I have ever eaten in this city. From the appetizers of fried zucchini, calamari, arancini and the main pastas, we were in love. Also the best pannacotta ever. This is just the best place ever, amazing food, FUN drinks and impeccable vibes

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, order the filetto di manzo with rosemary potatoes as well as the grilled branzino both paired with a lovely bottle of Prosecco. Highly recommend!

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CatherineN
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quaint and delicious. Large serving sizes. Enjoyed very much but tables close together

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as always!!

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vipMichaelD
Ottawa
48 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cacio e pepe is out of the world.

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KatherineW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants in Ottawa. Food is always fantastic, super consistent. Servers are wonderful. Always such a great experience! Also a fabulous selection of wines to buy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent time and delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

I enjoy the dinner menu more than lunch. Sandwich was more bread than I enjoy. Would still go back!

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere! Very cute and intimate for small get togethers

MD
vipMichaelD
Ottawa
48 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch and service

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally good food

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BeataZ
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decor reminded us of our visits to Tuscany, Very tasty food. Friendly and attentive staff. Very enjoyable evening. We would definitely return.

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ThomasG
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our second visit to Cantina Gia. Once again, an excellent experience. Our only concern would be with the volume level of the music. We do appreciate how music contributes significantly to atmosphere; however, when the volume level makes it difficult to communicate with one's dining partner and with the server (especially when she is wearing a COVID mask), it is a bit much. We were there for a 6pm seating. I recommend keeping the volume at a moderate level for early seatings, say, til 8pm. Perhaps the later crowd would better appreciate a more energetic level of music.

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DenisL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch, food was amazing, service impeccable. Will do again definitively

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Grateful
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It's a beautifully decorated restaurant with nice plating, and delicious orange juice. The music is too loud to have a conversation without having to shout though (this may result in the further spread of droplets and potentially COVID-19). The tables also appeared a bit too close together as I was given a dirty look when I was seated at the table next to a couple who had already started their meal. I didn't feel comfortable so I asked to be moved since there were many available tables. The host/server reluctantly agreed and I was given a table to the left of my original table. There was a takeout bag already on it, but she moved it to a nearby couch and didn't clean the table (presumably because it was cleaned before the takeout bag was placed on it?) While our server appeared polite, her tone suggested that something was bothering her. We weren't given spoons with our pasta dishes, but we should have asked for them. It would have been easier to eat. My carbonara dish was a lot saltier than I expected, but I didn't say anything as I thought that is the way it is supposed to taste. I just drank lots of water during and after my meal, and when I got home. When we asked for our bill, we were a bit shocked that it took so long as we noticed that they had to turn people away at the door. Anyhow, kudos to the person/people who designed the interior. It is an Instagram-worthy place!

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Shelly
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening with dear friends, delicious food, and impeccable service!

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Megan
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious brunch, looking forward to returning soon!

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dlbainb
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is terrific!

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CassiusC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cantina Gia was amazing! Food was excellent but the service was even better. A must try in Ottawa!

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Kierstin
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overall great pasta. Appetizers a bit greasy.
Super loud music.
Server at the table every few minutes. Interrupted often- wasn’t that relaxing

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ThomasG
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. Strong Italian influence in the menu. Fabulous, attentive service - you wouldn't know that COVID is still underway. Fun, energetic atmosphere - a little loud for us (60-ish couple), but not overly so. Good for all ages in the early evening hours (1730-1800-ish). Uniquely hip place for Bank St. We will be back.

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EmFernandez
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service! Beautiful
decor and delicious food. They were so kind to my young daughter

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vipStephanieA
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An ambient, classy, and unique vibe in the heart of the Glebe!

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Jeff
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Heard great things about this place and it lived up to the strong reviews. Great space, great staff, great food and great overall vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent but it could have been warmer. It was very noisy.

FAQs

Cantina Gia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 569-0464.

Cantina Gia is rated 4.7 stars by 92 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.