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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

4.8
4.8
210 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian

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Booked 42 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 569-0464

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    The Glebe

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

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  1. J

    Jameseri

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just went for apres dinner wine and a snack. The smelts were fantastic.

  2. AA

    AnnaA

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great service! Loved the porchetta sandwich. It was juicy, tasty, crackling was awesome and the pear slices were the perfect amount of sweetness. I also enjoyed the limoncello, Prosecco spritzer for a warm afternoon.

  3. RT

    RobertT

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I think the 5 stars in all categories says it all. Cantina Gia knows food (and food prep) and they know about the wines they sell. Just a delightful food experience and excellent service.

  4. K

    Katie

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best pasta in Ottawa! Unreal service and amazing atmosphere.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    This is now one of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa. I have been ordering takeout from here for some time but hadn’t been there in person. I will say the ambience was quite something and the menu always makes me want to come back. Word to the wise the menu is designed for sharing so bring a date and sample as much as you can. Looking forward to going back!

  6. M

    Molly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2

    Service and location are a 10/10. Cocktail menu is short but great. Restaurant is a bit grubby, and the food was very mediocre

  7. D

    Dior

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, but I would add more garlic to the Caesar Dressing. Overall service and ambience were perfect. I will be back and will definitely recommend to others.

  8. DH

    DougH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the Sugo [...] on the recommendation of one of the servers (Jessica). Best pasta dish ever.

  9. PB

    PierreB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Ordered spaghetti and meatballs, it tasted like a can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti. I've eaten enough of that to warrant the comparison. The meat balls were not beef or pork so not sure what it was. No bread with the meal. My wife ordered the steak, it did not come with any side dish, just the steak, we had to order potatoes at a cost. The steak ( medium well) was " pre-cut " on the plate and was not very tender. The cheapest bottle of white wine was $55.00. We ordered an appetizer and are bill came to $182.00 with the tip. I believe we could have gotten a better meal for that price elsewhere. I looked at the reviews before going and they seemed good. I suggest just not ordering those two dishes and i think you'll be fine. Your choice...

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing food, great vibes. The smelts are incredible!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great vibe, service & food. Portions are generous and plates can be shared to try various things. Will be back!

  12. GS

    GaryS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    Food was exceptional - nothing less. The smelts were a bit small and hard, but tasty. The pasta was out out of this world. Our only issue was noise: this is a very noisy place. Hard to have a discussion. The restaurant needs to work on this.

  13. M

    Michael

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    the food quality and service is outstanding. They only had two Italian wines available by the glass; however the one I had was very good. The glasses are only about 5 or 6oz.

  14. JC

    JennyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place! Excellent service and the food is delicious.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was amazing as always. I was there last night for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was his first time and he absolutely loved it. We’ll be back soon, I keep raving about the blueberry pancakes for brunch ☺️

  16. AW

    AndrewW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious food and amazing staff! Highly recommended!

  17. JS

    JeffS

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Food was good, but service was mediocre at best. The pasta dishes we ordered were very good, prices were on the high end for pasta, but willing to overlook that. I do think that the pasta could have been complimented with a bread basket, maybe some dipping oil would have also been nice.

  18. PL

    PLeating

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quaint cafe style restaurant with vintage touches. Food is fresh, tasty and prices are reasonable. Service is wonderful!

  19. AO

    AudreyO

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food in a lovely setting. Only complaint: modern music played too loud.

  20. HH

    HelenH

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience at Cantina Gia! Excellent variety of gluten free options, and every dish we ordered was delicious. Good size portions for the price and quality as well.

  21. JS

    JulieS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wines/alcohol and good a bit pricey for what it is, but it's excellent and we've been twice to eat in, plus got take-out sandwich once and it was super good.

  22. ML

    MarilynL

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    An attractive small restaurant,with small, interesting menu, excellent service and very good food.It is very noisy.Good value in quality and quantity of food.I will go back,but not if I want conversation.

  23. a

    alyssa

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for brunch with our two boys under 5. Everyone was so kind and understanding and allowed us to enjoy SUCH incredible food. Highly recommend the eggs Benedict and the rosemary potatoes are incredible. Can’t wait to go back.

  24. DG

    DeeGee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We had a really pleasant experience for a girl’s evening out. The food was delicious. The music is was a little loud, and I don’t love that they warn you that you have to be out by a certain time. I felt they could have been handled differently. Overall we’re looking forward to going back to try more appetizers.

  25. M

    Madison

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food, great atmosphere, great prices!! Probably my most favourite restaurant in Ottawa!

  26. AO

    AudreyO

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Wonderful experience overall. Only jarring note was the loud music. Would recommend that the music be quieter. I think opera would work brilliantly. It is just supposed to be a background to the meal so even those who are not fans would be OK with that choice and it would be the crowning touch to the experience.

  27. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3

    We were recommended the carbonara, which I’ve had at other places before and it tasted nothing like a carbonara; the taste of the cream was very prominent (even though carbonara shouldn’t be made with cream) and I had to dig to find the guanciale which was very crunchy. It honestly tasted like milky noodles with black peppers. Had higher expectations because the waitress recommended it and was truly disappointed, I couldn’t finish my plate because of how heavy it was.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Cantina Gia! We shared the tasty smelt balls and then I had an eggplant Parmesan sandwich and my husband enjoyed the pasta carbonara! Friendly and excellent service!

  29. m

    marcusb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The whole experience was awesome, service was great food too but, my pasta alio e olio had no salt whatsoever. Absolutely recommend the place !

  30. C

    Charlotte

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Cantina Gia for a date night and it did not disappoint. The meal was amazing from start to finish! Make sure to get their tiramisu for dessert too. It is the best in Ottawa!

  31. AB

    AliB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I visited Ottawa with my family and booked a reservation here. The staff was super friendly and the food was amazing I would definitely go back if I find myself in Ottawa again.

  32. RA

    RosaA

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend this place. The food and the service are excellent.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great restaurant. Have been here twice from out of province. Started with focaccia, calamari and aranchina. All were delicious. Pasta is very good and freshly made. Reasonable portions and priced well. Wine was lovely and available to take home at attached wine store. Service was good. A gem!!

  34. AP

    AlisonP

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and awesome food! Always love the vibe and will be back :) Got the European stamp of approval.

  35. JG

    JohnG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The underlying thought and effort of the details you don’t find obvious create a seamless, perfect brunch that draws on unique authenticity in Italian fare. Perfect brunch :)

  36. O

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    Eggs benny not great, soggy and meat lacked flavour.

  37. SS

    SamS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my Italian in-laws here for Good Friday. We had noticed on Instagram that they offered a Good Friday special but failed to read the fine print that it was for take out only. Our waitress was kind enough to bend the rules and make sure we were able to have it - it was fantastic. Their stuffed & grilled Sea Bream is easily the best fish dish I've had in recent memory. The salad was tossed with a Prosecco vinaigrette that should be sold in their bottle shop if it's not already. Great food in a terrific atmosphere with friendly staff - tough to hate a night out when those boxes are checked. Would certainly return again.

  38. O

    Ottawa

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The amount of food and quality was more than expected.

  39. Y

    Yules

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I really enjoyed my time with friends at Cantina Gia. Food was outstanding and cocktails were delicious! It started to get too noisy by the end of our reservation, but overall my experience there was great! I would certainly come back there for a date night or brunch, and would recommend it to others :)

  40. C

    Canalgal

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    The calamari was too stringy. Needed to be crisper. Music was too loud for the space. Wine was excellent!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Cantina Gia is rated 4.8 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Cantina Gia

749 Bank St Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    The Glebe

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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