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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

4.7
4.7
235 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Welcome to Cantina Gia
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 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 235 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambiance

  • Ottawa

    Best Value

  • Ottawa

    Great for Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambiance

  • Ottawa

    Best Value

  • Ottawa

    Great for Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

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  1. M

    Marianne

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. My only complaint is that it was very loud. We were sitting beside one another at the bar and it was very difficult to hear one another.
  2. AB

    AnnB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Everything was subpar. With seats and tables available throughout they chose to seat everyone super close. Server was inattentive, forgot to take our order for mains and didn’t have an understanding of the menu. The carbonara pasta was replaced with a circular pasta and tasted terrible. It was an unenjoyable experience.
  3. N

    Natb

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere! Great service and. Every meal is great however hands down Best breaky in town
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated our daughters graduation from Carleton. The food was fabulous. Very tasty. We like the smaller menu. Felt it was a little overpriced. Service was excellent.
  5. F

    Flickaz

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ok spot for dinner. Stools uncomfortable. There were bones in the branzino.
  6. EC

    EmmaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful first experience! Went for lunch… great food, great service and went home with a beautiful bottle of “orange wine”. Can’t wait to return for dinner soon.
  7. A

    Alexei

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Porcheta sandwich, the rigatoni and the Tiramisu were excellent, will definitely go back next time I'm in town. One of the best Old-Fashioned cocktail I tasted in Ottawa.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Nothing special. There’s definitely better pasta in town so don’t bother with this one.
  9. D

    Dahlia

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint and classy. The vegan Caesar Salad was delicious. Vegan options vary, website doesn’t always reflect current menu.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Gia lived up to all the great reviews we’d read. Food was excellent, service prompt, friendly and knowledgeable; loved seeing servers helping each other out at tables other than their own, good teamwork. Would have been 5 stars other than the noise level, while energetic, made it very difficult for our group of six to carry on any sort of conversation or even hear the server’s description of dishes. An easy fix with some baffling.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and it was a wonderful evening.
  12. NG

    NancyG

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    The menu is not extensive, but is interesting and everything we had was very good. On a cool day, best not to sit at the window counter as it is chilly and while table seats had cushions on them, the counter seats did not and that was uncomfortable after a while. The wine list was very good.
  13. MS

    MichelS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an awesome little restaurant with perfect atmosphere and delicious food
  14. RC

    RuthC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! All tables were occupied and the noise level was very high. A wonderful, local restaurant!
  15. NA

    NicoleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! No matter what I try, its always incredible!
  16. YD

    YvesD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and we had good service definitely recommend
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space. Attentive service by stylish staff. Food was innovative and cooked perfectly.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Good portions! Drinks were delicious 😀
  19. AM

    AnnaM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved everything about this brunch experience! The food was amazing and so reasonably priced, the staff were so professional and kind (even took a cute window picture of us enjoying our brunch). I will surely recommend Cantina Gia to all of my friends as one of the best brunch spots in all of Ottawa. Keep up the amazing work!
  20. YO

    YOWfoodie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Gia with some friends and we each got something different for lunch and everything was outstanding. Excellent cocktail menu, very reasonable portion sizes for cost, and the best tiramisu I’ve ever had. Will definitely return.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at Cantina Gia. It had been on my list for a while! I enjoyed the Cacio e Pepe and my date had the squid ink dish. Both were equally delicious - nothing better than the taste of fresh pasta! Would definitely recommend if you live intimate settings. For dessert - enjoy some tiramisu! It was so light and fluffy! For negroni lovers - they offer it on tap!
  22. TB

    TerriB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We very much enjoyed celebrating a family birthday at Cantina Gia, accompanied by a newborn as one of the guests. The atmosphere was welcoming, the staff professional, delightful and wonderfully accomodating, and the food was delicious. Will certainly return, and highly recommend to others. Many thanks, warmly, Terri
  23. OO

    OOSgirl

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food is delicious! Great cocktails and wine list too. Great place to go with friends and share. The service is a bit slow, had to wait to get server’s attention a couple times.
  24. J

    Jameseri

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just went for apres dinner wine and a snack. The smelts were fantastic.
  25. AA

    AnnaA

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cantina Gia is the perfect place for a business meal or a friend’s get-together, their food is exceptional and made of quality ingredients, I would recommend that you ask your server to pair your drink (whether alcoholic or not) with your meal for the ultimate palate experience. I would go back again!
  27. RT

    RobertT

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    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.
  28. 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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!
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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...
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food, great vibes. The smelts are incredible!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. JC

    JennyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Excellent service and the food is delicious.
  39. 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 ☺️
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Good portion sizes were way too big.

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 4.7 stars by 235 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 40 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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