We are a French restaurant with natural wine and colourful cocktails. Seafood on the cold bar is fresh and sustainably sourced. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 5-11pm, drinks 'til late.
Please inquire for Chef's Table tastings and Champagne Booth celebrations at 613-562-0699.
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Entertaining staff who catered to our needs and made us feel welcome and at home. Fantastic food.
Good food but staff little unprepare for the event and food should of came same time for the main course not 10 mins apart. Sake bomb was not prepared properly as shot glass and chopstick weren't correct.
The whole experience was fantastic. The service was great, the food, delicious and the atmosphere, really cool. We went early on a Saturday evening (5:00pm) and it was quiet but I hear it can get louder later in the evening. We left close to 7:30pm and we could still talk with ease. Looking forward to going back soon !
The seafood section of the menu and appetizer section were really very good and well worth sampling. Next time I go, I will probably stay in that part of the menu. We tried the octopus, scallops and oysters. The wine choices were also very good and non-traditional meaning that you could try some great pairings. The main courses were disturbingly over salted. We tried the Duck au Poivre and the King Salmon. Both were effectively ruined by the amount of salt. Good food does not require that level of dosing. The deserts were interesting but not great on the pallet. Service overall was very good. All of the staff were friendly, attentive and reasonably knowledgeable about their products. The only strange thing was a food delivery guy who had his mask off most of the time as he ran around the restaurant (it was usually under his chin). While I'm not overly concerned about it, it doesn't leave a professional impression in this current age.
As it was my first time there, perhaps I set my expectations too high. I will go again but I will likely stick to the early part of the menu and use them as sharing plates. As I mentioned, that part of the menu was really very good and inspired.
What an incredible night! The lovely staff surprised us with a small birthday treat for our friend celebrating her birthday. The ambience was lovely and the food was great. The staff was kind and friendly and made all the difference in our experience.
So glad you had a nice time for your friend's birthday!! Thank you for the kind words :)
I will certainly return to and recommend Gitanes, the menu was incredible and the service, outstanding. All our dishes were succulent.
Oh amazing! We're so glad you enjoyed and look forward to hosting you again soon :)
super wonderful birthday .
server was very knowledgeable and attentive.
a great experience overall
So glad you had a special birthday! Cheers :)
Food and wine were great. The dining chairs were uncomfortable, too high from the table and a little unstable.
Hi Davina! We do have two alternative seating options inside, with the chef's table banquet style (definitely recommend letting chef feed you as a large family style mess you up with food), as well as our Champagne table velvet couch style great for celebrations :) We do really love our 'super impossible' chairs though! Best, the Gitanes team
Great dining experience. Lovely ambiance with great fixtures and playlist. Attentive service. Quality menu items & a fantastic cocktail and wine list. Will be coming back again!
So glad you enjoyed Samantha!
Every dish was outstanding and the drink list was so good I wanted to try everything! Looking forward to coming back.
Amazing, we're glad you enjoyed!! See you soon :)
This is supposed to be a French restaurant, yet, they took everything off the menu that makes it truly a French restaurant. The worst thing is that the menu online and in person are different which is false advertising the food they serve which was very disappointing because they did not have 2 to 3 things that my partner and I were so excited to eat. We settled on a burger because it was the least expensive. Honestly, it was okay, nothing crazy and for 26$? That’s far too much, I was so disappointed and hungry (the burger didn’t fill me at all) that my partner and I ended up going to McDonald’s right after. Their dessert was below average for me, it was so hard to cut it that I had to apply so much pressure that I nearly broke the plate and everyone around us would give us nasty stares because they thought we were being loud in purpose. The staff, however, were really kind and chill people, we were able to relocate inside from the patio because it was far too loud and made it uncomfortable to sit there and eat. I suggest Gitanes should update their website menu because if you make a reservation, you have to stay put otherwise they’ll charge you a 35$ fee per person if you don’t show or cancel under 24h which was a little ridiculous giving that the place was overall was a “meh”.
Hi William! Thanks for your feedback. Online menus are samples, however we completely understand that sometimes you get your heart set on dishes and it can be really disappointing when they're not available. You will see hearty items like the French Onion soup and Coq au Vin as we get into the winter season. Regarding our cancellation fee, the $35 fee is for no shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. That said, things come up and just give us a call so we can sort things out!
Great food and service. Our server provided an excellent service , but I still gave 4 stars review related to it. This has nothing to do with the excellent attention she gave us throughout the evening, but with the booking time question, when I was asked if we'll be celebrating some special occasion. The answer was yes, my wife's birthday.
Typically, this followed by a little gesture by the restaurant at the end of the meal.
Since nothing like that happened, I'm confused about the point of asking.
Seems like maybe a step in communication was missed, our apologies. Thanks for the feedback and will follow up with the team :)
Excellent as always. The service was impeccable and my server even remembered the wine I had ordered a month before. Perfection.
Best service!! Our server was Sarah and she was the absolute best. Very helpful with suggestions and we LOVED all of her recommendations. The food was amazing and the drinks were delicious as well.
So glad that you enjoyed everything Blythe! Thank you very much for the kind words :) Will pass on the compliments to Sarah. All the best, the Gitanes team
Delicious food! Great location! Need more reasonably priced wine.
Hi Lisa! Thanks for the feedback and we're glad you enjoyed! All of our wines are in the natural realm with organic and/or biodynamic certifications. These thoughtfully made wines do accordingly come with a bit a higher price point, but it is something very important to us. Please do not hesitate to ask for the sommelier who can help guide you to well made yet still price conscious wines :) All the best, the Gitanes team
Service was excellent, but food was disappointing. Scallop was well cooked, but the oily sauce wasn't good. Steak and frites, the steak was chewy and the sauce was too sweet. Duck au poivre was really good. I liked that we could taste the wine before purchasing it.
Hi Patricio! Thanks the feedback, we'll pass on your thoughts to the kitchen. We definitely are quite sauce focused as a French restaurant and perhaps on the richer / sweeter side. If you do decide to visit us again please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org directly so we can make special accommodations :) All the best, the Gitanes team
We went for my sister's birthday at Gitanes and it was definitely one of the best meals experiences I've had in Ottawa. The absolute stars of the menu for us was the Tuna Crudo (which we liked so much that we ordered a second one) and the pastas, namely the Crab Spaghetti. Other dishes such as the Octopus, Oysters and Duck were also very good. We dined outdoor in a safe socially distanced environment and our main server, Olivia, was extremely helpful in helping us select menu choices. Overall it was a great experience and we will definitely be coming back next time we are in town.
Amazing food and service. We were lucky enough to have the chef’s table literally right in the kitchen. Could not recommend this place enough.
We're glad you enjoyed chef's table! What a wonderful spot right by all of the action. Thank you for the kind words :)
Only piece of feedback would be that upon booking reservation I put in the allergies at the table. They were confirmed via phone when you called to confirm reservation the day prior (which was awesome). However, the info was not passed on to our actual server which defeated the whole purpose.
Also, the La Tropicale zero proof drink was delicious but it was quite expensive for the tiniest glass that was full of ice.
But my party agreed we loved the experience and will definitely come back.
Hi Cat! Thank you for the feedback, always good to hear about the experience. Closing the loop on communication especially regarding allergies is very important, so your words are very appreciated. All the best, the Gitanes team
The service was good to excellent so was the food. The music was very loud and remained very present even after it was toned down. The wine list is very (too?) expensive
The servings were very small and too expensive for overall taste. Also the glasses of wine were a 5 oz for the price of a 9 oz elsewhere in the city.
Ambiance was good but wouldn’t go back. Also the service was very slow.
Hi Victoria! Thanks for the constructive feedback. I'm sorry to hear you found service slow and the value not there. We do source food from small nearby farms with ecologically responsible practices and wines with organic and biodynamic certifications, which does increase prices. It's something we think is important especially in fine dining. Always good to hear thoughts though, and will continue to work with the team to make improvements! Best, Amanda, somm & floor manager
No air conditioning or fans. was super uncomfortable to eat. Other than that an amazing night but our table had to keep going outside to get air
Overall a very nice experience. Will go back. Not keen on the celery dish. Excellent frites
Really lovely! The snow crab spaghetti was so delicious!
great decor and vibe inside. delicious food and fantastic service.
We loved our experience. Food was delicious and our server Sarah was fantastic. We will be back!
Food and drinks were absolutely amazing. Staff was friendly and well informed on selections and pairings.
I loved the food, the service especially as we wanted to go to Gitanes Burgers but ended up at the original Gitanes as well as the fresh innovative cuisine. Katherine and her team are fabulous! I am waiting for them to bring back the French onion soup! Highly recommend them! Jawad.
So glad you enjoyed everything Jawad! Stick to your bones FO soup coming soon once that cold weather hits :)
Amazing food and awesome service . Highly recommend!!
Such a cool cozy spot. Love the open kitchen and ambience
Great service! Ambiance way better than expected on the lower patio. Really lovely! Lamb Tartar and crab spaghetti were best of the 7 dishes we tried. Get the fries with the spaghetti to sop up the sauce! We skipped entrees and hit the small plates.
Great restaurant. Ambiance is great and cocktails too.
We went for a birthday dinner out on the patio as indoor dining was not open yet. We have been before many times and have always enjoyed the service, food, drink and ambience. I started with a cocktail (Palomez) and my friend had the sparkling from Ontario. Then the white unfortified sherry wine was suggested and that was a real pleaser. We also ordered a bottle of the Chinon which they cooled down a bit so it was perfect for a warm, humid day. The service was attentive as they juggled two patios in two vastly different areas, one up a ramp on the street. For food, the celery salad and the tomato tonnato were fresh and delicious. The frites are my son's favourite in the city, and we also had the burger and the steak. It was more than enough food for the three of us on a warm day. We loved the caneles for dessert - definitely a keeper!! Gitanes is on the pricier side, but it is a gem in Ottawa that has it all - ambience, good service, food and drink.
So glad that you enjoyed the birthday celebration! Thank you for the kind words.
Excellent service and food as usual!!
Everything was amazing. Food was delicious and service was outstanding
Food and service was and always is incredible! I can always count on Gitanes for a wonderful experience.
I love Gitanes so much. Whether you’re inside or outside the ambience can’t be beat. The service is always great. They’re always recommending great wine, socializing and being attentive. I highly recommend the steak frites. Perfect amount of food, cooked just right. I’m all for trying new restaurants but this one will just always be a favourite and I’ll always want to come. I can’t wait to try their sundae next time.
Beautiful interior, great music and ambiance. Tasty food, but very small portions. Extensive drinks menu and yummy cocktails, but limited food menu.
Overall recommended, if you’re not looking to get full, and are looking to spend some quality time over unique cocktails with appetisers.
Friendly and informative service. Food was excellent.
We loved our dinner. Food was fresh and flavourful. Service was very attentive. Great atmosphere. Would definitely come back.
Gitanes is rated 4.7 stars by 166 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.