Gitanes

4.7
181 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
French
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 on the weekends :)

Please inquire for Chef's Table tastings and Champagne Booth celebrations at
613-562-0699.

À bientôt!

Our sister restaurant G Burger is now open!!
Walk in to 380 Elgin for smash burgers and natural wine.
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KevinG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. The food was excellent, the service was top notch, I'll definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, ambiance and food! Service is second to none! Also… Josh is amazing!

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Earleen
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Olivia who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Food was delish as always and the ambiance at Gitanes is always the best.

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VeroniqueR
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow just amazing, excellent food and very good service

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TomD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and energy were amazing. From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left was an incredible experience. The sommelier was very knowledgeable. With only tasting about 1/10th of the menu, I will definitely be coming back to try everything!

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CatharineL
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Our server was great! She was knowledgeable about the meals and drinks, and very helpful. The cocktails were delish and the food was fab. Would definitely recommend!

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Jordan
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, ambiance stellar and the service was top notch

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AndrewP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely go to high end restaurants, in part, because I always feel out of place or like I don't belong there (the other part is because they're so expensive).
Gitanes made us feel welcomed, comfortable and was happy to see us there.

I loved the old school jazz and country music on their radio. It was a great, romantic atmosphere.

Our server was outstanding! I don't remember her name, but she was informative, made sure that our dietary restrictions were taken care of, she gave great recommendations, checked in on us at the appropriate time. She took great care of us and I was really happy overall with the experience.
On another note,

I'd also like to let our server know that "she said yes!" Thank you for playing it cool.

Sincerely,

the guy with the cowboy boots

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DaisyH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great vibe and wonderful service. One of the best restaurants in Ottawa!!

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HeidiK
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gitanes always knocks it out of the park. There’s several reasons why this is my go to spot, they never disappoint. The food is savoury, delicious and exciting. The beer and wine menu is a lovely variety of local and foreign options. Thank you again for another great experience.

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dilemmabell
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gitanes has nailed everything from food&drink to incredible service, and a very cool vibe. Ottawa thanks you!

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Eldy
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, top-notch service, and plenty of options.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well balanced dishes with tons of flavours. The value and quality was above our expectations. Highly recommend and we will most definitely return. Great service, great beer and cocktail selection.

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SashaV
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing drinks and wine list too. Great playlist too ! You can’t go wrong for date night

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Gitanes. It never disappoints. Such delicious food and such great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entertaining staff who catered to our needs and made us feel welcome and at home. Fantastic food.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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.

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CelineB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !

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ChristianS
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Gitanes
Responded on October 9, 2021

So glad you had a nice time for your friend's birthday!! Thank you for the kind words :)

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EloiseL
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will certainly return to and recommend Gitanes, the menu was incredible and the service, outstanding. All our dishes were succulent.

Gitanes
Responded on October 7, 2021

Oh amazing! We're so glad you enjoyed and look forward to hosting you again soon :)

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

super wonderful birthday .
server was very knowledgeable and attentive.
a great experience overall

Gitanes
Responded on September 26, 2021

So glad you had a special birthday! Cheers :)

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davina
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and wine were great. The dining chairs were uncomfortable, too high from the table and a little unstable.

Gitanes
Responded on September 26, 2021

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

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Samantha
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Gitanes
Responded on September 26, 2021

So glad you enjoyed Samantha!

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Kathleen
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was outstanding and the drink list was so good I wanted to try everything! Looking forward to coming back.

Gitanes
Responded on September 26, 2021

Amazing, we're glad you enjoyed!! See you soon :)

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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”.

Gitanes
Responded on September 26, 2021

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!

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MarekS
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

Gitanes
Responded on September 26, 2021

Seems like maybe a step in communication was missed, our apologies. Thanks for the feedback and will follow up with the team :)

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ColleenR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The service was impeccable and my server even remembered the wine I had ordered a month before. Perfection.

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BlytheA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Gitanes
Responded on September 9, 2021

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

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LisaF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Great location! Need more reasonably priced wine.

Gitanes
Responded on September 7, 2021

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

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Patricio
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

Gitanes
Responded on September 7, 2021

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 info@gitanes.co directly so we can make special accommodations :) All the best, the Gitanes team

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Brianche
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Gitanes
Responded on September 9, 2021

We're glad you enjoyed chef's table! What a wonderful spot right by all of the action. Thank you for the kind words :)

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Cat2021
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

Gitanes
Responded on September 7, 2021

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

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Pidgeon
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

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VictoriaC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

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.

Gitanes
Responded on August 31, 2021

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

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MaddieB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

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

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Artemis
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall a very nice experience. Will go back. Not keen on the celery dish. Excellent frites

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CarissaB
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely! The snow crab spaghetti was so delicious!

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Sara
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great decor and vibe inside. delicious food and fantastic service.

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Gitanes is rated 4.7 stars by 181 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.