Gitanes

4.8
192 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.

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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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ fun night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience! Great food! Incredible service! Would definitely recommend!

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KathrynT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steph was an exceptional service provider - she helped us with selections. Loved the moules frites, the dover sole. The greeting was lovely, great table, lovely vibe - old meets new, French but not excessive. Drinks were delish - the spicy Repasado was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service at Gitanes was great. The food was good but was not worth the price in my opinion.

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AmandaL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely staff! Great food, great ambiance. Would come back again :)

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DebbieM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Only downside was being rushed through main course as table was needed after 2 hours.

Gitanes
Responded on December 15, 2021

Hi Debbie! Looks like you were in last Friday which was a busy weekend dinner service for us during the holidays. It is a delicate balance, filling the dining room efficiently with reservations while allowing a comfortable dining pace. I apologize that you felt rushed - that is never our intention. If you decide to visit again, please don't hesitate to leave a note requesting 2.5-3hrs and we'd be happy to accommodate! Best, the Gitanes team

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Gitanes and it was an excellent experience.
We started with oysters which were fresh and tasty...
My dinner guest had Coquille St Jacques and an interesting Celery Salad.
I had the Steak Frites, which was a perfect medium rare hanger steak, with a deep, rich reduction. Delicious.
The service was excellent and the wine suggestions were spot on.
A bit too much salt in some dishes for our taste, but I believe that is french cuisine...
We'll be back!

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TalisaH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was great. The food was very delicious some of the best we have had. We will definitely be coming back.

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AaronB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to stop in on our honeymoon for the chef's tasting menu. We were seated at the chef's table, and chef Mitch came out to greet us. The menu blew my wife and I away, the variety of dishes and the wine pairings that went with them, this meal was a work of art. Each dish was better than the last. I cannot wait until the next opportunity to enjoy another experience at Gitanes!

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vipJoelK
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cuisine, great atmosphere, and excellent staff. A precious gem in Ottawa’s restaurant scene.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a business dinner and it was amazing! Will
Definitely go back

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
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 on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Earleen
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
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
6 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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Gitanes is rated 4.8 stars by 192 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.