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Gitanes, Ottawa, ON

Gitanes

4.6
4.6
251 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
French

Don't see availability for your group? Give us a call at 613-562-0699. Inquire for the 'Let Chef Feed You' tasting in the kitchen or a sparkling wine celebration at the Champagne table.

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.

À bientôt!

Our sister restaurant G Burger is now open!! Walk in to 380 Elgin for smash burgers and natural wine.

Check out Akachan at 281 Kent Street for sake, ramen and great music! Happy hour specials available 4-5pm.

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Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 562-0699

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Luke Reyes

  • Private party facilities

    Gitanes serves many classic French plates made with Canadian ingredients. Our dishes are paired with a French and Canadian focused wine list, that regardless of an organic or biodynamic certification, are made sustainably within their growing environment. We welcome you to start your evening with a stirred sipper served on a hand-carved king cube or a colourful citrus forward crusher in coupe. Our dining room is tucked down on the bottom of Elgin street, with distinct spaces for unique experiences. The lounge area is fun and sociable while the bartender serves up drinks, while our velvet couch of a Champagne table is ideal for celebrating your special occasion over bubbly. We would love to help tailor your experience.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Elgin Street, between Frank and Waverly.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tasting Menu - Let Chef Feed You

    CA$115.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    The Chef’s Table is a lively kitchen-side immersive dining experience that is cooked and served by our infamous Kitchen team, with assistance from the Front management team. The tasting is arranged for each booking by our Chef and the menu is handwritten specifically for the night. Rather than many small plates, ‘Let Chef Feed You’ features large sharing dishes served 'family style'. Advance notice of allergies & dietary restrictions is required. Ideally the Chef’s Table is booked for 4 guests to a max of 6 guests and takes 3 hours from start. Standard cancellation policy applies. An 'Elevate to create' add-on is also available.

What 251 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Ottawa

    Hot Spot

  • Ottawa

    Late Night Find

  • Ottawa

    Notable Wine List

  • Ottawa

    Romantic

  • Ottawa

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Ottawa

    Hot Spot

  • Ottawa

    Late Night Find

  • Ottawa

    Notable Wine List

  • Ottawa

    Romantic

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  1. E

    Envil

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every dish was flavourful! And the wine pairing suggestions by the spirited sommelier were unconventional and fantastic. Also appreciated bilingual service. Will definitely return.

  2. AL

    AaronL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful crafted meals with very kind educated servers

  3. N

    Nathalie

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience at Gitanes! Creative French cuisine. The best sweetbreads ever!! Wine list would benefit from a couple more affordable quality French wines. The ambiance and quality of service was excellent! We will be back for sure!

  4. C

    Coraline

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Our server Mathieu was very nice and gave us good recommandations of where to go in the city

  5. RL

    RobL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gitanes blends innovative menu offerings with crowd-pleasing seafood, thoughtful vegetarian options, and inspired meats. It creatively melds cuisines, and matches Canadian ingredients with the best flavours from around the world. Throughout seasons the chef and staff offer new takes on dishes that are complemented by the most well-curated, modern wine list in Ottawa. The staff make everyone feel welcome and attend carefully to visitors' needs. Service is prompt and the ambience is top-notch. This is my favourite restaurant in the city in 2022.

  6. TB

    TylerB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great as always!! Would recommend to anyone that likes a good meal - the seafood tower is always incredible

  7. CK

    CarolineKyle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gitanes is my go-to restaurant I recommend to local friends and visitors. The innovative menu is a fresh delight for each trip. Carefully prepared, beautifully presented with every aspect handled by friendly professional staff. Do yourself a favour and go to Gitanes!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening, loved everything!

  9. SM

    SpencerM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent date night fantastic service! Coming back again

  10. CB

    ChristinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing, The waitress gave us outstanding recommendations for our food and wine/cocktails.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    amazing experience!!! GM was super friendly and accommodating. Food was phenomenal!

  12. TD

    TallieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food and amazing staff!! Thanks guys💚💚💚

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food

  14. SG

    SalwaG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4

    The menu options are very narrow, not too much options, the food was average.

  15. J

    Johnc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Gitanes which was amazing! The attention given from the moment you arrive to your departure is rare to find. The food was excellent and they were great to pair the best wine for both our entrées. Thanks for a memorable evening!!

  16. ED

    EvanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience amazing food and staff. Highly recommend

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was 🔥

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most perfect night. Beautiful ambience, warm and friendly service and delicious food. Could not have been better.

  19. I

    Izza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and fabulous service. We ended up staying from 6:30 to almost closing. A fantastic experience.

  20. JG

    JamieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Phenomenal food and cocktails. Exceptional service, very knowledgeable staff! Can’t wait to return.

  21. q

    qwerty

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The appetizers were great but the main courses were very salty and we were not able to eat more than 1/3 of our food because of this. The service was good until the end, the take out boxes were just dropped off and had to ask for a bag. Just not what I expected w the price range.

  22. S

    Sandrita

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Location is hard to find and service could have been more friendly. Food and drinks were delicious but portions could have been bigger given the price. Overall mood was great and would return but with a smaller group just for apps and drinks

  23. E

    Enjoy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The serving staff were very accommodating with us wanting to switch seats -- it was not too busy when we'd arrived, but I can see how it might have been a little more challenging afterward. The food was excellent, and while you don't go to a restaurant like that for an inexpensive meal, I thought the drinks made our bill a little higher than I'd have liked it. That being said, I didn't NEED to have a second Manhattan :-) Having only a few choices makes deciding on the meals much easier, and you can tell that everything is prepped and served with quality in mind.

  24. MA

    MichelA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was considerate, graceful, knowledgeable, attentive without being obnoxious and always positive. Our sommelier had insight on literally every item on their extensive wine list. Menu was eclectic and every dish we ordered was perfectly executed and plated. All the seafood dishes were especially good (and fresh). Nice people, superb service, great food, nice atmosphere… what’s not to like. Will be back- often! I feel badly having missed this place during COVID. They really have made an effort to make this a special place and it succeeded.

  25. DS

    DarrylS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was excellent. Best restaurant in Ottawa. Well worth the price. Delicious cocktails. Easy to find parking. A winner. See you soon.

  26. D

    Deexo

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Trendy hot spot to people watch, hip atmosphere. Fantastic wine selection and execution of cocktails. The food and service is where it’s lacking and loses points. for the price point and higher end dining goal of the restaurant doesn’t match up the lack of attention from servers. It was a 6pm Thursday sitting with barely anyone in the restaurant, it took a while for us to get to order our food. we wanted to have our first glass of Lelarge champagne with oysters but that wasn’t possible since we only had our server take our food order 15 min after our drinks arrived. The steak tartare was shocking - it was dry and the sunchokes on top were over fried & burnt.. had no pleasure it eating it. the beet salad with curds too sweet, it tasted like a heavy dessert which didn’t go with the raw bar plates. the focaccia wasn’t your typical focaccia, it was more like a mini pizza however did taste good. tuna crudo, snow crab were good however, but small portions. oysters were great! Would come again for the cocktails and going to Gitanes clout, but a full dinner service definitely not again.

    GitanesResponded on April 15, 2022

    Hi, I'd like to thank you for your review. We take great pride in the work we do at Gitanes, so I apologize that we dropped the ball during your visit. Please send your contact info to Evan.Mackey@gitanes.co, I would like to discuss your experience as reviews provide us an opportunity to improve our craft here. I would like to extend a Gift Card for your next visit in an effort to showcase our true ability. I look forward to your email. Evan Mackey (General Manager) 613.562.0699

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic French food experience. Each and every dish we had was out of this world delicious and the service was excellent. Attentive, helpful servers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the menu. From start to finish, our meal was perfection. Will definitely return.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Birthday dinner

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Food wasn’t to our expectations unfortunately

  30. a

    alyssa

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible from the second we walked in. Staff was attentive, knowledgeable and fun. Drinks were INCREDIBLE and food was delicious. An absolute must visit in Ottawa, we will definitely be back!

  31. o

    oliver

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience will be back soon Well done 👍

  32. KS

    KaylaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely exceeded expectations in all aspects. Tempura Halibut Cheeks were NEXT LEVEL and Chocolate Soufflé is worth the time it takes to prepare. Unique cocktails, upscale but approachable atmosphere, and service was outstanding- from GM to Sommelier to Server. There is no doubt I will return!

  33. KW

    KelleyW

    Ottawa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tom was a great server Excellent service from all

  34. KT

    KathrynT

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    6:30 reservation on Friday, seated right away. Service was great, so were the cocktails. The steak tartar and beets were very good. The lamb was inedible, strictly fat, not even a bite of meat. Possibly one of the weird meals I’ve seen. The burger was charred crisp. The halibut was acceptable, albeit flavourless. Spaghetti was delicious. We were seated by the kitchen so it was dark. Overall, happy to chat and service made up for the meal. (I’d been a few months ago and it was delicious. Not sure what happened this week.)

  35. H

    Hday

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Mathieu did a great job - really personable and great knowledge of the wine list, cocktails and dinner menu. Took his recommendations for everything - no regrets! The chocolate soufflé is definitely worth the wait

  36. MM

    MelissaM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service. Staff is always friendly and professional and always make great recommendations for drink and food options. Food and drink are top quality. Ambiance is just as amazing. Couldn’t make a single critique. This place is absolute perfection.

  37. M

    Meg1

    Ottawa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another wonderful culinary discovery. Gitanes Ottawa is a little French bistro well hidden on Elgin Street. It offers creative cocktails, delicious, unctuous food and great service. Such a beautiful dining experience. • Special thanks to Mathieu for sharing with us your extended knowledge of the cocktail, wine and food menus. We greatly appreciated your explanations and recommendations.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service and recommendations by our server. The host was also extremely welcoming. The ambiance was beautifully articulated. I am so glad we chose to come here for my husband’s birthday. We will definitely be back!

  39. CS

    CharlesS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was impeccable! My partner and I sat at the bar and had cocktails and their amazing frites. The bartender Drake was knowledgeable, attentive and makes one hell of a cocktail! We will definitely be coming back again for dinner and more cocktails!

  40. LT

    LucT

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The bartender was pleasant and made good drinks. The entrees were very good (squash soup, beets), but the main courses were only so-so. I had the steak frites: the steak was overdone (I'd ordered medium), the jus conflicted with the Bearnaise sauce that was provided, and it was rather salty. I mentioned this to my wife, and she noted the same saltiness in her burger. Overall not bad, but not noteworthy.

FAQs

Gitanes is rated 4.6 stars by 251 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Gitanes

361 Elgin Street, Unit 6 Ottawa, ON K2P 1M7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Elgin Street, between Frank and Waverly.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luke Reyes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 562-0699

  • Private party facilities

    Gitanes serves many classic French plates made with Canadian ingredients. Our dishes are paired with a French and Canadian focused wine list, that regardless of an organic or biodynamic certification, are made sustainably within their growing environment. We welcome you to start your evening with a stirred sipper served on a hand-carved king cube or a colourful citrus forward crusher in coupe. Our dining room is tucked down on the bottom of Elgin street, with distinct spaces for unique experiences. The lounge area is fun and sociable while the bartender serves up drinks, while our velvet couch of a Champagne table is ideal for celebrating your special occasion over bubbly. We would love to help tailor your experience.

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