La Cantina at Common Ground Project

4.8
137 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
La Cantina is a farmhouse restaurant, located at Common Ground Project, celebrating simple Italian flavours and locally grown ingredients.

Using ingredients grown ourselves at Common Ground Project, as well as locally sourced produce from the Surf Coast and Otways, our menus feature hand-made pasta, sustainably sourced meat, and deliciously simple dishes.

Led by Glenn Laurie and Lolo Hanser, a husband-and-wife team who ran Little Black Pig & Sons and worked at The River Cafe, La Cantina is an exciting new addition to the Great Ocean Road region.

Experiences

  • La Cantina Chef's Menu

    A$85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for choosing La Cantina! Groups of 7 adults or more are required to dine on our 4-course shared set menu for $85pp. Please notify the restaurant in advance if you have any dietary requirements - hello@commongroundproject.com.au
What 137 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are on the terrace so was lovely and quiet - and refreshing!!

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RobynO
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience and very tasty food. It was my second visit to this restaurant. The staff are very welcoming and friendly helping us with our food choices. There is a wonderful outdoor area where children can run around and enjoy some play equipment. Fresh produce is grown outside and there is a cool fire pit.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delightful place, the waitstaff were fantastic and all the food was delicious!

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AanikaD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we have had in Australia. Great location and friendly staff.

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DebC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and excellent service.
Surroundings are very pleasant and I love the concept.
All 5 of us rated La Cantina very highly.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Lovely food and wine. A bit cold at our table and the coffee was poor.

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SimC
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, views and nost importantly food!
Always a pleasure to dine here.

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Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful authentic Italian food in a rural setting. The serves are extremely generous and delicious.
Much of the menu is cooked on the wood fired grill.
There’s plenty of space so the noise level is low.
Several people were enjoying the sun outside.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Taormina
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Italian food I thought I was back in Sicily. Brandade was the best I have ever had in Australia. A casual atmosphere underpinned by very professional skills.

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SarahH
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Torquay vicinity. Excellent food and exceptional service

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Lolo was an amazing host. Thank you for having us

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PenelopeC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service makes this place! The friendly staff are authentic, genuine and the perfect amount of attentive.

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Ricard
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed every part of our evening at La Cantina. On line booking was easy and efficient. We requested a warm table and were given one near the fire. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The fava and mozzarella starter was excellent, the parsley, mint, lemon and oil sauce was fresh and delicious. The octopus pasta was very tasty and the veal with shaved truffles was very special.

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KatieH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place food and service
Can’t wait to come back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service went beyond expectations and the set menu was just divine. Exceptional value. Will be back

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ChloeT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Our whole family love La Cantina!

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MaeveM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and lovely space!!!

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Stef
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food with focus on each ingredient that goes in. Excellent service. Beautiful outdoor dining area overlooking the gardens and chickens.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything on the Chef's menu. The owner was great and made the whole experience for us. Our son was able to play outback in the cubby house, play soccer and chase the chooks while we had a great lunch. We'll certainly be back again.

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Elizad
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food, amazing service and an overall very enjoyable experience. We will be back for sure!

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MarkH
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chef’s selection. Excellent; do not eat much on the day, the serve is very generous and you will want to enjoy it. Overall the food is great.

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AlisonL
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we went for a special birthday at lunchtime. Noise level was perfect with tables well spaced.

The service was attentive without being annoyingly full of banter.

The meals were superb. Rarely have I so enjoyed the first mouthful. Flavours were clean and fresh.

Have nothing but praise for La Cantina. perfect. Thank you

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vipKateG
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, amazing service and the food was impeccable!

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Marmoo
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh Italian food done right! We had the ravioli and pork belly, both sensational. Service was excellent. We will be back!

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SarahH
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, attentive service. Outstanding overall. My new favourite restaurant. It brought back memories of Italy. Highly recommend.

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JanS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed the fixed price lunch. We’re glad we could take a couple of items home as our appetites couldn’t quite match the four courses offered.

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Khan
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lolo and staff are tops in their service and Glenn in the kitchen is a good thing. Kudos all around!

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SDiM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to experience some wonderful food and wine in a relaxing and peaceful environment.

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MadelineC
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational! We absolutely loved our experience dining at La Cantina. The food was sublime, cosy restaurant with a gorgeous fire, excellent staff and a truly special atmosphere. Thank you La Cantina, we are already planning our next visit!

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Saf1
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Long wait for pre booked table. Left with no service standing for 20 mins. No compensation offered. Service was just ok. Food good. Overall experience affected by wait and level of service.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. We had heard good reports but everything surpassed our expectations. Shared chef's selection riffed on creative Italian and every dish was excellent. It would be churlish to pick a favourite. Then came desserts, and could not believe anyone could pack that much real mandarin or intense burnt toffee into ice cream. Did I mention the chocolate 'cake', a firm ganache delight? Staff suggested taking home leftovers, and that was welcome. Small, creative, local/Italian wine list, with some surprises, and reasonably priced. Sat next to the fire which was a bonus on a cold night. Staff were invariably delightful, informed and enthusiastic about what they and Common Ground were doing. The latter was the reason for wanting to go there in the first place. Now we can't wait to return. It should be an immediate 1-2 hats, with a bonus for the broader social initiative. Eat there!

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JamieL
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was brilliant, this place is special, a little high on the price but you get what you pay for. This is definitely one place that you need to experience

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to dine this is my 3rd time here and equally as good as the first visit.
Chefs selection is fantastic amazing value quality food and don’t eat the bread or you won’t fit in desert.

Very accomodating if you wish to select a couple of dishes and share them.

All fantastic however yesterday’s Pork was outstanding

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Joffa
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Expensive and unimaginative wine offering. Too few side dish choices...salad or chips or potatoes.
Otherwise..very good.

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TPandAP
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! Food was delish and our waitress was so sweet. Will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the very first greeting this place is A1
How lucky are we to have such a high quality restaurant on our doorstep ...

Serves are generous and first class...

Wine list is very good indeed.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding at every level. Set menu is the way to go

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JacquelineH
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at your restaurant however we felt the prices have made the option of a repeat visit unlikely.
The food was delicious and the service great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute finest Italian in our region. Loved every dish and is such a beautiful place! Will be back!

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LouiseB
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing!! The staff were all very friendly and helpful. A gorgeous place that we will definitely be going back to and have started recommending this to our family and friends.

FAQs

La Cantina at Common Ground Project is rated 4.8 stars by 137 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.