La Cantina at Common Ground Project
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.
La Cantina Chef's MenuA$85.00 per person
Multiple dates availableThank 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 - email@example.com
Woodfire Barongarook Pork Belly, Charred Cos, Pickled Kohlrabi, Apple
Avo Toast, Otway Walnut Hurrnus, Garden Salad, Lemon*
We are on the terrace so was lovely and quiet - and refreshing!!
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.
Delightful place, the waitstaff were fantastic and all the food was delicious!
Some of the best food we have had in Australia. Great location and friendly staff.
Absolutely delicious food and excellent service.
Surroundings are very pleasant and I love the concept.
All 5 of us rated La Cantina very highly.
Lovely food and wine. A bit cold at our table and the coffee was poor.
Amazing service, views and nost importantly food!
Always a pleasure to dine here.
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.
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.
Best restaurant in Torquay vicinity. Excellent food and exceptional service
Excellent service and food. Lolo was an amazing host. Thank you for having us
The service makes this place! The friendly staff are authentic, genuine and the perfect amount of attentive.
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.
Amazing place food and service
Can’t wait to come back!!!
The service went beyond expectations and the set menu was just divine. Exceptional value. Will be back
Excellent meal! Our whole family love La Cantina!
Delicious food, great service and lovely space!!!
Delicious food with focus on each ingredient that goes in. Excellent service. Beautiful outdoor dining area overlooking the gardens and chickens.
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.
Beautiful food, amazing service and an overall very enjoyable experience. We will be back for sure!
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.
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
Beautiful setting, amazing service and the food was impeccable!
Delicious, fresh Italian food done right! We had the ravioli and pork belly, both sensational. Service was excellent. We will be back!
Exceptional food, attentive service. Outstanding overall. My new favourite restaurant. It brought back memories of Italy. Highly recommend.
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.
Lolo and staff are tops in their service and Glenn in the kitchen is a good thing. Kudos all around!
Great place to experience some wonderful food and wine in a relaxing and peaceful environment.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
Expensive and unimaginative wine offering. Too few side dish choices...salad or chips or potatoes.
Loved it! Food was delish and our waitress was so sweet. Will definitely go back
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.
Outstanding at every level. Set menu is the way to go
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.
The absolute finest Italian in our region. Loved every dish and is such a beautiful place! Will be back!
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.
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.