Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa

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Italian
Ottawa's upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of Ottawa's downtown core.Tosca Ristorante offers a magnificent blend of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine in surroundings nothing short of sheer elegance.

As soon as you walk in you will be greeted with a combination of traditional Italian color ways of patina, stone, and rich wood. This essence has been incorporated in every detail of this charming and sophisticated restaurant and bar; from Tosca's creative Italian menu and selected wine list, to the inviting interiors providing for a comfortable, intimate and memorable experience.
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M
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my daughter to Tosca when I was visiting her in Ottawa. I wasn’t sure of my train timing so booked the table for a bit later. The restaurant was very accommodating when we arrived 1/2 hour early.
We were seated in a comfortable spot and the service was wonderful. My daughter does not have a huge appetite so we ordered 2 appetizers and one main to share. The serving sizes were quite generous. The waiter asked the kitchen to split our lasagna for us which was nice. A 1/2 serving was the same size as I serve at home for a full serving so glad we shared. The lasagna was super cheesy with a nice meat sauce. Altogether very enjoyable. The zucchini fritti (app) was good although it reminded me a lot of pickle fries (somehow I had imagined coins of zucchini rather than sticks).
The Caesar salad was tasty and not to ‘anchovy-y’.

PJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our third visit to Tosca's and it was as good as the first two visits with friends. Both my wife and I ordered the veal and it was delicious. Great service with a great wine selection with various options of a glass or half-litres to bottles. Definitely worth a visit to eat some good Italian flavours.

ST
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a really nice meal and bopth loved pour meals. We left very full and satisfied. :)

CF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and all our choices were outstanding. The veal I had melted in my mouth. Service was top notch

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed 2 different veal dishes. Veal was tender and served with seasonal vegetables.
Staff were great. I would return on next visit to Ottawa.

S
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Antipasto was very tasty but calamari dip was too strong and not needed.
Wine choice was good.
Service was very good.
Mussels were very small.
Veal Marsala did not need the mushroom sauce.
Potatoes were undercooked.
Tiamasu was excellent and very light.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Tosca and the service was excellent, so was the food and we will definately be back!

L
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere and good location in downtown Ottawa. Added bonus if you are lucky enough to be seated in an area where Brad is your server — wonderful experience. Thanks!

v
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant.. clean, great service, and the food was excellent. I had the veal parmigiana and I could have eaten a larger portion. Would definitely go back. Great place if want to have a conversation with your guests.

TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Brad provided a superb service which made this evening quite special

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The servers were clearly busy but service did not suffer in the slightest.

SE
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very friendly, very busy, very handy place for us to dine. The service was very good, the food was delicious....possibly the best penne al salmone I have had to date.
I would highly recommend this restaurant as it provides excellent value for money.

JK
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was good, the only complaint we have is the seating. They placed in s high traffic area where everyone passed by the table. Not a very good spot for a quiet romantic diner. There should not be a table there to begin with.

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. The waiter mixed up my appetizer order, but left the erroneous one in addition to the correct one. Did not charge for erroneously delivered appetizer.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad place bad food

L
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant surprise. Everything was delicious. We will definitely stop by on our next visit to Ottawa.

TJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Ottawa. Service was fantastic. Very romantic.

C
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience for us at supper time. We had a party of 10 celebrating a birthday. Food was Terrific, but the best part was our server Brad that made the evening extra special for us all. Can not express how great this guy is, but he definitely deserves to be acknowledged. Thanks Tosca, you owe this great review to your staff - especially Brad. We will be back the next time we are
In town.

c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Restaurant was not busy for a friday night. Calmar and antipasto were good. 4 main dishes...pasta...pizza was disappointing. Service not too attentive even though it was quiet. Made a mistake on bill and charged me for an extra meal...noticed it after I paid. A nice waiter reimbursed me but our waitress never came to apologize.

SJ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Il y a mieux, mais au niveau de la nourriture versus le prix, c'est parfait. Nous avons été servi en français, le vin était bon, les mets bien apprétés. Bel ambiance.

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EP
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

le serveur était d une humeur exécrable!
ca ne lui plaisait pas de servir ses clients
mal recu a la porte , aimable comme un clou de cercueil, il c est légèrement radoucie après les entrées. sa mauvaise humeur a repris du poile de la bête quand une table de 12 personnes est rentré
il parlait le français il a insisté pendant tt le repas pour continuer en anglais avec nous . peut etre par ce que nous étions français et québécois , allez savoir ...
la cuisine honnête et généreuse mais sans plus
le tiramisu aurait dû sortir du congèle plus tôt ( glacé au millieu) dommage!!!
alors si vous faite la geule et que vous êtes de mauvaise humeur allez y!! ca sera parfait

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J
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good taste. Love it. Next time, we go to Ottawa, we will return to this excellent restaurant.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner with friends. The pizza was wonderful and the service was good with no unnecessary interruptions or hovering. Can't wait to go back!

M
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We chose this central restaurant as it was close by our hotel and had good reviews on Opentable. It was a little dark but otherwise a friendly and comfortable place to eat with low noise levels. Service was quick and friendly. The food was better than expected and the restaurant was very welcoming to our two young children. We had calamari fritti with a large platter of antipasti to start, both good and well received by all. Mains were cannelloni, tortellini and salmon - all perfectly cooked, well seasoned, with fresh vegetables and a well-dressed green salad. Tiramisu was good, lemon sorbet was exceptional. Nothing was left. Overall we were impressed that here was a place that actually felt and tasted like an Italian restaurant.

JA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Third time here it has always been excellent. Great for couples and families. The food is outstanding and the wine list is extensive. We are looking forward to getting back to Ottawa and dining at Tosca again.

K
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent, unobtrusive service helped to make a pleasant evening, with good foo, wine and friends.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is one of our favorite restaurant in Ottawa. The food is good and affordable.

C
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plat savoureux! Très bon service; on a manqué de rien!

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BS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very impressed with the Service and Food! Everyone, in our group of twelve, truly enjoyed their dinner at Tosca.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing. Great food I always eat here when visiting Ottawa and have not been disappointed

OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was great, food was excellent! I highly recommend and look forward to returning and trying more on the menu! Great experience!

u
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was empty the entire time we were there from 6:30-8pm on a Friday evening. Our waiter was kind of awkward and very confusing. After we had placed our order, he came back saying that one of our dishes was already sold out for the night. Understandably, he told us to order a replacement meal, then came back 5 minutes later telling us the initial dish we wanted was in fact in stock... Free bread wasn’t warm, but came with oil and vinegar. Everything was fine, but nothing special.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Un excellent resto avec service de niveau hôtellerie ! Excellente nourriture soignée !!!

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MS
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great Italian food! Nice sized portions and very flavorful. Fish was fresh, not frozen. Will definitely come back when I am next in Ottawa.

RM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant, service staff were great, seats and tables are comfortable. We were a large party and those who had seafood were satisfied with their meals however most other dishes lacked distinctive flavour profiles and were extremely salty. Not a bad experience but not a food experience I would seek out again. If you go to this restaurant, go for the seafood and pasta.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Llegamos justo cerca del cierra, lo que no sabíamos porque en la aplicación estaba inclusive esa hora disponible para llegar y nos presionaron muchísimo que nos debíamos ir, la comida estaba rica pero no la pudimos disfrutar por ese motivo

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OT
Ruhr region
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gerne wieder

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbe soirée en famille pour l’anniversaire de ma belle-maman.

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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Tosca for supper on a Friday evening before going to a show at the NAC. The staff and service was welcoming from the moment we walked in the door until we were on our way to the show. Our wine was served in beautiful crystal glasses. The portions are quite large. We shared an excellent Caesar salad and then thoroughly enjoyed our cannelloni and veal main course dishes. Highly recoomend this wonderful venue!

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