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About Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa

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.

144 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2G7
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Gloucester

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(613) 565-3933

Website:
http://www.tosca-ristorante.ca/

Catering:
Please call (613) 565-3933 for catering details.

Parking Details:
and parking lot as well

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Tosca Ristorante - Ottawa Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Authentic (7)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Business Meals (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was wonderful. We had a Gorgonzola tortellini, chicken parmigiana, and manicotti. All homemade all delicious. Service was very attentive despite the very busy evening. We finished off with a piece of chocolate cake gluten-free it was delicious would definitely go back!

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 (Montreal)·Dined 4 days ago

Thanks so much for accommodating us for being 45 minutes earlier than our reservation...Very appreciated!
We are from Montreal, Quebec

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was delicious as usual. We were there on Saturday night and the restaurant was full and so it was noisy. As the evening progressed and people left, it became much more quiet and my wife and I could hear each other! Being December, I suspect that the larger groups were workers having a Christmas dinner together.

Bottom line - for the price, the quality of the meal was excellent. We will be returning when we want a good, Italian meal again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by this place as I had never heard of it before and was curious to try the food. the caprese was good, but would have been even better had they used a ripe tomato, as it was hard and watery and pale. But, the cheese was creamy and fresh, and once they brought me the olive oil instead of the balsamic topping I was in heaven, as they use a nice oil. Very earthy. My husband had a pasta dish , the noodles were al dente and the sauce was really flavorful. Well done. We also tried the smelts and they were perfect, lightly fried with hot peppers and olives, I would go back just for that and a glass of red wine at the bar ;) the lemon sorbet was one of the best I've ever had, tart and fresh but not too sweet. Only reason I didn't give an outstanding rating on the service, was because is it was a bit disjointed and unorganized, ( i think there were two junior servers working? the one clearly senior person who was on the ball was in fact, perfect) but everyone was so pleasant and wonderful with the kids so not a big deal. thank you for a wonderful experience. we will be back .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food and service was good. Seemed to be a lot of seafood options. Prices were a little bit high.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful Dining Experience!
My husband and I were visiting Ottawa to see our daughter who is studying at Carleton University. We selected Tosca after reading the reviews and made reservations. The place was filled when we arrived but we were seated in 5 minutes. The ambiance of the restaurant was ver warm and welcoming. We were all so pleased with our meals, and the service was top-notched ! We will definitely return again!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great meal. There was a private party in half the restaurant so it was a bit noisier than normal I would guess and the staff were somewhat stretched but the food was lovely.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service. Food - nice taste. Nice varied menu to please everyone. Wine list was descent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice place. Great wine list

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Every time we visit Ottawa we go to this excellent restaurant. The service and the food are worth every penny.

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Très bon service et très bonne nourriture. Bon choix de vins .

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The ambiance is great, the Italian food wonderful, the are tremendous and friendly. My elderly parents were in Ottawa visiting and the staff treated all like gold. Thank you Tosca Ristorante for making my family's visit special.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Outstanding as usual. We hadn't seen each other in a while & waiter wasnt pushy gave us the time we needed Food was hot, & quality ingredients as usual.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

All four of us enjoyed the dishes we ordered that were well prepared Italian specialties. It was a welcome change to dine in a place where it was possible to carry on a conversation without having to shout to drown out the background noise. The service was most attentive but not to the point of being intrusive. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We totally enjoyed the food. Service was excellent. Noise was a factor until we asked to be moved to the table with a booth. I would definitely recommend your restaurant. It's location makes it convenient to walk to if you're staying downtown, something we often look for.
Overall a very enjoyable experience. Thank you.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was delicious - nice atmosphere, good wine. Service was good but slower due to very large group in the restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food, accommodating service, nice atmosphere, reasonably priced, good wine list, would
recommend to friends.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food & service in an upbeat ambiance. A menue diverse enough to satisfy most pallets. Would definitely return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 19, 2017

This is my favourite Italian restaurant in Ottawa. The food is yummy and very reasonably priced. It is located near the National Arts Center which is a 10 minute walk. The decor is lovely.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing food!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were a large group of family members in town for a memorial service/family reunion. Typical of large groups we couldn't make a decision about a restaurant. At 4:30 pm on a busy Saturday afternoon I finally used Open Table to find Tosca Ristorante within walking distance of our hotel. We showed up for a 6:30 reservation for 12 and found a beautiful, private dining room awaiting us. Our waiter, Zou, was friendly, speedy, and a lot of fun. Food, cocktails and ambiance were wonderful. Great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great food!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 22, 2017

A good filling meal, nothing exceptional at a reasonable price.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food was good. The service was less than cordial. We asked for a table where we could have a private-ish conversation. We got a snarky remark about how full the restaurant was. (The restaurant was never more than half full.) Second drink order seemed to take an awfully long tome to arrive. Never was offered dessert.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good for the value. Nice people.

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

From the description this appeared to be a better than average Italian restaurant. However both the cannelloni and the manicotti were dry and tasteless. The service was really good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Had to fit in a meal at Tosca (a favourite) during our trip to Ottawa and once again, it did not disappoint. Excellent service, quality food, wonderful evening. Would definitely recommend.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Restaurant côté à tort 4 étoiles. Endroit vraiment bruyant.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great family dinner when visiting the Nation's Capital on Vacation! We will come back!

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 (Leipzig)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Sehr gutes Essen mit unaufmerksamen Personal. Schade - der Koch war brilliant.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

The Veal Scalopine (sp?) was advertised on the menu as "a veal cutlet.." but was two thin slices of veal roast.
We opted to sit outside and found the air conditioning outlet very noisy and would never sit there again. Perhaps a wall extending down about 8 feet from the ceiling of the patio would block this sound?
Otherwise the starters were good and the main meals acceptable.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The food was delicious and the portions were perfect. Very tasty and quality ingredients. Prices are very reasonable. We live in Gloucester and would definitely go back. Worth the 1/2 hour drive. Waiters were very polite and friendly. Appetizers and meals were served in a very timely fashion. Would recommend Tosca Restorante for anyone who loves Italian food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Service was very slow and unattentive even though the place was empty..maybe 3 tables. When the waiter did come around he was personable but it didn't make up for the lack of service. Food was mediocre

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The service was terrible. I had a confirmed reservation for 15 out of town family members at 7:00 pm. We got there on time. They seated us right away but it took them nearly 30 minutes to take our drink order and another 15 minutes to bring us bread. We spoke to a manager who said they only had three servers on duty. For a holiday weekend that didn't make any sense. We didn't get our good until nearly 8:30. So disappointing. I will say though our busboy was very helpful and pitched in to help with our table.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

It seems unfair to submit a review on what may arguably be their craziest, busiest day - Canada Day in downtown Ottawa! Despite that, our reservation was filled within 5 minutes of the reserved time. While we didn't get a nice cozy table, they moved us when one became available by the window. (We have this aversion to sitting in the middle of a room.) The management and staff handled the onslaught of drenched people (it was pouring outside causing mass mayhem), and they kept their happy faces on, moving quickly and providing amazing service. The food was good, but again, with the amount of unexpected people lined up and the restaurant packed to capacity, it's hard to say if the food was up to their regular standards. Excellent wine list! The only thing that we found uncomfortable was the music - Gangnum Style, while a fun song, didn't do anything for the ambience in our opinion, but when we commented about it, were told that they were playing upbeat music and dressing in fun clothes for Canada Day. One server commented that the regular music would "put us to sleep" which we'd likely enjoy, haha. We will definitely pay them another visit on a "regular" night when visiting Ottawa again!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I had higher expectations doe this venue. The food was good when we finally got it. Waiting twenty minutes to order then another twenty minutes for only one appetizer to appear. The wait for the entres was at least forty five minutes. The quality of this restaurant does not require that much waiting. The place was overcrowded and the noise level was horrific .The
server was rushed and not at all adequate.

Tags: Casual
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Wonderful Canada 150 birthday spent with large group and service and food were great! Compliments to the kitchen on getting everything out together.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Typical American Italian food but well presented. Big menu to satisfy all. Service was very good - thanks Jonathan. Good wine list.

Tags: Casual
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 (Montreal)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We made a last minute reservation on Friday june16. We met our friends for a great meal. Our waitress (forgot her name and how to spell Solon something) was excellent. She honoured our wine choice that was not available with another choice for $5.00 more. Excellent we all had a Caesar salad great choice and all our entrees where different but great and delicious. Our friends come here frequently as well and they also enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Tosca was a wonderful find in the downtown Ottawa area. It was within easy walking distance from our hotel and the service and food were exceptional. The Tosca salad (lightly dressed tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and olive) was a lovely alternative to a plate of greens and both the Veal Parmigiana and the Gnocchi Gorgonzola, on our return visit, were exceptional. I could order the Gorgonzola sauce in a glass and use a straw!!! Both my sisters enjoyed the menu variety and the price point - also loving that you could order smaller portions for a reduced price on the pasta selections. Highly recommended.

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