Caffè Italiano

4.1
96 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Food that will delight you.

Service that will thrill you.

An atmosphere that will inspire you.

Get ready for a modern dining experience that you will not forget.

The Menu was created using the Indigenous Foods from different parts of Italy that our Executive Chef has spent time in, such as Sicily, Calabria, Venice, Rome, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. The Wine selection was selected using the same train of thought.

Must be 19 years of age or older.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 96 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.4
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Brunch
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and relaxing place to go after a few hours on the casino floor. The staff was really attentive and sociable and added to a great evening.

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Stev
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very limited choices in the menu and very expensive. Sea food is over cooked and was dripping of oil. Calamari were very bad quality and tasting like rubber. We will not come back spoiled our evening.

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Shar
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I enjoyed a lovely dinner and the service was superb. The portions were generous and nicely presented; we shared two appetizers and a main and found it just perfect. The tableware and dinner napkins were quality items which further enhanced our dining experience. The only suggestion - table placemats would be nice! Thank you - we definitely return.

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LesD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was good, our table overlooked the racetrack, so viewing the races was great.

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DanielL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

will be back next saturday..........................

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BernieR
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I wanted to see if last time I visited was just a bad day. Well it turned out to be fantastic, was there with a friend for dinner and the horse races. The food was excellent we had Tuscan beef cooked to perfection and the Frutti Di Mare was very flavourful . After having a bad experience here I would like to say this is a great place to dine . The staff are always so helpful and knowledgeable would recommend this place to my friends we had a blast here serving our kind of Tequilas.

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Small portions but very tasty! A nice way to redeem rewards.

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GordonM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you!! My Ottawa Executive team had an amazing experience!
Peter Andrusek coordinated the race programs, betting vouchers, Pace Car rides, Corporate logo and welcome message posting and dropped by our table to say hi, your Chef Riley also came over say hi, check on our delicious meals and was kind enough to stay for a photo with us, and our server Tanya was friendly, attentive and sat for a photo with us as well.

The combined dining and racing entertainment experience provided an extremely memorable and enjoyable evening for everyone.

Many thanks again!. I expect to bring my National team to Ottawa in 2022 and expect that I will be back to Cafe Italia for a repeat of this experience!

Gordon

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BernieR
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience3

We had lunch here and said wow it’s amazing, then we came back for dinner and our dinners had no taste very bland . Except for my steak which was cooked great but disappointed with the potatoes ,had them for lunch before and they where great . The gravy for the steak was cold but the service was top notch. Will not come again till it improves

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DanielL
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

2nd time we are going there and now we reserved every saturday night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Went for a birthday celebration. Food was delicious. Will definitely return again.

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HeatherS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was excellent. The noise level is very high. With the loud music, all the people and open concept. I makes for a loud space.

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Happy
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Although arrived early, were immediately taken to a table and were seated as requested. Waiter very informative providing useful information on food choices. Meals were well prepared and presented tastefully. Very enjoyable experience although the music was a little too loud and the overall temperature in the restaurant was on the chilly side.

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SUZANNER
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE SETTING AND THE SERVERS WAND THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. WE WILL BE BACK FOR SURE.

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garyl
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Wanted to follow the horse races while eating however the music they were playing was so loud it was even difficult to have a conversation ..the service was good....the soups excellent but the mains were nothing special especially for the price

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dianej
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu is very limited but we took the server recommendation and it was excellent we had a wonderful experience

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Sunnyc
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Ordered Bellini was not given what said in description - was just Prosecco no slush

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MarlaM
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We didn't stay. You took things off the menu and transfered it to lucky next door.

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Toni
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

the food was inadequate , the service poor . our waiter seemed stressed and in a rush. the portions were ridiculous. all in all very disappointed , will not go back

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Cowboy
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Since you asked. Ravioli was cold and bland. Pizza came with a salad on top?? $6 for 2 pieces of bland broccolini is unreasonable. Bland lasagna and soggy calamari. The bright spot was the service staff which was friendly and attentive. We expected a lot more out of and frankly left feeling we would have been happier getting chicken fingers in a cardboard container in the adjacent cafeteria style restaurant. We really felt it was not worth the money we spent.

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Friends
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We were not pleased with the music. It was too loud. We would have preferred to hear the commentator during the actual races. The food was good, served hot. Portion was more than adequate but it was a bit too expensive.

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ElisabethB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was extremely slow...we waited for everything ...water, wine, bread, appetizers and entrées.

One guest had the beef tenderloin and it was very rare. She asked for medium but the waiter never came back to check on us so she ended not eating it. Not the best experience by far!

The waiter appeared very busy! Perhaps not enough servers for the restaurant?

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PMac
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was excellent. She was so attentive to the 4 of us. Very personable.
Choices on menu are varied & all excellent & prices are good for the quality of the food.

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gigi
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Good ok. Music not suited to type of restaurant.

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Maggiemay
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service…attentive but not overbearing…
Food preparation and presentation was outstanding…
Accommodating and knowledgeable staff…
Suzanne Spenard Monette

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HaxJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were really pleased with the "catch of the day"
The waiter did a good job in providing exceptional service, especially balancing other clients at the same time. I would think you are running on minimal staff, the team you have on did a great job.
The hostess was friendly, welcoming, and remembered my special request of accessibility for my father.
Keep up the great work.

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Bugsy
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

This is our second time here, this time we were very disappointed, our appetizers were mussels which were excellent and served in a timely manner, our main course was steak marsala with Capellini and my husband had a steak. it took a very long time for this course to come out and it was cold, people beside us arrived after and got their food way before us. The couple we were with ordered a steak and was told later that they had no more of that type, meanwhile the couple who arrive after us, order the steak and got it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a nice experience. We had a delicious bruschetta and would recommend it very much as it is perfect starter before the main course and I loved the ravioli main dish the whole night was amazing and Natalie our server is amazing!!!

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Robert
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had a awesome time! Food and service was fantastic.

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DawnJ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Our server was fantastic….. it was my mother’s 92bd and she had a great time Choosing her horses

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SharonA
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

First time visiting this restaurant and it’s been years since we have been at the raceway.
Service and food were very good. However my meal got lost due to printer issues. When the server found out she was on top of it. My steak was delayed and my sides were even later. But once they arrived they were all delicious. Our served removed all charges which was above and beyond, but very much appreciated. My friends had the lasagne which they enjoyed and my husband had the ravioli. He also enjoyed his meal but found the serving a little small.
The only real negative was the olive oil. One would assume an Italian restaurant would have the real deal but what we had tasted more like Mazola and really wasn’t edible
For us, the main test of a restaurant is if we would return and YES we definitely would go back.

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TashaG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Waited 20 minutes for someone to come to the table to even Acknowledge that we were there then throughout the meal no one came to ask is everyone was ok no second drink until the end of dinner good food terrible service

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AndreD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and very well displayed and server was very nice loved the experience and will go back again

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Doggyrocky
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Service was attentive and quite good. My wife had the chicken Marsala and she stopped eating as it was way too salty. I had the lasagna which was tasty, but clearly warmed up as the edges were piping hot but the middle was much cooler. Pricing in general is high. Price is more in line with fine Italian cuisine, however, food and ambiance makes it more general fare. We'd go and try it again, but pricing needs to come down to reflect what you get.

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RoxannC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating a 50th birthday. The service was great, the food was great, and it was so nice to have the chef come out to introduce himself to the table. We will definitely come again. Thank you for making the night such a success!

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DorothyB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was very good for our first time. The service was excellent.

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ElisabethB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service was amazing! The menu is very interesting but I would like to see a few more pasta dishes and perhaps a few more appetizers since we plan to go often.

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SharonR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We ordered from the Wok and it was a complete disappointment

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LESE
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was wonderful and the food excellent . Loved the Godfather theme ..

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Wildhorse
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the muscles and they were excellent. Everyone was very personable.

FAQs

Caffè Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 822-8668.

Caffè Italiano is rated 4.1 stars by 96 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.