Cantina Gia

4.6
75 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Welcome to Cantina Gia
We look forward to seeing you soon.

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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 75 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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CatherineN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Quaint and delicious. Large serving sizes. Enjoyed very much but tables close together

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service as always!!

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vipMichaelD
Ottawa
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Cacio e pepe is out of the world.

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KatherineW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants in Ottawa. Food is always fantastic, super consistent. Servers are wonderful. Always such a great experience! Also a fabulous selection of wines to buy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent time and delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience3

I enjoy the dinner menu more than lunch. Sandwich was more bread than I enjoy. Would still go back!

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and atmosphere! Very cute and intimate for small get togethers

MD
vipMichaelD
Ottawa
47 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch and service

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptionally good food

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BeataZ
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Decor reminded us of our visits to Tuscany, Very tasty food. Friendly and attentive staff. Very enjoyable evening. We would definitely return.

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ThomasG
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

This was our second visit to Cantina Gia. Once again, an excellent experience. Our only concern would be with the volume level of the music. We do appreciate how music contributes significantly to atmosphere; however, when the volume level makes it difficult to communicate with one's dining partner and with the server (especially when she is wearing a COVID mask), it is a bit much. We were there for a 6pm seating. I recommend keeping the volume at a moderate level for early seatings, say, til 8pm. Perhaps the later crowd would better appreciate a more energetic level of music.

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DenisL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for lunch, food was amazing, service impeccable. Will do again definitively

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Concerned
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

It's a beautifully decorated restaurant with nice plating, and delicious orange juice. The music is too loud to have a conversation without having to shout though (this may result in the further spread of droplets and potentially COVID-19). The tables also appeared a bit too close together as I was given a dirty look when I was seated at the table next to a couple who had already started their meal. I didn't feel comfortable so I asked to be moved since there were many available tables. The host/server reluctantly agreed and I was given a table to the left of my original table. There was a takeout bag already on it, but she moved it to a nearby couch and didn't clean the table (presumably because it was cleaned before the takeout bag was placed on it?) While our server appeared polite, her tone suggested that something was bothering her. We weren't given spoons with our pasta dishes, but we should have asked for them. It would have been easier to eat. My carbonara dish was a lot saltier than I expected, but I didn't say anything as I thought that is the way it is supposed to taste. I just drank lots of water during and after my meal, and when I got home. When we asked for our bill, we were a bit shocked that it took so long as we noticed that they had to turn people away at the door. Anyhow, kudos to the person/people who designed the interior. It is an Instagram-worthy place!

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Shelly
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful evening with dear friends, delicious food, and impeccable service!

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Megan
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious brunch, looking forward to returning soon!

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dlbainb
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is terrific!

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CassiusC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cantina Gia was amazing! Food was excellent but the service was even better. A must try in Ottawa!

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Kierstin
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Overall great pasta. Appetizers a bit greasy.
Super loud music.
Server at the table every few minutes. Interrupted often- wasn’t that relaxing

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ThomasG
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. Strong Italian influence in the menu. Fabulous, attentive service - you wouldn't know that COVID is still underway. Fun, energetic atmosphere - a little loud for us (60-ish couple), but not overly so. Good for all ages in the early evening hours (1730-1800-ish). Uniquely hip place for Bank St. We will be back.

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EmFernandez
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service! Beautiful
decor and delicious food. They were so kind to my young daughter

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vipStephanieA
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An ambient, classy, and unique vibe in the heart of the Glebe!

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Jeff
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Heard great things about this place and it lived up to the strong reviews. Great space, great staff, great food and great overall vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was excellent but it could have been warmer. It was very noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is the greatest. Everything from the food to the wine. Perfection

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great server Jess. Wonderful ambience and food

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vipShaner
Ottawa
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks, food, ambiance, and service. Top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Cantina Gia never disappoints. Had the carbonara today with some fresh focaccia to mop up the delicious creamy sauce. The pasta is unquestionably hand made and fresh. A delicious lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great value as well!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service!

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vipCynthiaS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I went for dinner last night and the experience at Gia Cantina was wonderful. Everything is very well priced, our server Kenzie did a fantastic job and the food was incredible.
I will definitely recommend it to my friends and family.
Thanks again

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nbgs
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

good wine list, usually the chicken is really good but this time is was burnt, vegetables and pasta lacking taste. Server and staff are nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service from Jess!

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ThomasU
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food exceptional. Zuchini grille, the salade peche and tomate wow. The fillet de manzo exceptional. The wine-list impressive. Service friendly and fast, the environment cool. Only the foccia was a little behind the top standard of everything else. Definitely a recommendation!

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TaylorF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cantina Gai had a great atmosphere, decor ambiance. The servers were amazing, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food was amazing, can't say enough and they even made my pregnant friend a mocktail! All around a wonderful experience.

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GordonS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience1

Way too loud to be enjoyable. They need to change the menu. It has been identical since the bistro opened

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AngeB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful brunch! We had the eggs benedict, grilled grapefruit and blueberry pancakes - absolutely delicious.

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LeviM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ONE OF THE BEST EVENING DINING EXPERIENCES IN OTTAWA. Cantina Gia is everything you want on a night out. Great drinks, food & service. Playlist was world class too.

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vipGuylaineL
Ottawa
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing dinner. Great friendly service, delicious cocktails! We asked Kenzie to bring us food…and she chose an excellent selection for three people that we ate family style. Everything was fresh, beautifully served, and they even offered foccacia to pick up the sauces when dishes were near empty. I can hardly wait to go back!

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Amber
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Ordered a carbonara and it doesn't taste like carbonara at all.
Lots of pepper, some lemony taste.

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Renaud
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Cool place, food was very good and nice ambience for a lunch like we did (or brunch).

FAQs

Cantina Gia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 569-0464.

Cantina Gia is rated 4.6 stars by 75 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.