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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

4.6
4.6
434 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Welcome to Cantina Gia
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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:30 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 569-0464

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    The Glebe

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 434 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Great for brunch

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Great for brunch

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

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  1. A

    Anut

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought a guest to cantina Gia from out of town. She was very impressed with the service and the food and the decor. We had a wonderful time! As always, the food was amazing.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and vibes!
  3. RG

    RandallG

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food in a lovely environment (an intimate, European vibe).
  4. M

    Michael

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We love this spot but our last visit didn’t live up. Service felt rushed and we were sat directly next to a group of 10 while every other table was vacant. Would still recommend.
  5. JS

    JessicaS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely venue, beautiful ambience and delicious food! The beet goat cheese arancini was incredible!
  6. L

    Lauren

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was unbelievably delicious, and the ambiance is great. Decor is a cool vintage yet modern vibe. Felt like I was back in Italy! Highly recommend!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is amazing!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We really like this restaurant. We’ve been many times but this afternoon we had a rude, unhelpful and unhappy server at the bar where we were seated. Lucky for us we arrived at the end of her shift and the server who took over was much more pleasant and provided great service. Thank goodness for the replacement or our experience would have been ruined. The calamari was great!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, interesting menu and flavours combinations. A star off for the waiting time. You should wait your brunch for 40 minutes.
  10. ES

    EliseS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best Brunch- get the pancakes. Don’t ask any questions ;)
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down one of favourite places to go in the city!! The staff are all so well trained and knowledgeable about the food and wine! The food is soooo good!!
  12. HK

    HaniK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers and the food were amazing - I would definitely go back
  13. EI

    EricaI

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious everytime and their cocktails are yummy too!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We ordered 4 different pasta. My friend’s pasta was too salty and my meatballs were really salty too. Other two were good. We were expecting good recommendation of wine but we could not. So we ordered by glass and it was good. Overall, it was ok
  15. A

    Addy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and portions very reasonable. The only thing I did not like was the Calamari. No taste. They should add more spice.
  16. A

    Ajenniffer

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jessica is amazing! And the food delicious too!
  17. JC

    JohnC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Food excellent. Service OK. Ambience poor-- noisy brass music with people shouting over the brass to be heard.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My second time at Cantina Gia and I am not a fan. The food is just average. I love Italian food, we travel to Italy a lot and the food is just missing something. Brussel sprouts had too my hair sauce, the pastas were also just ok. Unfortunately, won’t go back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Great food. Slightly loud
  20. D

    Dani

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy atmosphere and really good food! The service is polite and always ready to explain the menu if you have questions. I have been there for brunch and also for dinner and the food is always amazing!
  21. M

    Michele

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Somewhat underwhelmed and disappointed. The eggplant parmigiana sandwich was soggy and the egg on the avocado toast was overcooked/chewy on the outside. Timing of dishes was off. Service was passable.
  22. AB

    AnuB

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance. Beautiful. Thoughtful staff. Great dinner and fabulous food
  23. AH

    AlexH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greta ambience, food is incredible, staff are great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience. Food was delicious. I will definitely come again.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We asked for a piece of bread to dip in sauce and they knew but charged us for a plate of five huge pieces of focaccia (they were good) but they never said and it was a shock
  26. TY

    TinaY

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for NYE and the had a great time. The food and drinks were delicious and the staff and restaurant are lovely and welcoming.
  27. MB

    MayaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, great service! I have always wanted to try the food and it was definitely worth going. Can’t wait to go back.
  28. LF

    LyneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gia Cantina is one of our favourite restaurants. One of our daughters has celiac. She always feels safe about her food choices. We all enjoy our meals and the ambiance is superb!
  29. JB

    JaneB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lunch menu sandwiches are a treat and come with a nice green salad. If you can't decide between that and the pasta, two can share an order of each - the perfect solution! It's really great to see a neighbourhood restaurant open for late lunches. The place was still lively even at 3:45 p.m., no one being hustled along, even as staff transitioned to the evening shift.
  30. LG

    LindsayG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. The food was delicious, the atmosphere is lovely, and the staff are all great! This is a spot I will visit again and again and again!
  31. MR

    MaryR

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always. A little noisy but it was very busy. We both had pasta dishes. Good sized portions, served hot and great flavours. Impeccable service. We love the ambiance here. A cute little neighborhood restaurant with upscale service and amazing food. We go back often. Try the flourless chocolate brownie. So good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Amazing food. Miscommunication with choice of table. I had requested for the corner banquette as 2 of my friends had back problems and one is too short to sit on a chair. I was eager to take 2 new customers. Unfortunately because of the type and loud music they do not wish to go back. They felt the music was encouraging the customers to eat and leave the premises . It wasn’t appropriate for carrying a calm conversation. It was more like music to party. They were disappointed.
  33. CC

    CristianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and exquisite service. I would recommend this place as a must in Ottawa.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. The service was excellent and the food was delicious!!! Loved the scones and that our server was able to snag up the last one. Such a delightful experience from start to finish. Can’t wait to go back!
  35. j

    jmcdo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Caesar salad and malfadine with mushrooms were standouts, but the eggplant parmigiana sandwich was a bit of a let down, could have used more sauce and cheese.
  36. A

    Arturo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, service is impeccable food is top notch.
  37. IB

    IsabellaB

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I overall really liked this restaurant and the food was amazing. The restaurant is also beautifully designed as well. The only downside was we got a tiramisu for dessert and it was frozen still. The lady fingers were crunchy and freezing cold. It was a pretty disappointing end to an otherwise fantastic dinner
  38. K

    Kanatians

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lunch the week before Christmas. Pleased for them that the Cantina was packed...and noisy. Really hard to have a conversation, but enjoyable. It would be perfect probably any other week in the year!
  39. MC

    MikeC

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply put: Amazing. Awesome negronis on tap. Killer arancini. Super tasty pasta dishes. Ambiance is warm, cozy and lively. We sat at the bar and there was no waiting for anything. Great service. Wish I had a photo to share but was honestly too busy enjoying the place. Overall a perfect night out. Highly recommend!
  40. AG

    AmelieG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Waiter was not warm or hospitable. We weren’t greeted upon arrival. The experience felt very transactional at best. Tiramisu lacked marscapone cheese and the coffee was very bitter. I didn’t finish my cappuccino but it tasted really bad.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 434 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Cantina Gia

749 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    The Glebe

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:30 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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