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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 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

What 874 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

874 Reviews
  1. FernandaP

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food as always. This time the noise volume was a bit too loud but in general me and my partner had a great time.

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  2. JamieG

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I enjoyed a fantastic meal. We will definitely both be back!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Had dinner with a friend last evening and was a little disappointed. Noise levels were super high and we felt rushed. Not an awful evening but not the experience I remember from past visits.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a stellar meal and a phenomenal server, Maryn! Thank you for making our birthday meal super memorable and wonderful.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner with friends. Service and wine recommendations were perfect! Chicken diavolo and rosemary potatoes were perfect! Tiramisu also delicious! Perfect location, right in the heart of the Glebe.

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  6. ShannonR

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable!! Such a hidden little gem! From being seated, our server and the food was all impeccable. Honestly, it's hard to find win on all fronts nowadays but everything was great. The food was divine! Can't wait to go back!

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  7. LyneF

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated Mother’s Day. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend time with family.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing time for brunch ! Will be back !!! :)

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, atmosphere and service!! Will be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a little louder than usual. It was fine but I felt like the music was turned up as well.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent, unfortunately the service wasn’t good.

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  12. JonathanS

    Ottawa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our experience: good ambiance, friendly staff, delicious food - one of our top 3 restaurants in Ottawa!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great value and great service! One of our favorite spots!

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  14. PJWC

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Having been here about six times over the past year, it's unfortunate to see little things just chipping away at a place that I was comfortably recommending to friends, and am now advising they veer away from. This latest experience ended up being the most disappointing by far. The arancini is usually a safe bet, but it came out very quickly and was somehow lukewarm. We wondered if it have been made by accident for another table and was just sitting around until someone put an order in for it. I was looking to get the lamb ragu with pappardelle, and was informed by our server they'd switched from a red sauce to a butter and cream. This was fine, but what came out was so watery, the lamb simply clumped together, nothing adhered to the mafaldine, and it tasted neither buttery, nor creamy. Every time I lifted my fork, the pasta was flicking drops in every direction. The only saving grace here was that my girlfriend's ricotta and lemon anolini with asparagus crema and radicchio was quite good. I've also gotten the same question from people I know who visited with the intention of ordering the rigatoni with shrimp and vodka rosé sauce, only to find out it's no longer on the menu. I myself ran into that on visit number three, and can say I was disappointed, but the previous iteration of the lamb ragu was a decent alternative. I certainly understand the issue of seasonal availability of ingredients impacting what you can serve, but simply updating the menu online would go a long way toward addressing some of the confusion and not creating false expectations. All in all, it's just unfortunate to see a place that had become a favourite has increasingly let disappointments outweigh the positives. The service was polite, so we were too and tipped well, but unfortunately the goodwill that was built in those first couple of visits has now completely been eroded. A decent restaurant with some bright spots, just too inconsistent to continue frequenting.

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  15. AngelaH

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were good, but selection is limited.

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  16. Todd

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pasta Dishes were underwhelming for the price. Carbonara had no visible egg yolk and was served over very thick shells and not noodles. Dish was served in a bowl and was $24 Lamb Ragu pasta was also made with very thick noodles and lacked refinement. Also served in a bowl and was $27. Ambiance was really nice, too bad the food did not meet expectations.

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  17. Kuda

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific atmosphere and excellent service. My only issue was that there were no 0.0% alcohol beers available.

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  18. Chelsea

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cacio Pepe was very good. I’d recommend the Caesar salad over the arancini. I did not love the fish but did enjoy the chicken last time I was at Cantina Gia. The Cini Tini is very good!!

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  19. Jess

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent visit to this Ottawa Glebe neighborhood gem. Mushroom pasta is a must try.

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  20. TaraP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere, great service and delicious food!

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  21. Hillary

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing experience and food! They were also very accommodating and made me a tea latté even though it is not on their menu

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  22. SharonI

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely ambiance, food was good, but not a hit out of the park.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nourriture excellente Bons drinks Bonne ambiance

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  24. Fridafry

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, too much noise for seniors….need noise absorption panels ceiling ?

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  25. Denise

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    the lunch is always the same and the salads are not very original or tasty. diversity would help.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch experience. Menu had variety, service was good and ambiance was ‘buzzin’ bistro’. We’ll be back.

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  27. susans

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    disappointed. Noise level way too high for normal conversation. Very limited menu for lunch.

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  28. TILLER

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything is amazing except for the fact that the tables are so close together that you end up sticking your butt in other people’s faces when you get up or sit down at your table

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  29. MeiC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, extremely fresh with amazing flavour combinations. Service was very good, and attentive.

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  30. DahnaW

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Yummy yummy nice portion sizes lovely place - will definitely return

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  31. Looper

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First of all, Open Table got my reservation wrong. I had booked for 4:45 and got an email to that effect. The restaurant received a reservation for 1:30! I ordered the Creste Rigate & Sausage. It was too spicy for me and I regretted the choice.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Will be back the next time we are in Ottawa.

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  33. DianaW

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very quaint atmosphere. Tight seating but never felt crowded. Great service and attention. Food was amazing! Wonderful selections.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service as always from staff at Gia

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  35. cabernet99

    Ottawa

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great neighbourhood spot - limited but interesting menu - good service & good food.

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  36. CherylW

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening on March 5 2024 It was a lovely and busy night. My only reservation is that it was fairly noisy - this may be partly due to the level of the music. But really we had an amazing time and the decor set a comfortable and still fancy vibe.

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  37. Blick

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of my favourite - albeit loud and a bit pricey- restos for lunch. The service is amazing, the ambience nice and fun. I have been there 3 times now and, each time, the portion of the delicious pancake dish has become smaller. Since there are no side dishes with the pancakes, they look small on the large plate that they are served on. $22 is a lot of money for such a small portion, especially when compared with many of the other dishes whose portions continue to be hearty.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place, and hope it stays around forever! Sound reflectors/ panels needed urgently, though. The ambient noise is beyond happy level- it is like a disco- not for conversations, unless you shout and contribute to increase it even more. Will sure be back, but will avoid peak hours

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  39. ColleenM

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as always. We introduced some family members to Cantina Gia and they were impressed. We will be back

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  40. Susan

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been a few times before and have always enjoyed. Went in for a late lunch recently after the lunch hour rush. This time though the food took nearly 45 minutes to come (end of lunch hour and no other tables came in after us). No updates or drink refills during that time. In the end I had to leave to get back to work before the food arrived. The other people in the group stayed and said the pasta was disappointing. Maybe they were just having a bad day.

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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 874 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 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cantina Gia

749 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    The Glebe
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • 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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