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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

4.5
4.5
742 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Welcome to Cantina Gia
We look forward to seeing you soon.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve 2024

    $85.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2023 only
    Join us and celebrate the New Year with our three course table d'hôte menu!

What 742 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

742 Reviews
  1. Leslie

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar and our server was lovely and very knowledgeable. Will definitely go again.

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  2. Emmy

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Way better places to go for Italian in Ottawa. Pasta sauce was oily and meatballs were undercooked. Although the restaurant is a nice setting, there are many other spots in the city with a better vibe and edible food. Very expensive for what you get here and slow service.

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  3. Sofie

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great dinner and great service! Waitress was extremely friendly and accommodating!

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  4. TerriM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, never disappoints and soo soo good!

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  5. JordanS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere and people! I’ve been there for both brunch and dinner and have loved it every time!

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  6. VictoriaP

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is one of my favorites in Ottawa. The food and ambiance is always amazing and the staff is super friendly.

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  7. OttawaFoodie

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Carpaccio was very tasty however grilled bread had too much salt in it. Calamari also tasty but overcooked and also quite salty. Insalata Mista was fabulous! Loved the puffed farro, the nice mix of greens and great dressing The lamb Ragu was awesome I’d go back just for that! The cantina Gia red was a great pairing with all of the food. Our server was lovely and did a super job! Overall great experience!

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  8. BonnyGirl

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Pasta was nothing special. When I found a bone in the lamb ragu all they offered was a 15% discount on the dish - could have broken a tooth or choked. They did give us the dessert for free but one wonders if they would have offered it, if we hadn't ordered a dessert. My friend's seafood risotto was like a soup rather than as it should be prepared. Overall a big disappointment.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time dining and as always, was a treat. Great service, delicious food and vibrant ambience. Will return!

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  10. PennyL

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous! Everything was perfect and we had so much fun.

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  11. Suze

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I ordered the seafood rissoto. Bad choice! Very little seafood (2 each scallops and shrimps; + 4-5 very small mussels. The rissoto although flavourful, the texture was soupy "slop". Once more it was served on a plate instead of a bowl and was cold in minutes. I ate 1/3 of it and left the rest. I've eaten there numerous times and have enjoyed it but not this time. Very dissatisfied.

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  12. Ross

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We like to support new places that are local and not chains so 3 of us were hopeful. The menu contained a lot of words that we didn't know about and that is OK -we like to learn, but no one came around and clarified for us so we had to get out our cellphones - hate doing that while at the table. The meals looked great but mine didn't taste like much and there was a lot more of polenta than anything else. My friends did not say much about their meals in order to not hurt my feelings as I chose the place. The restaurant itself is nice and the staff were attentive but I was disappointed.

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  13. AlBu

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Apps, cocktail, service, food all superb.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Great spot with good ambience and loved the focaccia! Dessert was great!

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  15. Karen

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special thanks to Julia for giving us a special table.

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  16. Caroline

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of the top restaurant in Ottawa! And you can stock up on beautiful wine and some produce. Staff are amazing!

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  17. LilyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    goodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgood

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  18. AlexJoy

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Amazing ambiance. Wonderful staff and service!! Would recommend and will be coming back!

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  19. RabiehN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time coming to Cantina Gia and it won't be my last. We had the most amazing service, our waitress (I'm sorry I don't remember the name) was extremely attentive and helpful when deciding what to order and made sure to answer all of our many questions. I would highly recommend Cantina Gia to anyone I encounter.

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  20. SabinaG

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb rags was so so good and you have to get the spiced apple cake ! Will be back soon!

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  21. AlexB

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good for date night. Cozy atmosphere and ambiance. Generous portions. Would return to this restaurant

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  22. kellys

    Toronto

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Some sound baffles would improve this restaurant as you have to almost yell when busy. Pancakes were great but someone needs to show kitchen staff how to cut a grapefruit for their side dish. Gilled halves arrived almost impossible to eat and cold. Also no spoons - they went hunting and found us soup spoons. Serated small grapefruit spoons exist for good reason!

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  23. BradDoyle

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner. Portions were great. Cannot wait to go back

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  24. Dani

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always amazing and the service is top-notch! Wine is good and the desserts are great! I love their home made pasta, so fresh. It is a little bit on the louder side, so go with friends and laugh.

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  25. Alishog

    Montreal

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely eatery with a menu to suit all tastes. The focaccia is amazing and the Brussels sprouts divine. The atmosphere was relaxing although it was a bit too dark to properly read the menu. Otherwise I would highly recommend Gia Cantina.

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  26. AlexandraP

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! The drinks were good too. I had the cacio e pepe as my server recommended and I was not disappointed. The sauce was tasty and the portion was perfect.

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  27. Lala

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect for brunch with the ladies. Generous portions. I hope this Gem stays in Ottawa for a long time.

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  28. Anonymous

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, ambiance. Great place for brunch with friends

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  29. CourtneyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kind service, incredible food, cool ambiance. The staff at Gia Cantina beautifully accommodated my spouse and I for our anniversary and we had a lovely time.

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  30. Patz

    Edmonton

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The suggestion for family style for our group of 5 people was a good recommendation

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service and staff were great, very courteous and always checked in. Food

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Charming decor especially the ladies room. We will be back.

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  33. PatK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing food. Great service. Great ambience. Pasta dishes were unique and the Brussels sprouts yummy.

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  34. Foodie

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    From the moment we sat down the server was bugging us about ordering, and repeatedly asked about the next course and reminded us about the timing of the table. Only after we gulped down our wine did she mention that they could have recorked the bottle for take home. I've never been hustled through a meal so much in my life. Very unpleasant. Too bad - food was good and well-priced.

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  35. Michelle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very overrated restaurant. Don’t recommend wasn’t worth it. Service was slow, pasta was overcooked and mediocre and pretty pricey

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  36. ChrisJ

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lots of fun a great pasta. Service was excellent and the restaurant had a great vibe

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  37. stuart

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice ambiance, staff were great as well. The burrata was amazing as were the brussel sprouts and the rosemary potatoes. Huge portion sizes. The pork i ordered i will not order again as it was so thin and dry it was tasteless. The chicken was juicy and excellent. The dessert was very good but for 100$ a person without alcohol i would have liked my main dish to at least be good if not perfect.

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  38. Alyson

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing meal! We have been for dinner a few times but we finally tried the brunch and it was fantastic!!

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  39. Joanne

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at Cantina Gia. The appetizers and pastas were all delicious. The arancini and tuna crudo were excellent. The cacio e pepe pasta was amazing!

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  40. MarilouL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tout était bien....le seul point négatif de la soirée aura été les chaises très inconfortables. Nous étions assis devant la fenêtre au comptoir.

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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
  • 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 4.5 stars by 742 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 19 times today
Experiences are available.

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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