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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

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

8:30 p.m.


Booked 34 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 840 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

840 Reviews
  1. Blick

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. ColleenM

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  4. Susan

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  5. happydiner

    Ottawa

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this restaurant but it certainly won’t be our last. Lovely spot with charming ambience. The service is impeccable and everyone is so so friendly. The food is amazing. We had the arancini, tuna crudo and calamari as appetizers. All delicious. Two of us had the pasta with mushrooms and one had the pasta with lamb ragout. Cooked to perfection. Really nice wine list and they are very helpful. This will be one of our regulars.

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  6. AngelaF

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Calamari was excellent! Love the lamb pasta. Our favourite restaurant

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely decor. Great ambience. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Food is always excellent.

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  8. MichaelW

    Ottawa

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food at a reasonable price, in a great, funky ambiance. It's hard to get in - so book early - but worth the effort.

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  9. BethJ

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, cosy atmosphere. We’ve eaten there before and will definitely return. The starters and pasta dishes are always amazing. This time we shared the chicken diavola, which was nicely presented and perfectly cooked. I would order this again.

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  10. Richardb

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good as usual. However completing the reservation online on the Cantina Gia was confusing as it asks for a Zip Code rather than a Postal Code and it’s hard to figure out what to do!

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  11. PLeating

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cute place for brunch, ladies night or date night. Everything is tasty and fresh, and beautifully presented on vintage ware.

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  12. anonymous

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best pasta I’ve ever had! The staff was amazing, service was very fast, and everyone LOVED their food. My new favourite spot! Carbonara was 10/10.

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  13. RyanC

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    SoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOooooooo delicious

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  14. ErinM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gia never disappoints! The cacio e pepe is out for his world.

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  15. EvelynnM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a small hiccup with my order but the staff quickly corrected and we were very happy!

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  16. DavidL

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always, we had amazing service as well. Highly recommend this restaurant! Thanks Gia

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  17. cmccullo

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good Italian food, and a fun wine list. I had the small Italian Chopped Insalata with Burrata added, it was brilliant, and left me enough room to order the tiramisu, which tasted 100% homemade, and perfect with an Americano. Great service, very helpful. The main area is louder than the secondary seating area.

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  18. DebraW

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I was there for business and there was a large party of 20 people who kept wandering around, distracting and noisy. I would definitely go again, but maybe not for a business lunc. Deb

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  19. NoahL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Cantina Gia for an early valentine’s day dinner with my girlfriend. Absolutely amazing, the food was delicious, the service was amazing. The food was not overpriced and had great portions. Highly recommend the calamari as an appetizer.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great brunch at Cantina Gia- the portion sizes were fair and the service was great!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been waiting to try Cantina Gia for a while now and definitely did not disappoint. Everything was perfect from the delicious food, our amazing server and great atmosphere. Can’t wait to be back.

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  22. ErinS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived a little late to our resort, was no problem, we were still sat. Drinks and food were good!

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  23. forthebutterflies

    Toronto

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time having brunch at Gia, though we've been for dinner a number of times. The food was excellent and generously portioned (I had the smoked trout rosti), the service was super friendly, the space was beautiful as usual. My friend has food allergies and they were highly accommodating. It was very lively and I was glad to see them so busy. On this particular day there seemed to be many groups of female friends very excitedly celebrating things and taking photos for evidence on instagram.

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  24. Tassy

    Ottawa

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pros: Really good and intensely flavoured food, although not traditional Italian. Ample servings at a decent price. Good service. Warm, rustic ambience. Cons: Place is very small and crowded. VERY noisy - cannot have a private conversation unless you want your neighbours to hear it all too.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual, we always love Gia. The food is the best

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  26. CoreyB

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glebe has another great restaurant. Excellent across the board. Not to be missed.

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  27. Nick

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The tables were very close together so the noise level was excessive. Quite unexpected for a week night. We would have stayed longer if we could hear ourselves talk... The food was good though!

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  28. Gardner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor service and overpriced, subpar food. Lasagna came out black and waiter barely spoke to us. Notified them is was for a birthday and had less than average service. Served 3/4 people’s dishes and waited 10 minutes for the other person’s dish so our food was cold.

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  29. HannahK

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriends and I had a lovely brunch at Catina Gia. The food was fantastic and we had great lattés. We sat at a booth at the back which was great for a larger group. Love this restaurant and will be back.

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  30. LoriH

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    if your looking for authentic italian food this is it

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  31. RachelM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the mushroom on toast with egg. My meal arrived with (what looked like to me) a steak knife. The crust was very hard to cut so I only ate the soft part of the bread. My egg was very well done and cold. My friend brought the warm potatoes home and I took the salad home.

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  32. GaryB

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service. Lamb ragout amazing.

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  33. Iris

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My carbonara was so salty I couldn’t eat it, although my companion’s spaghetti and meatballs were good. Lighting was poor. Had had a very good lunch there before but based on this experience would not go back.

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  34. Businessdiner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is excellent but rather pricy for what you get. Very popular so they follow a very strict 2 hour window. Got the bums rush for a business meeting. Went elsewhere for coffee and dessert because of the cycling. Don’t recommend it if you need time. They will ask you to leave immediately

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  35. MichelAngelo

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good brunch with some Italian type favours. Nice venue

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & service is beyond amazing. But it comes with a price !

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  37. Erin

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Really disappointed with our recent experience -- the level of service was just poor for the price point and totally devoid of any hospitality; we had to keep waving down the waitress for water, ask for the various components of our app courses (why is the olive oil not with the bread?), and were dissapointed with the general ambiance of the room (I paid 250$ dollars for my meal and was subject to Stacey's Mom on the sound system? How hard is it to find appropriate music if you are going to play it so loudly?). Meal was cold and far from even room temp. This visit confirmed for us another poor experience at Gia -- we won't be back.

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  38. CynthiaC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love gia cantina food and service is always fabulous

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  39. TheManzere

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I liked the spot itself but the food was mediocre despite the prices.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and ambience, kind and friendly staff did t feel rushed!

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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 4.6 stars by 840 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 34 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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