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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

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

9:30 p.m.


Booked 20 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 307 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

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    Brunch

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  1. H

    Harry

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food was very good but the atmosphere was very loud and the service was not extraordinary. It felt very transactional !
  2. TG

    TerrasG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality food, excellent service, great wine. Only negative comment is related to noise level.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely evening. The restaurant was busy so the service was a bit slow but everything was delicious! The pasta is always just perfect and the portions so large no one had room for dessert.
  4. JG

    JacintheG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    This was my first and last experience at Cantina Gia. Firstly the service was terrible. Not only did we need to remind the server to bring plates for the dishes that our table of 3 were sharing, we had to ask several times for water and spices. This was not the cause of understaffing, they had plenty of staff and even sent one home during our time there. Food wise... I don't even know where to start. The appetizers were okay, not worth the price charged. We ordered 3 pasta dishes as well. The spaghetti was way undercooked. We had the squid ink linguini which was not linguine and the sauce tasted watered down and bland. That dish was returned and replaced with the carbonara... which was mediocre at best. The third dish, which we had the highest hopes for was the bolognese. Basically it was a bowl of noodles with SOME sauce on it. Barely enough to coat the noodles. I honestly can't remember the last time I went to a restaurant where the combination of bad service and SAD food happened, all for a $300. If I was the chef or owner, I'd be embarrassed on how bad everything rolled out.
  5. c

    cwglebe

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Arugula salad arrived at our table and was not arugula at all. Server forgot to tells that the chef had decided the arugula available was not great so they had switched the greens. The salad was very good but not what we thought it was going to be. Mains were very tasty - cacio e pepe and pasta with rapini/sausage. Waiter was really lovely ; just forgot the arugula info. I'd go again just for the cacio e pepe - delicious. The physical space is really lovely
  6. c

    chou

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    They accommodated a note in the reservation for a table if it became available. Simple menu, flavorful sauce on my ravioli dish. Shared an order of calamari and a teramisu. Both where made well. Love that my favorite drink is on tap! Really like the old mismatched vintage table ware and glasses. Only down fall was that the green chairs are refinished and I had a staple puncture my thumb and bleed as I readjusted my position.
  7. KL

    KaitL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Classic. Casual feel but upscale details. Delicious every time.
  8. A

    Anut

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always amazing here! We have never been disappointed. The staff is amazing!! Very attentive. Love the decor and atmosphere. Will be back soon. Saturday and Sunday brunch is incredible! But this is where we go for family dinners in the evenings sometimes ! My granddaughter loves the food here also. Highly recommend Gia!!!
  9. VC

    VeronicaC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints— we had calamari, ravioli and delicious drinks
  10. LP

    LisaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Exceeded expectations and they were already high. Thank you!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a great evening! The food was amazing and the servers were friendly. The only thing is that it’s hard to get a waiters attention since they all are on the go. Would highly recommend this place for pasta lovers
  13. k

    kevinc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    Very good food the service was quite poor and inattentive. Waitress could not open the wine bottles and forgot to bring pepper
  14. AM

    AshleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great pasta and apps. On tap negronis are amazing. Beautiful bathrooms.
  15. AD

    AlainD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night for 2 seats at the bar was excellent. Jess’s cocktails and service were amazing. We will be back soon.
  16. L

    Lynn850

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Carbonara is the bomb. The tiramisu is very good - worth getting.
  17. MR

    MaryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The music was amazing!! we will be back. Thanks again
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing.
  19. TM

    TaylorM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Server was extremely rude and inattentive. Food good.
  20. RL

    RhonaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our lunch was delicious and fairly priced, with good-sized portions. However, the service was unbelievable; I have been dining out for decades and can honestly say that I have never had such good service. Our waitress was friendly and affable, and so helpful and accommodating; it was really something. This was my second visit to Cantina Gia; the service was amazing the first time too. Keep up the amazing work!
  21. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tasty food, friendly service, but tends to be a bit noisy, but overall enjoyable.
  22. R

    Richie

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner, service and atmosphere. Highly recommended!
  23. GB

    GailB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant & great food! We had the Arugula & Frisbee Insalata to start then we had Cacio de Pepe and Sugo All' Amatriciana and both were excellent! We will definitely be back !
  24. MC

    MargieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to Gia a number of times and it’s always a great experience!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So friendly nice service, nice food, good atmosphere.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone loved their food
  27. EW

    EmmaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and amazing food! Loved my lunch at Gia’s
  28. j

    julio

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    There seemed to be a lack of service staff. We were without water for quite some time and it wasn’t noticed on the server’s rounds.
  29. n

    nappypeluso

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent, as per usual! Tried the tagliatelle and it was *chef kiss*. I wish the service was more attentive, we would have ordered more drinks but she came by so few times that we only had one drink throughout our whole meal.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience was perfect! Beautiful lighting and decor. Drinks were fantastic and the food was excellent!
  31. LB

    LouiseB

    Ottawa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about it! Great food, great service, we will definitely go back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food & wonderful ambiance. Love this place. Will gladly come back again and again.
  33. F

    Fleurg68419

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, friendly service, liked the aesthetic and atheism here, can’t wait to go again.
  34. SJ

    SJottawa

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food and drinks were delicious, but service was slow and innattentive.
  35. JH

    JenniferH

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Went for lunch and space is very nice but when full is quite loud. Two of our three dishes were very good - Salumi sandwich and carbonara. The mafaldini was an epic fail. Note the menu does not describe the shape of the pasta for the carbonara - most restaurants setve it with a long pasta (usually spaghetti) in this case it came with a short fat pasta (possibly rigatoni?) so not exactly what was expected but it did not detract from the great sauce. The mafaldini - was supposed to come with peas - instead it came with corn. While both are sweet visually the plate was bland. Taste - it was covered in oily breadcrumbs and other than the tiny pieces of corn had two rock hard pieces of zucchini. Hard to eat and more than half the dish went uneaten. The menu should have identified the substitute of veg in that dish or the wait staff should have mentioned it. Not what I expect from a good restaurant. Not sure we would go back.
  36. C

    Charlotte

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love coming to Gia’s for brunch or dinner. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and the food is always fresh and delicious!
  37. AC

    AnneC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance were all excellent! Highly recommend Gia!
  38. SC

    SC11

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food! Able to accommodate gluten free and vegetarian guests
  39. MC

    MC77

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Been to Gia twice for dinner, both great experiences. My last (third) experience for brunch was disappointing. Our server was inattentive, had to ask for cutlery after food was served, then had to ask for napkins, was not asked if we wanted anything else to drink after finishing our first order, nor came to refill water glasses.
  40. MF

    MFoodie

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Reservation using Open table went smoothly, best to reserve at least 1 day ahead. My first impression was about how loud the place is, hard to have a comfortable conversation, definitely noise is an issue, cant imagine how staff hearing is affected. As for the food, Calcio e peppe nothing spectacular, I can prepare better pasta at home, had barely any cheese in it; the pasta vongole with squid ink was much better, would order it again. Wines overpriced, at least 5-6 dolar over the price you find at other restos. Dessert was good, espresso excellent. They prepared the best negroni I've ever had. Will go back? maybe.

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 307 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 20 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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