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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

4.5
4.5
374 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Welcome to Cantina Gia
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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 49 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 374 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

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  1. H

    Hedaya

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    We were very excited to visit Cantina Gia for the first time and as a family of four to celebrate our little daughters birthday. The host was lovely however our server didn’t offer us a great experience. He did not introduce himself and he did not even smile once, it seemed like he didn’t even want to be at work. The arancini was a little cold inside, the calamari was not crispy, more mushy and the batter wasn’t well mixed, it went from bland to very salty. And, the pasta for the kids was acceptable, wouldn’t recommend Parmesan on top because it has an bitter taste. We really appreciate Italian cuisine and we’re expecting better made and well executed courses. We stopped at appetizers because we weren’t enjoying, honestly. The restaurant space is absolutely beautiful, the ambiance is lovely, and the aesthetic as well! Maybe, it was a rough night in the kitchen/for our server.
  2. S

    Sahar

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The excellent service and delicious food is consistent! This brings me back knowing I can trust to have a good meal with friends and enjoy ourselves.
  3. K

    Katrinka

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Cantina Gia. Service was excellent from start to finish and their brunch did not disappoint! It was so hard to chose between options, but I settled on the porchetta sandwich (house roasted with grainy mustard and pear!) and it was delicious! My friend ordered the eggs benedict and I will definitely go back to order that, along with every other option. On the side we were served a large portion of rosemary potatoes (fried with skins) and greens. Overall, I would highly recommend this place and can't wait to go back.
  4. AM

    AmyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved this place for a nice lunch with a friend. The food was delicious, service was great. Loved the touch of vi Tage dishware. Recommending Cantina Gia to everyone. Will definitely be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service but the noise level is next level to the point that we couldn’t wait to get out of there
  6. M

    Molly

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Went for lunch. Porchetta sandwich was dry and bread-heavy. Creamy mushroom ragout was delicious. Bartender gave 10/10 service. Great vibe.
  7. GB

    GenevieveB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent spot! Eclectic relaxed fun atmosphere with delicious food!! Will return regularly!!
  8. G

    Genevieve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time. My friend and I both had pastas and loved both. Lovely setting, very clean.
  9. MB

    MariaB

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carla, our bartender, was and always is amazing! The food was awesome and the service on point. We love eating at the bar! Maria & John
  10. ED

    ElisaDC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Waitress never cleared our plates, took forever to ask to get refill on water. Pasta was alright, seems like they add sugar to sauce, which I’m not a fan of! Brussels sprouts had too much juice to them. Could of been an off night, but for first time experience… I would have to say I had better meals elsewhere.
  11. SH

    ShireenH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always craving the pomodoro. Food, drinks and staff are always lovely. Wish they had focaccia at lunch though!
  12. A

    Anut

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as always. This is why we return here over and over again. We brought some friends with us last night, and they enjoyed the evening as much as we did. The service is always great here!!
  13. AP

    AlisonP

    Ottawa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great brunch! such a good variety of things to share and enjoy.
  14. RR

    RRuns

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top place for a delicious brunch
  15. DI

    DIANAR

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food at lunch was hearty and tasty. Our service was attentive and pleasant. But it was noisy.
  16. BB

    BillB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating to special dietary needs. All 3 guests enjoyed their dishes.
  17. J

    Joanna

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant, full of warmth and ambiance. Great food and friendly knowledgeable staff.
  18. J

    Jesse

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was just wonderful. Our server was so lovely. Food was delicious and well coordinated. Excellent wine selection. Music got a bit loud towards the end of our meal (8pm), but not unbearably so. One of the best Italian spots in Ottawa.
  19. F

    Foodie1

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re looking for a nice dinner in Ottawa, this is it.
  20. D

    Datenight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Calimari was too thickly cut but perfectly seasoned and crispy. Branzino and pasta clams were excellent. Amazing wine and great service.
  21. TB

    TylerB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Would definitely go back
  22. G

    Gramps7

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a great lunch with a shared salad and also split a eggplant parmigiana sandwhich in a focaccia. Both were very good. The salad dressing a Prosecco vinaigrette was amazing. Will definitely be back.
  23. C

    Christopher

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gia is always a good time, some of the best fresh pasta in Ottawa!
  24. E

    Erikpa

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting this restaurant with one of my friends. We found it quite cozy with lovely modern decor. The food was quite delicious. I had homemade butternut squash filled pasta, which was amazing. My friend had the flatiron steak with jus. His portion was quite large and ordered a side he didn’t finish. Steak was cooked to perfection. I would recommend a steak for two and sharing some sides. Their homemade negroni on tap is out of this world. Definitely a must have if you love negronis. Will definitely come back here! To top it off, they take Amex!
  25. LE

    LocalEater

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Great ambiance. Good food and drinks, but horrible service. It's a shame, really. I probably won't go back again.
  26. H

    Hannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The server was super awesome! We ordered quite a bit of food for two people for brunch, so she brought us sharing plates. We ordered the Eggs Benedict and Avocado toast with a side of backs on. The potatoes were to die for. We also ordered the pancakes and ate it as dessert, which were yummm!!! Appreciated that the waitress brought us new plates and cutlery for this. Coffee came with the option of oat milk. Loved the vibes, the service we got and the aesthetic!! We sat at the window bar. Would definitely come again!!!
  27. S

    Sydneysmom

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We had a late dining experience, but that didn't hamper the service nor the food. My mushroom pasta was A-MAZING!! My girlfriend just loved her food as well. It was our first time dining there - after an NAC show which landed us there about 20 minutes late for an 8:45 reso, but again... we didn't suffer for it. We'll absolutely go back again to try more delicious food! (The Caesar salad was one of the best I've tasted - not the ordinary heavy dressing over basic romaine lettuce - ample fresh parm and crispy nuggets of everything else!
  28. J

    Jtila

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, and a great atmosphere. Would go back for sure.
  29. O

    Overdraft

    Toronto

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A nice meal overall…a solid very good for me but my wife felt her gluten free pasta meal was outstanding- and the GF calamari excellent. If we could be critical it would be that our servers weren’t particularly engaged…not bad or anything…just we didn’t feel like we were overtly welcomed. Perhaps our hang up.
  30. O

    O9331

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We were there Halloween night for dinner, before we headed out to a concert so we only has about one and half hours to enjoy our dining experience. First time customers and we booked it based off a couple things but primarily it was the owner’s previous connection with the restaurant North and Navy (based on “about us” on their website) which we’ve dined at as well and very much enjoyed there food menu and their personable service so I dod have a little bias of expectation going in. As for Gia, I want to believe we caught their staff on an “off night” because there was a a lot left to be desired… The service from our waitress was polite but cold (we’re used to receiving super chatty, informative and friendly wait-staff since their the first point of contact and they set the initial tone with how your evening will be) however, she was attentive and quick on making sure our glasses were full but it seemed she really wasn’t in the head space to be working that evening. The food was where it really bummed us out, everything from our starter to the main was super salty that it gave us elder millennials some serious indigestion; calamari, carbonara and the creste regarw. And in terms of plating technique, it was definitely lacking that personal touch of care and it seemed more of scoop, drop, serve kind of plating. Given the dinner only cost roughly 85-90$ (including 18% tip), it wasn’t worth the note to complain and we’re not complainers to even begin. We did try to finish our dishes but it definitely wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been. If the total was running around 150$ or higher then yeah, we would absolutely be complaining. At the end of day, we still say give them a try because we could of caught them and their staff on an off night.
  31. N

    Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are so many reasons we keep coming back time after time. The food. The ambiance. The service. Are always above board- no matter how busy they are. grazi Gia
  32. W

    Wally

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the atmosphere. Great food, and great service.
  33. N

    Niek

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Pleasant and cosy environment, nice atmosphere. Very noisy and hard to hold a conversation. Staff didn't want to turn down the music. Food was good but nothing special. The dishes were simple. On the expensive side for what you get.
  34. L

    Lynn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I was disappointed with the Carbonara pasta. I sent it back once, and it still tasted too rustic for my taste. The bar chairs are impossible to sit on...too hard. The bartender was friendly and very accommodating. The atmosphere was lively.
  35. NC

    NancyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious! My companion announced she was not going to share even a bite of her meal because it was too wonderful - I was sad but understood! :)
  36. I

    Izzy

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience2
    Disappointed. We have been trying to reserve a group of 8 at Cantina Gia for over 2 months. Countless phone calls (at non-peak hours) and emails...we never got any answer. Let me point out that we followed the procedure as suggested both on the website and via voicemail. - Strike 1 We were finally able to book a table of 5 (not for supper but for lunch) through the website. Our waitress was super nice and genuine. Our experience started out great. Two of us ordered the pasta but they were cold. They were kind enough to take the plate back and make a new one. The new plate was the same temperature as the first one which we were told was the proper way of eating this dish. - Strike 2 We asked to speak to the manager regarding the reservation and communication issue. After we were done with our main course. They told us they were aware of the problem and that if they can't accommodate a reservation the email falls through the cracks. Bottom line, they are truly aware of the problem but aren't addressing it. We were very clear and said that such behaviour made us feel like we weren't valued, clients. - Strike 3 After this encounter we waited a good 15 minutes, we wanted to order dessert and coffee. We had previously written in our reservation note that it was my fiancé's bday and I made sure to tell our waitress as well. I went to the counter to speak to the waitress and she told me that our food and drinks were on the house and that we could leave when we wanted. So they had made the decision for us that we were done. I could have asked for dessert didn't want to take advantage of the free food they were already giving us. What is strange in this situation is that the manager didn't come to our table to tell us about the resolution or even asked if we wanted something else. It was so confusing and we left even more frustrated. - Strike 4 It was so awkward, and we had to go to another spot to properly celebrate my fiancé.
  37. GH

    GraemeH

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Cantina Gia was incredible. Delicious food and drinks, excellent ambience and great service.
  38. AM

    AndreaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Pasta was soupy and server asked us if we wanted coffee or tea before our meals were served.
  39. BL

    BernieL

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food and service. Very highly recommended.
  40. NB

    NatalieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good although not what we were necessarily expecting (Carbonara with rigatoni noodles?). The dish I was hoping to order was not available but we were not told until we were ready to order (would have been nice to know as we were seated). Service was a big Meh! Server seemed mostly bored. The restaurant was busy and very loud - we found it difficult to have a conversation at the table - this may be ok for late night but not so great for a family dinner.

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 4.5 stars by 374 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 49 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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