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Cantina Gia, Ottawa, ON

Cantina Gia

4.7
4.7
273 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Welcome to Cantina Gia
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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 48 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 273 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Brunch

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Brunch

  • Ottawa

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  1. JH

    JenniferH

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. C

    Charlotte

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!
  3. AC

    AnneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    SC11

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    MC77

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  6. MF

    MFoodie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  7. MS

    MSin

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just the most magnificent place. I love it so much. Service, food, wine… just so excellent.
  8. C

    Corbett

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Nice restaurant for simple pasta and Italian small dishes. Waitress was rude and unprofessional, ignores booking details and allergies. Wouldn’t recommend anyone to go
  9. SM

    SandraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and a lovely atmosphere. Would return.
  10. BG

    BrooklynG

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Pasta was incredible, great staff and service, great atmosphere.
  11. DM

    DouglasM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Slightly noisy but good atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Pasta overcooked Green tomatoes Burrata was ok Waitress not super happy And the worst fried zucchini I ever tasted
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere and amazing food. Will be back again!
  14. K

    Karine

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Gia did not disappoint. The stuffed zucchini flowers and tomato and goat arancinis were delicious, the carbonara and caesar salad were simple and effective. The orange wine recommendation was fresh, tangy and perfect. The dining room is loud with passionate conversations and a bit of upbeat music. A wonderful experience overall.
  15. K

    Kanatians

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Both pasta dishes were outstanding. Bar seating was fun...but I never prefer looking down into a working bar. The wall mural and decor is very special. Nice to see remnants of Fratelli's (white subway tile across the kitchen entrance). The food quality is exceeded only by the charges. Still worth the visit and a return!
  16. LM

    LiamM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect night out to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. We loved the cocktails and food and left feeling very full and incredibly satisfied.
  17. MC

    MartinC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tout fait maison! Excellent repas, bel agencement de saveurs… une valeur sûre!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, attentive staff - will definitely be back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall ok. They ran out of items on the menu.
  20. c

    csmith

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I found that there were too many items on the menu not available, or being substituted. The caccio e pepe was not authentic. It tasted similar to Kraft dinner, and was very disappointing. Also, more menu items that include vegetables are recommended.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Sat at the front counter. It was nice
  22. CP

    ClareP

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food , ambiance and service but the noise level made it impossible to have a conversation
  23. AC

    AllisonC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The restaurant looks great. The menu was interesting but limited. Should have realized shared plates was the way to go. Food was delicious. Service was adequate. But the noise level! It was exhausting to maintain a conversation. Tired of “energetic”, noisy places where you can’t actually engage with your dinner companion. We won’t be back which is too bad as we live close by.
  24. AB

    AnnieB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, cocktails were delicious and the space was beautiful!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as usual.
  26. CD

    ChristinaDT

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for another lovely evening of great food, wine & service Gia!
  27. SB

    SteveB

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice spot for fresh italian food. Servers are very professional and friendly. This is a great spot for lunch, dinner or brunch.
  28. K

    Kent

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re looking for excellent food, in a relaxed but interesting atmosphere with fantastic service…Cantina Gia is the spot for you!
  29. M

    Maddy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and lovely staff. Would definitely recommend!
  30. M

    Meg1

    Ottawa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delightful lunch at Cantina G i a amongst friends 😊. We truly enjoyed the homey feel, the fresh and delicious meal served with a side of friendly and accommodating service. Thank you!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great authentic Italian food in the Glebe.
  32. DP

    DanP

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a cool spot! Great neighbourhood vibe. The staff made great recommendations and took great care of us! We would definitely go back next time we are in Ottawa!
  33. TE

    TracyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful decor, wonderful service, delicious food. I can’t wait to go back again.
  34. H

    Heather

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our time at Cantina Gia. Our two year old friend was a bit boisterous but the staff was gracious about it and we packed up half our meal to go since it was passed her bed time. Very grateful to the staff who were patient and understanding!
  35. a

    albertaguy

    Edmonton

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    This was my first time at the restaurant, and I won’t be returning. The food was mediocre at best, including three bland meatballs, one of which was overcooked. The tiramisu was still very cold in the center. The pesto with the fried gnocchi was way too oily. The bar seating was uncomfortable, and the noise level was so high that it was a relief when I left and had to deal only with the street noise.
  36. JM

    JasM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. This is my go to place for dining out.
  37. DP

    DeborahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience. I would recommend this place...
  38. M

    Marianne

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. My only complaint is that it was very loud. We were sitting beside one another at the bar and it was very difficult to hear one another.
  39. AB

    AnnB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Everything was subpar. With seats and tables available throughout they chose to seat everyone super close. Server was inattentive, forgot to take our order for mains and didn’t have an understanding of the menu. The carbonara pasta was replaced with a circular pasta and tasted terrible. It was an unenjoyable experience.
  40. N

    Natb

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere! Great service and. Every meal is great however hands down Best breaky in town

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 4.7 stars by 273 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 48 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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