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DreamLand Cafe, Ottowa, ON

DreamLand Cafe

4.8
4.8
276 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
THE BEST PASTA IN OTTAWA
LOCAL - FRESH - FEELS LIKE HOME

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Café

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 422-4200

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Coco De Leo

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross Street

    Gladstone Ave.

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Gladstone / Preston

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

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What 276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Best Overall

  • Ottawa

    Best Food

  • Ottawa

    Best Value

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    Healthy

  • Ottawa

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Ottawa

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

  • Ottawa

    Best Food

  • Ottawa

    Best Value

  • Ottawa

    Healthy

  • Ottawa

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Ottawa

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Ottawa

    Italian

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  1. DS

    DinaS

    Ottawa

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the dishes on special, smashed patates (appetizer) and fettuccine bolognese (main), were simply amazing! Scrumptious!!! It was difficult to hold back but I managed to save enough of each that I had another delicious meal waiting the next day. Of course I couldn't resist dessert, and I highly recommend the bread pudding. 😁
  2. RG

    RichG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great wine pairings. Excellent service staff. Really enjoyed our visit and we will come back soon!
  3. WR

    WarrenR

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outrageously Good!!! I love everything about the restaurant and the two owners are the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet!! The food is exceptional and flavourful!!!
  4. J

    Julia

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Normally have great experiences here but this time it missed the mark. Really slow service, every time we ordered a drink it seemed to be instantly forgotten about, watched our server putter around and do anything excep poor a glass of wine (and gave a little sass when an inquiry was made about the missing drink) Food came out at a reasonable time and was hot and great per usual. In a restaurant this size, there’s no reason to wait as long as we did for drinks. More personal note, wish cocktail menu was available online, the Italian soda tasted like sour soda water, and the tirimisu lacked flavour and sweetness. I’ll come back, was just disappointed in the service considering how high the bill is.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening end to end. Greeted and taken to our table right on time. The wine recommendation was amazing. The deep fried potatoes were unique and best thing ever. I asked for Cocos recommendation on her favourite new menu item she developed based on her recent trip to Italy and all I can say is OMG!! Coco and Marlo, you rock.. Highly recommended.
  6. D

    Devon

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A little packed but the food is quite good!
  7. J

    Jaydee

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Pasta is fresh and food is terrific. Service was excellent.
  8. CK

    ClemK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Some of the best pasta in Ottawa. Also delicious cocktails! They revamped the space a bit, and it’s noisier than before, and the seating a bit less comfortable (narrow, uncushioned wood benches on one side of tables). Still a great place!
  9. D

    Diane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the best pasta in the city! i keep coming back and i’ve been going since they opened their first location on laurier.
  10. KF

    KarenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a recommendation for us to try this restaurant and we decided to go before the Holly Cole concert and absolutely will be going again! From the staff to the ambience to the food all around a wonderful place!
  11. SL

    ShannonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always, so happy that I finally got the chance to show my besties what I've been raving about months. And extra credit for the new ravioli shaped tables!
  12. CT

    CarolineT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy place. Friendly service. Food is amazingly tasty.
  13. X

    Xoxo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was good and the food was good. It’s a really small restaurant
  14. SC

    SarahC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it every time we come. The food is amazing, the drink selection is great, the servers are friendly and knowledgeable. Recently had to cut gluten out of my diet and their GF pasta was perfection.
  15. SS

    SarahS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Dreamland Cafe was a lovely little restaurant and I would definitely go back. I called to change my reservation for an earlier time and they were able to accommodate.
  16. MA

    MirandaApril

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    dreamland cafe is fabulous! my partner and I returned for the first time in 2.5 years (pre-covid) for our anniversary and it's just as lovely as before. we were so happy to see it was still lively and vibrant! the food is phenomenal and a decent price. while the space is quite small it wasn't very noisy which we appreciated. fast service and great tasting food!!!!
  17. M

    Melissa

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best pasta you will ever have. You’ll dream of it for days. Staff are also absolutely stellar. Excellent experience!
  18. MN

    MitchN

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meatballs and sauce, yummy garlic bread dippers, velvety fettuccine, crispy craft beer, smooth red wine, and the brussel sprouts slapped. We will be back!
  19. JC

    JennaC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as always. My favourite spot for a date night, birthday or anniversary ❤️
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun restaurant! the pasta is delicious
  21. TL

    ToniL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Great service. Amazing staff. Book in advance.
  22. A

    Arelo

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience is great, love the ravioli tables! All the food was delicious and enjoyed by all, even by the Italians in the group who are used to eating their nonna’s pasta! Service was stellar. Must try the brussel sprouts! Would definitely go back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great dining experience !! Food and service is always amazing ! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great pasta meal !
  24. JY

    JYFM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly services. Excellent mushroom truffle mac n cheese! We had some issue with one of our orders, they offered alternative and made sure we were happy with the solution. Highly recommend this place!
  25. CE

    ChristineE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a real gem in Little Italy. Everything is just cozy and excellent.
  26. JC

    JacquieC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food here is amazing! Please keep the mushroom truffle Mac and cheese on the menu! It’s amazing
  27. GV

    GregV

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Again amazing! The food is just so good, the drinks are fun and it's a blast!
  28. R

    Raelynn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Love that they have gluten free options, all pastas can be made with gluten free noodles. Also had some cocktails which were very tasty.
  29. MR

    MercieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every time I come here, this place does not sense to amaze me. You will not be disappointed, no matter what you eat!
  30. D

    Danny

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great home-made pasta dishes in cute little house in Little Italy. Very tiny space but worth it!
  31. LM

    LoisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    1st visit and was not disappointed. The music and ambient noise was a bit too loud and made chatting difficult Server (Reese) was super friendly. Very familiar with the menu and willing to offer suggestions. He was attentive and quite helpful The pesto pasta was fantastic. Brussels for starter delish. The carbonara laws a bit soupy and would not be a repeat. The overall experience was super good. I’ll be back
  32. SG

    SylvieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing, felt nice to eat something GF that was different and not boring, it's nice that they consider giving us GF people some other options that actually taste good. Thank you for the great night!
  33. K

    Karoline

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The food was AMAZING as always, Thank you ! But the service...was not great at all.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service , it’s our regular date night spot from now on
  35. MC

    MeganC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pasta and the vibe of dreamland never disappoints! For a date night or for a girls night, it’s perfect every time!
  36. d

    david

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the lamb ragu was absolutely insane . very well priced for a great quantity of food . it was so delicious . i’m still shocked a full day later . i almost ordered a 2nd round of the ragu but i didn’t want my gf to roll me out of the restaurant . good vibes good energy. drinks were cold and tasty. staff were kind . always smiling . you can tell they enjoy working there
  37. DD

    DimitriD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Carbonara tasted unusual, restaurant was really noisy.
  38. DS

    DinaS

    Ottawa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As my many past reviews attest, I'm a frequent flyer at DreamLand Cafe, and I'm usually very happy with their offerings. Last night I introduced friends visiting from BC to the wonders of DreamLand Cafe, and they were similarly blown away by first their beverages (rhubarb pie cocktail is HIGHLY recommended!) then their food.
  39. S

    Steph

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pasta sauce for the ragu and amatriciana were on the sweet side. Amatriciana used to be better. The pasta were fresh but sauce could have been more savoury. Food was a bit too spicy (needed to drink water all night long). Apetizers were good: polenta and ceasar salad.
  40. T

    Taylor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything fantastic, pasta was as fresh as can be and make sure to get the garlic bread!!! To die for

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

DreamLand Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. DreamLand Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 422-4200.

DreamLand Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 276 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 25 times today
Google Map for DreamLand Cafe

262 Preston Street, Ottowa, ON K1R 7R5

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Gladstone Ave.

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Gladstone / Preston

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Coco De Leo

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

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