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DreamLand Cafe, Ottowa, ON

DreamLand Cafe

4.8
4.8
261 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 13 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 261 people are saying

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

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  1. 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!!!!
  2. M

    Melissa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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 ❤️
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun restaurant! the pasta is delicious
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 !
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. JC

    JacquieC

    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
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. DD

    DimitriD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

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

    DinaS

    Ottawa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. JN

    JNoel

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Went as a group of four and we all loved our meals!
  27. DS

    DinaS

    Ottawa

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was as usual delicious, and the rhubarb pie cocktail is still to die for!
  28. M

    Mart

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time at the cafe. Great atmosphere, delicious food and the service was amazing. The only thing I would comment on are the meal sizes. I had spaghetti and meat balls, while it was delicious, the portion was quite small for the price that was charged. All in all though - we had a great time.
  29. S

    Sura

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    awesome experience, as always! Loved the service, great food, and great vibes.
  30. ML

    MelanieL

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at Dreamland. The food and the staff are amazing.
  31. S

    Sandra

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dreamland Cafe is one of our favourite places to eat in Ottawa during the summer because of its cute patio dining, friendly service, and amazing fresh pasta. Seating is quite limited so reservations are a must.
  32. IL

    ILuvFood

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy coming here when I visit Ottawa. Food and service awesome. Ambience beautiful.
  33. BS

    BenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, as always. Food and drinks were delicious
  34. ST

    StephT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely phenomenal. My husband and I will definitely be going back. Our waiter was great as well. We really enjoyed the whole experience.
  35. IB

    IsabelB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, my favourite new go to place for dinner. Incredible food, drink and service. Plus very reasonably priced. Will be back for many more date nights !
  36. SB

    SierraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great from start to finish - this was our first time visiting and cannot recommend enough. Not necessarily budget friendly for the portion sizes but certainly worth it all in taste and quality. Would go again!
  37. IB

    IsabellaB

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love coming here! Amazing food for a great price. Never disappointed and it even impressed my Italian mom and aunt!
  38. AS

    AngelaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favourite Italian restaurant on Preston Street. The food is so fresh and tasty, the cocktails are amazing, and the service is really great. Always a great experience.
  39. EW

    EmmaW

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we've had in a long time. We had the truffle mac n a mug with cheesy garlic bread. Outstanding!!
  40. RM

    RimM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and lovely ambience. Def recommend and will be back soon.

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 261 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 13 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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