Gitanes

4.6
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45 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
A modern take on French cuisine,
Thoughtfully sourced Canadian ingredients,
Oysters & Champagne until 2am.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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E
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

So, I think it’s unfair to write a review on food when you’ve tried 10% of the menu. The cippolini tarte is a must try. The oeufs mayonnaise have a strong anchovy flavour which isn’t really the way it’s described on the menu as most people don’t assume that the word “tonnato” means it will taste super fishy. BUT I did like it, boyfriend almost puked. Lol. The burger was great BUT it really needs something tangy like Dijon or sweet pickles or a beet chutney or something to offset how rich it is. The fries are amazing!!!! The French onion soup was good but honestly didn’t have the richness and depth I would have expected from them. Might have just been a batch that didn’t reduce as long as it should have. With that all being said I’d love to go back and try other items. The ambiance is great and super stylish. However I didn’t have a drink to sip until 30 min. after my reservation time. They say me at the bar where I was ignored by the bartenders as they did there thing for 5 min. chatting with each other and pouring drinks for other people. A simple hello will be with you soon would have been nice since the bar is so small and I was right in front of them. Then they sat me at my table once I had decided once I wanted so had to wait for my server at the table. Then by the time she cake and took my order and cake back with the wine it was 30min. Not cool at all. She apologized but the whole thing was a turn off. Then it took 10 min. to pay because they have a bad signal as the restaurant is in a Demi basement. So about 40 min. of time there was not pleasant. Def. worth a try as it’s a lovely place with some great appetizers, and our server was a sweetheart. However if my second visit is like the first then I won’t return again.

CB
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A fantastic date night! The food here is fabulous. A nod to classic french cuisine which is well executed. We enjoyed every dish we tried. Portions were generous and we actually couldn't finish our mains which was a welcomed surprise. Only sad it meant we could not try the desserts. Decor and ambiance have both been well executed. Hope this place sticks around. Welcomed gem on the Ottawa food scene.
Service was good but attentiveness did start to drop as the evening progressed.. which is our only complaint.

H
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow. Never thought I’d eat squash that would change my life.

EO
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around! Enjoyed every bite and the service was 5 stars.

TG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every bite and the service was fantastic! Exquisite menu - great ambiance. Would 100% recommend.

s
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food knowledgeable service. Stemware is stunning.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Food was great as always, service exceptional. Love love love

OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered rib eye steak as our main dish. It was amazing! Perfectly cooked, flavour is incredible, served with some mushrooms and onions which pair with steak really well. Aside from great food, the place had pretty cool interior and nice playlist.

VB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

With some reservation. The food was wonderful..similar quality to France, but took forever to arrive. We waited an hour for our appetizers and another half hour for the main.
The major problem for us was the white tulip chairs, some of the most uncomfortable we've ever sat on. Reserve the sofa tables if you want to spend any time there.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

My wife and I just left Gitanes on February 1, 2020 to celebrate her 40th birthday. I was explicit in my “reservation comments” that we were celebrating a milestone-birthday and, when we arrived, our thoughtful waitress brought us a complimentary round of drinks because she knew it was a birthday. We were seated in the back room section, close to the kitchen and restrooms.

However, once we finished our first of 4 courses, a party of 15 showed up. I have nothing against large parties, but the moment they arrived, it was mayhem. Somehow, despite my earlier mentions on my reservation, we were seated directly next to these people. As mentioned, I have nothing against large parties and people having a good time, but there should be some thought given to the other guests of the restaurant who may not be part of that group.

We asked to be moved as we were unable to speak to one another, and eventually we were given two seats at the bar. We did not ask to be seated at the bar on our reservation, we expected to be at a table as we had been originally seated. After being assured by our waitress that it was “cozy” up there, it wasn’t; it’s just as loud and obnoxious as sitting next to a group of 15 people shrieking and taking selfies.

Once there, our waitress lost track of us, and when she did surface, I told her that we were there to celebrate a birthday, and we couldn’t because of how they planned their evening sittings. We were also never offered another drink or even water, we were literally just left there. We were given a complimentary dessert, again because of the birthday that we didn’t get to celebrate, but by that point all we wanted to do was leave. In retrospect, we probably should have left earlier, as we ended up spending 200$ on a crappy night.

C
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

The food was very good and priced way above what I would expect. The restaurant is VERY, Very noisy. We found the tables quite small but nicely spaced,.

The servers were very attentive and helpful . However, at these prices I would have expected them to be dressed more presentably and professionally. Tee shirts? Please!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful first experience and look forward to many more. The renovations they made to this space are beautiful. It’s a warm funky atmosphere, delicious food, and attentive service. I only wish they had a fish as a main course that wasn’t so expensive as an option.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place amazing! Good, service, ambience - all of it. 10/10

c
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Nice place.. service was good. Food taste was good, but presentation was bland especially for the price.

Wine and food is over priced.

I recieved 3 calls to confirm my reservation and 20 email text reminders.. as well as a request for a restaurant review before we had even been seated. This needs to be fixed.

Relatively new restaurant with a few kinks to work out.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I will just say one word. Perfection from A to Z.
Coming from a picky Parisian guy like me it’s a real beautiful compliment.

Thank you for this unforgettable evening.

Merci pour tout

FN
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday and I found Gitanes on Open Table. We love seafood, and decided to try it out. We were very happy with the entire experience. The food was exceptional and absolutely delicious, the service and staff were friendly, helpful and very good, and the ambiance was perfect for a quiet but enjoyable evening.

I was very touched by our waitress who brought me a small desert with a candle at the end when she found out it was my birthday.

We will definitely go back!

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Best vibes

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic! Service was as well. Waiters kept clearing the table and refilling the water at a very regular pace. Great attention to detail by the restaurant. Food is absolutely delicious and the timing of each course was perfect as well. First time couldn’t ask for a better experience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was above and beyond. Appetizers were delicious. Would consider less sauce and toppings on the $70 rib steak. Beautiful restaurant but tables across from the washroom doors don’t have a great view. Maybe consider putting a curtain across the windows to obstruct the view of the washroom doors.

BL
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

After trying to get a reso for over three months, I finally scored a spot in time to celebrate my best friend's 27th Birthday. Through OpenTable I made a request that her Birthday be acknowledged with something special. From experience, a Birthday candle on a dessert, a nice spot etc. When Gitanes called to confirm my reso, I again mentioned the request. The table we received was in the middle of the front where servers bustled by. Not an ideal spot for a special occasion. Our server continued to interrupt our conversation and expected us to know what we wanted to drink as soon as we sate down. We ordered the half seafood tower which came with ice half melted. By the time we were onto the bottom tier, our grab was literally floating on cold water. Very unprofessional for a $95 meal. We ordered the spaghetti and then the eclair for dessert. The only mention of the Birthday was when we were seated. That was all. No candle, no Birthday message written in chocolate... What a complete and utter let down. My friend and I are the ultimate foodies, and this was a huge disappointment. A lot of hype for average food and service. I am hoping management can respond to this review to convince me to return, because at this point, I'll be swaying friends and family to restaurants who live up to such hype like Riviera, Giovanni's, Play and Gezellig.

CM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Good paced service, attentive. Good ambience. Varied menu. I loved the escargots as well as the scallop dish. The almond tart dessert was also lovely. Had a great bottle of Muscadet which was warm but they cooled it down quickly enough. Try it!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for our anniversary and it was perfect. Food was delicious and drinks were good too. I recommend to use large ice cubes for certain drinks like the Old Fashioned so that the drink doesn’t dilute too quickly but that’s just a personal preference. The restaurant was chic and comfortable but the service was more casual which we liked.

AG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service. The food was unique and interesting. Server was very accommodating with our need to eat within an hour and a half to get to a show. Would visit again for a special occasion.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Super bel atmosphère. Service impeccable. Bonne nourriture, manque un peu d’assaisonnement. Je vais définitivement retourner! Le crudo de pétoncles délicieux!

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NC
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time there and we were so impressed. The restaurant has a great vibe and the tables are spread out enough to be both intimate and have a more energetic feel. The service is impeccable- probably one of the best. The food was absolutely delicious as well. At our table we had the steak frites, the duck and one other had a few different, smaller dishes. This is the only fault with Gitanes - there are so few vegetarian options, none that are entrees. It’s too bad because in this day and age, so many are more conscious of what they eat and there really is no excuse for not having at least one entree. I really hope they can find something (I would love to try a traditional French ratatouille!). And just to confirm, I did state at the time of making the reservation that there would be one vegetarian and were told this wouldn’t be an issue...I guess if you view french fries, a salad or a small pasta (the 3, small plate options), then yes, we were technically accommodated.

RM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding! I woke up reliving every bite. It's been a long time since I was so impressed. Thank you

NP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding! Chef’s table was like no other. Beautiful but not fussy presentation. Everything geared to stimulate the appetite.
Chef’s table room is cozy, perfect to enjoy a beautiful meal.
Service was professional but also welcoming.
Constructive feedback would be, give more time in between dishes, reduce the size of the main dish and deserts.

e
Ottawa
28 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great little gem on Elgin Street. The food is top notch and the wine list is extensive and creative and a bit expensive. Service is excellent and very personable, the waiters know their stuff, and the decor is unique. Highly recommended for date night or special occasion.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food and service in a cozy atmosphere. The cocktails and wine list are also excellent, overall great time for any occasion!

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great! The restaurant was quite noisy but other than that it was great and will definitely be going back!

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding from the moment I was greeted to the moment I left... Food incredible, wine pairings thoughtful, service attentive but not overbearing, décor on point, and a lovely atmosphere to top it all off!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is lovely. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful.
You really eat with your eyes first here. Each dish is meticulously executed. The ambience, service, and cuisine was nothing short of outstanding. It’s not just dinner it’s an eating experience. The menu offers a range of food driven by local farms and depth in flavour.

Do not skip the dessert. Do not skip the dessert. ♥️

G
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant...un des meilleurs à Ottawa.

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CB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

My experience at Gitanes was good. The staff is very knowledgeable and the food is delicious. However, service for our table was very slow. A table of four sat down at the same time as our table and ordered around immediately before us, yet we had to wait an additional 25 minutes for our food. No explanation or apology was given - it was not even acknowledged. We also only ordered three appetizers, whereas the table had full entrees.

Out of the three dishes, only one at the table was fully satisfied. I ordered the crab pasta and while it was very delicious the portion was a lot smaller then the pictures on their social media page show and was expensive for the quantity. A member of my party ordered the beef tartare and while it was very delicious the dish did not offer any bread / crackers to eat with the tartare. She wasn't notified by the server that this would be the case, otherwise she would've ordered something else. She was left to eat the raw beef dish by itself and was left unsatisfied. The remaining member ordered the french onion soup and found it delicious and filling.

The ambience, decor and noise level of Gitanes was great. I sympathize that it is a new establishment and the staff is still figuring themselves out. As I did enjoy myself, despite the long wait and unfulfilling portions, I would probably return for cocktails/drinks and rawbar, but will not be ordering the crab pasta and beef tartare again.

JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting, modern music with a perfect balance of cozy and exciting. Food was excellent, I would insist on getting the foie gras ice cream it is truly remarkable and is a must try. I highly recommend gitanes.

R
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was quite good. Very nice renovation of the space. Our only issue is with the selection of music. It was kind of weird blend. Softer jazz music would likely add to the ambiance

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food you can’t get anywhere else in Ottawa. The ambiance is unreal. Such a beautiful spot. We really enjoyed our dinner here. 10/10 will be one of our regular spots

GK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic new restaurant! Fabulous vibe and beautiful modern Parisienne decor. The food and cocktails were perfect. I had high expectations of Gitanes and I was not disappointed.

e
Ottawa
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant with a creative and extensive wine selection. Service was great and personable. Best duck I have ever tasted. We will be back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Beautiful place. Nice cocktail list. Too much salt on everything.