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Retro Gusto, Ottawa, ON

Retro Gusto

4.8
4.8
141 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Retrogusto is a pizzeria and bar that will bring some much needed excitement to the north end of Preston street. We will be serving a Roman style pizza "Tonda", traditional roman fried snacks, salumi, cheeses and other small plates. Our food will be complimented by a small wine list that will be in constant rotation, strictly Italian classic cocktails, a wonderful gin & tonic selection and beautiful amaro's from around Italy. The warm, cozy, dimly lit dining room with an open kitchen will be the perfect place to do the only thing that matters; eat good food, drink good wine and have a good time with friends.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 234-5747

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 141 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. K

    Katie

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible food and service! Can’t wait to come back.
  2. O

    Ottawop

    Ottawa

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very popular pizzeria/cocktail lounge in Little Italy. Hostess/owner Nina provides excellent service. Nice variety of apperitivi and pizze. Suppli al telefono are superb. 100% authentic Roman. Pizze are tasty. Very thin crust. Quite different from most Farinella crust, the siste, or one could say brother eatery lol. Cute decor. Cozy. All tables full right till 10pm on a Friday night.
  3. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little gem. It reminds us of the time we spent in Italy. Great food Great drinks.
  4. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely one of my favourite spots in the city! Fantastic vibe and the food is incredible.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Retro Gusto never disappoints! Such a great atmosphere and the staff are amazing.
  6. CC

    CathyC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was amazing and we had a fantastic evening
  7. C

    Champagnelover

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious neighbourhood pizza joint that actually has delicious food other than pizza. Small, well thought wine list with great independent producers. Attentive, kind and knowledgeable service. I’ll be back for sure
  8. G

    Gabs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vibe in there reminds me exactly of Rome. Super fun atmosphere, amazing food and drinks. 10/10 recommend A little small so they definitely want you in and out to accommodate everyone.
  9. CT

    CTCT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A great Friday night feast! One of the best pizza restaurants in the city. Super nice service. Went with family and can’t wait to return with friends.
  10. LE

    LisaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing staff! Cocktails to die for and the pizza 🍕 can’t even speak it’s fabulousness. A must !!
  11. MA

    MegA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the first time on NYE. The food was fresh and well portioned. Our cocktails were well made. The service was exceptional. Love the ambiance and decor. Will definitely be returning!
  12. A

    Ally

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a must go to restaurant! delish food, great music & wonderful staff !! Second time going & i will be coming back again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner! If I close my eyes and eat I feel like I’m back home in Italy! Best food I’ve had by far. Enjoyed ever meal. This will definitely become on of my go to restaurant’s. Absolutely delicious food with fantastic service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I wanted to love it, but it just didn’t measure up to expectation. Will try again.
  15. AC

    AlexandreC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had the suppli to start.. shared with a friend. Very small portion for the price. Cocktails were tasty but very overpriced. Pizza was great!
  16. V

    Victoria

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and wonderful service! The vibe was carefully crafted and is awesome, would definitely recommend.
  17. TT

    TomT

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, very attentive service with a fun casual environment.
  18. T

    Tdogg

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience was wonderful from the moment we arrived! Every staff member was super friendly The menu is small but everything was very flavourful
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate a birthday as a family, including a 5-year old, and couldn’t have had a better experience. The drinks are wonderful, the food delicious, and the staff are fantastic. Can’t wait to come back for more burrata and amaro.
  20. E

    Ellen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing at Retro Gusto, from drinks to food to service. A really impressive menu.
  21. KR

    KassandraR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious, the staff were super friendly and it's an adorable place! The only reason I'm not giving this place 5 stars is because of the time limit they place on tables. We ran out of time and got rushed out, we didn't get a chance to have desert or coffee. That's a bit frustrating when you've made the effort to go out and spend money on dining. If you want to go catch up with friends or family over food this isn't the place to go unless you know you'll be quick because it's 1h45 max. We were a party of 2 and my friend was 20 minutes late because of an accident on the highway so I totally get that this put us at a disadvantage, but even if she had been on time it would've been too tight for what we wanted which is appetizer, main course, desert and coffee. The When our main course came the server told us we had 30 minutes left before we had to leave, so we just ate it quickly and settled the bill to rush out. Even if my friend had arrived on time and we ordered straight away, that would've been 50 minutes left to eat our main course, order desert and coffee and settle the bill. It's not great if you're looking to enjoy your evening over food and drink and catch up with friends. If they added even just 30 more minutes to each reservation I think it would make a nice difference. I know times are tough for restaurants now and they need to prioritize income so I totally get why they have time limits and try to pack as many tables as possible, but it's something patrons should be aware of before booking. If you're dining on your own or just need a drink or a quick bite, absolutely try this place because again it was delicious and service was lovely!! If you like to enjoy a night out at a restaurant with friends or family, you will most likely be rushed. We left after our pizza and had to go somewhere else for desert. Just something to keep in mind and again I understand where this decision is coming from, it's just not the greatest customer experience.
  22. NB

    NikolasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for a date night or a dinner with friends! Highly recommend for anyone! The pizza is so, so good!!
  23. d

    davidwill2

    Toronto

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice neighborhood restaurant with excellent pizza. A little noisy but overall worth dropping in if it is in your part of town. The service was attentive and the experience well worth the money.
  24. LF

    LisaF

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in town. Friendly service, great food! Great background music.
  25. G

    Gpop

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Service and food were very good. Unfortunately the noise level was so high, we were practically yelling to be heard across the table. Our reservation was at 6:00 and at 7:50 the server told us we had to leave at 8:00. He softened the blow with a complimentary Sambuca and we left by 8:05.
  26. AR

    AnnaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding—from the food to the service to the atmosphere. I cannot wait to dine here again!
  27. J

    Jordan

    Montreal

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Was asked to leave immediately after paying even though we had been at our table for less than an hour. Pretty good pizza and a unique atmosphere but being rushed out really cheapened the experience.
  28. KL

    KristenL

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing pizza and great service. One of the best places in Little Italy.
  29. DD

    DeeDee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff and food were exceptional. Will be going back.
  30. N

    Nicholas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We loved the atmosphere, the service was outstanding, very friendly and helpful server but the pizzas were mediocre. They lacked taste, we had to add lots of the chilly oil to try to add punch to them. The price didn't justify the quality of the food. Hopefully the kitchen will change up their recipes to make them more tasty.
  31. JL

    JamieL

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Quality pizza, terrific service by Elle, and comfortable setting.
  32. GD

    GraceD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The retro atmosphere is really well done and the lighting, layout, aesthetic is all great. $25 for a good (not outstanding) vegetarian pizza felt a bit steep and there are better pizzas in the city in my opinion. But overall it was a great night and I’d go ahead. Good casual date spot or place to catch up with a few friends.
  33. ML

    MattL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Great vibe, service and the pizza was top notch!! Will be back
  34. CG

    ChantelG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very yummy food, very good vibes and well decorated! Service was amazing, it is a bit expensive for what you get but well worth it for a special occasion or a treat. Zucchini pizza was amazing!
  35. VR

    VeroniqueR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and had the most amazing meal. Highly recommend!
  36. BL

    BronwynL

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza was delicious, so was the Mortazza! Will definitely be coming back!
  37. CD

    CatherineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the server was very friendly. I definitely recommend!
  38. KM

    KatM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great negroni, excellent pizza crust…I had the patate pizza. Only small suggestion is not to have diced potatoes since they kept falling off…maybe sliced instead? This might be just my preference. Everything else was very good! Definitely recommend
  39. JS

    JordanS

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very cool spot! It fits right between casual and formal dining. The pizza was delicious! We split a Patate pizza, and it was amazingly well done. We started with the Burrata, which was solid but nothing to write home about. The cocktails were well done but pricy. The wine list was ok. Again, pretty pricey for bottles. They did have some solid choices by the glass which were reasonable, though. Service was good for a busy night. There were a few waits, but nothing to complain about. We’ll for sure be back!
  40. CT

    ChrisT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very good experience our first time here! Great pizza. Friendly staff. Fun atmosphere.

FAQs

Retro Gusto is rated 4.8 stars by 141 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 14 times today
Google Map for Retro Gusto

122 Preston St, Ottawa, ON ON K1R 7P2

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking

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