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Retro Gusto, Ottawa, ON

Retro Gusto

4.8
4.8
112 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 23 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 112 people are saying

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4.8
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  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. N

    Nicholas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. JL

    JamieL

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    GraceD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. ML

    MattL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    ChantelG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. MV

    MarcV

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Drink selection was small but good. Waiter was nice, attentive but not intrusive. Music and overall vibe were outstanding. Antipasto was good, pizzas were decent. New place, I'm sure the quality will tighten up over time.
  13. CM

    ChantalM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it, outstanding pizza, great service, I will be back
  14. SW

    SandyW

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A warm welcome on a wet evening; carefully made, tasty pizzas (though the crust on the Patate could have been a touch crisper), attentive and friendly service (on a full and busy Friday); staff that are knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant. The suggestion on the red wine was excellent. Worth every penny. Can’t wait to go back.
  15. LB

    LucB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had been searching ever since I moved back from northern Italy for an authentic pizza. This is it! Exactly as I remember. I love the food, the owners and staff are all amazing. Not exactly the place for a very quiet dinner but they have great tunes. Make sure to reserve a table as this place fills up quickly!
  16. e

    erikaspinosa

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy spot with impeccable service! Food was great definitely recommend it ❤️
  17. N

    Natasha

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great first time experience. Highlights: Best thin crust pizza I've had in Ottawa to-date. It wasn't soggy in the center. I had the funghi pizza - the mushrooms were packed full of flavor. I loved the suppli (crispy, gooey and delish). The service was great from the moment we walked in - to when we left. Our server and his colleagues were great - it felt like you were being served by a family - not just co-workers.
  18. A

    Abraham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Doesn't get better then Retro Gusto! Amazing food, amazing staff, amazing place!
  19. CZ

    CeeZee

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Was really looking forward to trying and liking this new addition to the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, we were overall disappointed. The appetizer was mediocre at best though the pizza was good. The cocktails were far too strong, unbalanced and despite their steep price we could not bring ourselves to finish them. The restaurant features a prominent bar but when we asked if a standard cocktail, ie., whiskey sour, or any cocktail that wasn't listed could be made, we were told no. In addition, we found the music was so loud that it was quite difficult to hear each other which detracted from our dining experience.
  20. A

    Ally

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    what a great addition to the Ottawa restaurant scene ! the staff is beyond kind & attentive, the food is fresh & delish, and it is overall a wonderful place to go with a date or friends! highly recommend and will be returning !
  21. RK

    RachelK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food (zucchini pizza is unreal), good vibes, yummy cocktails, best staff!
  22. W

    Wilbur

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    great place.. especially if you like good pizza… simple menu that changes…very well done and our server was excellent. highly recommend.
  23. a

    andreh

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the different Pizza's and Mortadella Appetizer.
  24. NB

    NBor

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious and great ambience. Will be going back and highly recommend!!
  25. C

    Canadatom

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The cooking was very solid. The selection of pizzas were interesting & the crust & toppings are very flavourful. I thought that the app selection was maybe a bit pedestrian but it is early days for the restaurant. Cocktails are first rate. How about an orange wine that is less than $135 ? Service was on point. Very unusual configuration of the bar directly at the front door. Only two bar stools seemed a bit unusual but the space looks cramped for more. Guests were enjoying themselves. This place will be a success.
  26. AS

    AndrewS

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food from start to finish was excellent. My husband and I enjoyed 2 appetizers, a pizza and cannoli. We will definitely return!
  27. LC

    LindaC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our funghi pizza was fabulous. Fresh and tasty. Bottles of honey and hot sauce are a nice touch. Hope they'll eventually be able to increase their dessert and coffee options.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super, delicious, fun
  29. SL

    SamL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible space with a very unique vibe and atmosphere, delicious pizza and amazing service. The perfect Saturday night spot for almost any kind of occasion. Will absolutely be going back again.
  30. MC

    MikeC

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food, ambiance were all amazing. Italian Cocktails we’re exceptionally well done. Loved the pizza!! Funky retro atmosphere was a nice break from the usual. New favourite restaurant!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great pizza. Will come back soon to try the other flavours.
  32. JP

    JohnP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great thin pizza and amazing appetizers. Highly recommend.
  33. MJ

    MJJL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food! Bartenders weren’t the most attentive or helpful when we walked in. Server was superb. Will be back!
  34. MA

    MichaelA

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal at Retro Gusto with our friends. Highly recommend the appetizers, pizza's and the drinks were superb!
  35. m

    md12345

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best family. The best service. The best food. What more could you ask for ? Oh, and the cocktails are bomb.
  36. AB

    AlexandraB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. The food was delightful, the service was exceptional. Will definitely return. Thank you!
  37. C

    Carl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Beware that you may be sat at the bar even with a reservation
  38. F

    Fabioj

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and ambiance
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Read revue in Ottawa citizen peeked my curiosity so we tried it excellent pizza/ crust
  40. DS

    DanielS

    Manitoba

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place. Loved the food and drinks! Music was very loud, made it a bit hard to converse with people at the table. Not the end of the world tho

FAQs

Retro Gusto is rated 4.8 stars by 112 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 23 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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