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Trattoria Caffe Italia

#340 of 2,189 Restaurants in Ottawa
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254 Preston St | Corner of Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7R4, Canada
+1 613-236-1081
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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15 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Got a craving for salmon but I didn't want to go out. So I settled to ordering in Uber eats, it was very expensive so I thought it must be good, right? This was the most disappointing salmon ever. It was mushy, not seasoned, had no flavors and the little amount of vegetables that came with it weren't cooked. I... More 

Thank Emilie R
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went there with a friend on a Wednesday night. It was really cold outside so we were craving Italian comfort food. My friend ordered the fried zucchini as an appetizer, it came quickly but had too much batter and wasn't very well seasoned so tasted quite bland. For dinner, I ordered the spaghetti carbonara and my friend, the fettuccine alfredo.... More 

Thank judith201640
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When i'm in a new city, i always refer to TripAdvisor to help with restaurant suggestions. I got a number of recommendations while searching for a place on Preston but this did not come up. Luckily while walking in between two places, we walked by Trattoria Caffe Italia and the aroma coming from this place called us! The best dinner... More 

Thank cattas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

My first impressions of Trattoria Caffe Italia was underwhelming: the lit-up yellow and red caffe sign takes away from the curb appeal of the more upscale feel of Little Italy. Although, once you walk in the greeting staff are very attentive and welcoming. The bustle of the place is reminiscent of busy Italian restaurants in New York. Traditional Italian music... More 

1 Thank Jack M
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Me and my husband were in on a Thursday night for dinner when I witnessed the disturbing things that happen behind closed doors. I was on my way to the washroom when I accidentally entered through the kitchen door where I saw a server using her HANDS to pick up the bread and served it to a table. I suddenly... More 

1 Thank kayla b
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Calamari was flavorless. I had the Pollo Parmigiana with spaghetti bolognese. The meat sauce was basic cafeteria quality sauce. My partner had the pizza which was hard as a rock and compared to a frozen pizza. Really not worth the 70$ spent. Awful considering the price. Nice ambience but the food falls short.

2 Thank Talia S
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely dinner. The service was outstanding. They were so attentive and helpful. The dishes were amazing. I had a spinach manicotti. They have a very fine wine list. There was an accordion player there. Gina our server said he is there on weekends. To top it off there was a priest having dinner as well. It seemed... More 

Thank Deeper19
Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

My wife and I had our family Christmas dinner here on Boxing Day. We were a large group and had a variety of dishes and everything was very good. Portions are generous but not overwhelming. Service was excellent, friendly and attentive.

Thank marcothibault
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This has become a regular visit, a family favourite for celebrations. Food is delicious, staff is friendly and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. A taste of Italy🇮🇹 A must for anyone visiting our fair city that loves Italian food.

Thank Awaywego2012
Ottawa, Canada
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a favourite haunt of mine and some old friends for a lunch confab. While we take care to leave some of the problems of the world unresolved, we are always more thorough in eating everything on the plate. The food is classic Italian - pasta and veal feature prominently on the men although last week we treted ourselves... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$31
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 254 Preston St | Corner of Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7R4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-236-1081
Located in Ottawa’s Little Italy, Trattoria Caffe Italia has been a top choice for locals and tourists for more than 25 years. Our impressive wine list, representing more than 7000 bottles from Italy and across the world, has allowed us to be the recipient of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award for several consecutive years. Join us for a casual yet exceptional lunch or dinner in our rustic yet modern dining room, host a corporate or family event in one of our two private dining facilities or dine under the stars on our rooftop terrazzo during the summer months.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?