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$6 - $23
Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Canadian, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews tuna tartare salad pork tacos small plates gluten free by the glass food and wine never disappoints erica dishes foodie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go to restaurant for a nice night out in Kanata. The dishes are tapas style which is great since there are so many on the menu to try. They also accommodate gluten free extremely well; everything on their menu is naturally gluten...free with exception of the crostinis which can be subbed for a gluten free cracker. The fried kale was by far our favourite dish on the menu and shouldn’t be missed. The cocktails are also really nice and the wine list and selection of wines by the glass is great. Can’t wait to come back!More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had supper at Apperitivo this past weekend. Had great food and drinks. Servicing staff are always friendly and professional. I have a dairy intolerance but they are great at accommodating me. Loved my b collins cocktail. Great place for a relaxed...evening supper.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to have super quick fine dinning, this may be your choice. We made an exit off the highway last minute and easily found this little gem inside a large shopping area. Menu is simple, food is quick, easy to share with others....Services was attentive, even it’s a bit understaff. Meal was done under an hour with dessert.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 24, 2022 via mobile

Our favourite date spot in all of Ottawa. Excellent food and drinks! Very creative dishes, always try something new when we go and they never miss. Can’t wait for next date night.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed April 24, 2022

My husband and I had reservations at Aperitivo last Friday. We noted that there were only 2 tables left, not in good locations. The server offered us either table - table for 4 in the middle of everyone, or a high table of 2 by...the entrance. I responded the high table. My husband commented unhappily that they were not good tables considering we had a reservation. The server immediately became rude and defensive. She then paused and said she decided she would after all seat us at the table we had on our reservation which was the table for 4?! I responded that I would not argue over a table and sat at the high table and she said “great start to the evening”! We had our drinks then decided to leave because our evening was ruined. The other 2 servers who checked in on us were professional and friendly. We try out new restaurants around Ottawa almost every weekend and have no complaints about the service at any of them. We are big tippers as we like to support employees in the restaurant industry. Last weekend we were at the Perspective Jazz bar and we were offered to move to a better table with a view of the band as soon as one was available. We tipped generously for their great customer service. I won’t be recommending Aperitivo to our large group of “foodies” and we will not be returning as we do not have any interest in bringing our business there.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 17, 2022

We try to eat at Aperitivo every few months. Instead of ordering from the menu, we ask Erica to chose our dishes and to pair them with wine. We have never not liked a dish. Just last night, when we were looking at the menu,...my husband said to me.. "I don't want the fried kale". But he didn't mention it to Erica and guess what? Erica served us the kale. My husband loved it so much, he considered asking Erica to bring out a second one! Their dishes are always imaginative and exciting. I highly recommend that you ask for Erica and ask her to select the dishes and wine. Be adventurous! You won't be disappointed and if you are lucky, you might even get served dishes that aren't on the menu.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 15, 2022 via mobile

The atmosphere was warm and friendly. The staff always have great food and wine recommendations. The food itself is exquisite. Such phenomenal and creative combinations of flavour. Every course is a gastronomic adventure.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 14, 2022

We’ve been going to Aperitivo for about 10 years. We are always so glad to be there. The food is totally delightful, small plates with intriguing flavours, meant to be shared. They make deliciously inventive cocktails and have a lovely wine selection. Staff are friendly,...passionate about food, and very knowledgeable. Last night we had cocktails, tuna tartar, smelts and fried kale that somehow melted in your mouth! Paired with a perfect bottle of wine. They also have a bottle shop and if you don’t want to finish the bottle, you can bring the rest home. I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend Aperitivo.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 20, 2022

Another wonderful evening & amazing meal at this fantastic spot! We will definitely be back again & again!

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 3, 2022

Every dish we tried was excellent. The service was great. We were very happy with the atmosphere as we were close to a fireplace and it was quiet so easy to converse amongst the 4 of us. We were all equally impressed and happy to...have found such a lovely restaurant here in Ottawa.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed February 14, 2022

Never had a bad experience having supper here. Great food, service and friendly atmosphere. The staff go out of their way to ensure you have a great experience. Tried the sardines for the first time and they were delicious! Bruce & Diane

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed November 1, 2021

Six of us enjoyed Aperitivo after the theatre. Everything was delicious. Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Shrimp, soup, guinea hen, tacos - Everything was good. So happy this restaurant survived the pandemic as it's a real gem.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 30, 2021

I didn't expect to find such a brilliant restaurant in a mostly deserted Kanata mall! The sharing plates were outstanding and the wait staff were a delight -- so engaging and interested in creating a welcoming atmosphere. They really know good food and wine. The...chefs created truly inspiring food (the kind where you take one bite and tell your friends, "Oh my gosh, try that -- it's *amazing*"), and the drinks were top-notch as well. Will definitely go back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 18, 2021

Service was friendly and knowledgeable, food, wine and cappuccino were superb. Ambience in the snug interior with open kitchen is great.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed February 18, 2021

Our take out Valentine's Day meal was excellent. Perfect quantities, delicious lamb, salad was very good and mascarpone cheesecake was decadent.

Date of visit: February 2021
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March 28, 2019|
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Response from 715rileyg | Property representative |
Everything on our menu is available gluten free, including all desserts!
Lesley M
September 15, 2018|
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Response from 715rileyg | Property representative |
Usually on Wednesday’s you should be fine. We don’t reserve the bar, so there should be space available. We are a small space, so things can change quickly, but typically there wouldn’t be any problem. If you would like to... More
December 22, 2017|
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Response from deecee12345 | Reviewed this property |
it woyld be a very expensive place to do so, but in theory yes, however the ambience is more adult than family.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5