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Byward Market Area
0.4 miles from Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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PRICE RANGE
$30 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews pasta antipasto platter italian food nice italian restaurant downtown ottawa excellent dinner service was great thursday night nice atmosphere piping hot service was prompt gorgonzola servers canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely evening out starting with the chacuterie board and then seafood risotto and chicken picatta. All were delicious. We had to ask for water, not offered. Menus are reused (cleaned between uses?) which is not usual with Covid and the appetizer silverwear...was hand placed by the server on a sideplate for use with the main course. Think that should have been replaced. Hand sanitizers on the table would be a good idea. Nevertheless, we will be back. Enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 11, 2020

Very ordinary food, to avoid absolutely. The day soup tasted like a Lipton soup. The calabrese pastas were way too spicy.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 4, 2020 via mobile

The food is very good, I had chicken parmigiana and my husband had ravioli gorgonzola. Both dishes were really good, the tomato sauce tasted really fresh. We also shared a caesar salad, it was a great size for two, really tasty and a fair price....The only disappointment was the service. Our server was barely polite, not friendly at all, didn’t smile once, no nice words, it felt like he hated being there. We didn’t feel welcomed. We were surprised after reading so many good reviews about how friendly the staff are. Customer service in a restaurant is very important Tosca!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 2, 2020

Convenient downtown location and good COVID-19 safety measures! Friendly and attentive staff. Wine menu is great. Food was delicious. We had seafood soup and rack of lamb. The portions were generous. If we knew the lamb would be thin, we would have ordered medium-rare. It...was still great. But I would order medium-rare next time. The bowl of seafood soup was huge and tasty! We had lemon pie and espresso to conclude our meal. We would certainly come back to try more next time.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 23, 2020 via mobile

Located in the downtown core of Ottawa, we were pleased that Tosca Ristorante was open on a Sunday. The food arrived quickly and piping hot; that's important for Italian food. The service was impeccable: friendly and efficient, but unobtrusive. The COVID-19 mitigation measures were effective...at keeping people from different groups separated, yet did not feel oppressive; we all felt safe. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for fine Italian cuisine.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 15, 2020 via mobile

Seafood pasta was good. Margarita pizza was the best I’ve ever had anywhere. I think they had buffalo cheese on it and the crust was moist and a little translucent, just the way I like it. It’s in the business district so there’s so ambience...around unfortunately with Covid and no one working. We were there at 6:30. Good music. Wish the area was betterMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 15, 2020

Really nice Italian restaurant, super staff. Best cocktail prices in Ottawa that we found and they were excellent. Food was excellent as well.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 7, 2020

I had walked by this restaurant a thousand times and always stayed away because of the red neon lights and that it titles itself as "Upscale" - if you have to put it in the name, you know it cant be true. I went with...girlfriends and had a pleasant time. Drinks, wine, service and food was fast and delicious. A bit unsure about the gender diversity as there appeared to be only males employed. The menu physically disappointed as it was laminated and really only had 2 pages of pasta dishes. I dont eat pasta so it left me with limited options, however I still enjoyed my dish - just a slight caution if you dont feel like pasta. Overall cute and engaging server - they just need to up their outter appearance a bitMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

Service was good! Food was fresh and tasty. Very average however for Ottawa didn't blow our minds. Only complaint was that we ordered a bottle of white wine and it was brought to the table quite warm. Server opened it anyway and tried to pour...it. We asked for more ice, were not able to drink it until our food arrived. I do think they should have brought us a cold bottle immediately, that was quite disappointing. Would I return? Maybe... but would probably make the trip to Preston first.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

This was my third pasta dish during my week stay in Ottawa. I have to admit, it was the best. I tried another local Italian hot spot that is always highly recommended and Tosca far exceeded my expectations. The price was great, food quality was...fantastic and the service was great too. I also liked the view sitting by the window at night time. I had the chicken Parmesan and I asked for it to be extra crispy - which it was. Server came back multiple times to make sure everything was good and drinks were refilled. I will be back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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BenjaminsMommy
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I am sure like other have responded that they can provide various size of plates that include noddles/spaghetti in a bowl or plate, or fettuccini - a great place overall, enjoy!
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