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Retro Gusto, Ottawa, ON

Retro Gusto

4.8
4.8
214 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Retrogusto is a pizzeria and bar that brings some much needed excitement to the north end of Preston street. We serve 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, 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 PM


Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 234-5747

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 214 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

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    Best Ambiance

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    Best Value

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    Hot spot

  • Ottawa

    Neighborhood gem

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Best Overall

  • Ottawa

    Best Food

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    Best Ambiance

  • Ottawa

    Best Value

  • Ottawa

    Hot spot

  • Ottawa

    Neighborhood gem

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    Italian

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    Most Booked

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  1. Caminf2

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious & a special shout out to our waiter Joey who was awesome! Sense of humour, knew the menu very well and his food & drink suggestions were on point. Will definitely be back!
  2. Giacomo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. Great atmosphere, great service, professional but friendly. An really reminds a piece of home in Italy
  3. Firenze

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Love your food & staff! Music was really not to our taste last night & was extremely noisy.
  4. SaraM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So pleased with our dinner here! The food was incredible, the staff so helpful and friendly and the vibe was super fun and relaxed. I will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone who loves authentic za and a cool atmosphere!
  5. CiroM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Servizio eccellente , pizza margherita ottima ( a mio avviso troppo pomodoro e sugo) ambiente ottimo, organizzazione ottimo vino ottimo
  6. MicahG

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good vibe, great service. The pizza is tasty but definitely not my preferred style as it's so thin and crisp to almost be cracker like. Still probably go back but just for cocktails and antipasti.
  7. AmandaB

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Super cozy retro interior. Lovely service. Wish they would introduce more lactose/dairy free options so i could eat more!
  8. ErikaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. I will be back! The server was super friendly, attentive, and knowledgable about the menu. The atmosphere was super warm and welcoming. The pizza is amazing! Super thin crust and just the right amount of cheese. I definitely recommend Retro Gusto!
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and pizza! Nice ambiance. Will go again for sure
  10. Timmy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    la perfezione la perfezione la perfezione la perfezione
  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are always amazed by Retro Gusto and keep coming back! Top quality food, ambiance and service (which is so hard to find in a post pandemic world!). The seasonal rotating menu is always fresh and innovative. And most of all it takes a consistent. I am always proud and confident recommending it to others.
  12. margaretL

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love everything about RetroGusto. One of our favourite spots in Ottawa.
  13. JohnS

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time here. Really fun casual atmosphere with friendly service. Food was very good, especially the fennel salad and mushroom pizza.
  14. PatrickS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shout out to our server Giuseppe! Friendly and just a pleasure!
  15. NilKor

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The appetizers we had were on point, but the pizza fell flat. The crust was pretty good, but the rest of the pizza was soggy and not very flavorful. The spicy oil they had on the table added a lot. I found the restaurant to be incredibly loud, which resulted in almost yelling at my table mate. They could benefit from playing some music in the background to mellow out the loud noise. Service was impeccable!
  16. RoeH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service. The tiramisu was to die for.
  17. PatrickJ

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Would certainly recommend again.
  18. Sophia

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, greater server, I am already looking forward to going back.
  19. Excellent

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizzas were amazing. Everything was so fresh. Excellent wine. Great setting and vibe.
  20. SarahT

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was worth all the hype! The refinement of the pizza, and the depth of the flavors, were unparalleled. Really enjoyed it!
  21. EricaI

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was delicious, very fun atmosphere. Felt like I took a time machine to a 70s restaurant. Staff was very knowledgeable about the food and cocktails. We decided to let our server surprise us with choice of pizza and was blown away by zucchini pizza, never would have ordered that option on my own. Delicious. Also tried the potato croquettes and for a cocktail I chose a gin and elderflower spritz with fresh mint. Again delicious!
  22. ConnorP

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very laid back, chill atmosphere with a great selection of appetizers and a nice curated wine list. The food was incredible, and the service was friendly!
  23. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great night out! Maggie and her colleagues ensured we had everything we needed. Even though we were a late reservation on a Sunday. Our group was ever changing and they handled it with ease. Food was amazing and the drinks and alcoholic and non alcoholic were the best I’ve had in the city.
  24. carlaf

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect, casual dinner! Great service and delicious food! Go here!
  25. ashleyc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Huge fan, friendly staff. Very accommodating and a really cool vibe. Will definitely be back!
  26. Catahoula22

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent and enjoyed the overall vibe of the restaurant. The service was pleasant , but quite slow.
  27. Katie

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The appetizers were delicious, pizza was good. Felt rushed to order and finish.
  28. QuynhN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joey was the best! We always love coming here. Food, drinks, service, ambience - A+
  29. SMAW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere! Joey was an incredible server and really made the experience memorable. The food was delicious - can’t wait to go back again soon.
  30. chelseac

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little place. Tasty food, tasty drinks. Cute Décor. Will be back
  31. LynetteJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just visited the latest member of the Farinella Family: Retro Gusto, and LOVED IT!! Great vibe! Great food! Interesting (and delicious) cocktails; and a good time had by all. If you haven't yet Gone Gusto, Get Going!!
  32. KatherineQ

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in from Montreal and it was our 1st stop in Ottawa. Amazing spot. Dirty Martini;great! Starter was 3 fried artichokes, served with a simple olive oil and slice of lemon, excellent, but wanted more. The burrata, arugula pizza excellent, salami with hot honey great and the simple margarita pizzas sauce was the star. Each pizza had its place. Our waiter was excellent; fun, cool, and talkative, but not too talkative. I would highly recommend this restaurant! Cool retro, ambiance. Great food and excellent service.
  33. AndrewS

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner with family! Great food and service. Quite busy and lively!
  34. TamaraT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had so much fun there with friends eating delicious pizza and the cocktails. Thank you for the great food, service and ambiance.
  35. BrianD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We have loved Retro Gusto in the past and want to love it again, but we were disappointed in the service. We waited more than 1h 20min for our pizzas after our appetizers. No explanation was given for the wait, and it took til after an hour to hear an apology, yet other tables were getting their food. We know mistakes happen, but we would have been more forgiving with an explanation and our appetizers or something taken off our bill in a show of good faith.
  36. Kathleen

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great service!! Really enjoyed the atmosphere as well.
  37. MackenzieS

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall, I love Retro Gusto. The food and service is always outstanding. However, we reserved through Open table a week before our reservation. When we arrived, we were informed we were to be seated at the bar. It was date night and we did not want to sit at the bar. When I stated my disappointment, I was informed that we have to specify we don’t want a bar seat when making a reservation. Thankfully the staff were able to seat us at a table and service/food were amazing. OpenTabl/Retro Gusto need to clarify what you are reserving. If there is only bar available it needs to be clearly stated when making a reservations so there is no surprise.
  38. Babypops

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server (super tall with tattoos) was absolutely excellent. He had perfect recommendations about the food (we were indecisive) and seemed to genuinely care about what we would like. We ended up going with his two favorites and we loved them. I find authentic Italian pizza is hard to find in Ottawa, but this was the real deal. We were asked to move tables to make space for a larger party and this was no issue for us whatsoever, but the server brought us tiramisu to make up for it (even though we were absolutely not phased), but it showed that he genuinely seemed to care about our experience. The place itself has an excellent atmosphere and super cool decor. We’ll definitely be back!
  39. Customer

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Very good service and food. The atmosphere is very loud (music and people talking).
  40. ScottR

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible! Pizza was top notch and right up there with the best in the city. Slightly pricey but that's the world we live in these days.

FAQs

Retro Gusto is rated 4.8 stars by 214 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 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Retro Gusto

122 Preston St, Ottawa, ON ON K1R 7P2

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 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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