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Reviews by berley31:
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I used to live in Ottawa and had always made Pub Italia a regular hang-out, but I'll review it based on my most recent visit, which was a Tuesday evening.
We arrived at 7:00 pm with the intention of enjoying several beers and some food. We had been by the day before and asked an employee when they were open until, and were told 1:00 am. So, we had several beers... they have a large selection here, easily the best in Ottawa, with many Belgians that can't be found at the LCBO. Our waitress was young and not beer-experienced, which wouldn't be a big deal, but she ACTED like she knew beer. When my friend ordered a Westmalle Tripel, she said they were out but that if he wanted a similar beer, she recommended the Rochefort 10. Wtf?
We split several food items, which were all really good. The only really negative part of the experience was at last call, which happened around 12:00 am. We ordered our last beer, and then at 12:10 were given our bill. She was back at 12:15 asking for our credit card to pay. By 12:25, the employees were waiting at the bar, talking, and kept looking over at us, obviously annoyed. They even started turning off lights by 12:35 or so. If you're a restaurant with posted hours until 1:00 am, it's really not professional to be glaring at customers who have been there 5+ hours and spending over 150$ on beer and food when you aren't technically closed yet.
I'd still go back if I lived here, as their beer selection really can't be beat in Ottawa, and I love the food and environment. But the service took quite a hit this visit, which isn't encouraging.
03-04-2010 00:17:11 | More by berley31
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
This used to be our go to place, until someone put us onto L'Autre Oiel.
There is a good selection of beers, but the taps can be a little disappointing.
Bottle selection is good, and there is always something to try.
The place can get crowded and hot during the summer, and it is definitely cool in the winter.
The food is okay, Italian and Irish mix.
The staff is friendly and service is usually pretty good, but when it is really packed it can suffer.
Prices are a little all over the map. Some beers can be quite reasonable, others quite pricey.
Overall, not a bad place to hang out, the patio is a nice option on a summer afternoon or evening.
05-14-2013 16:10:47 | More by polloenfuego
3.91/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited 2/2/13. Pretty good atmosphere for a nice bar in Little Italy. Place is packed up until 9:00 or so and then crowd starts to die down. Modest offerings on tap and way too many ciders for my liking, but the selection of bottles is very impressive. Some brews on display in "The Abbey" which can get pricey quickly. Bottles weren't too expensive, a bit higher than elsewhere, but due to the selection, don't mind paying a bit more. Very friendly wait staff. Definately worth checking out while in Ottawa.
02-15-2013 04:01:28 | More by SEG1975
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I had a chance to visit this place for the first time the other day. It is in an interesting looking building and the outside is decked out with all kinds of flags and beer signs. The inside is very dark and a little worn down. It almost feels like you're inside of a boat. Anyways... they have a great selection of beer and even some that you can't get at the LCBO or the "beer store". (we're pretty limited here in Ontario) The prices however are on the high side. You can expect to pay 13$ plus tax and tip for a small bottle of chimay for example. The service was friendly and prompt. I didn't try the food but other around were eating and it looked fairly decent. There aren't a whole lot of decent beer bars in Ottawa, so this is a fairly decent choice if you're in the area and looking for something different beer wise.
01-07-2011 19:37:56 | More by spinrsx
3.94/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was one of the places my friend was nice enough to take me to during my visit last Thanksgiving. It seems confused however, a Belgian beer bar in Little Italy? Whatever. Waitresses were cute, and there is a massive bottle list. If I recall, the tap offerings weren't out of this world, but the bottle list more than makes up for it. You can go look at their bottles, as they are kept in fridges in an other room. For some reason my friend wanted to do this, so off we went to look at the bottles. I don't remember why, but I guess it's like those fancy sea food restaurants where they let you pick out your own fish or own lobster? Definitely worth checking out. One of the better beer bars in Ottawa.
Inside tip: go here in summer time, sit out on the patio, and watch the beautiful women walk by. What more could you ask for?
11-03-2010 04:46:36 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
3.35/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Home of the BEER BIBLE, Pub Italia is always a nice spot to head down and get a bite to eat!
The thing that keeps me coming back is the 'BEER BIBLE' where the selections are unlimited.
You can easily walk in and travel the world and sample many different kinds of beer in one sitting.
The food is your reg pub food with decent sandwiches and good pizza's!
One of the best parts is that most beers have their own individual glass! Better, if you like the glass you can go next door (may have to ask the manager for access) and buy any glass they have (if your girlfriends purse isn't big enough to take the one from the table!!!).
Great spot for great eats and an AMAZING beer list!
Go enjoy the BEER BIBLE!
09-27-2010 15:36:34 | More by Swedes21
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Came here last Saturday for supper to cap off our day trip to the capital.
As we head to the pub, i see the store which looked really cool. It was closed and then i forgot to ask the server to check it out. No biggie. Coming in, i notice it's a bit dim in here. Lots of neat medieval-style decorations with paintings, banners & drapes. Vines climbing on the ceiling and lots of wood paneling make it interesting for sure. Only thing is the accent of church-like decor made us a little uncomfortable. Major pet peeve was the lack of A/C. It was too hot and stuffy so we asked it we could switch to the patio and there was one table left.
They have lots of beer available for sure but i found myself wanting. Lots of LCBO representation with a decent amount of Ontario micros though i would have liked to see more choices on draft. Not much private imports either. They have lots to choose from but i just wasn't moved by it. Took a Lug Tread Lager with some pesto spaghetti. My wife took a strawberry Fruli with a half pizza. Emma shared with us. The food was pretty average stuff IMO. Good but noting more really.
I was happy to try this place but i didn't fully enjoy myself here. Not a bad place per se but i don't think i'll be coming back.
04-05-2010 12:42:11 | More by papat444
Pub Italia in Ottawa, ON, Canada
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.