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3.18/5 rDev -15.2%
Found myself in Ottawa for a few days so on tried this place out based on reviews here.
Firstly the selection of beer is quite good. They have tons of taps and a large selection of belgian bottles. That's about it for this place though.
Service was lacking. We had a group of 4 and it took forever to get waited on. The server came very infrequently.
The food was not very inspired. Had a pizza which was very plain tasting. The others in my group were not overly thrilled with the food either.
The atmosphere is quite remarkable. A belgian themed italian restaurant. Unique place.
As far as the beer goes as i said its a good selection considering the province. Ontario is pretty sad. I wouldn't compare this place with beer bars ive been to in michigan but for Ontario it is pretty good. Had a st. ambroise oatmeal stout a great lakes devils pale ale (decent) and a seasonal offering from beaus wich i have to say is quite good.
All in all i would go here again for the beer but not for the food wich was overpriced and plain
07-05-2009 17:14:35 | More by exbrit
3.35/5 rDev -10.7%
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
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
Nice selection of bottle beers and taps for Ottawa (over 150 bottles and probably closed to 30 taps). The Abbey section is the place to go since they have some rare beers not on the regular menu (Cantillon, Rogue). Prices are what I expected for imported bottles. Food is a notch above average for Italian fares. Décor is great and patio is great during the summer months. The only downside is the clueless staff. For out of towner, you should note that this is a bit off downtown attraction and you should plan for cab fare before heading there.
05-02-2005 19:34:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
Pub Italia has the largest selection of beer in Ottawa. Period. That isn't to say they have the best, which, in my humble opinion, they most certainly do not.
It's kind of a strange place. Smack dab in the middle of Ottawa's little Italy, it's called pub Italia but it has an Italian/Belgian theme, two countries I seldom think about at the same time. There are mussels and pasta/pizza on the menu, it has a church/abbey theme and it has a pretty extensive beer menu (available on their website). There's a restaurant, a bar and a beer merchandise shop next door.
The food menu is not great, especially when you consider the other eateries in little Italy. Overpriced pasta and pizza, not imaginative and not particularly tasty.
Can't complain too much about the service, it's eye candy. The restaurant staff don't know much about beer, but at least they seem to have an idea of what they have, I never had to repeat my order for them. They're staffed almost entirely by very good looking college/university girls and they all seemed cheery enough.
As for the beer menu, the only reason to really go out of your way for this place, it's a strange sort of selection. I found myself flipping through it about 10 times positive that there was something interesting but never actually finding it. Their beers of the month were good, some of the LCBO seasonals and some harder to find stuff for Ottawa (like Deus) but were really expensive. Otherwise, you're looking at a whole lot of similar tasting lagers, including a large selection of central and Eastern European swill. Who made this menu and how did they make their choices? So many choices from Belgium and yet Barbar made the list? Biggest beef is the lack of local selection. No Scotch-Irish, no Mill Street, no remotely interesting Canadian brews aside from Wellington and Beau's. WTF man? Why open a beer bar and refuse to support local breweries or even wider Canadian brews? Same goes for American beer, only real craft choices were Liberty Ale and Sam Adams I think. Saving grace - ESB on tap, bloody lovely. And, props for serving beers in their proper glasses when available.
Overall, a decent selection for the city, but really frustrating for the reasons mentioned above, not to mention some pretty high prices. I'll probably be back.
03-21-2008 19:32:06 | More by CanuckRover
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
As Francis mentionned, for anyone in the area this place is Beer Mecca. Since Montreal has little to no "real Beer Bar" because of government restrictions, I decided to take the 417 down to our allegedly sleepy capital city to check it out. The complex is split in 3, the first part being thestore, which sells breweryana of every kind, from tap heads to glasses to parasols and T-shirts. Not bad.
We then proceded to the restaurant area, which is a cross between a church, an Irish pub, a medieval castle and an italian restaurant. What? Surprisingly, it works. Besides, with a Beer menu like that in Canada, I wouldn't care if shit rained from the ceiling (just put a coaster on top of my glass and I'll be fine). You'll pay a hefty price for the good stuff, but you'll get what you want. Plenty of Belgians, a few tap selections, but nothing over the top. They could use a bit more local representation, and a little less lagers. They did have St-Ambroise Oatmeal stout on tap if memory serves, but the rest of the taps went downhill from there.
Food was so-so. I wasn't very fond of my seafood pasta platter, the bread wasn't very fresh and the bruschetta entree seemed a little off. But having a nice Westmalle dubbel to go with it was awesome.
We had dessert in the third section, the "Abbey", a more bar-like atmosphere that has somewhat of a Belgian flair, if by that you mean a few flags (anyone ever notice the Belgian flag has the same colours as the old Canucks uniforms?), monk outfits on the walls and Stella Artois signs everywhere. They had the standard Interbrew taps, with Leffe, Stella, Hoeg and kriek. They did have a few goodies not offered in the resto area, like a small fridge filled with Cantillon. I was so happy I almost cried. The waitress who took my order laughed out loud looking at me all giddy like a schoolgirl while she was pouring my glass.
Speaking of service, the resto and bar area were like night and day. Our food waitress was 100% clueless about Beer, and came back twice to make sure she got our orders right. She was drop dead gorgeous however, so my single friend was more than happy to see her again and again. The girl behind the taps next door was pretty easy on the eyes as well, but she knew her stuff, and I saw her pour perfect pints, rinse every glass and make sure the head was good and thick.
All and all, I really liked it here at Pub Italia, I wish a place like this was closer to home!
11-26-2004 18:59:48 | More by Goldorak
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
The place is seperated into three sections. The first is a store where you can buy memorobilia (shirts, glasses, coasters, etc.). The second is the pub and restaurant, the third is an abbey, a Belgian style bar. There is also at outdoor seating area, but it was January in canada, so that wasn't happening. The atmosphere is wonderful inside, lots of religous relics, stained glass windows, funky seating, pew style benches and tables, lots of old wood and abbey paraphanalia.
The service I had inside was damn near incompetent. I aksed my waiter for some help, I wanted a beer that was good, heavy, from canada, and not available in the US. He first brought me a Molson product, then a well intentioned new Canadian brewery that turned out to be macro lager swill, and then finally brought me a La Fin Du Monde with great satisfaction on his face. I didn't have the heart to tell him the one decent beer he brought me had been available in the US for over a decade. Would not have beenso bad, but I specifically showed him a list of the top Canadian beers as ranked by BA, and told him specifically no Unibroue. Oh well.
36 taps, 200 in bottles, outisde of Unibroue and St. Ambroise, no top Canadien beers. Lots of Belgians and Germans and even some decent US brews. Check out their web site for a full selection. If you're in Ottawa looking for good beers, this is THE place to go. I was specifically looking for good Canadian beer, and was dissapointed.
The food was good for pub food, my mussels were actually pretty tasty. The pastas looked decent, but I wasn't a fan of the bland pizza offerings. I felt the prices were good on the whole, but hey, it's Canadian money.
01-10-2007 20:16:58 | More by dherling
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
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
Pub Italia in Ottawa, ON, Canada
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.