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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
434½ Preston St
, K1S 4N4
phone: (613) 232-2326
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Reviews by spinrsx:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
This used to be our go to place, until someone put us onto L'Autre Oiel.
There is a good selection of beers, but the taps can be a little disappointing.
Bottle selection is good, and there is always something to try.
The place can get crowded and hot during the summer, and it is definitely cool in the winter.
The food is okay, Italian and Irish mix.
The staff is friendly and service is usually pretty good, but when it is really packed it can suffer.
Prices are a little all over the map. Some beers can be quite reasonable, others quite pricey.
Overall, not a bad place to hang out, the patio is a nice option on a summer afternoon or evening.
05-14-2013 16:10:47 |
More by polloenfuego
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was one of the places my friend was nice enough to take me to during my visit last Thanksgiving. It seems confused however, a Belgian beer bar in Little Italy? Whatever. Waitresses were cute, and there is a massive bottle list. If I recall, the tap offerings weren't out of this world, but the bottle list more than makes up for it. You can go look at their bottles, as they are kept in fridges in an other room. For some reason my friend wanted to do this, so off we went to look at the bottles. I don't remember why, but I guess it's like those fancy sea food restaurants where they let you pick out your own fish or own lobster? Definitely worth checking out. One of the better beer bars in Ottawa.
Inside tip: go here in summer time, sit out on the patio, and watch the beautiful women walk by. What more could you ask for?
11-03-2010 04:46:36 |
More by AWolfAtTheDoor
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Came here last Saturday for supper to cap off our day trip to the capital.
As we head to the pub, i see the store which looked really cool. It was closed and then i forgot to ask the server to check it out. No biggie. Coming in, i notice it's a bit dim in here. Lots of neat medieval-style decorations with paintings, banners & drapes. Vines climbing on the ceiling and lots of wood paneling make it interesting for sure. Only thing is the accent of church-like decor made us a little uncomfortable. Major pet peeve was the lack of A/C. It was too hot and stuffy so we asked it we could switch to the patio and there was one table left.
They have lots of beer available for sure but i found myself wanting. Lots of LCBO representation with a decent amount of Ontario micros though i would have liked to see more choices on draft. Not much private imports either. They have lots to choose from but i just wasn't moved by it. Took a Lug Tread Lager with some pesto spaghetti. My wife took a strawberry Fruli with a half pizza. Emma shared with us. The food was pretty average stuff IMO. Good but noting more really.
I was happy to try this place but i didn't fully enjoy myself here. Not a bad place per se but i don't think i'll be coming back.
04-05-2010 12:42:11 |
More by papat444
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stayed in OT one night for biz, so I figured I would take the chance to hit up their beer destination.
A: This is a large bar and you can tell somone went thought alot of time and money to make it look right. It's an intresting mix of belgium and italy that sort of works. tables and chairs didnt seem the highest quality but were reasonably comfy. bathrooms were clean as well.
S: The cute waitress I had didnt seem to know much about the beer, so after I was done my meal I made my way to the bar. The bar man wasent super talkative but friendly enough. his beer knowlege was better than the average bartender as you would expect, but not enough to make reccomendations or select appropriate glassware.
S: superb tap selection is what really stands out here. Delerium tremins on tap? where else in ontario are you going to get that? I recall about 30 taps available and apparently 200 bottles. They had a 2006 thomas hardy's that I just had to have since its out of production now and it was their last bottle...
F: I ordered one of their specialty pizza's which came to my table unnaturally quick. it wasent that great either. the dough was kind of off tasting and cardbord like and the toppings werent great either. the bread and oil that I was served as a free apetizer however was quite good.
V: I think the pizza was $8-9, Rochefort 8 was $9 and the last ever bottle of thomas hardy's you'll ever buy here was $13. pretty reasonable I'd say.
Quite a nice place and I'd definitly reccomend it to anyone visiting ottawa. I think next time I'll slip over to QC for somthing a little more crafty.
03-20-2010 19:27:29 |
More by uno99
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I used to live in Ottawa and had always made Pub Italia a regular hang-out, but I'll review it based on my most recent visit, which was a Tuesday evening.
We arrived at 7:00 pm with the intention of enjoying several beers and some food. We had been by the day before and asked an employee when they were open until, and were told 1:00 am. So, we had several beers... they have a large selection here, easily the best in Ottawa, with many Belgians that can't be found at the LCBO. Our waitress was young and not beer-experienced, which wouldn't be a big deal, but she ACTED like she knew beer. When my friend ordered a Westmalle Tripel, she said they were out but that if he wanted a similar beer, she recommended the Rochefort 10. Wtf?
We split several food items, which were all really good. The only really negative part of the experience was at last call, which happened around 12:00 am. We ordered our last beer, and then at 12:10 were given our bill. She was back at 12:15 asking for our credit card to pay. By 12:25, the employees were waiting at the bar, talking, and kept looking over at us, obviously annoyed. They even started turning off lights by 12:35 or so. If you're a restaurant with posted hours until 1:00 am, it's really not professional to be glaring at customers who have been there 5+ hours and spending over 150$ on beer and food when you aren't technically closed yet.
I'd still go back if I lived here, as their beer selection really can't be beat in Ottawa, and I love the food and environment. But the service took quite a hit this visit, which isn't encouraging.
03-04-2010 00:17:11 |
More by berley31
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Pub Italia is a bit of an odd mix of styles.. living in Ottawa's little Italy, but appearing more as a Belgian abbey than anything else. Regardless it's quite popular and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. There's three main areas: the bar with some booths and tables closeby, a central eating area and in the summer a good sized patio is open.
The beer selection is quite varied but much of it is available at the LCBO. The markup is reasonable though. Selection leans towards Belgian's but there's a good mix of everything. Some local beers are available including Mill St and Beaus but that might be all. The saving grace is Fullers ESB on tap which always seems to be amazingly fresh.
The servers are typically young women with no real idea about the beer, but they are friendly and provide good service. The bar tenders are knowledgeable, enthusiastic about beer and will come to the table if you have a question or order something they find interesting.
During good weather in the summer the outdoor patio can get busy but I have never had to wait for a table. And I guess if you had to, you could stop by next door and check out the beer paraphenalia store while you wait.
08-04-2009 00:40:12 |
More by Ralphus
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Located in the heart of Little Italy's restaurant row, Pub Italia announces itself from a block away with multiple beer signs out front, which shine bright in the night. The interior is made to look like an abbey, and there are bottles on display everywhere, as well as other beer memorabilia. Our server (a former Londoner, yeah!) was friendly and knew about the beers she was serving us. She also took the time to chat, which was nice. The beer selection was a large mix of Ontario micros on tap and in bottles, with a seemingly endless Belgian selection, including some harder to find bottles like Deus. On the down side, the pizza came missing the pizza sauce and our appetizer plate had things on it that were not listed on the menu, including two things that we didn't even like, so that seemed like a waste. I'll go back and give the food a try one more time when I'm in the area, but I'll definitely return for the beer.
07-29-2009 12:31:45 |
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