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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
434½ Preston St
, K1S 4N4
phone: (613) 232-2326
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
This is a nice place, although it is quite a walk from "downtown" ottawa. This pub is in the little italy district of Ottawa, and from the bottom of Bank street (The Barley Mow), it's quite a walk here, let me tell you! The atmosphere is nice and very restaurant like. The bar is long and nice, and the Belgian flare that they took when decorating this place, really shows. The quality of the ales here was nice (we got some tap Fullers London Porter) but the prices here were expensive as all hell! The tap selection was decent, but not better than other places we visited in Ottawa. I guess the stand out thing about this place is their big bottled beer menu. They had nearly 200 bottled ales, but the prices were expensive, and there were no brews represented that are not -easily- available in the states. Perhaps many of these ales are unavailable in Canada, but for someone like me, the beer menu was not that impressive, to be honest. The service was fast and friendly and although we had no food here, everything looked and smelled wonderful (although again, the food items were a bit pricey). Definately worth checking out whilst in Ottawa. A good pub to a US beer veteran, but probably an amazing place to most Canadians.
09-22-2004 23:59:13 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5
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
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
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I used to live in Ottawa and had always made Pub Italia a regular hang-out, but I'll review it based on my most recent visit, which was a Tuesday evening.
We arrived at 7:00 pm with the intention of enjoying several beers and some food. We had been by the day before and asked an employee when they were open until, and were told 1:00 am. So, we had several beers... they have a large selection here, easily the best in Ottawa, with many Belgians that can't be found at the LCBO. Our waitress was young and not beer-experienced, which wouldn't be a big deal, but she ACTED like she knew beer. When my friend ordered a Westmalle Tripel, she said they were out but that if he wanted a similar beer, she recommended the Rochefort 10. Wtf?
We split several food items, which were all really good. The only really negative part of the experience was at last call, which happened around 12:00 am. We ordered our last beer, and then at 12:10 were given our bill. She was back at 12:15 asking for our credit card to pay. By 12:25, the employees were waiting at the bar, talking, and kept looking over at us, obviously annoyed. They even started turning off lights by 12:35 or so. If you're a restaurant with posted hours until 1:00 am, it's really not professional to be glaring at customers who have been there 5+ hours and spending over 150$ on beer and food when you aren't technically closed yet.
I'd still go back if I lived here, as their beer selection really can't be beat in Ottawa, and I love the food and environment. But the service took quite a hit this visit, which isn't encouraging.
03-04-2010 00:17:11 |
More by berley31
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was one of the places my friend was nice enough to take me to during my visit last Thanksgiving. It seems confused however, a Belgian beer bar in Little Italy? Whatever. Waitresses were cute, and there is a massive bottle list. If I recall, the tap offerings weren't out of this world, but the bottle list more than makes up for it. You can go look at their bottles, as they are kept in fridges in an other room. For some reason my friend wanted to do this, so off we went to look at the bottles. I don't remember why, but I guess it's like those fancy sea food restaurants where they let you pick out your own fish or own lobster? Definitely worth checking out. One of the better beer bars in Ottawa.
Inside tip: go here in summer time, sit out on the patio, and watch the beautiful women walk by. What more could you ask for?
11-03-2010 04:46:36 |
More by AWolfAtTheDoor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is not only a must if and when you're in Ottawa, it's THE place in Ottawa.
Pub Italia is a great beer bar/restaurant. Divided into 2 sections, there is a "pub" side and an "abbey" side. The pub is obviously in the design of a more tradiational Irish pub while the Abbey is more along the lines of something you might find in Belgium. The beer selection also varies depending on which you chose. In the pub you will find more English/Irish/Scotish selection on tap with a vast bottle menu spanning other coutries such as Canada, Germany, Belgium & Italy. On the other side at the Abbey, it's pretty much Belgian fare...Achel, Rochefort, Delerium, Maredsous, Oravl etc etc. The selection is good on both sides, somehwere in the range of 150 total.
The food menu is the exact same on both sides of the establishment, which is not a bad thing. Mostly made up of interesting thin-crust pizzas and unique pasta dishes, you can also find some good sandwiches, salads and starters. I thought the food was good, but not above average.
If that isn't enough, there is a store one door over. They sell glasses, clothing and barware all at reasonable prices.
All in all this is a top notch establishment with a fine selection of beer. Great comfortable interior AND young, HOT waitresses to boot. Yeah. Don't let the name fool ya, this is a top notch beer bar. Check it out when in Ottawa.
02-23-2004 18:43:44 |
More by Popsinc
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The place is seperated into three sections. The first is a store where you can buy memorobilia (shirts, glasses, coasters, etc.). The second is the pub and restaurant, the third is an abbey, a Belgian style bar. There is also at outdoor seating area, but it was January in canada, so that wasn't happening. The atmosphere is wonderful inside, lots of religous relics, stained glass windows, funky seating, pew style benches and tables, lots of old wood and abbey paraphanalia.
The service I had inside was damn near incompetent. I aksed my waiter for some help, I wanted a beer that was good, heavy, from canada, and not available in the US. He first brought me a Molson product, then a well intentioned new Canadian brewery that turned out to be macro lager swill, and then finally brought me a La Fin Du Monde with great satisfaction on his face. I didn't have the heart to tell him the one decent beer he brought me had been available in the US for over a decade. Would not have beenso bad, but I specifically showed him a list of the top Canadian beers as ranked by BA, and told him specifically no Unibroue. Oh well.
36 taps, 200 in bottles, outisde of Unibroue and St. Ambroise, no top Canadien beers. Lots of Belgians and Germans and even some decent US brews. Check out their web site for a full selection. If you're in Ottawa looking for good beers, this is THE place to go. I was specifically looking for good Canadian beer, and was dissapointed.
The food was good for pub food, my mussels were actually pretty tasty. The pastas looked decent, but I wasn't a fan of the bland pizza offerings. I felt the prices were good on the whole, but hey, it's Canadian money.
01-10-2007 20:16:58 |
More by dherling
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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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