Pub Italia | Ottawa, Ontario
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Pub Italia
Excellent based on 46 ratings
Type: Bar

434 Preston Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1S 4N4 [ print map ]
613 232 2326

Hours: 11am-1am Mon-Sat, 2pm-12am Sun

Mayor: Metalchopz (4) | Taps: 36 | Bottles: 150

Pub Italia

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Beer Available At Pub Italia (arranged by most recent)
Barley Days Scrimshaw Oyster Stout 53, Camerons Auburn Ale 47, Rogue HazelNut Brown Nectar 98, Beyond the Pale The Darkness 78, Pedavena Birra Pedavena 10, Church-Key House Red 27, Beaus And Boom Gose The Dynamite 57, Kichesippi Wuchak Polaris , Brùton Bianca 66, Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale 97
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46 reviews for Pub Italia
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  75%
 Selection  80%
 Food  69%
 Value  64%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  87%
Rating Distribution

Beershine  (698) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 10, 2012
I rarely say things like this, but, I have absolutely no idea why this place is popular on Ratebeer. When we were there, most of the taps were only mass marketed international beers (Kilkenny and friends) and some C-grade Ontario micros. Doesn’t really have a special atmosphere, either. Much preferred the Manx for that. For beer, though, gotta go to Gatineau.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere  (651) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2009
A fine hangout with great emphasis on the decorum. Multi-roomed complex with loads of Abbey artefacts and beer-related collectibles. Lots of room, plenty of seating, large patio - though it’s one of those places where I’d rather sit inside. Vast beer selection for this part of the world, including the generic beer from anywhere, but a solid selection of Belgian bottles and a few German/Austrian/English beers on tap. Plenty of classics in the same place. Slightly above average prices. All in all, certainly one of the top places in Ottawa region. I ate a pizza which was more than fair and a decent serving. It might have been number 1 some years ago, but the recent apparition of Brasseurs du Temps, to me, feels more interesting because they brew their own which are good and also provide absolutely excellent, rarer guest taps.
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | November 26, 2005
Came here this summer and was impressed. The Belgian section is absolutely gorgeous and has a pleasant selection for government-controlled Canadians. Check in the fridges, you might find something that’s not in the paper menu. Cantillons were a little expensive, but they are priceless gems anyway. I too don’t understand why the place is split in two and the Belgian beers only available in the Belgian "Abbey" section, but I guess it works for them. Great building, fun selection for Canada, probably the best place for a beer in Ottawa.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee  (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | August 10, 2006
Massive beer menu with loads of selection. Nice patio and a cavernous interior as well. Kind of a cool vibe inside, lots of wood, wrought iron, stained glass and low lighting. Good food, although the menu is a little short. Would definitely recommend checking this place out if you’re in the area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs  (259) Toronto, Ontario | October 25, 2006
Sometimes life teaches you lessons. This week it was the merits of calling first, especially on a Sunday. Arrived around 1230 to a sign reading 2PM summer, 5PM winter. We weren’t the only ones disappointed, two families & a construction crew also had to find sustenance elsewhere. Anyways, eager to check it out I returned Monday. I have to admit it was a bit of a let down - don’t get me wrong, I loved the décor, the staff was great, and the option to order a half pizza (the Dante) was both perfect for my hunger level and delicious. I think my disappointment was partly the aborted effort Sunday, and lots of praise from others that left me feeling underwhelmed when it was only good and not great.

Half pint of Satan’s Red was decent and quaffable, pint of Erdinger was in poor shape and I should have sent it back for thebottle of Achel I was craving but for whatever reason I didn’t. Anyways, I’d still recommend the place, the atmosphere is great and I think I would have enjoyed it more not going solo. Maybe drop some of the import taps if they are not selling and focus on their solid bottle line up. Easily accessed on the bus from downtown – you shouldn’t need to take a cab in Ottawa in my opinion unless you are staying way out of downtown. Would definitely visit again. Almost forgot – washroom had disconcertingly pleasant sweet orange citrus aroma to it. Made me laugh.

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | August 17, 2006
Well you gotta love the after room of intimate pub settings, very much with a Belgian/monkish theme, multiple outdoor The food I had was very good, a steak sandwich with salad, and not too badly priced. Beers? Well not that impressive if you’re used to great American big-city bars but between the fair number of standby quality offerings and plenty of Ontario micros even a jaded guy like me could find a few new ones. I had 2 draughts and 2 bottles and all were in good shape. Yeah it’s worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon  (216) Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec | March 29, 2006| Updated November 28, 2007
Wow!! Allo pub, juste le décor est spécial, sur tout dans l’Abbey, on se sens dans une petite chapelle, mais avec la bière. Comme je l’ai mentioné, j’ai mangé et bu dans l’Abbey avec LadySusan. La sélection de bière, La Bible de Bière, est très bonne et la bouf est #1. C’est un Do again!!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu  (195) Victoria, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated January 5, 2004
Truly fantastic drinking destination - great selection, consignment, setting and good value for food. Ask about the "Abbey" hidden off the hallway to the washrooms - Yes! A whole other bar dedicated to Belgians... Enjoy!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk  (137) Washington D.C., Washington DC | March 18, 2014
Definitely the largest tap list on the Ottawa side of the river and also the largest bottle list. For anyone who is well versed on the Ontario beer scene, there isn’t much that is interesting here. Everything they have in bottle is mostly typical LCBO fare with few private imports. Their tap list is a little more interesting but they tend to stick with the ordinary favourites found anywhere. They don’t seem to have many local beers on tap compared with Black Tomato or Arrow and Loon. Cool vibe and good service though.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow  (121) Ottawa, Ontario | August 23, 2011
Probably the best place in Ottawa proper for beer. 30+ taps that combine local, Canadian and US and other (mostly Belgian and Britain). Bottle list is fairly extensive - the owner has good connections with distributers out of Toronto and gets good stuff as long as he thinkg it will more (e.g. Westy, burlywine) but doesn’t seem to have an appetitite for the more exotic stuff like Cantillon, Mikkeller etc - with a very good selection of Belgians and other tasty treats (make sure to walk into the abbey and look in the "special fridge" to see what they have thats not on the menu. Atmoshphere is great, combines a pub and a church, although it can get quite noisy when crowded - patio is nice. Food has gone down hill quite a lot over the past couple of years - probably better to eat elsewhere on the street since you are in the heart of Little Italy. Service can be hit and miss depending on how you get. All that being said if you don’t want to cross into Quebec, or you just want some good beer, this is the place to go in Ottawa.

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