Il Vagabondo Italian Restaurant

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Cuisine type

  • Italian,


  • Pizza,
  • Pasta,


  • Casual,
  • Family,

Products and Services

  • High Quality Veal,
  • Homemade Pasta Made Daily,
  • Chicken,
  • Seafood,


  • Established Since 1979,
  • Monday Open For Groups 12 And Up,
  • Special Events (Call For Info),

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • Italian,
  • Spanish,
186 Barrette St, Vanier, ON K1L 8A1
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Tuesday - Sunday : Diner 4:30 Pm - 10:00 Pm
Tuesday - Friday : Lunch 11:00 Am - 2:30 Pm
Monday : Closed (but Available For Groups)
Tuesday - Sunday : Diner 4:30 Pm - 10:00 Pm
Tuesday - Friday : Lunch 11:00 Am - 2:30 Pm
Monday : Closed (but Available For Groups)
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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

The historical mural on the east wall of Il Vagabondo Ristorante, painted by local artist Karole Marois, is a colourful harbinger of the rich and traditional tastes one can expect to savour inside this decades-old Italian eatery. Located in a quiet but up-and-coming residential neighbourhood at the intersection of Beechwood and Marier, a couple of blocks east of Ottawa’s New Edinburgh community, Il Vagabondo greets guests with the familiar and hearty aromas of garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, and fresh lime – cornerstones of classic Italian cuisine.

Romance is in the air when one dines surrounded by the warm reds and browns of this restaurant’s walls. With Vivaldi’s music accompanying every meal, one is immediately transported back to the sumptuous food culture of classical Italy and Venice.

Il Vagabondo’s owner, Adriana Roy, dreams of visiting Italy and Venice one day, but until then she is happy serving homemade pastas, rich soups and other popular Italian fare to her loyal customers with a generous smile.

“I did many things here to make Il Vagabondo more accessible,” Adriana explains. “When I took over in the year 2,000, I rebuilt Il Vagabondo from the steps all the way up. I did it myself, with no help. I’m very proud of that and happy to see my customers and to serve them – whatever makes people happy.”

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Love my experience I had last Tuesday. The fresh pasta are great, service is fantastic (owner is so friendly and authentic) and the ambiance is so sweet. Great neighborhood restaurant, will be back.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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never again

Service VERY SLOW even though there were only 4 other people in restaurant. The unfriendly waiter behaved like he was doing us a favor by serving us. After serving meal he disappeared. After 45 mins. we had to go find him to pay bill. Room was dark, cold, unpleasant. Wooden tables, no table cloth, hard wooden chairs. Not a friendly atmosphere. Waited over 3/4 hr. for appetizers which VERY small. Fairly bland, uninspired food. Finished small, measly entree portions in under 10 mins. and still famished. Had to go buy takeout dinner elsewhere after we left.

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A Hidden Gem!

My girlfriend introduced me to this place. I am not usually a fan of Italian food but the stuffed rigatoni I had was truly delicious. What's even more important is the history of the restaurant and the woman who runs it. It's not every day you get to experience such wonderful people. I will definitely be back.

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I love this place the atmosphere is cozy feels like an authentic Italian restaurant and, the woman who runs the restaurant is soo sweet and friendly makes you feel at home, food was amazing and just the right portion for my likings. I am going back soon for a friends birthday.

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