La Cantina at Common Ground Project

4.8
151 reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
La Cantina is a farmhouse restaurant, located at Common Ground Project, celebrating simple Italian flavours and locally grown ingredients.

Using ingredients grown ourselves at Common Ground Project, as well as locally sourced produce from the Surf Coast and Otways, our menus feature hand-made pasta, sustainably sourced meat, and deliciously simple dishes.

Led by Glenn Laurie and Lolo Hanser, a husband-and-wife team who ran Little Black Pig & Sons and worked at The River Cafe, La Cantina is an exciting new addition to the Great Ocean Road region.

Experiences

  • La Cantina Chef's menu $75pp

    A$75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for choosing La Cantina. Due to the uncertainty of these crazy Covid times, with reduced seating and snap lockdowns, for the next little while, all guests at la Cantina are required to dine on our Chef's menu. 1 x selection of antipasti 1 x pasta to share 1 x main course to share 2 x desserts Please ensure we are notified of any dietary requirements with your reservation as we may not be able to accommodate them with short notice.
  • La Cantina Chef's menu $85pp

    A$85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for choosing La Cantina. Due to the uncertainty of these crazy Covid times, with reduced seating and snap lockdowns, for the next little while, all guests at la Cantina are required to dine on our Chef's menu. 1 x selection of antipasti 2 x pasta to share 2x main courses to share 2 x desserts Please ensure we are notified of any dietary requirements with your reservation as we may not be able to accommodate them with short notice.
What 151 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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JanetD
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love that we have this fabulous restaurant on our doorstep in regional victoria x
Hang in there La Cantina

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EsadaP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can’t wait to return. Every dish was outstanding. The service friendly and efficient.

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SimL
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Super delicious! From the entree to mains and dessert. Fresh and tasty! Fabulous banter with the wait staff, great timing between courses. Will definitely be back!

CO
ChelO
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the Chef's $85 selection which we highly recommend. Every dish was outstanding, of particular note was the bountiful antipasto platter, the semolina gnocchi with juniper and duck and the roasted pork belly. The ingredients were so fresh they felt like they had been grown outside the Chefs window and in actual fact they had! The service matched the food. An incredible lunch. Thanks to all. We will be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous dining experience .. always reliable great food and service.
Always have plenty to choose from on the menu.

Very generous size portions ..

All in all a great resturaunt in every way

KD
KayeD
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food and such fresh local ingredients
LoLo and the staff are fantastic
This restaurant is a hard one to top

MD
MelanieD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

What a coup for Freshwater Creek! Welcome Lolo, Glenn & Team. Such friendly and efficient service and divine food showcasing our local produce. Exciting times for our little town!

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Scotties
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the chef’s selection as the Menu was so interesting no one could not decide.
All agreed what a great decision!
All four courses were fabulous.
Our Italian friend thought she was in heaven .

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the loveliest staff. Can't fault anything!

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BridyL
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Waited 1 hour 10 mins for our main
Didn’t get dessert til 10.30, we arrived at 8pm. Meals were nice but $42 for lamb that was abit tough and $40 for a main pasta just didn’t seem worth it

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ShannonS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service with delicious food and cocktails!!! Will be thinking about my food for days after!! Could not recommend highly enough!!!

JT
JessT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time there and it was fantastic! The food is incredible and so are the cocktails. Beautiful natural feel. Will be back!

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GwenA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

finally after all the lockdowns we made it to La Cantina. what a wonderful 3 hours we had. we could not fault anything. The staff looked after usvery well, the Chefs choice was a fantastic idea and the food came very promptly, wine selection was great , and overall a great choice.

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, fabulous service. Loved our meals here.

HB
HeatherB
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are on the terrace so was lovely and quiet - and refreshing!!

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RobynO
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambience and very tasty food. It was my second visit to this restaurant. The staff are very welcoming and friendly helping us with our food choices. There is a wonderful outdoor area where children can run around and enjoy some play equipment. Fresh produce is grown outside and there is a cool fire pit.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delightful place, the waitstaff were fantastic and all the food was delicious!

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AanikaD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the best food we have had in Australia. Great location and friendly staff.

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DebC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and excellent service.
Surroundings are very pleasant and I love the concept.
All 5 of us rated La Cantina very highly.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely food and wine. A bit cold at our table and the coffee was poor.

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SimC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, views and nost importantly food!
Always a pleasure to dine here.

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Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful authentic Italian food in a rural setting. The serves are extremely generous and delicious.
Much of the menu is cooked on the wood fired grill.
There’s plenty of space so the noise level is low.
Several people were enjoying the sun outside.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Taormina
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb Italian food I thought I was back in Sicily. Brandade was the best I have ever had in Australia. A casual atmosphere underpinned by very professional skills.

SH
SarahH
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Torquay vicinity. Excellent food and exceptional service

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Lolo was an amazing host. Thank you for having us

PC
PenelopeC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service makes this place! The friendly staff are authentic, genuine and the perfect amount of attentive.

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Ricard
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed every part of our evening at La Cantina. On line booking was easy and efficient. We requested a warm table and were given one near the fire. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The fava and mozzarella starter was excellent, the parsley, mint, lemon and oil sauce was fresh and delicious. The octopus pasta was very tasty and the veal with shaved truffles was very special.

KH
KatieH
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place food and service
Can’t wait to come back!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service went beyond expectations and the set menu was just divine. Exceptional value. Will be back

CT
ChloeT
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal! Our whole family love La Cantina!

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MaeveM
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service and lovely space!!!

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Stef
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Delicious food with focus on each ingredient that goes in. Excellent service. Beautiful outdoor dining area overlooking the gardens and chickens.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed everything on the Chef's menu. The owner was great and made the whole experience for us. Our son was able to play outback in the cubby house, play soccer and chase the chooks while we had a great lunch. We'll certainly be back again.

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Elizad
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food, amazing service and an overall very enjoyable experience. We will be back for sure!

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MarkH
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the chef’s selection. Excellent; do not eat much on the day, the serve is very generous and you will want to enjoy it. Overall the food is great.

AL
AlisonL
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we went for a special birthday at lunchtime. Noise level was perfect with tables well spaced.

The service was attentive without being annoyingly full of banter.

The meals were superb. Rarely have I so enjoyed the first mouthful. Flavours were clean and fresh.

Have nothing but praise for La Cantina. perfect. Thank you

KG
vipKateG
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting, amazing service and the food was impeccable!

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Marmoo
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, fresh Italian food done right! We had the ravioli and pork belly, both sensational. Service was excellent. We will be back!

SH
SarahH
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food, attentive service. Outstanding overall. My new favourite restaurant. It brought back memories of Italy. Highly recommend.

JS
JanS
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed the fixed price lunch. We’re glad we could take a couple of items home as our appetites couldn’t quite match the four courses offered.

FAQs

La Cantina at Common Ground Project is rated 4.8 stars by 151 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.