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La Cantina at Common Ground Project

4.8
4.8
242 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 on the farm, 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.

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Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 5264 5082

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Chef's Menu

    $85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Thank you for choosing La Cantina. All guests at La Cantina are required to dine on our Chef's menu ( Children will have a separate menu ) PLEASE ENSURE WE ARE NOTIFIED OF ANY FOOD ALLERGIES WITH YOUR RESERVATION AS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THEM WITH SHORT NOTICE. PLEASE NOTE WE CAN ONLY CATER FOR VEGETARIAN, PESCATARIAN AND COELIAC DIETARIES. 1 x selection of antipasti 2 choices of pasta to share 2 choices of main courses to share 1 x selection desserts
  • Chef's Menu

    $85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Thank you for choosing La Cantina. All guests at La Cantina are required to dine on our Chef's menu ( Children will have a separate menu ) PLEASE ENSURE WE ARE NOTIFIED OF ANY FOOD ALLERGIES WITH YOUR RESERVATION AS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THEM WITH SHORT NOTICE. PLEASE NOTE WE CAN ONLY CATER FOR VEGETARIAN, PESCATARIAN AND COELIAC DIETARIES. 1 x selection of antipasti 2 choices of pasta to share 2 choices of main courses to share 1 x selection desserts

Menu

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What 242 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambience

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  • Geelong

    Group Bookings

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  1. CV

    ConnieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Food... The Service... Do yourself a favour and try this place out

  2. MJ

    MeganJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Both the good and service were delicious, a great night out. I would highly recommend it.

  3. IS

    IngridS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food partly sourced from the property at Common Ground. The menu is rustic Italian 'good for the soul' food and there's heaps of it on the Chef's Set Menu, which is what is currently available. The drinks list is very nice and thoughtful with lots of non-alcoholic options in beer and cocktails for the driver. Kids have plenty of space to explore too. Highly recommended.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sensational. Food and service is incredible. Chef Menu is amazing value.

  5. JD

    JoceyD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely love La Cantina, it is exceptional. We have been several times & each visit has been consistently perfect. The hospitality is warm & welcoming, the service is on point & the food is magnificent. The entire experience is thoroughly enjoyable. These guys know what they are doing. Highly recommend La Cantina & can’t wait to come again soon.

  6. SS

    ShelleyS

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything is exceptional. The dear friend I took is now hooked, like me. She's already made another booking for her family!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fabulous set menu lunch, ample food for 4 people. Service impeccable and wine list was a great mix of local and international. Loved every dish. Highly recommend

  8. MG

    MarkG

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely rustic atmosphere with excellent food, complimentary drinks list and fabulous service makes this room one of the best on the Bellarine.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always, service attentive, courses came out at a perfect rate- time in between to savour ! Will always be back again here!

  10. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Catered to our young children. Chef's menu servings were generous. Great location overlooking the kitchen garden and play area.

  11. LM

    LouiseM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Food was nice, but not memorable. Very expensive.

  12. AW

    AllisonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent front of house and table service. Food always a very high standard and flavour. Thanks LoLo and kitchen staff.

  13. FL

    FionaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We chose the chef’s menu and it was delicious, fresh, interesting and very generous!! The team were great despite all that covid brigs to the restaurant industry. Will be back again and again…..

  14. JS

    JanS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely and friendly hosts, and great to have the option to sit outside.

  15. Y

    Yumyums

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and fabulous staff 🌟

  16. ES

    EvaS

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous afternoon enjoying a stunning lunch, cocktails and wine at la cantina. Food was, abundant, fresh and interesting. The knowledge of the staff was excellent and they were very helpful and attentive to our needs - quite a novelty in these covid times where many restaurant are either understaffed or staffed with inexperienced staff. Will definitely go back.

  17. FO

    FionaO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As on previous visits, the service, the atmosphere and the food equated to ten out of ten! As it was such a beautiful evening we requested to continue our dining at an outdoor table. Despite it being a full house, our request was quickly carried out. We’ll definitely return again (and again and again).

  18. LK

    LeanneK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was so good and extremely generous serves for a sharing experience. Tasty rustic Italian food beautifully presented. Service was very friendly & efficient and the four courses were not rushed upon us so could really enjoy each one. Will definitely be back again….thanks to Lolo & staff & the wonderful chef for a great New Year dinner!

  19. M

    Moira

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the staff were friendly and attentive. We will be recommending La Cantina to everyone.

  20. SH

    SarahjaneH

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb. Delicious. Hospitable. Incredible value for money. We’ll be back!!

  21. M

    Mash13

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic service and amazing food.....Highly recommend!

  22. AR

    AmyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    La Cantina is a delight for your senses. Gorgeous staff, gorgeous location and gorgeous food. This is the jewel of the Bellarine. Starting with olives and piping hot bread which you drape through grassy, pepper olive oil is the opening to a luscious antipasto extravaganza. Crumbed sardines, prosciutto plates and mozzarella figs. Moving on to the most magnificent pastas for primo, fresh prawns and home grown goodies are saturated in too die for butter sauces. Secondo elevates with dory and crackling pork which is a come to Jesus moment. Dolce is temptation in a bowl with a selection of ice cream, panna cotta, almond tart and chocolate delice which makes any adult sing inside. We will be back and we are so happy you are here.

  23. FM

    FionaM

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was exceptional! We ordered the chefs menu and every dish that was served was amazing. A great place to take in the scenery and enjoy a long lunch and a few drinks.

  24. GR

    GailR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The four of us thoroughly enjoyed it. Chefs menu was well presented and flavoursome. 4th time I've been to La Cantina and every time has been deliciously enjoyable.

  25. NQ

    NutriQueen

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, lunch and we loved the venue too. Definitely coming back.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an amazing place! Came to La Cantina for dinner and had an incredible evening of delicious food and so much fun. Lolo made our dinner party, including two toddlers, so welcome and at ease. We ordered the chef’s menu which delivered on the high quality farm to table fine dining meal in a relaxed but refined setting that the concept aims for. The kids enjoyed the play area outside (great idea), seeing the llamas and the vegetable garden… and Lolo brought out our martinis to the cubby house! Highly recommend the sardines and pork belly if ordering al a carte. We will definitely be back again.

  27. IR

    IngaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow, what a great dining experience. We were looked after by Jess from the U.K. She was super friendly and had great attention to detail. The drinks were flowing and food was abundant. The kids were running around living their best lives. The chef's menu was mouth watering and extremely generous. The grounds themselves provided a relaxing backdrop to a long and luxurious lunch. We highly recommend La Cantina, you won't be disappointed. Plus we can't wait to come back. Thanks to the beautiful staff and amazing chefs. Inga and Jim Rodd

  28. T

    Taormina

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Each time I think I am back in Sicily,simple beautiful cooking,superb sardines and pork all underpinned by assured floor service and charming staff

  29. PW

    PeterW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good atmosphere and friendly staff and the food was brilliant

  30. RR

    RhidianR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service. Each dish is beautifully curated and the service is personalised and honest

  31. SK

    StephK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The amount of food you received in the 4 course dinner was unreal... by dessert I could hardly fit another in another mouthful. However, do not be fooled the quality of the food was absolutely there. Every course outdid the last! My partner and I thought next best thing do the food was how friendly the staff were. They really elevated the night with how relaxed and welcoming they were. Thank you guys for one of the best date nights we've ever had!!!

  32. l

    lisap

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As a group of 11 we had a great Christmas get together - the food was amazing and service impeccable. Sorry if we were a bit noisy!

  33. AJ

    AndrewJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The only criticism that we had was that there was too much food. We questioned the need for the pasta course (which was delicious!)

  34. A

    Anon

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Menu catered for all tastes , will return to test out options Complimentary bread offered Indoor and outdoor seating available in a Garden setting Great spot to enjoy lunch

  35. MX

    MX5drive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I've enjoyed both of my experiences at La Cantina. The food is excellent and the staff know what they're doing and they make you feel welcome.

  36. S

    Sarah

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service was AMAZING! We absolutely loved it. One consideration is the indoor eating area is VERY loud with high hard surfaces. Not great if you have sensory processing stuff. Luckily we could easily move outside to enjoy the garden and fresh air. I have some dietary intolerances which were accommodated with no issue. We can't wait to come again.

  37. A

    Anna

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sensational food and service! We will definitely be back again soon

  38. S

    Simmy1066

    Adelaide

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful farm like environment surrounded by veggie patches and greenhouses . Italian 4 course meal was delicious generous and very authentic. Friendly service creating a memorable experience.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best food and service

  40. LB

    LaurieB

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ‘One of the best meals I’ve ever had!’ We loved the four course set menu - with allowance for one pescatarian and one ‘eat anything’. Lolo is a wonderful host.

FAQs

La Cantina at Common Ground Project is rated 4.8 stars by 242 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 bookings at the moment.

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Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for La Cantina at Common Ground Project

675 Anglesea Rd Freshwater Creek, AU-VIC 3217

  • Area

    Waurn Ponds

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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