La Cantina at Common Ground Project

4.8
113 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

    A$85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for choosing La Cantina! Groups of 7 adults or more are required to dine on our 4-course shared set menu for $85pp. Please notify the restaurant in advance if you have any dietary requirements - hello@commongroundproject.com.au
What 113 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JanS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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Khan
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lolo and staff are tops in their service and Glenn in the kitchen is a good thing. Kudos all around!

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SDiM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to experience some wonderful food and wine in a relaxing and peaceful environment.

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MadelineC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational! We absolutely loved our experience dining at La Cantina. The food was sublime, cosy restaurant with a gorgeous fire, excellent staff and a truly special atmosphere. Thank you La Cantina, we are already planning our next visit!

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Saf1
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Long wait for pre booked table. Left with no service standing for 20 mins. No compensation offered. Service was just ok. Food good. Overall experience affected by wait and level of service.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous. We had heard good reports but everything surpassed our expectations. Shared chef's selection riffed on creative Italian and every dish was excellent. It would be churlish to pick a favourite. Then came desserts, and could not believe anyone could pack that much real mandarin or intense burnt toffee into ice cream. Did I mention the chocolate 'cake', a firm ganache delight? Staff suggested taking home leftovers, and that was welcome. Small, creative, local/Italian wine list, with some surprises, and reasonably priced. Sat next to the fire which was a bonus on a cold night. Staff were invariably delightful, informed and enthusiastic about what they and Common Ground were doing. The latter was the reason for wanting to go there in the first place. Now we can't wait to return. It should be an immediate 1-2 hats, with a bonus for the broader social initiative. Eat there!

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JamieL
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was brilliant, this place is special, a little high on the price but you get what you pay for. This is definitely one place that you need to experience

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place to dine this is my 3rd time here and equally as good as the first visit.
Chefs selection is fantastic amazing value quality food and don’t eat the bread or you won’t fit in desert.

Very accomodating if you wish to select a couple of dishes and share them.

All fantastic however yesterday’s Pork was outstanding

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Joffa
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Expensive and unimaginative wine offering. Too few side dish choices...salad or chips or potatoes.
Otherwise..very good.

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TPandAP
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved it! Food was delish and our waitress was so sweet. Will definitely go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the very first greeting this place is A1
How lucky are we to have such a high quality restaurant on our doorstep ...

Serves are generous and first class...

Wine list is very good indeed.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding at every level. Set menu is the way to go

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JacquelineH
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely experience at your restaurant however we felt the prices have made the option of a repeat visit unlikely.
The food was delicious and the service great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The absolute finest Italian in our region. Loved every dish and is such a beautiful place! Will be back!

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LouiseB
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing!! The staff were all very friendly and helpful. A gorgeous place that we will definitely be going back to and have started recommending this to our family and friends.

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MichaelW
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was amazing. Highly recommended and we will be back again

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CathyG
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was great, the service was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Lovely atmosphere.

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LucindaG
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful place, food and staff. Looking forward to returning soon.

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SueW
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great venue, food and service we had an amazing lunch/ afternoon and will definitely be coming back

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GayeW
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have recommended La Cantina to our friends. An enjoyable experience and will certainly return

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious Italian fare with great service

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JulieD
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, good & honest cuisine.
We ordered the chef menu.
The ravioli and the pork was outstanding. And I loved the chocolate cake.
Service was really good and the ambiance was really nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a wonderful experience dining at La Cantina on Saturday night. Simple food so wonderfully fresh and prepared. Lola and the team are so welcoming and friendly with great service. We are super happy and look forward to many more dining experiences here. La Cantina will be a regular for us!

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DianaN
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my fourth dinner at La Cantina. I love it & will be back soon hopefully. LoLo is very welcoming, the wait staff are professional but warm & the food is delicious.

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KirstenH
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

thank you for an excellent lunch, we had the last booking but were not rushed at all!

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DianneC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed the home-made pasta, especially the ravioli; the lamb and beef mains were lovely but the pork belly was a little soft. To finish off the home-made ice cream was a hit and the apple pie satisfactory.

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ElittaG
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will definitely be returning- food was amazing and the service was so helpful!

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KFan
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Great service and beautiful locations. Some meals not of standard expected from pricing and reviews.

KG
KateG
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal & play area for the kids 🙌🏻

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SimC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for a belated birthday lunch & we chose to get a selection of items from the a la carte menu, the produce is all grown on site and the taste is outstanding! I don't think I've ever experienced so much flavour from a carrot before! The pasta was delicious and the starter and sides too.
Service was relaxed but with just the right amount of friendly attention. I think this place is a must visit for those heading to or from the Great Ocean Road.
P.S. Also for those morning the loss of Anglesea's sadly no longer operating 'Captain Moonlite' you will be pleased to be greeted by the familiar face of Lolo once again.

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SarahO
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Beautiful rustic italian. A great spot for lunch in the country

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Memo
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was nice but didn’t blow my socks off. There is a nice outside area which is good for kids, but unfortunately we didn’t get to sit out there, possibly due to the potential of rain, which made it kinda challenging with kids inside. Would be lovely to go back to with friends and drink a bottle of the sparkling rose!

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shaneP
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great experience. Great food, staff and location. Can’t wait to try something else on the menu. So much to choose from.

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roma
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a gem of a place! The roasted pork belly was sensational. Already picked out what I want to try next; the wood grilled marinated leg of lamb, can't wait.

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averyhappycustomer
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the pasta was the hero of the night. So yum!

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LizT
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easy booking system online and you need to provide cc details to confirm booking. I think this is acceptable and will become norm for eateries. Parking easy and welcoming entrance. Lovely staff welcome snd the ambience is superb. Good service from welcome to departure. Amazing menu with good variety of dishes to suit broad demographic. Wine list extensive and a number by the glass options. Food amazing, Very rustic and Nonna style. Great place and will return .

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HelenL
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Magnificent Italian food on the Surf Coast. Do yourself a favour and enjoy a night out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service

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Rudi
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Surprise find - authentic Italian food with amazing variety of flavours and textures in a rustic and relaxed atmosphere! Antipasti as great start rucola fritta eggplant parmigiana spinach ravioli pork cheek risotto braised snapper pork shoulder with fennel and spinach and a delicious desert couldn’t have wished for a nicer chef’s menu thank you! Will certainly be back

FAQs

La Cantina at Common Ground Project is rated 4.8 stars by 113 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.