Cafe il Nido
I always get great service here. I like to take my clients here for business lunches. Good service and great food. My Italian friends think their bolognese is impeccable.
Will never ever go back again!!!
Not dining at this place ever again!!!
I was very disappointed by Il Nido. The quality of the food wasn't good for a $45 dineout restaurant. Even $35 would have been almost too expensive
I have been to Il Nido several times and I always get a great service, the quality of the food is beyond for what you pay. This is the first time I post a review and I am doing it base on the hospitality experience I had in the past years and I get to the conclusion that people these days know nothing about food or table manners and they have the nerve to write nasty and horrible reviews, very disappointed at what people say or how behave when they go out and the way they treat the staff and they expect to be treated like royals, but you people out there that's not going to happen unless you treat the establishment and their staff with respect.
Excellent. Have already recommended to friends. We will be back!
Thank you Frank for a wonderful evening.
Wonderful experience every time I visit Cafe Il Nido Franco, the owner is a terrific host, he is always so charm and warm, only few Italian cuisine restaurants in Vancouver are owned by italians so that is a plus for Il Nido, always attentive and discreet service with its European flare, the Dine Out menu is extensive so there's plenty of options, so for the quality of the food $45 for a three course dinner is more than a good value.
Wine was good, food was fine. The restaurant didn't merit being on the $45 Dine Out list. Had a $35 experience. The Dine Out menu was huge, which made me think it was actually just their regular menu. And offering that many things on the Dine Out menu implies that there isn't any particular dish that they do extremely well.
Service was a little too casual and not super friendly or warm.
Decor felt dated. Nothing really modern about the place or the experience as a whole.
Food was tasty but nothing sensational. Service was mediocre. Won't be rushing back as it was acceptable but not outstanding.
We went to Cafe Il Nido during the dine out week in Vancouver.
With a 45-dollar, we were expecting a fine dining place.
For info, it is the highest menu price during the dine out week (others are at $25 and $35), as an example, it is what restaurants like Bacchus (wedgewood hotel), Black & Blue, VJ's or Glowbal propose.
Well, it was a huge disappointment !
For an Italian restaurant, to serve Tiramisu from the freezer and pastas that are not home made, it is ridiculous !
When we asked the waitress if pastas were home made she litteraly told us "no, it would be an extra mile" [...sigh]
Now, the place itself and service are also far for regular standards in the city (and I am not talking about top notch restaurants here).
It happens to be disppointed in a restaurant, when it is about food I always think I could come back later on to try something else but in that case:
I really felt ripped off!
Went on a Monday night for the dine out menu. Host ( who we think may be the owner?) was flat. Not very welcoming nor did he make any recommendations. Just took our orders and that’s it. Food was ok nothing spectacular but maybe because it was dine out set menu. Most likely won’t be going back.
Limited menu! Delicious pasta.
We've been here quite a few times. Food and service is always very good to extremely good. Never had a bad meal or bad time at this restaurant. It's small and intimate - with great service.
New Year’s Eve dinner Very quiet but food and service were great
When you find the place you will be rewarded! We were greeted by the owner himself and seated at a lovely table. Service and food was excellent and one feels very welcome in this nice and stylish restaurant. A definite MUST for a start in a great evening. Thanks again!
I have been a regular customer for several years and I've never had any bad experience whatsoever, on the contrary always consistent, amazing food, excellent service, European flare, and good value, nice and cosy atmosphere. It is so sad to read reviews from other diners full of hatred and criticism, it makes me rethink on whether people go out to eat and be respectful or criticise the staff and the food that they are not used to because their palate only knows of junk food. People should do their homework before deciding whether or not they can afford to dine out.
Our first and last visit to this restaurant. It's a small venue, and there was a raucous birthday party with 25-30 attendees at 3 long tables, indulging in high-volume activity and speech-making. We were one of two additional parties in the restaurant and it was overwhelming.
Note to owner: if you have a large party like that, you really need to close the restaurant to other bookings. But we think you know that, as you went through the motions of apologizing for the noise as we were leaving.
Have to add that the food was overpriced and unspectacular, and the server highlighted in the reviews of others in this thread was true to form: not friendly at all.
Sad that my first Open Table review is negative, but sadder still to have experienced that meal.
We found the restaurant a little over priced especially the wine list. The ambience could also be imroved.
Amazing food, but the ambiance and service was only okay. The dishes were all excellent, and nothing we ordered was anything but great. Our server was quite off putting though, starting with her reaction to our drink choices. No one in our group was a big drinker, and we didn't order any wine. Our server responded with an "uh, okay" that made it clear we rated slightly below pond scum for our beverage choices. She was as charmless for the rest of our meal. The owner seemed to see this happening and tried to follow up with more gracious service personally, but the mood was awkward, and we felt unwelcome.
Excellent food, great service. A good spot for a special occasion or just good Italian food.
Love this hidden gem!
We were there on a VERY quiet Wednesday night. We shared the mussels appetizer which was delicious. We each had a nice salad and various pasta dishes, all very good. Delicious desserts too!
A nice relaxing evening with good food and good service. This place is tucked away from the street in the courtyard of an older apartment building ..... you have to look for it!
Fantastic place to dine! As usual. Thank you.
An established icon, both the restaurant and the owner. Good menu variety and willing to be flexible as to portions and preparation methodology.
Very pleasant environment. Excelente food and service. Suggested to a friend for celebratio6.
This was the worst experience we had dining at il Nino.
We had our two children with us who behaved perfectly throughout the meal. The hosts were obviously not happy with the fact that we brought kids with us for this birthday celebration. Minimal service was given. Waiters were rude.
Food was still excellent but the only thing wanted was to get out of the place. Luckily sitting beside us were two lovely ladies. They made our dinner somewhat bearable.
Will not return to this place for future celebration.
My husband and I dined here for our 10th Anniversary dinner. The food was amazing, the wine list had a great selection, the ambiance was lovely and the service was impeccable!
I highly recommend this restaurant!
You feel like you've been transported to a small Italian town's local family owned and run restaurant
We found the service and Food was great! Great wine list.
Our server had a very unwelcoming demeanor. She barely smiled and did not appear to be friendly. While the service speed was adequate and the food was decent, I would hesitate to return to this restaurant.
Although the menu wasn't extensive, there was something more than satisfying for all of us. The food was excellent and the service top notch. It helped that we got in a little earlier than most, but I think it would have been that good at anytime. We will certainly go back!
Been there once before. This time on the patio. Great spot. out our food picked our wine and enjoFiguredyed appies/salad. Server arrives with ravioli for my companion and a beautiful, juicy, perfectly done stiletto for me. Unfortunately, my friend ordered risotto. So off go both plates. We eat bread and olive oil and fantastic warm olives and chat on quiet patio. Risotto takes about 20 minutes and should be served immediately upon preparation. It was. But that beautiful portion of beef looked like it had sat on the griddle the whole time. There was no moist pink center just a grey stiff slab. My guest was delighted with the risotto. I was not going to dampen her enjoyment or risk losing both plates for another 20 minutes. Washed it down with a Cabernet. If you take two plates return with two plates, at their peak. Should have cooked a proper steak.
The outdoor patio is a lovely dining oasis in the heart of the city. Has been a favourite for many years.
never knew this place was there...I will definitely be back. great patio...may be my new summer time go to!
I had a wonderful dinner al fresco on the patio, always consistent, flavoursome food, fantastic and gracious service, everything combined makes for a truly italian experience.
A long time favourite that continues to earn repeat business. Highly recommended.
The server we had could be more friendly and welcoming. Food was very flavourful and the restaurant was very quiet -- definitely a hidden gem.
Took my 28-year old godson for dinner on a pretty quiet Wednesday night. Franco is an excellent host. Very enjoyable meal.
Wonderful lunch on the most secluded patio in the city. Food and service was awesome as usual.