Cafe il Nido

4.6
490 reviews
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
Here's a city gem as hidden as a Mafioso in the witness-protection program. This courtyard patio tucked away between the Manhattan Apartments has that" La Dolce Vita" atmosphere.
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MM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The blond waitress was very unfriendly and did not make us feel welcome. Won’t be going back there

j
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Franco was very attentive and friendly and provided excellent service. We love the pasta and would love to go back and try the other food on the menu.

U
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for our anniversary and were pleasantly surprised by this little gem. In the middle of busy Robson Street, Il Nido is located in this courtyard that transports you to a country side Italian restaurant. The greenery if the patio gives a very cozy atmosphere. The food was very good and the service was very pleasant. We will definitely go back and recommend it.

F
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Service poor. No smile or welcome. Felt like a cafeteria...just order and eat.
No interaction other than when ordering. Would not recommend or go back.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hidden gem

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t
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a true hidden gem! Wonderful food. When we are next in Vancouver we will definitely go back

QJ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The food and ambience is great, but unfortunately the service has really gone downhill.

MD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful hidden gem! Very much a neighborhood feel. Great food. Wonderful service. Felt like Italy!

L
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for lunch!

DL
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a great meal at Cafe il Nido - we live around the corner and finally found the time to come by and celebrate my husband's birthday. The staff were super attentive and friendly, and the food was SO good. Will definitely be back :)

W
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great place for lunch or dinner with an outdoor patio perfect when the sunshine’s.

JH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was great all the way around. Highly recommend for anyone going to Vancouver.

R
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely secluded spot that is calm and serene. This is no chain and the owners are onsite taking good care of the clients.

Excellent food & service throughout the evening.

5-Stars in all categories!

Nice to meet you!

T
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A hidden gem with a great ambiance. Very good, very imaginative Italian food, pleasantly and efficiently served. Good value to boot, by comparison with other restaurants of this class. One of our very favourites.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!

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Y
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In town from Chicago for a meeting. We wanted an quiet, intimate, delicious dinner with friends. Cafe il Nido was wonderful in every regard. Gracious hosts, attentive and thoughtful. Beautiful setting, excellent service, and everything was delicious. They were ready for us, and accommodated our needs. The appetizers: beet salad and soup of the day - butternut squash and sweet potato - were beautiful and tasty, as were the main courses: ossobuco, scallops, ravioli. Dessert: flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato, was fabulous. Perfect!

W
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent ambiance for a quiet dinner
Outstanding food
Great service

MM
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would enthusiastically recommend Cafe il Nido! As always, the food was great, the service was all I could imagine it to be, and it was a good quiet place to have an important business luncheon.

DW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The risotto was absolutely delicious I highly recommend it

KH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a gem of a place tucked away from the hustle and bustle on Robson street. Have been going there for 30 years and food is always excellent as is the service. The ambience is relaxed and quiet with a patio in the summer that I think one of best in Vancouver. Don’t miss this lovely restaurant.

DG
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicioso.
Lovely atmosphere and service.
We all finished every morsel on our plates!
And the Il Nido Cocktail with Skyy vodka, Limoncello and Cointreau was so delightful.
You simply must experience this place for your self.

Thank you, Chef Franco Felice.

CB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice and quiet ambiance. The food was excellent an the service was really great.

JB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine there. Franco the perfect host.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This a quaint little restaurant perfect for celebrating a special event or just a quiet night out without the kids. Great atmosphere fantastic food and exceptional service.

MF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

lovely, quiet ambience. excellent service and nice range of menu options. Always a good stand-bye place to eat in this hidden corner.

CP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food was good but not exceptional; the service was prompt but since only two tables were occupied at the time that's not difficult. Most annoying was the overly loud popular music; it seemed entirely out of place in an Italian restaurant.

l
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is under rated as the location is not easy to find. The food is absolutely spectacular, very authentic Italian cousin. Will definitely come back.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

F
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Will never ever go back again!!!
Not dining at this place ever again!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

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

KG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

FD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. Have already recommended to friends. We will be back!

SC
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you Frank for a wonderful evening.

D
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

W
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

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.

P
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was tasty but nothing sensational. Service was mediocre. Won't be rushing back as it was acceptable but not outstanding.

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

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!

SC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

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.

A
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Limited menu! Delicious pasta.

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DM
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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