Cafe il Nido

4.4
431 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Comfort Food
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Holidays closed
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Phone number
(604) 685-6436
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Franco Felice
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Robson
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Parking Details
Street parking, Parkade Robson and Thurlow, The Carlyle Garage
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Public Transit
Bus stop & skytrain station walking distance in the heart of downtown
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
431 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
54%
Very Good
33%
Good
8%
Fair
4%
Poor
0%
4.6
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Quiet
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The outdoor patio is a lovely dining oasis in the heart of the city. Has been a favourite for many years.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

never knew this place was there...I will definitely be back. great patio...may be my new summer time go to!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

A long time favourite that continues to earn repeat business. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The server we had could be more friendly and welcoming. Food was very flavourful and the restaurant was very quiet -- definitely a hidden gem.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Took my 28-year old godson for dinner on a pretty quiet Wednesday night. Franco is an excellent host. Very enjoyable meal.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

出張で利用しました。どれを食べても安定した味でした。おすすめということでオッソブッコをオーダーしましたが、骨から肉がとろりとはずれ美味でした。
ちょっとわかりずらい場所ですが、地元に愛されるお店という感じでした。

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Wonderful lunch on the most secluded patio in the city. Food and service was awesome as usual.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Such a fantastic dinner. The food was lovely, the wait staff was very attentive and the restaurant was beautiful. Will definitely be coming here again.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We go to this restaurant regularly. This time it was very good, the service was prompt and pleasant, an enjoyable evening. Specials change every week; you can call to find out what they are.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very good evening with excellent food. We went early so there was no one else there. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I had such a great experience here! The food was amazing, the service was great and we really enjoyed everything about the experience. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent Italian food in a quaint downtown location.
The Osobuco was superb: tender and cooked to perfection. The Rigatoni dish was also excellent: wonderful sausage, mushrooms, and a very light sauce.
The passion fruit Panama cotta finished a great meal.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Always consistent, new menu with lots of gluten free options, new wine and cocktail list, reasonable prices and non intrusive service.

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2.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Awkward....! And super expensive...! .

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

I had a business friend in town and I recommended that we go to Café Il Nido. It was a very good choice since he thoroughly enjoyed it and we had a terrific evening

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Usually I come to Il Nido for dinner but this time I had a business lunch and I was in shock that it was nit busy at all and I do not understand why, I have been to Il Nido countless times and is always a pleasure, the food is delicious and well portioned, the service is great, so european and unpretentious, nice background music that makes a lovely atmosphere to carry a business or personal conversation.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Not many food options

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1.0Dined on November 9, 2017

I had a casual lunch at the restaurant with colleagues on November 9, 2017. The food was good. However, the server was the rudest I have ever encountered. Besides the hostile attitude, when she learnt that we were not going to order wine or dessert/coffee, she scoffed at us. That was absurd. Not recommended.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Foods and service are always excellent here. A quiet place for a nice dinner!

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

This was a friend get together we love good food and always want to try a new restaurant that we have not been before. We highly recommend it portions are not huge and sides not much with your entree but sooooo good and filling.

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2.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Server feels unapproachable and unfriendly. I ordered the pan seared swordfish and some parts are pink, still not fully cooked. The alfredo was good, nice and creamy though.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Impeccable service and incredible food.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary here. On the tecommendation of a friend. The food was very good - especially the fried mushroom appetiser and my large pork chop. The waiter suggested a wine that we enjoyed with the meal, a Chianti. They also gave us a lovely surprise, a Tiramisu, beautifully presented with a candle for celebration. Real candles in the candle holders at all the tables too.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

It had been awhile since had been here but really enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and service. Enjoyed a nice meal and some good wine for a good price. Enjoyed the evening. Thanks!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

I was a little disappointed by the food, to be honest. We paid $6 for olive oil and bread, but the bread was nothing special and the sea salt added to the olive oil meant we couldn't choose to not go salty. My swordfish was interesting but I wouldn't order it again; my partner's pasta sauce was not quite to her taste either. The panama cotta dessert was lovely, however.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

I've been dining at Cafe Il Nido for over 25 years. Franco is an amazing host and the cuisine is fabulous. The atmoshere inside is cozy and outside on the patio in the summer is wonderful. I'd recommend Cafe Il Nido for business lunches, birthday celebrations and get together with freinds. You won't be disappointed....great ambience, great food and great suervice.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was good, the service was fine and the ambiance was very nice. However, I find it very insulting when a restaurant like this feels it necessary to add an 18% tip automatically to the bill on a table for 2. What are they afraid of - that we won't leave a tip at all?

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Café il Nido has a cozy outdoor patio that was perfect for a Friday night dinner in summer. The service was very attentive. They will leave you alone for as long as you like, which is good if you are trying to have a leisurely dinner. The food was excellent too. I had the swordfish ceviche for an appetizer, and it was outstanding. I definitely would go back there again.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

We really enjoyed this restaurant and recommend it without reservation. Food was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

I I had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Il Nido, they always deliver simple and delicious flavours with a no pretentious service, and overall a good value.

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Food quality was average, waiter tried to upsell at every course, very annoying and we could not wait to get away from the waiter. Pushy ! And we had to pay for bread which was absurd. Overpriced for food quality and experience.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2017

Very nice place to have a meal where you can chat and not have to yell to be heard. THe new waiter is a bit over the top. He tries too hard and then it appears somewhat insulting. I do appreciate that they will customize my meal. It is very consistent.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Amazing personalized service and great food. Thanks to Franco for a memorable experience!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

The Team at Il Nido are attentive, the atmosphere is quiet and intimate, the menu is thoughtful and diverse, and food is very good value.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2017

Dinner food was excellent. Friendly and accommodating staff.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We had a very good experience on Valentine's Day. Completely non-rushed, told to take our time, unlike some places on that day in the past. Very attentive service and very good food. Nice wine list. Quiet table for 2. I have no complaints, and quite enjoyed the entire experience.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2017

we went for Dine Out but we would go there regardless if it wasn't dine out as the food was outstanding. It is one of the best deals in town when it's on the Dine Out menu. Highly recommend this place. I was wanting to try it for awhile and I'm so glad that I did, will definately go there again!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Fabulous service and excellent food. Quiet, intimate setting. If only the flourless chocolate cake was a little bigger :)

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2017

Visited twice, for a lunch and for a dinner. Good food, nice choice of wines, pleasant decor and the place is quiet. The manager (owner?) made us feel special and welcome. We recommend this restaurant.

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