Cafe il Nido

4.3
435 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cozy
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/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 435 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We found the service and Food was great! Great wine list.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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.

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R
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

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.

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RE
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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KD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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D
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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A
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

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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A
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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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MA
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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F
San Francisco
302 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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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m
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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D
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

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

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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D
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Not many food options

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d
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

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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DH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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A
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

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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OT
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable service and incredible food.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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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RB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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M
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

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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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

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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SR
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

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w
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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S
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner food was excellent. Friendly and accommodating staff.

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