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Cafe il Nido, Vancouver, BC

Cafe il Nido

4.3
4.3
559 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian

Here's downtown Vancouver's gem as hidden in the Manhattan Apartments has that" La Dolce Vita" atmosphere. Heated and Covered Garden Patio provides a great escape for social distancing. Live Music on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 685-6436

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Customised multi-course meals. Customised set menus

  • Private party contact

    Franco Felice: (604) 645-6436

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    Robson

  • Parking Details

    Street parking, Parkade Robson and Thurlow, The Carlyle Garage

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop & skytrain station walking distance in the heart of downtown

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 559 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Special Occasion

  • Vancouver

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Vancouver

    Special Occasion

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  1. S

    Steakeater

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Restaurant was hard to notice and very nondescript from the outside. Don't let that deter you, it is definitely worth seeking out and experiencing! Live piano music greeted us, service was outstanding, menu enticing, and food Delicious! Ambiance was perfect. Will return for sure!

  2. TT

    TedT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Whenever I get to Vancouver I try to visit il Nido and have been for 30 years. The food, service, ambience and total experience are always outstanding.

  3. JT

    JamesT

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Simply fantastic! That is the only way to describe the food and service here.

  4. CP

    CaymanPirate

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic food by an outstanding server! A must if you love great food & GF options.

  5. JM

    JackM

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Attentive service, good food and great location

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food here is outstanding!

  7. J

    Jeremy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    After eating so many Italian pasta place in Canada, I finally found an authentic pasta. Will definitely come back during the summer months on the Patio. The only downside is they have a smaller menu selection.

  8. WY

    WendiY

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service with beautiful wine selection. The Chianti recommended was classy. Highly recommended.

  9. JA

    JessicaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner with friends. Excellent service and location.

  10. H

    Halifud1

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Everything we ordered was delicious with one exception. The scallops in green olive oil just did not work. I tried it several times thinking there would be more to it but to no avail. It had no flavour, was thinly sliced scallops and I think raw. Much better ways to do this dish. The salmon, ravioli, bruschetta, fungi were all excellent!

  11. MF

    MayFontenele

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect for a date. Excited to see it in the summer and get a table out at the garden patio. The food was outstanding.

  12. WE

    WestEnder

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The food was quite good although the portions were small, particularly for the mains. Service was not the best. Several other tables arrived after us and received their orders before us. We had to ask after quite a delay to receive our appetizer. No one came by to check in after we received our food and we were not asked about additional drink orders. They said they were swamped but it looked like a moderate Saturday night to us.

  13. m

    mahasamatman

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a truly exceptional experience. Tucked away in a courtyard, Cafe il Nido's patio is just the place for a fine Italian dinner in Vancouver.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend and I both had a birthday tonight and we had a great meal! It was a Thursday so not super busy which was nice. Food was great - service was great - wine was great. Would def go again!!

  15. O

    Ozram

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    amazing service delicious food romantic surroundings will definitely be back Thank you

  16. GM

    GregM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice atmosphere, great food and service, great menu and wine list. Loved the live piano.

  17. LW

    LoisW

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our servers were fabulous. Didn't rush us. The pianist was delightful. Very enjoyable. I had the spinach ravioli which was beautifully balanced

  18. AW

    AislinnW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Being greeted by a man on a piano was such a lovely surprise! The food was super tasty & really enjoyable cocktails.

  19. P

    Pastalover

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    The food was incredible. We were a party of 6, and all ordered different things and everything tasted fantastic

  20. BL

    BrittanyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Quiet restaurant with a great atmosphere. The food was mediocre. I won't rush back.

  21. JA

    JA2021

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    I am not big on writing a review but this restaurant definitely deserves one! I had never been here and I went to celebrate a birthday, didn't know what to expect. From the very beginning this restaurant had great communication with me, they were able to make the birthday celebration very special. They went above and beyond what I expected and have experienced from other restaurants. They provided some special touches to make the birthday celebration that more special, such as help me get some amazing birthday balloons with the number and all, they had a little card with a special birthday wish message, they provided the dessert with a sparkler and wrote on the dessert plate and didn't charge us for the dessert, when they presented the dessert they played "Happy Birthday" on the piano. I am absolutely in awe with this restaurant and would HIGHLY recommend it for a celebration, if you let them know ahead of time they really do go all out to make your celebration very special unlike what I have ever experienced anywhere! The food was delicious and reasonably priced. I would LOVE to come here again in the future! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making the birthday celebration EXTRA special!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    Came here as we needed a last min reservation. Food wasn’t great and the restaurant looked like I was in someone’s basement. Staff was nice but wasn’t at the level of service you would receive at a high end restaurant. You can find better value elsewhere.

  23. AK

    AndyK

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing! This is a hidden gem! Christian, our server, was fantastic!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    It was great.. I just would recommend a single big ice cube for a Manhattan/Negroni and the waiter was very attentive until the very end.. we had to wait a tiny bit otherwise we had a lovely time! Beef shank was outstanding!

  25. P

    Pauline

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They had a Bday surprise for our guest! Nice touch.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hidden gem. I liked the simple menu and wine list. Service excellent. Our group of 8 were the only patrons, so nice and quiet.

  27. MM

    MaxMischief

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely great! As always…

  28. MD

    MiriamD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, amazing service. Spent my birthday there and was very happy.

  29. CC

    ChilwinC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Excellent place right on Robson. Friendly attentive staff. Comped us dessert when they found out about our anniversary, very lovely and classy touch I think a tad on the high priced side for the portion and quality of ingredients, but within the downtown price range. Great date spot. Would recommend to anyone.

  30. DG

    DaveG

    Calgary

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Awesome food and service - friendly staff with authentic Italian food. A wonderful experience.

  31. DC

    DCYVR

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Friendly relaxed service, delicious food. Would recommend Il Nido for any special occasion or simply for a fine meal.

  32. BC

    BCJofBC

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We were seated immediately, we placed our order for dinner soon after and our meals came out promptly. Our pastas were delicious, nicely presented and piping hot. As we had limited time, we appreciated the excellent service. Despite the fact that I asked for a gluten & dairy free meal, it was very nicely flavored. Certainly a very satisfying experience! Chose to avoid traffic & parking issues as we were able to walk there from our accomodation.

  33. AL

    AmyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, the food were all delicious. We opened two bottles of italian wine, the price seems very fair for downtown. Especially when prices had gone up for everything these days, I don't get why some people here say its expensive. I will be back for sure!

    Cafe il NidoResponded on November 16, 2021

    Thank you so much, Amy ! Your feedback is greatly appreciated !! Hope to see you soon, Cheers.

  34. BL

    BarbaraL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Very cute restaurant with quaint indoor and outdoor seating. However upon walking in the bar area was quite messy. Cleaning supplies, rags, papers and stuff all in view. Live piano music was lovely, but the player is separated from the dining room which is too bad. I ordered the housemade gnocchi and was really disappointed. Very starchy texture almost to the point of grainy. The sauce was delicious. We started with the Chef's meatballs which were pretty good. My Husband had the Wagyu Beef Shank and was overall happy with his meal.

    Cafe il NidoResponded on November 16, 2021

    Thank you. We are glad you guys loved the wagyu beef. As for the gnocchi, it is the made to accommodate Gluten Free needs of some people so the texture is not as smooth as regular flour. Unfortunately we don't have a non-gluten free variant as this time as we already serve 11 pastas in our house. We recommend the rigatoni or Housemade Lasagna next time for a smoother texture and stronger flavor. Thank you again for your comment and hope you can understand. We will try to improve in the future.

  35. B

    Brodie

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    What a great Italian restaurant...Il Nido is tucked under an historic apartment building off Robson but the entrance is through the building court yard on 780 Thurlow Street. This restaurant needs to advertise more...it's a hidden gem...and they have a FABULOUS piano player on Friday and Saturday evenings. The wine selection is exquisite and the food...well the food is EXCELLENT-the service more than attentive. We had such a good time and will most certainly go back. Such a change from the restaurants blasting questionable "music" at such a high volume you can't talk. Il Nido is a special place right downtown. Cheers

  36. L

    Lenny

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The restaurant was empty except for us and one other table on a Wednesday night. The food was delicious but on the pricier side for pasta.

  37. N

    paigeN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb! We had a few pastas and the Pink Saint Germain. Then the Wagygu beef and Ossobuco for main. Our experience is great. A worthy Italian diner in Downtown Vancouver, not expensive at all compared to the Boulevard or Cioppino. Love to try the patio again when its not raining.

    Cafe il NidoResponded on November 16, 2021

    Thank you, see you again soon !

  38. H

    laurenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The pasta is one the best I've had outside of Italy. The Wagyu beef and desserts are exceptional as well. Worth every penny. The waiters are courteous and we will come back to try the steak next time !

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Food was ok . I came in with high expectations based on the review on line. Food is not bad but not the best either for their price.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puebla

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience1

    Reserven en la parte interior porque en el exterior huele feo.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Cafe il Nido does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Cafe il Nido also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 685-6436.

Cafe il Nido is rated 4.3 stars by 559 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Google Map for Cafe il Nido

780 Thurlow Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1V8

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Robson

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street parking, Parkade Robson and Thurlow, The Carlyle Garage

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop & skytrain station walking distance in the heart of downtown

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 685-6436

  • Private party facilities

    Customised multi-course meals. Customised set menus

  • Private party contact

    Franco Felice: (604) 645-6436

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