Cafe il Nido

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558 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 558 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Puebla
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice little restaurant tucked away just off the street. Loved the live piano music, they had an excellent menu and the food arrived extremely quick. Desserts were excellent and a quick taxi ride back to Hotel.

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TerriF
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and fantastic food. Piano music was a nice touch. Restaurant is small and appearance is
Deceiving but it is a gem

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CodyK
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Quaint little restaurant reminds me of Italy. Piano player was phenomenal, service was excellent( kudos to Christopher) food was good.

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vipiEat
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Lovely courtyard setting.

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TomN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Poorly managed restaurant. Refused to honour gift certificate “because it was from previous owner”. That shoo it be the customer’s problem

Cafe il Nido
Responded on July 27, 2021

Dear customer. Thank you for your visit and your valuable feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience. The paper based gift card presented was issued 3+ years ago and we had not seen any other customer bringing it in since new management. And according to manager on shift, unfortunately the card was only presented at the end of the meal rather than before, so we do apologize for the confusion. Any further questions you may email us at info@cafeilnido.ca , Thank you again.

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AnetaC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

We went there for the live music and noticed how ridiculously expensive all food is. Definitely not worthy- the quality of the food was mediocre , the live music made is bearable to spend a night in this restaurant.

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Lelouch
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favorite for pasta in downtown. The food consistent as usual and servers are courteous. Will be back again soon.

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PastaFiend
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carbonara was fav. Great food and excellent service overall.

Cafe il Nido
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thanks, and come try our linguini al nero next time !

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Daisuke
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great live music, the food is tremendous. This is like an little Italy hidden in Vancouver.

Cafe il Nido
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you ! We look forward to your visit again. Cheers,

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Armin604
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Recommended by my friend who came here for her anniversary last month. I was skeptical at first at this little hole in the wall Italian pasta place. But they got a very talented pianist and cello on the weekend. The salted caramel chocolate was so tasty we ordered a second one after initial sharing. Well worth the money.

Cafe il Nido
Responded on July 27, 2021

Thank you

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CarlR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the special Il Nido Linguini and Spinach Ravioli. It was fresh, good portion and plated atrractively. Service was out standing and for a Thursday night was not busy. We are going back for some more pasta next Friday and live JAZZ.

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vipMeatloaf4life
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Its was simply fantastic little whole in the wall. Superb service, delicious fold.

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Temple
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cafe il Nido is our favourite "secret" West End spot to dine. The food, service and ambiance continue to charm. The patio is very European, tucked away amid greenery and buidlngs. The restaurant interior is subdued with a quiet elegance. The staff is pleasant and ready to meet ones requests: I wished for a half order of their specialty spinach and ricotta ravioli and it when it came it was perfect.
On Fridays and Saturdays there is a melodicly pleasant but unintrusive slow Jazz ensemble. This allows for ccnversation during the meal.
All in all, it continues to be a favourite.

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andrewk
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The food was not as good as I expected but it was simple and delicious enough and on the lighter side which I liked. I found that the prices were a bit too expensive for the taste and portions of the food. But otherwise, it was an amazing experience. The staff were all so professional and courteous,the ambience was incredible and just what I had in mind,I forgot I was in the city aside from the occasional siren. Beautiful terrace and the live music was a special treat! They played happy Birthday for me and brought out a complimentary tiramisu. I would definitely go back!

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grazynad
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great atmosphere , delicious food , super friendly service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always! Our first time there when there was live music and it didn’t disappoint. Everyone enjoyed their meals and was great value.

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derekp
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night out - skilled servers, delicious food, wonderful patio. And that squid-ink pasta...oh my, good.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I adore this Romantic little patio, this place is a hidden gem in the City! The gluten free pasta was amazing!

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Jomelo
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff and ambiance paired with a well-prepared menu. Nestled humbly in the middle of downtown Vancouver, it is moderately priced making it a romantic destination for 2 or an intimate location for small group of friends. Highly recommended.

I had the Linguine Al Nero which was tasty and not too heavy. You can really tell that the pasta and the seafood is prepared fresh. My partner had the Lamb on Polenta which was a little on the heavy side but with mild deep stew flavours. I would recommend the Lamb dish to anyone with a huge appetite.

What stood out to me was the Bruschetta. I know, a super simple dish that anybody can easily make. But their Bruschetta is done how I imagine it would've been done in Italy. Fresh tomatoes, drizzled with fine olive oil and balsamic vinegar placed neatly on a bed perfectly toasted bread. Every bite had the perfect crunch of a correctly toasted bread and followed by the freshness of the tomatoes.

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Glaze
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food exceeded our expectations. It was beyond amazing. It came out within great time and the service was amazing! Definitely recommending !

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MikiR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe il Nido is a wonderful little gem in the middle of the city -their outside dining area is almost like a magical grotto. The staff are excellent and provided us with whatever we required whilst also keeping socially distanced and, most important of all, the food is amazing! from appetizers to entrees to desserts, the quality does not falter, it's certainly difficult trying to decide on what to order without trying to order the entire menu! Il Nido is also very reasonably priced (which is a nice added bonus!)

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BrianS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

despite tables being available was given the 90 minutes and out which seemed unnecessary. Waiter was intrusive

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DebR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great spot. Great food. Will go back Nice mood and surroundings

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vipsmar
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We really wanted to like this place based on all the good reviews, but sadly can not recommend. The food was far below expectations.

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dwong
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

we had dined here a few times over the past 15 years. sadly, due to its low profile we had apparently let this pleasant little cafe slip our minds. we will be back more often to help support them.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent staff, food was delicious, hot and served on time (did not have to wait long for drinks, appetizers and main course) .

Cute little location and live music was great .

Would definitely come again , maybe for lunch or a drink !

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vipAerialguy1
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here and will definitely be back! Excellent Food/Service and a "hidden" gem.

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vipdiner
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

because indoor dining is closed, this was a great find. nice intimate atmosphere and good service and food on their outdoor patio which was out of the wind.

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vipNoshie
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Server was awesome, hostess not so much; the piano was lovely, our spot on the patio was not; wine was tasty and food was not as good as we have come to expect from Il Nido.

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vipSunny
Austin
46 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good and service were good. Pasta is must try. We will be there again

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MikasaA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for Birthday celebration. Service and food both fantastic.

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Chrissy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning patio, excellent Lasagna and carbonara. Glad to be able to dine out and support local small business.

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HarjiB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Food was only fair. Not flavourful, nothing special for taste buds. Service and ambiance was good though.

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MichelP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Patio is a bit cold with the draft from the other building

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MarkH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect evening with great food
, service and entertainment

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vipnancyc
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Hands down the best Carbonara and spinach ravioli my husband and I eaten. The portions were perfect and service was 5 stars. An authentic, unpretentious Italian restaurant.

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ChrisV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden little gem, with fantastic service and tasty food. With the current no dine in restrictions, Il Nido has a small patio with European style charm.

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NevilM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Socially distanced. Food was good. Loved the live music

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 stars by 558 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.