Cafe il Nido

4.4
560 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 560 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
5 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
25 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
16 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
31 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

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and the service was excellent. Will be back.

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viphappy
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and service!

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MarkR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Off of the courtyard on Robson and Thurlow, Cafe il Nido was a pleasant surprise. Excellent food, phenomenal service and a lovely environment. Having a live piano player was great! Definitely worth checking out.

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vipAvRo
Vancouver
48 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Live piano music completes the experience.

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vipnbal
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

To be honest I was quite disappointed with the food given the high ratings. It was very flavourless and the quality of the meats was cheap. The prices were high for the food. I've had better at family chain restaurants. The service was great only because we were the only people in the restaurant for the first 30 mins (7:30 pm on a Saturday night) and even after that another two tables were occupied. I also noticed a funky smell in the restaurant and there floor by our table was dirty. Overall I would not go back.

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LaurelW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Nice table on the patio. We could still hear a bit of live music which was great. Good lamb, ravioli, and bolognese.

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vipTheAccountant
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A cozy, quiet place in a great location at Robson and Thurlow. The food and wine selection was perfect (focusing mainly on Italian choices, of course) and the service attentive but discreet. We liked the option of the outside seating area as well. Despite the cozy size of the location we felt very comfortable with the social distancing protocols during the pandemic. Will definitely be back again.

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Temple
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We live in the West End, with a lot of choice in nearby restaurants. Overall, il Nido has always been one of our favourites. Especially in the warmer weather when the courtyard is open.

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JCheng
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and services is so wonderful !!!! Will visit again for sure !!!

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vipfitfoodie
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

I would recommend this spot, because of the combination of live music featured on the weekends in an ambiance for jazz piano and flute with surprisingly delightful acoustics. I will say kindly that the kitchen can do much to up its game, but otherwise, the bar service was friendly and efficient and for the ambiance for live music and a glass of wine, this place is a hidden jewel in Vancouver. !

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mauroJo
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique place in VANCOUVER. Superb food ,services, music and cosy ambiance

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EvelynL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner - 1) salami, bread, oil were fresh and rich. 2) Wagu was amazingly delicious, 3) linguini was packed with the sweetness of the seafood. Well-decorated place with lived music on Friday. We had a very enjoyable night. Will visit again.

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vipshanew
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Patio is cute. Food was a little dry but no real complaints

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KarenA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The service and food was excellent. We ate indoors and had a great table in the corner. There was a piano player and singer which was nice to begin with but then the piano player became a little too enthusiastic and was a little too loud which made it difficult to hear each other. But other than that we really enjoyed the food and service.

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Graham
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A very quaint spot off Robson. Outdoor patio is nicely secluded.
We asked for a wine recommendation which we enjoyed very much.
Meatballs appetizer was good and nice to get four for the 2 of us to share. Delicious
We ordered lasagna and Penne bolognese ... both entrees were an appropriate size and delicious.
Dessert was a chocolate cake and again it didn’t disappoint.
Overall very good and would not hesitate to go again when in the Area or recommend to a friend.

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vipcarols
Edmonton
47 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive service. We had Oslo bucco and spaghetti bolognese. Both beautiful dishes! Loved the outdoor patio, even if surrounding a/c’s were running. Will definitely come back!

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TheBlahBlah
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food, pleasant atmosphere, caring & thorough service, great gluten free options. For real Italian dining, this is a gem. Can’t wait to return!

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 4.4 stars by 560 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.