Cafe il Nido
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Chef's Italian Meatballs
Beef & veal meatballs, topped with tomato sauce & parmesan cheese
Pancetta spaghetti in a Pecorino cream sauce, egg yolk & sprinkled Italian parsley
Il Nido Beetroot Salad
Organic golden & red beets, baby arugula, couscous, cherry tomato, & Belgian endive, sprinkled with goat cheese
We really wanted to like this place based on all the good reviews, but sadly can not recommend. The food was far below expectations.
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.
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 !
First time here and will definitely be back! Excellent Food/Service and a "hidden" gem.
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.
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.
Good and service were good. Pasta is must try. We will be there again
We came here for Birthday celebration. Service and food both fantastic.
Stunning patio, excellent Lasagna and carbonara. Glad to be able to dine out and support local small business.
Food was only fair. Not flavourful, nothing special for taste buds. Service and ambiance was good though.
Patio is a bit cold with the draft from the other building
Perfect evening with great food
, service and entertainment
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.
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.
Socially distanced. Food was good. Loved the live music
Good food and the service was excellent. Will be back.
Amazing food, ambiance and service!
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.
Live piano music completes the experience.
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.
Great service. Nice table on the patio. We could still hear a bit of live music which was great. Good lamb, ravioli, and bolognese.
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.
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.
The food and services is so wonderful !!!! Will visit again for sure !!!
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. !
Unique place in VANCOUVER. Superb food ,services, music and cosy ambiance
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.
Patio is cute. Food was a little dry but no real complaints
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.
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.
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!
Fabulous food, pleasant atmosphere, caring & thorough service, great gluten free options. For real Italian dining, this is a gem. Can’t wait to return!
Covid respectful. I want carbonara, which wasn’t on the menu and the chef made it for me, using guancile, instead of pan sets- a real bonus.
My guest said the meatballs are fab.
How these guys keep it up when they have an imposed occupancy limit is beyond me. The economics are frightening.
It was good not to cook, for a change.
Very well-situated off a quiet corner of a busy street. They have a nice, quiet patio area that made us feel very safe dining during the pandemic. The food was outstanding; everything perfectly prepared. The service was attentive and courteous, not hurried or rushed, but always there when needed. We will definitely return.
We were told before making the reservation that the construction next door had now been taking indoors and therefore the noise would not be a problem. Unfortunately, the noise was quite unbearable. I have always enjoyed dining at Il Nido but did not know that the management had changed. In my opinion the food was not quite up to previous standards.
I had wanted to come to this place for years. It is a hideaway in the courtyard of a brick Manhattan style apartment building ( oh so rare in city of steel and glass), and I love the fact that's been there a long time and isn't annoyingly trendy.
We ate on the patio in the courtyard and it was great!
The food was very tasty, and wine pairings were well-matched with our dishes. The tiramisu and espresso to end the feast, were excellent!
The server was friendly and attentive.
We were able to sit back, enjoy the aperitifs, while soaking in the quiet old style ambience of this little gem.
Lots of flies buzzing around. Absolutely dead on a Friday night. Yes it’s corona but it was date night so kinda boring. Old decor. We recommend Nook, Giardino, Lupo and La Tarazza instead given the price point. Do something about your flies!!
Birthday Dinner, food was amazing and very tasty! Service was exceptional as well :)
I wanted a restaurant that would be good for catching up with an old friend and Cafe il Nido was perfect. We were seated in a corner. Ambiance was classy and chill. Our waiter and other staff were attentive and helpful and gave us all the time we needed to make our food and wine decisions. The food was good and portions appropriate.
I often take guests there fir special occasions. Never disappointed. Franco and Chico are the best.
Cafe il Nido does offer delivery in partnership with 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 552 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.