Permanently Closed - Ciao Bella Ristorante & Piano Bar

4.2
382 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Step into a little Italy. This cozy, romantic restaurant has 65 seats inside and outdoor heated patio, along with a live piano bar. Ciao Bella's authentic Italian atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner or private parties at Ciao Bella. Dishes are made daily, fresh and on premise. Ciao Bella offers a large variety of seafood, charcoal grilled chicken, veal and vegetarian as well as a choice of a half a dozen different kinds of pasta and over 20 different sauces which are made fresh as well as baked dishes. All pasta 50% off on Monday, Tuesday and everyday lunch. Every evening three course dinner is is offered $28.95 .Ciao Bella hosts a Salmon festival in July & August Lobster Festival every September & October.Ciao Bella has live piano entertainment every Wednesday to Sunday.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Spring/Summer
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 2:45pm - 10:30pm

Fall/Winter
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 688-5771
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
K SUMRA
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Private Party Facilities
For 15 years Ciao Bella has had the pleasure of serving fine authentic Italian cuisine to patrons from Vancouver and around the world.
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Private Party Contact
Aftab (Mario) Ali Khan: (604) 688-5771
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Catering
ciao bella fully equipped to do the catering from minimum20 people to 200 people catering contact Mario at 604 230 9996
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Alberni
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Parking Details
Ciao Bella offers free parking after 6 pm at the rear of the restaurant . Otherwise, there is street meter parking or there are two close by public pay parking. One is at Alberni and Cardero Street next to the Chevron gas station or a second at the end of north side of Denman as you cross Georgia Street. We are very close to the entrance to Stanley Park.
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Public Transit
No 5 Robson street bus stops at Robson and Denman . Another close public transport stop is on Georgia and Denman.
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Entertainment
Ciao Bella offers live piano entertainment Wednesday to sunday evenings Pianist Glen Stevenson, who has performed on numerous cruise ships and International Hotels for the past 25 years. Glen has an extensive repertoire ranging from ragtime to the classics.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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y
Vancouver
78 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Thank you Ciao Bella for being here all these years, with good solid Canadian Italian fare. Will miss you, and all the best to your wonderful staff.

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DO
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Ciao Bella is a favorite of mine when I am in Vancouver. Great wine list, nice menu full of Italian favorites. I tried a 3-course special from the Salmon Festival menu, it was delicious! Live piano music is enjoyable but does not detract from a good meal. Best to make a reservation since it's a small restaurant and very popular. Highly recommend!!

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KM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing time the food was great as always service was the best and the piano player topped off a perfect evening there we 9 of us and a good time was had by all!!

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great servings, kinda bummed my meatballs were cold otherwise good overall

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MB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent service, the food was very good and the prices are very fair.

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B
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We totally LOVE Ciao Bella and are so sad it will be closing in September as they are taking down the building. Another west end victim of developers working to destroy Vancouver.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Big portions, fantastic food

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MD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The service at this restaurant was horrible. The server didn’t provide menus till we’d be there for 10 minutes, shushed people and was just generally rude. The food was not good and the departure was poor. Btw, there were only 10-12 tables seated for an early dinner, not super busy.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely server and greatly enjoyed the live piano music!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

food , Bill and staff amazing as always we are regulars it’s the best.
bryon & Lynda

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a
Orange County
121 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Charming restaurant; live piano music. I had the salmon, but wasn't given the choice of pasta or vegetable. would have preferred vegetables. My husband had the gnocchi gorgonzola, was delicious.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Good food. Very cramped seating. Great service!

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EA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We were there for a Bday party and booked the whole patio. When I got there, there was still people eating outside which was uncomfortable for us. My friends and I were 21 people and there was only 1 server to help us! She tried to do her best but of course she won’t be able to satisfy our number. The table layout was separated which is every 6 people on a table which we expected to be a one long table that is enough for everyone to set next to each other! When i asked if we can reorganize it, they said sorry our tables are not even and we won’t have a space to serve u too!

About the food, small portions and overpriced. The food wasn’t as fresh as I expected! Honestly, I wouldn’t go there again.

Thanks,
Emad.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful staff made my girlfriends 25th birthday amazing. Very accommodating for 20 of us!!!!! Fast service. The pastas were delicious and well proportioned.

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G
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always reliable - excellent and rapid service, really good food, and half-price pastas on Monday and Tuesdays. Love this place!

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CB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've being going to Ciao Bella for nearly two decades. They never disappoint.

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e
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was excellent –after all, that's the main reason to eat out, right? My seafood risotto wonderful; the calamari rings in it were very tender, instead of the usual overcooked rubber in a dish like this.

The dining area is small and as a result tables are close to each other, and once a few dishes arrive, the table top can get crowded quickly. The live piano music was nice, but it did make it difficult to talk to anyone if they weren't sitting right next to you. They were very busy when we were there, and the speed of service suffered a bit as a result, but they were more than apologetic for it, and even gave us a complimentary bottle of wine to make up for it!

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again an amazing meal and terrific service. Not to be missed!!

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s
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As always pasta cooked a dente -😍

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OC
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A real neighborhood gem. The pasta is first rate and the lasagna is wonderful. Sadly, the owner shared with us that they were closing in 6 months due to development. Hopefully, he will find a new location although it will be hard to duplicate the intimate bistro setting. Get the early or get a reservation. The place got crowded real quick and the owner knows everyone.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing quaint Italian restaurant. Live piano is a great touch. Great food; great service

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Heaters on the patio made our evening.....had it to ourself!

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J
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I'm a regular here when I visit Vancouver and always enjoy it. Very pleased that the piano player continues to be there several nights a week; the music is most enjoyable. Good authentic Italian food.

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F
Vancouver
75 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It is a reliable neighbourhood restaurant that never disappoints. We enjoy the veal which you don't see a lot of in Vancouver restaurants. The are pretty flexible about switching up menu items for dietary or food preferences.Nice food and service.

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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Booked this place for Valentine's night. They left a set menu on the table for $60 so we went with it. Mediocre pizza store food with a half carafe of wine.... $160 + tax and tip. I think there are much better options for next time...

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Being generous here. Pasta was a bit salty and there was a strand of hair in the salmon. Otherwise, it was OK.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arrived 1 hour before reservation - they had room & seated us - food came quickly and was excellent
Owner was making rounds along with servers and seemed genuinely interested in ensuring we had a great experience at his restaurant.

Piano was an elegant added touch. I'd go back.

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B
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We stopped in for the dine out menu since this spot had been on my mom’s list of places to try for a few years. I was hesitant to go but the reviews online looked pretty good so I was optimistic. I enjoy live piano too so the fact they offered this was a bonus.

The food was ok. My starter prawn salad was ok, but difficult to eat in the tiny dish it was served in. I wasn’t sold on the combo of flavors either. The lamb was good - the best part of the meal, but the side penne with marinara sauce was a huge let down. Tasted like box pasta with jarred sauce, I expected more from a place like this. The lamb and pasta didn’t go together and there were no veggies or anything on the side. For $40 we didn’t feel we got enough value. I noticed on their menu board they have a regular 3 course menu for $30.

I was also disappointed the piano didn’t start until about 7pm so we missed all but 2 songs that we caught after dessert.

Perhaps their regular menu is better but we won’t be back to find out.

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a
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We had the dine-out menu. The food was fine but overpriced. The service was good.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went there for Dine out Vancouver. The food is pretty good, lamb rack was cooked just on point. And i love there Tiramisu, which is a must try!
The environment there is very cozy. Not like those big morden and fancy restaurants, Ciao Bella is a small but warm and high quality restaurant just like what you can actually find in a small alley in Rome.
Very good experience, worth a try.

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S
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Visited for the first time last night, but will definitely be back. Quaint, neighborhood style restaurant, that transported us back to Italy with both the atmosphere and the food. Seating is tight and intimate (just like in Europe), and our server, Bill, along with the talented pianist, Doug - ensured we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Nice size portions, and great food.

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R
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Went here for Dine Out so not sure if it changes the quality. Atmosphere and service was nice. For appetizer i got the lobster bisque which was quite good. They gave us these bread sticks that were crunchy which i liked. The entree i got the rack of lamb. The lamp itself was very good , very juicy and cooked to the rare-ness i liked. However, it came with pasta with tomato sauce which didn't compliment the lamb at all. The dessert was Tiramisu which was very average.

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H
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I live in the neighbourhood, and often take visitors to this my favourite haunt. It is quiet, music sets a nice tone but does not impede conversation. Food is very tast and consstent each time.

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NB
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I really wanted to like this restaurant. It started off good, got seated right away and the Insalata Especiale with goat cheese was quite good (nothing out of this world, but good). Date had minestrone soup which was good too. Mains is really where it fell short for me. Ordered the chicken parmigiana with high hopes and it fell flat on everything. Chicken just tasted old/not fresh, it was very soggy, nothing crisp about it. Flavor wasn't great. Pasta that came with it was bland shells with red sauce, I've had much better. For dessert we had Tiramisu which I thought was really good, one of the highlights of the night, along with the piano player. Service was good, food was not. Don't think we'll go back.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the very best in food, ambiance, and service. This is our go to restaurant when we have friends come visit! Never disappointed.

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

Office Christmas dinner

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WE
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Very good local restaurant. Offers good Italian food, great menu & good wine list. Piano player really adds to the evening. Fun place to go with friends or family

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

We went to ciao bella for my girlfriends birthday. The food was excellent, service was exceptional and the atmosphere lovely. Ciao bella really helped me kill it for my girlfriends surprise birthday. Best date spot around.

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H
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner very much, although one in the party found the lobster special menu (cannelloni) just OK. I thoroughly enjoyed my pasta vongole, my usual - must branch out the next time. The music is very pleasant, and not so loud that conversation at the table is unstrained. The service was attentive, cheerful and helpful.

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t
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Ciao Bella Restaurante & Piano Bar is a west end treasure. Staff, though overworked at the time, were friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was intimate and the live piano added a wonderful background. Good food and a great time was had.

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