Cinara

4.6
412 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Cinara is an intimate space with a dynamic & seasonal food and wine menu. We work with local farmers and suppliers who inspire us to create a menu based on availability of tasty seasonal excellence. Cinara is an elegant and comfortable restaurant focussing on European style cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary European, Regional American (Northwest)
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 428-9694
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Lucais Syme and Gill Book
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Catering
We are willing to do off site catering for guests that may require this.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Homer St.
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Parking Details
There are two parking garages within a block of our restaurant, one located on the corner of Pender and Richards and one located on the corner of Pender and Cambie.
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Public Transit
Bus stop one block away
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Entertainment
None
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Inventive dishes as well as nice interpretation of classics . Beautiful collaboration of flavours. Excellent knowledgeable service. Very nice ambiance.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and wonderful service

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed the tasting menu and really appreciated Christopher’s wine recommendation.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great meal as always. Got wine paired by the half glass and full glass. Great service. Good times 👍

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excelente! Like always

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Fantastic first time dining at Cinara. The menu offers options to suit most diners and yet manages to remain focused and precise. Lots of familiar favourites with just enough of a twist to make you intrigued. We devoured our food. Between the carpaccio, pastas, all the mains - everything was wonderful. Dishes were fancy but not fussy. Ingredients were honoured and flavours allowed to shine. Attentive, friendly, and unobtrusive service in a rather small, almost cozy dining room. No a/c so the fans were spinning strong and windows wide open, which slightly dampened the atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Fab food, fab service.
Wine list needs work- the less expensive stuff is very mediocre and the better wines are marked up too much for everyday dining.
That said, the food was prepared with a very deft hand. Highly recommended. If the wine list was bettered it would be a definite 5/5

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The service was phenomenal. Our waiter was very attentive with the many plate changes and wiping the table between dishes. The food is not your traditional Italian. It's a fusion and so delicious. I enjoyed appetizers the most.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Love this place...one of our favourite spots!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Seriously good!!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Cinara exceeded my expectations. Going in I knew the food would be excellent, given I love some of the head Chefs other restaurants in Vancouver. I was however a little nervous about the ambiance being in downtown Vancouver, and from photos it looked a little old. From the second we walked in though, it was not old at all, more so quaint but trendy at the same time with mix and match furniture, but so bright and airy. You also can’t tell you’re in Vancouver at all! I genuinely felt like we were in a little suburb of New York while dining here. Food was fantastic, just a tad bit on the pricey side for what you get. Next time I would get the 6 course Chefs tasting menu - the table beside us ordered it and it looked phenomenal (and great value!) All in all tremendous experience.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had chef tasting very good loved the restaurant and all the dishes so good highly recommend

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Cinara is a great place for a really good meal in a room with great ambience and first-class service. The food is exceptionally well prepared.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Everything was fantastic about the meal and experience except for the ventilation. The kitchen smells/smoke permeated the restaurant and our clothes. In fact there were moments when the air was smoky. We were thankful to be seated beside an open door.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and good service, with creative food options and excellent value. But the noise level was so high we could not hear one another. A creative solution is needed

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Outstanding experience - every time! Service is exceptional and food always unique!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Always welcoming and helpful, service is always great and food was spectacular

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Amazing meal from start to finish. I highly recommend trying the Pork Neck and the Agnolotti.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We love Cinara -- fabulous food and friendly but not obsequious service, lovely atmosphere. But the wine prices -- yikes!!!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Loved the food it was outstandingly delicious. Dont care for the round tables that much, would be difficult ( too small) for 3..Servers had good knowledge of the dishes and the wines by the glass

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

An absolutely beautiful evening. Stellar service and thoughtfully created food. Loved the 6 course tasting menu. Looking forward to our return!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were looking for a good Italian meal at a moderate price when visiting Vancouver, Canada. We were welcomed, including my guide dog.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fantastic as always! Third time there in the last month.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We had an excellent evening. Wonderful food - so fresh and creative. The pork neck tonnato was divine as was the baccala on crostini, freshest asparagus and the bistecca fiorentino with delicious contorni shared by the 4 of us (loved the grilled cabbage dish!). Knowledgeable and amusingly friendly service that played well to our foursome. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I felt the portions were extremely small, the service was good and the room lovely, however I would not hurry back.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience thanks to Scott.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Fantastic food - authentic Italian, amazing flavours. Clearly created by an expert chef. Service top notch as well. Highly recommend to all!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Phenomenal food, great service and a very warm and cozy atmosphere. One of Vancouver's hidden gems.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wonderful server who was accommodating and had great recommendations. The food quality and presentation were excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Two words.
ANCHOVY. TOAST.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great staff...simple as that.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and service

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delicious food in a hip downtown atmosphere. Conveniently located near the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a pre show meal.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Service was friendly, attentive and ready with knowledge about the menu and advice about what to order. Food was delicious, everything was presented really well. The restaurant is cool, nice atmosphere and we found it perfect for a meal before heading to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre which is just a short walk away. All 6 of us said we would recommend and would visit again!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Nice room, great people watching, server was fantastic and the food was delish! The side stripe shrimp risotto was SO SO SO good. Plate presentation was lovely, everything well executed and perfectly seasoned. thinking of an excuse to head downtown for dinner again soon! Lots of hard surfaces so it does get quite noisy..... better out with friends then on a romantic night!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great room, great vibe and great food - already told my pals to add to their lists

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We have eaten at Cinara many times since it first opened. Two weeks ago, we ate at Autostrada for the first time and enjoyed it very much. Based on that good experience and good memories of Cinara, we decided to return to Cinara to celebrate a birthday. We made the reservation through Open Table, specifically mentioning that we were celebrating a birthday. We arrived to find the restaurant rather busy and were offered a table away from the draughty entrance.
So far, so good. We were presented with menus and a wine list and brought sparkling water , as we requested. Then, the waiter offered to explain the entire menu to us. We explained that wasn't necessary as we had encountered most of the dishes before. We did order a bottle of wine, which was brought to the table promptly. Unfortunately, the wine was corked. Knowing that a corked bottle is not the restaurant's fault, we ordered a second bottle of the same wine: it was perfect. The waiter then attempted once again to explain the menu to us. We again responded that it wasn't necessary and ordered. The first courses came out in good time. The baccala was irreproachable. The snails however were gritty and not hot enough. As we were celebrating, we didn't make a fuss and anticipated better things with the next dishes, the risotto and the tagliatelle. The risotto was very flavourful and a good portion. The tagliatelle was disappointing. I would have preferred an egg noodle and a more generous serving of reggiano. We next had a cheese course that was generous and served at just the right temperature. For dessert we had a very tasty salted caramel tart. We finished with espresso, paid and said good night. At no point, did anyone enquiry about the birthday we were celebrating. What is the point if a restaurant asks for that information through Open Table and doesn't act on it? We will return to Autostrada but it will be some time before we go back to Cinara.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent service, informed and attentive. Creative, well prepared and well presented dishes.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Trendy spot with a good energy. Our server was very good and there were some creative and interesting options on the menu. The chicken liver appetizer was outstanding however some of our other choices did not work as well for us.
The wine list is somewhat limited but adequate.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Facts:
-I always pass by while walking through the city and was curious but never really taken the time to go inside and see what the scene was like inside.
-Love how you can smell the scent of something really good cooking up while around West Pender.
-Looking for where to head to next, give this place a shot! You won't be disappointed.
-Menu changes daily like their sister restaurants.
-Interiors are rustic yet contemporary in design

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