Autostrada Downtown

4.6
498 reviews
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Autostrada is a place with a simple philosophy. Inspired by the casual osterie of Italy, the focus is on a simple menu where quality ingredients shine, regional wines that represent a place, and a room filled with warmth and bustle.
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4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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l
Vancouver
377 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow!! What a great vibe!!
Shout out to the fabulous service
Dustin was excellent as was the lovely lady behind the bar as was the chef!!
The food was delicious
Excellent wine pairings!
We are returning next week!

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LD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and food, however the bolognese was lacking seasoning and the noodles seemed a little bit over. Bucatini and Burrata were incredible though! Definitely will be coming back.

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SE
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal with fantastic, knowledgeable, enthusiastic service from Scott. The entire team from the back of the house to the front of the house performed admirably. Relaxed service allowed our party to thoroughly enjoy our meal. Will certainly return for what we hope will be an encore performance

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M
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great transition from Cinara to Autostrada Downtown. Loved all the pasta additions to the menu and happy to see them retain some of our favorites as well. Can’t wait to return again!

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CM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Seriously delicious food at the level of a fine dining restaurant in a more casual setting. Service was great and it didn’t feel like formal exchange, but rather a place to hangout, take your time, and enjoy the food and drinks.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fantastic food. Great service. Would definitely visit again.

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LK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We shared dishes and had interesting and tasty food. Superb service from a young French Canadian woman whose name I did not get, but to whom I expressed and demonstrated my appreciation. 4 1/2 stars if it were possible. The drop was because of the noise - people talking - not loud music thank goodness, which made it a bit hard for the three of us to converse at a table meant for four.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service from beginning to the end, The food and atmosphere awesome.

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S
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and service. Wine seemed pricy. Had a great evening.

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LY
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Focaccia and pastas were exceptional. Anchovies on toast appetizer was unfortunately served on very brunt bread, otherwise food was delicious.

Really nice atmosphere and lively vibe without being too loud.

Two servers delivered food to our table throughout the evening - one was very attentive, the other totally opposite bordering on rude. Our main server was sub-par so service was a let down for what was otherwise a good dining experience.

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Friends birthday

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OT
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food exceeded our expectations. Our waiter suggested the agnolotti and the chicken and both were excellent. It’s a bit noisy but lively, and packed on a weekday night. The room is cosy and relaxed-one could come here for a late night dinner at the bar or a special occasion. The customer service is five stars- from the waitstaff to the owners who addressed a small issue with one of our guests meal in a very professional manner. We shall be returning soon- either for the agnolotti or the tuna carpaccio!

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RR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and our server was wonderful. He was so friendly and didn't make us feel rushed.

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VB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service outstanding, food very good. Highly recommend.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is incredible!!! Highly recommend. The food was delicious, especially the burrata, tuna carpaccio, and fresh made pastas! We went for a girls dinner of 6ppl and Sat in the perfect round table. We stayed for 3 hours! We will definitely be back. Can’t wait.

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great, energetic, lively atmosphere with a short, but sweet wine list and a serving crew that aims to take really good, attentive care if you!

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JW
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food, presentation, and service. Staff are friendly - our waiter, Gavin is a gem!!

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K
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious celebration dinner w friends. Noise level is very loud when restaurant is in full swing. No matter b/c the food is that awesome! Too bad the concept is changing. We regularly go to Autostrada on Main Street and the Gaston’s area will be fortunate to have more mid-range options. Best of luck for the future!

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JR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cinara is once of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver. Not only is the food and wine list exceptional, but the knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff far surpasses impeccable. The manager Scott is absolutely fantastic, always taking the time to come over to the table to say hello and check in on the experience. Every one of my friends and clients I've introduced to Cinara has shared my appreciation for this gem of a restaurant. I highly recommend!

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KK
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined for the first time four weeks' ago and loved it so much we came back again soon! We had the tasting menu and it was amazing!!!

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SJ
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

So sad to see it closing but excited to see what's coming next!

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C
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Scott was incredibly knowledgeable with menu items and wine, very engaging conversations. The Cart Blanche feature was beautifully selected- amazing flavours.
Great meal and service.

Only downside was the restaurant’s poor ventilation. Lack of kitchen’s exhaust created a smoky environment. When dinner was over, clothing smelled like food and smoke.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was amazing at explaining and recommending wine pairings for the amazing food. It was all so delicious as we were able to do the set menu. Sadly we heard they’re doing away with that in the New Year but we will still be back to try the normal entrees!

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KK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were very friendly and actually knew how to pair a wine with the food. They all have a passion for food and made the experience quite enjoyable. I was there with my client before a hockey game and they knew how to read the table. The food was true to Northern Italy dishes and were prepared and plated to perfection. I will definitely return.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Thank you!

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S
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I visited Cinara for the first time (and as it turns out, the last - they are closing at the end of the month to "rebrand", according to our server) as a "pre-concert" date before the recent Joe Bonamassa show at the Queen E., and man, we were gobsmacked! Outstanding service, very nice wine list, inventive cocktails, and the food? Simply extraordinary. I had the chicken liver parfait with crostini and pickled vegetables for a starter, while my wife had the baccala (salt cod mixed with whipped potatoes), and both were divine; for our mains, we went with a lamb-stuffed pasta (can't recall the exact kind, honestly) and the duck two ways (roasted breast and a duck sausage, served with rapini and pearl barley) and again, both were excellent. The atmosphere was great, the service attentive but not overbearing - all around, it was a wonderful evening, and I will definitely go back when they reopen.

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KK
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Saturday night dinner date at Cinara was simply awesome! I can't believe it took me this long to finally go...we plan to book in again in the coming weeks. Food, ambiance, energy and service were all exceptional!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We always love coming here for dinner, and as per usual the tasting menu was creative and delicious.

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s
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service and food was outstanding. Great evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just brilliant, from start to finish!

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RF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We enjoyed our visit to Cinara, food was delicious and the service was excellent. The portions were surprisingly small, though. I ordered the torteloni and maybe a dozen pieces covered the bottom of the bowl. One dining partner had the Risotto which was similarly lean in quantity but delicious.

Our appetizer, house-made sourdough bread served with burrata in balsamic vinaiger and olive oil, was also fresh and delicious - oddly, the portion was decent and enough for the 3 of us.

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Vancouver and so sorry it is going to be changed to another format . Love the food, the server Chris and the ambiance as it is. .

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SM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This is an excellent restaurant with a top notch staff that serves fantastic food. We went for the Carte Blanch menu option with the wine pairings and it exceeded our high expectations.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific, friendly service; exceptional food and wine, and a warm, cosy atmosphere.

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J
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Cinara is rated one of the best restaurants in downtown Vancouver for good reason. Our dining experience was outstanding! Top marks for: service (greeted at door & seated promptly, entire menu carefully and fully explained, wine suggestions spot on, food and beverages delivered in timely well-paced fashion) is top notch. Food that one must try: Chicken liver parfait (there's a good reason why it's universally recommended!) and Baccala for appies, and the signature Orretchiete Bolognese. Also delicious is Crespelle, a lighter pasta with tender chicken shredded, spinach and to die for chanterelles. We finished with a smooth, light yet decadent salted caramel "pie". We will be back again!

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JV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure to spend a night here. Fantastic food and drink, knowledgeable servers, comfortable.... what else is anyone looking for?

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was very friendly and sweet. Thanks for a great evening!

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G
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Dishes are on the smaller side for the pastas as you need an appetizer to be full
Not much sauce on the pastas which they say is normal but I think could use a bit more

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JS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Disappointing. Not sure if the upcoming format/menu change is the reason, but the food was subpar, certainly not worth the prices. Ling cod in parchment over cooked and under seasoned. Pasta with a pork cheek “ragu” ($24) had OK flavour but no pork. Starters were just average. Place was packed so who knows, but there are just too many other great places doing a better version of this to go back. Service was excellent although even after relaying our disappointment in the meal to our server there was no adjustment or response from the house. Too bad, hope the revamp improves things.

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CD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic night, food, atmosphere and an awesome waiter.!!!!!

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