Terrific, friendly service; exceptional food and wine, and a warm, cosy atmosphere.
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!
Always a pleasure to spend a night here. Fantastic food and drink, knowledgeable servers, comfortable.... what else is anyone looking for?
Server was very friendly and sweet. Thanks for a great evening!
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
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.
What a fantastic night, food, atmosphere and an awesome waiter.!!!!!
Based on all of the dishes that came to our table, the kitchen staff is creative with their combinations, sensitive with their flavouring and proficient in their preparation.
Very surprised and disappointed that there was no soup available.....ever. Going into a wet, cold and rainy November in Vancouver without a comforting soup is like not having asparagus on the menu in May. If you promote yourself as offering a seasonal menu, then not only does that drive ingredients but also the offerings. While many consider soup as peasant food ....if you cook like a peasant......you eat like a king.
I had ling cod in parchment paper..one of the best meals I have ever had in Vancouver.
Also chicken liver pate fabulous.,
A bit overpriced for simple cuisine. Overall the food was tasty, the restaurant is cozy and ambiance is intimate.
Everything was as we expected and then some... We return to Cinara often because we expect to enjoy top quality food & service... We’ve never been disappointed...
Great service, nice ambiance. The food is good but doesn’t justify the price.
Great food, great atmosphere! Amazing chicken liver pate!
I was so happy with our entire experience at Cinara. Beautiful atmosphere, great service and I love the open kitchen to watch the magic happen. We will be back!!
Waiter was very attentive, pleasant and friendly. Definitely would go back again next time I am visiting Vancouver.
The food was incredible tasting and fresh. Service was so friendly and efficient. I loved how our server Scott was so passionate about telling us about the menu. The atmosphere was classy/casual, and I loved that the music was soft background and I could actually have a nice conversation with my date:)
Simply the best. Lucas and his team constantly impress us every time we dine at Cinara. It was a busy Friday night before a show at the Queen Elizabeth and we still received excellent service and the food was amazing. Cinara remains at the top of list of restaurants in Vancouver.
Would be nice to have a slightly cheaper wine option. Cheapest bottle is $55
Very good food. Excellent staff who are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this establishment!!
Overall, their service was outstanding. Having said that, our appetizer and risotto were surprisingly salty... but they served us another main dish instead of that, it was really tasty.
Well located to Queen Elizabeth theatre. Agnolotti Pasta was delicious and homemade but could have been slightly larger portion....otherwise, all good.
Outstanding, as always. Lovely new menu items with a fall flavour. Excellent wine recommendations from staff.
The food was excellent. The service was good. Nice room. Only gripe is that the wine list needs to offer more local as well as "best kept secret" wines and not just high end Italian and French offerings. I understand that this is a continental style restaurant that has assembled a wine list to reflect that but having the bulk of the wines in the $100 to $300 plus range is a little over the top.
Great food, chill ambience.... but lively, so if your looking for a quiet place to enjoy a meal, maybe this is not your place. Seedy but hip location, Knowledgeable service staff, and a menu to satisfy the palet . We will return!!
Unique and delectable starters. Perfect pasta. Fantastic service. A great place to dine.
Nous sommes allés prendre le repas du soir mon mari et moi et nous avons adoré la nourriture. Le service était très professionnel et les plats délicieux et recherchés. Nous avons aimé l'expérience et recommandons ce restaurant très authentique avec un personnel jeune, friendly, dynamique et souriant. Les plats étaient servis rapidement ils étaient chauds et savoureux. Un restau branché dans le centre ville de Vancouver à découvrir; un menu 5 étoiles sortant de l'ordinaire des restau tomatés italiens nord-américains! Isa etLouis, Québec!
Amazing burrata and caramel tart, very good pasta and duck.
Creative Italian cuisine.
Very attentative service.
Amazing. Best pasta I’ve ever had in my life.
We were served by the manager. He was so knowledgeable and friendly that we asked him to pick our dishes himself.
He did not disappoint. Exceptional through and through.
The food was excellent and the staff super knowledgeable and genuine. Definitely would go again.
Exceptional experience of great food and warm genuine service. Hidden gem!
We enjoyed our meal very much. The service was quick and the server was very knowledgable. Overall it was a nice evening. If you are looking for a quiet dinner location this is not the place. Overall I would give the restaurant a 9 and I will for sure go again.
We celebrated a late birthday and was pleased to have enjoyed a sumptuous meal. Scott was awesome, very friendly and enthusiastic. He explained the menu in details with such spirit and passion. We savoured the Baccala and the Anchovy toasts, very appetizing. Was very satisfied with the Sagne a pezzi (though there was an error initially, a different pasta dish came? But the error was rectified quickly with apology, no problem. Halibut was cooked just right. The highlights for us were the desserts - creative take mixing savoury and sweet plus using seasonal ingredients - the concorde grape reduction was heavenly! We did not feel rush the whole evening as we went slowly from course to course. Just that I was hoping to have a better seat for the occasion. We were seated by the entrance, it was slightly chilly as the evening went on. Noise level rather high but the atmosphere was casual so we had no problems. Next time we definitely would like to try the Carte Blanche. Oh yes the Rose and Chianti were tasty too. Thank you very much. We really enjoyed our dinner.
An exceptionally enjoyable evening with a refined yet fun atmosphere. Attentive service only surpassed by the quality of the food.
I had heard about Cinara, And had been to another related restaurant, so I had expectations, but Cinara exceeded them from the warm ambience to the incredibly charming but very knowledgable staff, it was obvious to me that the owners and management had assembled a team of people who enjoy their jobs and enjoy working together! I worked in restaurants and night clubs for years and seeing the chemistry and thus seamless efficiency of the service made our experience exemplary.
Our meals were aesthetically pleasing and tastefully prepared, local ingredients when possible And delicious wine pairings as well. Even the dessert managed to be both rich and not too sweet at the same time!
Congratulations to Lucas, he's got a restaurant he should be very proud of!
I'll definitely be going back soon!
I love this restaurant, it is my favorite in vancouver
Would strongly suggest the chefs selection!!
It really is good food and the service matches. My real quibble is that the noise level is high and seems to be getting louder. I do long for the time I can have a conversation here without a sore throat the next day.
What about some noise attenuation?
Loved it as usual
Our favourite restaurant in town
Amazing as always! They have some new items on the menu that are fabulous. The chicken parfait is always a must! Service is always top notch.