Cafe Vicino
Cafe Vicino

Cafe Vicino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafevicino.com/
  • Phone: 2084721463x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Richard Langston
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Vicino specializes in small cocktail or dinner parties in your home. Please contact us to discuss individualized menus and services.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stop is located on Fort Street between 8th and 9th streets.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Main restaurant entrance is off the Boise Co-Op parking lot which can be used for Cafe Vicino parking. Street parking is also available.
A word from Cafe Vicino
Vicino (va-CHEE-no) is Italian for "neighborhood." Offering a Mediterranean bistro-style menu in an intimate, elegant setting, Café Vicino is a perfect choice for lunch or dinner. Drawing on influences from Italy, Spain and France, the menu is innovative, ingredient-driven and flavorful, pleasing even the most sophisticated palate. Menus change with the seasons to take advantage of locally sourced ingredients, fresh fish, meat and game as they become available. Chef Richard Langston and his team create daily specials, adding to the variety of choices for both lunch and dinner.

Café Vicino's wine list is hand-selected by Chef Richard Langston to enhance your dining experience. With a focus on food-friendly varietals, the selections are from both the old and new worlds: Italy, France, Spain, Oregon, California, Idaho and Washington.

We hope to see you soon in our neighborhood!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Vicino reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (44)fit for foodies (42)romantic (34)notable wine list (27)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (13)good for groups (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Almost perfect!
    Jwed
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    From the quiet romantic setting to the mind blowing food everything was perfect except the server. He wasn't bad... Just not very friendly. He never even introduced himself. He was overly professional and a bit stuffy. Other than that the night was a food lovers heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sllbVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    the food and service are excellent. the halibut dish is the best we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Janet
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    All the food was delicious, and the service was great. It is nice to find a place that is quiet enough for conversation and a leisurely meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • romantic with quality
    birthday
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great food and great service, but we were there a little too early so the waiter coming back way too often. Fresh locate food ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always
    Snowplow
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I took business colleagues here while they were in Boise from out of State. Everything was excellent, as it always is when I enjoy a meal at Cafe Vicino!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something's missing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Cafe Vicino has always been our go-to place for special occasions. This time, though, it just seemed to be missing some of the things we always enjoy when we go there. The service was friendly but didn't seem as knowledgeable as in the past. After we finished our appetizers, our used silverware was not replaced. Our server occasionally stopped by to ask if everything was okay, but it seemed like more of an obligation than something he cared about. The menu is getting a bit same old, same old, and I think from now on I will avoid the pasta dishes -- they just aren't that great. Finally, decaf coffee -- although freshly made -- was undrinkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent halibut
    AK4dine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Originally I am from Alaska thus I am very picky about the fish I order. I am hestitant to order seafood inland for fear of lack of freshness. My fear was definitely unfounded here! The halibut tasted like it was fresh caught that day. The preparation was light and flavorful! It was cooked to perfection, which means it was not over cooked or raw. The Caesar salad dressing had the right balance of anchovy and lemon. The croutons were fresh and the lettuce crisp. For dessert we shared three options. Lemon cheesecake with a salted caramel topping that was excellent! The second berry tart was good and the third lemon pound cake I would skip in the future. It was dry and near flavorless. Overall excellent! I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious gem in Boise!
    cafecarlson
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Cafe Vicino never fails to impress. It has an elegant but relaxed atmosphere, and the staff are friendly and professional. We love that certain favorites (the gorgonzola stuffed figs and the halibut with brown butter ravioli) were still on the menu since our last visit! But we also enjoyed some new things and nightly specials. We particularly loved the beet salad and the mushroom, greens and corn pudding vegetarian entree- both of which we had not previously tried. We splurged and each got a different dessert, since they all sounded too good to pass up. It was the highlight of our trip home after living out of the country for a year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best food in town.
    Serj
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been in most fine dining places from Chandlers to Barbacoa...and Cafe Vicino has the best tasting food. That tomato basil soup is simply yum. I would say that I was surprised at the casual atmosphere, I expected more formal, but I actually ended up liking the more relaxed atmosphere setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in August
    LocalOldie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We celebrated two birthdays on Aug 2 and had a wonderful evening with appetizers (smoked duck flatbread was excellent,) salads, main course, and dessert. Lovely evening. Cafe Vicino is reliably excellent! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tucked away for specific clientele
    DMB0025
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was flavorful, the service was attentive (yet they did give myself and my date a stink eye with our lack of dressed up or high end apparel) and the ambiance was that of a stuck up retirement home. It has a long wine list and if you are willing to pay over $100 for a bottle of wine enjoying it in a tucked away hole in the wall cafe, next to the local co-op, then by all means I can imagine this would be a great place for you. It attempts to bring in a European cafe feel yet I feel as though it is uninviting and rather stuffy for a downtown Boise, Idaho restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Place but food not exceptional
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went their for our 10th anniversary looking for a different place not a chain. The ambience was good but food not exceptional. I had the Weiser steak and it was extremely tough, my husband had pasta which was better. Service was very good but probably won't go back due to the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • typically very good
    JerryO
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    As always, creative dishes, excellent presentation and service. The quintessential casual, yet elegant dining experience in Boise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Meal in Boise
    Snowplow
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everything on the menu is delicious! This is Boise's best kept secret!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another good dinner...
    Tripper
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Celebrated a birthday at Cafe Vicino. We requested a specific table on Open Table and happily got it. Dinner was very good. I always order salad as they are always very good. This time we had beet and house salads. One in our party had the soup of the day...bean. Our table ordered halibut, pork and a mushroom dish...all were excellent. We shared a berry tart. We ordered a bottle of pinot gris that we really enjoyed...nice selection of bottles under $40 which I appreciate. Service is always good. This is one of my favorite places for dinner in Boise. While we didn't order pasta this time...I often do as they have a great selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Lovely! Definitely don't judge the place by it's storefront!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    IDNW
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Café Vicino is a great for a special occasion-always interesting; always a quality experience; always first class.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We we arrived, we were a little sketchy because of the location in the shopping center. Once we were inside our concerns were relieved because the decor was nice. They offered dining outside but because it was super hot that day we decided to eat inside. Overall the food we ordered was delicious and there were no complaints with the food, wine selection and local brew. The cold soup I had (suppose to be served cold) was delicious. If I am ever in the area again I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTS
    allen
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Boise. Tried their special entree Mixed Lamb Grill on this occasion. Though I usually prefer beef, this combination was excellent! My wife's halibut was cooked to perfection. Ambiance and service always great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always outstanding
    smackajawea
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    we love this place! we like to try different things on the menu, things that we wouldn't normally order and the food is always spectacular! and of course the service is excellent :)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SCSomm
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The patio was quaint and comfortable, and the service was smart, thoughtful and knowledgeable. Shelly had great recommendations. Halibut was cooked perfectly, and had good acid balance with the sauce, chard and potato. However, while the linguine was a wonderful al dente and clams were plentiful the quality was less than expected. The clams were both rubbery on the outside and mushy on the inside, just simply not fresh. We will return but not order the clams.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food was great, service was wonderful, and the atmosphere was wonderful. However we were on the patio and the street noise is a little loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We always have excellent service and food at Cafe Vicino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Spot for Birthday Dinner
    CheriR
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My husband and I celebrated my birthday with dinner and it was all that we expected. The food and service were outstanding as always. I had the shortribs - cooked just right. My husband had the duck and really enjoyed it. The only dish we had that could have been better was the calimari appetizer - the breading was a bit heavy. Less coating is more with calimari. Otherwise, high praise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DISSAPOINTED
    FANTASTIC
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The food was good but finding a hair in my risotto cakes ruined the dinner overall. I hope this is an isolated incident. The manager did remove the item from the bill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 431 reviews are from the Cafe Vicino reviews archive.
  • Fabulous anniversary dinner
    Snowplow
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Cafe Viccino delivers excellence EVERY TIME I dine there. This was my 5th time enjoying a meal at Cafe Viccino and every time has been spectacular. This time, my husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. We had two appetizers and each ordered different pasta entrees. Every bite was excellent! Thanks for a great anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally
    boiselj
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I have been wanting to go to Cafe Vincino for years. I saw tables available on Open Table and we decided to go with a couple friends. Everything about our dining experience was great. The waiter was helpful, offered suggestions when asked, the table was perfect, and the food was very good. At our table we had the prosciutto chicken, short ribs, and lamb. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The restaurant was a little pricey, but it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    JaredRVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    What an awesome experience! Not only was the food delicious the staff made it even better. We cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cannelloni is Wonderful
    Vascon
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The cannelloni with ricotta, sausage & spinach is topped off with a wonderful tomato sauce. This dish is so good, I have a hard time resisting the temptation to order it every time we go to Cafe Vicino.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice dinner
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    It was a very nice dinner spot. A great place to have a quiet dinner and not too loud to be able to talk. The food was good and the wine selection was surprising.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Jackie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food and service were fabulous! Everything was perfect and we'll be back soon!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • White Linen and Candlelight
    WholeFoodPurist
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    After the loss of La Vie en Rose, this stitches together a bit of the hole left in my heart. The wine selection is excellent, wait-staff are personable, and every menu choice has proven delectable. The figs alone are worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A letdown
    Out2eat
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I've always looked forward to my visits here but this time not so good...wines by the glass too limited, waiter over-attentive, the entree choices seemed way too full of 'this and that', and the special I ordered overloaded the plate and included too much of everything. The best thing was heir accommodating my request for half of a house salad which was just enough and very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Asianman1
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great food. Just on the spendy side but is worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Good was great! Service was great! Will be one of our new regular favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Evening Out
    imnotcookingtonight
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We have dined here many times. The food, service and ambience is what you would expect in an upper scale restaurant. Although I know many people like to be where the atmosphere is "Live" we enjoy making our dining experience about the people we are with. Cafe Vicino is a place we continue to frequent. I would recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find in Boise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We've heard so much about your restaurant. You delivered. Food was fantastic. Service even better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations were easy online
    Ctown
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Reservations were easy online and our table was ready when we arrived, and, we had the best table in the house. They were very welcoming even with our two children, who are well behaved, but nevertheless children. The food was beautiful prepared, our waiter was very helpful with the wine and very understanding that to one of my children, veggies can cause spontaneous combustion and must never be eaten. All courses were exceptional, the resturant is elegant and very comfortable. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Less is more
    2sueS
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    An ordinary lunch in many restaurants would be the soup, sandwich, salad special. Those choices were on the menu at Vicino's, but why would anyone order the mundane? There are many other unusual and delightful options listed on the compact, but thoughtful menu here. A recent weekday lunch proved to be the perfect spot to quietly celebrate a special occasion. The food was memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite
    Stacy
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    How lucky we are to have a chef of Richard's caliber in our little city!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.