Cinara
Cinara

Cinara

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cinara.ca/
  • Phone: 6044289694x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary European, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Lucais Syme and Gill Book
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are willing to do off site catering for guests that may require this.
  • Entertainment: None
  • Special Events: The restaurant is available for private buy out functions and special events. Please call us to enquire.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Homer St.
  • Public Transit: Bus stop one block away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • 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.
A word from Cinara
Cinara is an intimate space with an evolving food and wine menu. We work with local farmers and suppliers who inspire us to create a dynamic menu based on availability. Cinara is an elegant and comfortable restaurant focussing on European style cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Cinara reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (26)notable wine list (17)romantic (17)special occasion (14)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Northern Italian Perfection
    Arbutus
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was so well balanced yet simple enough to let the ingredients shine through. The wine menu featured many wonderful wines but the entry levels were higher than I'm used to (just 1 wine starting at around 50 bucks and then appreciating rapidly to 70 and 100-plus) This is the only drawback to our experience. Nonetheless, the waitress was professional and very informed. We will be screaming at our friends to give this place a try. It's a new gem in our food crazy city. It deserves to carve a well deserved niche into the city's culinary skyline. Well done! We will most assuredly be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed feelings
    winecountrywayfarer
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Was excited to learn of this new endeavour by the chef of long-time fave restaurant La Quercia. Dishes were wonderful combinations of new/old foods and flavourings, and full points to the kitchen for embracing newer concepts of cooking (sous-vide vs old-school open flames). Our friendly server very knowledgable, and more than happy to offer in-depth explanations. An adventurous cocktail of scotch whiskey with fresh fruit juices was delicious. The wine list unfortunately was limited and pricey, and our first choice was was in fact corked. The spare decor would be nice on a busy night, but with only two other tables on our night, it felt empty and cold. Food tasted great, but serving sizes were small for the prices. Unlikely to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best anchovies ever.
    powpowgal
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    a quick dinner before the opera -- two of us shared a chicheti (the anchovies), two small plates (sinful whipped ricotta & a lightly dressed salad with perfectly braised veg, and one mid-sized plate (tender taglierini with crab); it was the perfect amount of food, and everything was delicious. The white anchovies were definitely the star of the night -- two of the best bites I've had this year. The by-the-glass wine list is good, and the service was friendly, professional and knowledgable. Our last plate was a bit slow to arrive, but that wasn't unreasonable as we watched the restaurant fill through the early evening. That said, our server knew we were heading for the opera, and got us out the door in time for the quick walk to the Queen E.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Cinara is a treat for anyone enjoys good fresh food made to order. The liver pate mousse is a thing of beauty that melts in your mouth - much better and kinder than foie gras. The Branzino had crispy skin and sat on a bed of perfectly cooked lentils. The taste was exquisite and the entire dish sang on my palate. My friend had the rabbit and heartily approved of the fresh tomato sauce it was cooked in. We will be back, and soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, solid choice
    StubbornFoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was really good, service exceptional. Felt as though the entire staff cared about us and what they do. Will be returning again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bertrand
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    very good surprise. We went to Cinara at four, without knowing anything about this restaurant and were enjoying our visit, thanks to very good food (starters are so good and the Genovese rabbit is excellent). The wine list (Maintly Italian and some French wines) is impressive. For sure, we will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    mangia
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food. Excellent service despite difficulties with our party: one member was unexpectedly difficult to deal with, another had a ton of food allergies. Our server was professional and smiled right through it. Thank you to our server for dealing with this. Details like an open kitchen, mismatched plates and warm lighting made me feel like I was dining in someone's home. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fantastic meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second visit to Cinara, and it was just as outstanding as the first. We enjoyed the emphasis on fresh, locally available produce throughout the menu. With Lucais Syme of La Quercia fame in the kitchen, it's hard to go wrong! On this visit, we enjoyed the octopus, the creamed faro, the branzino, a wonderful salad, and a few small plates from their chicheti menu. Excellent service and a nice little wine and cocktail list made for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Restaurant a Good Find
    NotblueVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The menu is small, but delicious. Lots of meat, but options for fish or veggie too. We had the roast peach and tomato with a meat plate, then the steak and lamb. The main courses are like a meat salad - very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual Elegance
    HSCfanVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Right on the corner of West Pender and Homer, Cinara is hidden right in front of you. Great menu that changes daily. Wines by the glass are good value. Table for 2 to a group of 12 of your closest friends. Warm relaxed decor and ambience. Homestyle local fare. We enjoyed our grilled peaches atop heirloom tomatoes, shaved sheep's cheese on prosciutto and figs, seared sea bass, roast rabbit, apple pie with a dollop of vanilla cream, peach tart and a smudge of rhubarb confit. Really enjoyed this dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Everything was vibrantly fresh, and cooked to perfection. The plates were intelligently put together and very complete, with the simplicity and clarity one expects with rustic cuisine using top products, but with a good deal of savvy from the chef who knew how to accompany and highlight the main ingredient subtly enough to always let it shine center stage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to expectations
    Passionforgoodfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Being a big fan of La Quercia I have followed Lucas Syme to La Pentola de la Quercia and now after eager anticipation Cinara and it totally lived up to my expectations. Unpretentious, ingredient focused, delicious dishes served in a relaxed, tasteful setting by real, attentive, charming servers. The menu, which continually changes had so much appeal I wanted to order everything.Our chosen dishes included house marinated white anchovies with crisp radish, their own prosciutto with fresh fig, tender octopus salad, grilled nectarine and heirloom tomato salad, crisp pan seared branzino, savoury braised rabbit, zabaglione with fennel over berries. The wine list, Italy and France weighted, is well chosen and a bit pricey. I hope to go back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food...great service!
    Fud4fun
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We let our server and the Chef have their way with the four of us...the food kept coming until we had to say no more! Grilled peaches and heirloom tomatoes- house cured salmon - scrumptious Italian sausage- pine honey with the cheeses...just to name a few flavor sensations Great way to end the RSVP ride, birthday and anniversary! Would recommend any time!!!! (Already have!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool spot
    GulpnGuzzle
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very nice staff, food, ambiance. Not your typical Italian fare, so don't think pizza, pasta, pesto, etc. Everything's fresh and local. Great wine list and cocktails. Only complaint: my lamb shoulder left something to be desired - a little over cooked and flavourless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating
    dareto
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We didn't make to main course, but starters and mids were really good: delicious. We had a reason to celebrate earlier that day: thanks to stuff for creating a special atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2-day old wine by the glass??
    anon
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It took some persuading them that my glass of red wine was vinegary. When I asked how long the bottle had been open, they said 2 days. But not to worry, it had been in refrigerated. Yes, it was also served cold. They eventually gave me a glass out of a new bottle and it was delicious and the right temperature.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed
    PacificRhum
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food and service. Love the room. A gem of a find.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • solid food experience
    winebytheglass
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Really great service and the food was very good. As usual the wine by the glass options are very limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were a group of six, so had a large table tucked in the back. Great use of the old space, exposed brick walls and nice bar. We had a selection of appetizers and mains family-style, including features - all of which were great. Good wine list, lots of unknowns - so lots more to try next time! It was not inexpensive so would probably not do it family-style again as this probably added 30% to the bill to get enough food for the group. Definitely recommend it, and would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Italian Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great tasting and unique Italian food - as always a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Cinara reviews archive.
  • Best meal in a long time
    BoltUprightVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We entertained friends from out of town and had a great evening. We were hoping for an interesting meal and were not dissappointed - the food is not the usual predictable fare. The menu is well curated and the four of us worked our way through almost half of it. Every dish was superb. Serving sizes are just right. And the room is full of natural light. We'll go back and we'll be recommending it to friends.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A relief from all the pretentious under-achieving pretenders in this town. Sustained by word-of-mouth (not PR) ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful.
    jolleegood
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We came here for our 15th anniversary dinner after I received an email via open table to tell me about this place. We were very pleasantly surprised. Big open room with large windows. I personally would not want to be sat at a 2-top in the centre of the room and we weren't. Attentive, but not in your face, service. The food was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS
    tildaswinton
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Superb, can't say enough good things about Cinara. All the dishes are prepared to perfection, and the staff are incredible. Superb, can't say enough, the food is perfection, and the staff incredible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I love to eat and this place is for food lovers. From the simple Rhubarb fizz to the mid plate of rabbit gnocchi to the branzino, the food was among the best prepared I have tasted in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A welcome addition to the city!
    Lapignocheuse
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner (octopus salad was delicious! squid ink pasta devine! All 3 different desserts were well worth the calories!). Had read all the reviews on this website prior to booking: the negative ones were TOTALLY BASELESS, glad we decided to make up our own minds because it paid off, big time! One member of our party of three knocked over her glass of cava, but it was quickly & discreetly replaced (free of charge) & the service was super attentive while not intrusive: perfect combination. Would definitely (definitely) return ☺️
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great food in a gorgeous room
    WolfordVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Delicious food, both beautifully prepared and in decent portions, in a lovely (but not stuffy) room. Perfect for a date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely room and fabulous food
    EMRR
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A warm and stylish room, furnished with mostly round tables made for great comfort and easy conversation. We made a reservation for a special family occasion. Our group has varying and very specific food preferences and happily each of us was delighted with every bite. Our server was friendly and attentive - and helped us choose some great wines from an interesting but unfamiliar list. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food is solid but the pricey for the portion you get. The dishes were delicious but not exceptional that I would go back or recommend the place. Bread and Butter for $2.00? Come on! The bread was not even warm.
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  • a romantic escape
    ieatoutalot
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Awesome intelligent service! Great food! Amazing cocktails! This newly open gem should be on everyone's hit list!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • paulVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    EXCELLENT FOOD FROM A FORMER PARTNER AT LA QUERCIA. REALLY GOOD PASTA EXCELLENT WINE LIST. VERY FRIENDLY SERVICE. FAIR PRICES
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • A Wonderful Find
    Tops10
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food was excellent, fresh, creative, excellent mix of tastes. Loved the rhubarb martini and the salad and taster was very tasty. In all every item was good, the menu something different and tempting and the service excellent. Highly recommended.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New restaurant in Old World Setting
    Disappointment
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Saw this restaurant at Opentable website and gave it a try. Location was convenient but not at prime area of downtown. Me and my wife were 10 minutes early, hostess gave us a small 4 person table which was the best at the time. Ordered the chicken pate and was good. Tuna Carpaccio was a little salty due to meshed olives on the bottom but was fair. Main course was Branzino, sort of Sable fish. Cooked perfect as crispy on the skin and moist on inside. However, bottom vege was Cold...? Bisque sauce tasted not bad but cold vege totally turned me off. The Kolsch beer we've ordered was $12.50 per bottle and thought it was a little overpriced. Retro feel 70's setting with simple decor. Not interested in going back anytime soon.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sweet2eat
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We had an enjoyable dinner for a group of friends (2) of them celebrating their birthdays. The wait staff even put candles on the desserts for the birthday girls. We would definitely return! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Outstanding ingredients! Flawless execution! Everything was crafted with noble simplicity that let the ingredients speak for themselves.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • off the beaten path
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Cinara is a charming bistro tucked in the corner of the Victorian Hotel building at Pender and Homer. The interior is a comfortable combination of old and new; I loved that my table had a view of the open kitchen in one direction and a mini Japanese garden in an unused doorway the other direction. The food is fresh and seasonal - rhubarb, shrimp, asparagus, spring garlic with lamb were perfect on a spring evening. And, it tasted even better served on antique, mismatched china that must have come from the family buffet!The servers are friendly, helpful, and happy to talk about of the creations of their chefs.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't taken off the bill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Overall amazing dining experience but soured by the server at the end of the night who didn't take a friend's dessert off the bill, she had taken one bite, felt that it tasted "off", expected the 6 dollars to be taken off $600 bill, when we asked server she said, no , it's still on the bill. What?
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    Good for Groups, Romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favourite
    Tejoi
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Outstanding food, well prepared. The best halibut I've had. My only complaint is that we waited quite awhile between courses.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    What a great addition to downtown! It's a great room, with lots of windows, but still intimate. We went because of the La Quercia connection, and we certainly were not disappointed. The menu is small, but well thought out. What's interesting is listing of Cicchetti or snacks in addition to the starters. That allows for some creative grazing. We shared the rabbit terrine starter and the grilled octopus to begin, and we each had the duck as our main. Everything was wonderful. Interesting wines by the glass with some classic cocktails with a twist made for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to like it but...
    thirstyeaterVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Menu and concepts were intriguing but the end result underwhelmed in terms of taste and many dishes were overcooked e.g., rabbit legs, sea bass, beef shoulder and chicken liver. The one dish I did find tasty was a octopus with pasta appetizer/secondi however the serving only had one small octopus and was $15. Also, others in my group were complaining about ventilation which was poor perhaps due to the age of the building. In sum, I really wanted to enjoy cinara as a welcomed new gem to the neighborhood but unfortunately...
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