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Cinara Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cinara.ca
  • Phone: (604) 428-9694
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Italian, 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Great tasting and unique Italian food - as always a great meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A relief from all the pretentious under-achieving pretenders in this town. Sustained by word-of-mouth (not PR) ..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • " 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. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    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 ☺️"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Delicious food, both beautifully prepared and in decent portions, in a lovely (but not stuffy) room. Perfect for a date night!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Awesome intelligent service! Great food! Amazing cocktails! This newly open gem should be on everyone's hit list!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Outstanding ingredients! Flawless execution! Everything was crafted with noble simplicity that let the ingredients speak for themselves."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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? "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Outstanding food, well prepared. The best halibut I've had. My only complaint is that we waited quite awhile between courses. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food. Great flavors. But the place smelt of burnt oil and the chairs were uncomfortable."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • " Truly amazing experience from start to finish. We let the server choose our meal for us and the flavours were exquisite. She paired a gorgeous wine with the food for us at an approachable price point. No need to worry over ordering anything and the food and drink just kept flowing. It was a very freeing and relaxing experience. Loved the cosy space and enjoyed all of the food to the very last bite. I highly recommend this restaurant or maybe I shouldn't say that as I would love to keep this place a secret all to myself so that I can always get in:) Well done Cinara!!! "
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the dining experience at Cinara in the Victorian Hotel on Pender. Great service with an interesting and extensive multi course menu, that makes sharing a fun option. Food was very good , only criticism is that the salt level was too high in a couple of items. Looking forward to returning to this great new spot!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014