Il Salici at the Willows
Il Salici at the Willows

Il Salici at the Willows

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willowsgolf.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8&Itemid=10
  • Phone: 3069561100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Martin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano music Friday & Saturday 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clarence Ave. S
  • Public Transit: None.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large free parking area.
A word from Il Salici at the Willows
Classic Italian Dining with a Modern Twist.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Il Salici at the Willows reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (19)special occasion (14)good for groups (11)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (7)romantic (6)fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Lunch at the Willows
    time4winewithlunch
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A group of 16 met for lunch. We had a lovely visit, great lunch off the menu. Our server was wonderful. We find the Willows convenient to get to with great hassle free parking. The menu is varied enough for everyone to find an item to their choosing. Try the clam and spicy sausage soup. It is excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very enjoyable. Good service. Good food. No complaints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    lamans
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    While this is a beautiful setting, the service level left a lot to be desired. The time it took to get a glass of wine was painful and our meals took ages to be served. There was no Manager on duty and our waitress was apologetic, but it didn't ease the pain of the wait.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great ambiance and view. Food was average. My char was too cooked and dry , slightly burnt.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luncheon commentary
    candle
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    everything very good.....music too loud for conversation. Server was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I were placed at a table with a view of the sunset over the golf course. The staff was kind and attentive and made every effort to make our evening wonderful. They were accommodating, too, when I requested that a pianist come in and play our wedding song as a surprise for my husband and I. My husband had lamb and I had Arctic Charr, and both meals were very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    TPK007
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful evening. The food was great and the meal was well paced. Our waiter looked after us throughout the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    sassyseniors
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We went here on a lunch outing with a group of seniors. The server was very friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and accommodating to all our needs. The food was great and came in large portions. a bit expensive though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were a group of 6 which included 2 Adults - one 21 year old - one 18 year old - one 17 year old and one 13 year old. The server was friendly and attentive - engaged us in conversation and was interested in doing a good job - which he succeeded at. The food was delivered promptly and drink refills were provided. The food quaility was not up to standard. The veal had far too much lemon, the chicken was salty, the house salad was soggy and the duck breast was very tough and lacked alot of flavour. I have been to this restaurant before for lunch and always had a good experience. I was underwhelmed by the food quality on this outing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • QEpower
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The service was great, but, I was hoping that because I had booked so far in advance, that there would be more than 1 server for 21 people. The server we had was great, but, she definitely needed help. Perhaps in the future, you could add someone to help with the wine or clear the tables or take the drink orders. 21 people were too much for 1 person. The food in general was good. Too much salt was used on certain items . The people who had the duck could not eat their greens because of the salt. And, what was explained in detail on the menu, was not what was served. I don't know if the kitchen ran out of spinach or not. But, if there is to be substitution, that should be explained. .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad experience
    paresous
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had several excellent meals in the past at Il Salici. This time my wife had veal, a mediocre dish. I had lamb, the worst lamb cooking I ever experienced. Was the cook away in vacation?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretentious
    Honestabe1
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My duck was very bland although cooked correctly. The veal was dry and very unattractive , looked and tasted like shoe leather. The server continuously added to our conversation that was going on at the table. The meals were totally overpriced for the amount received. My only word to describe Il Salici is pretentious. By the way, the word is misspelled. It should be salicci, if in fact they wanted an Italian name for the restaurant. Not impressed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Evening
    Grubbsy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Met with a couple of dear old friends. The food was excellent, the service was very professional (there when needed but never noticed). I would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a wonderful food experience
    rrober
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful. We loved the live pianist. Food choices were many and all were presented tastefully. The food was well prepared and tasty. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 149 reviews are from the Il Salici at the Willows reviews archive.
  • Birthday
    Birthdaycelebration
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Booked for 92nd birthday for my mother in law. They did allow us to bring a cake in, but given that this information was provided on the reservation, it would have been great if they had done a little something for her as well. They were receptive to turning the music down for us to reduce ambient noise for the birthday girl's hearing issues, but it was very quiet in the restaurant so it didn't inconvience many other patrons.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Start!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The Argetina bread dip brought to our table while we waited for our food was exceptionally tasty, as was the spinach salad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and I thought the pricing was very reasonable for what you received.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    42dine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day Brunch was totally wonderful. Food is amazing, wonderful presentation and delicious food. Awesome selection. Especially enjoyed the candied salmon - a real treat. Michelle our server was super friendly. This was our 3rd year for attending on Mother's Day. I guess you could say it has become a tradition for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasureable experience
    Expectations
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Perfect place to enjoy eating out, morning, noon or evening, the food and view beat everything in town, and the service was appreciated. thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing lunch
    fourmuskateers
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a wonderfully corner window table. The room is lovely. But our experience was not. We were not offered any drinks to start our meal. It took at least 20 minutes for our food. It came warm. One persons lasagna came later and was not warm at all. We were never asked if everything was okay and there was no offer of grated cheese. Food tasted strongly but was not delicious. Smaller portions with a side salad or soup would be more appropriate at lunch. Too much of the same! We were only offered seconds on our coffee when we had paid the bill and had our coats on ready to go and that was almost 2 hours later. There is no dessert menu? Left feeling disappointed. It was a very different experience than the first time we were there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    Freeman
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went for a Mother's Day lunch (a day early to avoid the crowds) but we were completely forgotten about. When seated, we weren't even provided with a drink menu nor asked if we wanted a drink at any point at all. We had to ask to get drinks when they came to take our lunch order. Then after we ate our server was no where to be found. We had to ask the other server to bring us a dessert menu. We were very disappointed. It wasn't even busy.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attentive Service & Extensive Menu
    Saskatoonfoodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The menu at Il Salici is quite extensile with some interesting selection in each section. Although marketed as an Italian Restaurant, I don't think they make fresh pasta. The best feature of the evening was our very courteous and attentive young waiter. He regularly checked back to see if we needed anything and was helpful throughout the meal.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Madamopar
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Would attend again. Food could have been warmer. I don't like cold eggs benedict. Coffee was cold. No highchair at the table even though it was included in the reservation. I thought it was rather silly to ask for special requirements on the reservation form and then not follow through.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's Menu
    Kathy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had requested that the Chef prepare a special menu for our evening at Il Salici. The meal was outstanding, from the antipasto platter and the prosciutto wrapped prawns, to the incredible gnocchi with the wild boar sauce, followed by the lamb shanks and risotto. Dessert was the perfect compliment to the dinner. Great Chef, Great food. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent meal
    scottycanuck
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The meal we had was excellent. I am unable to remember what the dish I ordered was called but it was a risotto dish with shrimp and speck. I was able to try the lasagna which was excellent (I would have preferred this dish). While it was a smaller menu everything that it contained sounded very good. The price was midrange (about 20 to 35 per person) which was well priced. There was a piano man playing throughout our meal which was entertaining to say the least. The service was excellent. The server did very well considering we came as a family with one two year old and my sister who can be difficult to deal with. We went on a Saturday evening and the restaurant was not very busy which was nice for us. Very nice place to take a loved one.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I had to entertain a group from across the province and beyond, and wanted to showcase Saskatchewan, as well as enjoy a nice meal. It was very successful -- everything from the service to the food were excellent, The service was also timely as we were scheduled to attend another meeting after lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful any time of year
    Bunchofladies
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We love going to Il Salici, we have never been disappointed. Whether its just the 2 of us, or a few more, its always been a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and food
    EyeGals
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We had a group of 5 and it was perfect for having a conversation and enjoying good food. The server was amazing, and the food was excellent. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had expected something different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I had expected something different than I found. I found the dining room average, the brunch wasn't anything extravagant as I had expected. The restaurant was not very full, which also surprised me. The service was good though. The cook at the brunch table was very accomadating, and our waitress was also accomadating, and pleasant. And I'll mention that the price was affordable. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Gneral
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Il Salici at the Willows is a great hidden gem. Lots of free parking, easy access, very good food, and friendly knowledgeable staff . Beautiful decor and scenery. Couldn't have been better. We will be back...often!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Brunch
    Dmac1000
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    A group of six of my friends went for brunch at 10 am Sunday morning. It was perfect for us as we were able to stay as long as we wanted to visit after our lovely meal. There was a great view and plenty of space so we didn't feel we were disturbing others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful in the Willows
    Foodfor4
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Our evening at Il Salici was wonderful! The service was outstanding, our waitress Chantelle (hope I spelled her name correctly) was awesome! The good was fantastic! Overall a very enjoyable evening, at a very lovely place! Definite recommend for a romantic evening or a small get together! Fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good time
    galina
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    myself and my friends we love to come down and get nice service and good food and we will be back 100 %
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience.
    Wendy
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We had a wonderful first time dinner with you. Everything was perfect. We will definitely be back, and will bring friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked that you could book
    ang8
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Liked that you could book reservation on line and view the menu. appreciated that even though buffet was offered as a group we could order from the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Il Salici was great!
    BillW
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We enjoyed the Sunday brunch on a clear winter day. The dining room was light and colorful and the view over the snow-covered golf course was beautiful. The fruit and salad offerings were fresh and tasty; they had smoked salmon, cooked crab and cooked mussels (on ice) that were a very nice treat . The hot food items were varied and delicious. An omelete and waffle chef provided an opportunity to add your individual preferences to the plate(s!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good but I expected more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Service was outstanding our waiter made the night however the food was just ok and not really authentic Italian like I was expecting!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit the spot
    Kchern7
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Very nice intimate dinner for two. Food was great but service not up to standard for this kind of restaurant. When my wife got her rack of lamb a young girl came over and asked if she wanted grated parmesan cheese on it?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Wonderful dining experience at the Willow's, The service wasn't the best but the food made up for it. It was a quiet evening and it didn't seem to busy. They did a decent job accomidating a senior and children for a great bitlrthsay experience. Thank's Willows!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    In general, though a fine location, the restaurant had little to warrant a return. The food was pedestrian and the flavours lacking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet