As usual, a great meal and service
As usual IK has done it again, everytime I take someone out for dinner /. lunch the restaurant continues to offer great service and lovely food. The only minor complaint I would have is the place is loud, but then it is very itallian that way, close tables and the free flow of conversations and vitals.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service needs some work
The food was great!! My only complaint would be that my bf and i were waiting roughly 10 minutes before our server greeted and approached us where as all the tables around us were getting service. It took about 15 minutes just to get a drink order put in. Once we got our food the service was okay, but felt he was trying harder with other tables . Kind of made us feel invisible.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was really good,
The food was really good, and most of the service and staff as well. One of the waitresses was not that good though, seemed to be in more of a rush than the others and wasn't as friendly as them. I asked for sparkling water and my husband asked for a sweet wine, but she served him a glass of the most sour wine he'd ever tried so he ended up leaving it almost untouched. She also poured him a glass of sparkling water from my bottle which he hadn't asked for and didn't want. Nothing too bad, just found it odd that she served someone else's order to him, and that she recommended the wrong wine.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
1.Burrata with proscuitto and melon. Would have wanted bigger melons. Texture combination with then crostini was v good.
2. The trio dips were excellent esp the white bean and truffle oil. Flavour was excellent. Had to order the al forno bread again. Nice crust and flavor profile. Roasted pepper was a bit on the salty side. Artichoke was a bit bland but in general it was a good appies dish.
3. Seafood specials. Nicely presented and the colorful beets added a sweet flavor and nice color to it. Good portioning and very appetizing.
4. Spaghetti meatballs with truffle oil cream. Pasta was over cooked, meatballs needed more binder BUT i just loved the truffle oil cream sauce. Sauce was excellent. Slices of truffles on top was perfect.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome meal, great service,
Awesome meal, great service, nice wine. Wish I lived in Vancouver because I would visit often!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
asked the cook to add just
asked the cook to add just a hint of tangy to the Lobster Linguine and it was perfect. Big portions....
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always fun, food good
We always have fun, and good food, at this happening place.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Head back time and time again.
Thanks for another great meal and service!!!
The best in the city
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is fantastic. Only thing is we sat by the kitchen and it was noisy.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a truly magnificent evening at The Italian Kitchen. From the time we arrived to when we left, there was not a misstep in place. GM Alenrry was gracious and welcoming and ensured that all of the evening's guests were taken care of to the highest level. Our server Adam was knowledgable, attentive, very considerate and was a true professional throughout the evening. The quality of the food was excellent. From our starters to our desserts, we enjoyed every last bite. Even the coffee service to end the evening, was above what I expected. Truly a wonderful time and I look forward to returning!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the penne arrabiata! The squid ink vongole my husband ordered was really good too. Friday night is busy and energetic, I suggest reservations. Great, friendly service.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kim and Sean were/are outstanding
Kim, our server, by far made our special evening out even more wonderful as did Sean. They have earn our business!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu had many items we would have loved to taste. The ones we ordered were delightful.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Kitchen is always
Italian Kitchen is always a good choice for high end Italian Food. Whether a business meeting, or a dinner with your wife, you will not be disapointed. I hadn't been there in several years (there are just too many restaurents to try...), and when I went back this time, I was impressed to see the food quality, staff, service, and attention to detail hadnt changed; it is still excellent.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Kitchen is an excellent restaurant on Alberni Street. Had dinner there on Friday night and food was delicious. It's a popular spot and although a large place, staff are friendly and service is attentive. Highly recommend it.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good! Will come back again. I had the Pasta platter, there were 4 different pasta which was all good. I thought it was worth it's value. If I was to order one pasta out of the 4 it would be the truffle spaghetti and meatball.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The host & hostess were friendly
The host & hostess were friendly & attentive. The atmosphere was fun & noisy and very busy. I had the squid ink linguini vongole with clams. My husband had the roasted chicken parpadelle. Both were very good. Our waiter was very efficient. Their menu is presented on a hard leather surface which is so large that if you put 2 of them together side by side, they would be larger than the size of the small tables that are meant for 2 guests. I saw several guests & staff break wine glasses as they were trying to seat themselves. You cannot even lay the menu down on the table because of the dishes & silverware & glasses. I would suggest the restaurant change the presentation of the menu.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good downtown gem
Havent been to Italian kitchen for awhile after one bad experience but that's all behind me now as the food is once again very good this time. Missing the pappardelle pasta with spicy lamb sausage on the main menu ! Both my husband and daughter were looking forward to eating that :(
All else is great ! Including an after service call by one of their hostess to ask if we had a good meal ! Good job Glowbal group !
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing treatment by exec chefs!
We sat at the bar right next to the Chef's station. He was soooo good to us... Lots of free samples like meatballs, heirloom tomatoes and Italian doughnuts. We had the most amazing service- he even called in an order of clams from another restaurant (because they ran out). As for food, Highly recommend the burrata appetizer(s). We had the cherry which had an amazing balance of tart, sweet and creamy. Loved it! Also loved the heirloom tomatoes. We had the best seats in the house and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and great service
We were having a going away dinner for a friend who is leaving the country. The atmosphere was energetic but not so loud you couldn't chat (we had a very early dinner). It was starting to get a bit noisy by the time we were ready to leave, but not overwhelming. Food was excellent, very tasty and the wait staff was helpful in making recommendations and accommodating special requests. They were attentive without being intrusive. A very enjoyable night and a perfect location. Perfect for dinner with friends (a bit noisy for a romantic dinner). We'll definitely be back.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ohhhhhhhh So Good!
The Italian Kitchen is a wonderful experience. The food is more than outstanding and the service was exceptional. I was with three very good friends having an incredible lunch. I love the feeling of being in someone's very large kitchen eating, drinking and having a wonderful time. The restaurant reminds me of bing at home and succeeds in making you feel that comfortable. I would not hesitate to go again and again. Do yourself a favour, when you feel like experiencing Italian food and flavour look no further than The Italian Kitchen.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been here many times, and they never fail to execute an excellent meal.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
i like that italian kitchen
i like that italian kitchen offers food samplers so I can try several dishes at a reasonable price. I also like that I can buy their restaurant gift cards(pay $75 for $100 value) from costco. One thing I do not like about the restaurant is that it is very very noisy.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my friend to the Italian kitchen for her birthday. The manager gurpreet and staff made her feel so special, brought us a complementary appy and dessert with a candle. It was a great experience!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere, ok food, pricey
Italian Kitchen has a great buzz to it - from the open cooking area to the vibrant bar. They were great at accommodating my request for a slightly quieter table.
The waitress was very friendly and looked after us well but hurried us a bit especially at the end but it was manageable.
The food is visually great and clearly the chefs are trying to achieve greatness here - and they almost pull it off. Burrata delicious, bruschetta mixed, carpaccio good. Carpaccio pizza ok, parmagiano chicken tasty, carbonara really disappointing - macaroni cheese sauce. Dessert earl grey ice cream delicious, salted caramel torte less successful.
Overall we enjoyed the evening because of the atmosphere but the food is not quite up to the prices and ambition.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and atmosphere!
Our dining experience was relaxed and comfortable. Natasha was our server and she was excellent! Her demeanour was personable and professional and she was smiling the whole time. Very genuine! She was also very attentive and knowledgable.
Overall the food was good. The calamari and veal scallopini was by far the best dishes. The pastas were average and the spaghetti pomodoro was not very good, tasted like it was from a can, not in house made. I expected more from the pastas based on the fact that the restaurant is called italian kitchen. They were not exceptional or unique. I would come back again based on the overall dining experience and fantastic service. The other staff was good too!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was amazing. But it was so loud in the restaurant. I had to yell at my husband so he could hear my speak. Other than that it was really nice!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pushed back my reservation
Pushed back my reservation fifteen minutes and the restaurant was very accommodating. However, it was very busy on this Friday night so ended up having to wait a bit to be seated regardless of this reservation. Ambiance was very nice, although a touch loud for casual dinner conversation. Server was friendly, but not great at the beginning of our night (I think she was busy). It took her a while to bring our bottle of wine (which I could see sitting on the bar in front of me for at least fifteen minutes) and take our food order. She became more attentive towards the end of my dinner and overall I had a pleasant experience. I would recommend this establishment to others.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, trendy ambience
Friday lunch with hubby. Great lunch menu, food was delicious and portions were good size (was expecting tiny portions but ended up being perfect). Would recommend the fusilli fungi any day. Wish I had room for dessert.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing, we had the carne piatto and I'm still thinking about how good it was! Our waitress was awesome, she even suggested that we get a smaller appetizer because our main was so large. It was appreciated for sure! We can't wait to go back vancouver to go to this great restaurant! It was the best Italian we have had nice we were in Italy for our honeymoon!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must visit every time
Annually we visit Vancouver & Italian kitchen. It is amazing. I am fan of the Saltimbocca. I will share how obsessed I am, i have ordered an Extra order of the Saltimbocca to go, home to Portland. Yeah, that good. The truffled spaghetti and meatballs, can end wars.
We were sat on the main floor with a view of the kitchen (its a good thing) and my daughter loved see the chefs in action. Now here is where I swoon, our waiter Adam - he just enchanted our daughter, he brought her stuff to color, warm milk, suggested the alfredo which she inhaled, was Awesome. Adam seemed to understand the stress of trying to have a nice $$$ meal with a toddler. Our wine glasses were always full, he always checked in, but not in an annoying way. Loved him.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Bit Overdone
If you are going to have lunch at Italian Kitchen, you have to expect a crush of people and a constant din of chatter, dishes and traffic. In the past, however, these were offset by great food, good service and comfortable seating. Not this time. The veal was overcooked and greasy, the service was hit and miss, and the seating was extremely uncomfortable for anyone under 6' tall.
Despite all of that, they continue to haul in the lunch crowd, so there's little incentive for them to change.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the dungeness crab benedict - loved that it was actual crab meat rather than a crab cake. Coffee was Americano style only, which is normally my favorite but found it a bit weak for an espresso-based coffee.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taken care of
Came in on a Monday with a quick note that it was our anniversary.
We were very well taken care of and our server helped our night be special!
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food is always good, and although
Food is always good, and although I enjoy this restaurant I don't go often. The portions are small, especially considering the prices are well above average.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and standard. Was there for a Birthday lunch and couldn't have picked a better venue on a weekday near the office
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Resturant in Vancouver
Truffled Spahetti is a must have. Also for past lovers pasta platter is a perfect for you. All in all the best modern Italian.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Me and my girlfriends went there on Sunday night for dinner. All the food and drinks were amazing! Our server was maybe not super attentive but we understood because it was quite busy so it didn't bother us at all. She was very funny and helpful. We were satisfied with everything that night. We will definitely come back soon!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real Italian flavour!
The staff was very helpful in describing the pastas and the cocktails. We took his suggestions and were very very happy. I usualy don't finish my meals, but I couldn't resist. The penne with barrata cheese was unbelievable and I don't usually order penne!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unpretentious, Casual Italian Fare
Italian Kitchen fills a real niche in restaurant marketplace. It serves good food at reasonable prices. For us, dining outside, on a warm sunny day in Vancouver, was a real plus. The wine list is very Italian, and does note have many bargains on it.
The food itself is authentic and prepared on site.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The night was perfect from the easy online registration, the online reminder, the telephone reminder, to the friendly server. We did get one wrong platter, but the manager made it up to us with his friendly gestures and apologies.
It was an excellent night for me and my friends to chat until the place closed with no one harassing us, just checking on us.
Thanks Italian Kitchen, we'll be back.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good italian food.
Visiting my son just moved in so first time in Vancouver. He choosed this restaurant because he knows I love italian food. Travelling a lot in Italy so Im experienced. This was the best dinner we had this week. Very nice service and the food was just excellent. Thank you and I Will be back next time I come to Vancouver.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience
We chose the Italian kitchen to celebrate our friends recent marriage. From start to finish it was a perfect evening. The staff were attentive, accommodating and friendly; and the food was spectacular. The menu well accommodated a variety of eating palates, including vegetarian and one picky eater, with many items to choose from. This was our first visit to this restaurant and we will definitely be returning again soon!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food, great service
...and pleasant ambiance. It was very noisy sincethere was a very large group of restaurateurs there that night. I look forward tp my next visit when I am sure the food and service will be just as good, but there will be fewer partiers.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, ambiance, service and everything else! Highly recommend the Truffle Spaghetti - unreal!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and well-portioned entrées. Service was attentive. The music was somewhat loud for my taste, but where our table was we could carry on a conversation with very little trouble. As it was a retirement lunch, they kindly provided an elegant complimentary appetizer for our table to share. I would definitely go back to the Italian Kitchen for a special meal!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at The Italian Kitchen to celebrate a graduation. We loved the whole experience, from the greeting , the waiter, suggestions and service. the food was amazing . We tried two different salads and both were delicious. I would recommend the beet salad. Two members of our group shared a platter and the presentation was picture perfect. All of our meals exceeded our expectations. we would highly recommend this restaurant for the ambiance, service and food.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a GREAT place for dinner. Kitchen staff served a small appetizer free of charge - nice touch. Also, the staff is professionally dressed and the female servers are not dressed as if they worked in a night club or at something else (I am sure you get the idea). The music is computer generated beats of some sort. Some ITALIEN music would seem more appropriate for the Italian Kitchen. Having said that the music was in the background and one was in fact able to have a conversation.
The food is excellent AND their Tiramisu is out of this world - never had a better one yet - so light in texture that one can forget the calories.
A place for varying tastes - Looking for a vibrant dinner place - stay downstairs, more romantic - go upstairs.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
stuffed like meatballs
Everything was great! Never been there before so my husband and I were not sure about their portion size so we thought to just order their anti pesto dish for two. Wet could not believe our eyes when the chef brought it to our table and told what each item on the plate was. The food was delicious! The portion was more than enough for two of us. Staff also knew we were celebrating our anniversary so they had brought us a tiramisu for dessert! After the first bite, I realized that tiramisu may contain alcohol, so I quickly asked the server to verify and she confirmed it. From an earlier conversation with her, she remembered that I couldn't have any alcohol and was very sorry about the dessert, so she had another dessert brought to me! :-)
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday Work lunch.
I love italian food! The appetizer, pasta and dessert was heaven. Their house white wine was great too! Good vibe going on also. 4th time at Italian Kitchen and it has never disappointed me. I did not eat dinner that night! haha
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM