Get the figs!
The Gorgonzola stuffed, basil & prosciutto wrapped figs are to die for. The duck was ok. Wild boar amazing.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great meal at Cafe Vicino!
Cafe Vicino is our favorite restaurant in Boise. The food, as always was outstanding. We were there on Tuesday for a birthday dinner. The birthday person had the special, short ribs, which were delicious, and I had the Alaskan Halibut. This was the best halibut I have ever eaten, cooked just right with a complementary sauce, along with the homemade cheese ravioli. The only reason we don't eat here more often is that we would gain too much weight!
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfectly prepared food
The food is perfectly prepared. We have had fish and seafood (halibut and shrimp) here twice and both times were impressed with how well it was prepared. Portions are a good size and enough to split if you want. Service is excellent as well. Ambiance is ok. Tables are close together, and the chairs are uncomfortable.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great medium sized café with a fancy restaurant menu. Great staff and the food is exciting. Wine list is very nice.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cafe Vicino is one of our favorite places in Boise. However, last week we ate on the patio and found the traffic noise unpleasant and the setting sun in the eyes, even through the screen, annoying. I hated to be inside on such a lovely evening but I can't recommend the patio. The pasta with salmon was unexceptional, but the rest of the food and wine met our high expectations.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food - service needs help
The food was very good but when I booked online, I mentioned that it was an anniversary. When we arrived, they had no reservation, even after receiving a confirmation call earlier in the day. I mentioned again that it was our anniversary.
They never acknowledged our anniversary at any time- a big miss in the service department.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't go wrong
Always seated immediately with a reservation. Very attentive wait staff. The menu has something for everyone. Fresh and innovative.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun little place for change of pace
My wife and I were thirsty for a bit of a change and wanted to go somewhere we had never been before. Ironically we live just a few blocks away from Cafe Vicino and still had yet to try it. We we delighted when we finally did. Great place to go for a smaller more romantic setting. Nice patio and quiet overall. Food was excellent, mix of Italian fare with a bit of french thrown in. Dishes were not over portioned and actually tasted like effort was put in to making them. Wine list was decent, not large but enough for most people to get their fix. Will for sure be back soon.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at cafe vicino a few times and it is always amazing. We especially loved the scallops this time. I can't wait to go back.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Pleasant Dining Experieince
I gave the restaurant a high noise level only because we sat on the patio and it is both on a busy street and across from a school where evening intramural were going on. If we had sat inside, it would have been quiet.
I was very pleased with my choices, my husband not as much. But I think it was because he selected a pasta carbonara which he found salty. But bacon is salty so there you have it.
I would recommend the restaurant.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable, relaxed yet serious
Suburb, friendly service with an innovative menu unique to Boise. Lots of local, organic items that reflect the summer season. Cozy little patio, too!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, service and
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Wine list was also. Loved the grilled lamb. A real gem of a place in Boise ID of all places!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu has a good balance between new items and reliable old favorites. They also accommodate requests...I asked for half of the house salad;delicious and not overwhelming, saved room for the entree!. Our reservation for two I think gave us a better table than if we had not planned ahead, some places don't cater to twosomes, they get stuck in between large groups!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Family Celebration
Excellent, informed, service. Exquisite but not pretentious food; unobtrusive music. A satisfying and inspiring meal. Our guests were pleased
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful restaurant!
My husband were in the US on holiday and the last night was our anniversary. We booked Cafe Vicino on line before we left the UK hoping it would be good. It was, more than good!! We had a brilliant evening, the food was superb, the atmosphere great and our waitress the best!! I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant as an absolute gem and if visiting Boise be sure to go there!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Time to change up the menu. Same basic menu for at least a year
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite restaurants.
One of our favorite restaurants. We usually celebrate some special occasion there. On our last visit we took some special out of town friends and were seated at a table that was in a particularly awkward traffic area. We asked if there was another table available that was more out of the way. The hostess was very pleasant and arranged for us to move to a more desirable table location. And as usual, all the wait staff served us to perfection. Not to mention the food is always a delight with new and seasonal items frequently being added to the menu.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unpretentious but Classy
When you need to quiet place to reflect on 35 years of marriage, Cafe Vicino was the first place we thought of. Not noisy, sincere, personal service, meals that were appropriate in quantity, unique in taste and pleasingly presented. We never waited. Seated promptly and attended to properly. The time between our appetizers and entrees allowed us to savor the food and enjoy our time. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her carrot soup...her Halibut and ravioli were perfect. I enjoyed the house salad and the rib eye with fingerling potatoes and Gorgonzola souffle. We've lived in Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Honolulu, We have enjoyed many excellent restaurants; Cafe Vicino is the only restaurant we've visited twice to celebrate anniversaries.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a good ining experience
te menu, food and service are always one of the best in Boise
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect birthday lunch
The service was fantastic and the food was wonderful.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We regularly go to Cafe Vincio when we're in town. The food and service are excellent and they always have very creative and perfectly prepared specials in addition to their regular menu. I highly recommend them.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
nearly perfect dinner
best dinner I've in Boise. Ribeye perfectly cooked and seasoned. Gargonzola souffle was wonderful. Service very attentive, but not obtrusive. Server very knowledgeable about the wine list. Appetizers were very good, but not as good as the entrees. Would not hesitate to eat there again.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was spectacular. On
Service was spectacular. On top of everything but completely unobtrusive. Our lead server Kolbie was great. Food was excellent too (gorgonzola stuffed figs was delightful, grilled shrimp with risotto cakes was tasty and the coffee crème brulee was wonderfully intense with coffee flavor). They have done a lot with a small store front space, very cozy.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite of ours
We eat at Cafe Vicino, quite a lot. The food is always good and there is often something new and different to try. If we want to make sure that we will get a good meal with family or friends, Cafe Vicino is it.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't think I've ever had a bad meal here. They are very consistent. Unfortunately some of my food allergies prevent me from taking advantage of the full menu, but I still always find something good to have. Service is also consistently good and outstanding on this last visit for lunch.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was better than remembered. Great care taken in matching and complimenting flavors within the ingredients of the food. Will not hesitate in visiting again.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my third visit and each one has been fantastic. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is relatively quiet and really conducive to an intimate dining experience.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best in Boise
By far the best food, service, price (comparatively speaking), and overall dinning experience in Boise! If you want to have a lovely evening out as a couple or with friends, Café Vicino is the perfect pick!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent meal, beautiful presentations, really super wine selection at reasonable prices, attentive service, genuinely friendly staff. Another great dining experience at our favorite Boise restaurant. Excellent value. You won't be disappointed.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Genuine welcome. Beautiful fresh, bright and authentic Italian cuisine. Amazing wine list and very attentive wait staff.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh back from Italy, and wondering where we could possibly have some semblance of Italian Food, we tried Cafe Vicino and it was delicious and the apps looked and tasted like as good as those in Tuscany. I never order chicken out and was very impressed with the roasted local chicken wrapped in prosciutto! The presentation was lovely as well, and I'm looking forward to my next dinner there.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the dining/noise level high
I always love dining at Cafe Vincino, but the noise level was quite high from 7-8 oclock. After that, it was pleasant.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great so was the service!
A great place to bring your out of town guests or your date or your mother and father.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with Friends
Cafe Vicinos is my favorite Boise restaurant. It's a small local place with consistently great food, wine, and service. My favorite dinners are the homemade ravioli and the halibut. There are seasonal changes to the menu, but quality is always top notch.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were awesome. It's well worth the visit!!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Problem with the bill
We ordered the 3 course Prix Fix menu which was an app, any of their pastas and a dessert.
Final bill showed a charge for the dessert. When questioners, the waiter said "oops, sometimes I hit the wrong button."
If you know you sometimes hit the wrong button then maybe you should review the bill before taking it to
the table for payment. Very unprofessional.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful spot to eat
My wife and I have eaten here several times and have NEVER been disappointed.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vicino Restaurant is one of
Vicino Restaurant is one of our favourites. We live in Eagle so it is a distance to go...but worth it every time. Intimate, warm and just enough bustle. The service is always top notch. Sometime I would like to go and order all of the appetizers on the menu. I have had them all at different times and each time I go it is so hard to decide what to order because they are all outstanding. Nice wine list too. If you are looking for a real dining experience this is the place you want to go
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. Very friendly
The food was great. Very friendly staff with romantic atmosphete. Will definitely return!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Warm and comfortable ambiance
We chose this restaurant based on the rave reviews on this site. With that said I would say we were a little disappointed.
The menu was beautifully done. I chose an appetizer and a salad. They both were delicious, but for a tendency to overdo a good thing. Too much rich sauce. My partner had a veal chop....huge but slightly chewy. So, we found ourselves somewhat bewildered...good food with small problems.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ask for your salad to be tossed
Ask for your salad to be tossed or the dressing on the side. I've never been a fan of having the dressing under your salad. But great food and flavors!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
So nice to have this restaurant
So nice to have this restaurant in the neighborhood! I love being able to walk over for a lovely lunch. I've taken people with varying tastes and they all find something they like. The scallop appetizer is a must!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed the food. We tried the flat bread pizza appetizer special, which was baked perfectly with a great tasting white sauce. The pasta entrees we ordered included seasonal vegetables such as butternut squash and delicate squash and lamb sausage that was on special as well. Noodles are house made and perfect texture. We split the lemon cheesecake dessert and it had a great whipped but creamy texture, not too dense. We would go back again.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have made Cafe Vicino our place to celebrate our wedding anniversary for three years in a row now. We find it consistently has high quality food and service, and for a great value. Coincidentally Joel has been our server for each of our visits and we couldn't be more pleased with his helpful and attentive service.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great night out
We had a great time here. The food and service were great.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu had nice chef-inspired choices of appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, and entrees. Service was professional and timely. Food was excellently prepared and a pleasure to explore. More relaxed than formal fine dining. Dining area is small and classy.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relaxing, upscale North End spot
This was just what we wanted for a Tuesday evening dinner out for just the two of us. Blessedly quiet, soothing atmosphere - a casually elegant room with Sinatra crooning softly in the background. Excellent service: unobtrusive yet attentive. I adore their roasted gorgonzola figs wrapped in prosciutto and drizzled with honey as an appetizer - am trying to figure out how to reproduce that at home! Nice wine list, good food - not for wildly adventurous foodies, maybe, but solid and well-thought-out. Lovely risotto.
If you're looking for a swinging scene, this ain't it. If you want a classy but relaxing evening with your SO or some good friends, I heartily recommend it. Would also be a great choice for a business dinner.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always the food and service were lovely. We has a wonderful dinner there and very much enjoyed.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone was happy
We were looking for a neighborhood restaurant (non-chain) and decided on Cafe Vicino. We all loved it! the nice surprise was a $25 3 course menu. Everything was prepared well and service was great. I had the best glass of wine I have ever had. Another member of our group said the Salted Caramel Cheesecake was the best Cheesecake he had ever had and another member of our group said it was the best Italian meal he had ever had in Boise. The portions were modest but no one left hungry. We will definitely be back and recommend this restaurant to others.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great little place!
Excellent pasta dishes, Had ravioli with brown butter sage, and also another in our party had ravioli with Bologonese sauce...all beautifully presented and delicious. Nice quiet, but not too quiet, atmosphere, great service and an overall a very pleasant experience. Personally, it is the best restaurant I've found in Boise in the last ten years. A great find! ML in Ketchum
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM