The menu is very focused,
The menu is very focused, as is the excellent wine list. We opted for one of the fixed menus, which gives you a selection of items off the regular menu. This was not only a more interesting way to eat (you don't know what you;'re getting), but also much more cost effective. Each dish was excellent, and the pacing of the evening could not have been better. I have not had a meal this good in a long time. The renovated room is not quite as interesting as in the old days when it was a French restaurant, but it has a much more modern appeal. The staff are excellent, there when you need them, gone when you don't. Some may complain of the lack of BC wines on the list, but what they have are excellent (Oulus for $110 is a bargain). Highly recommend
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
The host greeted us very warmly!
The host greeted us very warmly! We loved the decor and the lighting. The food was perfect! Excellent portions and presentation.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was exceptional:
The food was exceptional: everything very well balanced and beautifully presented. Excellent recommendations for both food and wine from our server Jeff. Nice ambiance and comfortable. A fine addition to the Yaletown scene.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food with attentive
Excellent food with attentive but not intrusive service. Highly recommended for a delicious meal. The 5 course prix fixe menu was very wellpaced and just the right amount of food.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food. Attentive service.
Great food. Attentive service. Great for business lunch or special event.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second time here.
This was our second time here. We had the 7 course chef's menu which was not on the printed menu. Brilliantly done and well paced. The staff are knowledgeable and professional with just the right amount of 'friendly.' We will certainly be back.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very noisy large group behind
Very noisy large group behind us. There is not much here to muffle noise so it was distracting to our table and the visit we wanted to have.
Wine list was limited.
We also requested a 'quieter corner' and did not get it.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The space is comfortable but
The space is comfortable but so noisy it's difficult to hear the person beside you.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Check out the menu. It's a
Check out the menu. It's a bit different for Vancouver. Excellent food! Service was knowledgeable and friendly. Yes it is very noisy. We will be back.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Group Birthday Dinner - outstanding
I read the reviews from a number of sources before booking a group table for my wife's birthday. To those who say it is too loud, you are way off base. We had a table for 6 in the middle of the restaurant and had no problem at all having conversations. We had the family style tasting menu and we were very impressed. We informed the sommelier which wines we planned to order and the chefs did us a 7 course meal to go with the wines. We had no idea what to expect and each course was creative, perfectly cooked and falvorful. At $55 per person for the food, it was a great deal. The service and food were both excellent, and all 6 people in our party said that for sure they would go back again.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
as great as their flagship!
We've eaten at La Quercia's Kitsilano location many times and have just now gotten around to trying La Pentola. The co-owners have split duties with one at the helm in each location. The atmosphere was lively, but quiet enough to allow for civilized conversation. The staff were professional, attentive, and friendly. The menu is very similar to La Quercia, with the same "la famiglia" options for family-style, multi-course sharing. Everything was delicious. The wine list had a nice selection of BC and Italian wines (~$45 and up). They've done a great job of revitalizing Italian dining in Vancouver!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very impressive northern italian food. Recommended dishes are the albacore tuna crudo and beef bone marrow appetizers, and the rolled rabbit loin and lamb shoulder main courses. Interesting, mostly italian wine list. Fairly easy (metered) parking at night.
5/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great chef's menu
We tried La Pentola for the first time on Mother's Day and it couldn't have been better. Our server was incredible from start to finish, making great recommendations throughout. We did the 7 course family style menu which allowed us 3 appetizers, 2 pastas, a meat and a dessert. Each course was different and equally delicious. The room was warm, friendly and comfortable. I would go back here in a heart beat and not hesitate to recommend it to anyone else.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Grain Salad on Bed of Smoked Salmon
This is, by far, the favourite breakfast I have had in a long time. Absolutely original and with delicious, well-meshed components. The salad and the devilled eggs are marvelous (as is the smoked salmon)!
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
$55 per person a la famiglia... great dining experience!! Service was excellent ...and a very good bar menu to boot!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently great. Excellent
Consistently great. Excellent wait staff. Go to place for personal dinners or with special guests.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, very loud
The food is excellent, but keep in mind that on a Friday or Saturday night the restaurant will be loud and energetic.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Opus scores a gem.
My wife & I were staying at the Opus Hotel, and decided to try La Pentola restaurant. The ambiance is up-scale chic. Our waiter was friendly and very attentive. The food was outstanding! I can't recall the names of all the dishes as I'm more into eating, drinking and enjoying the dining experience than writing about it. Our dining evening was special and I highly recommend La Pentola to everyone that enjoys fine food and great atmoshpere.
James & Yvette of San Jose, CA
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A place to linger over lunch
I went with a group of 7. We had everything from salad to dessert. All was delicious. Our server was friendly but not intrusive.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has some of the best pasta in town! Salads are always fresh and imaginative. Service is friendly & efficient. We love his place!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delightful. Great recommendations from server. The flavours blended beautifully. We ordered a number of dishes for sharing and it worked well for five people. Bolognese was amazing, arancini were fantastic and the burrato mozzarella appy was the perfect consistency and texture.
Go somewhere else for dessert. The dessert options were "deconstructed" and really did not work. Saffron gelato with chocolate ganache was a complete miss and the tiramisu was very disappointing - completely missed the mark in its effort to be creative.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
An evening of northern Italian fare
La Pentola offers a lovely take on northern Italian food - friendly staff, fabulous food and a great atmosphere! With four of us we ate "family style" and were able to sample a number of the dishes - stuzzichini, antipasti, risotti, primi and secondi! All incredibly delicious, and allowed us to manage different food preferences.
The staff were amazing - just the "right" amount of attention and certainly knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We first dined at this restaurant shortly after it first opened. It is better now. The space is an upgrade from the early days after the hotel opened. Then it was dark and uncoordinated.
Now during the summer and warm days the exterior windows can slide open and gives one a sense of being outdoors.
The food is beautifully served and delicious. The staff upbeat and attentive. Prices seem fair. A veal chop was tasty and cooked to a preferred pink.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Best restaurant we dined in on vacation. Great quality food, wine and service. In Yaletown near other good options but this stood out.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Original N. Italian dining
Not cheap, but very delicious. We found the decor a little bare, even for modern Italian, but nice on a very hot evening. Excellent service, friendly, but not gushy. Imaginative flavour combos and very nice wine choices (though expensive by the glass). One suggestion: drop the prawns from the halibut dish. They added nothing to an already pretty well perfect fish offering.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
We went to La Pentola for dinner last Sunday. We had the Opentable Dining Cheque ($26 value) so we wanted to spend it somewhere nice and this was our choice. We had Polenta gnocchi and Gorgonzola risotto. Both were great, though Risotto was a bit salty. Server was very kind and the atmosphere was great. We will definitely come back later!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stayed at the hotel and had dinner here. Food and ambience were very good. Service overall was very good - lots of attentive bus people but our server was very high strung. He asked us twice within five minutes if we were ready to order - we'd only been there 10 minutes. I finally said we were not in a hurry and wanted to take our time. He seemed a bit displeased by this even though the restaurant was hardly half full.
We also had breakfast here the next morning. It was VERY reasonably priced for a downtown hotel. Service in the AM was excellent. Will definitely go back for dinner but probably ask to be seated in someone else's section. A great place for couples or a bigger group. Highly recommend it.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best way to order dinner. No personal decisions to make. You will try food that you wouldn't necessarily order BUT you can't go wrong. Every plate we received had a delicious flavour and left us wishing for more.
Family style adequate portions and best value for dollar.
No outside deck put big open windows, definitely will return when fall arrives.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome place for brunch
Went there on a long weekend for brunch, the food was amazing. Service was a bit lacking as there were only 2 servers for the entire restaurant. Would have enjoyed a bit more attention...overall, great place!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, brought by amazing servers who recognize you by name if you have been more than once, talking to you politely while giving enough of an explanation for all to enjoy the food. The wine list was superb and the server was able to make a recommendation based on what we said that we enjoyed. The food looked as good as it tasted and the overall de core was fantastic and rustic.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful! Just like La Quercia!
We had a wonderful meal at La Pentola della Quercia. As it takes quite a few weeks to get into La Quercia, this place is a find as you can have the La Quercia experience without the wait to get in. Just as fantastic as La Quercia. We started with the Tuna/Squid appetizer which was a great combination of flavours, and then we followed each with the Pheasant. What a great dish with the Farro and Pickled Strawberries. Wow. Summer flavours on a plate. We enjoyed the Lemon Cream and the Dark Chocolate Ganache for dessert. Service was simply perfect. They have a great cocktail list as well to go along with their well priced wine list. We had a nice table by the open windows to enjoy being in Yaletown.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Might be the Best food in Vancouver
Been here may times and the food is alway outstanding. Never ordered anything I have not loved here.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Five if us had dinner there
Five if us had dinner there on a Friday night ! We all were over satisfied with our dinner choices ! The soufflé was very light and cheesie ! The Baratta salad was also very good ! For dinner we had the special of the day which was a seabass. Our friends shared the 22 oz rib eye which was prepared to medium as they had ordered !
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Dinner
We did the familia dinner where the chef decides your 7 course meal and it was great!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Raviloi ever!
Rarely do I order pasta when I go out but on this occasion I has the rabbit and artichoke ravioli. Simply the best pasta dish I've ever eaten. High praise to Lucais and Adam!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazingly authentic Italian
Amazingly authentic Italian food. Nice the Rabbit Ravioli :)
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, creative and superb items on the "La familgia" (sp?) selection which comprised seven courses - all were good, most were extremely good. Highly recommended for a special dinner out - not inexpensive but well worth it.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic anniversary dinner
Went to Pentola based on other reviews and desire for modern Italian cuisine. I was not disappointed. I mentioned to the hostess that it was our 37th anniversary and as soon as we were seated, the server brought 2 glasses of comp prosecco. Got the fixed price chef's choice menu with limitations of no beef or lamb. The beet mezzalunas with poppy seeds were exceptional as was the cheese soufflé with marinated zucchini. Absolutely what I was looking for. The restaurant was not busy the night we were there and service was exceptional. Soft lighting and a corner table--yes, it was romantic. Portion size was great for sharing and the relaxed pace of presentation made a wonderful evening. I highly recommend the chef's choice menu.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a fabulous, romantic lunch. Probably got lucky that it was a really slow day for the room but nonetheless, it was a lovely, lovely combination of food, service and ambience.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kid Friendly at Brunch
After the run for the cure ( the family did the 5K walk with a three year old) , the staff both front end and 'hidden"welcomed us all.
The food was amazing every thing you could ask for and the portion size perfect so you could fit in dessert!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time, only we notified the restaurant we were celebrating a bday and got no recognition from the staff.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food experience.
Wonderful food experience. The service was fantastic!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A birthday celebration
Friendly attentive knowledgeable never pushy. Meal well presented. A great casual or upscale dining experience depending on your mood.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and very good food.
Really like this place for lunch. I haven't tried dinner, but I'm sure it wouldn't disappoint.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The passion shows
We chose the tasting menu at 55 dollars per person and were surprised by the ample quantities of fresh truly excellent food. Wine by the glass is reasonably priced but we opted for the very good Coal Harbour on draught. You can make suggestions and we chose Fritto Misto that came overflowing with seafood in a light tempura and an excellent lamb gnocchi. 7 delightful courses each well prepared and beet sorbet for dessert. The Secondi was an aged and lightly cooked prime rib with a very natural flavour. The dining room is elegant and overlooked by the round bar. We will be back for sure. Service was brisk and to the point. The ten course tasting menu promises to be a great way to spend an evening.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
$30 signature lunch is worth it.
Went for a business lunch.
Service was very good (occasional mispronunciation of menu items by the server but oh well). Bread was good, olive oil was meh.
Others at the table opted for the $30 signature lunch. I had a taste of their spaghetti bolognese - it was al dente and the sauce was very good. Regretted not ordering that. I ordered Souffle Parmigiano with zucchini as the appetizer. Souffle was nice and fluffy. Zucchini was soaked in olive oil and too salty.
My roasted trout was very good, but for $21 the quantity was disappointing. It must have been a big trout though.
I'd go back for the pasta and the $30 signature lunch.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a superb lunch at La
We had a superb lunch at La Pentola della Quercia. The hanger steak was amazing; perfectly rare, tender, and flavourful. The vegetable side dishes (brussels sprouts with bacon and parmesan, roasted cauliflower, and kale with charred onions and almonds) and the Mafalda all’Amatriciana pasta dish were excellent.
The atmosphere is befitting of the high class hotel in which La Pentola resides.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was great, we had
Service was great, we had people constantly at our beck and call WHEN THEY WERE NEEDED. We ordered the 7 course meal and the dishes were timed really well giving the table time to digest before bringing on the next course. Fantastic food the beet salad was raved about by all. We started with martinis and they were really inventive and delicious, moving onto a couple of bottles of reasonably priced wines. Two desserts ended the night and we were all so full and happy from all the great food. The atmosphere is definitely boisterous which I enjoy when I am out - it was full of people enjoying an evening out.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM