Cafe il Nido

4.4
551 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Here's downtown Vancouver's gem as hidden in the Manhattan Apartments has that" La Dolce Vita" atmosphere. Heated and Covered Garden Patio provides a great escape for social distancing. Live Music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 551 people are saying
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4.5
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smar
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We really wanted to like this place based on all the good reviews, but sadly can not recommend. The food was far below expectations.

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dwong
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

we had dined here a few times over the past 15 years. sadly, due to its low profile we had apparently let this pleasant little cafe slip our minds. we will be back more often to help support them.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent staff, food was delicious, hot and served on time (did not have to wait long for drinks, appetizers and main course) .

Cute little location and live music was great .

Would definitely come again , maybe for lunch or a drink !

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vipAerialguy1
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and will definitely be back! Excellent Food/Service and a "hidden" gem.

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vipdiner
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

because indoor dining is closed, this was a great find. nice intimate atmosphere and good service and food on their outdoor patio which was out of the wind.

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vipSunny
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good and service were good. Pasta is must try. We will be there again

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MikasaA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Birthday celebration. Service and food both fantastic.

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Chrissy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning patio, excellent Lasagna and carbonara. Glad to be able to dine out and support local small business.

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HarjiB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was only fair. Not flavourful, nothing special for taste buds. Service and ambiance was good though.

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MichelP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Patio is a bit cold with the draft from the other building

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MarkH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening with great food
, service and entertainment

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vipnancyc
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Hands down the best Carbonara and spinach ravioli my husband and I eaten. The portions were perfect and service was 5 stars. An authentic, unpretentious Italian restaurant.

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ChrisV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden little gem, with fantastic service and tasty food. With the current no dine in restrictions, Il Nido has a small patio with European style charm.

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NevilM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distanced. Food was good. Loved the live music

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and the service was excellent. Will be back.

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viphappy
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and service!

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MarkR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Off of the courtyard on Robson and Thurlow, Cafe il Nido was a pleasant surprise. Excellent food, phenomenal service and a lovely environment. Having a live piano player was great! Definitely worth checking out.

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vipAvRo
Vancouver
48 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live piano music completes the experience.

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vipnbal
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

To be honest I was quite disappointed with the food given the high ratings. It was very flavourless and the quality of the meats was cheap. The prices were high for the food. I've had better at family chain restaurants. The service was great only because we were the only people in the restaurant for the first 30 mins (7:30 pm on a Saturday night) and even after that another two tables were occupied. I also noticed a funky smell in the restaurant and there floor by our table was dirty. Overall I would not go back.

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LaurelW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Nice table on the patio. We could still hear a bit of live music which was great. Good lamb, ravioli, and bolognese.

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vipTheAccountant
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy, quiet place in a great location at Robson and Thurlow. The food and wine selection was perfect (focusing mainly on Italian choices, of course) and the service attentive but discreet. We liked the option of the outside seating area as well. Despite the cozy size of the location we felt very comfortable with the social distancing protocols during the pandemic. Will definitely be back again.

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Temple
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We live in the West End, with a lot of choice in nearby restaurants. Overall, il Nido has always been one of our favourites. Especially in the warmer weather when the courtyard is open.

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JCheng
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and services is so wonderful !!!! Will visit again for sure !!!

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vipfitfoodie
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I would recommend this spot, because of the combination of live music featured on the weekends in an ambiance for jazz piano and flute with surprisingly delightful acoustics. I will say kindly that the kitchen can do much to up its game, but otherwise, the bar service was friendly and efficient and for the ambiance for live music and a glass of wine, this place is a hidden jewel in Vancouver. !

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mauroJo
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique place in VANCOUVER. Superb food ,services, music and cosy ambiance

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EvelynL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner - 1) salami, bread, oil were fresh and rich. 2) Wagu was amazingly delicious, 3) linguini was packed with the sweetness of the seafood. Well-decorated place with lived music on Friday. We had a very enjoyable night. Will visit again.

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vipshanew
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Patio is cute. Food was a little dry but no real complaints

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KarenA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service and food was excellent. We ate indoors and had a great table in the corner. There was a piano player and singer which was nice to begin with but then the piano player became a little too enthusiastic and was a little too loud which made it difficult to hear each other. But other than that we really enjoyed the food and service.

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Graham
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very quaint spot off Robson. Outdoor patio is nicely secluded.
We asked for a wine recommendation which we enjoyed very much.
Meatballs appetizer was good and nice to get four for the 2 of us to share. Delicious
We ordered lasagna and Penne bolognese ... both entrees were an appropriate size and delicious.
Dessert was a chocolate cake and again it didn’t disappoint.
Overall very good and would not hesitate to go again when in the Area or recommend to a friend.

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vipcarols
Edmonton
46 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. We had Oslo bucco and spaghetti bolognese. Both beautiful dishes! Loved the outdoor patio, even if surrounding a/c’s were running. Will definitely come back!

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TheBlahBlah
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, pleasant atmosphere, caring & thorough service, great gluten free options. For real Italian dining, this is a gem. Can’t wait to return!

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vipMHCJS
London
29 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Covid respectful. I want carbonara, which wasn’t on the menu and the chef made it for me, using guancile, instead of pan sets- a real bonus.

My guest said the meatballs are fab.

How these guys keep it up when they have an imposed occupancy limit is beyond me. The economics are frightening.

It was good not to cook, for a change.

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vipTheAccountant
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very well-situated off a quiet corner of a busy street. They have a nice, quiet patio area that made us feel very safe dining during the pandemic. The food was outstanding; everything perfectly prepared. The service was attentive and courteous, not hurried or rushed, but always there when needed. We will definitely return.

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Dissatisfied
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

We were told before making the reservation that the construction next door had now been taking indoors and therefore the noise would not be a problem. Unfortunately, the noise was quite unbearable. I have always enjoyed dining at Il Nido but did not know that the management had changed. In my opinion the food was not quite up to previous standards.

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heatherb
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had wanted to come to this place for years. It is a hideaway in the courtyard of a brick Manhattan style apartment building ( oh so rare in city of steel and glass), and I love the fact that's been there a long time and isn't annoyingly trendy.

We ate on the patio in the courtyard and it was great!
The food was very tasty, and wine pairings were well-matched with our dishes. The tiramisu and espresso to end the feast, were excellent!

The server was friendly and attentive.

We were able to sit back, enjoy the aperitifs, while soaking in the quiet old style ambience of this little gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Lots of flies buzzing around. Absolutely dead on a Friday night. Yes it’s corona but it was date night so kinda boring. Old decor. We recommend Nook, Giardino, Lupo and La Tarazza instead given the price point. Do something about your flies!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner, food was amazing and very tasty! Service was exceptional as well :)

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GavinC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I wanted a restaurant that would be good for catching up with an old friend and Cafe il Nido was perfect. We were seated in a corner. Ambiance was classy and chill. Our waiter and other staff were attentive and helpful and gave us all the time we needed to make our food and wine decisions. The food was good and portions appropriate.

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JJGonzales
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I often take guests there fir special occasions. Never disappointed. Franco and Chico are the best.

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CHICFOODIE
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time during Dine Out Vancouver and Il Nido never disappoints, reasonable prices, and excellent service, thank you so much Chico and Christine for your gracious and courteous service.

FAQs

Cafe il Nido does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cafe il Nido also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 685-6436.

Cafe il Nido is rated 4.4 stars by 551 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.