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Cafe il Nido

4.3
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525 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Here's a city gem as hidden as a Mafioso in the witness-protection program. This courtyard patio tucked away between the Manhattan Apartments has that" La Dolce Vita" atmosphere.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 525 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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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
37 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
27 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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vipBeancounters
Vancouver
17 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
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GavinC
1 review
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.

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spiritgran
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

A disappointment. Service was mixed. One server was charming but replaced by someone who was less than enthusiastic to be serving. Restaurant half full yet we were required to order all three of our courses at once. Interior needs an upgrade. Tablecloths dark and dingy. We felt rushed and found ourselves back outside an hour and fifteen minutes later. Fortunately the food was good.

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vipStevenR
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, exceptional service. Franco consistently provides the best Italian cuisine in the city.

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StevenP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem in prime downtown location. Never disappointed, great food and nice people around. Recommend for someone who wants authentic Italian tastes in a warm and quiet place. Delicious cocktails btw...

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vipCass
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will be back

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CHICFOODIE
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, great service and Dine out menu with many options to choose from and the best is that is gluten free .

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culbok1
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had clients in town, came here Tuesday and they insisted we came here again on Thursday. Excellent food and service in a nice, relaxed quiet atmosphere. You have to try the pork chop!!

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culbok1
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, great service well priced. Nice peaceful environment, highly recommended.

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VineetaM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated two birthdays the night we went to Il Nido. Our group is constantly seeking the best Italian food in Vancouver and this place did not disappoint. The pappardelle came recommended by Chico, and it was delicious! So were all the meals at our table. Service was pleasant and prompt and I would definitely recommend Il Nido to anyone considering it.

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CHICFOODIE
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner as usual, Cafe Il Nido has been open for more than 30 years and despite that they always deliver consistency, quality and overall terrific service, thank you Franco and Christine

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vipAriS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

The restaurant was quiet - only one other table occupied when we arrived. They wanted to close early so they rushed us through our meal. Not a high end restaurant experience. Salad portion was extremely small for the price. Pasta was good but not amazing

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vipBuglette
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A wonderful little tucked in treasure - amazing food and attentive service. Space could do with some updating but overall a quaint and cozy place. I highly recommend this restaurant !

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vipRobEss
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food is good quality, authentic Italian however service leaves a lot to be desired. Not sure if it’s a shortage of staff or just a “couldn’t care less” attitude amongst the employees. Slow, scowl in faces negatively impacts the enjoyment of the evening.

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CoraA
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food was excellent. I would highly recommend Café il Nido to for the food. But I have never had such rude service. We received several eye rolls from our waitress at any of the questions we asked. For things like asking for a lemon wedge with hot water. One of the people I was with couldn't decide between 2 dishes, so she asked for a recommendation, the waitress gave another eye roll and would not offer a suggestion. Since we had a table of seven people there was an automatic gratuity of 18% added to the bill, otherwise no tip would have been left. It's very hard for me to say if I would recommend this place overall because of the bad attitude of the waitress. I think I would have to try going there again (but not for awhile) to see if she still is just as rude or hopefully get a different server. But if I do go back and get the same bad attitude I would not return ever and would never recommend this place to anyone.

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vipMoragM
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, excellent wine suggestion, inventive pasta dish. Guest and I had a great time.

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Abby
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was my mom’s birthday and we went here cuz it’s my favourite Italian restaurant in town! And they treated us a cute tiramisu bday cake at the very end! It was such a surprise💕💕 grateful

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vipAlphonso
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to go early for dinner as we were attending a symphony orchestra performance. Franco and the waiter could not have been more gracious. The food and service were outstanding.

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Gray
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was the perfect size for a lunchtime chat. The food arrived quickly and was perfect. Particularly good was the squid ink linguine. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. We never felt rushed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Disappointing. Poor ingredient quality, under seasoning; they are very lucky to still be in business

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HeidiB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Cafe il Nido. It was quiet, the food was excellent, and the service was great. This is a great place for a date or a special occasion.

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CristinaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The location is good, the ambience is also good, particularly the outside patio. The menu is concise but overpriced as is the wine selection.
The service was friendly and courteous. The dessert was a bit of a disappointment because we though it lacked freshness and the hand made touch.

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CarolB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, all four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Close to other tables, but still seemed private.

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vipMargritM
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The blond waitress was very unfriendly and did not make us feel welcome. Won’t be going back there

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janett
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Franco was very attentive and friendly and provided excellent service. We love the pasta and would love to go back and try the other food on the menu.

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Unhappypatron
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary and were pleasantly surprised by this little gem. In the middle of busy Robson Street, Il Nido is located in this courtyard that transports you to a country side Italian restaurant. The greenery if the patio gives a very cozy atmosphere. The food was very good and the service was very pleasant. We will definitely go back and recommend it.

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vipFoodteaveller
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service poor. No smile or welcome. Felt like a cafeteria...just order and eat.
No interaction other than when ordering. Would not recommend or go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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 4.3 stars by 525 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.