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About Cafe il Nido

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.

780 Thurlow Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1V8
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Holidays closed

Cross Street:
Robson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 685-6436

Website:
http://www.cafeilnido.ca/

Parking Details:
Street parking, Parkade Robson and Thurlow, The Carlyle Garage

Public Transit:
Bus stop & skytrain station walking distance in the heart of downtown

Executive Chef:
Franco Felice

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe il Nido Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

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Quiet

76% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (6)
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Romantic (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Authentic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Casual (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

I had a business friend in town and I recommended that we go to Café Il Nido. It was a very good choice since he thoroughly enjoyed it and we had a terrific evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

Usually I come to Il Nido for dinner but this time I had a business lunch and I was in shock that it was nit busy at all and I do not understand why, I have been to Il Nido countless times and is always a pleasure, the food is delicious and well portioned, the service is great, so european and unpretentious, nice background music that makes a lovely atmosphere to carry a business or personal conversation.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not many food options

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I had a casual lunch at the restaurant with colleagues on November 9, 2017. The food was good. However, the server was the rudest I have ever encountered. Besides the hostile attitude, when she learnt that we were not going to order wine or dessert/coffee, she scoffed at us. That was absurd. Not recommended.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Foods and service are always excellent here. A quiet place for a nice dinner!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was a friend get together we love good food and always want to try a new restaurant that we have not been before. We highly recommend it portions are not huge and sides not much with your entree but sooooo good and filling.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Server feels unapproachable and unfriendly. I ordered the pan seared swordfish and some parts are pink, still not fully cooked. The alfredo was good, nice and creamy though.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Impeccable service and incredible food.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary here. On the tecommendation of a friend. The food was very good - especially the fried mushroom appetiser and my large pork chop. The waiter suggested a wine that we enjoyed with the meal, a Chianti. They also gave us a lovely surprise, a Tiramisu, beautifully presented with a candle for celebration. Real candles in the candle holders at all the tables too.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

It had been awhile since had been here but really enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and service. Enjoyed a nice meal and some good wine for a good price. Enjoyed the evening. Thanks!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I was a little disappointed by the food, to be honest. We paid $6 for olive oil and bread, but the bread was nothing special and the sea salt added to the olive oil meant we couldn't choose to not go salty. My swordfish was interesting but I wouldn't order it again; my partner's pasta sauce was not quite to her taste either. The panama cotta dessert was lovely, however.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 15, 2017

I've been dining at Cafe Il Nido for over 25 years. Franco is an amazing host and the cuisine is fabulous. The atmoshere inside is cozy and outside on the patio in the summer is wonderful. I'd recommend Cafe Il Nido for business lunches, birthday celebrations and get together with freinds. You won't be disappointed....great ambience, great food and great suervice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was good, the service was fine and the ambiance was very nice. However, I find it very insulting when a restaurant like this feels it necessary to add an 18% tip automatically to the bill on a table for 2. What are they afraid of - that we won't leave a tip at all?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Café il Nido has a cozy outdoor patio that was perfect for a Friday night dinner in summer. The service was very attentive. They will leave you alone for as long as you like, which is good if you are trying to have a leisurely dinner. The food was excellent too. I had the swordfish ceviche for an appetizer, and it was outstanding. I definitely would go back there again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We really enjoyed this restaurant and recommend it without reservation. Food was very good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 29, 2017

I I had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Il Nido, they always deliver simple and delicious flavours with a no pretentious service, and overall a good value.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Food quality was average, waiter tried to upsell at every course, very annoying and we could not wait to get away from the waiter. Pushy ! And we had to pay for bread which was absurd. Overpriced for food quality and experience.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Very nice place to have a meal where you can chat and not have to yell to be heard. THe new waiter is a bit over the top. He tries too hard and then it appears somewhat insulting. I do appreciate that they will customize my meal. It is very consistent.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Amazing personalized service and great food. Thanks to Franco for a memorable experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 3, 2017

The Team at Il Nido are attentive, the atmosphere is quiet and intimate, the menu is thoughtful and diverse, and food is very good value.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Dinner food was excellent. Friendly and accommodating staff.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We had a very good experience on Valentine's Day. Completely non-rushed, told to take our time, unlike some places on that day in the past. Very attentive service and very good food. Nice wine list. Quiet table for 2. I have no complaints, and quite enjoyed the entire experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2017

we went for Dine Out but we would go there regardless if it wasn't dine out as the food was outstanding. It is one of the best deals in town when it's on the Dine Out menu. Highly recommend this place. I was wanting to try it for awhile and I'm so glad that I did, will definately go there again!

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Fabulous service and excellent food. Quiet, intimate setting. If only the flourless chocolate cake was a little bigger :)

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Visited twice, for a lunch and for a dinner. Good food, nice choice of wines, pleasant decor and the place is quiet. The manager (owner?) made us feel special and welcome. We recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The food and welcome at Cafe il Nido never disappoint. Thrilled to have shared some delicious Italian favourites with dear friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We had a party of 4 reserved for the Dine Out Vancouver promotion. I don't think the set menu allows for a fair assessment of the restaurant's capability. We had a nice time overall.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2017

food was great, luv ❤️ the bread. staff are very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 16, 2017

So many gluten free items on the menu to choose from and that is one of the reasons among others that I keep coming to Il Nido, never disappoints with the food and the service always perfect.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Our first time here we had a lovely meal. Came back a week later and it was just the opposite. The bolognese sauce had no meat in it at all, and this time the portion was very skimpy. They added on an extra $5 for gluten free pasta with no previous warning, and it was odd that they did not charge extra for this the week before. My husband's gnocchi was very plain and lacked sauce. We paid $82 with the tip for 2 salads and 2 pastas, no drinks or dessert, and it was not at all worth it. Service was quite lackadaisical and will not go back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2017

The restaurant was quiet and not overly busy. The food was great. We were a table of 4. We shared 2 appetizers which were great and each tried
Something different off the menu. Everyone was happy with what they ordered. I didn't find the service great. It wasn't busy but we seemed to wait along time for our order to be taken and then they asked it we wanted dessert and we hadn't decided yet and never came back. Overall was good but not sure I would go back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Yummmy food great quality and service
These guys have Joe fortes to compete with across from them and I'd have to say the food and service were great!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Great food and ambiance. It's a quit place in a very busy area. Great place to eat!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 2016

This place has great food and excellent personalized service. It's a great Vancouver tradition.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Four of us had attended the 4:30 Chor Leoni concert at St. Andrews Wesley Church on Burrard Street and were looking for a good restaurant in the area. We decided on Il Nido and are glad we did. Our servers were both excellent and the food was great. We had four different entrees and everyone enjoyed theirs.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Our waiter almost expected us to place our order as soon as we sat down. He did not seem too pleased when we did not order any beverage to start and immediately took the wine glasses away. The food came very quickly and our waiter wasted no time to bring the pepper and Parmesan cheese and started to sprinkle both on our food almost without asking if we wanted them. As soon as we f inished our lunch our waiter asked if we wanted any coffee or tea. We ordered 2 coffees and 1 tea. He did bring us cream and sugar. We were half way finished with our coffee and he came over and swooped the cream and sugar off our table without asking us and never offered a refill. This is supposed to be a nice restaurant to enjoy a relaxing meal with friends and we expected the service to be much bettter than what we received. It was our Christmas get together with 2 birthdays to celebrate so we did not make an issue of the service. The food was good but the service was simply terrible. Don't recommend this place and we won't be back either.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Charming, quiet little Italian restaurant. Food always delicious!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Delicious food, not pretentious, always a treat

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

I would say the food was very average and our server not the friendliest.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 17, 2016

Charming little Italian restaurant. Excellent food. creative specials. as we have been before and are on their email we had 2 for entree for birthday treat!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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