Heaters on the patio made our evening.....had it to ourself!
I'm a regular here when I visit Vancouver and always enjoy it. Very pleased that the piano player continues to be there several nights a week; the music is most enjoyable. Good authentic Italian food.
It is a reliable neighbourhood restaurant that never disappoints. We enjoy the veal which you don't see a lot of in Vancouver restaurants. The are pretty flexible about switching up menu items for dietary or food preferences.Nice food and service.
Booked this place for Valentine's night. They left a set menu on the table for $60 so we went with it. Mediocre pizza store food with a half carafe of wine.... $160 + tax and tip. I think there are much better options for next time...
Being generous here. Pasta was a bit salty and there was a strand of hair in the salmon. Otherwise, it was OK.
Arrived 1 hour before reservation - they had room & seated us - food came quickly and was excellent
Owner was making rounds along with servers and seemed genuinely interested in ensuring we had a great experience at his restaurant.
Piano was an elegant added touch. I'd go back.
We stopped in for the dine out menu since this spot had been on my mom’s list of places to try for a few years. I was hesitant to go but the reviews online looked pretty good so I was optimistic. I enjoy live piano too so the fact they offered this was a bonus.
The food was ok. My starter prawn salad was ok, but difficult to eat in the tiny dish it was served in. I wasn’t sold on the combo of flavors either. The lamb was good - the best part of the meal, but the side penne with marinara sauce was a huge let down. Tasted like box pasta with jarred sauce, I expected more from a place like this. The lamb and pasta didn’t go together and there were no veggies or anything on the side. For $40 we didn’t feel we got enough value. I noticed on their menu board they have a regular 3 course menu for $30.
I was also disappointed the piano didn’t start until about 7pm so we missed all but 2 songs that we caught after dessert.
Perhaps their regular menu is better but we won’t be back to find out.
We had the dine-out menu. The food was fine but overpriced. The service was good.
I went there for Dine out Vancouver. The food is pretty good, lamb rack was cooked just on point. And i love there Tiramisu, which is a must try!
The environment there is very cozy. Not like those big morden and fancy restaurants, Ciao Bella is a small but warm and high quality restaurant just like what you can actually find in a small alley in Rome.
Very good experience, worth a try.
Visited for the first time last night, but will definitely be back. Quaint, neighborhood style restaurant, that transported us back to Italy with both the atmosphere and the food. Seating is tight and intimate (just like in Europe), and our server, Bill, along with the talented pianist, Doug - ensured we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Nice size portions, and great food.
Went here for Dine Out so not sure if it changes the quality. Atmosphere and service was nice. For appetizer i got the lobster bisque which was quite good. They gave us these bread sticks that were crunchy which i liked. The entree i got the rack of lamb. The lamp itself was very good , very juicy and cooked to the rare-ness i liked. However, it came with pasta with tomato sauce which didn't compliment the lamb at all. The dessert was Tiramisu which was very average.
I live in the neighbourhood, and often take visitors to this my favourite haunt. It is quiet, music sets a nice tone but does not impede conversation. Food is very tast and consstent each time.
I really wanted to like this restaurant. It started off good, got seated right away and the Insalata Especiale with goat cheese was quite good (nothing out of this world, but good). Date had minestrone soup which was good too. Mains is really where it fell short for me. Ordered the chicken parmigiana with high hopes and it fell flat on everything. Chicken just tasted old/not fresh, it was very soggy, nothing crisp about it. Flavor wasn't great. Pasta that came with it was bland shells with red sauce, I've had much better. For dessert we had Tiramisu which I thought was really good, one of the highlights of the night, along with the piano player. Service was good, food was not. Don't think we'll go back.
Always the very best in food, ambiance, and service. This is our go to restaurant when we have friends come visit! Never disappointed.
Office Christmas dinner
Very good local restaurant. Offers good Italian food, great menu & good wine list. Piano player really adds to the evening. Fun place to go with friends or family
We went to ciao bella for my girlfriends birthday. The food was excellent, service was exceptional and the atmosphere lovely. Ciao bella really helped me kill it for my girlfriends surprise birthday. Best date spot around.
We enjoyed our dinner very much, although one in the party found the lobster special menu (cannelloni) just OK. I thoroughly enjoyed my pasta vongole, my usual - must branch out the next time. The music is very pleasant, and not so loud that conversation at the table is unstrained. The service was attentive, cheerful and helpful.
Ciao Bella Restaurante & Piano Bar is a west end treasure. Staff, though overworked at the time, were friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was intimate and the live piano added a wonderful background. Good food and a great time was had.
Service was good but the food is just okay. The waitress didn't ask us if we want any peppers when our food arrives. And the spaghetti wasn't al dante. However the price was decent for the environment and the sevice.
What a delightful little restaurant! We were seated immediately and server remained attentive the entire meal. I had the three course salmon special with veggies, house salad and my husband ate the tiramisu after he devoured his lasagna!
The food, service and wine was amazing! The prices are very reasonable and the pianist that was playing throughout dinner was awesome! He played show tunes and was very personable! We were seated immediately and the staff was very helpful! Will definitely be back!
Ciao Bella fit our needs perfectly, a multi-generational family who loves all things Italian, especially the food. Great find for us, walking distance from the Westin Bayshore. Lots of choices and very good food :)
The restaurant was not the issue but the ability to reserve through Open Table while in line waiting for a table is an issue.
We had made our reservation through Open Table early in the day, as had other people. It was Canada Day and there was a long line. A lady in line then made her reservation while in the line up and insisted she had a reservation and got in ahead of us.
There should be a cut-off so that this cannot happen. We had to wait for an hour past our reservations time which is unacceptable.
Mario is a wonderful host. Great place and one we will absolutely frequent
Our server was amazing -- who wouldn't want to be called "Bella" at every table visit? We loved the piano and knew every song but one. A charming place with delicious pasta offerings.
Stopped here in Vancouver after a cruise. Had been to this restaurant a few years ago and enjoyed it then so decided to return. A great traditional Italian menu good specialty drink and wine selection. Once again we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves dining with the piano playing in the backround , a marvelous meal and efficient unhurried service. Try it you'll love it.
Nice place just really busy so the service isn't great. Also, the food was rather bland. There is a piano there so it's a nice setting.
Great food, as usual! I had the lasagna. Live music was a nice bonus. The piano player had a few memorable songs up his sleeves that made the night that much more.
Our group of 7 revisited am old favorite, and we weren't disappointed Homemade pasta, generous portions, impeccable service, thanks to Mario for sustaining a great restaurant for so many years
Great Food... if the dessert can be better then it's will be gorgeous!!
I really enjoyed the dinner here.
Although a bit crowded and tight for space, the general atmosphere was great. The live piano really made it go to the next level, and the service was amazing! Our server was incredibly friendly, humorous and accommodating. The food was pretty good for its value (although, my mother was having a hard time with the lamb ribs since it wasn't properly separated, and her knife couldn't cut through the bone) and very filling.
Would definitely come again.
Everything was really good. The entrees were amazing. The dessert (caramel flan) was a little lacking, bitter and goopy but the delicious appies and mains made up for it!
The food portion is huge, I usually don't feel very full at Dine Out events but this place offers a larger portion of the food. This is a plus. Live piano performance was nice.
The Dine Out menu online shows vegetarian options but when we arrived the place, they do not have an actual menu for vegetarian options. We have to use smartphone to show them what we want from the vegetarian menu.
We went for the dine out on Feb 2017, they served the big portion of the food, it was worth to have it.
We came here for Dine out Vancouver. Awesome service, they were very accomodating and we had a great dinning experience here. Will come back again to try out ther regular menu!
Nothing special , food was ok , service ok, wine pairing did not work at all. Value overall not great
The piano was a nice touch to the dining experience.
I took my mom out to Ciao Bella for Dine Out Vancouver. We had a really good time. The service is very friendly and accommodating, the food was delicious and we really enjoyed the live piano music.
This is a restaurant that we have thought of going to in the past but on this occasion we were attracted by the Dine Out menu. We had the Insalata Trio Colori and Gamberoni Ciao Bella as appetizers and both were delicious. For the main course we both had the Aragosta E Gamberoni and it was superb. For desserts we had the Tira Mi Su and Creme Caramel, which we enjoyed.
The ambiance of the room evokes memories of fine restaurants in Italy and our server was very pleasant and efficient with 22 years of experience in his background.
If you want a restaurant with an old world ambiance, great food and service , Ciao Bella is it.