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Cinara

4.6
401 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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Cinara is an intimate space with a dynamic & seasonal food and wine menu. We work with local farmers and suppliers who inspire us to create a menu based on availability of tasty seasonal excellence. Cinara is an elegant and comfortable restaurant focussing on European style cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary European, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 428-9694
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lucais Syme and Gill Book
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Catering
We are willing to do off site catering for guests that may require this.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Homer St.
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Parking details
There are two parking garages within a block of our restaurant, one located on the corner of Pender and Richards and one located on the corner of Pender and Cambie.
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Public transit
Bus stop one block away
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Entertainment
None
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Special events & promotions
The restaurant is available for private buy out functions and special events. Please call us to enquire.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 401 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Seriously good!!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Cinara is a great place for a really good meal in a room with great ambience and first-class service. The food is exceptionally well prepared.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Everything was fantastic about the meal and experience except for the ventilation. The kitchen smells/smoke permeated the restaurant and our clothes. In fact there were moments when the air was smoky. We were thankful to be seated beside an open door.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and good service, with creative food options and excellent value. But the noise level was so high we could not hear one another. A creative solution is needed

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Outstanding experience - every time! Service is exceptional and food always unique!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Always welcoming and helpful, service is always great and food was spectacular

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Amazing meal from start to finish. I highly recommend trying the Pork Neck and the Agnolotti.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We love Cinara -- fabulous food and friendly but not obsequious service, lovely atmosphere. But the wine prices -- yikes!!!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Loved the food it was outstandingly delicious. Dont care for the round tables that much, would be difficult ( too small) for 3..Servers had good knowledge of the dishes and the wines by the glass

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

An absolutely beautiful evening. Stellar service and thoughtfully created food. Loved the 6 course tasting menu. Looking forward to our return!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were looking for a good Italian meal at a moderate price when visiting Vancouver, Canada. We were welcomed, including my guide dog.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fantastic as always! Third time there in the last month.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We had an excellent evening. Wonderful food - so fresh and creative. The pork neck tonnato was divine as was the baccala on crostini, freshest asparagus and the bistecca fiorentino with delicious contorni shared by the 4 of us (loved the grilled cabbage dish!). Knowledgeable and amusingly friendly service that played well to our foursome. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I felt the portions were extremely small, the service was good and the room lovely, however I would not hurry back.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience thanks to Scott.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Phenomenal food, great service and a very warm and cozy atmosphere. One of Vancouver's hidden gems.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Fantastic food - authentic Italian, amazing flavours. Clearly created by an expert chef. Service top notch as well. Highly recommend to all!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wonderful server who was accommodating and had great recommendations. The food quality and presentation were excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Two words.
ANCHOVY. TOAST.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great staff...simple as that.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and service

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delicious food in a hip downtown atmosphere. Conveniently located near the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a pre show meal.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Service was friendly, attentive and ready with knowledge about the menu and advice about what to order. Food was delicious, everything was presented really well. The restaurant is cool, nice atmosphere and we found it perfect for a meal before heading to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre which is just a short walk away. All 6 of us said we would recommend and would visit again!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Nice room, great people watching, server was fantastic and the food was delish! The side stripe shrimp risotto was SO SO SO good. Plate presentation was lovely, everything well executed and perfectly seasoned. thinking of an excuse to head downtown for dinner again soon! Lots of hard surfaces so it does get quite noisy..... better out with friends then on a romantic night!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great room, great vibe and great food - already told my pals to add to their lists

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We have eaten at Cinara many times since it first opened. Two weeks ago, we ate at Autostrada for the first time and enjoyed it very much. Based on that good experience and good memories of Cinara, we decided to return to Cinara to celebrate a birthday. We made the reservation through Open Table, specifically mentioning that we were celebrating a birthday. We arrived to find the restaurant rather busy and were offered a table away from the draughty entrance.
So far, so good. We were presented with menus and a wine list and brought sparkling water , as we requested. Then, the waiter offered to explain the entire menu to us. We explained that wasn't necessary as we had encountered most of the dishes before. We did order a bottle of wine, which was brought to the table promptly. Unfortunately, the wine was corked. Knowing that a corked bottle is not the restaurant's fault, we ordered a second bottle of the same wine: it was perfect. The waiter then attempted once again to explain the menu to us. We again responded that it wasn't necessary and ordered. The first courses came out in good time. The baccala was irreproachable. The snails however were gritty and not hot enough. As we were celebrating, we didn't make a fuss and anticipated better things with the next dishes, the risotto and the tagliatelle. The risotto was very flavourful and a good portion. The tagliatelle was disappointing. I would have preferred an egg noodle and a more generous serving of reggiano. We next had a cheese course that was generous and served at just the right temperature. For dessert we had a very tasty salted caramel tart. We finished with espresso, paid and said good night. At no point, did anyone enquiry about the birthday we were celebrating. What is the point if a restaurant asks for that information through Open Table and doesn't act on it? We will return to Autostrada but it will be some time before we go back to Cinara.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent service, informed and attentive. Creative, well prepared and well presented dishes.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Trendy spot with a good energy. Our server was very good and there were some creative and interesting options on the menu. The chicken liver appetizer was outstanding however some of our other choices did not work as well for us.
The wine list is somewhat limited but adequate.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Facts:
-I always pass by while walking through the city and was curious but never really taken the time to go inside and see what the scene was like inside.
-Love how you can smell the scent of something really good cooking up while around West Pender.
-Looking for where to head to next, give this place a shot! You won't be disappointed.
-Menu changes daily like their sister restaurants.
-Interiors are rustic yet contemporary in design

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My favorite Restaurant in Vancouver- never disappoints!!!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Cinara mixed up our online reservation, so we had to wait for our table, but the staff handled it VERY well - they seated our party of 4 at the bar with complimentary appetizers & bubbly for all. The wait was about 30minutes, but given the treatment, we did not feel hugely inconvenienced. We were quite happy with the food and the service was very good as well. Our only 'complaint' is that it was SO loud in the restaurant and we found ourselves yelling at times and not always hearing the person sitting right next to us! We asked for the music to be turned down and it was done right away. We understand that the restaurant was at full capacity, and not very large, so it was bound to be noisy. We just didn't expect it to be THAT noisy! Don't think it would deter us from returning though as the food was very tasty!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent menu, compact but delicious cocktails and an excellent recommendation for a wine paired with the Agnolotti. Nice room, excellent ambiance. The only negative we noticed was that our clothes smelled like food when we left. It is an older building so I am sure that the restaurant struggles with adequate venting.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Absolutely delicious pasta with one of the best rose wines I have had! Will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Had the 6 course meal. The escargot soup was fantastic, fish course was done just right although we didn't care for the sour sauce, pasta was really tasty! Wish there were less sour courses but we don't really like sour food to begin with.

Really great service and nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Cinara was incredible - the food was amazing, especially their starters and pasta. Their service was so warm and friendly. We were absolutely blown away, thanks for a great dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The food was very good . We shared a braised cabbage dish for starters, and had the roast duck breast with duck confit and leeks for the main course. The sauce was excellent. For dessert we had the lemon curd and the salted caramel tart--both carefully prepared. Portions are quite small. the restaurant is not too noisy. They actually turned the music down as the volume of people talking increased.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We took friends there for their anniversary. We were greeted with a complimentary celebratory glass of sparkling. The service was gracious, friendly and attentive. The food amazing. Our friends were completely awed and felt very spoiled. Cinara is one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver and it never fails to exceed expectations.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Decent food but portions WAY too small. Especially for the price you pay. $25 for vegetarian pasta that leaves you hungry?? Yikes. Main server was knowledgeable and kept refilling our water, which was nice. Asked about floating server or manager (whoever she was) for pepper and she acted insulted and unfriendly when she dropped it off. I expect - and you can get - better service for this price.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

They do an amazing job with the food. Creative, innovative and amazingly good.

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food cold ,Fish under cooked , Too salty. Service is not too bad,

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