Cinara

4.7
424 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
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 424 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing! Will be coming back many times!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great meal! Every bite was exceptionally delicious. Service was friendly and genuine.
I'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food and service. Truly a Vancouver gem

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

One of the best Vancouver dining experiences I’ve had in a long time (/ever). Food was so memorable and the service was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Fabulous service, great food. The menu is simple but refined. We had a vegetarian at our table who left as satisfied as the rest of us. The room is welcoming without being pretentious and if you can snag one of the booths you may decide to stay until closing.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

we loved this place and have been twice now. the food was absolutely amazing! everything we had was delicious! even our two friends who don't love liver went crazy over the pate. the steak is probably one of the best we have ever had and likewise with the risotto. to die for!!! we ordered a bunch of items and shared them all family style. highly recommend....

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We found Cinara last year on our vacation in Vancouver and came right back this year. It’s charming and feels like coming home. The food is outstanding and creative. We will always come back when in Vancouver!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Oh my god. The anchovy toast.
Very accommodating for allergies.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Too hot inside.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Best restaurant in Vancouver

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We ate at Cinara not knowing what to expect. What we found was a little Bistro style restaurant with a primarily local crowd that served delicious and creative food. The service was personal and informal. We would recommend Cinara to anyone wanting a local eating experience.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Risotto was amazing along with the ricotta . However I felt the pasta was ok not great . The lack of ventilation became a big issue as the night went on and absorbing all the smells from the kitchen was a bit much . Quality and service good need ventilation .

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Inventive dishes as well as nice interpretation of classics . Beautiful collaboration of flavours. Excellent knowledgeable service. Very nice ambiance.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Excellent food and wonderful service

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We enjoyed the tasting menu and really appreciated Christopher’s wine recommendation.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great meal as always. Got wine paired by the half glass and full glass. Great service. Good times 👍

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excelente! Like always

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Fantastic first time dining at Cinara. The menu offers options to suit most diners and yet manages to remain focused and precise. Lots of familiar favourites with just enough of a twist to make you intrigued. We devoured our food. Between the carpaccio, pastas, all the mains - everything was wonderful. Dishes were fancy but not fussy. Ingredients were honoured and flavours allowed to shine. Attentive, friendly, and unobtrusive service in a rather small, almost cozy dining room. No a/c so the fans were spinning strong and windows wide open, which slightly dampened the atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Fab food, fab service.
Wine list needs work- the less expensive stuff is very mediocre and the better wines are marked up too much for everyday dining.
That said, the food was prepared with a very deft hand. Highly recommended. If the wine list was bettered it would be a definite 5/5

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The service was phenomenal. Our waiter was very attentive with the many plate changes and wiping the table between dishes. The food is not your traditional Italian. It's a fusion and so delicious. I enjoyed appetizers the most.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Love this place...one of our favourite spots!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Seriously good!!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Cinara exceeded my expectations. Going in I knew the food would be excellent, given I love some of the head Chefs other restaurants in Vancouver. I was however a little nervous about the ambiance being in downtown Vancouver, and from photos it looked a little old. From the second we walked in though, it was not old at all, more so quaint but trendy at the same time with mix and match furniture, but so bright and airy. You also can’t tell you’re in Vancouver at all! I genuinely felt like we were in a little suburb of New York while dining here. Food was fantastic, just a tad bit on the pricey side for what you get. Next time I would get the 6 course Chefs tasting menu - the table beside us ordered it and it looked phenomenal (and great value!) All in all tremendous experience.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had chef tasting very good loved the restaurant and all the dishes so good highly recommend

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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

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 25, 2018

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

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