Cinara

4.7
454 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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 454 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was as we expected and then some... We return to Cinara often because we expect to enjoy top quality food & service... We’ve never been disappointed...

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K
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, nice ambiance. The food is good but doesn’t justify the price.

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p
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere! Amazing chicken liver pate!

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so happy with our entire experience at Cinara. Beautiful atmosphere, great service and I love the open kitchen to watch the magic happen. We will be back!!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very attentive, pleasant and friendly. Definitely would go back again next time I am visiting Vancouver.

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CC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible tasting and fresh. Service was so friendly and efficient. I loved how our server Scott was so passionate about telling us about the menu. The atmosphere was classy/casual, and I loved that the music was soft background and I could actually have a nice conversation with my date:)

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best. Lucas and his team constantly impress us every time we dine at Cinara. It was a busy Friday night before a show at the Queen Elizabeth and we still received excellent service and the food was amazing. Cinara remains at the top of list of restaurants in Vancouver.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Would be nice to have a slightly cheaper wine option. Cheapest bottle is $55

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Excellent staff who are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this establishment!!

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h
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall, their service was outstanding. Having said that, our appetizer and risotto were surprisingly salty... but they served us another main dish instead of that, it was really tasty.

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T
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Well located to Queen Elizabeth theatre. Agnolotti Pasta was delicious and homemade but could have been slightly larger portion....otherwise, all good.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding, as always. Lovely new menu items with a fall flavour. Excellent wine recommendations from staff.

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C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The service was good. Nice room. Only gripe is that the wine list needs to offer more local as well as "best kept secret" wines and not just high end Italian and French offerings. I understand that this is a continental style restaurant that has assembled a wine list to reflect that but having the bulk of the wines in the $100 to $300 plus range is a little over the top.

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JL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, chill ambience.... but lively, so if your looking for a quiet place to enjoy a meal, maybe this is not your place. Seedy but hip location, Knowledgeable service staff, and a menu to satisfy the palet . We will return!!

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E
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and delectable starters. Perfect pasta. Fantastic service. A great place to dine.

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IS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nous sommes allés prendre le repas du soir mon mari et moi et nous avons adoré la nourriture. Le service était très professionnel et les plats délicieux et recherchés. Nous avons aimé l'expérience et recommandons ce restaurant très authentique avec un personnel jeune, friendly, dynamique et souriant. Les plats étaient servis rapidement ils étaient chauds et savoureux. Un restau branché dans le centre ville de Vancouver à découvrir; un menu 5 étoiles sortant de l'ordinaire des restau tomatés italiens nord-américains! Isa etLouis, Québec!

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T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing burrata and caramel tart, very good pasta and duck.

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B
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative Italian cuisine.
Very attentative service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Best pasta I’ve ever had in my life.

We were served by the manager. He was so knowledgeable and friendly that we asked him to pick our dishes himself.

He did not disappoint. Exceptional through and through.

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TW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the staff super knowledgeable and genuine. Definitely would go again.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional experience of great food and warm genuine service. Hidden gem!

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C
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal very much. The service was quick and the server was very knowledgable. Overall it was a nice evening. If you are looking for a quiet dinner location this is not the place. Overall I would give the restaurant a 9 and I will for sure go again.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a late birthday and was pleased to have enjoyed a sumptuous meal. Scott was awesome, very friendly and enthusiastic. He explained the menu in details with such spirit and passion. We savoured the Baccala and the Anchovy toasts, very appetizing. Was very satisfied with the Sagne a pezzi (though there was an error initially, a different pasta dish came? But the error was rectified quickly with apology, no problem. Halibut was cooked just right. The highlights for us were the desserts - creative take mixing savoury and sweet plus using seasonal ingredients - the concorde grape reduction was heavenly! We did not feel rush the whole evening as we went slowly from course to course. Just that I was hoping to have a better seat for the occasion. We were seated by the entrance, it was slightly chilly as the evening went on. Noise level rather high but the atmosphere was casual so we had no problems. Next time we definitely would like to try the Carte Blanche. Oh yes the Rose and Chianti were tasty too. Thank you very much. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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LH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptionally enjoyable evening with a refined yet fun atmosphere. Attentive service only surpassed by the quality of the food.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard about Cinara, And had been to another related restaurant, so I had expectations, but Cinara exceeded them from the warm ambience to the incredibly charming but very knowledgable staff, it was obvious to me that the owners and management had assembled a team of people who enjoy their jobs and enjoy working together! I worked in restaurants and night clubs for years and seeing the chemistry and thus seamless efficiency of the service made our experience exemplary.
Our meals were aesthetically pleasing and tastefully prepared, local ingredients when possible And delicious wine pairings as well. Even the dessert managed to be both rich and not too sweet at the same time!
Congratulations to Lucas, he's got a restaurant he should be very proud of!

I'll definitely be going back soon!

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AR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, it is my favorite in vancouver

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would strongly suggest the chefs selection!!

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MH
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It really is good food and the service matches. My real quibble is that the noise level is high and seems to be getting louder. I do long for the time I can have a conversation here without a sore throat the next day.
What about some noise attenuation?

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it as usual
Our favourite restaurant in town

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s
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! They have some new items on the menu that are fabulous. The chicken parfait is always a must! Service is always top notch.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Will be coming back many times!

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CC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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p
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Truly a Vancouver gem

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SY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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t
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
Dallas
79 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JJ
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Too hot inside.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Vancouver

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