Cinara

4.7
476 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 476 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was amazing at explaining and recommending wine pairings for the amazing food. It was all so delicious as we were able to do the set menu. Sadly we heard they’re doing away with that in the New Year but we will still be back to try the normal entrees!

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KK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were very friendly and actually knew how to pair a wine with the food. They all have a passion for food and made the experience quite enjoyable. I was there with my client before a hockey game and they knew how to read the table. The food was true to Northern Italy dishes and were prepared and plated to perfection. I will definitely return.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Thank you!

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S
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited Cinara for the first time (and as it turns out, the last - they are closing at the end of the month to "rebrand", according to our server) as a "pre-concert" date before the recent Joe Bonamassa show at the Queen E., and man, we were gobsmacked! Outstanding service, very nice wine list, inventive cocktails, and the food? Simply extraordinary. I had the chicken liver parfait with crostini and pickled vegetables for a starter, while my wife had the baccala (salt cod mixed with whipped potatoes), and both were divine; for our mains, we went with a lamb-stuffed pasta (can't recall the exact kind, honestly) and the duck two ways (roasted breast and a duck sausage, served with rapini and pearl barley) and again, both were excellent. The atmosphere was great, the service attentive but not overbearing - all around, it was a wonderful evening, and I will definitely go back when they reopen.

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KK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Saturday night dinner date at Cinara was simply awesome! I can't believe it took me this long to finally go...we plan to book in again in the coming weeks. Food, ambiance, energy and service were all exceptional!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always love coming here for dinner, and as per usual the tasting menu was creative and delicious.

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s
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was outstanding. Great evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just brilliant, from start to finish!

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RF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our visit to Cinara, food was delicious and the service was excellent. The portions were surprisingly small, though. I ordered the torteloni and maybe a dozen pieces covered the bottom of the bowl. One dining partner had the Risotto which was similarly lean in quantity but delicious.

Our appetizer, house-made sourdough bread served with burrata in balsamic vinaiger and olive oil, was also fresh and delicious - oddly, the portion was decent and enough for the 3 of us.

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Vancouver and so sorry it is going to be changed to another format . Love the food, the server Chris and the ambiance as it is. .

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SM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is an excellent restaurant with a top notch staff that serves fantastic food. We went for the Carte Blanch menu option with the wine pairings and it exceeded our high expectations.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific, friendly service; exceptional food and wine, and a warm, cosy atmosphere.

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J
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cinara is rated one of the best restaurants in downtown Vancouver for good reason. Our dining experience was outstanding! Top marks for: service (greeted at door & seated promptly, entire menu carefully and fully explained, wine suggestions spot on, food and beverages delivered in timely well-paced fashion) is top notch. Food that one must try: Chicken liver parfait (there's a good reason why it's universally recommended!) and Baccala for appies, and the signature Orretchiete Bolognese. Also delicious is Crespelle, a lighter pasta with tender chicken shredded, spinach and to die for chanterelles. We finished with a smooth, light yet decadent salted caramel "pie". We will be back again!

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JV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to spend a night here. Fantastic food and drink, knowledgeable servers, comfortable.... what else is anyone looking for?

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very friendly and sweet. Thanks for a great evening!

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G
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Dishes are on the smaller side for the pastas as you need an appetizer to be full
Not much sauce on the pastas which they say is normal but I think could use a bit more

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JS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointing. Not sure if the upcoming format/menu change is the reason, but the food was subpar, certainly not worth the prices. Ling cod in parchment over cooked and under seasoned. Pasta with a pork cheek “ragu” ($24) had OK flavour but no pork. Starters were just average. Place was packed so who knows, but there are just too many other great places doing a better version of this to go back. Service was excellent although even after relaying our disappointment in the meal to our server there was no adjustment or response from the house. Too bad, hope the revamp improves things.

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CD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic night, food, atmosphere and an awesome waiter.!!!!!

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Based on all of the dishes that came to our table, the kitchen staff is creative with their combinations, sensitive with their flavouring and proficient in their preparation.

Very surprised and disappointed that there was no soup available.....ever. Going into a wet, cold and rainy November in Vancouver without a comforting soup is like not having asparagus on the menu in May. If you promote yourself as offering a seasonal menu, then not only does that drive ingredients but also the offerings. While many consider soup as peasant food ....if you cook like a peasant......you eat like a king.

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SB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had ling cod in parchment paper..one of the best meals I have ever had in Vancouver.
Also chicken liver pate fabulous.,

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MN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A bit overpriced for simple cuisine. Overall the food was tasty, the restaurant is cozy and ambiance is intimate.

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LI
Las Vegas
61 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
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 on October 20, 2018
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 on October 20, 2018
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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j
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Delicious food just not enough of it!

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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
5 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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