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About Cinara

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.

350 West Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T1
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary European, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Homer St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 428-9694

Website:
http://www.cinara.ca/

Entertainment:
None

Catering:
We are willing to do off site catering for guests that may require this.

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.

Public Transit:
Bus stop one block away

Executive Chef:
Lucais Syme and Gill Book

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The restaurant is available for private buy out functions and special events. Please call us to enquire.

Cinara Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for a Date (19)
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Neighborhood Gem (16)
Authentic (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (13)
Romantic (13)
Casual (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was our first time there and loved it. We'll definitely go back. Excellent service and vibe. The food was excellent. Special cocktails were great. The server's wine and meal recommendations was spot on.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Cinara with the tasting menu. Both the food and the service were exceptional. After a complimentary prosecco to kick off our evening, we enjoyed 6 delicious courses. The tuna crudo was a stand out, as was the pork collar, the ling cod and the buckwheat crepes with saffron cream. Truly a great experience beginning to end.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is an Italian restaurant with a fairly meat- oriented menu. And no salads. When I told the waitress I was vegetarian- she said no worries they can make a nice salad and pasta for you. Which they did. The meal was superb. The waitress was lovely.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Superb food and friendly and knowledgeable service. The restaurant is located in an older building that, with the lighting design, lends a warm ambience to the dining experience: we forgot about the rain and darkness for a few hours! Spacing between tables is perfect so that even though the restaurant was very full and filled with conversation we still felt we were in our own private world.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Definitely would go back, food and service were great. Not a lot of elbow room, so prepare to introduce yourself to your neighbours.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Enjoyed the dining experience, the food was very good and the service friendly and helpful.
Would definitely return. Only complaint is the noise level is a little high.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and service. Ventilation was poor, super hot in there and the ambience was not great (smoky, loud, hot). But the food was fantastic.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service and ambiance.
The quality of the food was uneven. Not as good as my visit a couple of years ago. New chef?

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was handcrafted and delicious. The chef and owner Lucais was so warm and hospitable, he made us feel welcome and special.
A wonderful experience, thank you!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was amazing. Good job.

Kitchen exhaust needs improvement. The smoke and smell spilled right into the dining room, which gave me a mild headache. I was meeting an engineering client who also confirmed my observation about the inadequacy of the exhaust. The service and happy waiter saved the day. I will give it a second chance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had an incredible meal. Wine pairing was on par. Thanks Scott and Chris for a timely and social evening.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Enjoyed the carte blanche tasting menu. Relaxed pace, excellent presentation, superb quality. Accommodations for gluten free friendly needs seamlessly met.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

How we've never heard of Cinara before, I don't know; our server told us they opened 4 years ago!
Wonderful food. The agnolotti was maybe the best pasta dish i've ever had. How potato stuffed pasta managed to be delicate I'll never know!
Cocktail list is small but yummy. Wine list is huge! We know nothing about wine so one of the servers brought us a couple of glasses to try. Was perfect!
Also learned that the menu not only changes seasonally, but often weekly -- whatever they find at the local markets!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Highlight of the evening was the delectable burrata and the agnolotti... yum! Good casual dining - nice ambiance - really nice staff - good people - for some reason though I keep forgetting the name of this restaurant - I call it canari - cinara ... the name doesn’t resonate with me - but a great spot !

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was good but way too much time between first and second course, well over 20 minutes. When the second finally arrived the Lamb was unfortunately not very warm. Desert was tasty not too sweet salted caramel tart - though the crust part was cardboard like. Good flavour of food overall but did not wow me. Better places in town.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The restuarnt provides awesome service, the food is very very good. One comment would be that it was a bit too noisy, but definitely worth the visit.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The third occasion of late to enjoy the chef's frequently changing tasting menu.

Outstanding, creative cuisine using local ingredients beautifully presented. Attentive, friendly and most professional wait-staff.

Charming atmosphere and good value.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Consistently excellent food and service. Great location. 4th time back and will go again.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

One of the best in the city for sure! Perfect meal!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food is consistently good. And the service is awesome. Love the round tables.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had a great experience. Lovely table and great service. The meal was amazing. I became inspired to make my own chicken liver parfait.
Definitely on our “to go again list”
Bravo👏🏻👏🏻

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Absolutely one of my favourite restaurants! Great food and service in a lovely, cozy environment!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Went to dinner with 2 friends who have been to the restaurant before. We shared plates across all 3 parts of the meal. The food had flavour and each bit made me want to have more. The place was a little loud for my liking... maybe due to Friday night. However, I'd come here again for a special night out or a date night with a new guy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious food, great value, cozy ambiance and the charismatic chef Lucais add the fun to your experience!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Exceptional food and brilliant service in a cozy downtown setting. The only negative is the too loud "background" music which causes customers and staff to have to yell, making the dining experience an unnecessarily noisy one.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Marie-lize and the rest of team were amazing. The food was top notch and the open kitchen atmosphere really allows you to smell how amazing the food is. Special thanks from Whistler for an awesome experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This is a fabulous restaurant!! it was my 3rd time visiting and it never disappoints. A must visit if you're in the Vancouver area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

A bit pricey for small portions but the quality is evident and my husband and i enjoyed our meal. Salted caramel tart was to die for.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good pasta , el dents. Very attentive waitress too. Parking is not that bad
Here is the areas for improvement: The menus is really restrictive. Beer , an ale, was in a small can with a short baby glass. Dessert menu was not creative too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We have been enjoying dining at the restaurant since it opened. The food is always outstanding and the staff are enthusiastic about the offerings, and they obviously enjoy working there.
It shows !

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Tasty food, excellent service and I love the ambience - laid back and friendly!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great Little spot. It's got a subtle NYC intimate vibe. Great service and one cannot go wrong with the carte blanche menu- a surprise little taste of many things for a great price. Only thing to note, the old building gets smoking hot in the heat of the summer.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food was amazing and the service was lovely

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 2, 2017

A fabulous meal! Kind, attentive, personalized and happy service. Delicious food. A PERFECT evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 2, 2017

great restaurant...dishes always changing and beautiful home made pasta !!!.....Desserts to die for !!! Great service. Keep up the great work Cinara !!! We will be back!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Simply the best! Fresh, delicious menu seamlessly bridges the best of the old and new worlds. Space is beautifully decorated, right down to the table settings. (Check out the plates!) Last, but certainly not least, the servers are really on-point and adapt to your table's vibe impeccably. My third time going and definitely not my last!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Organic, Casual, Authentic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food and ambience, with a flavour of a European bistro. Waiters and staff very helpful, not pushy and gracious about complements. The apps, salads, wine selection and main dishes all superb.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Good food, great service and atmosphere. Strongly recommend the tasting menu!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We went back there because we had a great experience the first time. Unfortunately this time was only OK. 2 of our 4 mains were nowhere near as tasty and appealing visually as our last visit. We like the laid back atmosphere. Our server should have been more informed about the wine list and gave us a taster of a red wine that had been open 4 days.....and tasted awful.
We spent $350 for 4, not worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on July 23, 2017

what a great neighborhood place to eat! good food, good drinks, wine, ambiance, and our waiter was great! sit at the bar for a casual fun night out!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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