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For 2
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Cinara

4.6
358 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 358 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Stephy 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Really happy with the experience - service was great (Scott and co) and the food was delicious. Homemade bread was outstanding, and it was the best pasta I've had in a while.

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Kristian (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was great and service was excellent. Only issue was the foie gras, the presentation was a bit odd for what it was and it was also not at a consistent temperature throughout. Otherwise it was an amazing meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great night, service a 10. Food was very good. Great room, hipster feel to it

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SteveJ (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I've been meaning to get a meal at Cinara for the longest time and finally had the occasion to go! We won a silent auction for the tasting menu for 2 and it was such a treat. Wait staff was amazing -- fun but quiet; they know when to come by and when to leave you to dine. The food was really rich and flavourful; very homey & rustic yet presented in a very elegant manner.

Fantastic wine pairings as well... the wait staff are as knowledgeable as they are extremely attentive. We felt welcome and cozy -- a delight anytime you experience something like this in the city.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was very good, and very good value, but the wine list was on the expensive side, with not great options on the lower end. I would go there more often if they had nicer wines in the $40-$50 bottle range.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service and food, we will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Greatest warmly table was not ready so they gave us champagne while we waited. Very nice

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miriam (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place to have diner before a show !!

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vipFoodie (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This is the first time we were at Cinara & were looking forward to the dinner as there are few restaurants near the QE.
It is in a lovely heritage building & offer a warm ambience. The foie gras was lovely, but it was a very small piece served inside a chunk of brioche.
The baccala was treated appropriately, with the salt squeezed out but retained the flaky texture. For the amount of baccala there was an over abundance of thin bread.
The two mains were tasty but the portions were very small. The duck breast was one half of a very small breast with a couple of tablespoons of barley and a couple of pieces of carrots and greens. That is our only issue with the food here, most of the mains are about $30, but the portions are small.
The service was fine and the server remembered to fill our glasses with wine, until the restaurant started to fill up. Then they had other people to serve & we had to ask for coffee.

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CherylK (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Fabulous. My friends and I had the perfect dining experience start to finish. I’ve already recommended Cinara to a number of my friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The only reason I did not give it a full 5 stars across all categories is because at two point in our otherwise stellar evening there was a distinct and unpleasant smell of pork fat from the kitchen. I guess where our table was located it was near a fan so it vented directly on us. My husband is a carnivore and even he found the smell distasteful. However the experience was more than overshadowed by the delicious meal (risotto is the best I have ever had and the agnolotti are like soft pillows). Our server-Chris who thought he was Steve or was it the other way around- was amazing. Helping me deconstruct the meal to see if I could replicate at home (probably not). Thanks. We will definitely be back.

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AGowe (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food Is unpretentious, and consistently fantastic, but what sets Cinara apart from many is the absolute top notch service. Staff are incredibly friendly, attentive and anticipate the needs of their guests. This is a great place to unwind with friends with great food and a well rounded wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Fantastic meal! Scott, our server, was especially fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Delicious as always. Service is always on point. Friendly, funny, knowledgeable staff. Have the anchovie toast!!

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MissPacific (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a great time at Cinara and will go back for sure!! Although the place was packed and the staff extremely busy, the service was good and the food, delicious! Unfortunately, the tasting menu can only be served if the entire table takes it. On that matter, we would encourage the restaurant to add a note about this requirement on the menu. The presentation of some plates was also too simplistic but we definitely have appreciated every bite! Thank you Cinara!

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vipallysweets (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

This place is amazing. The ambience is warm and friendly, cozy for a rainy night. The staff are delightful and seem to go out of their way to make our night wonderful. The tasting menu was delicious, every single mouthful. We had duck ragu, liver patè, pork neck, and several other dishes that were brilliant. It’s a bit hard to get in but it’s worth not giving up. You won’t regret this night.

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Jason (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Awesome food! Great evening. We will be back soon.

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CLDM (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was divine! We ordered the Bistecca Fiorentina and it was amazing! The meat was cooked to perfection and the sides were very tasty. They also served us a delicious risotto while we waited for our bistecca (takes about 45 minutes to prepare). We also ordered the white anchovy toast and it was so tasty! Very recommended. If you are going to order the Bistecca Fiorentina, call ahead and try to reserve a steak based on your group size. We were a party of 2 and ordered the 40 oz. We had leftovers the next day! :)

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Another great meal at Cinara. The server was extraordinarily professional, and the food amazing! The Tina appetizer is a must!

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OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great small dish homemade pasta. Would have liked a little more colour variety on the plate as it came off very bland when I first saw it but the flavour was there. Got the chocolate cake for dessert and while it tasted great the cake itself was very dense which I didn’t expect.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great room. The food is amazing. Service is professional. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Top notch service with amazing, creative dishes. I highly recommend the Carte Blanche where the chef prepares dishes based on the best available ingredients for the season. Italian tastes with Canadian New World creativity and perhaps a bit of French elegance and atmosphere as well. Great cocktails and a well thought out wine list. Bravo! We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Delicious creative meal. Loved the pork neck!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Genuine food, great energy, and knowledge staff. Memorable for all the right reasons.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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Stonia (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 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.

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ChrisA (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 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.

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LarsnTam (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 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.

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