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Il Salici at the Willows

3.9
187 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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Classic Italian Dining with a Modern Twist.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(306) 956-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Curtis Yanciw
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clarence Ave. S
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Parking details
Large free parking area.
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Public transit
None.
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Entertainment
Live piano music Friday & Saturday evenings and during Sunday brunches.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 187 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 28, 2015

The service was excellent. The ambience and food were perfection. We look forward to returning on the next special occasion.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2015

Wonderful fresh & varied selection. Although it was buffet brunch, table service was attentive. Lovely seating by windows.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2015

Very nice setting . The 6 of us were having an appreciation supper for one of our business colleagues and his wife. The restaurant was very quiet maybe one or two other tables. The waitress was polite but gave us marginal service. We had to wave her down for an extra bottle of wine which took along time as she said she had to go downstairs to get the wine. When it is quiet she could have been waiting on our group better,pouring wine when our glasses were getting down,etc. The food quality was generally very good. Price is on the higher side but if the service was more top end I don't mind paying. We chose the Willows as Mr. Rizos was closed. perhaps the waitress was new and still learning the trait?

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

We were there on a Saturday night. The restaurant was over half full and our server was basically on his own. He did an amazing job of making sure everyone was looked after and still managed to make everyone feel as though they were his top priority. We had the rib-eye it was excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2014

I appreciated the adjustment made from four to six guests when our mother passed away suddenly. Because four of us are Deaf we were able to see each other comfortably with good lighting. Thank you for making this experience a lovely one despite our very recent loss the day before. We plan to use this restaurant in the future for the out of town guests.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2014

Our evening was wonderful. Our server was fabulous, and the food was delicious. We had two vegans in our group and the kitchen accommodated them, which was impressive. It made them feel good and myself as well because I was worried they wouldn't have much to choose from. Thank you for such a fabulous evening.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2014

This restaurant is simply fabulous. Great food, friendly, fast service and stunning atmosphere. Lots of free parking (always a plus).

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2014

Our visits to Il Salici have always been wonderful. We have never been disappointed. We will definitely be back again, as a couple or as a group.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2014

Excellent food, great setting and view and fun company. A great evening. Nothing more needed or wanted.

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3.0Dined on October 2, 2014

Enjoyed our time at the Willows restaurant because of the server and the atmosphere. The food was just OK. Nothing special on the night we were there. I had the veal and it basically just came with some roasted small potatoes and the flavour was nothing special. Sorry, but for the price I wouldn't recommend it, especially for the food.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2014

There was only one waitress for the entire dining romm. It was a Wednesday evening and only three tables; but all three tables came in pretty close to the same time, one table had big allergy issues and I inquired about substituting on a dish. This young lady was awesome: she was very friendly, helpful and pleasant. She kept a smile and her cool while delivering chef rules to the allergy issue table, apologies to the other two tables for slower service while dealing with the allergy issues and for my burnt chicken.
It is an up scale restaraunt, but felt it was missing a few basics. Over all, we enjoyed our evening (again, especially the waitress), the ambiance and our meals were ok.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

great service and excellent buffet and reasonably priced

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2014

A group of 16 met for lunch. We had a lovely visit, great lunch off the menu. Our server was wonderful. We find the Willows convenient to get to with great hassle free parking. The menu is varied enough for everyone to find an item to their choosing. Try the clam and spicy sausage soup. It is excellent!

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4.0Dined on August 28, 2014

Very enjoyable. Good service. Good food. No complaints!

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2.0Dined on August 27, 2014

While this is a beautiful setting, the service level left a lot to be desired. The time it took to get a glass of wine was painful and our meals took ages to be served. There was no Manager on duty and our waitress was apologetic, but it didn't ease the pain of the wait.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2014

Great ambiance and view. Food was average. My char was too cooked and dry , slightly burnt.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2014

everything very good.....music too loud for conversation. Server was excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2014

My husband and I were placed at a table with a view of the sunset over the golf course. The staff was kind and attentive and made every effort to make our evening wonderful. They were accommodating, too, when I requested that a pianist come in and play our wedding song as a surprise for my husband and I. My husband had lamb and I had Arctic Charr, and both meals were very good.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2014

We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful evening. The food was great and the meal was well paced. Our waiter looked after us throughout the evening.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2014

We went here on a lunch outing with a group of seniors. The server was very friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and accommodating to all our needs. The food was great and came in large portions. a bit expensive though.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2014

We were a group of 6 which included 2 Adults - one 21 year old - one 18 year old - one 17 year old and one 13 year old. The server was friendly and attentive - engaged us in conversation and was interested in doing a good job - which he succeeded at. The food was delivered promptly and drink refills were provided. The food quaility was not up to standard. The veal had far too much lemon, the chicken was salty, the house salad was soggy and the duck breast was very tough and lacked alot of flavour.
I have been to this restaurant before for lunch and always had a good experience. I was underwhelmed by the food quality on this outing.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2014

The service was great, but, I was hoping that because I had booked so far in advance, that there would be more than 1 server for 21 people. The server we had was great, but, she definitely needed help. Perhaps in the future, you could add someone to help with the wine or clear the tables or take the drink orders. 21 people were too much for 1 person.
The food in general was good. Too much salt was used on certain items . The people who had the duck could not eat their greens because of the salt. And, what was explained in detail on the menu, was not what was served. I don't know if the kitchen ran out of spinach or not. But, if there is to be substitution, that should be explained. .

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2014

I had several excellent meals in the past at Il Salici. This time my wife had veal, a mediocre dish. I had lamb, the worst lamb cooking I ever experienced.
Was the cook away in vacation?

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1.0Dined on June 25, 2014

My duck was very bland although cooked correctly. The veal was dry and very unattractive , looked and tasted like shoe leather. The server continuously added to our conversation that was going on at the table. The meals were totally overpriced for the amount received. My only word to describe Il Salici is pretentious. By the way, the word is misspelled. It should be salicci, if in fact they wanted an Italian name for the restaurant. Not impressed.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2014

Met with a couple of dear old friends. The food was excellent, the service was very professional (there when needed but never noticed). I would recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2014

We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful. We loved the live pianist.
Food choices were many and all were presented tastefully. The food was well prepared and tasty.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2014

Booked for 92nd birthday for my mother in law. They did allow us to bring a cake in, but given that this information was provided on the reservation, it would have been great if they had done a little something for her as well. They were receptive to turning the music down for us to reduce ambient noise for the birthday girl's hearing issues, but it was very quiet in the restaurant so it didn't inconvience many other patrons.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2014

The Argetina bread dip brought to our table while we waited for our food was exceptionally tasty, as was the spinach salad.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and I thought the pricing was very reasonable for what you received.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Brunch was totally wonderful. Food is amazing, wonderful presentation and delicious food. Awesome selection. Especially enjoyed the candied salmon - a real treat. Michelle our server was super friendly. This was our 3rd year for attending on Mother's Day. I guess you could say it has become a tradition for us.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Perfect place to enjoy eating out, morning, noon or evening, the food and view beat everything in town, and the service was appreciated. thank you.

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2014

We went for a Mother's Day lunch (a day early to avoid the crowds) but we were completely forgotten about. When seated, we weren't even provided with a drink menu nor asked if we wanted a drink at any point at all. We had to ask to get drinks when they came to take our lunch order. Then after we ate our server was no where to be found. We had to ask the other server to bring us a dessert menu. We were very disappointed. It wasn't even busy.

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2014

We had a wonderfully corner window table. The room is lovely. But our experience was not. We were not offered any drinks to start our meal. It took at least 20 minutes for our food. It came warm. One persons lasagna came later and was not warm at all. We were never asked if everything was okay and there was no offer of grated cheese. Food tasted strongly but was not delicious. Smaller portions with a side salad or soup would be more appropriate at lunch. Too much of the same! We were only offered seconds on our coffee when we had paid the bill and had our coats on ready to go and that was almost 2 hours later. There is no dessert menu? Left feeling disappointed. It was a very different experience than the first time we were there.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2014

The menu at Il Salici is quite extensile with some interesting selection in each section. Although marketed as an Italian Restaurant, I don't think they make fresh pasta. The best feature of the evening was our very courteous and attentive young waiter. He regularly checked back to see if we needed anything and was helpful throughout the meal.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2014

Would attend again. Food could have been warmer. I don't like cold eggs benedict. Coffee was cold.

No highchair at the table even though it was included in the reservation. I thought it was rather silly to ask for special requirements on the reservation form and then not follow through.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2014

We had requested that the Chef prepare a special menu for our evening at Il Salici. The meal was outstanding, from the antipasto platter and the prosciutto wrapped prawns, to the incredible gnocchi with the wild boar sauce, followed by the lamb shanks and risotto. Dessert was the perfect compliment to the dinner. Great Chef, Great food. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2014

The meal we had was excellent. I am unable to remember what the dish I ordered was called but it was a risotto dish with shrimp and speck. I was able to try the lasagna which was excellent (I would have preferred this dish). While it was a smaller menu everything that it contained sounded very good. The price was midrange (about 20 to 35 per person) which was well priced. There was a piano man playing throughout our meal which was entertaining to say the least. The service was excellent. The server did very well considering we came as a family with one two year old and my sister who can be difficult to deal with. We went on a Saturday evening and the restaurant was not very busy which was nice for us. Very nice place to take a loved one.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2014

Good food. Great service. Nice and quiet.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2014

I had to entertain a group from across the province and beyond, and wanted to showcase Saskatchewan, as well as enjoy a nice meal. It was very successful -- everything from the service to the food were excellent, The service was also timely as we were scheduled to attend another meeting after lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2014

We love going to Il Salici, we have never been disappointed. Whether its just the 2 of us, or a few more, its always been a great evening out.

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