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La Pentola

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368 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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La Pentola is an upscale eatery in Vancouver, British Columbia that specializes in serving family-style Italian cuisine. The restaurant is located inside the OPUS Hotel and features a trendy d�cor and causal, comfortable dining.

La Pentola is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a weekend brunch service. Breakfast at the restaurant features a continental breakfast, omelets, pancakes and steel cut oats. Lunch and dinner at La Pentola consists of an array of small plates, salads, risotto, house made pasta and meat entr�es. Lunch and dinner selections include grilled octopus, meatballs in tomato sauce, ricotta and kale salad, wild mushroom risotto, ravioli, spaghetti carbonera, braised boneless short rib and rack of lamb.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, International
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Hours of operation

Open 7 days a week *Closed daily 3-5pm

Breakfast: 7am – 11:30am
Lunch: 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner: 5pm - Late
Brunch: Sat & Sun: 10:30am – 3pm
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Phone number
(604) 642-0557
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Travis McCord
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Private party facilities
We can host semi-private groups of 10 to 32, private groups of up to 100 and receptions for as many as 175
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Private party contact
Daniel Burke: (604) 694-2103
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Catering
Opus Catering expertly blends contemporary food and innovative cocktails with seamless and intuitive service. Stylish and sophisticated, Opus Catering delivers a unique and luxury experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hamilton
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Parking details
Valet parking may be available.
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Public transit
We are located across the street from Yaletown Roundhouse skytrain station.
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Entertainment

OPUS bar

Live music Wednesdays
DJ Friday and Saturday nights
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Special events & promotions
Join us on the last Sunday of each month to dine family style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. A minimum of 10 locally sourced courses. Please note this is not available in November or December $55/person
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

Just returned from Italy, Pentola is an ideal reminder

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2016

it's just okay

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2016

We went for Father's Day dinner and chose the seven course option with wine pairing. Excellent, excellent meal and the wine pairings were spot on. Thanks to the wait and kitchen staff for all the little extras. Our favourite dishes? The burrata, carpaccio and that special pre-dessert treat. Definitely recommend

The restaurant does have a bit of echo going on but the noise level wasn't overwhelming the conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2016

This restaurant is part of the Opus Hotel and has been around for a few years. Food is excellent. Elegant, well prepared and full of flavor! We tried Asparagus Salad, Cappelletti and Italian style steak. Bravo! Service is just as good as the food and there's live music!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2016

The best food in Vancouver.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2016

I took a date 8pm on Sunday night.. not very busy. Had the 5 course (surprise menu). Every course was spectacular. The service was equally good.. our server explained each dish brilliantly, including suggestions on where we could purchase a particular cheese in one of the dishes.
At one point my date asked about a song playing in the background and he made a point to find out the artist for her.
I dine out often and appreciate a great restaurant.
Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on May 22, 2016

Despite the positive ratings for this restaurant, we found it to be mostly disappointing on all levels, especially for the price. We went with the 5 course tasting option and the dishes were served at the "chief's whim", without selection or advance knowledge of what the courses would be. This was not a problem, in fact we were looking forward to the meal. However, each course was adequate at best with the main "entree" course being a very basic hangar steak salad and a final dessert plate of poorly executed and not tasty deconstructed s'mores.
Ultimately, we felt the meal (and service) was more about maximizing profit than providing a great meal and exerience that one would expect for this price. Our meal also was disappointing, given the items offered ala carte, which appeared to be creative dishes and items worth the prices charged. Perhaps we should have ordered a la carte?

For savy eaters willing to spend good money in search of great food, I would recommend trying other restaurtants nearby.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2016

Needs to get back on OpenTable!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2016

Great bartender, fantastic food. Wine is mostly Italian, we had a delicious bottle of Langhe Favorita 2014.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2016

We all enjoyed the various eggs benedict and the salad with it. the bottomless mimosa was a good $10.00 value. Service was casual but very pleasant.

I have had lunch and dinner at La Pentola before and enjoy the Italian cuisine.

We will return!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2016

Innovative Italian cuisine, prepared with flair, but still keeping the tradition of authentic fresh ingredients.
The Parmesan Soufflé salad excellent. The Asparagus Salad delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2016

It was a quiet night and not too many patrons. However, once the food came no one noticed how quiet the space was. Attentive service, but their pasta is second to none in the city. Would go again.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

we did the 5-course tasting menu. all 4 of us liked the food a lot, and the service was just perfect. but all of us found the place to be on the noisy side with their loud music, and it was difficult to chat without raising our voices. if they had toned down their music, that would have been a perfect evening for us.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Excellent service and food! Will recommend to friends.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2016

We recently visited La Pentola with another couple and tried the five course meal allowing the chef to serve five surprise creations. Each of the courses was exceptional - creative presentation and very flavourful - especially the lamb pasta. We have been to this establishment twice and will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2016

Second time here,this time just as amazing as the first. Had the family style 5 course dinner,for 4 of us. Each course was memorable and the server was very attentive. Will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2016

Server was knowledgeable and efficient. Food was very good. The birthday macarons were appreciated (and delicious !)

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

My husband and I have a number of dislikes, allergies, etc. so were a bit wary of entrusting our meal to the chef. Actually I thought the waiter would say our wishes were impossible and we should stick to the a la carte menu! Wrong on both scores. We had an amazing meal. Every course was delicious and catered 100% to the wishes and concerns we had expressed. A seven-course adventure. Not knowing what was on its way made it all the more delicious and exciting. Then each course was explained to us as it arrived, allaying any concerns that something might have slipped in that we couldn't eat. The duck-filled pasta was absolutely the best, and the Parmesan soufflé was 'to die for'. The wines were well-paired (though we'd have preferred more reds) - and the gratis limoncello at the end was a lovely touch. As the evening went on, the atmosphere became increasingly noisy (in a good, happy way) and energetic. Thank you for a terrific, memorable evening.

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3.0Dined on February 29, 2016

I've always been a fan of Italian cuisine, but never knew that it could be made with so much salt! Not sure if the chef had just been slightly heavy handed or generous with the salt, but I felt that almost every dish was overly seasoned. We had the 5 course menu, and the highlight would have to be the Parmesan Souffle. Our waitress, who doubles as the bartender on weekends, was absolutely fantastic and helped us send a dish back that my party and I weren't able to eat. Other than that, I might go back to try La Pentola again, but perhaps not the pre-set menus.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2016

A friend of mine was visiting from Vancouver Island and I really needed a quiet place to just enjoy his company and a leisurely dinner and a glass of wine. This turned out to be the perfect choice. Service was attentive and never intrusive. I highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Less stressful and hectic than all the other trendy restaurant picks. Fantastic pancakes!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

My girlfriend and I had an excellent meal at La Pentola! We went with the five course experience along with wine pairings. Even though it was quite expensive, the set menu is definitely the way to go and best value. I would highly recommend going here for a special treat.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2016

We went early evening and mid week and restaurant wasn't busy. The food was very good as was the service. The prices were reasonable but we would have like so lower priced options on the wine list.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2016

Breakfast during the week is disappointing. Maybe 4 things on the menu. This menu is not shown online so you are lead to believe the brunch menu is everyday.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2016

2 couples decided to go to La Pentola for Valentine's day. We ordered the feature appetizer, a burrata with figs and such. Absolutely delicious. We also ordered the octopus special. Again, delicious. For our primi, we had the menu's agnolotti - duck confit filled pasta. This dish was quite salty. Unfortunate, because we were anticipating something as delicious like the Agnolotti de Guido from La Quercia their sister restaurant. We then ordered our secondi, the Osso Buco. This too was salty and quite gristly. Not what one would expect for such a reputable establishment. For the price point of this restaurant, we were quite disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2016

We had the 5 courses meal for celebration of the chines new year. They would spend the time to ask what you eat or don't eat, it's a share plate meal and food portions are big enough, service was very good and will come back for sure!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2016

The dine out menu was delicious. We loved their pasta dishes especially. There was more than enough food because they were generous with thei portions. Great service!
The risotto was our least favorite because it had a strong Gorgonzola taste.

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2016

We went for dine out Vancouver and the food was really disappointing. Mediocre is being kind. We were sad as we had been looking forward to this dinner.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2016

Fantastic 4 course Dine Out 2016 meal. The food was great. The service was good and helpful and attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2016

It was amazing. First time here, but it certainly won't be the last. I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2016

Positive experience; I would recommend this restaurant for Sunday brunch.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2016

I've always passed by the restaurant as it was located just opposite the Yaletown skytrain. My friend and I wanted to try their dine out lunch menu on Saturday only to discover that they only serve Dine Out Lunch on weekdays. Both of us had to work during weekdays so we felt kind of bummed not being able to try their dine out menu. Nonetheless, we went in and had their brunch. I ordered a pan seared mackerel and my friend ordered a smoked salmon benedict. Our server was attentive but food came out pretty slow. It wasn't a busy afternoon but it took almost 20 minutes till our food arrived. The food tasted really good though, and we enjoyed it a lot.

Overall we had a pleasant experience at La Pentola. I'd recommend this restaurant to my friends - ONLY if you are not in a rush.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2016

Impressed and pleasantly surprised. I have eaten breakfast threre and enjoyed it. The food was excellent, plentiful and the service outstanding.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2016

I went with my wife to La Pentola to celebrate our anniversary and in the end we were so disappointed.

We decide to choose " ALLA FAMIGLIA" with wine pairing to see what would be the dishes served by the chef. As described on their menu " Each experience is unique - simply tells us your likes and trust our Chef and his kitchen to cook for your table using the array of seasonal produce and meats arriving daily."

The price was $85 per person, but in the end we just got ONE portion by dish, so the 5 course menu was shared between my wife and myself, I even asked the server if that was the system because it was not explicit on the menu dishes were supposed to be shared.

I could not expect any experience similar to that at La Pentola based on some reviews I have read before. Disappointing experience and I might never come back! Even worse when the bill is over $200.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2016

It was so unfortunate to the chefs... Food was great, but the noise level was terrible. Bad selection of music kept going so loudly on the top of the bad live music coming from the lobby. Big groups were loud (that's acceptable though) and the servers kept breaking glasses and plates... We loved the food but I don't think we will go back for dinner. We wanted to have a nice conversation, not shout at each other.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Great restaurant in a great hotel. Delicious food; fast, friendly service and great cocktails. The adjoining lounge is great for pre or after dinner libations.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Fantastic service! Was better than expected for Dine Out.
The food value was great and was served promptly and was very tasty.
A bit pricey for by the wine by the glass we'd just had a bottle of. Guess we should have looked at the menu again.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

We were recommended by a friend who enjoyed their experience here, so what better time to try it than during DineOut. We were excited to note that they were offering a four course meal instead of the common three course at many other restaurants.

The portions provided were large and just as good as we've been told. Our experience was very enjoyable as the restaurant was not overly booked. Even tables of two were good sized tables, not small ones with barely enough space for your cutlery and plated menu item. They also have a large round table good for up to 9 people, and an ample bar area as well.

And little known fact - this is the sister restaurant of Quattro, another quality establishment.

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2016

Fairly pleasant New Year's Day brunch but noise level was too high, making it difficult to communicate. I wish they could do something to the ceiling or walls to mitigate this. Food was good as usual although portions tend to be on the small side. My mum's toast, accompanying her omelet, was served with no butter! Just dry toast! My toast (ordered as a side) came with butter and jam. Weird. No worries, I just gave her some of my butter. Serving staff was dressed, perhaps, a bit too casually in jeans but that could be part of the eclectic ambiance of the Opus Hotel, who knows? In spite of the above comments regarding toast, the toast itself was great. I wonder where they get their bread or if its made in-house. I forgot to ask. We will return, hopefully to a somewhat quieter table.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2015

The food was fabulous. We chose to dine alla famiglia and went for the seven course option. Each course was nicely presented and explained and tasted superb. The service for the most part fabulous as well except for the wine service which was terribly slow - 20 to 30 minutes once ordered. We sat with empty glasses a lot. They could easily have sold our table of six another two bottles. This was the only negative though. The staff were very attentive. The room had a warm atmosphere. We'll go back for sure - next time we'll order 2 bottles at a time.

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