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Adesso Bistro, Vancouver, BC

Adesso Bistro

4.1
4.1
352 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
European
~ Please note patio seating is served on a first come, first served basis ~

ADESSO, reimagined. A modernist cuisine served in an intimate setting. A carefully considered wine list pairs with the diverse flavours presented throughout the menu.

~ Reservations are recommended but not necessary, see you soon! ~

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    European, Italian, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 568-9975

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Pekka Tavela

  • Private party facilities

    The Adesso team loves hosting private events. We seat 60 inside and 40 on our heated garden level patio. We llok forward to hearing from you.

  • Private party contact

    Carey Davis: (604) 353-6717

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Cross street

    Gilford

  • Parking details

    Street parkingThere's several free 2 hour parking spots on Haro Street, or paybyphone app stalls on the Haro side of ADESSO. 1906 Haro Street

  • Public transit

    Ride your bike! We have a bike rack right in front of our garden patio. Take the #05 Robson bus to the Denman and Robson Street stop (approximately 10 minutes). Once you exit the bus, walk south on Denman Street for ½ block until you reach Haro Street. Turn right onto Haro Street and walk for 1 ½ blocks to reach the ADESSO.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 352 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. GN

    GailN

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The new menu is disappointing. Prices high.....qualities of food very small. I loved going there....but, will not be going again in the future.
  2. AB

    AlexB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Portions were small. My halibut combined with some sort of bacon bouillon did not taste good. Because of the menu limited my wife chose lamb chops, but needed to ask for some boiled potatoes on the side. We will not be going back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Rigatoni was amazing. Game hen medallions were okay. Patio is nice.
  4. n

    nick

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    They have a nice wine selection. I had a cocktail, 'Elder and Young', and it was exquisite. The food was fine. We had the grilled roasted root vegetables, duck tortellini en brodo, tuna crudo, and the striploin. It was good.
  5. P

    Passion4fandb

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Subpar service, not very knowledgeable servers...,very small portions. Food was very average. Service was not smooth...
  6. S

    Steve

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The only mark against was the server did not wait for all to have finished their meals before offering to clear. Could be just me!
  7. BR

    BrianR

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Overall we had a lovely evening. The food was excellent, and the wine choice are very thoughtful. So kudos to the restaurant for that! The reservation process was great, and we received patio seating because we had a reservation. Excellent work on that front. The wait staff were all super friendly, plenty of smiles and positive attitudes. If I have to put something out for improvement it’s that the wait staff seemed to be disorganized during our visit. Some things arrived later than others and we weren’t sure which server was ours, as we spoke to 2-3 different people. I’d like to see this aspect tighter. That said, I’d happily go back. For sure.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely afternoon and evening.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A-mazing! Food is outstanding and the patio is so beautiful.
  10. GH

    GeoffH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Wine menu deficient as our initial 4 options were not available. New menu in prep may have caused changes to wine list but poor planning overall.
  11. G

    George

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2018

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great food as before but we noticed the portions are much smaller now.
  12. GH

    GeoffH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Friendly welcome, nice bar for cocktails, Angus is an excellent source of Scottish humour and cocktails, wine list OK, food excellent. We have dined there with current management team twice good ambiance and value. A lovely local spot, we live a few blocks away.
  13. BD

    BennyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere and delicious food. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list.
  14. BP

    BrianP

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    while the food quality was "technically" excellent, the portions were minuscule - no rice, no bread offered. for the price, CAN$118 for two apps and and tow entres i anticipated to at least feel full!! kind of bland in general actually, especially the roast veg starter and the tuna thing - no distinct flavors. i ordered the game hen and it was about the same amount of meat in a single sausage - i anticipated the equivalent of a half chicken diner! i am an active adult male and would anticipate min 400 calories for an evening meal. my partner is low blood sugar in general and we ended up going home and having a snack! I miss the "old" Adeso very much!!
  15. b

    bollie

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    very good modern italien cuisine .... small portions but excellent executed ... not to expensive...very good patio ---- friendly crew, great chef
  16. S

    Sareh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would definitely recommend Adesso. The food was unforgettable and the service was excellent. We have been there twice and both times Claire was our server. She is absolutely amazing. The patio is very ambient. The squash ricotta agnolotti is to die for. The fennel and pork rigatoni was perfection. For dessert, we had the chocolate ganache and it was exceptional.
  17. SI

    SamI

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Disappointing experience for Mother's Day dinner. The service was very slow, for drinks and food. Any special requests (allergies) were brushed off with 'I'm sorry we're busy". Will not visit again.
  18. PB

    PatB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came to Adesso because my friend had previously eaten here and had a very favourable evening. The service, atmosphere was perfect for our evening, however my friend was disappointed in the serving sizes of the food. His previous visit was much better. We ordered the charcuterie plate, which he said was at least 1/2 the size of his previous visit. Although everything was tasty, it would have been helpful to know that there was nothing on the menu that was of "sharing" size. We would have definitely ordered more food.
  19. BH

    BruceH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THIS WAS TRULY AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. WE STARTED WITH HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS REALLY LIKED THE W.E. G&T. HAD THE TUNA CRUDO FOR OUR SALAD . OUR GUIDE FOR ALL THIS WAS THE OUTSTANDING CLARE WHO KNEW ALL THE MENU AND WAS PERFECT IN WINE PAIRINGS. WE WERE CELEBRATING OUR ANNIVERSARY AND CLARE MADE THAT VERY SPECIAL. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ON ALL COUNTS.
  20. t

    terryd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot for a date night. Split a bottle of wine, a few dishes and a dessert with my wife. The food was excellent and paired well with the wine. We were originally planning on being seated on the patio to enjoy the Spring weather. When we arrived the weather was no longer inviting so the servers easily accommodated our reservation and moved us inside. The atmosphere was very cozy and intimate for a date night.
  21. DB

    DBMW

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Sadly, we are not fans of the new menu. There are not enough choices, no specials (other than one cocktail special). Judging by how sparse the crowd was on a Thursday night, I have a feeling that this restaurant will not be around for long.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely little place, very cozy. The food is outstanding, you have to try the agnolotti. Portions on the smaller side so order lots. Happy to have discovered this place.
  23. LC

    LarryC

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Returned to experience the "new" restaurant. The evening was wonderful. Great conversations with the people of Adesso, wonderful food and a pleasant room to be in.
  24. m

    mjs1

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, efficient service, interesting and delicious food options (can work as share plates or solo) and cozy ambience add up to great place to try!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having been a regular at adesso and its predecessor since 1982 I was dismayed at what had happened when i visited last summer. It seemed to have lost its way. Last week the owner sent an email announcing the new menu and staff changes. I chose to give them a second chance. What a worthwhile experience this was. The menu is brilliant. Every item, every flavour has been delectable selected. Front staff is charming and impeccable. I am back home. Can’t wait til the patio opens! Congratulations! Mille grazie!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    The atmosphere here is really beautiful. It's tucked away from the bustle. It's been nearly 20 years since I've been to this location, formerly a martini bar. Unfortunately, that's as good as it gets on this review. I investigated the menu in advance, as I'm a vegetarian with some food allergies. They dropped the menu item I had come for, but I felt relieved when the menu stated that vegetarians and celiacs could be accommodated. I asked the waiter if this was the case, and he said it wouldn't be a problem. He came back, suggesting the steak or the Cornish hen. I explained again that I was vegetarian. He told me only the starter salad would work for me. This was the beginning. I had to go through a manager who did not know the menu. He sent a second server, and I ate the salad in the end. It was a disappointing choice on a cold rainy day. I could really go on... The three others at the table were not wowed by their meals, either. Portions are small and lack creativity. It was a Saturday night, and we were wondering why it was so easy to get a table. Next time we visit Vancouver, we'll go a block North to Tavola for a delicious Italian meal with good service. Luckily, my company was amazing and the conversation carried the meal. Also of note was the waiter dropping off the machine at the table, then disappearing. Literally, running away. I've never had that happen before. I really wanted to love this place, based on the room. Too bad!
  27. IT

    InTheHood

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I found the food creative and interesting, but busy. Given all the great tapas places, I would not return for the food. Still a great atmosphere and the service was friendly and efficient.
  28. BC

    BrianC

    Vancouver

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    New chef who is very creative making amazingly delicious food. Glad Adesso is back!
  29. KC

    KarenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adesso has always been a favourite, so were anticipating a good dining experience but were blown away by the new cuisine. Both the food and the service were absolutely outstanding, and we can't wait for an excuse to go back.
  30. A

    Alana

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks, great atmosphere and exceptional service! We will be back for sure.
  31. J

    Janet

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Dinner was a bit slow coming from the kitchen but because it was so good we forgave them! Love the ambience and the neighbourhood. Well worth looking for a place to park.
  32. MA

    MaryAnnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fabulous meal we enjoyed at Adessa Bistro. We had a wheel chaired elderly person with us and she enjoyed the meal tremendously also. John the server was perfectly attentive yet un-intrusive. The food was great and the service superior! We will return for sure!
  33. LK

    LaurenK

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. It gets better every time we go. Great food and really good value. We will be back for sure
  34. SC

    SuzanneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    So very delicious! Walking distance to our hotel in the west end. Quiet, tucked away location. Feels cozy inside and did I say the good was delicious!
  35. IK

    IanK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2018

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    I went to Adesso on Valentines Day, 2018. The ambience was reletively good, but the lights dimmed all of the sudden, rather than gradually, which threw me off a bit. The service was good for the most part, but the waiter changed three times, and got confused if we had had our meals yet or not, and almost brought them to a different table. While eating, we noticed the table across from us had the same problem. The food was really good, but the portions were tiny. At first I thought maybe they would slowly get bigger, but it wasn't the case. I left feeling hungry! When we got the bill, the machine didn't prompt for a tip, which was strange so I told the waiter. He didn't know why that happened, so maybe it was just a malfunction. All in all, the experience was pretty good, but not anything over the top awesome. probably wouldn't go back, even though the food was really good.
  36. j

    jemforshort

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Loved the restaurant, the food, the service. Might have been a one off with two large parties being there, but it was extremely loud. Food was fantastic
  37. w

    wetripcanada

    Victoria

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and lovely food! We had an amazing time!
  38. BP

    BrianP

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    birthday for my sweetie. Adesso was wonderful as always. yumm!!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Adesso Bistro. I've been often and bring friends. I also take my 99 year old mother who has dietary restrictions and a walker - they accommodate both. They're always so nice. On top of which, I'm a vegetarian. It's so nice for me to be able to go to a restaurant and find not one, but a few vegetarian dishes, that aren't just pasta with tomato sauce. There's a cauliflower risotto that I love and even my meat eating friends have adopted!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2017

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    We came for cocktails and dessert at 8:45pm. Our server was clearly angry that we weren’t ordering dinner. The restaurant was NOT full and we told the hostess we weren’t having dinner before we sat down. Due to our servers clear disgust at our order of cocktails we decided to only have one cocktail and not order dessert. I would recommend everything except her service. Not friendly. Not welcoming. Not endearing me to return.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gilford

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, Italian, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parkingThere's several free 2 hour parking spots on Haro Street, or paybyphone app stalls on the Haro side of ADESSO. 1906 Haro Street

  • Public transit

    Ride your bike! We have a bike rack right in front of our garden patio. Take the #05 Robson bus to the Denman and Robson Street stop (approximately 10 minutes). Once you exit the bus, walk south on Denman Street for ½ block until you reach Haro Street. Turn right onto Haro Street and walk for 1 ½ blocks to reach the ADESSO.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Pekka Tavela

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 568-9975

  • Private party facilities

    The Adesso team loves hosting private events. We seat 60 inside and 40 on our heated garden level patio. We llok forward to hearing from you.

  • Private party contact

    Carey Davis: (604) 353-6717

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