About Cafe il Nido

780 Thurlow Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1V8
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Here's a city gem as hidden as a Mafioso in the witness-protection program. This courtyard patio tucked away between the Manhattan Apartments has that" La Dolce Vita" atmosphere.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Holidays closed

Cross Street:
Robson

Dress Code:
Formal Attire

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 685-6436

Website:
http://www.cafeilnido.net/

Catering:
Home-in Chef for private events.

Parking Details:
Street parking, Parkade Robson and Thurlow, The Carlyle Garage

Public Transit:
Bus stop & skytrain station walking distance in the heart of downtown

Executive Chef:
Franco Felice

Private Party Facilities:
Customised multi-course meals.
Customised set menus

Private Party Contact:
Franco Felice: 6046456436x

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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Cafe il Nido Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4

ambience

3.9

noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious and with great service

Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I decided to go to Il Nido for my birthday last week. We hadn't been there for a few years, so we were excited about dining there again. I had the Tagliatelle with Wild Boar, and my wife had the Risotto, and both were outstanding. The service was excellent. Our server was so attentive and professional. Thanks so much to the staff at Il Nido for a fantastic dining experience. We'll be back again soon!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Good food for touristy area

Dined on April 17, 2016

A little pricey but the food was quite good and service mostly so.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Amazing food

Dined on April 8, 2016

Always consistent, great food and service, Franco the owner and chef always attends to my special diet request, the service is efficient and always good timing, you will never wait long time to get your meal. Despite of the value, the terrific flavours and the unpretentious service I don't understand how this restaurant never gets busy, I guess people like to spend more money in bad food , slow service and loud places just to be in a big place to be seen, let's support more the small businesses.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Good food. Good Sercie. Quite ambiance.

Dined on April 1, 2016

We enjoyed Il Nido very much. The food was good, as was the service. This place is tucked away,just off Robson and Thurlow. It's quiet and understated.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

great italian food

Dined on March 6, 2016

Found this restaurant by accident whilst staying on Robson Street. The food was great a flavoursome. Lots of garlic. I had the wild mushroom starter which was well flavoured and lots a varieties of mushrooms. Then the stiletto steak - which was delicious. The service was efficient and friendly and discrete. Great value for such good food.

Tags: romance, special occasions, neighbourhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

hidden gem

Dined on March 2, 2016

My long time friend and I sat down to great food at this quiet restaurant. Service was good. Great location.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3
value1

Ordinary

Dined on February 20, 2016

The Capressi was a bit funky with no basil, house wine okay but not cheap. Service wasnt very friendly tending to abrupt.

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Great food

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

Food is very good, but unfortunately nothing much else going for it. Service was adequate, while ambiance and decor were tired.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3

Food was great - staff could have been a ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was great - staff could have been a little more warm and friendly

food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Outstanding food and service

Dined on January 29, 2016

Great food and service, Franco the owner is amazing, that night I was lucky enough to get mine and my family dinner cooked by Franco, food is delicious, great European service , reserved and efficient how I like it , they give you time to enjoy your food , so they don't come and bother but they still keep eye contact making sure everything is ok, if you are looking for a chain restaurant servers this is not the place for you, this is a restaurant to enjoy good food , with nice music and cozy ambiance and discreet service.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Yumm

Dined on January 29, 2016

Perfectly prepared salmon with a delicious Tiramisu to finish

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food1
ambience1
service1

Service was brutal and the food was medi ...

Dined on January 28, 2016

Service was brutal and the food was mediocre

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great value

Dined on January 23, 2016

I was pleased and surprised on several levels with our dinner at Cafe il Nido. The Dine Out menu was more extensive and varied than other restaurants that we looked at. Service was attentive and responsive without being overbearing. Food service was prompt. Food quality was good. All of our dishes were tastey. Portion size was good. The room is small and intimate. The restaurant was busy, but noise levels were ok. Worth a repeat visit.

Tags: fit for foodies
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

We came to this restaurant for dine-out ...

Dined on January 22, 2016

We came to this restaurant for dine-out and the food was only mediocre. We weren't greeted very warmly either and we felt as though the staff just wanted us to speed up and leave as quickly as possible. On a positive note, the patio looks like it would be nice in the summer.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

A quiet place

Dined on January 12, 2016

3 work colleagues attended for an annual celebratory lunch. The quiet ambiance and excellent service were perfect for our needs. All of our food was excellent, with high marks for the Funghi appetizer. Small but excellent selection of wines well matched to the food. We will be back.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

We enjoyed our dinner at il Nido. We rec ...

Dined on January 1, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner at il Nido. We recommend it others too

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service1
value3

Whats your issue...

Dined on January 1, 2016

Not sure what people see in this place or why we were treated poorly. We made reservations at this restaurant well in advance so that we could have a nice dinner before NYE festivities. When we arrived at the location never having been there before, we weren't even sure if it was open. We were not greeted at the door and were looked up and down as to why we were even there. It wasn't like we weren't dressed up and we have eaten at much nicer places with no trouble. The service was rushed and abrupt...possibly because the manager of the establishment was "pounding" a fine rosé when ever returning to the bar. The very young female servers seemed to be running scared frantically topping up our water. When leaving we were told "excuse me I just need..." while pointing at the check book. Really made us feel like we were not going to pay... We would like to thank the chief because the food was very nice! Fresh, flavourful and well plated. It would be fare to say that the chief is under paid as we believe that he/she is keeping this establishment a float. We were greatly disappointed by the service we received and will not recommend Cafe il Nido. However the name of the restaurant made for some humorous jokes throughout the weekend!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

great

Dined on January 1, 2016

it's tucked away, but it's a total hidden gem, AND the staff were great. 6 of us went there for our new year dinner and I would definitely return, I've already recommended to more than a handful of people. thanks a lot Cafe Il Nido, you guys were a great start to a great night.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

A fabulous little oasis in the city

vip
Dined on December 22, 2015

A fabulous little oasis in the city

food3
ambience4
service4

Good but not fantastic

Dined on December 4, 2015

My family went here for a birthday dinner for my adult aged son (it was his choice). The ambiance was nice and quiet, the service was excellent but the food was just ok. I had the calamari which ended up being squid rings, no batter served with a tomato sauce. Can't say that I liked it was the tomato sauce overpowered the calamari. We also had the Polpettine which are meat balls, tomato sauce and grated pecorino cheese. These were pretty good so no complaints. For dinner, two of us had the lasagne. It was pretty good except for a touch too much salt and not enough mozza. My daughter had the carbonara and she said it was good. My husband had the salmon and he said it was delicious. All in all, we won't be coming here again as it's too expensive and the food taste wasn't quite up to my standards (guess who the foodie is).....and our bill was around $250 incl drinks!!.

Tags: romantic, great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service3

Good food, not a great environment

Dined on November 28, 2015

This restaurant is kind of tucked in the back of a little building and not particularly attractive. The service was adequate. When I called to inform them that I would be 10 minutes late for my reservation they made it seem like it was a big deal but then when we arrived there were many tables empty for the duration of our visit. The food was very good and authentic tasting Italian fare. The wine list was limited but we were still able to find something that paired well with our meal. Overall this place is probably worth a try if you dine out often but certainly not worthy of a special occasion.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great gluten-free options

Dined on November 28, 2015

My wife has celiac disease and was ecstatic over the number of good gluten-free options, and the food was wonderful

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service3

Il Speedo

Dined on November 28, 2015

From the time we sat down, ordered our food and a glass of wine, to the food arriving and finishing the meal was a total of 30 minutes. Decent food but no atmosphere for a dinner with my wife. Wham bam here's the tab. Will not return.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent Italian food. Hot and tasty. A ...

vip
Dined on November 17, 2015

Excellent Italian food. Hot and tasty. Attentive service. A little gem!!

food2
ambience4
service2

Not worth the high price tag!!

Dined on November 8, 2015

We came back to Il Nido as we had a $20 gift certificate that we had received from a previous occasion where my steak was not done to order. We wanted a place with a good buzz but not too loud to be able to have a good conversation. That part was great. The owner is friendly but our meal went downhill from there. I had the specials of the day. Portobello mushroom soup and steak with a peppercorn sauce. The soup was heavy and lacked texture of flavours and was an unappealing dark brown gravy in appearance. The steak...very bad!! The first cut into sinew was a bad sign and the quality of the cut was really disappointing. The portion was not large and neither were the portions the non-descript vegetables or potatoes. My husband had the carpaccio which he thought had too much lettuce (not just arugula) and his overcooked breaded veal with a marsala sauce was heavy and looked like the sauce had been darkened by an oxo cube. Our friends had Caprese salads to start and the tomatoes looked rather anemic and unappetizing. Two of us ordered lemoncello cheese cake and were told they were sold out. How crazy is that when they only have two cakes and the rest is gelato. The Spanish coffee I ordered did not come with sugar-coated rim which is pretty standard and it had amaretto in it which it should not have. The service left a lot to be desired near the end. A glass of wine was removed without the glass being empty although they brought another glass when this was pointed out. There was also a language barrier that made the experience somewhat difficult and that had also been the case on our previous visit. The shock came at the end of the meal. We had four cocktails, a beer and two bottles of wine for the four of us. Our bill, minus the gift certificate not including tip, came to $400. I would have expected some "omgs or yums" at that price and not the underwhelming meal that we had.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5

Yummy food

Dined on November 6, 2015

Yummy food

food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing food and even more amazing service!

Dined on November 5, 2015

Me and my lunch date ordered 2 pastas. Having lived in Italy, I have quite a high expectation for the pastas at authentic Italian restaurants in Vancouver. The moment I tasted my first 'forkful', I knew I was in the right place. The flavours had soaked into the pasta, and the pasta was cooked just right. To top it off, the owner of the restaurant served us one of the best tiramisu that I have ever had, on the house! Our experience there could not have been better. It's a hidden gem - literally - as in it's hidden behind the walls of a Starbucks cafe on Robson. I would recommend this restaurant to all of my foodie friends and will definitely be going back there again soon.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4

Perfect Business Lunch

Dined on October 22, 2015

Il Nido has just the right atmosphere, quiet enough to have a conversation but private enough that you can do so in confidence. The food is always perfect and the service excellent.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Have dined at Il Nido a number of times ...

Dined on October 22, 2015

Have dined at Il Nido a number of times and it has always been an enjoyable experience

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Lunch Connection

vip
Dined on October 14, 2015

We really enjoyed this quiet spot for lunch. It was a nice break to get away from a noisy sales environment. The food was delicious and enjoyed a great cup of cappuccino. The staff was very attentive, almost a bit too much. But then better too much then not enough. I am looking forward to going again.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Great food and service.

Dined on October 3, 2015

I started with a group of four and like it so much, I invited another group of 10 to join us. Hidden around a corner but the food was classic Italian. Reasonable priced. Wine list could be improved but still ok. Highly recommend to try out.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Very good italian fare

Dined on October 1, 2015

We quite enjoyed our first visit to the Il Nido. The food was very good, in particular a roasted eggplant soup to die for! The ceviche and cannelloni were also particularly delicious. One member of our party was a bit disappointed with his veal marsala (he found the sauce too strongly flavoured). The service was very attentive, and the restaurant has a nice intimate about it as well, which we really enjoyed.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4

This restaurant was recommended to us by ...

vip
Dined on September 5, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by a hotel staff when we asked him where he'd go for great Italian food. We were so glad we came here for dinner. Its location near Robson Street gave us the opportunity to walk around after a heavy meal. All our dishes were excellent. They were very kind to offer us an entree that was only on the lunch menu. Th calamari appetizer was superb and paired very well with the white wine we ordered. The red snapper was one of the best I've had so far.

food4
ambience5
service5

Nice place to eat

Dined on September 2, 2015

Good place with nice service, but the amount of food is not enough

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Service

Dined on September 2, 2015

My date was a flop, but I enjoyed the amazing food and service (I thought it was a cafe instead it was fine dining)

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service4

Great little gem in a quiet courtyard!

Dined on August 15, 2015

After a few hectic days in Vancouver, it was great to have a quiet and delightful meal at Cafe il Nido. The food was great and the atmosphere was even better. Our waitstaff was attentive but not overbearing. Thanks!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

A wonderful dinner!

Dined on August 7, 2015

We ate here a few years ago, and it was great. But, this time it was even better! Great service. All 3 of our meals were wonderful. And, we all loved each other's. We'll be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Romantic Dinner or business lunch.

Dined on July 30, 2015

I have been dining at Il Nido for close to 30 years. This restaurant is consistant and inventive with a great menu and top notch in many cases organic ingredients. I highly recommend it.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

This is a wonderful gem -- a quite oasis ...

vip
Dined on July 28, 2015

This is a wonderful gem -- a quite oasis in the middle of bustling Robson Street. Food is very good with a lovely wine selection. Calm and quiet - and relaxing. The best way to enjoy a meal.

food4
ambience5
service5

Lovely little spot

Dined on July 23, 2015

I'm guessing this place is one of those hidden gems. It's tucked away in that little Robson courtyard so perhaps doesn't get noticed. We were a three-generation party of six and we all enjoyed ourselves very much. Staff are lovely. Wouldn't hesitate to go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem

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