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Cafe Il Nido

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Robson Street
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780 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1V8, Canada (Robson)
+1 604-685-6436
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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85 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When to this restaurant on a whim. It was recommended by a friend. The ambiance was ruined by a small group of very loud customers. Service was prompt and courteous. Food was tasty. Price in the upper range. Didn't drink wine. Would have enjoyed it more if the noise level from the next table did not overwhelm and annoy. Something... More 

Thank drpetr68
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

There are so many better fine dining Italian restaurants in Vancouver than il Nido. It was extremely overpriced and the food is average and not much to excite the senses. The owner Franco Felice, is a very arrogant and rude individual. I dined there years ago and also displayed some of my art work there. He did nothing to promote... More 

Thank Goldiaba
Vancouver, Canada
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168 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This restaurant is hidden away in a courtyard off Robson and Thurlow. It has a low-lit, romantic feel to it, but at lunch all the customers wore business suits. I had the spaghetti with mussels, which came with julienne veggies and a lemon butter sauce, and the chocolate torte for dessert. The complimentary bread was soft and delicious, served with... More 

Thank Sam C
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Two days ago my husband and I came across this lovely restaurant at 780 Thurlow Street. Our meals were delicious and the service was perfect. If you are after great Italian food, this is the place to go to. We can highly recommend the Café Il Nido. Make sure you check it out.

Thank Travellbug2015
Vancouver, Canada
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135 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

We have been to Cafe Il Nido many times in the past. As with our previous visits, the food and the service were excellent. The atmosphere is quiet and intimate. It is an excellent choice in downtown Vancouver for a couple's night out.

Thank Ridelikeyoustoleit
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This restaurant has been around for quite a few years, and we dine here on occasion.This time we came away thinking that we must eat there more frequently. Everything was right. Quiet atmosphere. Service just right. My wife had the spaghetti with prawns. I had the tuna. They were both great. Our choice of wine, 1/2 litre, was excellent -... More 

Thank Alvin154943
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I accidentally found this place, it wasn't on google maps but it was raining, getting late and I needed to find somewhere fast. A small sign caught my eye from a side alley. I was in the mood for Italian so I thought I'd try it. First impressions were "tidy, romantic little place" It seemed the manager and a new... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We came upon this place on our last night in Vancouver. We were early and it was not very busy. The waitress was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Loved the food, it was beautifully presented and tasted great. It was a wonderful experience and we loced every minute of it. A perfect ending to our Vancouver visit.

1 Thank 328miekev
Leyland, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Having just spent three weeks in Canada , our last lunch here we fell across this Italian restaurant, so in we went. The service was robotic , in fact we were just numbers on a seat. However the saving grace was the food, when the bill came 18% was added onto it. In retrospect when I return next year, though... More 

Thank Eddie T
Palo Alto, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Previous reviews and the restaurant’s own website promise an Italian experience that is out of the ordinary. Having lived in Italy for two months last summer, we were up for the challenge. We were therefore surprised to see the lunch menu included not much beyond the usual lasagna and pasta Bolognese, as well as an overpriced caprese. But we decided... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$44
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 780 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1V8, Canada
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop & skytrain station walking distance in the heart of downtown
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Robson Street
  • Neighbourhood: Robson Street
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-6436
Since opening in 1988, Il Nido has consistently ranked in the top echelon of Vancouver Restaurants. Here, BC's finest ingredients are used to create dishes reminiscent of Northern Italy - "the food of kings, peasants and, everyone in between". Traditional fish, meat and pasta dishes are made with the use of non-traditional herbs and spices, such as saffron and ginger. Sauces are lean and light. Fresh fish and vegetables are staples. Desserts are home-made.
With its elegant yet, casual atmosphere, muted/understated decor and sunny patio, this "Nest In The City" is a destination for those who enjoy wonderful food and good conversation. Groups of up to 50 are welcome and custom menus are easily designed with organic, gluten free, and vegetarian options available. As Il Nido continues as one of Vancouver's finest restaurants, evolving with imagination and inventiveness, its motto remains: Everyone Leaves Happy.

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