About Cafe Vicino
Vicino (va-CHEE-no) is Italian for "neighborhood." Offering a Mediterranean bistro-style menu in an intimate, elegant setting, Café Vicino is a perfect choice for lunch or dinner. Drawing on influences from Italy, Spain and France, the menu is innovative, ingredient-driven and flavorful, pleasing even the most sophisticated palate. Menus change with the seasons to take advantage of locally sourced ingredients, fresh fish, meat and game as they become available. Chef Richard Langston and his team create daily specials, adding to the variety of choices for both lunch and dinner.
Café Vicino's wine list is hand-selected by Chef Richard Langston to enhance your dining experience. With a focus on food-friendly varietals, the selections are from both the old and new worlds: Italy, France, Spain, Oregon, California, Idaho and Washington.
We hope to see you soon in our neighborhood!
Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Main restaurant entrance is off the Boise Co-Op parking lot which can be used for Cafe Vicino parking. Street parking is also available.
Bus stop is located on Fort Street between 8th and 9th streets.
Private Party Facilities:
Cafe Vicino specializes in small cocktail or dinner parties in your home. Please contact us to discuss individualized menus and services.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Vicino Ratings and Reviews
The food was excellent and the service o ...
The food was excellent and the service outstanding. The chef did a nice job on plate presentation and provided a meal worthy of having on a special occasion. The one negative was the lack of a wine 'expert'. Our server was wonderful but had a difficult time making wine recommendations or pairing it with the food ordered.
We have always liked Cafe Vicino, but ha ...
We have always liked Cafe Vicino, but hadn't been there since 2012. We were out of the state for 18 mos from 2012 to 2013. Decided to go back for our anniversary and it was absolutely outstanding. Food was really great as was our server. It made us wonder why we don't go here more often, so from now on... we will. Apparently it's not a secret because every table was filled on a Monday night. Glad I made a reservation.
Had a lovely time at Vicino's. My husba ...
Had a lovely time at Vicino's. My husband loves this restaurant, so it was a treat for him. I'm happy to say that the experience this time was far better than the last. Last time we dined at Vincino's (April), I was less than impressed with the service we received. I had an issue with the wine and as it turned out the bottle was bad. I was basically told it was me, and then I wasn't even comped the glass of wine, which I feel for a restaurant of this caliber should have been a given, especially given the amount of money we spent that night. But again, this time, service was wonderful and the food was as well. We love the European vibe of this restaurant, but I'm excited for their new location and a bit more room :) We will be back.
Vicino accommodated us on short notice f ...
Vicino accommodated us on short notice for an early dinner before evening events. Now that it's fall, I ordered the bone-in pork loin chop with delicata squash and red wine-poached pear. The large loin chop was perfectly brined and thereby flavorful and tender, and the squash was likewise perfectly baked, tender but not mushy. The poached pear was a great accompaniment, still firm. My spouse ordered the halibut, chanterelle and pasta special that was rich and full flavored enough to support a red wine. Service and wine by the glass were excellent and, with little room for improvement, we left satisfied and on time.
Had a 7pm reservations were seated at 7: ...
Had a 7pm reservations were seated at 7:05. After sitting there approximately 10 minutes and no waitress it was becoming very apparent this was a place for locals. The waitresses were conversing with all the tables around us. When we finally did order, the appetizers and entrées they were really good. Not sure yet if we'll go back the next time we're in town.
Another lovely dining experience. The ...
Another lovely dining experience.
The noise level is indicated as moderate, but normally it is quiet. There were some ebullient folks at an adjacent table on this occasion, but we could still have conversation.
Food: Menu has changed since last we dined here, and Richard has done an admirable job of offering a variety which appeals to everyone.
Brought foodie guests from Houston who n ...
Brought foodie guests from Houston who noted that Vicino's cuisine would compare favorably with the best in Houston, a notable foodie town. Great food, cocktails, conversation (even on a crowded Friday night) and service.
This is my go-to restaurant for business ...
This is my go-to restaurant for business lunches. The food is great, reasonably priced, and very fresh. They have a lot of selections that make me feel like I had a good meal without over-indulging. I am especially fond of the fresh salmon cakes served over fresh greens and the grilled shrimp served with risotto cakes. The wait staff is exemplery. They are efficient and friendly without being overbearing. The dining room is small enough to feel intimate and reasonably private - great for my business lunches. I'm a fan!
There were 6 people in our group, two of ...
There were 6 people in our group, two of whom were my daughter and son-in-law who were visiting from the San Francisco Bay Area; the other two were our good friends from Meridian who had never dined at Cafe Vicino either. My wife and I had lunch at Cafe Vicino a few months ago and we were extremely impressed and pleased; everything we had that day was wonderful. So we thought what a nice treat it would be to have our family from "the city by the bay" enjoy a fine dining experience right here in Boise. When we arrived home following dinner, my wife and I discussed our meals and the service and we agreed it was a huge disappointment, and quite an embarrassment for us. You see, based on the lunch we'd had there, we bragged and bragged about how great the food was. Open Table had Cafe Vicino listed as #1 in the area at one time and we bragged about that as well. So we called our friends in Meridian and asked them what their honest opinion was. They agreed with us; they did not consider it a great dining experience. I can only imagine what our family from San Francisco thought considering they come from a metropolitan city where fine cuisine is the norm. It's doubtful that we will ever return to Cafe Vicino. We have since apologized to our family and friends for what turned out to be one of the least enjoyable and embarrassing dining experiences we've ever had. One more thing: our waitress never even asked our son-in-law what he would like to drink when she was taking drink orders! The pasta wasn't even cooked to the al dente stage; it was like it was dipped in the water for 1 or 2 minutes and then dished up. The only good thing I can comment on is that the Tomato Basil soup was great, as were the Caesar salads. Beyond that, all in all we feel it was very overpriced, we got less than stellar service, and the food was lackluster and required all of us to add seasoning.
Another wonderful meal at Vicino! To sta ...
Another wonderful meal at Vicino! To start, we had the newly added and delicious negroni sbagliato, that is unique to Vicino but not made with Campari as the "negroni" name might suggest, but an inventive and refreshing take on the classic champagne cocktail. Then on to the appetizer special of plump mussels in a rich heirloom tomato broth that had us mopping up every trace with the accompanying grilled bread. The recently added quail was excellent as the generous serving of quail had been artfully brined before grilling and served with perfectly roasted root vegetables and harissa to the side. This house-made harissa isn't the familiar, fiery, oily condiment found in stores but provided a rich roasted pepper flavor with a touch of chili warmth and subtle middle eastern or Indian spices for a great exotic accent to this satisfying dish. As always, the service was the most polished and professional in town.
Cafe Vicino is eternally delightful! I ...
Cafe Vicino is eternally delightful! I have yet to visit when I haven't enjoyed the meal.
Having visited a number of times, however, I am looking forward to a few new dishes being presented to show off the chef's creativity!
Cafe Vicino is one of those place where ...
Cafe Vicino is one of those place where you would go for a nice adult evening. Iniimate and charming, we always have a nice time here. We heard they were moving to a different location this year. This is great news, as the only downside, currently, is that it is in a strip mall and needs to be in a more elegant location. We always look forward to the specials and the local ingredients.
I eat here a lot. Richard's Cafe Vicino ...
I eat here a lot. Richard's Cafe Vicino is the best restaurant in Boise. Not the most expensive. Not the fanciest. But clearly the best -- outstanding, inventive, local food; friendly and experienced waitstaff; and you'll be surrounded by locals who appreciate good food and feel at home at Cafe Vicino.
Richard Langston has been one of Boise's ...
Richard Langston has been one of Boise's best chefs/restaurant owners. Excellent inventive food, wonderful servers, cozy ambiance. In addition to our other visits, we have celebrated our anniversary there almost every year. I am very sad to see that Richard's Cafe Vicino is moving into the hotel being built downtown. Its been a wonderful experience to walk from our North End home to Cafe Vicino.
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