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, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Vicino Ratings and Reviews
It was my first time at the café - servi ...
It was my first time at the café - service was excellent. Food was all very tasty and imaginative as were the cocktails. We went before the James Taylor concert and had a lovely medial. Prosciutto wrapped chicken was to delish albeit a little salty.
Our favorite for years. Very good for c ...
Our favorite for years. Very good for conversation, because the noise level is moderate. Good place to bring clients, interviewees, or persons of a certain age, such as myself, who may have problems hearing in restaurants with a noise level resembling a machine shop.
Menu is excellent, wine list well-conceived, and the service is exemplary.
We have been devoted customers for years ...
We have been devoted customers for years. Café Vicino is always our go-to when the mood calls for incredible service, memorable food, and ambiance. Love it's quaintness. Adore the menu. By focusing on a few great choices, quality is always top quality.
This cafe is a beautiful place for lunch ...
This cafe is a beautiful place for lunch or dinner. The menu changes and is interesting for all tastes. There are a lot of different options. Wine is good, coffee is good, too. The restaurant is known for the tomato basil soup and it never disappoints. Salads are fresh and delicious. Servers are very professional and quiet.
We enjoyed a wonderful and intimate dinn ...
We enjoyed a wonderful and intimate dinner experience with our daughter and her boyfriend, celebrating her 21st. We had the flatbread du jour and the prosciutto wrapped figs for starters, I had the arugula salad, and we all had different pasta dishes. Daughter had the linguine with clams, and if the clams were any fresher they'd need to be slapped! All the dishes were fresh, well seasoned and tasty, and beautifully presented. We also had a bottle of the Santa Cantabria Crianza from La Rioja that nicely paired with our food.
The servers were friendly and attentive without hovering or being intrusive. And, Vicino is a wonderful place to dine without driving music or lots of noise - that is, you can talk and dine without shouting.
I'm hoping they retain all these great qualities when they move to their new downtown location - we're going to miss having them as a neighborhood dining spot.
This is my favorite lunch restaurant in ...
This is my favorite lunch restaurant in Boise! The cuisine is delectable at very affordable prices. Service is paramount and the environment is quiet to carry on a conversation. We like the variety and creativity on the menu. Best wait service in town --- attentive, friendly and helpful.
Quite disappointed. I had high expectati ...
I had high expectations of one of the top fine dining spots in town. The veal was soggy, and presented in a way that was not very appealing. Tomato sauce on top made it all mushy, and the seasoning was not special.
The gazpacho appetizer was much better, slight spicyness blended well with the garlic and cucumber freshness.
Beet gnocchi with gorgonzola were ok, just a little light on the good cheese.
All dishes were overpriced for the quality.
Service: tried to be formal, but failed. Spilled the wine on the table cloth, quite clumsy. Turned the bottle at the beginning of pouring instead of the end. Possibly a trainee just starting out.
Ambiance: tight quarters - this is a small place. Formal look with white table cloths, but a bit too land; could use some spiffy decoration ideas. Ok overall, but nothing special.
Menu: one of everything (chicken, beef, pork, veal, fish), none inventive. Seems like an attempt at completeness instead of quality.
Overall not satisfied.
Loved it last year, love it this year!
My wife and I drive through Boise once a year while returning to Canada. We dined here last year, loved it, and made sure we included this stop in this year's trip. Small, intimate, casual and blessed with an excellent menu and very capable chef. Generally, special surprises await (this year morel mushrooms in a marsala sauce). My only complaint is that we have to drive 800 miles to dine there.
The food was phenomenal! Service was gre ...
The food was phenomenal! Service was great. Dining room was elegant. Unfortunately, there was a large party behind us that was noisy and made it hard to have conversation. But we definitely want to go back and try more of the delightful menu offerings.
Food is outstanding, but service ruined ...
Food is outstanding, but service ruined the experience. The waitress entered my food wrong in the computer so it came out a little later. No big deal! Gave me a chance to sample everyone's delicious meals. Except then it came and it wasn't cooked right. The pasta was dry and the 'sauce' was soup. I mentioned it and she offered to get me something else to dine in or to go. Very nice since they messed up! Except they charged is for it. We previous had recommended this place to other people and I won't be doing that anymore.
Hurry if you want to eat at this superb ...
Hurry if you want to eat at this superb little bistro. They are moving to a larger establishment in the fall and this quaint , comfortable neighborhood jewel will be gone. The wait-staff were very attentive, very welcoming and knowledgeable about all the menu items. The lunch servings were wonderfully prepared. Portions were what you would expect from this fine eatery and the timing from salad to main course, lets you enjoy a leisure lunch.
A gem in the gem state.
Lovely on a quiet night
My family and I were there on a Monday so it was very quiet... maybe 3 or 4 other tables while we were there. I'm sure it's busier on a Friday or Saturday... I hope so. Menu was not overwhelming, simple cocktail offerings, nice wine list, perfect service (as in not too chatty, but knowledgable and friendly). And of course, dinner was superb. You should totally go. Try anything... I'm sure it'll be delish!
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