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
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.
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.
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