Cinara is an intimate space with a dynamic & seasonal food and wine menu. We work with local farmers and suppliers who inspire us to create a menu based on availability of tasty seasonal excellence. Cinara is an elegant and comfortable restaurant focussing on European style cuisine.
Italian, Contemporary European, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
We are willing to do off site catering for guests that may require this.
There are two parking garages within a block of our restaurant, one located on the corner of Pender and Richards and one located on the corner of Pender and Cambie.
Bus stop one block away
Lucais Syme and Gill Book
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The restaurant is available for private buy out functions and special events. Please call us to enquire.
Cinara Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I recently enjoyed our pre-t ...
My wife and I recently enjoyed our pre-theater dinner at Cinara very much. We shared three small plates and a pasta special: baccala with very thin crostini, anchovy toast, cardoons & roatsed cherry tomatoes on top of celery root puree with botarga and parmesan (an umami bomb!) and a spek (ham) tortellini with (thick) chicken jus. Everything was delicious and unusual. Service was great. Also enjoyed a well priced bottle of Rose.
Cinara , was a go to spot for us ... coo ...
Cinara , was a go to spot for us ...
cool room , great ambience team who remembered us all great stuff until Tuesday night .
normally the food is spot on so I am not sure what happened but the main courses were not good at all. the tortellini stuffed with duck confit was dry and one dish served with little or no sauce , the heritage pork appeared to be done in a plastic bag ...not very flavorful and anemic in color ...... we took friends for the first time and not sure we will be going back soon a real disappointment
An absolute find! The food was incredibl ...
An absolute find! The food was incredible - beautifully plated and creatively prepared. They change their menus daily based on the seasonality and availability of the ingredients so just go and be prepared to be amazed and delighted. And save room for dessert - they were wonderful!
A special thanks to our very knowledgeable server Ben for make the experience of dining at Cinara so terrific.
If I lived in Vancouver I would be here at least twice a week. As it is, I am in Boston and already planning a return so I can bring my husband.
This was a find for our first trip Vanco ...
This was a find for our first trip Vancouver. Wonderful, inventive food off a very thoughtful menu. Knowledgeable and helpful wait staff and an ambience like our old neighborhood in Brooklyn NY. An interesting cocktail selection also added to a very enjoyable evening.
The staff, food, service and care to att ...
The staff, food, service and care to attention were all fantastic. Our server was attentive to uswithout intruding .
The temperature of the restaurant was perfect. It was also nice because we were there with friends that we had not seen for a long time, and we were able to chat and hear each other without any problem. I would recommend this place for a special occasion , a date night , and for someone who understands the use of spices , sauces and details to the food prep and presentation. We give it 5 stars!
I find the food and service flawless. I ...
I find the food and service flawless. I have always dined relatively early in the evening there and enjoyed their playlist choice as well as quiet conversation as the tables are well spaced. Last time was Saturday night - there from 7-8:45 and left as it was too noisy to talk. One either had to shout or draw chairs very close together. Could the restaurant think of some sound absorbing textiles on the hard surfaces?
Couldn't have asked for a better anniver ...
Couldn't have asked for a better anniversary dinner.
Food was spectacular, and the multiple courses were paced perfectly to enjoy our drinks, conversation, and food. It was the best meal I have had in a long time, and we eat out often.
Big thank you to the chef, kitchen staff and serving staff for making a special meal as good as it can possibly be.
We liked the casual decor and open kitch ...
We liked the casual decor and open kitchen. The tuna appetizer and the house bread were ok. The pasta with mussels and clams was one of the best seafood pastas I have ever had - especially the plump, sweet mussels and rich tomato sauce, and it was not over-sauced like some. The truffle and artichoke risotto was deliciously rich and cheesy. Our server was quite casual, also knowledgeable and helpful. We would go again, but only for special occasions because it's a bit pricey.
Cinara continue to be one of the most co ...
Cinara continue to be one of the most consistently impressive teams in Vancouver. We have never been disappointed and this meal, with guest chef Jesse Grasso in the kitchen, was no exception. The wine list focuses on interesting, exciting finds that complement the food, not showoff labels. Given the high level of food and service, great value too. Thanks again.
We visited Cinara recently and learned t ...
We visited Cinara recently and learned that a visiting chef from T.O. was running the kitchen. We found some of the dishes to be excellent (chopped liver, beef tartare), and others to be so-so. Overall, we were not impressed enough to plan a return visit, given that we have enjoyed a number of the city's other new restaurants more.
Wonderful airy space reminiscent of a go ...
Wonderful airy space reminiscent of a good neighborhood bistro in New York or Paris. Food combinations were good and a very interesting wine list. But despite us being the only ones served entrees at that moment, good was tepid warm. Only place in the world where none of the waiters let any of the tables taste the wine first, either from the bottle or from the glass. Wine markup on many wines was way too high. No cheese or pepper offered on pasta and no bread of any kind.
We have been to this restaurant numerous ...
We have been to this restaurant numerous times and each occasion has been memorable. The menu is truly inspired and the food is beautiful and innovative. The owners locally source the great majority of their ingredients and the freshness of same is apparent. We will continue to frequent Cinara and recommend it to all.
This was our first time, meeting friends ...
This was our first time, meeting friends who are regulars. Absolutely fabulous spot. Feels like casual dining but food and wine was very high end. It felt like someone made our dinner just for us. I would highly recommend this spot and will be back soon.
Consistently awesome food, with great ne ...
Consistently awesome food, with great new menu items all the time. The service is attentive but never pushy. You can tell that everyone here cares a lot about each item that is served. I always ask for recommendations and have never been disappointed with any item on the menu. The bread and butter are seriously good and not to be overlooked!
This kitchen reliably turns out top-notc ...
This kitchen reliably turns out top-notch dishes and this time was no exception. The baccala, chicken liver, maiale tonnato and dark chocolate gelato were all outstanding. Service was efficient, friendly and good. The acoustics in the room make it relatively noisy but this was not a big distraction.
Out of province friends of ours were vis ...
Out of province friends of ours were visiting prior to taking a cruise, and so we booked a table for the 4 of us at Cinara. We chose to do the "carte blanche", a chef's surprise 6-course tasting. Each course was unique, and contained tastes, textures and presentation that were exceptional. We all remarked that this was one of the best meals we had had in a very long time - the food was brilliant. The service was professional, informative and very well paced. All in all, our guests (frequent Vancouver visitors) indicated that it was the best meal that they had ever had in Vancouver. Thanks Cinara!
Definitely one of the best restaurants d ...
Definitely one of the best restaurants downtown. We have been a few times now and the dishes are always inventive and delicious. The staff's enthusiasm in the ingredients and the menu itself is infectious. I highly recommend it.
A special place for special evenings.
A special place for special evenings.
This was our third time there and each time the food was spectacular. Pick their own very crusty rustic sour doughy bread. The liver pate apply is divine. Two of us had the Brome Lake Duck, super fine. Others had the featured fish which they reported to be delicious. Deserts were well worth the calories especially the flowerless chocolate offering. Service was attentive, smart and wine recommendation was perfecto. Will be back
Cinara is one of the best dining experiences in Vancouver by far! I've yet to travel to Italy, but when I am at Cinara, I feel like this is exactly what it must be like! The energy and ambiance combined with the fantastic food and drink and most attentive and knowledgable staff, nothing else compares at present. I've never had anything on the menu that wasn't beyond in taste and plating. You can honestly feel the care and love that goes into every dish and detail at this restaurant. Places such as this are so rare in our ever growing city and strongly encourage everyone to visit and let experts like Neil recommend and pare the delicacies for you. Be open and try as much as you can on the menu. You won't be disappointed!
Cinara is a little off the beaten path of Gastown but well worth the extra couple of blocks walk to taste their delicious offerings. They have a special menu with many different items you won't get at every place in town and a very nice wine list. I had the Halibut with vegetables poached in parchment paper. It was done to perfection and the presentation was gorgeous. My husband had the quail and really enjoyed it too. The service is friendly and efficient as well.
Cinara: fabulous in every way!
Cinara was recommended to us by friends, so I immediately booked for my husband's 65th birthday. Absolutely worth the drive up from Bellingham! The atmosphere is lovely, relaxed, and unpretentious, and the focus is on excellent food. My "spring risotto" was the best risotto I've ever had in my life. We are telling everybody about Cinara now.
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