Vancouver, BC V6B 1T1
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
Overall, a great restaurant. The food wa ...
Overall, a great restaurant. The food was excellent. The only issue is that the portions are too small. Our appetites were not totally satisfied. They need to increase the portions by at least 20%. Otherwise, a great experience.
I love this restaurant. While 80% of the ...
I love this restaurant. While 80% of the menu stays somewhat constant, the chef is constantly changing & adding new menu items every few days depending on what is fresh and tasty. Yesterday I had a delicious garganelli pasta... the sauce was so good I was tempted to pick up the plate & lick it clean! The kale salad and beets were also delicious.
We've always had excellent food and serv ...
We've always had excellent food and service at this restaurant, but for some reason on Saturday we had to wait a long time for our dinner. The food was delicious when we finally tucked into it. We managed to grab a coffee before we left for the opera, but probably would have ordered dessert if the main course had not been late. We had arrived early while it was still quiet, but by the time we left the noise level was high and we were straining to hear each other.
Cinara is a wonderful find. Nondescript ...
Cinara is a wonderful find. Nondescript exterior, interior nothing fancy, but cozy and inviting once you step inside. Warm welcome. Staff very casual but professional.
Lucais Syme knows how to cook. Very inventive and meticulous but unpretentious, locally sourced ingredients, straightforward presentation. Simply delicious. If we lived in Vancouver, we would be regulars.
I am parsimonious with 5 stars. This is a great place.
Great food and great staff. We had the 6 ...
Great food and great staff. We had the 6 course tasting menu which came with interesting and unique dishes. Our servers were enthusiastic about the food, and always available. The chef came by several times to talk about the food, and make sure we were enjoying ourselves.
Had 2 fabulous meals here recently. Went ...
Had 2 fabulous meals here recently. Went with the 5 course chef's menu each time.
Very flavourful and creative dishes. All very delicious. Food is better than many more "famous" restaurants in Vancouver, like market or blue water. The dishes feel like they are all hand crafted just for you.
The chef apparently uses local
ingredients when he can.
Service was super friendly. Wine list is reasonable, and the staff were very helpful in recommending good wine pairings.
Can't wait to go again.
In a pretty simplistic atmosphere of the ...
In a pretty simplistic atmosphere of the restaurant with an open kitchen we truly enjoyed the creative signature cuisine of the Chef. Our dinner wasn't cheap, but well worth the money spent. We would gladly return to Cinara for a new culinary experience.
If you love food, really love food, then ...
If you love food, really love food, then you will love Cinara. Food created with care, authenticity, great local ingredients and love. Food served with casual attentiveness, knowledge, generosity and love. A gem in the heart of VAncouver. Highly recommend.
This was our first time visiting this re ...
This was our first time visiting this restaurant & we didn't really know what to expect - the open table reviews were all good... So we were sure it was a safe bet... We came in after a attending a Canuck game... I had the short rib dish & it was fabulous. I asked our waitress to recommend a big/bold wine which lead to the owner getting involved in helping us make our selection. The wine combined with the short ribs was superb. We look forward to a return visit in the new year!
Six of us met for a birthday dinner on a ...
Six of us met for a birthday dinner on a Saturday evening, and all agreed it was a great dining experience. Food was terrific, service was attentive, friendly and efficient even though it was a busy night. The wine list is quite unique, specializing in Italian labels that you likely won't find anywhere else - some great values!
Outstanding. Get's better every time. E ...
Outstanding. Get's better every time. Every course is imaginative and delicious, particularity their homemade pastas ( I actually think it's the best pasta in the city). Tell them how hungry you are an leave it in their hands; you can't go wrong.
If you haven't tried it, book a table as soon as possible.
Truly authentic Italian fare and restaur ...
Truly authentic Italian fare and restaurant. Definitely felt like we were back in Italy. Our server was hugely knowledgeable and helpful and just the right amount of attentive. The only slight down side was that the ventilation was pretty bad in there so came out reeking of food plus it was a relief to get out because it was so hot. Apart from that I would highly recommend.
Group of 3 that arrived at 6. It was ve ...
Group of 3 that arrived at 6. It was very quiet and that was perfect as we needed to catch up. However, by the time we finished our appetizers, more people had arrived and the noise level was really loud. The portions are very small but the food was delicious.
Food was delicious. My friends and I wer ...
Food was delicious. My friends and I were impressed with the way the food was prepared. The portions however, were ridiculously small. Especially given the prices they charge. I've eaten in many fancy high end restaurants. I'm accustomed to food being elegantly plated, small and dainty. This was ridiculous though. On top of that, the server actually suggested that we (a table of 3 ladies) were ordering too much when we wanted to order 3 pieces of the Anchovy toast appetizer. He made it sound likes we'd only be able to finish it if we had "monstrously" big appetites. We thought he was being honest and helpful (after all, they make more money if we order more food) so we took his suggestion and only ordered one. Actually, if we'd ordered 3 as originally intended we'd have been much better off, and we would have still had plenty of room for dessert. As it was, we were still hungry after dinner and decided that we needed carbohydrates for dessert, so we went out and had waffles.
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