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
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.
The food was so good. My friend and I s ...
The food was so good. My friend and I shared everything we ordered, including different glasses of wine. Ben was so accommodating and knowledgeable without being intrusive. Have recommended this restaurant to friends.
Cinara offers good food done well. The c ...
Cinara offers good food done well. The casual fine dining feeling is enhanced by the decor, lighting, and layout, as well as the non-pressured and non-judgemental service. The dishes we experienced were all wonderful, and on point with presentation and flavour. I would order them again. A touch over-priced, but that was overlooked as the dishes made up for them in flavour. That being said, the volume in the restaurant reached extremely loud proportions in relation to the size and the intended atmosphere, even in a jovial family-sharing-style restaurant. It was unfortunate as we found it hard to maintain a good catch-up conversation with friends we hadn't seen in a while. The noise level would be acceptable at a brewery/pub, but somehow threw an otherwise nice meal off. Service was unhurried and respectful of space and conversation, which was nice for a change in the Vancouver food scene.
Cinara has become one of our favourite r ...
Cinara has become one of our favourite restaurants both for the food and the outstanding service. The menu changes often, and the features are always amazing. Two of us typically share a couple of small plates and a main, and I think the only thing we've had more than once is the house-made bread and the cheese plate for dessert. I usually insist on the pasta main and I have never been disappointed. Frankly, I'll order anything that involves the house guanciale.
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.
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