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.
Contemporary European, Italian, 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 Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
The restaurant is available for private buy out functions and special events. Please call us to enquire.
Cinara Ratings and Reviews
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.
Fantastic Food and Service
This was our first time at Cinara, and our group could not have been more impressed. The recommendations for wine were spot on, the food was great, and the specials had something for every taste. The only questions that remained at the end of the night, was why it had taken so long to discover this gem!
becoming our favourite spot
I work/live nearby and have been so happy to watch the evolution and success of Cinara unfold over the past few years. Whether I sit at the bar solo or bring friends in for dinner, I always leave feeling happy and satisfied with all aspects of the experience. Latest visit...friends saying they would all be back...we love everything however the service this visit was especially good. Thanks Cinara folks. xo
Cinara means excellence in food and service
Cinara delivers at the highest level in quality of food and quality of service. You know from the moment you arrive that you are in a place where excellence is the only standard in all the things that matter: how you are treated and what you are fed. The people serving and preparing the food prove at every turn that they truly know how to make this work. Everything about the menu, including the wine list, tells you that experience, intelligence, and daring have been applied. Treat yourself, Cinara is the real thing.
Nice space, great food and great service.
Went on a date with my husband and got the best table in the room in front of an open doorway with some nice plants outside. The space is nicely decorated with white walls and wood window and door frames. The servers were knowledgable and made the experience great. Dishes were all nicely done, don't miss the nettle risotto!
Always a delightful treat
The experience at Cinara is second to none. Their passion for incredible food, unique wines and creative pairings is incredible. We will always come back for the anchovies on toast and whichever wine or cocktail Neil or Ben recommends. Lucas and his team put together a beautiful rotating menu, based on what's in season and what inspires them. We can't wait to go back!
Review of Cinara Restaurant in Vancouver
The greeting by the server man with the tatoos on his arm was a bit strict and talked a bit too fast. Not very relaxed and friendly. The food was excellent but came very slowly. we arrived 5:30 first ones there and ordered pretty much right away. Our food came at 6:30 ish. The room is very stuffy and hot and the chairs are uncomfortable, pretty much the same all around the room. I had to request that they turn down the music as it was hard to have a conversation with our table. They did right away. If the food was not so tasty I would not go back because I prefer a restaurant that is customer friendly and comfortable to relax in cushy chairs. Even if they gave or put cushions on the chairs it would help.The cc machine broke down and we were in a rush to go to a concert so it was lucky we had cash or else not sure what was going to happen??
Something has changed....
....since our last meal here. The food is still good, but not inexpensive. The room and the tables and the chairs are the same, but the atmosphere was different. The night we were there, both servers were male, one had a big beard (from a Portland ad), pretty casual in the look and manners. The place was definitely a LOT louder, in both the music and guests . We liked coming here and being able to carry on a conversation before. Maybe it was one evening off, but I think it may be the new Cinara....
Food is excellent but the portions are s ...
Food is excellent but the portions are small for the price in our neighbourhood. They're designed as "share plates" but they are not enough to share. They recommended 4 dishes for 2 people. We ended up ordering an extra dish and still left hungry (and 2 of the dishes were pasta!). We are not big eaters but >$20 for 6 (amazingly delicious) tortelinni's is a bit much for too little. Service is outstanding and the space is great. They just need to work on portion size/value. There are a lot of great places in the gastown area that offer better value for a night out. We spend >$150 and shouldn't have left hungry
Outstanding value tasting menu
Our second visit was even better than the first; we threw ourselves on the Chef's tender mercies and asked for the (no longer mentioned on the menu, but fortunately still available on request) tasting menu. Six courses, plus a little amuse, for $75pp. Absolutely outstanding value. We also added the wine pairing and a cocktail to start - in hindsight the cocktails really were not required, though we did enjoy them! Not a bad dish in the bunch, but the standouts were the tuna with grapefruit, risotto (very simple, just some lardo and tarragon but MAN O MAN the mouthfeel was perfection), and duck (with double oatmeal in the form of a grainy porridge side and an oatmeal essence cracker). We will definitely be back next time we feel like treating ourselves.
Delicious food and wonderful staff
We were greeted warmly and service throughout the meal was attentive but not 'hovering'. The thought and care that went into each dish - and the overall menu (cocktails too) - were evident in the way our waiter described them, in their presentation and in the flavours. My friend and I shared something from each of the first four courses on the menu and every one of them was as delicious as they sounded. I would definitely eat here again and would recommend it to friends.
A cozy spot to get together with a good friend
A great team makes this a very comfortable place for dinner. The Chef is very talented and the staff are definitely on their game. Very attentive but never a nuisance. Each time I have been there I have left the restaurant feeling very pleased.
More than meets the eye
Just by chance I was looking up for new restaurants to try and came across Cinara. Reviews mostly indicated to try the Carte Blanche or aka tasting menu prepared by the chef and that was exactly what we went with. You don't know what you get but know this for sure, daily fresh ingriendients will be used to make simply presented dishes but one bite, all the flavors will burst in your mouth. All 6 dishes were delicious and the bread.... Oh! The bread.....
Definitely wasn't a cheap date night especially if you decide to do the wine pairing, but the waiter and waitress(sorry! I didn't catch their names!) was incredibly knowledgeable and it felt like hearing poetry when they described each dish along with the wine they chose to pair it with! What a great and unique experience!!
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