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About Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, in a relaxed , professional environment
Vancouver, BC V6B 5P6
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
High end off-site catering that reflects our menu and as well wine pairing
We do have Valet Parking available through Black Diamond Valet, parking also available in the busy streets of Yaletown.
Sky trains Canada Line
Private Party Facilities:
We do have 6 private dining rooms. Dom Perignon Room suitable for 6 people and available only when ordering a bottle of Dom Perignon. All other private rooms available only with group menus Cioppino's wine room suitable for 26 people with a minimum guarantee of 22 people. Mamma Paola wine room suitable for 12 people , minimum guarantee of 8. Enoteca wine room 22 people , minimum 18, Batasiolo wine room 18 people, minimum 14, Antinori wine room 14, minimum 10. The Enoteca wine room and the Batasiolo wine room can open into one room suitable for 40 people, minimum guarantee of 32 people.
Private Party Contact:
Pino Posteraro: (604) 688-7466
Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill Ratings and Reviews
The food was amazing, but we were rushed. The noise level was high as we were put at a table for two between two large tables with business men. The head waiter was hovering and we felt we needed to eat fast. We would still go back as the food was incredible, but would ask for a quiet table.
Amazing locally inspired Italian cuisine. It is quite loud and a bit of a tight space. Service is good, however if you're a visible minorty, your waiter my talk down to as if you dont know anything about food- even if you're a foodie. Overall a great dining experience though.
The food was fantastic at Cioppino's, and the service professional and knowledgeable. However, there was a certain "energy" and "fun" missing from this restaurant. Perhaps this lack of "excitement" was exacerbated by having drinks at the hopping Blue Water Cafe before coming to dinner at Cioppino's, but the place seemed void of happiness.
We were the only folks at the bar, but decided to eat there anyway. Our appetizers of Carpaccio and Veal Tonello were classic and utterly delicious. This was followed by an amazing spaghetti with black truffles, done al dente and perfectly. Molto Bene! Cioppino, in honor of the restaurant's nomenclature, was done right, and my Veal Limone, prepared specially for me, was wonderful. Everything was fantastic and Cioppino's would be the best Italian restaurant in most North American cities, outside of New York, Toronto, St. Louis, San Francisco, and maybe Philadelphia. This isn't modern cooking. It's classic Italian done right.
So, back to the four stars. Cioppino's just wasn't fun. However, if I just want great food and can entertain myself, it is a perfect restaurant. I guess I'm too co-dependent.
Hovering and somewhat intrusive service combined with a very formal atmosphere made this, for us, a difficult place to relax in. I have used the private room on several occasions and it has a much more socially conducive atmosphere. The food was generally good but in all honesty not exceptional. The wine list however is amazing.
It had been a while since I had been to Cioppino's. I had high expectations and anxiety as I was taking new friend (whom I was hoping to become something more) who happens to be one of the top ten food bloggers in Vancouver! I knew that she had been here before as well so I figured the "wow" factor was gone but I was so wrong. We were both surprised and enjoyed the simultaneously familiar yet with subtle flavor elements that made every dish wonderful.
She started with the day's special Burgundy escargots that were tender and full of flavor. Frequently, if you are going to get big flavors from escargots, they wind up toughening from overcooking but not here. These were remarkable! I had the scallop starter off the regular menu and again, the perfect treatment. Neither of the two most predictable outcomes presented themselves theses were again tender, subtly treated so the full flavor of the shellfish came through. Neither rubbery and dry nor undercooked and milky, these were a perfect start to the meal.
Our mains were equally wonderful. She had the Paccheri di Gragnano the lamb sausage and pasta dish had powerful flavors without being pushed into that slightly gamey taste that lamb can occasionally render. I had the Boar, Two Ways which consisted of a piece of belly that was truly melt in your mouth with a nice meaty center to finish each mouthful. The other way was a long-braised piece of shin. Shin should be (and is) one hell of a tough piece of meat given the amount of work it performs in a pig's life. Prepping wrongly can leave you envying your dog as he chews on your old slipper. Cooked too long and all of the collagen disappears and you have stringy, separated muscle fibers with all of the interest of chewing on a shoelace. However, done right (which this was) it can be transcendently flavorsome and wonderfully tender leaving a good meaty mouth feel.
A 2011 Amalia Barolo was the perfect addition to the meal as were the desserts but more on that later.
This dinner was an exquisite experience, the service was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The food, each bite was so delicious, every course a complete experience with the wine complementing it each and every time. It was a snowy night with very few patrons yet it was very nice for us to take our time, to appreciate the environment, the staff, the experience as a whole and we plan to return very soon it felt like we were in Italy. Thank you.
Exceptional service! Staff was extremely attentive to our wishes. Meat dishes left something to be desired but the pastas, as expected , were very good. Loved the wine list and wonderful dessert menu. I would pass on the caprese salad if I were to return. Good food overall but not memorable.
Our server was Alberto, who only recently started working at Cioppino's. He was delightful, very informative and responsive to any and all questions. He was very warm and attentive, but not intrusive. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the overall experience. Chef Pino came to the table for a brief visit - a nice touch.
I took my wife and one of my customers and her partner for dinner last weekend and had a wonderful evening. Our server was Felix and he was very professional, had a good sense of humour, and was very attentive to our needs without being intrusive. Not once did I have to reach for our wine bottle to fill our glasses like I've had to do rather disappointingly at other so called fine dining establishments. The bottle of Alsatian Pinot Gris Grand Cru I selected from their unbelievably comprehensive wine cellar matched incredibly well with the delicious food that we had. We had a pretty impressive meal at Yew Seafood restaurant just two days prior, but the meal at Cioppino's trumped that meal in every aspect. We all left the restaurant with a mutual feeling of complete satisfaction. An absolutely stellar meal and experience that will bring my wife and I back soon.
After searching for Yaletown area restaurants we choose to dine at Cioppino's. It was the highlight of the food section of our travels to Vancouver. Outstanding entree selections made our choices fun to explore. The food quality, taste and presentation was outstanding; best veal chops I've had in years! The service was exceptional, wait staff were very professional as they scurried around to be sure every need was met; there seemed to be more than one supervisor on site ensuring to every detail; the chef walked through a few times to also check and his brother, the manager was delightful to meet. Highly recommend!
The best words to describe Cioppino are "old fashioned". The food was delicious but these days we are more used to less heavy, lighter tasting food. The stuffed zucchini flowers were tasty but a bit greasy, the fish in the Cioppino was beautifully cooked, the broth was full of flavour but again a bit oily. The plating is somewhat modern but somehow my dining partner and I bought thought the food was a bit stuck in the past. The service was attentive but the waiter addressed my fellow diner (male) the whole time. We didn't feel hurried but we had three courses and were out of the door in eighty minutes. When you're paying just over $200 (with only one glass of wine each) it would be nice to be able to sit and chat a bit. We also had at least six servers over the course of the evening. Would I go back? Yes, but there are other restaurants I would try before returning.
A birthday dinner for 6 was a wonderful evening. From a greeting at the door by the owner, to excellent service and outstanding food, to a lovely ambience (we could actually make conversation across the table, something not possible in many places these days) Cioppino's delivered as always. It is not cheap but the quality is delivered to match the price.
Excellent service from our server Richard. Food was very good and brought to the table in a timely and organized manner. Overall, a very good experience. Only complaint was the stern-faced lady who greeted us at the desk. A smile and a warmer greeting would be nice for a restaurant of this stature and price.
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