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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: Monday - 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
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.
Food with flavours that are authentic and extraordinary all at once. Just when you think Pino can't do any better, he throws something new on the menu that is so so good.
The service is also top notch. Runs like a well oiled machine with every detail considered. I spilled a bit of red wine in my top and there was soda water and a napkin on our table within seconds. Love it.
Went for our anniversary..first time and definitely will not be the last. Service was personable and not over done. Food was beyond delicious and fresh. The chef even made us a very beautiful dessert (on the house) for our special celebration. Would recommend Cioppinos to anyone looking for a authentic and fabulous Italian dinner. 😊
Excellent fresh Italian/ Mediterranean fare. The only downers were the overdone octopus (tough) and the terrible espresso (technical problem in my opinion, not the machine or the ban). The second try (cup) was better/ good but not great. Overall an 7 out of 10 experience.
We had been here some years ago for a similar birthday celebration and it had been good. However, this time we didn't like it much. Even though it was during prime time on a Thursday night (and we had annoyingly been reminded far to many times of our 8:00 p.m. reservation, first by you, then by the restaurant again, so that we felt like schoolchildren having to be constantly prompted!) the place was - see bracketed comments - nearly empty by 9:00 p.m. The waiter was rakish (pushing us to order, telling us that some dishes take up to 40 minutes to prepare, and when we ordered, the food was within a few minutes, much earlier than we had wanted it - we didn't appreciate that!) and the food was okay but not special. The appetizer was surprisingly tiny. P.S. The wine steward was very friendly, he was the highlight of the evening. All in all, considering the high price (over $500), we were disappointed and will not come back to this restaurant. Because all other venues in Yaletown were superbusy, we very much got the feeling of the place being 'has been' and out-of-favour and regretted our choice.
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