Vicino (va-CHEE-no) is Italian for "neighborhood." Offering a Mediterranean bistro-style menu in an intimate, elegant setting, Richard's is a perfect choice for lunch or dinner. Drawing on influences from Italy, Spain and France, the menu is innovative, ingredient-driven and flavorful, pleasing even the most sophisticated palate. Menus change with the seasons to take advantage of locally sourced ingredients, fresh fish, meat and game as they become available. Chef Richard Langston and his team create daily specials, adding to the variety of choices for both lunch and dinner.
Richard's wine list is hand-selected by Chef Richard Langston to enhance your dining experience. With a focus on food-friendly varietals, the selections are from both the old and new worlds: Italy, France, Spain, Oregon, California, Idaho and Washington.
We hope to see you soon in our neighborhood!
Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Main restaurant entrance is off the Boise Co-Op parking lot which can be used for Cafe Vicino parking. Street parking is also available.
Bus stop is located on Fort Street between 8th and 9th streets.
Private Party Facilities:
Cafe Vicino specializes in small cocktail or dinner parties in your home. Please contact us to discuss individualized menus and services.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Richard's Ratings and Reviews
The scallop appetizer was exquisite--gri ...
The scallop appetizer was exquisite--grilled to perfection. The potato chip appetizer is also addictive. The spinach fettucine is light and not heavy at all; packed with flavor. Soem folks may find the cheese ravioli with brown butter sauce and sage a bit powerful on the sage, but I think it is an excellent compliment to the cheese flavors. Service was excellent and the waiter was very knowledgeable on the wine list.
Cafe Vicino did it again -- impeccable s ...
Cafe Vicino did it again -- impeccable service (there when we needed it, not intrusive, quietly competent); delicious food, from pasta to salad to entree to dessert; fine wine (and wine list). Boise is lucky to have a restaurant of this quality.
This place has long frustrated me. It h ...
This place has long frustrated me. It has just never come together to be what I expect. This time it was like conveyer-belt service. And a server (shelli) who couldn't pick up a clue that the table was not very happy. Richard has complexified his food over the years and its part of the current dining milieu. It was fine above merely OK but falls short of what it could and should be
Usually I give a five stars - had a few ...
Usually I give a five stars - had a few issues this time. 1) Chicken on sandwich was the consistency of rubber. This is my usual go-to fav and was disappoint. Also, was a very small piece. 2) It was freezing when we arrived at noon. Never had a temp. issue before. 3) Major sad that the restaurant is moving. Dine here often because of both the food/service and location. Avoid downtown as much as possible!
Service was fab as usually.
I have always been a fan of Richard's ba ...
I have always been a fan of Richard's back to Hyde Park in the late 90's, Early 2000's at their Hyde Park location Richard's Across the Street. I was a little disappointed in the dish I chose but I have high expectations based on many fond memories. I look forward to going back and enjoying more of their dishes!
The food was excellent and the service o ...
The food was excellent and the service outstanding. The chef did a nice job on plate presentation and provided a meal worthy of having on a special occasion. The one negative was the lack of a wine 'expert'. Our server was wonderful but had a difficult time making wine recommendations or pairing it with the food ordered.
We have always liked Cafe Vicino, but ha ...
We have always liked Cafe Vicino, but hadn't been there since 2012. We were out of the state for 18 mos from 2012 to 2013. Decided to go back for our anniversary and it was absolutely outstanding. Food was really great as was our server. It made us wonder why we don't go here more often, so from now on... we will. Apparently it's not a secret because every table was filled on a Monday night. Glad I made a reservation.
Had a lovely time at Vicino's. My husba ...
Had a lovely time at Vicino's. My husband loves this restaurant, so it was a treat for him. I'm happy to say that the experience this time was far better than the last. Last time we dined at Vincino's (April), I was less than impressed with the service we received. I had an issue with the wine and as it turned out the bottle was bad. I was basically told it was me, and then I wasn't even comped the glass of wine, which I feel for a restaurant of this caliber should have been a given, especially given the amount of money we spent that night. But again, this time, service was wonderful and the food was as well. We love the European vibe of this restaurant, but I'm excited for their new location and a bit more room :) We will be back.
Vicino accommodated us on short notice f ...
Vicino accommodated us on short notice for an early dinner before evening events. Now that it's fall, I ordered the bone-in pork loin chop with delicata squash and red wine-poached pear. The large loin chop was perfectly brined and thereby flavorful and tender, and the squash was likewise perfectly baked, tender but not mushy. The poached pear was a great accompaniment, still firm. My spouse ordered the halibut, chanterelle and pasta special that was rich and full flavored enough to support a red wine. Service and wine by the glass were excellent and, with little room for improvement, we left satisfied and on time.
Had a 7pm reservations were seated at 7: ...
Had a 7pm reservations were seated at 7:05. After sitting there approximately 10 minutes and no waitress it was becoming very apparent this was a place for locals. The waitresses were conversing with all the tables around us. When we finally did order, the appetizers and entrées they were really good. Not sure yet if we'll go back the next time we're in town.
Another lovely dining experience. The ...
Another lovely dining experience.
The noise level is indicated as moderate, but normally it is quiet. There were some ebullient folks at an adjacent table on this occasion, but we could still have conversation.
Food: Menu has changed since last we dined here, and Richard has done an admirable job of offering a variety which appeals to everyone.
Brought foodie guests from Houston who n ...
Brought foodie guests from Houston who noted that Vicino's cuisine would compare favorably with the best in Houston, a notable foodie town. Great food, cocktails, conversation (even on a crowded Friday night) and service.
This is my go-to restaurant for business ...
This is my go-to restaurant for business lunches. The food is great, reasonably priced, and very fresh. They have a lot of selections that make me feel like I had a good meal without over-indulging. I am especially fond of the fresh salmon cakes served over fresh greens and the grilled shrimp served with risotto cakes. The wait staff is exemplery. They are efficient and friendly without being overbearing. The dining room is small enough to feel intimate and reasonably private - great for my business lunches. I'm a fan!
There were 6 people in our group, two of ...
There were 6 people in our group, two of whom were my daughter and son-in-law who were visiting from the San Francisco Bay Area; the other two were our good friends from Meridian who had never dined at Cafe Vicino either. My wife and I had lunch at Cafe Vicino a few months ago and we were extremely impressed and pleased; everything we had that day was wonderful. So we thought what a nice treat it would be to have our family from "the city by the bay" enjoy a fine dining experience right here in Boise. When we arrived home following dinner, my wife and I discussed our meals and the service and we agreed it was a huge disappointment, and quite an embarrassment for us. You see, based on the lunch we'd had there, we bragged and bragged about how great the food was. Open Table had Cafe Vicino listed as #1 in the area at one time and we bragged about that as well. So we called our friends in Meridian and asked them what their honest opinion was. They agreed with us; they did not consider it a great dining experience. I can only imagine what our family from San Francisco thought considering they come from a metropolitan city where fine cuisine is the norm. It's doubtful that we will ever return to Cafe Vicino. We have since apologized to our family and friends for what turned out to be one of the least enjoyable and embarrassing dining experiences we've ever had. One more thing: our waitress never even asked our son-in-law what he would like to drink when she was taking drink orders! The pasta wasn't even cooked to the al dente stage; it was like it was dipped in the water for 1 or 2 minutes and then dished up. The only good thing I can comment on is that the Tomato Basil soup was great, as were the Caesar salads. Beyond that, all in all we feel it was very overpriced, we got less than stellar service, and the food was lackluster and required all of us to add seasoning.
Another wonderful meal at Vicino! To sta ...
Another wonderful meal at Vicino! To start, we had the newly added and delicious negroni sbagliato, that is unique to Vicino but not made with Campari as the "negroni" name might suggest, but an inventive and refreshing take on the classic champagne cocktail. Then on to the appetizer special of plump mussels in a rich heirloom tomato broth that had us mopping up every trace with the accompanying grilled bread. The recently added quail was excellent as the generous serving of quail had been artfully brined before grilling and served with perfectly roasted root vegetables and harissa to the side. This house-made harissa isn't the familiar, fiery, oily condiment found in stores but provided a rich roasted pepper flavor with a touch of chili warmth and subtle middle eastern or Indian spices for a great exotic accent to this satisfying dish. As always, the service was the most polished and professional in town.
Cafe Vicino is eternally delightful! I ...
Cafe Vicino is eternally delightful! I have yet to visit when I haven't enjoyed the meal.
Having visited a number of times, however, I am looking forward to a few new dishes being presented to show off the chef's creativity!
Cafe Vicino is one of those place where ...
Cafe Vicino is one of those place where you would go for a nice adult evening. Iniimate and charming, we always have a nice time here. We heard they were moving to a different location this year. This is great news, as the only downside, currently, is that it is in a strip mall and needs to be in a more elegant location. We always look forward to the specials and the local ingredients.
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