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Cafe Il Nido

780 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1V8, Canada
+1 604-685-6436
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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“pasta” (18 reviews)
“clams” (2 reviews)
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780 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1V8, Canada
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We went there on the evening around 6:30 pm. We were the only one and round 7 another couple show up… the place is very quite.. The place is overpriced and the food is average. Our expectations were higher given the price level.

Thank Neda F
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We found this courtyard restaurant while looking for somewhere to have dinner, shortly after arriving in Vancouver. The food was largely Italian and we both had a very nice meal. The service was efficient but not particularly friendly or helpful. We decided that it did...More

Thank raymarks
Reviewed 19 August 2017

First, the food was very good. nice terrace in the back of the restaurant. The service, while efficient, had an indifferent attitude toward the guests. A little more interest or smile would have made it Excellent. Give it a try

Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We found this place by accident, it is off-street in a courtyard. The welcome and service were excellent. The menu is good italian (little pasta and no pizza). We had soup, calamari, risotto - all excellent. The wine list is varied, middle of the road...More

Thank j1p
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Always consistently exceptional Italian fare. A little hard to find in a courtyard off Thurlow but once there you'll enjoy some of the best authentic Italian cuisine in the city. Franco and his staff are great.

Thank taxguru56
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

When to this restaurant on a whim. It was recommended by a friend. The ambiance was ruined by a small group of very loud customers. Service was prompt and courteous. Food was tasty. Price in the upper range. Didn't drink wine. Would have enjoyed it...More

Thank drpetr68
Reviewed 31 March 2017

There are so many better fine dining Italian restaurants in Vancouver than il Nido. It was extremely overpriced and the food is average and not much to excite the senses. The owner Franco Felice, is a very arrogant and rude individual. I dined there years...More

Thank Goldiaba
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This restaurant is hidden away in a courtyard off Robson and Thurlow. It has a low-lit, romantic feel to it, but at lunch all the customers wore business suits. I had the spaghetti with mussels, which came with julienne veggies and a lemon butter sauce,...More

Thank Sam C
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Two days ago my husband and I came across this lovely restaurant at 780 Thurlow Street. Our meals were delicious and the service was perfect. If you are after great Italian food, this is the place to go to. We can highly recommend the Café...More

Thank Travellbug2015
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We have been to Cafe Il Nido many times in the past. As with our previous visits, the food and the service were excellent. The atmosphere is quiet and intimate. It is an excellent choice in downtown Vancouver for a couple's night out.

Thank Ridelikeyastoleit
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i don't own the place - just a foodie, but you can google its website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$48
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 780 Thurlow St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1V8, Canada
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop & skytrain station walking distance in the heart of downtown
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Robson Street
  • Neighbourhood: Robson Street
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-6436
  • E-mail
Since opening in 1988, Il Nido has consistently ranked in the top echelon of Vancouver Restaurants. Here, BC's finest ingredients are used to create dishes reminiscent of Northern Italy - "the food of kings, peasants and, everyone in between". Traditional fish, meat and pasta dishes are made with the use of non-traditional herbs and spices, such as saffron and ginger. Sauces are lean and light. Fresh fish and vegetables are staples. Desserts are home-made. With its elegant yet, casual atmosphere, muted/understated decor and sunny patio, this "Nest In The City" is a destination for those who enjoy wonderful food and good conversation. Groups of up to 50 are welcome and custom menus are easily designed with organic, gluten free, and vegetarian options available. As Il Nido continues as one of Vancouver's finest restaurants, evolving with imagination and inventiveness, its motto remains: Everyone Leaves Happy.
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