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“Mixed results” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Illuminate Restorante

Illuminate Restorante
Ranked #6 of 202 Restaurants in Delta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tsawwassen, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Mixed results”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

My wife had the short ribs and was very happy. The service was excellent. I was very disappointed in the seafood risotto. It was watery and flavourless.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Grant M
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English first
Seattle
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Tsawwassen So Un Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

Tsawwassen is so un Italian however the community steals the show with Illuminate. Roland the owner and working Chef came out of the Umberto fold opening an eligant restaurant in Tsawwassen a hidden community near the BC Ferries heading to Victoria BC. The community is boring, filled with ideal wealthy who hide their money well. Most obviously have little taste as local fare is pretty pedestrian except Illuminate that rises higher than anything else locally.
A very good Chef Roland captures the essence of quality and exceptionally prepared meals. It is not cheap but worth it. Keeping staff is not easy in the boon docks and without Roland at the wheel this place would quickly fail. It is now a few years old, the perfect place for special occassions, and parties. A beautiful room overall. Trust he can keep it together as it is a gem quietly producing exceptional dishes on par with anything in Vancouver or elsewhere. PS It is Italian, high end of course. Oh where oh where is an old cheap Italian joint with oil cloth and Peppi in the kitchen?

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bentley1Seattle
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Tsawwassen, Canada
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Really disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

Really disappointing, soup was boring
Buco- almost flavourless-Gramma's is tastier
Restaurant too noisy

Visited November 2012
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3 Thank 14steno
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Vancouver BC
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Always excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2012

It is a pleasure to recommend this restaurant in Tsawwassen onn 56th St in Delta. The menu always has interesting choices that are different than the "run of the mill" as well as some favorites. Try one of their intriguing salads along with any of their main dishes and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ValerieVancouverBC
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“quality food + personable service = excellent choice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

We've been to Illuminate regularly over the past few years. There really is a dearth of decent restaurants in Tsawwassen, so Illuminate is "the" place for elegant dining. The food is fresh, well prepared and portions are generous. They offer a number of nightly specials, which we usually gravitate to since the menu itself changes only seasonally. I don't think there is anything I've tried which I haven't liked. The lamb and short rib entrees stand out as particularly good.

The main room is quite large and can be a little cold, but the open kitchen helps to liven things up a bit. The service staff are warm, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The wine list has a good price range and many BC choices too. All in all, highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PawPrints604
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