Da Mario is a family owned and operated spot offering a menu of authentic and traditional Italian cuisine.
This is mine & my wife's favorite Italian Restaurant in Burnaby. We've been going for years & have never had a problem. What keeps us going back? It's a small hidden place that is cozy, the food is great & the price is reasonable. It's a perfect little place to take a date. The waiters are friendly but also funny. My favorites meals here are the Rigatoni Calabrese, Pollo Diavola (Devil's Chicken) & the Vitello con funghi (Veal with Mushrooms) For an appy try the muscles & clams in sauce. When you are finished that bread is going to come in handy to dip into that delicious sauce left over. My all time favorite dessert that I've ever had is also here. Gelato Fritto (Deep fried ice cream) It's a small block of ice cream rolled in almonds & quickly fried. The Almond crust with ice cream center is a must try.. I will continue eating there with my wife for quiet romantic dinners! I always recommend this place to friends & they are always happy afterwords that I did.
This is a nice family restaurant. Food is pretty good, though a tad too salty for my taste. Presentation is also nice. No complaints here. There is some room for improvement in the service department, though. No offence, and nothing's out of tune here, but if the owner/manager could just keep his singing voice a little lower, perhaps the customers can enjoy their meals and conversations a little better:):)
This is a really great neighbourhood restaurant. We used to dine here frequently before we moved and always felt that we received good value for the money.
The ambiance is very relaxing. They had a few large parties in the restaurant but it was not overly noisy. It was just the warm buzz of patrons enjoying themselves. For the prices they charge the decor and atmosphere is very nice. We were seated at the back and when my husband and I commented that we found it a bit too dark to read the menu they turned the lights up a bit for us.
You can substitute pasta for the vegetables with the entrees for a small fee and we appreciate this as we do enjoy pasta when we have an Italian meal but we usually don't feel like having pasta as an entree. For dinner we had bruschetta, veal picatta and osso buco. With a bottle of wine and using the entertainment card dinner for the 2 of us was $67.00 with taxes and before tip.
For the quality of food, atmosphere and service this is very good value and we will be back when we're in the area.
From the outside of the restaurant, you can't tell that the inside is night & day. I was pleasantly surprised when I entered into the restaurant. The atmosphere was very romantic. With the music, lighting & decor.
The bread came and it was pretty good. Service was good. Only complaint was one of my orders was a bit too salty.
The portions was more than generous which is a plus.
But they had some good dishes that most Italian restaurants did not have (some items from desert & the escargot)
Overall, it was a good experience and we would be back again.
My wife and I had dinner here on a Friday night. Food was average and service was below average. Not once did the server came by and refill our water. With many Italian restaurants in the city, I won't waste my time and money coming back to this place again.
Perhaps it was a busy night but the service was extremely poor. Our appetizer AND dessert were forgotton; we had to ask for our menu; we had to ask for our bill; and no one checked on how we were enjoying our meal. We were there for 2 hours! And, apart from a lame apology, there was nothing offered to make it better i.e. to comp one of our drinks etc.
You know, I realized I'm eating out less not because of money, HST, recession or whatever (cause I still spend a lot of money on food) but because too many places don't balance out the salt levels in their food. Da Mario I think puts out great looking food, good ingredients but the salt level has to come down.
The issue is mainly in the sauces and soups I think because if you get past that, there's a lot of pleasant flavours in the food. It reminds me of those people who get their food and immediately pours the salt on without even tasting it! It's not flavour, it's salt!
Otherwise we had veal which was cooked great, ravioli was a good portion but filling was pretty standard.
I want to come back cause I think it's a good little spot, good friendly service and good menu but only if they tone down the salt content or at least balance it out better.
A friend and I went this week and had the veal scallopini and gnocchi with meat sauce. I found the flour that the veal was dredged in, put into the pan too soon and there was an uncooked flour taste. The boiled potatoes and vegetables were ok. I don't know if I would order this again. My friend really enjoyed her gnocchi and said it was tasty. We shared a cesar salad that was plenty for two and enjoyed the bread with balsamic/olive oil to begin with. I had a caesar cocktail that was fine and she enjoyed her glass of red wine. We had the exclusive attention of the owner as we were there at opening and he is quite the character! We may return sometime in the future and I would choose another meal.
We used to really enjoy coming there but the waiter has progressively gotten over friendly. Loud singing "Gloria" and other 80's hits, interrupting our intimate conversation, nudging me with his elbow (ew) while talking to me, eavesdropping.....he seems a little unstable.
There were other guys there at one time and things were better, I think that the waiter/owner too much.
The food is good, but we have decided to find another small gem in the area to go for spontaneous date nights.
Too bad, we are going to miss your food Da Mario, wish you'd stopped being so rude and annoying.
My wife and I have been to Da Mario for memorable dinners at least a dozen times over the past 4 years and expect no less than the best tasting gnocchi and cannelloni in town; we have never been disappointed.
Da Mario is a hidden gem in the Greater Vancouver area, the best value for a great quality meal. If you can get passed the low key facade, you are bound to experience a “party in the mouth”. This is not a high end Italian restaurant with valet parking, maitre d’ and ultra hospitable professionally trained servers, instead it is a cozy, authentic and a bit run down of a place with personable serving staff that do their best to make sure you’re happy. The owners are the cooks, Italians of course. They managed to not only create fantastic dishes, the quality is superb and very consistent. The tiramisu is not the best in town but it’s very good, the caprese salad is really good and their lasagne is top notch. We highly recommend Da Mario. Writing this review makes me hungry...
This little restaurant has outstanding food. Best Gnocci with Bolognese sauce and best veal piccata I have had in a long time. The Gnocci was cooked perfectly and a very large portion. Try the bread and olive oil/balsamic vinegar you wont be able to stop at one plate! Although the decor is outdated it cozy and the server we had was wonderful and made the dining experience very pleasurable.