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Bravo Cucina

1209 Lonsdale Ave.
North Vancouver, BC V7M2H5
Tel: (604) 985-3006
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Romantic
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30AM - 2PM & 5:30PM - 10PM, Sat: 5:30PM - 10PM, Sun: 5:30PM - 9:30PM
  • Bravo Cucina is an authentic Italian restaurant. Serving up Italian classics in a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere.

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the Italian job
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some pre-fireworks food, and we decided to try BC. The restaurant is nicely appointed inside and looked clean. The service was solid despite the fact that the place was packed. We were seated on the patio, and we got bread with oil/vinegar dip and water right away. After a brief look at the menu, we decided on a Caesar and Fettuccine Expo 86 for me, with Spaghetti Bolognese for my beloved. I should add that they ask for an extra 4 bucks if you split your salad with a fellow diner. That is just stupid and greedy. I struck a blow for justice by giving Mrs. C a few mouthfuls of my salad. No charge...

The fettuccine was quite good and I thought the sauce was interesting, although the shrimps in the sauce were previously frozen. As for the spaghetti, it was reported to be good. The salad was somewhat wilted, and not too appetizing.

Will I be back? Not likely. It was really expensive for what we got.

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Lunch encounter
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

A good place for a special lunch or dinner. A bit pricey if it is a regular lunch place. This time it was over lunch and the selection is quite large. On top of that you get several daily specials where you can't go wrong. Can be a bit heavy if you chose one of the dishes with cream and cheese but overall very nice. Salmon was very good as well as the pasta of the day.

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Great Neighbourhood Find!
By sinner of North Vancouver (71 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

Came here for supper with my bride this evening. We had spent a romantic afternoon together so this thought a nice Italian supper would be a great way to end things... I wasn't disappointed... The service was above average, the food came quickly (almost too quickly) but I have to say I was happy with this find in North Vancouver. I had the Linguine della Casa, which is a pasta dish with a creamy curry sauce with Spotted prawns (nice touch) with diced tomatoes. The pasta was Al Dente, as expected and the lentil soup was also excellent. My wife had the al fredo pasta which she enjoyed as well.

As far as neighbourhood places go, this is a very solid choice. I don't think this is a "destination" restaurant like a Vij's but if you live in the North Shore and are looking for a solid italian restaurant at reasonable prices, Bravo Cucina will make you happy.

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Excellent Service, Delicious & Affordable Food
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

As my boyfriend tells me, this place is PACKED for Valentine's Days and special events. (Apparently he tried to book last year about a week in advance, and the host looked at him as if to say, "you're kidding right?")

We went and enjoyed a pasta dinner on their patio and were thoroughly impressed. The busboy and waiter were professional, punctual, and informative. They both gave us recommendations on food and wine, and came by to check on us and our meal. My water glass was constantly being filled (I must have had 3 glasses of water) and we were brought some more bread to soak up the delectable sauces on our plates.

I had the spaghetti with veal meatballs and the bf had the Expo 86 fetuccine (it had a crab and shrimp tomato rose sauce). Both dishes were exceptional and delicious. I brought my leftovers to work today and all I can say is that it improves with age. :p

Would definately visit again.

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Very good indeed
By Norman of Vancouver East (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 20, 2006 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

I can't think of anything to fault here. The food is fresh, freshly prepared and authentic. It's well worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood, and even if you aren't. I'd make a special trip to the North Shore for this one.

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Not what we expected ...
By darrenkadish of Burnaby, B.C. (46 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 12:51am [Dine in]

Went here for dinner on Friday night after a hard night of work for some great Italian food. The last time we were here, we enjoyed our dinner and the atmosphere. The ambiance hasn't changed - it's still really nice and cozy.

We ordered two separate salads - caesar and butter leaf lettuce. Both were good, but not remarkable.

Our mains were the special cannellonni and the linguine vongole (clams) in a white cream sauce. The cannellonni was good, but my dining partner didn't think it was THAT good ... the linguine vongole came in a watery soupy sauce. We asked the waiter for a side of white cream sauce and he told us that the kitchen would do it up for us with the linguine. Fine - we gave the dish back to him. A few minutes later, out came the dish with MORE watery soupy sauce. I guess we should have told him that we wanted the "white THICK cream sauce" or even told him that we wanted alfredo sauce. Anyway, we packed it to go as we couldn't eat it like that. We are going to make some sauce at home and have it the way we like (and expect it to be - thick, not watery and soupy). $70 for dinner was expensive considering nothing was outstanding and we were totally disappointed in our linguine.

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Good Italian on Lonsdale
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

We have eaten here a few times and always found the food to be very good. The service can be a little erratic here as they can get overloaded quickly as there were only 2 servers working tonight. The pasta dishes are always very good value and very tasty.

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Bread to die for!
By JazzyCat of Cloverdale (30 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

Three of us had lunch here last week. It was very near the end of their lunch service but we never felt we had to rush out. My friends had two different salads that they really enjoyed. I had trouble choosing between one of the specials...black linguini with ahi tuna or penne arrabiata. I had the penne because I felt like something spicy. It was the best arrabiata I've ever had...packed with black and green olives and capers. But my favourite part is their bread that they serve with balsamic and olive oil. I think they must make the bread on premises. I loved it!

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Classy and cozy
By cqducky of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

Bravo Cucina is my family's favourite restaurant on the North Shore. The food is fresh and delicious, and the service is professional and friendly. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic, and it doesn't have the usual rushed, busy and loud feel that larger restaurants usually do. It is the perfect date restaurant if couples are looking to spend a night out, the perfect restaurant for celebrating a classy birthday or anniversary, the perfect restaurant if you want to catch up with a few friends.

PS. the tortellini is to die for.

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Incredibly, Seriously, Mediocre
By foodyfudder of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

We like good italian. Our standbys are Umberto's and Carmelo's. Living on the far end of the north shore, though, sometimes you just don't wanna drive so far..... Last Friday, we made a reso for 4 of us here and arrived a few minutes late. Our table wasn't ready, no worries, we were offered seats at the bar. The place was pretty full, good sign. We sat at the bar and surprisingly were not offered anything to drink. They seemed short staffed and too busy to make eye contact with us. After 10 min, my hubby flagged a guy down and got a couple of beer. Then our table was ready. We ordered mussels, tomato boconcinni, mains were a duck special, ossobucco and peppercorn steak washed down with a couple of decent bottles of red. Thinking back, mediocre is shooting a little high. The tomato bocconcini had tomatoes that I would not have purchased to serve to my own family, never mind serve to restaurant patrons paying $11.00 for six slices of tomatoes and minuscule slices of bocconcini. They were not ripe, not fresh (previously cut?) white at the core, grainy and in certainly the cheapest tomatoes available. To their credit they replaced the salad with a new one and I was so starved, I ate it, but it was just marginally better. The mussels were unremarkable and the portion size was below standard for the price. The Ossobucco presented nicely but the sauce tasted strange. We've had this dish in other restaurants that when done beautifully makes you dream about the taste for weeks afterward until you have to go back and have it again in the same place. This is not such a case. Again, well below mediocre. The duck special was done in a cassis sauce and the best thing about the dish was the veggies. The duck was dry, bland, and I wanted to forget I'd ordered it as soon as I bit into it. The best dish of the evening was the peppercorn steak. That was several notches above mediocre but at this point not enough to bring up the total score. The service was decent and unobtrusive, although in Italian restaurants we usually see a little more flare, but not here. Our glasses were full and the waiter was awake, that's about it. All in all, we had a nice evening out because our focus during the meal was the company and not the restaurant. But when you get home after dropping a few hundred bucks on a meal you do tend to dissect it a little the next day to decide if you'll be going there again or trying somewhere else. Our conclusion on this was, "been there, done that." We'll look for someplace else.

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Unimpressive won't go back
By RockSteady of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I was greatly dissappointed by this place 3 times now. I went 3 times because of work and not of my own volition. The food was not very good, in fact it did not taste like Italian should or could, I even had better pasta at the Spaghetti Factory. I tried the Bravo dish called Expo and the seafood as well as a few of the deserts and those were especially horrific. Even the bread they give you at the beginning was old and not scrumptious and soft. Very dissapointing Italian experience, with fairly high prices for a meal I could make better dishes at home for half of what was paid. By the way the french onion soup was so greasy my friend and I both felt sick not long after the meal for a long time. Thubs down.

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Good service, warm atmosphere, disappointing food
By madcat79 of Central Lonsdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

This was the first visit to Bravo Cucina and although I was not expecting 'authentic' Italian, I thought the menu and food lacked a lot of imagination. No complaints about the service or atmosphere, both were very good. The menu was just so disappointing; I was actually hoping they would have a bresaola or just a simple prosciutto and melon salad for an appetizer. The salads and bocconcini tomato were just not appealing on a winter’s night. I ordered the mushroom risotto for the main course. The rice was undercooked, the sauce salty and there was certainly not a 'local' mushroom to be found. My husband ordered the Penne Arrabiata and although he finished it off pretty quickly, it was nothing out of this world. Just boring canned olives and a tasteless tomato sauce. In all fairness I could have easily recreated both dishes at home and saved about $25!!! Oh well, we will not be going back. I will be searching for a true, simple Italian restaurant, which I am sure is somewhere in Vancouver.

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Everything is good, except
By heybuddy of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 9:09am [Dine in]

I have visited this restaurant many times; my wife and I dine out a lot - the food and wait staff is good....the french female hostess is something else. I don't think I have ever been treated so badly. She is rude, condescending and unprofessional - I will never go back.
I was abrupted by her once, and my wife suggested I give them another chance - I did...it was months later, she did not see me hiding behind the door and she was rude to my wife and my wifes friend, reservations do not mean anything to this restaurant, confirmed table does not mean anything, move you to another table after you have started your dining is ok with them. I called the owner later and he didnt really care. Nice way to treat your customers - no more of my money - too many good restaurant choices - never aginn.

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Don't GO and Don't Listen to the other reviews
By lonsdale234 of Lonsdale, North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

I went to Bravo Cucina based on the other reviews and it was nothing like their experiences. The food was way over priced... it is not 10-20, it is more around $30 a meal and not worth it. It had a very limited selection and not very many Italian staple restaurant foods. It took about 25-30min to get our food. I don't know if these people are thinking of a different restaurant or if they are friends with the owners, but definately not worth the money my husband and I spent there.

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Delicious!
By winnie_epooh of West End, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 10:43am [Dine in]

My colleague recommended this place and my expectations for fantastic pasta did not disappoint. This restaurant serves tasty delicious al dente pasta........just the way I/we like it. Our party of 4 ordered
- Linguini with vealmeatballs
- Canelloni with veal
- Linguini with clams (white sauce)
- Red snapper with lemon sauce

The linguini dishes came out as favorites. Price was extremely reasonable. I've had more pricey pasta dinners at less the satisfaction.

The service, however, was rather slow. Between our appies and our mains, we waited a long time. To get the check also took forever. And to get the food packed also got us waiting. So if you are in a hurry, this place is not for you.

But otherwise, this is a gem. This place filled up quickly at about 1900, so reservations are highly recommended.

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Are you kidding me?? Coziest Italian I've ever been to.
By Legat of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

OK, I'm really not into writing reviews of places (SPECIALLY the ones I've only been to once), unless they're REALLY good or REALLY bad.

And I must say this, I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what these people who wrote the bad reviews are talking about!!!

I love Italian food and was really puzzled by the excellent and awful reviews I've seen here, so following the advice of one of them, I decided to ignore the bad critics and see it by myself (thank you for that, by the way!)

This is simply the coziest Italian restaurant I've EVER been to (and I've been to Italy!) I felt like I was in a Godfather scene.

It's the perfect place for a family celebration, a romantic dinner, a gathering with friends (all of which I've seen there and can picture myself doing) or just go by yourself and have a very pleasant experience (like I did - so in this particular case, it was ALL about the restaurant, not the company).

The food is great, so is the wine, the place is completely lovely and all the staff is very good, VERY attentive and friendly! The owner himself (straight out of Sicily, I must add) came out of the kitchen more than once to check on the clients and we chatted for a long time.

So I can only imagine that the bad reviews come from people who may have been there in a very crowded, busy weekend. My advice, choose another day, perhaps. But just do yourselves a favor and make your own opinion on it!

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Don't understand other reviews
By aidan of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2011 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

I have been dining at Bravo Cucina for 9 years. It's the best. The chickem limone is to die for the Alfredo makes you feel like you are in heaven. Don't even get me started on the deserts, mousse yummy.
I don't understand the negative comments I have been reading on here it's really to bad because this is a place if you are lucky enough to discover it you will be greatful you went. One thing that impresses me the most that in the 9 years I have been going the same staff are there, that is amazing. Yes I have seen a few staff come and go and been greatful they were gone but the main staff are always there. I think that's kudos to the owner, it must be a pretty great place to work to stay in the service industry that long at the same place. The food is always incredible, never once have I been disapointed and if I ever had an issue it was addressed, like the time my wine was corked, they didn't ask questions they brought me a new bottle. They accomodate children, in a small place that is romatic and quiet I bring my daughter and have never been made to feel that it's not appopriate. Not to say that this is a child friendly restaurant because it's not it's better suited to a roamntic evening out or adults only dinner but I have never been made to feel badly. It's also casual enough that I can come apres ski and I'm not made to feel badly that my hair is a mess from the mountain winds and I have ski pants on. This is a really special place don't miss out and don't listne to the negatives. Even if there was a person with a bad experience I'm quite sure it has somthing to do with there inability to recognize real class when you see and taste it. This place is quality. The food is magnifico!!!! The wine list is wonderful to!! The prices aren't cheap but they are not expensive either for what you get. Happy Dining,

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Rip OFF
By Emma79 of LMD (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

Not only is the food very minimal for the over the top pricing, they charge a higher price on the bill than what's stated in the menu. Make sure you check your prices before you pay!!! One of the waitresses who was making drinks spent more time sampling what she was making than anything else. It took us 1 hour to get our food and when we did it was just disappointing. After speaking with others, they also had the same experience with the billing. I wonder how many people they have ripped off? maybe someone should look into that...hmmm!!!

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Best Food "Barnone"
By westvanlady of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Last night we had the best food we've had in a long time to come. Everything was perfect.

We were greeted by very pleasant hostess and the owner even came out to have a chat with us.

The only disappointment was that we wanted the special "Ossobucco" and it was sold out. Next time I will ask about the special when I make my reservation and book it ahead.

The ambience of the restaurant was cozy and the bread delicious. My kids could not get enough of it. They were very helpful in suggesting smaller portions meals for the kids. My son had the Porcini Risotto and it was flavorful and out of this world. He also had the Cauliflower and Fennel Soup and that was phenomenal too.

I had a Crab cake with mixed green salad and Mushroom Veal. Both was so good I wanted to lick my plate.

My husband is a very fussy eater and he was very happy with his order too. My friends too was very happy with their meal.

Would we come back, that would be a definite YES.

I love this place.

Never had a disappointing meal, EVER.

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It's my local joint
By mjc of west van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

i eat here a couple times a week. the food is very consistent and its good. some people come here as a special occasion but the regulars come as we are. wait staff is really friendly and adds to your great experience. highly recommended! can get busy thursday, friday and saturday nights (even the weekday nights sometimes). call for reservations -if they are packed try eating at the bar!

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