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Gusto Di Quattro

1 Lonsdale Ave
North Vancouver, BC V7M2E4
Tel: (604) 924-4444
Fax: (604) 924-4441
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 2PM & 5PM - 10PM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 2PM & 5PM - 11PM, Sun: 5PM - 10PM
  • Quattro At Whistler is the first outpost of the Quattro family of restaurants. This seaside location serves up contemporary Italian cuisine with a special focus on service and their extensive wine list.

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Disappointing evening
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:34am [Dine in]

It's been many years since we've been to Gusto and hubby wanted to try it again. We'd had a good experience here many years ago and thought it would be a nice evening out.

We had reservations but the first seat they offered us was in a corner and I could not get at the seat without the table being pulled out and then pushed back in again once I sat down. As there was another couple seated not 1 foot from our table and the gentleman had to get up in order for me to get in (I am not a big woman) I asked the waiter not to push the table back in as I would probably want to leave my seat at some point during the evening. He gave us another table. For dinner we shared the Linguine del Mar - pasta with rock shrimp, tomatoes and chili. Hubby really enjoyed the pasta but I thought it was good at best. For the main entrees my husband ordered the pistachio crusted sablefish and it was very good. The fish was nice and moist and very tasty. It came with Mascapone risotto that he really enjoyed. I ordered the Cornish Game hen cooked under a brick and the hen was very dry, definitely overcooked. My husband sampled it as well and he also said that it was not very good. We called our waiter over and he said that he would have it redone. He came back a few minutes later and said that the chef said that's the way the dish is done and the the next one would be the same. I have a suggestion - why don't you try not cooking it as long. That seems like an easy suggestion. By the way the owners of Mangia e Bevi used to be with the Quattro restaurants and the Cornish Game hen that they do is heavenly. I decided to just have an appetizer of escargot and prawns. It was okay but you can get basically the same dish at other restaurants for considerably less money. I was very dismayed at the way the whole situation was handled. Most restaurants that we have gone to when there is a problem with the food they will comp the dessert or offer you an apperitif.

Our server was decent. Wine and water was continually topped up but we did have to ask for little things. Wine bucket to keep white wine cold etc.

We would not be back. I just don't see the value for the money here. A dry tasteless game hen at $32.00 is just not my idea of value and they tell me that this is the way it is supposed to be. Ugh

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A gem on the north shore
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I have heard good things about this restaurant for a long time, but only recently did I find the opportunity to dine there. It is the best among the 3 Quattro restaurants in the group. The venue is small, hence intimate, and the food absolutely delicious. Don't miss their Radicchio Bocconcini appetizer. Also, good wine selection by the glass, so you can always find something to complement your meal. Highly recommended.

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Lunch Visit
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

Went for a lunch visit recently and had a very nice meal. Menu is big enough to provide people with enough choices (Pasta, Sandwiches, mains as well as a few appies). Many of my co-workers enjoyed the pastas with the 3 types of pasta dish, the best. If you can't decide, they give you 3 small portions of different pastas. There is a business person's lunch which has a salad, soup and entree. It all comes in one dish (separated like a Japanese Bento Box). Very good with salmon and rissotto as the main. Dessert is also included. A safe bet. Overall, nice portions and very good quality.

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Balsamageddon
By angeloncall of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 9:06am [Dine in]

Loved the fettuccine Caprese dish 2 weeks prior. Didn't mind the $5.00 cost for the splitting of the plate as it was filled with the tiny boccoccini, lots of cherry tomatoes and heaped with carmelized onion. Delish! that's why I raved about this dish to distraction and enticed my sister and brother in law to visit with us on Saturday July 23rd. Whoa! What happened! Once again a split between myself and husband and my sister ordered a full plate of this dish: Fettuccine Caprese.....what happened! Apparently when we asked them, nothing had changed....the dish had remained the same for 12 years or more. What? Did I visit on an alien planet the other week....this surely was the same place. the dish was the same so argued the server and manager. Apparently they didn't mind calling us liars because they were swearing the dish hadn't changed....but here it was ....I got one miniscule boccoccini, my husband 2, the same with tomatoes....and the reason I called this review Balsamageddon is because the Balsamic reduction was on everything. Are you kidding? Take this ingrediet to every dish and you get Balsamageddon and a lot of GAS!

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Welcome Back Carol Chow!
By interactbiz of North Van (34 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

We had vague knowledge of its solid reputation but, with so many other fine choices, Gusto di Quattro hadn't yet topped our list. That mistake is now corrected and we will return, soon.
Selecting wine took careful consideration because Gusto di Quattro offers a multitude of choices. Of course, Italy is well represented with selections from Sicily to Piemonte. About a dozen wines are on offer from famous BC estates, including Burrowing Owl, Blue Mountain and Wild Goose. The restaurant serves an excellent range of reds, whites and frizzantes by the glass or half-litre.
I chose Mere e Monte (Sea and Mountain). A veal medallion and two perfectly seared scallops topped a wonderful porcini risotto with tender crisp asparagus. The plate was dressed with red wine sauce and truffle butter. Across the table, my partner had Filetto Lombardo – beef tenderloin on polenta with spinach, glazed carrots and buttery gorgonzola sauce. Perfect portions, perfect preparation and perfect presentation.
After dessert and coffee, we passed by the open kitchen and noticed there a familiar face. Sure enough, Carol Chow has returned to the North Shore. Fans will know that, after beginning her career with Umberto’s and Bishop’s, she spent 10 very successful years at the Beach Side Café in West Van. That restaurant never recovered from her departure and is now only a memory. After several years at Burnaby’s Hart House, Carol Chow has returned to the North Shore as Executive Chef of Gusto di Quattro.

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Fantastic All Around
By SassyC of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 9:24am [Dine in]

For a Tues night this place was busy. The service was a teensy bit slow, but our server explained the reason and apologized. The food - Brushetta - WOW!, the warm Chocolate desert WOW! The Halibut and Crab - Good but not over the top! Our bill came to $107 before tip. Not bad for a fine dining experience.

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Wonderful Resturant
By goodeat2nite of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

I don't know what resturant the first reviewer went to, but I doubt it was this one.

Wonderful well prepared meal with an excellent wine menu. We had the salmon and it was doneto perfection, probably the best salmon I have ever had, and I have had a lot.

Wonderful, cozy, romantic resturant to bring a date to for a nice intimate meal.

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Like your Italian sweet n'salty?
By dnj060 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 20, 2006 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

So dismayed by the dinner eaten at Gusto Di Quattro this weekend that it almost seems unbelievable that a restaurant in the high end price range, with a solid reputation, would serve inferior fare under the pretence of being good Italian, that it boggles the mind…

Ambience - casual, relaxed and quite pleasant.

Service, well, they had one server on for almost full restaurant (even though the place is small). The server was polite yet brisk and despondent. There was a long lapse in between our appetizers and the arrival of our mains. I would expect they could staff their restaurant adequately and not be so obviously cheap about their guest per server ratio.

The food – this is where the experience becomes regrettable. My appetizer was touted as “phyllo stuffed with brie, goat cheese, sliced chicken breast and homemade fig jam with a balsamic syrup”. I ended up with two over baked pieces of phyllo with nary a hint of its supposed stuffings. It was served with a silly sweet fig dressing at an outrageous price of $12.95. Major rip off.

My fellow diner had crab and corn chowder for $8.95 that tasted like it was made with fillers rather than fresh, quality ingredients.

For my main, I had “ravioli filled with wild mushrooms, mascarpone cheese and white truffle oil in a light porcini cream” ($21.95) - it tasted and looked like it had been drying out under a heat lamp too long. It was way salty (to mask its low quality). My fellow diner had their lasagna special for $18.95. No raves, just meh.

For dessert, we tried our luck at the Tiramisu…how can a legit Italian restaurant mess that up? They did. It was like a supermarket’s rendition of the classic. To add insult to injury, my espresso was beyond bitter…

Presentation was hokey. Not even appealing.

What to say but don’t bother – it’s a sham and a shame that you can’t get decent food at even at – supposedly – one of the better restaurants Vancouver has to offer…

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Disappointing lunch
By Imelbow of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I ordered the seafood spaghetti for lunch, the spaghetti was good, seafood were fresh, but service was terrible, it felt like the waiter really hate working at the restaurant, when I asked him for recommendation, he simply replied "whatever", he has the worst altitude that I have experience at any restaurant. So I will rather go to some where else with the same quality of food but with better service.

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John's 50th
By Franca Martin of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 9:36am [Dine in]

We were invited to my brother in laws birthday. There was 20 of us attending the party. I had to write in to tell you what a wonderful job Quattro de gusto did on the food. I had the salmon with the risotto. It was very good. I would Like to also comment on the service which was great. To the chef you did a outstanding job !!!! Thank you all for the delicious meal . We shall definitely be back for more.
thank you!!!!
Franca Martin

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Always up to Snuff....
By tastybuds of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Another great night out at Gusto. We eat here when we can find parking, otherwise we eat at Quattro on 4th. Fresh, seasonal menu, freindly service in a quaint, cozy room. Diverse wine selection and the kitchen is always willing to make little adjustments for the "needy" ones that may be seated at your table. Not a great spot for kids, a bit of an adult atmosphere....

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Perfect Italian Food
By oledawn of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I had never even heard of this place before my boyfriend took me there this week. (It had been suggested to him.) The food was so good - perfectly cooked and executed. I had the calamari steak (perfect texture in a flavorful tomato sauce), the wild mushroom ravioli (mushroom and cream perfection) and the strawberry gelato with balsamic vinegar (very refreshing - and inspired me to make it at home). My boyfriend loved his meal as well (pate appy, the venison special, and tiramisu). The service was great and the ambiance was nice and relaxed.

Highly recommended.

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In good company...
By almondrec of Mount Vernon, WS (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 2:22am [Dine in]

with the best of what Vancouver can offer in the way of fine dining. The atmosphere is not at all stuffy, though your server will likely attend to every foreseeable need. The preparation of each menu item speaks of supreme ingredients, executed with deference to balance over boldness, leaving plenty of room to savor the spaces in between each sensation.

The wine list is a joy to read - appropriately Tuscan-heavy, but not without careful negotiations for all remaining notables north and south. Additionally you will find the new world selections to be intriguing and thoughtfully chosen.

The value tucked into this experience cannot be overstated. I based my rating on ALL Italian restaurants in North America. Affordable elegance; contemporary Italian cuisine with a touch of old-world sensibility; the level of service exceeded that of the food.

One suggestion to the kitchen: Please take care to pass along to the guest whether or not your pesto will be finished with cream when applied to a specific item/dish. Fans of Italian cuisine will not expect cream in this regard, even if the outcome is delicious.

In any case, Gusto di Quattro should not be missed!

Thank you, and we very much look forward to our next visit.

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An Excellent Dining Experience
By jhendry of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

Having recently moved here from the US, my wife and I have been enjoying our 'Monday Evenings Out' when we leave the kids at home with a baby sitter and discover North Vancouver restaurants. This has been our favourite restaurant to date. On a wet Monday evening, its pleasant atmosphere, intelligent and welcoming service and excellent food were a real cheer-up. The dining room is carefully understated without being bland, with well-chosen art and good furniture. Our food and wine selections were easy to make, given the balanced and extensive North Italian menu. My rack of lamb was excellent and my wife enjoyed her mushroom ravioli, helped along with the sommelier's recommended BC wines. Desserts were first class.

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Excellent High-End Italian
By MurdoMan of North Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant sort of by accident. We were intending to go to Burgoo but they were packed and we didn't want to wait.
I am so glad we didn't!
We were met at Gusto Di Quattro with enthusiastic quick service and started with a couple of excellent Martinis. Our knowledgeable waiter then explained some of the highlights of the menu and specials.
There was no pressure to order (on a Friday Night) so we just ordered the Antipasto for two.
Increadible!
The plate arrived with warm bread and olive/balsamic dip on the side. There were so many tastes to sample - each as delicious as the last.
After we had enjoyed this we selected a bottle of Castello di Bossi Chianti and two orders of the Ravioli Piemontesi for our main course.
I never order vegetarian but am I glad I did. It was rich and smokey without being over the top. It paired perfectly with the oakiness of the Chianti.
My dining partner agreed that we could neither of us recall eating a finer pasta. Considering how often one comes across pasta - this is no small compliment.
We finished with coffee and gelato (superb) and were not rushed with a bill. We were allowed to relax, chat and exit at our own pace.

I wholeheartedly recommend this outstanding restaurant to anyone with deep pockets. This is not a cheap eatery in any sense. Count on about a hundred dollars a head to enjoy the experience I've described above. That does not include tip!

Now that we established that, let me finish by adding that I found it to be a bargain considering the flawlessness of this experience.

Remarkable!

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Quality Product
By sushi459 of N Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

Gusto has a very nice corner location at Carrie Cates and Lonsdale.
The decor and atmosphere is very sleek and sexy although the table spacing and layout could be better.

Recently, I shared the antipasti platter for an appetizer and the roasted duck breast wrapped in wild boar pancetta. The service was acceptable but not outstanding however the food was lovely. The duck was cooked to a perfect medium and the sauce was delectable. Friends of mine had the pasta which looked quite good but they didn't feel too excited.

The quality of preparation was phenomenal. However that being said I don't think every item on the menu is a big winner. You have to know what to pick.

The pricing is a little high to make it a regular event, however the food is well worth it.

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Disappointed... not up to par
By Phyllis of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 15, 2010 - 10:32am [Dine in]

My husband and I decided to come here for Valentine's Day last night, and made our reservation over a month ago. We arrived at 6:30pm for our table, and were given a choice of 2 tables. There was no hostess at this restaurant, possibly due to the small size of the restaurant.

Our server was polite and friendly, but clearly very inexperienced and not very good at her job (I'll provide examples of this). The menu featured 3 special Valentine's day entree, with one being a lobster spaghettini. Almost as soon as we sat down, we heard the chefs at the pass (open kitchen) yell out that there was only 1 lobster left. I had wanted to order the lobster and was surprised that a special on the menu could run out for a 6:30 seating. Poor management at this location for sure. I wanted to quickly order the last lobster (seeing how no one else was waiting to order at this time), but our server informed us (politely) that they had already run out of lobster, and offered that the dish could be made with other seafood as a substitute. However, after about 10min (and another few couples were seated), we saw a different waitress go up to the pass and loudly asked the chef if there was still the 1 lobster left, and then quickly ordered it. At this time, our server panicked (since our table was very close to the pass and we could hear and see everything that was going on), and quickly went over to the other waitress and asked her to hush, since she obviously made a mistake in denying us the lobster. She never made an attempt to apologize to us, and I was very infuriated. I guess I could have spoke up and demanded to have that last lobster, but I didn't want to ruin a good night. I ended up ordering the mushroom risotto, and my husband got the rib eye steak (another of the Valentine's entree special - $39).

We also ordered some appetizers, the grilled boccocini and the calamari steak. Neither were impressive. The grilled boccocini was way too sweet, and husband thought that it would have made a better dessert. The grilled calamari steak wasn't really a steak at all, just strips of calamari. When our server poured our wine, she splashed red stains all over the white tablecloth. We finished our bread before the appetizers arrived, and she never offered to get us more or to remove the empty basket and oil dish until the end of the meal when our entrees were finished (other guests had their bread basket removed).

After appetizers, the server came to set a steak knife for my husband. She didn't give me a spoon for my risotto, and I had to ask for one when the entrees arrived (I gave her a chance to bring one on her own). The entrees were not very good either. The rib eye was dry, and slightly overdone, and the whole dish was only lukewarm (possibly sitting at the pass too long?). The risotto was salty, and the chicken in the risotto had cartilage and bones that weren't cleaned off during prep. The server never offered us fresh ground pepper (we saw another server offering other guests fresh ground pepper).

We ordered a sorbetto for dessert, and again were not impressed. The sorbetto was almost like a soup in a dish.

We ordered a half liter of wine, a cocktail, and an after dinner drink. The total bill with tips came to about $200. The value wasn't that great, the price for the ribeye was especially unjustified.

We've been to Quattro on Fourth before, and I had quite enjoyed the experience. But Gusto Di Quattro is definitely under poor management, with undertrained staff for a restaurant of this calibre. Although the staff were visibly trying, trying and not succeeding is not acceptable. We definitely will not return to this restaurant.

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