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Bellaggio Cafe

773 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z1S2
Tel: (604) 408-1281
Fax: (604) 408-1298
Neighbourhood: Central

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Brunch Favourite
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Food: i often come here for wkend brunch when i'm in the dowtown area. i order the canadian omelet. it's very light and the hash browns are non-greasy. we like the egg white spinach omelet as well. nice to have healthier alternatives.

Service: service has always been exceptional on every visit we've been here. the servers/host are always friendly and polite to us. food comes in a reasonable time. no complaints here! in fact, i am really surprised at the all the previous negative comments on the service as we have frequented here for saturday brunches and have always rec'd very good service.

Value: prices are reasonable for a downtown cafe just off robson. portion is appropriate. i've always left satisfied.

Ambiance: very interesting interior...suppose to be tuscan? mediterranean? whatever it is, it's got character and it's comfortable. it's filled with books...so i guess if ur eating solo u'll have some reading material. i've never sat outside on the patio due to weather conditions but i can imagine it would be nice to just bask in the sun watching ppl walk by w/ the view of the art gallery across the street.

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An average experience.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

Brunch was alright. Though they overcooked a steak for the steak and eggs, they did, without hesitation, replace it with a perfectly made one, along with fresh sides. The service is mostly indifferent and you may have to request multiple times for a refill in coffee/water, etc. After having read the negative reviews below, I now know that it wasn't just a random accident that our table was charged for an extra item we did not order. However, at the time, none of us argued it since it was only a couple of dollars and we figured they did provide a perfectly pink steak after the complaint was made on the well-down piece.

All that said, I don't see myself returning again... who knows, I wouldn't want to have to argue over bill-padding. It wasn't too memorable beyond the above mentioned anyway.

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Late nite pizza
By foodiephil of Richmond (65 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 2:14am [Dine in]

We arrived around 9:30. The kitchen was closed we were told by an uninterested waitress, but they could make a pizza if we "really" wanted them to. (Shoulda taken this as a warning?)

We ordered a couple of pizzas and some wine. All 4 of us bit into our first slices, and after a few minutes, we all observed none of the others had continued eating. We hadn't been able to eat the pizza - none of us.

We talked about what was wrong - until I realized it.
"Does this remind you of those frozen McCain pizzas?" I asked the group.

That seemed to hit the nail on the head... everyone agreed readily. "Yes, yes! That's it!" they said. "It tastes like frozen pizza!"

We complained to the waitress, who reacted with something like, "Oh really? That's nice."

I don't know in the end if it was frozen or not. But for the price, I expected better.

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It's a tourist trap
By pixelblink of Vancouver, BC, Canada (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

$15 breakfast that seemed like it sat on the warmer a bit too long before getting to our table. $15 breakfast that had maybe two eggs in the omelet and some frozen deep fried home fries. $15 breakfast that would've cost half that at Denny's and would have twice as much food in it.

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Great Find
By stevendrowe of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

We were just walking this neighbourhood for somewhere to eat and pleased we walked past and decided to go into Bellaggio.

Greeting was very nice, some of the staff were down to earth and another was extremely well mannered as though he had worked in top class restaurants. Looks like the owner hired the right balance of staff.

We ordered three dishes between us and for this type of restaurant and the quality of the food though it was really value for money. Really nice light tasty "cuisine", just enough but not too much, or too stodgy.

I thought the restaurant was decorated really smartly, extremely clean and very comfortable. It could attract all types of people.

Really pleased we went there, would definitely go there again and recommend it to anyone.

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horrible atmosphere
By llorroc of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

my visit would have been ok, but the owner or manager was running around barking orders at his poor staff the whole time... it was very awkward and unprofessional.... nobody seemed happy to work there. The whole place was very disorganized. There was too much staff on and they were obviously not knowing what to do either. Everytime the owner came around he would slur something rude to one of the waitresses... I even heard him tell one of the girls that her skirt had to be "2-3 inches shorter" even though it was well above the knee. DISGUSTING!

my food came out cold and with hair in it.

NEVER RETURN!!

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An unfortunate luncheon
By elysse of Vancouver, B. C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch with a coworker who had eaten here years before and said it was "great." Evidently, management has changed, because our experience was anything but. We waited for the server to take our orders for about ten minutes despite it not being very busy, and then my friend and I both ordered the tuscan vegetarian "sandwich." When I ordered the soup of the day (chicken vegetable) the server made a face and quietly warned me not to get it but to go with the salad instead. She was pleasant enough, and I appreciated her suggestion, but it did give my friend and I some worries about the rest of the food we ordered.

As expected, we should have taken the server's warning to include the rest of the food. Our "sandwiches" were very tough pita pockets filled primarily with room temperature artichokes and mushrooms (and a bit of roasted red pepper)that had been hastily spooned out of a jar of flavourless oil, most of which oozed everywhere. The menu said there would be cheese, but none was to be found. The salad was of similar quality, but was literally half rotten, with black and slimy leaves constituting about half of the serving. The fries my friend ordered instead of the salad tasted like McCain's fries baked about an hour previously and left to cool on the counter. All in all, I could not believe that our meals were 14.95 each!

The seating arrangement of the restaurant was pretty diner-like, which is too bad considering that the windows and decorating are otherwise enticing to a passerby.

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Is this Italian?
By ItalianMang of Vancouver Lower Mainland (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 11:47am [Dine in]

Coming from the outskirts of Vancouver for a business meeting, I decide to take my meeting to Bellaggio Cafe for some brunch.

Walking in, the ambiance is less than apealing to me as it looked more like a used bookstore with the "wanna-be Italian" owners with a cheap taste of decor.
Anyhow, looks can be decieving, so I ordered an Eggs Benny (Right at breakfast cut-off *Thank god!*) and my friends, Kebabs, a burger and a pepperoni and mushroom pizza.

Eggs Benny sauce was great, but my eggs were not runny at all! The waitress said the chef's response was "that it was poached soft", so I wasnt about to complain much more.
My friends reaction to the rest of the food were less than satisfying.
I do not know what the chef is thinking when putting on Kebabs on a italian menu. The worst combination and seasonings they ever tried. Whats worse is that they used the same combination on the burger! Stop trying to be fancy like Lumieres! The pizza was even ever so horrible. I tried a slice of it and it reminded me of McCains or made from one of those one-off cheap greasy pizza places.

I guess the amount of food you get sort of makes up for everything for other people, but not me. Sorry. I wouldn't recommend this place to my dogs.

- Tony

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It was okay.
By CalgaryTourist of Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Good selection on menu. Food was served promptly. The food was very greasy. The toast was far too light. The coffee was great. The portions were generous. The wait staff was excellent. I would go back; however, I would ask for the food to be prepared with way less oil because the flavour was fantastic. If you have high cholesterol you will cringe when you get your order and see the grease. We all had eggs or omelets and everyone agreed the flavour was great.

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Great casual dining
By visitor of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I had dinner here when staying at a local hotel. It was recommended by the concierge (who said their breakfasts were also great). Had a very tasty, original vegetarian lasagna with salad and great garlic bread, with very friendly and helpful service. The price was more than reasonable and the ambience was very friendly and comfortable. I would definitely go here again and recommend it. I am putting 3 stars because the 4th is defined as "outstanding," which seems a little much for such an unpretentious place, but it's very, very good.

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Love It!
By druzelda of Maple Ridge, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 11:56am [Dine in]

I have now been to this restaurant three times; twice for lunch during the week and once for lunch on the weekend. Each time the food has been very good and the wait staff are fantastic as well. It's a bit of an odd mix as far as decor goes, but what a great place to go for a casual afternoon coffee or light meal. The place is full of books that you can just grab and read to your liking. If there is a booth available when you arrive, they will seat you at it with no complaint, even if you are alone or just two of you. being rather round in the middle, I like this very much! Overall a great restaurant with great service!

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Decent
By wannabefoodcritic of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

I've been a few times for lunch and have never had a bad experience. The lunch specials are pretty reasonable - about $10 - and the food is pretty decent.

The ambience is a bit wierd. It's supposed to be Italian but just comes off cheap and awkward.

I've never had a problem with the service. The servers are reasonably polite and pleasant.

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Excellent low cost Italian fare downtown
By stack888 of downtown, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 19, 2006 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Been to Bellagio on a number of ocassions and you just cant beat their palachinkas (crepes with a variety of fillings).
The atmosphere is excellent and the seating more comfortable than you'd expect to find in a cheap(ish) restaurant.
Highly Recommended.

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way tooooo slow!
By doald of westend vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 11:51am [Dine in]

went for lunch on friday waited for ever for our drinks then the food we ordered took 63 minutes to get we had a burnt pizza with next to no topping a a price 18 = bucks and a pasta with scrambled eggs (carbonara) and proscuitto and it had zero flavour and was watery
bottom line dont go unless you like slow bad food!

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Tragic OPERA doesn't go well with food.
By KickAssDude of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 11:28am [Dine in]

I must have passed by Bellagio a few million times over the years but never patronized this place before. I have decided to take a chance at lunch and see if it is a heaven or hell.

After entering the door, the decor gave me an impression of a restaurant which is buried deep inside a Tuscany Second Hand Book Store. The server is not exactly welcoming. Throughout the visit, the server was chatting with a friend while tables are waiting for services. I was afraid to flag her down because I might interrupt their important conversation. Let's move on to their menu. I am browsing from pages to pages looking for any eye stoppers. No, hmm, nope, hmm, still no. I have decided on a soup and sandwich with a coffee which usually is safe. Sidetrack a bit, interesting enough that I have found two fun trivia facts about this menu, Fish & Chips is considered to be a sandwich and a bowl of oatmeal (not your urban fare gourmet oatmeal) is an serving item. Soup is excellent. Sandwich is a roast beef dip which is alright. Coffee is definitely a NO, is brown color water.

To conclude, lunch is definitely a Fail Grade, hope their dinner is better. By the way, they really need to buy some more CDs. In case they didn't know, their one and only piece of opera music which they put into the infinite loop is driving everybody crazy. Tragic opera doesn't go well with food.

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Good breakfast, service could be better
By touristinvc of nyc (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

ate at the bellagio on our last day in vancouver. The place was recommended by the concierge at the hotel we stayed. We werent disappointed. They actually made the best white omelet we had all week. The yogurt and fruit were just perfect. The waitress wasnt the best, forgetting to bring my wifes second helping of coffee, buttering the bread although we told her we cant eat butter.
but it was minor and the bottom line, we had a good breakfast.

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A real disappointment!!!!!
By railbirdbc of East Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 10:00am [Dine in]

We arrived early and we heard the cook/chef complaining loudly from the kitchen about our arrival "What business do people have arriving this early on a Saturday Morning?' Well, that incensed me and I told the server that some people have to work Saturdays. She was very good. But our table was dirty, one of the spoons in our coffee was dirty and my husband's coffee cup was none too clean. All in all, it was a very disappointing visit. We will not be returning on a Saturday, but will return on a weekday when the regular staff is there. I must say that we were NOT impressed.

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Overall, a poor experience
By astralight980 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

We ordered two entrees: a chicken penne and salmon in maple pecan butter. The first arrived in a very tomato-ey base and I jostled my pasta around to see only mushrooms. I called our server who asked us the customary question: `Do you find everything to your liking?` even as her own eyes scanned my plate and her next question was ``Is there no chicken in this pasta?`` Long story short, the plate went back in; came out with strips of chicken that were poorly integrated with the dish, in general. The pasta penne was the worst I have ever eaten and although our server was profusely apologetic, there was no attempt to suggest a replacement. She asked us if we would like a coffee (as reparation, perhaps) but a 3$ coffee hardly makes up for a bad 16$ entree.
The salmon was, on the other hand, a solid dish (a little low on sauce and it needed a strong, creative carb, not blanched/slightly roasted potato, but great texture from the pecan and asparagus) and I wish I had myself just ordered that, but I was way too embarrassed for the restaurant and its chefs to make a replacement.
So, despite our nice server, this place gets a real thumbs-down for poor cooking, un-creative faux-pas management, and refusal/unwillingness to prioritize customer service.

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Not much
By oldbrogene of Kits (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

Simple restaurant , simple food service below average. Ambience OK. Nothing to expect beyond the most usual kitchen. I hated? No. I loved? No. I'll come back? problably not. It's one shot restaurant. If you are lucky, can have a table at the patio and enjoy some refreshments, if not you can in and out in 15 minutes.
that's it.

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long waits and below average food
By gr8martini of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I should have known better, but thought I would give it a try. It looks like a place only tourists would get tricked into going. Now I know why. The waiter basically told us the pizzas weren't good, so we had pasta. They were so so, very boring. The mushroom appy was a mystery to us and we had to send it back as it was almost raw, served with a pile of undressed lettuce on the side. The server tried to make up for the slow food at least by telling us after 25 minutes that the food would be "right up", (it was another 10 minutes). The manager was oblivious and never visited our table to apologize. He spent a lot of time at one table of what looked like tourists. I would not recommend Bellagio. It is one of those places you go when you're on holidays and you don't know better.

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