An ingredient-driven, seasonal focus sets the tone for the menu, with distinctive dishes embracing the sensibilities of Italy.
I took my partner here for our annual Xmas dinner after she was all egg-cited after reading the menu and the reviews on Dinehere.
The restaurant looks like a villa decor, and is very warming and inviting. While the restaurant was fairly full, I never felt like I had to yell to be heard. I also felt comfortable with our server, who was helpful without being intrusive. He made good recommendations and just had a good aura about him.
My dining companion chose a 7-course sample menu while I had a shrimp appy and the rib eye. I was very happy with the shrimp as they were large and crispy to bite. Very delicious. The rib eye was cooked to my liking (rare), but I felt the sauce served with it was overly salty and detracted from the taste of the meat.
The sample menu included a small cup of soup, which I also tried but was disappointed as it came out cold. Other notable items on the menu was the calamari, which was fried nicely, light and crispy served over blackened risotto. There was also a buffalo mozzarela salad, which she really liked.
Overall, a very pleasant dining experience. Prepare to drop around $200 per couple, even without alcohol, so save this restaurant for those special occasions.
Went out for dinner with my sister and our best friend from highschool, as we just had our 20 year class reunion and we wanted to celebrate the occassion.
We all ordered the pasta, thinking that it had to be delicious because Cin Cin is after all an Italian restaurant.
My angelhair pasta with lobster was worth maybe $13.00, and not $38.00. It was basically a bowl of luke warm noodles tossed in olive oil with 2 miniscule pieces of lobster! My sister had the taglietelle with meat sauce. The sauce was swimming in grease and the meat was burnt and dried out in appearance. My sister complained of heartburn all eveing afterwards! My friend had the spaghetinni with clams, which was also luke warm and tasteless.
We will never ever go back to Cin Cin....not even if you paid me!
(sorry about the previous all caps in the title, my appologies to the crew at dinehere.ca)
Went with a girlfriend to CinCin for Dine Out. We had a wonderful time. The door was held open for us when we arrived, the hostess greated us and took our coats. The room is very warm and inviting, and this is a very busy place. Probably because many people want the chance to try this place during the $35.00 menu special. Anyway, the food was great. I had the white bean and ocotpus soup and the pork as my main dish. It had a funny name like Saltimbocca or something. I remember because the word "salt" in it made me think it might be salty. But the server assured me it wasn't, it's just the name of the style of cooking. It was really good, tender and not overcooked. My friend had the cod with this small round tapioca shaped pasta which was also very good. The desserts were amazing, and we ended up swapping half way through.
One of the highlights of the night was definately being at a table sitting across from Jennifer Aniston. (no, she was not having the Dine Out menu, but her food looked really good too)
At $35.00 this place is a steal of a deal. We left full and satisfied. Service was attentive and not at all obtrusive. I will definately return with my hubby, though most likely after Dine Out has finished and it's less busy.
This is my first visit at CinCin, but the regular menu is more than I'm willing spend on a dinner. I agree with the previous review, I also expected more from CinCiin. The salad I had was just a spinach salad I can get from any restaurant. The pork I ordered was too dry. But their desert was GREAT. Maybe I'll just come for desert next time.
When i went to CinCin with the boyfriend it was a really great night, i'm a little surprised at the bad reviews before me. We went to CinCin for a Christmas dinner out. My boyfriend made all the arrangements and even asked for a table away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant of which we were abliged. Food was really good... we ordered 3 appetizers cause we wanted to basically try everything, then 2 entrees and then the petit fours for dessert. Its a fine dining establishment so obviously you have small portions cause they expect you to order at least a 3 course meal. Service was excellent from start to finish. As soon as my boyfriend left the table for the washroom they had already taken up his napkin folded it nicely and placed it back on the table. Ambiance was romantic, dark and candlelight but you can still see what you're eating of course (i hate it when's it's too dark). My experience was one to remember, it could differ to your own.
on a recent visit to cin cin (i had not been for a long while) i was very disappointed. my husband and I had reservations, the place was packed and we were made to wait at the bar for almost one hour. not much attention was paid to us despite ordering an expensive bottle of wine and then another......after finally being seated, we first ordered an antipasto plate ($20) which was uninteresting, small, and not very tasty. for dinner I wanted pasta (don't usually order pasta, but figured ok this is an italian restaurant and should be able to turn out a decent plate of pasta...for $25!! alas it was terrible, the pasta itself overcooked and the bison so tough i could not chew it...i did complain and the waiter offered to take it off the bill, but at the end of it he didn't and i paid for it anyways.....can not recommend this place i guess its just for the tourists (tourists with money!!)
Overall, the experience a friend and I had at CinCin was excellent. The food was over the top, the server extremely gracious and helpful, and the ambience just perfect.
Foodwise, we sampled the gazpacho and prosciutto for starters. For entrees it was the fennel pizza and the lobster linguini. With exception of the gazpacho the food was well worth the price.
Our server was by far the highlight of the meal. For example, without even question he could tell we weren't enjoying our gazpacho. He checked in, asking what might have been wrong.
We weren't even considering it but at the end of the day we realized he had struck off the item from our bill. I was just floored at that level of graciousness on his part.
We'll be returning without a doubt.
Cin Cin is by far our favorite restaurant. Amazing food, wonderful service and best of all it's consistant. The veal garganelli is by far my favorite thing on the menu, while my husband can't get enough of the Manzo (beef tenderloin) with pear mustardo. If you're lucky enough to be served my Tanya of Jaime, you can expect and even better experience. We enjoy Cin Cin for both lunch and dinner and visit it at least once a month. The prices are reasonable and the quality is superb.
Want to take a trip to Italy without the price of the airticket? Cin Cin is the place. When you walk up the villa stairs and enter the warm and inviting dining room, you are taken away from the busy Robson street shopping and ponk right into Italy.
Food is fabulous, service is friendly and knowledgeable.
My husband and I have been regulars at CinCin for close to six years. While we have experienced the odd evening where service was slow, we have found the food to be consistently delicious and the plates inspired and artfully assembled. Dinner last night was no exception. I ordered the 3-course dine-out menu for $38 while my husband ordered a la carte. With three mouth-watering selections to choose from for the appetizer, entree, and dessert, it was a difficult decision but I ultimately went with the tofino octupus to start, the lingcod as my main, and the rhubarb tart to finish. Because I always prefer a bit of starch with my fish, whether rice or potatoes, and the lingcod came only with beans and veggies, I ordered a side of the home-made sage gnocchi to round things out. It was absolutely out-of-this-world! Literally, it melted in my mouth. In fact, my entire meal was fabulous and my husband's was as well. He ordered a la carte, having the prosciutto pizzette to start, the tenderloin as an entree, and the cherry creme brulee for dessert. We especially appreciated the exceptionally quick and attentive service we received on busy night like last night. We love the ambiance, which is beautiful and romantic and we look forward to some amazing dining on the outdoor terrace this coming summer. Thanks, Cincin, for another exquisite and memorable evening!
Went with a large group on Saturday evening. Our poker faced waitress didn't seem happy because our party got bigger and we needed to be moved to a larger table. The wine markup is really steep and the decor has become really tired. Its so 80s; time for freshening up. The men's washroom also needed attention. The food itself is really pricey. The salads are at least $13 and the caesar salad was room temperature and had no zing to it; just a heavy flat tasting dresssing. The rack of lamb is $46 and the portion isn't even that generous. The steak I had was $33 and was fine but he garlic mashed potatoes )which you have to pay extra for) reminded me of those Swanson frozen dinner mashed potatoes I ate as a child. The asparagus which was also an extra charge and was really overcooked. All-in-all totally not worth what they charge. I haven't been there in quite a few years but I recall the pizza was around $15 or $16 and now its $23 or $24; quite a steep increase for a pizza for one person.
Risotto of 1 Year Aged Biodynamic Rice with Jumbo Scallops
Saffron and Gremolata.
There are no words to express how good that dish is. My boyfriend and I always come here on our anniversary and on our birthdays. I always make sure to reserve ahead of time. Service is excellent. They always come around to make sure that we're doing ok. The waiters are very patient and they always make great recommendations. The ambiance is wonderful. Their desserts taste ok but the presentation is nice.
Came here for Dineout, the service was really good, the waiters were really attentive and professional but never annoying. The appy was really good, but I think the entree could have been better. I had the Pork and it was pretty good but not great. The desserts though were really very good, especially the Tiramisu. The vanilla ice cream cream puff were excellent and the other cake was good too but a little bit too sweet.
Decided to accompany a friend of mine to Cin Cin because she had been wanting to try this place for awhile now. We were greeted promptly as we entered the restaurant and our coats were taken. When we finally got seated, I couldn't help but realize that our table for three was more like a table fit for two.
Of all the food that evening, I have to say that the best is, believe it or not, the spread that came with the bread, absolutely amazing! The appetizers were nothing to be wowed over, they were in fact somewhat dull. The main course was decent, but for prices in those ranges, you are sure to get better food elsewhere. I had a ling cod, which was very mediocre, nothing special at all. My friend had some kind of pork chop, which was excessively salty (salty to the point where I had to swallow it with water, and I rarely drink water at restaurants). To finish my main course, I had some espresso.
As for the service, it was great, except for little minor things such as the small table, and the fact that my server forgot my glass of wine. I had to ask him for it. Things that they did well is the swiftness in which they took out the food for the table and cleared the table. We each had our own appetizers and main course, and they were all brought out at the same time (server got someone to help him bring everything out so that no one sits there waiting, something that happens frequently at other restaurants).
I do however have to congratulate Cin Cin for such a formidable wine list. In the future when I have the desire to sip wine and eat bread (Absolutly love the bread spread,which has garlic, capers, and I believe olives), Cin Cin will likely be the place. However, as a place for dinner, I would probably go elsewhere.
Went here with a girlfriend on Saturday. First off, visiting a restaurant right after the busy holidays is always a good test of how well a restaurant performs after all the staff are tired from working Christams parties. Not here though. The service from the greeting at the door to the goodbye from GM was friendly, warm and sincere. When they say "thank-you for coming, hope to see you again soon", they really mean it. Our server also made a point of coming to the door to help us with our coats.
We had a glass of sparkling wine to start as recommended by our server. For starters she recommended the quail and the beet salad. Being adventurous, we took her up on it, and both were wonderful. The mozza from buffalo milk was delicate and smooth while the quail was crisp on the outside and juicy tender inside. The grapes and walnuts were a nice touch. For our meals we had lobster pasta and the chicken. Half way through my friend and I swapped plates so we could try eachothers. Instead of commenting, our server gave a little friendly amused smile, topped up our water and let us continue uninterupted. PERFECT!
For dessert she recommended the petite fours. Just enough to satisfy, but not committing to a full dessert. We got a selection of small treats. Apple fritter (which was to die for), chocolate fudge with homemade icecream, coconut cookies, maple tart and a little tea cake with pear. All so good.
We didn't have any wine with dinner, so our bill was reasonable for the wonderful food. Definately look forward to going back very soon. (Next time with wine!)
The location was great, I love the stairs that leads up to the restaurant. The atmosphere was great and lively. The service was attentive, informative and professional yet casual. The food was great, I absolutely love their goat cheese salad. Downside is the price tag.
While planning a trip to Italy, we wanted to dine at an Italian restaurant while we discussed the details of our trip. During our dining experience, we felt fully immersed in a Vancouver version of Italy...the beautiful floor tiles, the wine list and the cuisine were exceptional. Our server was able to recommend typical dishes of Italy and he timed our courses well. The room felt like it ran like clockwork; quiet, yet all staff walked with a purpose. After our trip we hope to visit again!
It started out slightly iffy when we wanted a bottle of fizzy water, and it cost $8.00, and the 2 choices were both imported. Canada is the land of water, and you have to import it from little Italy? But you can't single out Cincin...even at some supermarkets you can't get Canadian sparkling water. Our waiter was genuinely nice, but - and here I go obsessing about water again - he kept our fizzy out of reach, so I couldn't pour it when I wanted it. When I finally got up to get it, he in a friendly way admonished me for doing so, and insisted on pouring it. I noticed that another server had left a bottle of water on a man's table for him...that customer didn't have to go through my mild ordeal. But I must state that the server was very good otherwise, and could answer my questions about the food intelligently, like where is Hecate Bay? (Where the halibut was from.) The food - the dessert was the best I ever had, seriously. A pistachio and lemon curd semi-frozen tart, ...worth the 12 bucks because it was spectacular and filling. Worth more. It was the star of the evening. The halibut was a good-size portion, and delicious. The rolls were as good as I've had anywhere in my life, and they were served with a generous mound of tapenade, and really good olive oil. Everything gratis. The server offered me another mound of gratis tapenade, but I just needed a bit more bread for my pasta dish, and it came promptly. I broke down (I had promised my lady friend that I wouldn't drink that evening) and had their red wine sampler - 3 wines of Italy, 2 oz. per glass, at 15 dollars something. There was a light, a medium organic, and a full-bodied. I liked the organic the most. Try a bottle of it, please, to those who order wine by the bottle. The tuna appetizer we shared was melt-in-the-mouth wonderful. Thank you, Cincin. My lady friend was very pleased with the evening, and that's what counts.
Went here for dessert last night - absolutely wonderful time!
Had the apricot panna cotta (with honey gratin, and pistachio macaron) and fondant cake (pumpkin chocolate cake with a caramel? ice cream and toffee bits & brittle). SO delicious. For the panna cotta, it was perfectly sweet, because of natural flavours like the fruit and the honey. The macaron was melt-in-your-mouth! For the fondant, the pumpkin was very subtle and not overpowering, which I was afraid of. All the elements just worked together very well in one spoonful.
The service was top-notch, very attentive, friendly, and he felt like he was pleasant because he is naturally, not because he was doing it for the job.
Value - a bit more expensive than I'd like but I didn't mind because there was so much care and attention in the food flavours and then also the service.
Ambiance was warm and cozy, tables set not too close together.
We went for a nice dinner while on holiday in vancouver. I have never been to a nicer resturant before that was in a larger city, but my boyfriend who came with me has been many times as he is a chef himself. We shared the complimentry bread and olive tapanade, which was excellent, then chose a selection of "add-ons" as well as a main course (pork chop), and creme brule and tiramisu as deserts. The food was very good, and portion sizes were excellent for price, we were both very satisfied. Our server was awesome and knew lots about different wines and menu items. We both have food intolerances one being to beef the other to nuts/seeds, and they were very helpful and accomodating even with brining a fruit plate at the end of our meal (complimentry) because the cookies and mini scones contained nuts/seeds. We had a very good experience and would highly recommend this resturant to anyone who appreciates good food.