An ingredient-driven, seasonal focus sets the tone for the menu, with distinctive dishes embracing the sensibilities of Italy.
"Ingredient-driven, seasonal focus sets the tone for our menu, with distinctive dishes embracing the traditions of Italy..."
Hard to find entrance, beautiful staff.
Great authentic Italian food and the interior is gorgeous.. like the other reviewer said, perfect to bring a date.
Tremendously enjoyed the salumi appetizer &Lamb shank osso bucco.
Expensive but well worth it. Great selection of wines. Will definitely go back!
I used to love coming to Cin Cin. It is the one place in Vancouver I go for great pasta. Even though I have noticed that the price for them have definitely creeped up from a few years ago, I still kept going back...until now.
I was there a few days ago and was was immensely disappointed with the portion for pasta entrees. I ordered the pasta with clams. I made sure to ask about portion since restaurants tend to be very liberal with the pasta portion and I was concerned that I would have too much left overs. I wanted to know if I should perhaps order the smaller portion (it was an option on the menu). The waitress assured me that the regular portion would be fine. Little did I know that she was understating just how small the regular portion was!
The entree cost $23.50. Imagine my surprise when the pasta that I got was the size of my fist. It was an appetizer portion! My friend who ordered the porkchetta had more than twice my portion and paid $26 only for his entree. It was ridiculous.
As a result, Cin Cin is now the ONLY Italian restaurant I have ever been to where I left hungry.
I would not recommend this restaurant to those who are looking to have pasta as it will not fill anyone up. However, to be fair, the pasta I had was good.
I would not return to this restaurant again, opting to search out another Italian restaurant where the portion of the pasta is at least the size of two of my fists.
I went here for DOV with friends from work. I wish I hadn't. The experience reaffirmed why I usually prefer not to do DOV: lackluster food, hurried service, a backed-up and uninspired kitchen, poor value, and limited options. I understand that $38 may be a good deal for a three course meal at a good restaurant, but I felt absolutely ripped off after this one. None of the dishes were particularly good. One of the desserts, an apple tart, really disappointed me. I had made the exact same dessert for my BF a month back. I love cooking but hate and am horrible at making desserts. I made a really lazy dessert by baking off some sliced apples on bought puff pastry, and it turned out okay. Cin Cin served the EXACT same dessert - couldn't their pastry chef come up with something better? The server was downright rude, which is just unacceptable.
To be fair, I went to Cin Cin a year earlier for a non-DOV night, and I remember liking it more than this time around. So perhaps Cin Cin is better on a non-DOV night, but I know I won't be hurrying back, especially when there are restaurants like La Buca and La Quercia around.
Went here recently for Dine Out. Everything we had was delicious. The tiramisu dessert deserves special mention for the unique presentation - it was in this sugary nest concoction. I would have licked the plate if I could. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the tapenade, but that's because I dislike olives. I still ate it though, which is saying a lot. The ambience is very warm, and the service is top-notch.
I would definitely go back again and again, if only I could afford to.
Went there last night with the boyfriends family, had the wild prawn appetizer which was great. For main course ordered risotto with 1-year aged biodynamic rice, scallops, saffron and gremolata; at first glance it looked to me like cheese whiz, upon tasting it it confirmed it's cheese-whiz appearance.. it tasted a bit like kraft dinner (which I haven't eaten since my grade 6 year-end party), the risotto was undercooked and all in all it wasn't very appetizing. Must commend the scallops though! Apart from the scallops on my risotto, boyfriend ordered scallops on the side of his steak and I ended up sneaking in about 1.5 of his scallops.. they were succulent, perfectly browned... sweet, juicy.. absolutely amazing! Would definately go there again just for scallops.
Service was great, our waiter was very helpful and came round quite often to make sure we were enjoying our meal. Dessert was very good as well, the 8 of us each got a dish and shared, not one of them had a fault in it (mind you I do have a terrible sweet tooth).
As for ambience, the restaurant is very nice- lots of neo-classical themed sculptures, great paintings, a very cozy restaurant and the christmas decorations were gorgeous.
Apart from the actual risotto, the experience (especially the scallops) was great!
I have fallen in love with this place and is one of my favourites in the city. My only problem is its location. I love the dining room the ambience, the bar and open kitchen. Not to miss their patio. Well laid dining room is a laxury feeling compared to the boxed newyork type eateries. The food is always been fabulous and that I mean consistently. The service has always been good too. Great selection of wines. Wild salmon is one of my favourites here.
Great place to spend your evening.
I was excited to dine at CinCin as I had heard such great reviews. However, I was sadly disappointed :0( I paid $24 for 3 grams of truffles to be added to my under-cooked risotto. My husband had the opposite problem, as his lamb was over-cooked, chewy, and dry. An experience not worth the $200 bill we paid!!
I took a group of clients here for dinner last night. We started out as a group of 10. My assistant called several times to change the numbers, down to 8 then to 6 then to 8 again, and each time the hostess was pleasant and accommodating. When we arrived, we decided to wait at the bar for the rest of our party. When being sat, we found that we were expecting 12 people. (last minute additions) This was not an issue, and we were quickly accommodated.
Our server was polite and knowledgable. We let her arrange sharing platters while we waited for our late guests. A nice selection of parma, grilled veggies and cheese. We decide to stay with the wine we were drinking at the bar. Other members of our party took full advantage of the sommelier Michael, who was again very impressive and slightly comical.
For dinner I chose the grilled quail followed by the ahi tuna, as recommended by our server. Both were wonderful. The quail was done to perfection on a bed of grapes, walnuts and arugula, while the tuna arrived grilled rare, crisp on the outside while maintaining that smooth, velvety texture only quality ahi tuna can achieve. The rest of our group also thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Our wine and water ware refilled throughout the evening without interuption from our server, which meant we didn't have to ask for anything or feel she was imposing.
Our server again arranged for our dessert. She selected some mini pasteries which were a big hit (we took the leftovers to the office the next morning), as well as a selection of cheese that went well with the remianing wine. Had I been without clients, I definately would have ventured into the extensive scotch list. Alas, I had to content myself with a latte.
Overall, I was very impressed with the staff, the food (which was outstanding) and the warmth and charm of this room. Definately recommend
I have lived in vancouver all my life and have been to many restarurants and all i can say about cin cin is rip off
the food was not very good and way over priced.. we had a party of 10 and the food was not very good and the prices were way over priced.
I had the veal shank and one would think that a 45.00 entree would be hot, filling and more then just a 7 ounce piece of meat. I asked about the tendorline and this was also 7 ounces. For that kind of money one should expect a meal that would at least fill you up.
The soup was 13.00. Ive been to great restaurants with good soups but never at that kind of price for what would best be described as marginally good.
The service was not very good. The bread came cold. The menu suggested it was suppose to be warmed prior to serving. this didnt happen. The waitress went about the table asking if we wanted san pelligrino. This is a normal thing to ask for a high end italian restaurant. She went about asking everyone at teh table until she received a yes from someone and then continued to bring this for everyone at the table.. our bill for water was 50.00 wehn only maybe one person agreed to have it. I really didnt appreciate being hussled by the wait staff.
I would never spend another dollar with this restaurant or any of their others West and Blue Water. I has a similar experience at west where I left hungry after a 200+ dollar bill.
spend your money at the le crocadile or il gardino if you want a good meal
A fried and I tried out this place during 2007 Dine Out. The place has great ambiance, the service was good, the wine list was outstanding. The food was good, but it wasn't what they had advertised in their 'dne-out' menu. Replacing lamb shank with braised portabello mushrooms is not a little change. This is the second place I've gone to (during the dine-out) that has changed their menu. I think restaurants either have to stick to what they advertise, or not put out a prix-fix menu at all. I picked this place because I wanted to try it, but also because I liked what I saw on the menu. In spite of that, I enjoyed myself and I would go back to this place one day.
I've been to this restaurant a couple of times in the past. Each time I have always wondered what the deal was with this place. To me it's just overpriced. The other thing that bugs me about this place is that it's not universally accessible. My great aunt is 92 and has issues with stairs. They don't have an elevator, so this is a problem. I was worried that she was going to take a nosedive off the stairs on her way up to the restaurant.
We did Dine Out here last Sunday night. The restaurant was very busy so we had a seat at the bar while we waited for our table. They put us down where the dessert chef is, so it took about 15 minutes for us to get the attention of the bartender to order a drink to have while we waited. Once he knew we were there, he did check on us a couple of times, so that was good.
Dine out is $38 per person here. For appetizers, three of us had the Octopus & Chorizo, which was absolutely delish. By far my fave of the night. One person had the canelli bean soup and said it was quite good as well.
For the mains two people had the pork chop, one had the rigatoni and I had a gluten free handmade pasta. My cousin gave me a bit of her pork chop and it was very good. The applesauce it came with was home made and quite nice and the cabbage mixture that was with it was very good as well. The gluten free pasta was alright, but not worth the large price tag. The pasta itself was cooked al dente and was ok, but the sauce was just kind of bland. Tasted like butter with a couple of dollops of fontina cheese. It didn't look very nice and was equally as boring to the palate.
They didn't have any gluten free options for dessert, so I got a slice of pineapple, half a sliced gala apple and a handful of gooseberries. The other three the apple tart (which they said was really good) and the tiramisu (they said it was quite nice).
So, Dine Out for 4 at $38 per person, two bottles of $38 wine (it's $14 in the liquor store) and tip included, we were in to it for $310. Was it worth almost $78 per person??? No. But how do you argue with a 92 year old woman who says it's her favorite restaurant?!?!?
Outstanding service and solid food (that meets but doesn't exceed my expectations), but the ambiance and overall vibe are really lacking. Appeals to an older crowd, which is reflective of the decor and the menu options There are so many other choices in this city and you just don't get enough value out of this place. Some dishes are excellent, but some are really mediocre. I guess if you know exactly which menu items are gems and only stuck to those choices, you'd be sure to have a great meal. If not, there are no guarantees.
I know, with a menu like this why would you order pizza? Because I love pizza and this was the most expensive pizza I ever had but it was worth every penny.
I had the mushroom with caramelized onion and it was perfect.
My girlfriend (now my wife) brought me here as a treat and it was great.
the wine list is impressive.
my suggestion is dress up for this place and make a great memory.
I enjoyed the food but not so much that I would pay their regular price for it. It was pretty empty when I went which was a bit weird, because I had expected a busier restaurant.
Service was okay but could've been better. The server paid more attention to this table beside us which was a bit insulting. It seemed like they know each other but all customers should be treated fairly.
We decided to try CinCin for my hubby's brithday at the weekend. Although we had a pleasant time overall, we left feeling like the place is overrated. First of all, the bread rolls that we were served were so cold and so hard that we joked it would make quite an effective missile. We then ordered the Antipasti, and were served one portion to share, when we had ordered one each. It was quite a tasty antipasti though. For mains, I was craving an authentic flavourful italian thin-crust pizza, and ordered the proscuitto and buffalo mozarella one. Unfortuntately our server later informed us that "chef was not happy with it" and they had to start again. So by the time my meal arrived, hub was half-way through his gnocci, which was absolutely delicious. When my pizza finally arrived, it was missing the proscuitto and was generally pretty tasteless. By this point, our server, who was very polite and attentive, informed us that they would take the entrees off the bill, as there had been so much confusion. Finally, we ordered dessert - the chef's trio and chocolate cake, which arrived with a little candle and "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate, which was a nice touch. Dessert was delicious, and the paired dessert wines were also very nice. Generally we were disappointed that an Italian restaurant could produce such mediocre pizza, when it really was the simplest thing on the menu. We will go back, just to see if we have a better experience next time, and perhaps we'll order the more conventional entrees like halibut or steak.
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!
In the middle of swank Robson is this unpretentious restaurant. Food is typical Italian fare, nothing really crazy, and a respectable range of wines, both in glass and in bottle. Looks like they have mostly domestic wines which I don't mind including some Okanagan. No California.
I took a girlfriend but noticed the quality of women dining here. There's a level for those who want to watch leggy blond trophy wives strut their stuff.
Our waitress seemed somewhat deficient and unattractive. Our drink order was promptly filled but we were left looking for her to take our food order certainly because we were under curfew at home and had to be home before my ball and chain. We got another visit to get our drinks refilled and then she seemed to spend the rest of the night talking to the bartender. We got the bill and I left a moderately insufficient tip.
My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary. He had reservations made so we were promptly sat to our table. It was New Years Eve so they had two different seating times. We went to the earlier seating so when we got there it was pretty quiet. The first thing I noticed was that there floors were unusually slippery (ladies beware of those heels!).
As far as service went, I have nothing to complain about. When I got up to use the washroom at some point during the meal, my boyfriend said that one of the hostesses came by, folded my napkin and pushed in my chair. As I came back to sit down, the server walking by pulled out the chair for me. Our server was very sweet. She gave us full answers to all of our questions and gave us advice when we had a hard time choosing between drinks on the drink menu.
We both ordered a pasta dish (I can't recall which one) with specific things we did not want included (no mushroom and onions on mine, and no onions on his.) We flagged down the server and told her we wanted a salad to start and she happily accommodated. Our salads were great; light and easy on the dressing. When our mains came out, my boyfriend had mushrooms and the server, again, happily took them both back to be re-done.
The drinks weren't too strong, and the bread came with an incredible dip.
I would definitely come back to CinCin and would definitely recommend it to any person visiting our beautiful city.
Went in with mrs. dude and had two of the wood fired pizzas . still good value, had a bottle of vino . service good attentive but not overbearing. The room still looks the same. total bill for 2 , 108.00, decent for Robson street with wine. The room was not overly busy and I do like the open forno ovens . we will be back for the pizzas, maybe they should add a couple more of them?