Cioppino’s is an award winning Italian and Mediterranean restaurant specializing in fresh ingredients. Executive Chef owned and operated.
I ate here with a friend last friday night. This is a beautiful restaurant and we sat out on the patio area.
We ordered an appetizer each.
-Porcini and Chestnut Soup: low fat vanilla Chantilly (Gold Medal Winner 2007) $ 14.95 - This was a good soup, I wouldn't give it an award but overall good. I guess when I read that it's award winning I expected perfection. 4 out of 5.
- Burratta (special appy for that day) $25 - This was tasty but seemed very expensive for what we got. 4 out of 5
I had the Pappardelle: 4 hour-braised veal cheeks and porcini mushrooms $ 25.00 - This dish was great, a 5 out of 5 for me. I have no complaints here.
He had a rack of lamb for $40 that he enjoyed. He said portion was too small.
Dessert - I had the Light milk chocolate mousse, raspberry cream centre, amarena cherry, mango coulis $12. For a $12 dessert I wasn't impressed. I've definitely had better mousse before. This was small portion and all fancy looking but that's about it. Still was good but I am fussy when the prices are SO high, 3.5 out of 5 on this dish.
With 1 beer each the bill came to $146 taxes in.
Overall, great place, great service, great food, Very expensive. If I were to return the only thing I would order again was the Menabrea beer and the Pappardelle, that was an excellent dish.
Went to Cioppino for lunch. This restaurant is not open for lunch and they only do dinners. It was not very busy at lunch time. Service was good and food was not bad. It was very expensive. It's a good thing that i was not paying otherwise I would have not been happy. It's overrated for what they serve. Their coffee was average. The portions were small and it cost us about $250 for lunch without drinks. I think there are much better restaurants in the city if you want to pay this kind of money. Parking was also hard to find.
Went here on a weekday night and it was still quite busy. The chef makes a effort to be seen around the restaurant which is good and he was actually clearing tables. Good to come around and greet customers. Tried the medium rare, thinly shaved veal as an appy. Very good with a nice sauce. Tried the traditional osso bucco and it was actually a bit on the dry side, could of used a bit more sauce. The rissoto was very good. Service overall was excellent, with great recommendations, folding of your napkin each time you got out of the seat and never rushed. The value was just good as there seemed like more thousand dollar wines on the list then under one hundred dollar wines. Food prices are resonable for the quality. Great room and decor. Would return for a special occasion.
Made reservations for a thursday night, arrived on time, and was seated immediately.
The server was superb, polite and attentive.
We ordered an appetizer of diver scallops on barely risotto with romesco sauce.
For my main, I ordered the pasta with spotted prawns, dungeness crab & cherry tomatoes, and my dining companion ordered the daily feature item of seared halibut with vegetables. Both were absolutely exceptional.
The room is warm if slightly dark, the dining area in the wine room is amazing.
When you see all the awards this restaurant and its head chef have received, I really need not write too much here. This restaurant has been my absolute favourite for years, and it seems to get better and better. Every time I go, I get a pleasant surprise in how they keep creating new dishes that I have never heard of or tasted anywhere else but tastes absolutely fantastic. This time, three of us went for dinner, and had a variety of appetizers, including seared scallops, artichoke soup, and crab meat salad. The flavours were beyond description, everything came out fresh and hot, and really tickled our tastebuds. The main dishes were equally awesome, from pasta with texture and flavours that no other restaurant could come close to, to incredibly tender and flavoured veal, cooked to perfection. Dining experience just doesn't get better than this. Expensive, but well worth the money.
Truly a fine restaurant and we enjoyed our meal. When my wine arrived I asked the server if that was a sample as the glass seemed so small. He claims it was 5 ounces and I must wonder why they don't provide six ounces which most restaurants seem to do. We had a nice bowl of soup which was $ 15.00 which seemed a little pricey but we shall return
Well I just had high expectations based on reviews, this place left us disapointed (two couples).The resturaunt itself is nice, warm and quite in places that was good, unfortunately the food preparation seemed quite slapped together The scallops appetizer was two scallops on a plate for over $18. My maybe one cup of risotto with mushrooms was over $30 it was bland and had a very starchy taste to it with very little mushrooms. Bread came cold and was served with hummus...My husband had his drink taken before he even finished it. $100+ per person not including alcohol.
To much to choose from in the city we will not return.
I love the prosciutto and melon served here - have it every time. Whether I have sat at the bar for drinks and appies or dinner in a private room, I have enjoyed the food and service here. The chef/owner really takes care of you as reflected by the bill. You do get a great quality Italian dining experience here every time. The architecture and design really creates the atmosphere here but dinner on the patio in the summertime hits the spot too.
In July of this year, I emailed Cioppino's to see if they could could a traditionaly italian menu to celebrate my anniversary with my wife. We had honeymooned in Italy and wanted that taste again. I began emailing with what turned out to be Pino, himself, and giving him our requirements for the meal (which were very few).
We agreed on a target price for food and wine, and gave it over to the chef. On the night, we were not disappointed. The wine came out immediately, something delicious that we had never tried before and then the meals started coming. Course after course, everything was delicious and very little of it was on the actual menu.
We were served octopus, uni, lamb, duck, rabbit, beef and the list goes on. We were blown away by the food and it surpassed every expectation that we had. Pino's dedication to his customer's puts him in a class of his own. He made sure to come out at the end of the night and introduce himself.
And to great happiness for my wallet at the end of the night, the bill came exactly to what we had agreed upon. Yes, it was a little more expensive than other places we could have gone, but it was well worth it.
This place is incredible! Definetely the best restaurant in the city. The food is to die for. Their pastas and rissottos are perfect. The ossobucco is one of the best. Others will agree that evenings end perfectly with warm truffle filled chocolate cake. Service is top notch & professional. Room is beautiful. Recommend
I'm not too critical of most places, so keep that in mind when reading this. I ordered the Warm Octopus Carpaccio and it was quite nice, very warm, soft textured, and the garnishes complemented well. My friend had the Prawns with Chorizo and they were also brilliant. The duck was great...I'd give the duck 7/10...my Atlantic lobster was about a 5/10...definately was not spectacular, the scallops were a bit overcooked on my dish, as were the prawns.
Their wine list is amazing though, and the service is brilliant, everyone there is so professional...if only more restaurants could have this grade of service!
Overall I'd go back for the ambiance, and the food aint bad either!
If you love pasta this is the place for you. We went to Cioppino's last night for a business dinner and it was fantastic. The service is top notch, very knowledgable and attentive. I had a Warm Goat Cheese salad with portabello mushroom, artichoke and a maple caramel reduction drizzled on top. It was sooo tasty. For my Main Course I had a Lobster and Crab Pasta with a Tomato Cream Sauce. It was some of the best pasta I have ever had, the sauce was simple but so flavorful. To finish off the meal I had an espresso and a Rasberry/Mango Sorbet. It was a perfect way to end the meal.
I am still fuming as I'm typing this.
On sep 9th, my girlfriend and I chose this supposedly highly rated and much anticipated restaurant for our girls night out. The food was okay, but the service was a different story. Our server was a middle aged Italian man with a very heavy accent. He did not understand what personal space was, and we found him very offensive and extremely inappropriate!
When I asked the difference between one particular appetizer special and another app in the main menu, he quickly slapped my menu shut (which was still in my hands) and said abruptly "NO!! they are different!" Of course I know they are different. I am not an idiot. I am merely asking about the difference, as the main ingredients are the same. We are two young looking girls, but we do not appreciate this kind of abrupt treatment. But I didn't want to argue with him as I didn't want to ruin the night.
I ordered for the both of us because we wanted to share everything. We have always done that at many high end restaurants with no problem. However, this server of ours replied "um...." with the longest pause, to which I replied, "what's wrong?" He said, "let me think." and then the longest and most uncomfortable pause. He said, "OH!!! you want to share EVERYTHING? Just like Chinese! You Chinese like put it in the middle of the table and share (with exaggerated hand gesture)...." and on and on. We were in shock! Yes we are Asian, but what makes him assume we are Chinese, and it's the tone that really put us off!! What an ignorant remark. The worst is yet to come.
In the middle of the service, he came to our table and said "Oh Louis Vuitton is soooo expensive!!!! What are they now? $2000 $3000? How much did you pay for yours???" I couldn't believe my ears! My friend has a Louis Vuitton bag, and he actually went as far as touching it! He then went on and on and said "oh I want to buy it for my wife but soooo expensive..." We just wanted him to shut up and let us be. It's just a bag. I wanted to complain to the manager and change table, but my friend didn't want the hassle. We decided to ignore him as much as possible to avoid any potential inappropriate comment. But that doesn't stop him from coming too close to our table a couple of times.
Service can really make or break an evening regardless of the food. The food doesn't come cheap. Sadly, this high price doesn't warrant this kind of unprofessional service at all. We could not enjoy our food, and the service left a bad taste in our mouth. This is one expensive meal yet with the worst and most uncomfortable service to date. We both regretted going there.
I am still in disbelief of what happened that evening. The server just didn't seem to have any savvy.
This weekend we wanted to try a new restaurant in Yaletown and stumbled upon Cioppino's. The menu looked appealing and we both love beef carppacio so we were hooked. It was a busy evening but luckily they managed to find us a table on the patio. I have dined in several high end restaurants before but I just found the experience to be pretentious and the prices over inflated. Although I ordered the carpaccio and enjoyed it, I didn't think it was worth almost $20 nor was a small bowl of pasta worth $25.
We had a family dinner here this evening. I was impressed with the service and the way we were treated on arrival. Whilst we waited for our family and friends to arrive my wife and I were remarking on the high prices for each food item.
Whilst we were not paying the bill we were still congizant of the food prices. Entrees average around $40 each. Having said that I must admit the quality of the food was spectacular. We were also waited on hand and foot whilst we ate on a busy evening.
I would say this place is a bit exorbitant, though if really want to make sure you dine at a fine Italian place then this is it.
We live in Yaletown and dine out a lot, so we've tried pretty much the full range of restaurants in the area. We had always found Cioppino's to be expensive from reading the menu outside, and with so many other good options around, we left it for a special occasion. Bad idea.
The first problem was the overload of off menu "specials" which was recited rapid fire at us. There were probably 8 or 10 of them, but I lost count. In hindsight (see below), this is a sign of a chef with too big of an ego to let go of any new creations and can't focus on a handful of items that are truly exceptional.
Second problem was the sommelier. We are not wine novices but he treated as if we were, maybe just because we look young. We would have been quite capable of navigating the 60 page wine menu, but we didn't even have 2 minutes with the menu before being interrupted. He asked for a price range and said he would see if he had some bottles not on the menu for us. Never came back with any. Later, we asked his opinion about two specific bottles and he gave some useful comments. But just as we were about to decide, he bring up another entirely different category. We were going to choose a Burgundy, but then he directed us to New Zealand Pinot Noir. Same grape, but completely different styles! We were about to tell him our choice, and again, he brings up a completely different category. Really, he was quite a useless sommelier to help us choose a wine.
Third problem is the food. Tiny, tiny portions and exorbitant prices. Some items are tastefully prepared, but overpriced compared to other restaurants of similar quality in the Yaletown area. The "award winning" Porcine and chestnut soup was particular disappointing--neither mushroom not chestnut flavours were evident. Both of us tried it, and it tasted mostly like creamed celery soup. We returned the soup without eating it. It was not taken off the bill.
The nail in the coffin was the chef. The manager asked why we didn't like the soup. We gave him our frank opinion. Moments later, the chef comes to our table and accosts us for not appreciating the 14, 16 hour days he puts in toward his craft, blah blah blah. He continues like this for about 10 minutes. The manager is nowhere to be seen to restrain this chef or to defuse the situation. I would have walked out right there, but that would have giving him a reason to call the cops or something and accuse us of not paying. The verbal assault was completely unacceptable. If you are going to ask for customers' opinion, don't go shouting at them when you don't like what they have to say. I've never met such an egotistical chef.
Don't dine here.
My gf and I went to Cioppino's to celebrate my bday tonite. We do not drink wine n it seems strange not to do so in there as more than ninety percent of the diner do so. Fortunately, the server treat us the same way as others. Before we order any food, the bread had been brought to the table. We don't like it because it's a little to hard, and it tasted bad. On the bright side, the restaurant serve bread with smashed tuna instead of butter. That's nice and rare to see elsewhere. We order a pan seared foie gras with "poorman" salad(stupid name for the salad) to start. The portion was disappointingly small as we only have two thin pieces of foie gras for the whole plate. We are both very surprise the size of the foie gras plate is ridiculously small compare to other restaurant we visited. We look around the restuarant and saw the whole dinning room is having small portion food in a big plate. The taste was ok(i had better ones b4), but once again it didn't shock me as much as the size did. Then, our entree ( 2 lobster tail and rack of lamb) are up. They are also in small portion and are being served with the same sides(vege and beans). They taste fine but we already have the feeling we r not gonna b full when we walked out. We looked around n saw the table next to us actually ordered 8 plates for 2(guess they r familiar with the restaurant and knows how much to order to please themselves). The largest dish we saw in the whole dinning room was the steak, but i doubt that people wants to have steaks in here rather than Gotham Morton or Hys. The most impressive part of the whole dinner is the dessert. We had the trio of creme brulee and a pear tart(with pear sorbet). They are considered to be some of the finest dessert that i have ever had. If you are rich enough to visit this restaurant, desserts will surely be the thing that you cannot miss. If you want to be full, i guess you might have to break into a bank to do it.
My friend and I dined at Cioppino's for the first time on weekday night.
The restaurant was about 90% full, and the service was excellent.
The appetizer: Beef Carpaccio was delicious, but I had a better beef Carpaccio at CRU for a better price.
The pasta: Although the price was twice as expensive as Anton's, the taste was twice as good. The portion is about 1/4 of Anton's, but very satisfying. I feel like I finally found a restaurant where they cook the pasta perfectly.
The dessert: Simply delicious. For me, the most impressive part of the dinner was the dessert... I had a warm apple tart, and the flavor just burst in my mouth.
What I loved the most about this restaurant was the service and ambiance.
Tables were distanced well, so that I didn't get bothered by another table's conversation.
The waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous.
They are very prompt when we need them, and never arrogant like some snobby places. The food was simply delicious. May be I will skip the appetizer next time, so that I can come here more casually.
All around this was a great experience, excellent top notch friendly service. An extensive wine list that was a little over priced but lots of quality to choose from. The Chef/Sommielier visited our table often and ensured quality. The owner as well spent time with our table making sure that we were happy in an old school Italian way. The food was excellent with a good menu, although it was hard to read. Over all a great experience and certainly left quite satisfied.
I loved this place, never been before. We walked so parking was not an issue but I see how it could be being in the center of Yaletown. To start off I have very high standards on Italian food so maybe I cannot properly judge (as I am bias) Service and greeting is true to the previous reviews. As for the food, I rated it a solid, firstly, kind of small portions and one thing I did notice was the menu was not that extensive, I do not even recall seeing spaghetti on the menu. Positives, appies were delicious, I had the typical Osso Bucco and my husband the ribs…yum yum to both, and my goodness the wine menu was a binder! many bottles into the thousands of dollars- now that’s impressive. The restaurant itself is huge, yet still manages to be cozy for us couples. This certainly seems like a place to smooze the boss, or important male clients. Btw my husband loved both food and ambiance.