Federico's Supper Club is one of Vancouver's best Italian restaurants, offering you authentic Italian cuisine and welcoming hospitality, served up in an old school atmosphere complete with live music and dancing from Wednesday thru to Sunday. If you are seeking a culinary adventure and great ambiance, Federico's Supper Club is an ideal choice. A truly unique experience!
We had a saturday night 7pm reso here for my 30th birthday. They gave us 3 tables each seating 10 right at center stage. My first impressions of the place.. Nice looking and good feeling to it. I liked how they had the large flat screens on the walls that had beautiful pictures on a slide show to look at, nice touch..
For food the wife and I ordered the 4 course supper club menu for $55 a person and we ordered different food so we could split each course in half and try both.
Appetizer #1 - Bufala Mozzarella e Peperone alla Genovese - The cheese was perfect and delicious, the rest was good but the cheese really stood out to me.
Appetizer #2 - Carpaccio - one of the best I've ever had. Excellent.
Pasta #1 - Risotto d'Anatra (duck risotto) - Was very good
Pasta #2 - Pappardelle con Coniglio (rabbit & pasta) - This was very tasty and had a great sauce.
I also sampled someone's gnocchi and it was so light and delicate. Melted in your mouth. The best gnocchi I've even eaten.
Main #1 - Rombo (halibut) - The fish was good/ok but nothing to recommend or try or have next time.
Main #2 - Bistecca (flat iron steak) - was very good and would definitely try this next time.
Dessert #1 - Creme Brulee - yummy, ok but I've had better.
Dessert #2 - Panna Cotta - was ok but nothing special and won't have it next time.
Dinner music started at 8pm with a guitarist on stage that was awesome and got the dinner crowd happy.
At 10pm Federico was singing with a back up singer and drummer. It was very enjoyable and people were jumping out of their seats to dance. I had a great time just watching and the music was good! This lasted from 10:00 until midnight.
Overall the food was all good and 4 out of 5 for me. I enjoyed the food more then the desserts. I would for sure return to this place as well as recommend it to friends. This is the place to go for great food as well as entertainment.
Food: Very mediocre. Bland steak, dry chicken, wilted salad and bland ravioli that actually gave my bf an upset stomach afterwards. Food was so disappointing and unappetizing that no one ate the tiramisu that came afterwards - not an exaggeration! No one literally touched it and when the evening ended, there were plates and plates of untouched tiramisu left on the table.
Service: No service. Long wait for food and couldn't find anyone for help at any time.
Ambiance: Good place for older crowd (+35) to dance during and after dinner. Frederico sings!! The live band was impressive. However, since we were 23, it was just embarassing watching people wiggle around and it wasn't our type of music (oldies and pop songs from 90s and early 2000). But definately good for those who are older and like to dance. The lights were turned really low for the entertainment so we weren't able to eat afterwards since we couldn't see our food. Aren't we supposed to eat and dance at the same time? How can we eat if we can't see anything but the dance floor? Some questions Frederico should ponder on.
Note: It was a large group (company dinner) but just because you come in a large group (with reservations!) doesn't mean you should have to suffer through mediocre food and service considering the prices. I mean, they had sufficient notice beforehand so they should have had more staff on hand. We are still paying customers in the end.
The food is not memorable nor is the service. It is completely about the entertainment and you have got to try it. Great place for a unique large group celebration. I wish we had more supper clubs in Vancouver where you could eat then stay awhile - Frederico's is one of the very few. Dress anyway you like, many do to the point of outrageous. Be prepared to dance and laugh all night.
We arrived on a Sunday night around 7:30 pm and was quickly greeted and seated in a nice comfortable corner booth. Warm bread and tasty breadsticks arrived right away. I ordered one main and my partner had the 4 course dinner. I had the seafood fettuccine, it didn't take long to arrive but I found the pasta a little on the colder side, it didn't seem like it was prepared on the spot. There were some baby scallops in a tomato/red pepper sauce, it was okay but not great. My partner had the prawn appetizer which came with 2 large prawns. He also had the braised beef spaghetti which was very tasty in a great red wine sauce. Then came the flat iron steak which was amazing, it had a really good texture and was delicious (that was our favourite dish). Then he had the flourless chocolate banana cake which was beautifully presented on top of ice cream and pineapple.
2 musicians played throughout during dinner, they were quite good and the music was relaxing. Around 9:15 pm, Frederico appeared and sang a few favourite love songs, but mostly ballroom songs later. He had a great presence and an amazing voice. There was an older crowd but thats how it is on Sunday nights, most of them were practicing their ballroom dance moves. I wasn't really into the food as much but really enjoyed the live entertainment, especially Frederico. If you love this type of cuisine, great service and dancing this is the place to go.. For dinner, coffee, and 3 drinks the bill came to around $124.00.
Just this past weekend my group of girlfriends and I decided to have a girl's night out. We chose Federico's because the food is amazing and it's a nice change of pace from our usual nights out. Our reservation was at 7:30pm and when we arrived we were seated right away in a nice coner booth. Shortly after; we were greeted by our server, Earl. He gave great recommendations and service. He also had a great sense of humour which made our night very enjoyable. The evening was very relaxing and our food was fantastic. Especially the Cheesecake that I order for dessert.
Overall our experiance was great and I recommend Federico's Supper Club to those who are looking for a night of delicious food, great wine and live entertainment!!
My friend and I decided to spice up our Sunday night by going somewhere we both haven't been before. We ended up at Federico's Supper Club located in a cozy spot on Commercial Drive. We were greeted by two friendly hostesses and informed that that night there would be two performances - a jazz band and a singer. Once seated, we were made comfortable by being greeted by a majority of the staff as they walked by. Our server, Earl, was great. He was witty and very knowledgeable about the menu. He gave great recommendations and prompt service. The food (we each had a 3 course meal - appetizer, dinner, and desert) was delicious. Everything was flavorful and put together very nicely. As we were enjoying our meals, we got to listen to the jazz band play (they were actually really good and I'm not a big jazz fan!) and watch others let loose on the dance floor. Overall, it was a great night and I will definitely be going back - for the food and for the entertainment, oh and Earl :)
This little gem has been on commercial for a long time. And if you have not tried it you should. Federico is an amazing entertainer. New chef has joined the team and how can you go wrong with Romy Prasad. He made Cin Cin what it is today. His food is amazing, he uses local ingredients and presents them in a traditional Italian way. So with Federico and Romy it is an amazing night. Only on thing that could be changed, would be night to see some women on the floor, running with an only men wait team. If you are from vancouver you should check this place out, and if you are visiting vancouver dont miss this experience, it is one of a kind.
Two of us arrived at 7:30 pm looking forward to the music provided by Frederico's. I was under the impression there would be a band,and for the prices Frederico charges, there should have been.Caesar salad and a pear salad with brie were tiny,perhaps 1 oz of brie in the salad.They were approximatley $13 each and appetizer sized. The main course of Halibut and scallops on fettucine was decent,but not near worth the $38 pricetag on special. Desserts ranged about $9 each and the Tiramisou was average at best. The Gelato was like supermarket chocolate ice cream. Perhaps the most dissapointing event of the evening was when the music began about 9:45 pm.Frederico stands alone singing unacompanied by any band,but a keyboard and synthesiser...One man show. Granted Frederico has a decent show lounge type voice,but when the hostess told us on the phone when I booked the reservations to make sure we arrived late enough to see the show,both my lady freind and I had the same reaction.."You have got to be kidding". $200 included a mid range bottle of wine.2 martini's,small salads,2 entrees and a split dessert.One couple danced on the small dance floor during our 45 minutes observing the "Show" Service was so-so. Expected ALOT more here.
Living on Commercial Drive for most of my adult life I've always been curious about this spot. When a friend wanted to have her birthday here, though wary, I jumped at the oppourtunity.
I will be brutally honest and lay it out for you. This was a Saturday if that makes any difference.
Food - This is some of the worst restaurant food I have ever had. We had a few slices of salami and olives as a starter. The main was canelloni with veal. Not impressed. I can't even decribe what we had for dessert.
Serivce - It took quite awhile for a server to take our first drink order. After that they were not bad. They filled our water and took away our plates when we were finished. Solid.
Value - Our crappy food cost us $50 + tax + automatic gratuity. To be fair it did include some comical if not sad entertainment.
Ambiance - Many people crammed into a room. The fact I was surrounded by friends was the only saving grace.
I wanted so much to love this place. I will never be back. Beware!
A reunion with old friends and someone booked federico's as they thought it would be a great place to catch up dine & dance and make a nite out of it.
Got the and the place was busy(of it was sat nite), lovely old world charm and a friendly maitre'd, we were shown to our table and the server was fabulous, friendly and charming, lot of attention to detail, drinks all around lots of wine i thought this was great idea.....................
Reading the menu, it looked great lots of old school favourites, I opted for the 4 course option for $50.
most at the table went for the 3 courses for $40. they all thought it would be too much food to do the 4 courses.
All was going welll then the food arrives and we all dig in ............
My Vitello Tonnato looked good but tasted dry and tough, the tuna aioli was nice but the meat was dry and tough, I figured maybe it's suppossed to be that way, my partners Pea soup was a luke warm yucky tastless dishwater and she didn't even fiish it.
My next course was the Risotto di Anatra (duck confit), Duck is one of my faves so I was really looking forward to this, the first bite it tasted nice and creamy with just the right aldente rice but then by the end of it I had a strog salty after taste in my mouth, and every subsequent bite hightened that overpowering saltiness, I found out from the server that the chef uses Kosher salt and as it takes longer to dissolve by the time this dish comes to the table it is often oversalty, oh well it was what it was, perhaps the chef was having a bad nite.
The third course was with every ones entree, my Osso Bucco looked great and I was thinking that this was going to make it all better the shank was big and meaty sitting on golden yellow risotto, yum....
Spoke too soon, I took a bite of the meat and it was still cold in the middle, They had obviously not heated it long enough.............
My partners sole was ok too a little on the dry side, but the way the nite was going I figured what the Heck...
The rest of the table was not impressed with the food either, it was ok nothig to make any of us come back.
What a shame as the place was awesome had the food been up to par it waold all have bee a memorable nite for all the right reasons. Oh Well
Excellent food, service and entertainment. A great time had by all. The service was excellent and our server had a great sense of humor. We started with some thin crust pizzas that had a perfect crust and so flavourful. The rest of our appies and entrees were very good as well and then for dessert... Cannoli! To die for. Nearly Neil put on a great performance for the full house and we had a fun time on the dance floor. Can't wait to see more shows here- it is a great venue!
We recently took a group of friends to Federico's for an evening of dinner and dancing. My husband & I had been there several times in the past and had always had a good time and wanted to share the experience with our friends.
Our reservations were for 8pm and several of us arrived on the early side. We were seated and promptly asked if we wanted a drink to start off with. As each of our friends arrived, the server approached them right away asking for their drink orders. Once everyone had arrived, the specials were explained to the table. The restaurant was fully booked that evening and once we were ready to order, our server was with another table and the manager saw that that was the case and came to take our orders. Our appetizers came pretty quickly after that. Everyone at our table was more than satisfied with the quality and flavour of what they had chosen to eat. Our mains took a little bit of time to arrive - the restaurant was full of quite a number of larger parties that evening. But we were able to enjoy the musical act that was performing during dinner (one of our group even bought the gentleman's CD) and have a good opportunity to visit with each other while we waited. Our main courses were enjoyed by everyone as well. Desserts and coffee were then offered and ordered. Overall the food was well prepared, had great flavour and the portions were just right.
Then it was time for the dancing portion of the evening! Frederico came out and opened with Viva Las Vegas. He then proceeded to acknowledge all those who were celebrating birthdays and special events and sing a quick song to each of them. He then began to sing a mix of classic, pop, and rock songs which kept most of the crowd on the dance floor until midnight.
Overall, with the mix of modern & classic Italian decor, the live entertainment (with dinner & after dinner), the great food and attentive service, you can be assured you will have a fun evening out at Federico's.
I had heard good things from colleagues about this restaurant so decided to try out this place with my friends during dine-out. What a horrible night it turned out to be and I really wanted to like this restaurant.
1. the food was good
2. great chocolate martini
1. Upon entering the restaurant, there were 3 different staff of the restaurant who clearly saw me coming into the restaurant and waiting to be seated. There were no other parties or people for that matter in front of me or around me. It took 2 solid minutes before anyone acknowledged me. No "hi, how are you". Hostess finally looked up and decided to open with "Can I help you?".
2. It took forever to get our entree and both the manager and waiter gave no better explaination than "we have a couple large parties". We ordered at 8:45 and did not received our entree until a little past 10pm.
1. When complaining the food was taking a long time, the waiter became impatient with us and took the unpleasantry to another level.
2. When we received our bill, there was an automatic 17% service charge. There were 3 of us, not 5, not 10, but 3. I have dined out a lot in Vancouver and never have I heard of such a thing. Not even the top restaraunts I have been to in the city have shown such arrogance by imposing such a charge for a party of only 3 people.
I certainly will not go back to this restaurant and will not recommend it to anyone else.
I posted this review on yelp as well in case someone sees it twice. Read musiccritic but end with a solution and that is to see who is playing before making reservations.
Been there as a couple and with groups several times. The food and service was excellent. The ambiance excellant and we always love the dancing to Federico himself who comes on after the dinner music. The dinner music can be hit and miss as they change entertainers around and are unpredictable when someone is playing. But I guess that is our fault for not checking first. We enjoy the dinner music most when there is a live singer instead of instrumentalists as well. Our favorite is a crooner who gave us a CD while we were there and has a great sense of humour. He even comes off the stage and does dedications and makes you feel warm and as if the music is meant just for you. We were also suprised later to hear some of his original songs being played on the radio. It is always more rewarding to listen to someone whom you know can create his own music rather than simply play others very well. Our friends will check to see what nights he is playing before going again because we can be sure of a fabulous evening of dinner music and Federico's dance music We also appreciate the waiters and manager who all seem to really care about their patrons and SMILE. Holy cow that makes a difference. All in all the place we look forward to going to.
Met long lost friends from across country at Federico's last night and enjoyed a wonderful reunion to fine food and music. The singer performed for 3 hours straight with one short break and gave us our monies worth with some great music and humor. To top things off. he gave us all one of his CD's, complimentary. "Phil Moriarity Timeless". From the romantic vocals to hot swing numbers kept us applauding and dancing all night. The room was very conducive to a great dining experience with live music. Toronto can't do any better and some of us are visiting from there. A great experience and one we will repeat when in Vancouver again. Our waiter was also very responsive and even though it was a slow night we felt like everyone was on their game. Incredible mid-week experience. We felt very appreciated and not just served.
I went this restaurant with my friend on 2010 Velentino day.
i agreed that the music is good and atmostphere is good too.
But with little surprised about the charges.
Since we paid food and good tips, we found out from out bill there were hot water charges.
If they charged about 1.95+plus about water, why they didn't list on the menu!
this is the first time we heard there is such charges in our Vancouver area.
If customer knew this, they may order other drink instead of water.
it turned out we paid 20+plus tax for hot water!! :(
April 19 was my husband's birhtday and I planned to surprise him with 10 of our fantastic friends for dinner at Federico's. The food was amazing, the service was very professional and real service for a change (our waiter was Earl) the music was great! Where else can you enjoy a great meal, music and dancing? Because my husband is a European trained (french) Chef I was a little worried, after reading the negative rating. We have been at Federico's once before for Valentine's Day and we had a fantastic experience. I do not understand why anyone would write anything negative, they must have different standards. It is not a fair evaluation according to allof us there last night. It was a special night and we all would recommend Fedrico's Supper Club highly.
I attended my boss's 40th birthday party at Federico's on Saturday, March21,2009.We were party of 12 and we had so much fun!
We order from the"Anniversary Menu" and everything was delicious.
Francisco our waiter was amazing...very attentive and professional. He was outstanding in serving our party.
The ambiance was very lively. That evening Saba dancers entertained the crowd before Federico took the stage.
Federico opened to "Viva Las Vegas" and set the room on fire.
I would highly recommend this place!
I notice most of the other reviews are years older, and a mix of great vs. bad. This past wekend marked our 3rd visit to Frederico's and it's sad to say they have fallen from grace IMO.
FOOD: I admit I am not a haute cuisine person, more meat 'n potatoes but I have enjoyed the food here on past visits. The problem with this visit was their 10th Anniversary menu which forces diners to a 3 course meal for $38 with options to upgrade dishes. Not a bad deal for fine dining complete with entertanment, but my point is you lose the freedom to choose based on budget and palette. With the old menu I could chose a main course only of steak or pata dish and skip dessert for under $20. On the visit I did order antipasto for 1st course and shared it with the others at our table, and penne with chicken for main. Pasta dish was adequate.
SERVICE: Friendly and professional as always, but it was hard to get the attenion of our waiter for after dinner drinks with the large crowd.
Our seating was also very limited and cramped with virually no room between our neighbors table and we had to squeeze in or stand up whenever the waiter did their service.
MUSIC: Frederico is a great lounge singer and the mix of music from classic italian ballads to disco era, Elvis, pop standards kept the dance floor full until closing. That's the good review.
To be critical, Frederico himself has been spending less time on stage and turns the mic over to Shannon, his back-up vocalist. She is a decent b/u singer, but can't quite carry lead vocals. There is a drum kit but no drummer. All the music is pre-recorded other than what Frederico adds on keyboards and guitar. The most distracting and laughable stage addition is "Uncle Aldo". He pretends to play acoustic guitar during every song, but is obviousy "fingersynchig" and not very well. As a guitar player I can tell he does actually play valid chord formations, although not in the proper key or change to matchthe songs. I just can't figure out if he enjoys the thrill of standing onstage or if he is hired as window dressing to make the prerecorded music appear more "live". If he can actually play guitar and has been faking it for years, why not just learn some of the songs and turn his volume up??
But speaking of guitar playing, the one highlight of the night and the best talent onstage was the warm-up act. He presented guitar arrangement sans vocals of many surprising classics from The Eagles, John Mayer, Deep Purple and others and concluded with a medly of Ventures style themes including James Bond theme, Peter Gunn et el.
If Federico's want to keep their good reputation as a fun dinner and dancing establishment, I would suggest reverting to an "a la carte" menu, more live musicians, and drop a few tables for less overcrowding.
This was definitely not the experience I expected. I have been twice; once for a function hosted by someone else, and once for a function I hosted myself. I guess I didn't really notice all the little issues as a guest but when hosting my own party, I was definitely aware. Most of the staff are fairly unprofessional. They seem annoyed by the fact that they need to serve you and are often far too busy to provide any type of real service. They often seem confused as if they don't know what they are doing.
The food is okay. Nothing special. I have had far better Italian food. Prices are okay - a little high but not extraordinary considering you do get a "show", if you can call it that. The performer, good old Federico himself, is a waste of time. He is talented, I will admit, but showed up at 10:45 to begin singing for the evening. Considering music is set to end at midnight (he sometimes compensates by staying a bit later for his tardiness) this is way too late. Also, you must think, a lot of people arrive at 7 to 7:30 and must wait forever for the music. There was a terrible accordion player that I've seen in the past who played during dinner. Far too loud and not very good. There was also this other strange man that I've seen perform suring dinner who was equally annoying. I wouldn't recommend having a party here, or going here period. They are much too disorganized and you spend most of your evening waiting.