Il Giardino is an upscale Italian restaurant downtown on Hornby. They are closed on holidays.
Anyone should at least go to this restaurant once. People complained about their dine out experiences, but of all the dine outs I have done, most higher end places have adjusted service and were rush. I suppose that it because for a meal that usually costs $100 becomes $35, there are going to be some differences. I guess the reason why restaurants choose to participate in the dine out is that people who usually cannot afford $100 for a meal can have it for $35. From my experience, judging a restaurant from the dine out experience would be quite incorrect. This restaurant has some really good cheese, but while service can be unsteady, the food never disappoints.
...just had lunch here with a group of friends on Tuesday. The food, service and ambiance could not have been better. The asparagas risotto with lobster was far superior to anything I've eaten anywhere in Vancouver. The liver and onions were beyond compare.... I have never been disappointed here.
A few months ago we went to this restaurant, and honestly had the most unedible food ever served to us in any restaurant. The place was empty in the front room, but they made us wait, even though we had reservatins, to give us a tiny table cramped by a pot plant. I found the room to be plain reminessent of a green house stuffed with an aboundance of plants, and at the time we arrived it was packed, again keep in mind that the other larger room was empty. The servers were prifessional, but behaved as if they were serving the best food on Earth. The price was as well promissing somthing unforgetteble, as I can remebre my bill for 3 course meal and a glass of their chippest wine($12), came to over $120 bucks, ouch!
Ok, lets forget the price, and talk about food: for the appetizer I had potato wrapped shrimp, which cane too dry, because the shrimps they used appeared to be previously frezerburnt, and honestly the hole dish was left barely eaten, as not even salad served with that dis was any good.
For pasta I had the described as something increadible by our waiter, the special pasta of the day - spagetty with prawns and pesto sauce, well it was made with the same dry old shrimp I had for the appetizer, and was served with the most blant sause any housewife could make - for only $27.00 it was barely edible, and till this day I wander if our waiter had ever been to MacDonadlds, because food there tastes a hell of alot better!
And after all I had my "fabulous" Grilled venisson tenderloin for as main course for fourty something bucks! Guess what - the meat was overaged, and smelled bad. The seasoning again was non-existent, which they should have used at least to cover up the decaing smell of old meat they were serving!
The only good thing I got there - was wine, which was comparable to $12.00 a bottle wine at store, but I suspect that did not make it themselves...
For years Il Giardino has never been my first choice when it came to fine dining in the city. I think it’s because it has the image of being frequented by obnoxious, unsavory, chain smoking Howe Street types. That being said, I had always remembered the food there to be quite decent. So the last weekend before Christmas, my wife and I decided to go to Il Giardino and have our pre-Christmas celebration. We were seated in a cozy 2 person table under a picture window overlooking the courtyard, and surprise surprise, there was a table of 5-7 loud broker types that seated along the wall behind us. Each had a half empty wine glass in their hand and for some reason continuously high-fived each other, just as what I remembered! Our server told us that this group had been in the restaurant since lunch and were about to leave…thank goodness. After the broker crowd filed out, the restaurant began to slowly fill up with more subdued patrons that were there to have a good dinner, I must admit, at that point, the atmosphere of the place totally turned around. I had the beef carpaccio and some prawn dish which was not overly memorable, my wife, however, ordered a hearty minestrone followed by a fantastic pheasant with blue cheese stuffing - done to perfection. The service on that busy night was actually quite attentive, maybe it’s because we had an older seasoned waiter that was able to juggle the demands of multiple tables without breaking a sweat. Overall, it was a good experience and I hope to be back sooner rather than later.
My boyfriend and I had the vegetable soup and scallop with prawns for appetizer. The ribs for entree. The creme brulee and strawberry mousse for desert.
The food didn't come out hot, it was just warm which is one of my dislikes going to a restaurant. However, the food were not too bad but was definetly expecting way more, because a regular entree would cost about $40.00. Overall, it was just an average meal to me.
Went to Il Giardino with family friends in a huge group (16). They seated us all on the patio together and it was a beautiful setting. Nice wine, good service that wasn't too in your face. Food came surprisingly promptly for such a large group. Flavours were very nice. Great time. Romantic too.
Simply one of the best restaurant in Vancouver. The atmosphere is cozy in an Italian style. They are always packed with customers, so reservation is necessary. Of the 3 times dining at Il Giardinao, their mussels and lamb shank are my favorite. Service is great also, I really like coffee, so I ordered one after my meal. Just out of curiosity, I enquired one of the servers the brand of the coffee, and within minutes, another server brought a large coffee bag to show me! I felt special.