Went here on a weeknight and it gets full by 7pm. A small place and well appointed. Open kitchen and bar along one side, seats are spaced nicely and there are several seats along the long bar. Menu is small and has some nice appies including the thinly sliced italian ham, buffalo mozzarella, and a couple of different types of crostinis. All were very good. The mains are split in to pastas and pizzas. Pizzas were very good, thin crust and a bit chewy with ample toppings. Pastas were good, cooked al dente with nice sauces. Tried the meatballs and gnocchi and rigatoni. Service was very good with nice reommedations on wines. Bottles in the $35-$45 range. Value overall was pretty good. Would return.
I came here with my friends a couple of weeks ago. It's a nice little spot on denman. It's a little small and when we got there there were no tables so we sat at the bar. We were pretty hungry so we ordered a bunch of small dishes. We had the foccacia, meatballs, buffalo mozzorella, proscuito and an anchovy pizza. The pizza was a little burnt but besides that, everything was delicious. It's a pretty cool place with a simple and fresh menu. Will be back for sure!
We live in the west end and have been meaning to check out Nook for months and we finally made it there tonight. When we got there, it was at capacity with a lineup stretching outside. We decided to wait after hearing that there was an upcoming turnover that wouldn't last long. While we waited outside, we were pleasantly impressed by a server that offered us freshly made margarita pizza while we wait and minutes later we were offered a seat at the bar. So impressed with the Margarita, we were committed to ordering it for a main, but we had yet to choose a starter or wine. We planned to spend between 30-40 on a bottle, but may have spent a few extra for something we really liked. As we tasted some of the wine that our server recommended, we settled on a bottle that was not on the wine list, but was apparently within same price range. Our dinner was delicious - highly recommend the Margarita, even as a plate to share - and the staff was super friendly. Everything was great until the check arrived and our 30-40 wine ended up costing 56 dollars. Not that we dont spend 40-80 on a nice bottle of wine with dinner, but when you expect to pay one price and receive a bill that is much different was kinda BS. Great food, great staff.. its unfortunate we had this experience. Would definitely recommend Nook to others, but make sure you know what you're paying for.
My friends and I stumbled upon Nook while looking for a pasta place on a friday night. The place is rather small and was packed so we ended up sitting at the bar but the service and atmosphere was memorble, cozy and did not disappoint. I was very impressed with the food aswell, especially their pizzas and starters. The pricing was affordable and worth every penny and we didn't leave a crumb on our plates. We were very happy with our find and will definitely be returning to introduce our friends.
Someone told me that this restaurant is opened by the well known restaurant Tapastree owner, so I gave this place a try.
It was a Friday evening, so the place was little busy. We waited about 20 min outside, then we were seated. That was fine.
We ordered an appetizer, which was the day's special and was not on the menu, because the main waiter (owner?) recommended, using ladies at the next table to convince us. The waiter used this "peer pressure" method to other customers came to the restaurant after us too.
The appetizer was good, but it cost more than the other appetizers on the menu. Wish he had mentioned the price if it's more than the price of other appetizers on the menu.
Our main, which was two pizzas, came 45 min later after we were seated.
The pizzas were very simple and very salty.
The Ambiance: Cheap interior finishing and loud musics (occasional MC Hammer), in addition to the loudest yelling voice by the main waiter. Why he has to act like he is a big guy in a club scene or something?
I could not relax at all while he was talking loudly like a collage student at the party at the other table.
I don't think I would go back again.
Nook has become a neighbourhood favourite, for sure. It is on my way home from work and I stop often. Funny thing is, it's not about the food. Pizza and pasta are not my thing. And if you like vegetables, they don't really have any - a couple of too-salty salads and that's about it. Truth is, people line up for the 5:00 pm opening time. It's fun, the music is great, and the bartender Chris is cool, personable, and makes the appetizers right there in front of you. The bar is the best place to be so don't be disappointed if that is all that's left when you arrive. The pasta is alright, always al dente, but the sauces are unimaginative and lacking in flavour. The pizza is good but the crust almost always has some burnt bits. I like the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs hard at work and witness the occasional crash of plates, pots, 'n all. The cappuccino and dessert area always good. A nice addition to the West End.
I'm ashamed that I haven't reviewed Nook sooner. My initial thought was to hope no one would notice this little spot...and I could potentially keep the lines as short as possible. There’s no use…it's like building a sand castle in the rising tide.
Nook has been one of my favourites since it opened.
My girlfriend refuses to order anything but the gnocchi with mini-meatballs (she doesn’t tell her Nona). While I'll go for any of the specials (pasta or pizza).
They keep things simple, fresh and delicious. Reasonable prices and a good quaint/busy atmosphere. The service is friendly and attentive, without being overbearing.
I’ve even braved taking my best friend here and he admits it was good, a huge compliment from an Italian who won’t eat any pasta his mother didn’t make.
I've seen a couple cause a scene because they had to sit at the bar...FOOLS. Each time I've had the opportunity, I've been given little samples of tomato/bocconcini salad, prosciutto, sopressata, wine...you name it.
Don't let the line deter you...it's definitely worth the wait.
(Unless you see me behind you…then try the Japanese place across the street).
My wife and I were in the west end after an evening of Christmas shopping and were getting a bit hungry. We stopped by a number of establishments but they were either full or unappealing. We came across The Nook and were immediately welcomed in a warm manner. Although the layout is small and a bit simple, there is a coziness that feels like a warm blanket on a rainy night (and it happened to be raining that night). Background music was great and made us want to stick around after our meal.
Staff were attentive and informative with regard to the menu and wines. Very friendly and polite.
The menu is primarily pizza and pasta and there are some specials. Wine list could be expanded a bit. At any rate I ordered Gnoccetti and my wife ordered a Margherita pizza.The pasta was very well prepared with a lovely fennel and sausage sauce. Portion was reasonable. I enjoyed every bite. The pizza was excellent with a fabulous crust. My wife, who is not a big eater, devoured the pizza and proclaimed it was the best she had eaten. High marks considering the potential options in the lower mainland.
With drinks I thought the bill was reasonable. We would definitely go there again.
I go here regularly, but try to go either later (after 9pm) or early (before 6pm) to avoid a long wait. They do not take reservations so not a good place to pick if you are a large group. I find the best place to sit is at the bar as service is the best there and they let you sample the wine before choosing the perfect glass or bottle! The burrata cheese and prosciutto appie is great with a glass of wine, the salad's are good to share, and my favourite pasta has to be the gnocchi with mini meatballs but have never had a bad plate yet. Go here when you want good, simple, tasty food, great italian wine, and are not in a rush to go anywhere. The atmosphere is cozy. Love this place!
Given the fact that there was a line up on a Thursday night I expected a lot better. The pizza was ok but the pasta sauce, some kind of pesto with cream, was truly awful. When I told the server she just shrugged. The wine selection is very limited and overall the service was indifferent. The guy at the bar was slicing meats and giving change. How unsanitary is that!
Since it is a open kitchen, I didn't see anyone around so I politely asked the person making the pizzas who I could order take out from. She condescending replied with "the server!@,@". I eventually placed my order from the manager. After waiting for 20 mins, I called the server to check on my order. The order was sitting right next to me getting cold for over 10mins, the previous pizza making girl who I talked too, was working 2 feet away from me just placed it next to me without mentioning anything and just letting me wait.. unbelievable! I just came from new york that night and had pizza withrawl. This place does not even come close to that style they are trying to imitate. I ordered pancetta on my magarita, and there were 3 tiny pieces for additional $3,
It is expensive for what you actually get, slim toppings that don't even cover the middle of the pizza. Perfect summary of their pizza is light sprinkling of topping and oil on top of oven baked naan bread covered with conmeal.
not worth he money, next time going to Lombardos or Marcelo's
I found last Saturday after a bike ride. The place is inviting and cozy and the ambiance was warm. I'm a big pasta fan so that's of course what i ordered---it was finger licking good! The value was amazing because the portion was filling and worth every penny (it wasn't even expensive). I will definitely be bringing my wife here on date night.
Went to this restaurant on a Monday night at 6:00pm and it was quite busy. The people seated after us made it a full house. The room was fairly pretty and better than a lot of places, but I expected something a little more rustic and unique from the people who designed places such as Faux. The music at that time primarily consisted of indie rock music.
Price were great, especially for the quality of the food. Service wasn't too personal, but everyone was so nice and all of the servers asked us how are food was in such a genuine manner. Plus, the servers were more than happy to answer our questions and our cups of water were never empty.
As for the food, it was pretty good. We had the ricotta, roasted tomatoes, olives, onions, and garlic pizza, minus the olives. I'm not sure what kind of sauce they used, but it wasn't a tomato sauce and usually I don't like pizzas without a tomato sauce. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed the pizza; it was so flavorful with such basic ingredients and the crust wasn't too dry or solid at all, as many thin crust pizzas I've had at other places suffer from. I had the linguini pesto with sundried tomatoes. It was rich, but not over or under coated in sauce. The pasta was only slightly better than average to me, but I'll admit I'm not much of a fan of sundried tomatoes. Still, the sundried tomatoes gave the pesto a unique kick that separated the pesto sauce from regularily encountered pesto sauces. Although I wasn't big on the pasta, I'd give the food a 3.5 stars because I really enjoyed the pizza and will just come back for the pizza.
We headed over to try Nook last Friday night and we were very pleased with this new little gem. Having heard Nook was the newest venture of Mike Jeffs, past owner of Tapastree (one of our favourites!), we were excited to try this new restaurant.
We went at around 5:30pm, knowing they open at 5pm and don't take reservations. We started off with the ricotta, grilled radicchio, pistachio and fireweed honey crostini and all I can say is "mmmmmmmmmmmmmm". We loved this started. I had the prosciutto, arugula and roasted garlic pizza. It was delicious. My husband had the gnocchi with baby meatballs, which he thought was fantastic. He only had one complaint..the portion size. He could have eaten more. Good thing I had pizza to share. To finish it off we shared this fantastic chocolate pudding dessert. A huge hit at our table.
Overall, we walked out very satisfied and excited to have a fresh, new place to eat in the neighbourhood. Can't wait to return!
First of all, the pizza is first rate. Great crust and lovely flavour. Definitely one of the best pizza's in Vancouver. Sadly, it was my wife who had the pizza (well, she did share it with me), but I had the pasta.
It was the orechietti with sausage, fennel, rapini and chili. Sounded good because I like fennel, but whoops, they've run out of fennel. Okay, can I have a little of that nice roasted garlic instead? No. Okay then, I'll take it as it comes, sans fennel.
Of the more reasonably priced wines served by the glass (under $10 a glass) two were not available. That actually left only one wine. Okay, so short on wine and short on fennel. Big deal, what's the food TASTE like?
Already said the pizza was great, but sadly, the pasta was a disaster. Horribly over salted (and this coming from a person who likes salt) and a big pool of water at the bottom of the dish. It wasn't inedible because I was hungry, but really, I should have sent it back. I just had a horribly salty taste for the rest of the night and the wateryness was just not nice.
Maybe I had bad luck, but that was my experience. The pasta was really bad, but the pizza was great, although it was also on the salty side, but not so much of a problem (honestly, I'm not obsessed with salt!)
Service was interesting. Kind of aggressive in a friendly way. Like when they were out of fennel, no apology or offer to adjust, just 'that's the way it is, so what?' Kind of attitude.
Nook is obviously using quality ingredients and they take their food seriously, but they need work. Good, reasonably priced Italian is not so common in Vancouver so I hope this place improves. Having said that, it isn't actually that cheap. Single pizza or pasta for $16 each. Starters at $10 and $12. Limited menu. No green salad. I'm not saying it's expensive, but it's not cheap and the lowest price glass of wine is $8.50, if they have it.
I am going to keep this short and sweet. Nook is incredible! We sat at the bar (the restaurant was packed out) and were very well looked after by two busy servers. The pizza was incredible and the pasta delicious. The desert was out of this world and we left feeling very satisfied. Really one of the best meals I have had out in a very long time. Very simple. Great atmosphere. Busy place. Definitely worth the wait.