Q4 Ristorante is another outpost of the Quattro family of restaurants. This Kitsilano location serves up contemporary Northern Italian cuisine with a special focus on service and their extensive Spectator recognzed wine list.
We ended up for brunch at Q4 Ristorante last weekend and I was quite surprised at how good it was. I'd never eaten at Q4 before and I went in with no expectations. The place was empty which for a Sunday, was a bit surprising.
Upon first look at the menu, I was shocked at how reasonably priced the brunch items were. $12 for a traditional eggs benedict was definitely lower than I was expecting. I went with that and it was one of the best eggs benedicts I've had. It came with some scalloped potatoes that had been dropped in the deep fryer that were very tasty.
Overall, one of the best brunches I've ever had for $12. I also had a glass of beer which to my surprise was $9. And no, it wasn't a pint, it was a glass. If it weren't for that, I would be giving the value a higher rating.
The price of beer aside, overall this was a very enjoyable lunch and I will return.
I was walking by on a sunny day and decided to sit on the patio and have lunch. I had one $7 Moretti Beer and one $26 Caribben Lobster & Spring Pea Risotto. Bill came to $37 taxes in. Everything was great, food, service, ambiance.. and I would definitely return.
Based on 1) the good reviews here 2) the fact that it is in our neighborhood, 3) the new 3-course $25 menu and 4) Dine out for Life which was March 24, we were very eager to try Q4 for the first time. I had the 3-course $25 menu, DH ordered off the regular menu. We were looking forward to the "authentic italian" pastas (described on dinehere) and "the best ceasar salad in the city" (as advertised by our waiter). I have never been to Italy, but neither of us were big fans of our pasta, I had the beef one and DH had a vegetarian one, they were both slathered in an insipid tomato sauce that drowned out most other flavors. The ceasar salad was good, but not great, and certainly not the best in the city, with slightly wilted lettuce and an overly-anchovy dressing. The "house dessert" was crunchy but not in a good way. I definitely would not recommend this place based on full menu prices, but during the dinner I kept wondering if the $25 3-course menu was worth it. I debated on this quite a bit but ended up deciding that it wasn't. Even for that price point (about $30 a dinner) there are so many better places to eat in this city. We are sorry it didn't work out with this place. We wanted it to be good so bad we will probably try it again sometime to make sure we just didn't come on an off night or what.
Food: You haven't had authentic Italian pasta until you've eaten here. The pasta was exceptional. Absolutely wonderful. My only complaint would be the bread that was served prior to our appetizers. For a restaurant of this calibre, I was expecting them to make their bread. It wasn't fancy bread either, just normal cheap bread. Kind of disappointed. However, it's the authentic Italian dishes that really draws people in, not the bread, right? Oh, and the beef carpaccio appetizer was wonderful.
Service: I wasn't a big fan of the service. The waiters were a bit pretentious.
Value: $10 pasta specials? That's pretty difficult to beat!
Ambiance: Your typical fine dining layout.
I will definitely come back on one of their pasta special evenings!
We were here for dinner last week. It's probably a bad time of year and going for dinner on a Saturday night just makes it worst.
Service was okay. The waiter didn't seem to be very enthusiastic. We split the Spaghetti Quattro for an appetizer and unlike most restaurants where they will split it in the kitchen and give you two plates here our server just bought one large plate and two small plates. We had to ask for cheese. The spaghetti was nice and spicey.
For main courses my husband had the Cornish Game Hen which was very good. I had the veal which I found to be a bit on the dry side. For the prices that they charge it should be better.
The restaurant was very noisey and It was too crowded with less than 18" between our table and the tables all around us.
It is unlikely that we would return as there is better value to be had elsewhere.
We went to this restaurant to celebrat my birthday and my best friend's birthday. It was indicated that it was our birthday but nothing was ever mentioned about it.
We didn't realized that Sunday night, it was $10 pasta night. No signs to indicate it. Nothing in the menu to mention it, just noticed that it was busy for a Sunday night. There was five of us, and we shared a Ceasar salad and a pizza for appetizer. Both were very, very tasty. Just enough. Bread and olive oil/Balsamic Vinegar was also brought. Enough oil and vinegar for maybe four slices of bread. I asked for more oil and vinegar and the bus boy brought another plate out and plopped ontop of the one that was already on the table!! I found that so strange. Took a long time for them to clear the table of our appetizer dishes too.
I had the Fettucine ai Funghi, my husband had Fusilli Salicce, my friend and daughter had the Lingune Frutti di Mare (which happened to be Black Cod that night), and my friend's husband had Spaghetti Bolognese. All the pasta's were delicious and we got alot for $10!!!
We asked for more bread when our dinner arrived, and he only gave us bread with no oil and vinegar. We asked for water, the bus boy filled only my glass and half of another glass and left the others empty. Thinking he was coming back, he didn't. Obviously he ran out of water in the pitcher and went to get more, but he filled the other end of the restaurant and never came back to our table. The waiter finally filled the glasses five minutes later.
The ambiance of the restaurant was fantastic. It was cozy and beautiful. The service really sucked. Our waiter made us feel unwelcomed. The bus boy was useless. And when we finally got out bill to pay, it took another 15 minutes before anyone showed up to take our payment. Thank goodness we didn't have to pay full price for our food. When we got up to leave, no one said thank you for coming or anything. Will I go back? Probably not. Will I suggest this restaurant?? NO!!! Too many good Italian restaurants in Vancouver to go back there.
I have been here a few times for different occasions and with out fail these guys always impress. The food is some of the best Italian I’ve ever had here or in Italy and also including my wife’s and (gasp!) my mommas!! The Service is more like family than hired help and their wine list is truly expressive and well thought out. The ambiance is pure new Italian with some great N.American chic thrown in (like the mosaic painted floors that they have to redo every year or so at great time and expense). This is the type of detail they show to everything they do.
If you're really hungry and curious try the 'Buffata" a set menu that will leave you amazed at the variety and unbuttoning your belt at the end!
I don't give many really good reviews, but this is a restaurant that really deserves one. The BEST Italian food I've had since I lived in Italy, bar none, in any city, including San Francisco. It's expensive, but the service was beyond exemplary and the food, well I've already said it. Save up and go.
We have not been to the newer location of Q4 since it moved. When we heard about their Mon/Tues pasta specials we decided to give the restaurant a visit. We were very glad that we did. The restaurant décor is bright, clean and elegant. The service was friendly and professional. Our server had some good recommendations. The caprese salad starters were very fresh and flavourful. Two of us had the seafood linguine which was delicious and chock full of salmon,squid and prawns. The mushroom ravioli was also given a thumbs up. The only pasta dish that was not as good as it could have been was the chicken in brandy sauce as it was deemed too salty. The servings were ample too. Great food, service, location and price point. Will return.
I have gone to Quattro's every year for my mother in-laws birthday for the past four years, and every year the food and service seems to decline. The in-laws started off with the antipasto platter which was top notch in terms of meat selection and variety, (the caper berries were a nice touch). I started off with the roasted beet and goat cheese salad, that was served cold and tasted like table salt had been mixed with olive oil and dumped on my plate--- overall not impressed. The meat dishes and mushroom ravioli were a big hit at the table, however the penne tasted like it came out of a can-- I could have made a better sauce at home. While the food was overall a solid rating, the service was poor. Our waiter took 20 minutes to bring us our drinks (while the restaurant was virtually empty), 45 minutes in between our appies and main meal, and another half hour for dessert. For the price of the meal, the quality, and the service we will keep our visits down to once a year if that.
It was our first time visiting Q4 this evening and despite the excellent value offered by their Tuesday night pasta special, we likely will not be returning due to the very rude service we received from our waiter. Tall, dark-haired, largeish fellow; perhaps you've been served by him there? Adjectives that come to mind include pompous, sarcastic, condescending. His manner changed appreciably when we said we would not be having wine with our meal. While I understand that a restaurant relies on extras to generate revenue when such a great deal is offered, perhaps the service might consider reasons why a table might forego alcohol and not become visibly offended when it is declined. Pronounced eye-rolling and a smarmy okayyy when we moved one chair to the side of the table so we might more easily converse amoung our party. And so on, generally making our party feel unaccountably judged by this waiter.
Unfortunate really, as the food was largely very good, particularly the ceasar dressing which had a great bite. Lovely interior, great atmosphere, regrettably marred by rude service.
Dined at Q4 on New Years Eve... first time we had ever been... and glad we did... we wanted a low key dinner on New Years, as we're not clubbers and thought this would be great.. they had a set menu and we gave it a shot.
Okay, so I actually thought it would be a bit more hopping for NYE but, it was okay... more of a place I would go on a date night.. but here's the review:
Food - really good! The dishes were delish....everything we had tasted really good!Can't remember all the dishes, but insalata (with tomatoes and mozzerrela), Spagetti Quttro (very good/garlicky), ravioli (with mushrooms), also had dessert (sorry can't remember what we had) but great!
Service - was friendly and good .... wasn't sure what to expect after reading the reviews, but all the servers were friendly, and I think the chief? came out and wished us a happy new year!
I would definatly come back again, perhapes on the pasta night? or if my date's paying :-)
It was so good, I went here twice during their dine out this year (which they extended)!
Unlike many of the other reviewers who commented on the bad service, I had good service when I went there, both on a busy Saturday night and a slow Monday night. oddly enough, the service I got on saturday night was even better than on monday, but that seems to be the case at a lot of other places as well...
The "air-dried beef" appetizer was sooo good - paper thin slices with a good drizzling of truffle oil and shaved cheese. The "spaghetti for italians" is absolutely amazing - I don't even like chicken usually! The truffle and mushroom cream fettucine was also really good - the sauce was the perfect consistency - not too heavy and thick like some places make it. The portions are good, even for guys.
The server recommended a great bottle of wine and was really patient in explaining the different characters of the various grapes/regions (my boyfriend and I don't usually drink Italian wine)
This place never disappoints me, whether I'm there for dine out or a regular meal. I like other old school Italian restaurants like Arriva and La Rocca as well, but this place is a notch and great
I'm a big fan of traditional italian food rather than modern italian. I found Q4 to be traditional and an overall great dining experience. My partner and I came on a Tuesday evening, the restaurant was surprisingly busy for a tuesday night which is always a good sign. My glass of organic malbec red wine was delicious to start. Our bread came a little late but when it did come it was delicious! We started with the arugula salad to share which was a delight. We then shared two entres, the margherita pizza and the linguine with prawns in a light tomato sauce. The food was absolutely amazing, not one complaint. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the flavours felt like I was back in Italy. The pizza was very authentic, thin and droopy. Our waitress had a few large tables so service was a little slow on our end but her kind and personable attitude made up for it. Manager thanked us on our way out for dining with them, always a nice touch. Really enjoyed the food and evening and will return again!
After hearing about positive recommendations and reading positive reviews, my boyfriend and I decided to try Q4 on a pasta night (Mon/Tues pasta are $10 only). I was ready to order fettuccine tartufate which was listed under their $10 special. However when we got there, I was told that it was "a way to make the website look nice" and the dish was actually regular price - $26 and the server also mentioned "$10 doesn't even cover the cost". I was disappointed but I ordered something else with mushrooms and rosa sauce and my bf ordered spaghetti quattro by the server's recommendation. I must say I really liked my pasta, even more with this price. The pasta was cooked to el dente, and the sauce was more on the dry side (the way I like it) so that all of it blends with the pasta, instead of being too creamy. His spaghetti quattro was really flavourful, but it was a bit too spicy for me. It had SO MUCH garlic, like the reviews said and I guess that's why the description of the pasta was "for Italians only". The portion was generous but we finished both plates, and a dessert! We ordered the brownie because from some foodie's review I imagined that it would be out of this world. But when we tasted it, I felt that it was overhyped. The brownie was thin, and the ice cream wasn't very special, but I liked the caramelized crust though. For sure it didn't worth the $8.5 and it still can't beat the chocolate cake at Mosaic, my absolute favourite. The ambiance was quite nice, and outdoors seem even nicer on a warm day with all the vines creating this privacy. However we sat inside and tables were quite close to each other so the noise level was rather high. The service was better than most restaurants I have been to, although we did have to wait a bit before ordering and getting the bill, but they had extra servers to fill the water for us and the server was quite friendly. Overall I am really pleased with this experience and I will be back, but only on a pasta night and maybe order other dessert if it comes with a special price.
Not a huge fan of spaghetti or italian food for that matter, but this place by far makes the best "spaghetti Quattro". I really go for that, but a very nice appy to go with i'd say is the beef carpaccio. The service is always good, definately no complaints there. As for value, it's fairly priced, although some of the items are bit overpriced. I will be back again and again!!
I agree with the other reviewers who commented this place is cramped and crowded..
the food was pretty good and I also enjoyed their desserts. Service was okay.. I had to wait for my waiter sometimes which was kind of annoying. It would've been much better if the ambiance was quieter and more intimate like other restaurants around the same price range
I was here a few days ago for the first time to check out the restaurant. The food was excellent but not very good value - Provence is more reasonably priced for comparable food quality. Also we had a bottle of San Pellegrino with our meal and the bill was $8.00. I would definitely have returned if the gouging on bottled water didn't leave a bitter taste.
Made a reservation for a special date with my wife and they lost it. I guess I should have called to confirm, but the hostess spent all her time implying that I was just trying to jump the line on a busy weekend evening. After waiting 1.5 hours for a table I was so annoyed I couldn't enjoy the food. Other people seem to enjoy it so maybe you should give it a try, but I'll never be going back.
Incredible food! The casear salad, mussels, and the scallop/bacon appies are fabulous. The ribeye was incredible - the flavour, cut of meat were the best I have ever had. The speciality dessert was excellent as well. This place has become my new favourite restaurant... I'll be here for my next birthday for sure. I'm going to try the pasta next time...
Nice, intimate and tasteful room...
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