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.
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.
Dined at the new Q4 location this past weekend.. given I loved the old location was not sure I’d like their new space but I LOVED it. Gorgeous restaurant. Great bar area. Terrific patio. Attentive, knowledgeable staff. Most importantly amazing food. An absolute must have is the Radicchio Bocconcini.. it comes on its own or as part of the antipasto platter. GO. You’ll love it.
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 :-)
We arrived at 5:30 on a Monday, and the place was quiet, great for romantic small talk. I would not be surprised if it got a little louder once larger parties arrive though.
Monday/Tuesday pasta night makes for great value at this restaurant. The portions may look small at first (because of the large serving plates), but it's actually quite filling. The pricier black cod was also very well done: delicate texture and well-seasoned without overwhelming the taste of the fish. Don't forget to see what desserts they have! We tried the baked phyllo pastry with marscapone and sour cherries, and it was outstanding.
We decided to try this joint for there Pasta Special... Thought they were trying to show off excellent service and good food. Without both your just an average restaurant and there are too many of those in Vancouver.
You automatically add 18% tip onto the bill for gratuity for larges groups, but this should not preclude good service.
I cannot remember the last time I have been treated so rudely by waiters that should be trying to establish repeat business!
We went here with friends at in late December and we all enjoyed our meals very much. The decor could perhaps use a bit of an update, but it's not terrible. Excellent selections on the dinner menu and wine list. Good service too - we appreciated the waiter's opinions and suggestions. We look forward to going back again.
Quattro has been around too long and done too good a job to deserve the bad rap they've gotten here. I've never had a meal less than excellent and never been disappointed by the wine list. The do a mean tenderloin and a fantastic Antipasto Platter. The prices may seem high but the end result - a night out that anyone would consider a treat - is worth it. I wouldn't go once a week but it tops my list of special occaision destiations. That crap that happened with the gangs could have happened anywhere and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
I've been to the Quattro in Whistler many years. We visited the Vancouver location this weekend and it was equally good. Consistency is good when it's the same company. I'm not usually a dessert lover, but I fought my wife for the last bite this time.
If you will just be ordering pasta, then don’t go here on a Monday or Tuesday night when they have their $10 pasta promotion (which we didn’t even know about) because the waiter will make you feel cheap for ordering it. I don’t drink on weekdays so I ordered a coke with my dinner (as opposed to wine) at which point the waiter completely changed. Charge normal prices or don’t treat people bad for ordering the specials. You would think a restaurant that has been shot up would try to keep all the customers they could. Honestly the pasta is good but not worth the way they will make you feel if you just want a quick dinner and you don’t feel like drinking, having appetizers and dessert.
Agree with some earlier reviews about service being snooty and slow. Seemed like a smile would kill them.
Food was okay, nothing I couldn't cook myself -- totally overpriced compared to taste and service elsewhere.
Overall: Too many good restaurants in Vancouver that offer better value -- give the alternate choices a try and skip this place.
For most of the ten years that I've lived in BC, Quattro's has been the place I take out of town guests for their first Vancouver meal. The menu retains many of my original favourites, and the food is consistently good. Not Le Crocodile amazing but VERY good. The room itself is also very good, with a warm and intimate Mediterranean feel. The service is excellent, and you'll feel like you are at home (though in my case that is nearly the case because I've been going there for so long).
I had heard great things about Quattro, so I was really disappointed when I found the reception I received by the hostess the worst I've ever had at a restaurant in its class. I arrived right on time for my reservation, but it was another 25 mintes before I was seated. I've worked in restaurants in my youth, so I don't typically mind waiting. But I received no acknowledgement of my precence, not even after giving her my name (e.g., she wander off without even telling me the standard "It'll be a few minutes wait"), no updates on how much longer it would be -- she seated at least four other tables without giving me any updates or explanation why other tables were getting seated before me despite arriving later. The reception area is small, so I tried waiting outside with the annoying drunk tables. After all the other tables were seated and it was just me and her standing there, I eventually asked the hostess if there was some problem with the reservation and she gave some explanation, but I shouldn't have had to ask. I couldn't believe this was supposed to be a fine dining establishment, it was worse than the YBC. By the time I finally _got_ to my table, I was so annoyed and stressed I wanted to leave.
However, it was a good thing I stayed because the food was great. The wine list was extensive and varied, the menu looked fabulous and original. Our server was helpful and on the ball, so I feel bad giving the service such a low rating, but the hostess was pretty bad.
So I only have one tip for Quattro, train your hostess a little better.
Went to Quattro on the weekend with my lady and we had a very good meal with solid service - We shared the antipasto platter and a selection of 3 different pastas for dinner. It was all very well done! I have a craving for good Italian food often and can't find much in the way of Kits for that - the room needs a freshening up a bit though. With italian kitchen coming in to the neighborhood, there will be some more competition for good italian to be had!
I went with my significant other for a special dinner. We requested to sit on the West side of the room, which is away from the bathrooms (traffic and coatroom) They accommodated us at a wonderful table.
The antipasti platter was interesting but not stellar.
A beautiful buffula mozzarella and fresh tomato salad was outstanding.
I had a great Risotto, but the highlight of the meal was the Mushroom Ravioli, hand made pasta, just enough sauce, soft and rich and sexy.
Our server was a nice young man with good wine knowledge, he found a super Italian red within my price range and described it perfectly.
The room is warm and bustling, with a lively bar. A fun place and romantic at the same time, with very good food and professional, friendly service.
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