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Senova Restaurant

1864 West 57th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P1T7
Tel: (604) 266-8643
Fax: (604) 266-8674
Neighbourhood: Kerrisdale
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11AM - 10:30PM, Sat - Sun: 10:30AM - 10:30PM
  • Senova offers relaxed, refined Italian cuisine in an atmosphere of old world charm with modern touches.The menu features simple, authentic fare from all over Italy.

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a little bit of Italy
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

I've always liked Senova - not overly pretentious, good service, nice ambiance and the food is great.
There's even better value with half price pasta on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I've brought a variety of people here; clients, familiy and friends - all have had positive reactions to the food. They have a good selection on the menu and the wine list is good too. The dessert menu could probably do with some switching up, but to be honest, after all that food - there is very rarely any space left to indulge.

I don't have a food favourite, i try something different each time. Most recently, i've been impressed with their seafood linguini. The flavours complement each other nicely.

They're open for Brunch too - that's the next thing i'm going to try there.

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Dishonest owners serving up mediocre food
By makeup_girly of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Don't let the new owners fool you. They would like you to believe that this is the same restaurant that garnered the Zagat ratings from previous years. No, these are new owners who want to mislead customers just enough to get them through the door, then tell you they are under new ownership.

Our antipasto platter was fine--there wasn't much cooking involved. My pasta was poor, though my friend's was better. The portions were large, but who cares if you have more than enough blah food?

Service was adequate when we arrived (a nearly empty restaurant) but became terrible when the restaurant got busier. Then when we asked for the bill and tried to use their Entertainment Book coupon, the waiter not too kindly let us know that the new owners will not honour the coupon. Right--the owners want to re-use the restaurant name, the Zagat stickers on the windows, repeat other lies of restaurant honours on the receipt, yet... The waiter then brought a pre-prepared note rudely advising customers they do not accept these coupons, then said to us, I don't know why the owner hasn't put this up on the door. Well, we know. They want to mislead diners into turning up to this place!

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Not the best experience
By huhu of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 19, 2010 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

Based on other reviews and what we later found out from friends, this place has changed ownership. We were still able to use the Entertainment Book when we went for a weekday lunch however (not sure if there are other restrictions).

The main issue for us was that our server tried to sell us "upgrades" to our meal while using misleading language. For example, he would say: "Would you like your mushrooms sauteed?" as if it was the same as asking how you would like your meat done, or if you would like your potatoes mashed or baked (actually it's a $5 charge). He also had a rather condescending attitude when we asked why he didn't clarify that there would be a charge. Essentially he politely implied that we hadn't been to enough restaurants... (then he walked away)

The food itself was above-average, the complimentary bread was probably the best course, pan-fried and served with a nice red-pepper sauce. My main entree was veal medallions that was overcooked (I asked for medium-rare, but it was closer to well-done), I didn't make a big fuss since we were using an Entertainment coupon. The lamb came rather dry though it had decent flavour. We ordered a shrimp appetizer that was also not bad.

In the end, the food at this restaurant was okay but not spectacular. The real turnoff for us was the service that left a bad impression.

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don't even try !! Please !!
By bubblehead of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Even if the food was descent, the service was not there. Last night my husband and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary there, but we left unsatisfied and unimpressed. All the waiters lack waitressing experience, and etiquette. We never got a smile nor welcoming hellos. They all seem to not want to work there. When it gets busy, the waiters panic and begin rushing around, not efficiently at all. You can see the mistakes that they make and their lack of friendly attitude. Yeah, blame it on the poor staffing, as they say. They took a while to get our orders. After we've finished our appies, our dishes were not cleared for a long time. Too long that our entrees were coming and the waiter had nowhere to put it down. So my husband had to stack the empty dishes to make room on the table for the entrees. All the waiter said was "these plates are hot" , no "thank-you" or "sorry" for the empty dishes that were not cleared !! The waiter just took the empty dishes away and forgot to take the "empty" bread basket that was beside the dishes. More likely, it just never occurred to the waiter to take that basket away!!! Their lack of proper or professional service made the night unenjoyable. No tip was deserved. Thanks, but no thanks.

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Terrible waste of time and money
By Dgsafe of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

Arrived with my girlfriend at 6:25 pm for 6:30 reservation, told to grab a seat outside so we did, while waiting for the Waiter we exchanged seats with another empty table as the table leg was broken. waited 15 minutes before a menu even arrived, waiter had the personality of a stick. As we waited we noticed the lady next to us complaining of not getting her soup or any bread yet, this should have been our red flag, but I figured we would give the place a chance as we are not normally impatient people. waiter finally arrived with menus and asked about drinks I told him my girlfriend wanted San Pelligrino and before I could order any wine he walked away, guess I'll have the Pelligrino ?
Waited 10 more minutes for the Pelligrino and some bread, bread was good, but had to wait 10 more to place the order. Ordered the Pollo Marsala and Spaghetti Bolognese and a boccocini salad.
Waited 20 minutes for the salad, it was awful, barely any cheese, or dressing, didn't finish it and the bread was all gone.
Drank a full bottle of Pelligrino still no meal, or any waiter ? It is now over an hour and still no main dish, so I get up to tell the waiter we have to leave, he states that it's up next, so we wait another 10. He arrives with the meals with no explanation,no apology, nothing.
The food, the Marsala was awful, tasted like oxo cube gravy and the pasta was all stucked together.
We never finished the meal nor even were asked how it was, nothing, we paid and left, I wished I hadn't but I wasn't about to wait another hour to complain, and the waiter wouldn't have cared anyways? I think he was verbally challenged?
I will never waste my money or time to go there again, save yourself the $ 70 and go to Commercial drive!!

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Do not come here if you are in a hurry!
By shirleydineshere of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

A dinner that should be around 1 1/2 to 2 hours lasted 3 hours. Our large group had a reservation for a birthday party. Our table was ready but nobody served us - no menus or water until 1 hour and 15 minutes later. If I was dining in a small group, I would have left a long time ago but it was a birthday so we all resolved to stay. Not until we mentioned to a waiter that we not only didn't have menus or water, did someone come with a jug. They left 3 on the table and we had serve ourselves.

Our waiter mentioned that yes, they were understaffed - 3 servers for a full restaurant so I wouldn't say the staff were necessarily poor but they were unable to cope with a very large crowd. That's a management and ownership problem. I blame them for having our orders taken 90 minutes after we arrived, serving our drinks and appys 2 hours later and our dinner 2 and half hours after that.

The food was good but you are left hungry, angry and not satisfied when you have to wait such a long time to be fed.

I would never return to a restaurant that a owner thinks this kind of wait time is acceptable. Totally not recommended!

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Great breakfast will be back
By yummynotsoyummy of Kerrisdale (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

We have dined here for dinner a couple of times though never for brunch. My husband drove by yesterday and suggested we go for brunch today with the kids. When we arrived we had the pick of the place. We were promptly seated and had water and menus. I ordered the shrimp omelet, my husband had the steak benny and the kids an plain omelet. Well our food was being cooked the kids sat-up at the bar to watch the cook, cook their meal. He was friendly and served them some fruit as they watched. When the food arrived at the table the kids food was separated onto 2 plates. With each breakfast there was fresh fruits ( pineapple and melons.) The portion was so big no one finished their meals. My husband and I took half our meals home. Serve was great. We had our water glasses refiled a couple of times as well as my hot water from my tea. Our meals came with fresh warm yummy bread that was accompanied with some tasty butter. While we dined other entered the restaurant that clearly were regulars. The cook was friendly and greeted the others. This meal was one of the best meals we have had in a restaurant with our family (children age 2 & 3.) I contribute this the friendly quick service and the food. On a side note they have 1/2 priced pasta nights Monday & Tuesday nights and it's worth going!

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we love Senova
By christiancraig of kerrisdale (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

My family and I have been dining at a little place down the street for a few years now. Senova restaurant, located on 57th avenue and East Blvd has recently changed ownership and the food featured is now Italian. The new gentleman in the kitchen seems to know what he is doing and the food we have experienced the last few times has been divine. There are few familiar faces these days, except for two young ladies that continue to serve us very well. Although my wife and I are pleased with the new prices, food and service, there is something we have noticed that just doesn’t add to the comfort zone that we have been so used to at Senova in the past. I’m familiar with the restaurant industry and I appreciate and understand the business, I am just confused about one staff member that doesn’t seem to serve a purpose. There is a woman that stands at the end of the bar that just seems to stare and scowl. I have witnessed her being rude to the staff and my 6 year old daughter even commented “Dad, why is that woman so mad?”. Senova is a rare, hidden gem that I continue to send friends and family to, I hope that the new owners clue in and send that woman home. At least get her to do whatever her job is and be friendly doing it.

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Senova a Pleasant Senovasation
By blkoven of Pitt Meadows (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 2:35am [Dine in]

We used our Entertainment.com card and were treated to a very pleasurable dining night out. Thus, given the price and very tasty meals, the value was outstanding. The food quantity wouldn't cause one to feel bloated, but its quality was undoubtedly above par. The service was very attentive without being invasive. In fact, this was what elevated this restaurant most assuredly into a higher level. For example, the bread and savoury spread came more than once. When the dessert took a little longer than the norm to arrive, the manager gave us a 50% discount off the desserts (one for free), even though we didn't complain.

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no longer up to par
By loversofgoodfood of Vancouver West (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

Senova used to be a place to hang out until they changed ownership. The menus are no longer the same. They also don't honor what's printed on the Entertainment coupon. We tried to use it and the server would only give us 25% discount instead of taking off the price of the lower entree. They said they can't always give "free food". The made it sound as if we were asking for free food...we were just basing it on what's printed on the coupon. And what's the point of entering the resto on the Entertainment book if you're not going to honor it anyway?!

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Once again, Senova Restaurant blows me away!
By waxmeister of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Lamb Shank special, Lobster Bisque and their signature Hi-Five cake WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! I was completely satisfied and happy happy happy! Thanks folks, see you next week for the Atlantic Lobster special! Can't wait! Highly recommended, great neighborhood kitchen. Often see many friends and neighbors enjoying their family meals! Bravo!

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A little disapointed
By Tummytreats of Marpole (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 12, 2010 - 9:53am [Dine in]

We have made Senovas a regular part of our evenings out for the past year or so and have always been pleased with the service, value and of course the food.
This past weekend we went for dinner and as usual all went well until we were ready to pay and were told that they no longer accept Entertainment coupons. There was nothing posted on in the restaurant or on the menu that would have advised of us their sudden change in policy.
It was disapointing and for the first time we walked away with a less then fulfilled feeling from one of our favorite restaurants.

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The Real Deal! Bravo!
By JRWilliams of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

We were at Senova last Friday with 6 of our friends having dinner for our Anniversary. We had lamb shank and buttered fettucini alfredo and pizza with anchovies. A few others had appetizers. We had a great dining experience and really enjoyed the service we had from our waiter, Steve. He was personable and had a great sense of humour. He selected the best wine to pair with our food.

Love the ambiance in this place, makes you feel like you are in an authentic Italian restaurant with the decor and layout. Great job with that!

The only sour note to the night was a woman standing close to the salad bar shouting at the waiter and staring at the people. Steve, please let the chef know about this woman shouting at the waiter. You have a beautiful place in town. We are regular customers of Senova and will definitely recommend your restaurant to more of our friends. Bravo!

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A good first experience, will return!
By JohnnyWalker of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 9, 2012 - 12:49am [Dine in]

I just moved to the city not too long ago but I have tons of friends here and I wanted to treat my girlfriend out on the town as a surprise. My friends suggested Senova. I wanted to research a good place so what better place than to check out the reviews on DineHere. I have read a few good reviews and a few bad reviews regarding this restaurant and well I have to say that last night, my overall experience was a good one. The seating was spacious. I have lived in Italy for six months and the overall concept does remind me of upscale Italy. The most important is the food. It seemed pretty busy in the restaurant but we didn't have to wait long for our appetizers. Their chicken tortellini dinner is delicious. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Next we had a carpaccio pizza again I thought was solid, really good. Now to the desserts, I had the creme brulee it wasn't what it was described on the menu but it was what a brulee should be like, silky smooth a nice hard sugar top presented well. We also had apple tart, it shouldn't be a special it should be on the menu. A nice finish. So I have to say that the overall experience was a good one. The service was good, server was attentive but not intrusive, which was great. I will definitely be back to Senova!

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A true taste of "Italy"
By Genie of Vancover (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 9, 2012 - 12:27am [Dine in]

You can't beat Senova for a true taste of Italy. Italian Family Style meals served up in heaping portions. Our table ordered just about everything on the menu and passed the huge platters of delicious appetizers and entree's around. The service is spectacular, you really feel like family. The location makes the atmosphere great. The place is so fun and the food is amazing. My favorite dish is Vitello alla Parmigiana the best I have ever tasted! Soooo good and totally worth the money. :)

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Special Braised Lamb Shank was absolutely "Incredible" once again!
By waxmeister of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 12:06am [Dine in]

Discovered Senova almost exactly 1 year ago today. Was our 20th anniversary and we were treated to Braised Lam Shank that was delectable and melted in the mouth! Have been back many times for Lunch and dinner and have always been happy with the meal, service and value. Tonight was no exception and we were very please to have the Lamb Shank once more and on the near exact a year to the day that we came upon this delightful place. This time, Roger served a little linguini rather than Mashed Potato which was a pleasant surprise - not caring much for mash myself! Making a little pasta/mash option would be great Roger! So, tonight, we're very happy and highly recommend you give this little off-the-track (quite literally - you'll see) restaurant a go - tell Roger that Glenn sent you and he'll give you that little extra we've come to appreciate and seldom get anywhere else anymore! Cheers and bon apatite!

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