Mangia E Bevi Ristorante offers a classic Italian menu with patio seating (weather permitting).
When we made our reservations we were told that they needed our table back by 8:00. There was no problem. We were not rushed during dinner, we were able to relax between courses and we were out of there with plenty of time to spare.
The ambiance could be a bit more upscale but I always go for the food and the food here is really good. In fact the food and service we received from our knowledgable server (Tanya) more than compensates for the informal ambiance.
Our server was amazing. I asked about a pasta dish that was not on the menu - spaghetti Bevi and she said that it was available but not on the menu because many people are aware of it and know they can order it. This dish is spaghetti with ground chicken, black beans and a slightly spicy tomato based sauce. It was absolutely amazing. Tanya, had a very good understanding of the wine list and was able to give us very detailed information about the dishes on the menu. The wine and water was constantly topped up and she checked after each dish to see how we were doing.
For an appetizer my husband and I shared the spaghetti Bevi. For entrees he went with the Pistachio crusted black cod topped with a red pepper sauce and served with parmesan rissoto and I had the cornish game hen. The servings are very generous. The black cod was nice and moist and full of flavour. My cornish game hen was very juicy but the skin on it was nice and crisp. It was absolutely delicious. For dessert we shared the warm pear tart with pistachio ice cream. Entrees range in price from $27.00 - $34.00.
It was a great evening out. This restaurant is not inexpensive but for the quality of the food and the service it is fair value. We will definitely be returning.
My wife and I had dinner here with another couple. They live in West Van and had been eyeing this place since it opened recently, so they were eager to join us.
First off, whomever listed this as a "$10-$20" restaurant must have been too drunk to remember. The four of us had 2 glasses and 1/2-carafe of wine, 2 soups, 3 second plates (meat dishes) and 1 first plate (pasta), 2 desserts, and 2 coffees, and the tab came to $260 with tip. The meat dishes are all over $20, if I recall properly, and the pastas are generally in the $15-$20 range. So adjust your price expectations accordingly.
Among us we had the veal and eggplant in marsala, the potato-crusted halibut, and the black cod. Each of us really enjoyed what we ordered, and were fully satisfied. The soup was a mushroom soup ($10) that resembled a French onion soup with a ton of mushrooms. That, too, was really delicious. The person who ordered the pasta is a vegetarian -- there was no shortage of choices for her, although many featured mushrooms -- and couldn't decide between two dishes, so the server offered to give her two half-orders, which she accepted. She was very happy with both.
Desserts were a bit disappointing, mostly for size. The Chocolate Trio ($8) was a small brownie, a loonie-sized chocolate pyramid, and something I've forgotten. The caramel-glazed-banana chocolate torte was very tasty but also modest in size (we split desserts).
The interior of the restaurant was pleasant and clean, but the ambiance must take a hit for the pile of wine boxes in the corner of the dining area.
There were plenty more things on the menu that I would have loved to have tried. I would definitely return, but I would be prepared to make it an expensive night out.
Full marks for food, but it's unfortunate the owners have paid so little attention to the ambience. An investment in an interior designer could guarantee this restaurant's popularity and longevity. When you're spending $250 - $300 on wine and dinner for 2, you don't want the washroom experience to feel like White Spot. Dying poinsettias in gold foil wrappers and grease-coated ceramic tile floors don't help either. This restaurant has great potential - I just hope the realize it before it's too late.
Appetizers – We both had the Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tower with a Balsamic Reduction ($8). And we felt the flavours were a tad simple with the reduction sauce being very strong. Presentation was simple yet appealing.
Entrees - I had the Scallop & Apple Ravioli with Champagne Sauce ($22) and my companion had the Spaghetti with Pesto, Grilled Asparagus, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts ($18).
Both entrees were of excellent quality. The freshness of the ingredients was apparent. The portions were substantial. We had to take half of the spaghetti home. One small detail about my entrée, the scallop was a tad over cooked.
Dessert – Creme Brulée. Simple presentation but rich and creamy ($7.50).
Drinks – I had a martini modeled after a Caesar. Good but not great. My companion had the Apple Martini and it was fabulous ($8.50).
Coffee - was also of quality. My Americano was smooth and rich. Cappuccino was equally nice.
Service – Example of what pleasant, unpretentious, service should be. Although we went on a slow night, and the place was about ¼ full, the service was attentive and welcoming. There was a mishap with the martinis and, without making it known, the martinis were deducted from the bill. Very gracious. There was another slight problem with guests at a table close to ours so that may have also been why the drinks were comped. Nice gesture. Makes for excellent customer service.
Ambiance – A bit lacking. It’s not entirely their fault as this location has hosted many businesses over the years and it would require substantial time, effort and money to truly convert it to a restaurant. It did not appear a lot of money was spent to upgrade the space. So, it felt a little odd having a great meal in peculiar surroundings. The décor is all right but lacks an inviting feel and style.
Overall – Definitely worth a visit for the food. Given time, it will become a staple place to eat in the West Van restaurant scene.
Had the pleasure of visiting here for the first time, and was impressed with the excellent quality of food (in particular the veal) the attentive service, and friendliness of staff and managers. Had the trio of bocconcini which was served three different ways, then the veal in tomato marsala sauce, and finally the spumoni ice cream. All excellent. Will be back again.
Today was the second time I went to Mangia E Bevi for lunch. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived at 13:30. We were seated at a nice table by the window. Our server was cheerful & attentive. My friend & I ordered a Pannini & a Pasta to share. Food was of exceptional quality. We tried the pasta first. By the time we ate the Pannini, it turned a bit soggy but the taste was very good - probably not the restaurant's fault. Our only complain was the bread was a bit too salty. Overall ambience was good. Parking was easy. Will visit again.
This is a good place to eat, have some romance and admire the North Van view.
Not pricey at all, but the food is first class. The service not bad, the place wasn't full we could have a little bit better service, but was OK. The wine list is pretty decent, and the cocktails well done.
I really recomend this restaurant.
But the only thing was the coffee. It was not good. I really hate it when you pay for a great meal and they make you bad coffee.
Can't these places do better?