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Cioppino’s

1133 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B5P6
Tel: (604) 688-7466 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 688-7411
Neighbourhood: Central

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Great food BUT very expensive here
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:20am [Dine in]

I ate here with a friend last friday night. This is a beautiful restaurant and we sat out on the patio area.
We ordered an appetizer each.
-Porcini and Chestnut Soup: low fat vanilla Chantilly (Gold Medal Winner 2007) $ 14.95 - This was a good soup, I wouldn't give it an award but overall good. I guess when I read that it's award winning I expected perfection. 4 out of 5.
- Burratta (special appy for that day) $25 - This was tasty but seemed very expensive for what we got. 4 out of 5
Entrees
I had the Pappardelle: 4 hour-braised veal cheeks and porcini mushrooms $ 25.00 - This dish was great, a 5 out of 5 for me. I have no complaints here.
He had a rack of lamb for $40 that he enjoyed. He said portion was too small.
Dessert - I had the Light milk chocolate mousse, raspberry cream centre, amarena cherry, mango coulis $12. For a $12 dessert I wasn't impressed. I've definitely had better mousse before. This was small portion and all fancy looking but that's about it. Still was good but I am fussy when the prices are SO high, 3.5 out of 5 on this dish.
With 1 beer each the bill came to $146 taxes in.
Overall, great place, great service, great food, Very expensive. If I were to return the only thing I would order again was the Menabrea beer and the Pappardelle, that was an excellent dish.

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Overpriced for what you get
By cyberspace of vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Went to Cioppino for lunch. This restaurant is not open for lunch and they only do dinners. It was not very busy at lunch time. Service was good and food was not bad. It was very expensive. It's a good thing that i was not paying otherwise I would have not been happy. It's overrated for what they serve. Their coffee was average. The portions were small and it cost us about $250 for lunch without drinks. I think there are much better restaurants in the city if you want to pay this kind of money. Parking was also hard to find.

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Great Service
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 8, 2010 - 9:46am [Dine in]

Went here on a weekday night and it was still quite busy. The chef makes a effort to be seen around the restaurant which is good and he was actually clearing tables. Good to come around and greet customers. Tried the medium rare, thinly shaved veal as an appy. Very good with a nice sauce. Tried the traditional osso bucco and it was actually a bit on the dry side, could of used a bit more sauce. The rissoto was very good. Service overall was excellent, with great recommendations, folding of your napkin each time you got out of the seat and never rushed. The value was just good as there seemed like more thousand dollar wines on the list then under one hundred dollar wines. Food prices are resonable for the quality. Great room and decor. Would return for a special occasion.

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superlative dining
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Made reservations for a thursday night, arrived on time, and was seated immediately.

The server was superb, polite and attentive.

We ordered an appetizer of diver scallops on barely risotto with romesco sauce.

For my main, I ordered the pasta with spotted prawns, dungeness crab & cherry tomatoes, and my dining companion ordered the daily feature item of seared halibut with vegetables. Both were absolutely exceptional.

The room is warm if slightly dark, the dining area in the wine room is amazing.

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Still the best in town after all these years
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

When you see all the awards this restaurant and its head chef have received, I really need not write too much here. This restaurant has been my absolute favourite for years, and it seems to get better and better. Every time I go, I get a pleasant surprise in how they keep creating new dishes that I have never heard of or tasted anywhere else but tastes absolutely fantastic. This time, three of us went for dinner, and had a variety of appetizers, including seared scallops, artichoke soup, and crab meat salad. The flavours were beyond description, everything came out fresh and hot, and really tickled our tastebuds. The main dishes were equally awesome, from pasta with texture and flavours that no other restaurant could come close to, to incredibly tender and flavoured veal, cooked to perfection. Dining experience just doesn't get better than this. Expensive, but well worth the money.

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Wine Size
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

Truly a fine restaurant and we enjoyed our meal. When my wine arrived I asked the server if that was a sample as the glass seemed so small. He claims it was 5 ounces and I must wonder why they don't provide six ounces which most restaurants seem to do. We had a nice bowl of soup which was $ 15.00 which seemed a little pricey but we shall return

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Best prosciutto in town
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 12:24am [Dine in]

I love the prosciutto and melon served here - have it every time. Whether I have sat at the bar for drinks and appies or dinner in a private room, I have enjoyed the food and service here. The chef/owner really takes care of you as reflected by the bill. You do get a great quality Italian dining experience here every time. The architecture and design really creates the atmosphere here but dinner on the patio in the summertime hits the spot too.

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Love it
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

This place is incredible! Definetely the best restaurant in the city. The food is to die for. Their pastas and rissottos are perfect. The ossobucco is one of the best. Others will agree that evenings end perfectly with warm truffle filled chocolate cake. Service is top notch & professional. Room is beautiful. Recommend

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Just....ok?
By gti303 of Vancouver, BC (45 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I'm not too critical of most places, so keep that in mind when reading this. I ordered the Warm Octopus Carpaccio and it was quite nice, very warm, soft textured, and the garnishes complemented well. My friend had the Prawns with Chorizo and they were also brilliant. The duck was great...I'd give the duck 7/10...my Atlantic lobster was about a 5/10...definately was not spectacular, the scallops were a bit overcooked on my dish, as were the prawns.

Their wine list is amazing though, and the service is brilliant, everyone there is so professional...if only more restaurants could have this grade of service!

Overall I'd go back for the ambiance, and the food aint bad either!

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pasta heaven
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 30, 2005 - 10:37am [Dine in]

If you love pasta this is the place for you. We went to Cioppino's last night for a business dinner and it was fantastic. The service is top notch, very knowledgable and attentive. I had a Warm Goat Cheese salad with portabello mushroom, artichoke and a maple caramel reduction drizzled on top. It was sooo tasty. For my Main Course I had a Lobster and Crab Pasta with a Tomato Cream Sauce. It was some of the best pasta I have ever had, the sauce was simple but so flavorful. To finish off the meal I had an espresso and a Rasberry/Mango Sorbet. It was a perfect way to end the meal.

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This high price doesn't warrant such inappropriate and rude service
By danashih of Metrotown Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

I am still fuming as I'm typing this.
On sep 9th, my girlfriend and I chose this supposedly highly rated and much anticipated restaurant for our girls night out. The food was okay, but the service was a different story. Our server was a middle aged Italian man with a very heavy accent. He did not understand what personal space was, and we found him very offensive and extremely inappropriate!

When I asked the difference between one particular appetizer special and another app in the main menu, he quickly slapped my menu shut (which was still in my hands) and said abruptly "NO!! they are different!" Of course I know they are different. I am not an idiot. I am merely asking about the difference, as the main ingredients are the same. We are two young looking girls, but we do not appreciate this kind of abrupt treatment. But I didn't want to argue with him as I didn't want to ruin the night.

I ordered for the both of us because we wanted to share everything. We have always done that at many high end restaurants with no problem. However, this server of ours replied "um...." with the longest pause, to which I replied, "what's wrong?" He said, "let me think." and then the longest and most uncomfortable pause. He said, "OH!!! you want to share EVERYTHING? Just like Chinese! You Chinese like put it in the middle of the table and share (with exaggerated hand gesture)...." and on and on. We were in shock! Yes we are Asian, but what makes him assume we are Chinese, and it's the tone that really put us off!! What an ignorant remark. The worst is yet to come.

In the middle of the service, he came to our table and said "Oh Louis Vuitton is soooo expensive!!!! What are they now? $2000 $3000? How much did you pay for yours???" I couldn't believe my ears! My friend has a Louis Vuitton bag, and he actually went as far as touching it! He then went on and on and said "oh I want to buy it for my wife but soooo expensive..." We just wanted him to shut up and let us be. It's just a bag. I wanted to complain to the manager and change table, but my friend didn't want the hassle. We decided to ignore him as much as possible to avoid any potential inappropriate comment. But that doesn't stop him from coming too close to our table a couple of times.

Service can really make or break an evening regardless of the food. The food doesn't come cheap. Sadly, this high price doesn't warrant this kind of unprofessional service at all. We could not enjoy our food, and the service left a bad taste in our mouth. This is one expensive meal yet with the worst and most uncomfortable service to date. We both regretted going there.
I am still in disbelief of what happened that evening. The server just didn't seem to have any savvy.

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Overpriced and disappointing
By hanmergrant of Pitt Meadows (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

This weekend we wanted to try a new restaurant in Yaletown and stumbled upon Cioppino's. The menu looked appealing and we both love beef carppacio so we were hooked. It was a busy evening but luckily they managed to find us a table on the patio. I have dined in several high end restaurants before but I just found the experience to be pretentious and the prices over inflated. Although I ordered the carpaccio and enjoyed it, I didn't think it was worth almost $20 nor was a small bowl of pasta worth $25.

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Very good food and service but over priced
By WestCoastMunchers of Coquitlam (34 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 1:08am [Dine in]

We had a family dinner here this evening. I was impressed with the service and the way we were treated on arrival. Whilst we waited for our family and friends to arrive my wife and I were remarking on the high prices for each food item.

Whilst we were not paying the bill we were still congizant of the food prices. Entrees average around $40 each. Having said that I must admit the quality of the food was spectacular. We were also waited on hand and foot whilst we ate on a busy evening.

I would say this place is a bit exorbitant, though if really want to make sure you dine at a fine Italian place then this is it.

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A personnally tailored experience
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:55am [Dine in]

In July of this year, I emailed Cioppino's to see if they could could a traditionaly italian menu to celebrate my anniversary with my wife. We had honeymooned in Italy and wanted that taste again. I began emailing with what turned out to be Pino, himself, and giving him our requirements for the meal (which were very few).

We agreed on a target price for food and wine, and gave it over to the chef. On the night, we were not disappointed. The wine came out immediately, something delicious that we had never tried before and then the meals started coming. Course after course, everything was delicious and very little of it was on the actual menu.

We were served octopus, uni, lamb, duck, rabbit, beef and the list goes on. We were blown away by the food and it surpassed every expectation that we had. Pino's dedication to his customer's puts him in a class of his own. He made sure to come out at the end of the night and introduce himself.

And to great happiness for my wallet at the end of the night, the bill came exactly to what we had agreed upon. Yes, it was a little more expensive than other places we could have gone, but it was well worth it.

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The Best Service
By NNN of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

My friend and I dined at Cioppino's for the first time on weekday night.

The restaurant was about 90% full, and the service was excellent.

The appetizer: Beef Carpaccio was delicious, but I had a better beef Carpaccio at CRU for a better price.

The pasta: Although the price was twice as expensive as Anton's, the taste was twice as good. The portion is about 1/4 of Anton's, but very satisfying. I feel like I finally found a restaurant where they cook the pasta perfectly.

The dessert: Simply delicious. For me, the most impressive part of the dinner was the dessert... I had a warm apple tart, and the flavor just burst in my mouth.

What I loved the most about this restaurant was the service and ambiance.
Tables were distanced well, so that I didn't get bothered by another table's conversation.
The waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous.
They are very prompt when we need them, and never arrogant like some snobby places. The food was simply delicious. May be I will skip the appetizer next time, so that I can come here more casually.

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Nice place to impress...the boss
By Annalise of Delta, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

I loved this place, never been before. We walked so parking was not an issue but I see how it could be being in the center of Yaletown. To start off I have very high standards on Italian food so maybe I cannot properly judge (as I am bias) Service and greeting is true to the previous reviews. As for the food, I rated it a solid, firstly, kind of small portions and one thing I did notice was the menu was not that extensive, I do not even recall seeing spaghetti on the menu. Positives, appies were delicious, I had the typical Osso Bucco and my husband the ribs…yum yum to both, and my goodness the wine menu was a binder! many bottles into the thousands of dollars- now that’s impressive. The restaurant itself is huge, yet still manages to be cozy for us couples. This certainly seems like a place to smooze the boss, or important male clients. Btw my husband loved both food and ambiance.

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Vancouver's Best
By gyromite of False Creek, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

Oh my goodness, this meal was incredible. My buddy Josh was leaving town and I thought I would take him out for a good lunch as our last meal.

Cioppino / Enoteca in Yaletown has always been one of my favorites. If you drink wine then you are in luck because they have a huge wine list.

My buddy decided to rinse the pennies out of me and decided to order a salad. I guess he is one of those guys that when you say you will buy him lunch he decides to order an appetizer with his meal and an expensive drink although you never seen him eat an appetizer before. The salad was great, not oily, and really fresh tasting. It was a baby lettuce salad mixed with herbs, pear, stilton and honey lemon dressing for ten dollars. A perfect starter. I didn't want the bill to run up so I decided to sit awkwardly while he ate in front of me.

For lunch I ordered the pasta for 30 dollars, it was a garganelli in a red sauce with lobster and crab. This pasta blew my mind, so good!!!!!! There were large pieces of both crab and lobster, and the red sauce was amazing. The sauce was rich but so flavourful.

My buddy ordered the veal, I wasn't loving it but he said he enjoyed it. My pasta kicks his dishes ass, too bad I had to pay for them both.

Bottom line, if you want to spend a bit of money and have a nice meal, this is the place to go. The food is insane. Never had or heard a complaint from all the times I have been there. It has to be one of Vancouver's best.

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
1133 and 1129 Hamilton Street
http://www.cioppinosyaletown.com/

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Great Birthday Dinner
By pdq of Yaletown, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

what a great experience, our servers were knowledgeable, made good suggestions, and had excellent timing. The complimentary bread and pate was an appetizing start to our meal, both were also replenished long before we ran out. My honey started with a grilled Caesar salad which was artfully presented and topped with freshly shaved Parmesan, for our entrees we had pasted with braised veal cheeks and Porcini mushroom and Osso Bucco with risotto, both were delicious. We finished with a lemoncello cheesecake with an odd crunchy topping which did grow on us but while pleasing to the eye didn't initially sit well on the pallet. All in all an excellent experience that was worth the price.

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Expecting much more
By analise of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

Well I just had high expectations based on reviews, this place left us disapointed (two couples).The resturaunt itself is nice, warm and quite in places that was good, unfortunately the food preparation seemed quite slapped together The scallops appetizer was two scallops on a plate for over $18. My maybe one cup of risotto with mushrooms was over $30 it was bland and had a very starchy taste to it with very little mushrooms. Bread came cold and was served with hummus...My husband had his drink taken before he even finished it. $100+ per person not including alcohol.
To much to choose from in the city we will not return.

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Way overpriced!
By from richmond but not rich of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 9:10am [Dine in]

Add me to the long list of reviewers that found the prices outragious! We have been to Cioppinos twice before. The first time about 6-7 years ago was very memorable (plus my father-in-law picked up the tab).My wife and I went back a few years ago and although it was still pretty decent, it did not live up to the memories of our first visit.

Our kids gave us a note for Christmas that said they would pick up the tab for my wife and I to go out to dinner at a nice restaurant. They suggested Cioppino's and since we had not been in a long time, we decided to try it out again.

We made a reservation for 6:30 PM on a Saturday night. The place was pretty empty at that time but the ambience was very nice just the same. We started with a couple of caeser cocktails. Actually were pretty watery tasting meaning the Clamato juice should have been shaken up better. Not very good for $10.

The wine list is very extensive and I was only looking at it for about 2 minutes before the waiter asked if he could make a suggestion. I told him that I was fine and settled on the Burrowing Owl Syrah. I buy this for $35 and with tax and tip I figured it cost us over $113. I like wine with my dinner but that is just way too much for the average person to afford. Still, it was me who ordered it so no one else to blame for that.

My wife ordered the beet salad which was very nice but at $19, again, way overpriced. You can get a pretty nice entree at many restaurants for that price. I had the charred Romaine leaves and it was just OK. It was a pretty interesting salad when we first had it many years ago but now it was nothing special.

Both of our main courses were $40. I had the Veal chop. I had ordered the veal medallions with the mushrooms but the waiter strongly suggested that I have the chop. It was decent but I wished that I had stayed with my original order. My wife ordered the Osso bucco and I can honestly say, it tasted just like something that I have made with a cheap cut of meat in my slow cooker. Mt wife said that after I tried it and mentioned that, she couldn't get that thought out of her head.

It seemed to us that they were trying to turn our table over quickly but with coffee and dessert, we managed to make it to about 2 hours. With tip, the meal came to $305. I'm sure that for a lot of diners, that is just a drop in the bucket. But for me, it's all about value. I don't mind spending the money if the meal is outstanding but it really wasn't. Everything was just OK. I can't see ourselves ever going back. Way to expensive for what you get.

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