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Il Giardino di Umberto

1382 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1W5, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #40 of 2,714 restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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137 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Sad to say that Il Giardino is now closed. We willmiss the wonderful upbeat staff, great food, amazng service, and yummy wines. Most of all we will miss being a place to celebrate life's important events. Umberto deserves his success. He is a superb restauranteur. He still has two places st Whistler which are a huge success. So lucky Whistlerites... More

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Umberto opened il Giardino in the late 70s and in the 80s especially it was the best place in Vancouver, the site of fantastic late night shenanigans, great food and power-whatevers, Umberto has just announced that this flagship is finally closing forever. I have great memories of this place but have to admit that as Vancouver grew up as food... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Just days before Umberto closes his restaurant, a group of us decided to have 'our last supper' there. The coat check/reservation gal was rude, our server was better but the food was horrible. One of the two soups were replaced with the Oyster soup, but the pastas were over salted. The menu prices were increased by 50% minimum and the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Although il Giardino's is closing down in a week or so, you will still be able to visit a few of Umberto's other restaurants(2 are up at Whistler, BC). The decor of this heritage home is beautiful and will remain after the doors to the restaurant are closed. We were lucky to get a reservation, as many are wanting to... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

I had not been to Il Giardino for several months and I was pleasantly surprised to see how their service and food had improved. Mind you, the restaurant has always been good but this time the food and service were exceptional. Well worth a try.

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Sunshine Coast
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

My husband and I went on saturday night for a final experience before the doors close forever in April. We were not disappointed! Three generations of our families have been coming since Umberto opened his doors. We've had many celebrations there, always the choice of our grown kids too! They learned how to experience fine dining in a wonderful setting,... More

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Coquitlam, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Il Giardino - A landmark in our great city of Vancouver is closing its doors April 13, 2013 to make way for Condos. Nestled in the heart of bustling downtown Vancouver Il Giardino opened its doors in 1976. Its Italian villa setting is warm, colourful, inviting and full of Old Italian charm. Its homelike atmosphere has always been the perfect... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Llke many other reviewers have already stated, this has been our choice restaurant for special occasions, and a just plain treat. It is without doubt the most charming in Vancouver, for those of us who enjoy an intimate atmosphere along with wonderful food. The one draw back is the restaurant's extreme popularity for parties, which makes it very noisy upon... More

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Chicago, Illinois
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

What a place - this was the last night of our honeymoon in Vancouver, and we had such a great time. The staff was amazing, the hostess interrupted dinner to sing opera for a local chef celebrity and overall just felt very old school Italian. The food was incredible, we had risotto and sea bass, some of the best carpaccio... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

II Giardino is a legendary landmark and a great Italian joint in the truest sense. I had the pleasure of dining here over the years. It was one of those charming places to see and be seen at. If the walls could talk in this place they would have a few stories to tell, no doubt. They have courtyard seating,... More

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