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Cafe Vicino

808 W Fort St, Boise, ID 83702-5525
208-472-1463
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Ranked #24 of 659 restaurants in Boise
Price range: $8 - $35
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 8th Street
Transit: Bus stop is located on Fort Street between 8th and 9th streets.
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English first
Boise, Idaho
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed dining at Cafe Vicino a number of times and never been disappointed. The last two dinners were in May and we were pleased on both occasions. Last time I had the halibut, which was prepared to perfection. My wife had ravioli, which she pronounced to be delicious. We had just returned from two weeks... More

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Lutz, Florida, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Great food. Try the Tomato soup, Gnocchi, or the new halibut entree. You will not be disappointed. The prices are fair and the wine list is pretty decent. We left very full and satisfied. Don't be fooled by the strip center outside the interior is lovely, warm, charming and welcoming. We went on a Saturday evening (late for locals) around... More

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I have a very mixed review. If I had ordered the same as my husband, I would have given the meal a "5". My husband had the short ribs and they were delicious, but instead, I ordered the risotto, which was more like rice soup with bits of chicken. I have never had risotto so "soupy" before and I was... More

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Boise, Idaho
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I have had better, Italian is a simple food, shouldn't be pushed as fine dining. 4 thin slices of bread with olive oil for a start, ok, not original. The Italian BLT I ordered was good except for the sticker on the tomato I discovered luckily before biting into. The fresh mozz was a good idea. Desserts overpriced.

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

first time in Boise, went for a meeting. Read about restaurant being a James Beard finalist. Went twice, once for dinner, lunch the next day. Nice meals both times. Food well prepared. Excellent food and service on par with other big cities. Food was very fresh and nice presented. I can see why James Beard took notice.

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Eagle, Idaho
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This used to be a "go to" restaurant for special occasions and romantic lunches or spent with one our best friends. Whether the indoor seating or small outside alfresco, we always enjoyed the unique offerings and congenial waitstaff. Our break came on a Holiday evening when the meal was not up to their usual standards and we've not frequented as... More

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Sun Valley, Idaho
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We'd heard good things about Café Vicino and the idea of a neighborhood Italian restaurant is always appealing. Sadly, there was little particularly good or Italian about it. Having pasta on the menu doesn't make a restaurant Italian, nor does a nice selection of Italian wines (and the wine list is an interesting and good one, perhaps because the restaurant... More

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Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Easily the best meal I've had in Boise. Vacino's is my go to for any special occasion. No draft beer and no liquor license but one bite of food and you'll forget any negative thoughts you may have had.

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Boise, Idaho
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97 reviews 97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I had lunch at Cafe Vicino a few years ago as it's 20 miles one-way. Dinner before the Boise Little Theater was the perfect location and meal. Our server was prompt but polite offering a couple samples of wines by the glass so I could choose. I had the beet, goat cheese (wished for more) and micro green salad lightly... More

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Boise, Idaho
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I have been to this neighborhood gem more times than I care to count - no really, it has been a lot! Always find the food to be fresh, properly prepared, tastefully plated, and delicious! The servers do a great job of taking care of the clientele and help each other out if need be. It is small and tables... More

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