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“Overpriced. Overhyped. Not Italian. Not a "Top" Restaurant.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
1133 Hamilton St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
604-688-7466
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Ranked #134 of 2,804 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: HELMECKEN/DAVIE
Transit: Sky trains Canada Line
Ascot, United Kingdom
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267 restaurant reviews
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264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
“Overpriced. Overhyped. Not Italian. Not a "Top" Restaurant.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Arrived for a reservation at 2100 and was offered the table between the toilet, the main walkway and the open plan kitchen whilst other, much better, tables were empty (and one remained so all evening). We were moved!
Food was definitely not Italian. Pasta/risotto dishes are only offered in full portions so a pasta intermediate course is not possible. Carbs served with main meals (and veg) are non-existent or in tiny portions so you are left having to order more after the main meal has arrived. Two out of three starters were tasteless (beetroot, heirloom tomatoes) and all three were decidedly non-italian. One of the mains was also tasteless; the two veal porterhouse offerings were very good but lacked any carbs apart from a teaspoon of delicious creamy potato.
Wine list is silly for this restaurant and for Vancouver..... Hundreds of top end Italian wines; few of which were personally known to the sommelier and most of which i suspect are never sold as they are just too expensive. (Most of the clientele were not drinking expensive wines). Much better to concentrate on a select, smaller list of quality wines known by the sommelier from a personal point of view. The wine recommended to us was very average and poor value even by Canadian standards.
Service was good.
I cannot understand how this restaurant gets such strongly positive views from the Canadian press - i can only assume that they have no taste or are not independent. The tripadvisor ratings are far more realistic as are those of other, non-Canadian reviewers...

Avoid this place and go elsewhere for much better food even though locals line up to spend their money. The Italian owner/chef here needs a rethink!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Vancouver
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Overpriced and ordinary food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The setting and atmosphere is without reproach so is the service. But the food and the wines are so overpriced.... Some of the high end wines that I could recognise were 4 time what you could have purchase them at the store!. The food on the other end was so ordinary for the high prices that we paid..... If you are a foodie don't go there, there are so many other restaurants where the food is going to be so much better for a lot less. I would not recommend any one to go there.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Mixed Reviews are 100% Accurate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Cioppino's is a good restaurant. Good, not great. Staff are warm and friendly. The menu is nice. Good Italian fair. Certainly the other Trip Advisor reviews 'complaining' about the high prices are dead on. Pastas are $25.00 and up. I ordered a dungeonous crab salad for $18.50 that ought to have been teeming with crab meat. Instead, they served me a rather small salad with less than 2 tablespoons of crab meat. Tasty, but just not really worth $18.50. But the octopus appetizer was delicious as was the soup special. And to it's credit, the dessert menu was interesting and varied. Not your typical tiramisu!! The wine menu is huge, but the wines, too, are very very expensive. All in all, a very good meal at a very good restaurant offering good (not great) value.

Visited April 2013
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Cornish, New Hampshire
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

visited Vancouver for a professional conference, had dinner at a table for 8. Service very attentive. Appetizers were very good. Several of us ordered the cioppino at $40: one shrimp, one scallop, one piece of fish with a slice of potato with the imitation rouille on it, in a bowl with not more than a cup of broth. Not really worth the price. Good thing our waiter brought more bread as soon as we emptied the basket. Others had different main courses, which were all in the mid-40 range and modest quantities.
Ambiance lively, decor very "bistro", but let someone else pay.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Prince George, Canada
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great as always!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Best food in Vancouver! Best wine list in Vancouver! Best service in Vancouver! Need I say more? Apperently I do....well, you wont be sorry you came to Cioppinos!

Visited March 2013
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