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“Ditto to all the superlatives”
Review of Il Giardino di Umberto - CLOSED

Il Giardino di Umberto
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: West End
Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Ditto to all the superlatives”
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 occasion. And now that everyone knows that time is limited to enjoy it, Il Giardino is packed every day of the week, lunch included. We went with friends again a few weeks back, and as always, weren't disappointed. There are other excellent Italian restaurants in town, But none match the ambience of this one.

  • Visited February 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Italian - go before they close!”
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 I've ever had. Then we found out they're closing in April, which was very sad for such an authentic restaurant that all the locals really seemed to enjoy. Bon Voyage!

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Chad I
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“II Giardino is an Authentic Italian Gem!”
Reviewed February 17, 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, which is buzzing with action during the summertime or you can choose from the lounge or inner dining area. The menu consists of the usual pasta dishes, chef favourites, grilled dishes, and wood-burning oven pizzas.

Service has always been exceptional and they are willing to go out of their way to be accommodating. The old Italian hospitality will have you believing you've been transported to Tuscany. Sipping on a great glass of chianti while sitting in the restaurant's courtyard is a fabulous way to spend an evening.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Aneband
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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“I love Il Giardino”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Il Giardino is a established Vancouver restaurant with amazing food, a perfect patio, and very good service. It was here that I had my introduction to burrato cheese, which was served with perfect heirloom tomatoes--a dish I will never forget.

I was sad to hear that it will be closing soon, to make way for even more condos. I will miss Umberto and his little gem, Il Giardino.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank BonnieLeeW
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Richmond, Canada
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Food and Great Service”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Went for dinner at Il Giardino last night and had the most wonderful dinner experience. The service was just excellent. Never a dull moment with our servers and they were very attentive, warm, and friendly. Despite the restaurant being very busy, they never neglected to check on you and they made sure that everything was okay. Food was excellent. We were there for Dine Out Vancouver. The portions were just right and it was really a good value. Highly recommend this reastaurant but if you want to try it, try it soon because it will be closing soon. They said it is because Chef Umberto is retiring. It will be a great loss for Vancouver when this restaurant closes.

  • Visited January 2013
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