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Ranked #126 of 3,994 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: West End
Cross street: Gilford
Transit: Robson and Denman Denman and on Georgia St. 2 blocks from the restaurant.
Description: We believe in sophisticated but accessible dining — call it ‘complexity without complication’ — set in our intimate dining room, and in the warmer months, on our European-styled patio. Both are natural gathering spots — for our old friends from the neighborhood, and for our new ones from around the globe.
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was our 4th time at the Adesso Bistro. We've led many friends to this quaint hideaway which resembles an old brownstone you'd see in New York, along with the perfect patio in the middle of a quiet neighborhood, bordering renowned Stanley Park and it's famous sea walk. We were spontaneous this time round and decided to go late and take friends who'd eaten but wanted dessert. We wanted appy's and cocktails since we were walking and staying nearby. We quickly changed our minds on viewing the 3 course prix fixe menu at $32. The Chickpea Brasato with crispy fried artichoke $8 was a treat and the seared crusted albacore tuna I had that night on tiny pasta, was sliced thick and was plentiful...enough to take home for lunch the next day, but the crust was seriously over-salted and it really took away from the delicate taste of the tuna. My smooth melty sorbet and chocolate dessert was sinfully delicious. The Fritto misto di mare crisp fried seafood and vegetables with lemon and parsley $12 that i'd seen reviewed favorably in the Globe and Mail, unfortunately was also almost too salty to eat , but because we'd come in late at 9pm and the kitchen had stayed open to accommodate us, my partner didn't comment on it at the time, eating just the seafood and leaving the broth. The antipasti plate was excellent.

I have always experienced the finest dishes from northern Italy here and have never been disappointed so i enquired of our friendly server if the chef had changed...but, it was Chef's night off, so i'm putting this down to a one-off and won't be going back on a Monday evening again. It's still the most romantic and friendly little spot in Vancouver for exceptional service and fine regional Italian cuisine, though i'm also sorry the delightful macarons are no longer offered and though the hostess was lovely, I missed the owners who were not there on this occasion.

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4  Thank sparklemarilyn
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Good food, a little gem tucked away in the West End of Vancouver. We were a large group and the service was handled well

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1  Thank lisa e
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

The ambiance is very nice, and all four of us enjoyed our dinner there. The service is also excellent, and prices are reasonable. There is also sufficient variety in the dinner menu and a nice balance of pasta and main dishes. I found some of the dishes a wee bit salty, something to note the next time there.The location is a place where finding parking could be troublesome, so it's a relief to find that the restaurant has a valet parking service for $7. Will go again.

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1  Thank soonyk
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Four of us had dinner at the Adesso Bistro last night. I asked for a quiet corner and we had a booth all to ourselves. I had linguini with clams and was over the moon to find that it was "al dente" - meaning NOT overcooked as so often happens elsewhere. The tuna special was the perfect proportions of fish, spinach and garbanzo's.
The service was friendly and efficient and we met the owners too. All of us agreed that it was one of the best dining experiences ever. Can't wait to introduce this Bistro to more friends!

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2  Thank Glanit
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Bought coupon from social shopper,went for dinner,food was great ,a tid bit on the salty side, but could be just me,since the others didn't think so... Ambiance excellent,place is at residential area,there are 2 hrs free parking on the street but most likely full, but the restaurant had valet service for $7 which is great.

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1  Thank swancity88
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