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4.5 stars 58 reviews

Il Giardinodi Di Umberto

1382 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC  V6Z 1W5

(604) 669-2422

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French
4.5 star rating
wolf December 17, 2011
Great food and atmosphere--but haphazard service!

Had not been to Il Giardino for several years even though we live around the corner--but we made a special effort for out of town visitors last wednesday night. The restuarant was busy, it being christmas time, but we were reserved for a nine o:clock sitting so the early dinner crowd had thinned. The atmosphere was as wonderful as its always been, and the hostess was spot on. Unfortunately, our waiter let the place down. Our appetizers and salads arrived before he had manged to remember our bottle of wine. When that bottle was depleted, he was nowhere to be seen to provide a second one for our table of four, and the moment was lost. When we finished our dinner plates they sat empty in front of us for a full fifeteen minutes, without his attention. In desperation I finally gathered up all the plates in one big pile in front of me in hopes this might get our waiter's attention. It didn't. Despite only three competing tables left in his section, I could not see him on the floor anywhere. After five minutes more without help, I finally picked up the stack of plates and walked them over to an empty table. That did finally get the staff's attention, and while our waiter realized he had lost it by that point,and apologized profusely, it was a bit late in the day given the other failures. That said, the food was good, the wine list was excellent, if you can get it served on time, and the atmosphere was wonderful. We left a 10% tip on the strength of these plus's but we would not go back given the lack of service.

Editorial Reviews from the web
English
4.5 star rating
June 18, 2012

Restaurant magnate Umberto Menghi started a small restaurant, tucked away in a yellow heritage house at the bottom of Hornby Street, nearly 4 decades ago. It still serves some of the best Italian fare, and has one of the prettiest garden patios in town. This larger restaurant now adjoins Umberto's in the original house. The bright, spacious dining room re-creates the ambience of an Italian... more

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Zagat
January 01, 2011

'Legendary' Umberto 'never ceases to amaze' amici of this Downtown 'old... more

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October 08, 2009

Umberto's flagship room still has the power to seduce. Like a vintage Barolo, age favours this charmingly careworn room, softening its edges and enhancing its allure. Corporate power players court business at lunch while dinner sees well-heeled men woo Manolo-heeled women over candlelight and Chianti. Spaghettini aglio olio with mixed seafood glistens with olive oil and the roasted milk-fed... more

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Other Reviews from the web
English
4.5 star rating
No longer here
April 25, 2014

No longer here.The property was to valuable for a resturant.It was a Vancouver's favorite and we were sorry to see it go. Many happy memories.

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4.5 star rating
Closure of a beloved restaurant
May 07, 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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idea rabbit
April 29, 2013

San Carlo is famous for the many celebrities that eat there – evidenced by the proudly displayed waxwork-like photographs of A- to Z-list celebrities, hugging a procession of imperious... more

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French
4.5 star rating
December 21, 2002

Very good food & service in a pleasant upscale atmosphere. Would definitely dine there again.

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Business Description from the Web
English
September 04, 2013

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January 16, 2010

This downtown Italian eatery offers an impressive Tuscan-style decor, outstanding service, and an excellent menu that features game and pasta. Roasted reindeer loin with port peppercorn sauce, tender veal with lightly grilled wild mushrooms, and osso buco with saffron risotto are indicative of the superb offerings presented here.

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December 08, 2008

Umberto Menghi, a well-known local chef and personality, enjoys a regular clientele that ranges from movie stars to social luminaries. They come for the eatery\'s Italian \'nuova\' sophistication and award-winning Tiramisu. The Tuscan villa-themed dining room has high ceilings, tiled floors, and walls of burnt sienna. The vine-covered garden patio is an ideal spot to impress a date. The kitchen... more

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