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Cioppino's - Hamilton St - Yaletown Vancouver

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Georgia Strait Dec 3, 2013 11:18 AM

we were invited to a corporate dinner here the other nite - it was nice. Would I hurry back? maybe for a private leisure couple or 2 couples dinner - i think it would be special place to take out of town adult guests - definitely making a good impression

AND - I would for sure recommend the private room to a corporate person who organizes / hosts

the private room we were in is on the main floor (see photo on website below under the TABLES top level link) - I would guess the room is about 14 feet x 30 feet. Tho I didn't measure it. It definitely has that wine-room decor ... and I would think is far more enchanting in dark night-time rather than daylight (we were there in evening which at this time of yr in Vanc is dark) --- it felt special

the room we were in was for sure crowded with approx 26 guests - difficult for the servers and very loud - one could hear the evening get louder as the various business guests tried to speak with each other - and one really had to just stick with speaking to the people on either side of you - which at the best of times - can wear thin after 2 plus hours - business or leisure event

(if i were booking that room - I would definitely NOT push the seating limit)

table was simply set - very nice linens and cutlery and glassware - food was nicely presented and well-prepared - semi local offerings - incl Alberta beef - wild boar - fish

tomato in the caprese salad was noticeably out of season - otherwise very enjoyable (excellent cheese)

the beef tenderloin was cooked to order - and the servers thankfully did not go around asking "did you order med or rare" (you know what i mean) --- they were very discreet and accurate and I noted how well the team leader worked with the other servers.

again - the servers discreet - polite - attentive - definitely professional

I don't know the pricing for the set menu as we were guests (the regular and the function menus are on the website)

proper coat check (ie you get a tag) is a nice touch - i know that is normal in winter cities so it was nice out here in Vcvr

dress code is just right in our local BC opinion - obviously a bit special but decent city style denim with collared shirt and sport coat ... or all black (at this time of year for women) with nice accessories seemed to fit in well.

the dining room (ie where you'd normally eat as a regular guest - we had to walk thru that part in order to access the private room) was very attractive and smelled good and seemed quiet enuf for all ages of adults to enjoy - ie I would take senior people like our parents who tend to shy away from dark lighting (we call it ambience - my dad brings out his flashlight ;) and noise volume (hard to hear each other at any age)

a unique and historic neighborhood - felt pleasantly vibrant esp on a Sat nite at this time of year - and lots of taxis hovering around - we never had to wait at all

i don't know how easy the access is for anyone who has mobility challenges - so you'd have to check it out carefully (the street is cobblestone / patchwork pavement and the front sidewalk is accessed by a staircase from the taxi street level - perhaps easier access at end of the block)

definitely has that "special occasion" feel that I think was discussed on this post a couple of yrs ago - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758805

http://www.cioppinosyaletown.com/

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