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#1,223 of 2,404 Restaurants in Vancouver
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Spanish, Canadian
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Live Music

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East Vancouver
1.2 km from Queen Elizabeth Park
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Reviewed August 21, 2020

Nothing but loud bar drunks, rats seen running all over the back parking area where the kitchen door is constantly left open.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 14, 2019

They let people smoke at the back door and all the smoke come inside the restaurant while you’re eating , if you don’t smoke it’s very uncomfortable because all your clothes are gonna get dirt.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

A little touch of Spain on a cool and damp Friday night. Lovely sangria, super nachos and seasonal beer to quench the thirst. Flamenco music and dancing and singing to entertain. When a man is tired of Kino he is tired of life. I love...life . Gracias.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

A group of us took in the Flaminco dancing at the Kino with drinks and tapas style sharing. A perfect evening. It's evident that the dancers and musicians love what they do and are highly skilled. Decent, straightforward, affordable food. Friendly service. These people are...in it for the joy. A little slice of Andalusia on Cambie!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

My wife, five year old and I went to watch the flamenco dancers on Friday night. We were worried about the late start of the dancers,8:30 pm but our daughter was really into it. The prices of the Spanish style tapas are very reasonable and...every dish we ate: chorizo chips, wings and salami pizza, were excellent. And you can’t go wrong with a big pitch of sangria.The nachos looked amazing too. Steve the owner stopped by our table and made us feel very welcome and told us about the other events through the week; comedy and music. Over all one of the most reasonable live shows in town. Very good mix of young and old and some of the best tapas in town. We will return with friends soon.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed January 28, 2018

We came across Kino Café by accident. We wanted a meal before a 9:30 film at the Park Theatre and the other restaurants I had read about in the neighbourhood were full, with line-ups out the door (thank you, Dine Out Vancouver). My husband noticed...the “tapas bar” sign on the sidewalk so we went into the Kino Café. Had a GREAT time! Tasty tapas, big servings, a jug of cheap red wine. Rickety rustic décor which we really appreciated. Most places in Vancouver are too chi-chi for me. Great flamenco music and dancing. We were reluctant to leave for our movie and would love to go back.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed December 18, 2017

Kino Cafe is an Intimate Spanish tapas bar with a stage for flamenco dancing & other live performances. Its in the middle of the city, around Cambie St. and West Pender St. Kino Cafe has live music, stand up comedy and Flamenco Dance around the...week nights.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 1, 2017

Sounds like live music all the time? Average decor. We decided to come in a Wednesday and watch the Toque performers which was entertaining. They work off of donations so please ensure you tip them when they come around between sets. It was not that...busy this night but I believe on weekends this place is packed. We only stayed for drinks and nibbled on the Antipasto plate which was very good. OK beer selection, lower end wines, cocktails and sangria. No issues getting street parking on a weeknight. The service was good.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed November 27, 2016

we made reservations to get a view of the stage from our table. Arriving at 7:30 gave us time to enjoy our food before the flamenco music and dancing began. The food was tapas style with drinks of choice -we had sangria to round out...the experience. food was terrific with "Leo's lamb pops with polenta being our favourite. The other dishes were great as well. Our server was friendly and helpful in guiding our food choices. The place itself was perhaps a bit gritty, but in a good way and the boisterous noise of people engaging in animated conversations gave the place a lively authentic alive feeling. As the place filled up the performers came on stage - 2 muscicians with guitars and a kind of electric bongo(really neat) and 2 flamenco dancers. The performances were terrific and they didn't seem to mind if some of the patrons continued their conversations during the performances. Amazingly there was no cover charge and the food and drink prices were normal and great quality. The performers played 3 sets and at the end of each set they said that a basket would come around since there was no cover charge and perhaps the audience could contribute. This was not intimidating and I was happy to donate to show appreciation. I put in 3 modest amounts rather than just 1 largder amount. SWE didn't get out until around 11:15pm. This happens wed. to Sat.. Tuesdays is comedy night and Sunday and Monday is other live music. I loved this place.More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed July 28, 2016

Friendly service, delicious food and electric atmosphere - the flamenco dancing was electric. Go enjoy!

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed June 12, 2016

Kino, let's not overstate it, is a bar. They are Hispanic-themed, with live Flamenco music on a regular basis--we were there on a Sunday so the entertainment was the Tony awards on the big screen. Not many people there on that Sunday night, some of...them seemingly were regulars who were pretty loud. We were seeking a light supper, and the thought of tapas was tempting. My wife wound up getting a couple of glasses of Keller Estate red wine, I chose their Sangria, made fresh with lots of diced apple, I thought it refreshing. You may get a full range of mixed drinks here--I imagine they do a good tequila business--alas, they had no sherry on the list. The food menu has only one "entree", a smoked salmon. My wife chose their seven-inch salami pizza, and liked it well--for me the crust was too rubbery and the sauce wasn't marinara enough. My Asian pulled-pork tacos, on the other hand, hit my spot perfecrtly. You can order one or several of these full-sized soft tacos, each with a generous portion of the spicy meat topped with a fine slaw and a sriracha crema. Superb! The kitchen seemed a little slow, but our waitress was attentive, and when she found out we were from out of town she was quie generous with advice about other local eateries and attractions that deserved our attention. I think the proper use of this place would be to go there on a weekend night, rub elbowws with the regulars, enjoy the live entertainment, satisfy yourself with this world-cuisine bar food and the libation of your choice.More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed March 12, 2016

The Flamenco performance was amazing, the food was and service was great. No other place like it in Vancouver. I'm definitely going back.

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed March 3, 2016

I've played live music at the Kino for the last 12 -13 years (gypsy-jazz 3rd monday) and I must say that the new owner is doing a good job at cleaning the place up. The menu has shifted for the better, the stage sound is...better, the new paint and improved kitchen have all been steps up for this institution in our fine city. The old owners didn't care about anything....food, atmosphere, their musicians. Happy to see change for the better.More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed an evening of music and flamenco at the Kino. Great Spanish guitar with song and energetic flamenco. It was a hot evening and enjoyed a jug of sangria. The food is tapas and it is a mix of snacks all reasonably priced. We had...the nachos chicken wings, a number of their small pizzas, shrimp and chorizo skewers on rice. They are a nice sideline to the entertainment and rustic atmosphere but I would not come just for the food. They could add a bit more Mediterranean flare to the menu. A fun evening.More

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed July 25, 2015

It's a great place to spend your Friday night and enjoy a great music and dance while drinking your sangria, and eating nachos! The staffs are really nice and friendly and the food is good enough. It's wise to make a reservation to get a...good table close to the stage, or to make sure you get a seat, cause sometimes it gets super packed and they cannot accommodate more people.More

Date of visit: July 2015
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