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Located in the historic area of downtown and steps from the Inner Harbour, Il Covo Trattoria is a memorable and unique Italian dining experience. Being a Trattoria, we're the perfect spot for any occasion where you can enjoy casual, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm old world Tuscan ambience. We also offer a beautiful garden patio for outdoor eating in an al fresco Italian style during the summer season. Come and enjoy a taste of Italy!
US$7 - US$28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Fine dining it was NOT I was so upset tonight with the lamb shank and the service. The outside of the shank was so dry I could not stomach it and sent it back, I apologize to have done that. I know my lamb and...shanks, I grew up with this and one of my specialty meals I service to friends. The outside was if it sat out and dried out in the Sahara desert somewhere. I asked the gentleman at the next table how his was, not great he said, dry outer side. Inside was fine. The server never apologized, could not care less. I’ll Terazzo this would never happen. We came a long way to enjoy this special meal. Shame on you for serving this at a fine dining establishment like this. Struggled 35 min to get a parking spot, all in all very, very upset about a $32. Lamb shank that was not worth to put into soup even…. Sorry about this but it was to be a special occasion for us. My husbands meal was lovely. Thank you, so was the dessert and coffee.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not take reservations for more than 6 - even if the 7th is a child - and wouldn't give us 2 seperate tables. Told us it would interfer with the integrity of the restaurant. We might talk to each other. Not family friendly!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely great service and an awesome meal. I had the duck and it was super good. My guests had the pork and veal and felt the same!!!!!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for dinner and the restaurant was busy and staffed by excellent well trained waiters and very italian. Beautiful caprese salad followed by excellent homemade pasta and then ice cream all washed down with excellent chianti. A wee bit noisy is the only fault

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We very much enjoyed our dinner date at Il Covo. The dinner was very tasty. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere and the fresh herbs added to the dish was a wonderful touch!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife picked IL Covo Trattoria for her birthday. We were a party of six and decided to try the” Famiglia Italiana diner”. The dinner was spectacular. The portions were very generous and the dishes were delicious.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall not a great experience. Sat outside which was lovely. Server was pleasant but was always playing catchup. Was running everywhere and twice food arrived before drinks, and same with cutlery. Didn't have two bottles of wine, on a tiny wine list, that we tried...to order. We had 4 courses and it was all fine. Most dishes were ok, there weren't any that any of the four of us would rush back for. The lamb was the worst. Dry and uninspired. The sad looking "seasonal vegetables", were one mushy piece of red pepper and zucchini. It was a forgettable experience, won't be back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We totally look forward to our Victoria trips as Il Covo has become part of our treat! We opened with a shared Caesar Salad. They do a fine job on a traditional salad. Gary had the dinner special which left his plate clean. Roasted veg,...potatoes and red meat. I had the lobster cannelloni. It was delicious and again my plate was also clean. White Capella wine for me and Chianti Classico for Gary. Both complimented the meals. Tiramisu for Gary and cannoli for me. They serve you 4 small cannolis with 2 flavours on a well presented plate. I wanted more. More than satisfying. Can't wait for our next visit. There is a lovely outside terrace as well.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed April 1, 2021

We have visited Il Covo many times and particularly like the outdoor patio when weather permits. During this pandemic, we order in advance and pick up our meals in person at the back door. The meals are consistent and the staff are always courteous and...competent. We hope this fine dining establishment survives the public health restrictions on indoor dining in B.C. John BillettMore

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 25, 2021 via mobile

We went there twice in February-March 2021. This is an excellent restaurant with superb food and an extremely well designed Covid-safe setup. Could not recommend this restaurant enough.

Date of visit: March 2021
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July 3, 2016|
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Response from Mark C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the very late reply; yes, they do, the pasta is all homemade and the texture and flavour is exquisite.
Mel S
September 18, 2015|
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Response from CVC16 | Property representative |
Hello Mel S~We'd like to thank you for your lovely review of our restaurant! We so appreciate you took the time to post it with TripAdvisor. We're uncertain of your question so please let us know what we can clarify for you... More
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Yes, Il Covo Trattoria offers takeaway services.

Yes, Il Covo Trattoria offers delivery services.

Il Covo Trattoria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5