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Illuminate’s open kitchen design features Italian cuisine in a Tuscan atmosphere. Roland and Joeqyna, chef and wife, caters to the food connoisseur and only uses fresh organic ingredients to prepare a perfect balance of flavor in all dishes. His extensive repertoire takes full advantage of seasonal availability of fish, game, fruits and vegetables. Sauces are prepped from vegetable purees and reductions of stocks. A lightness of taste is derived from minimizing animal fats and creams in favor of low cholesterol olive oils. Gluten free alternatives are available in most dishes served. Enjoy your dinner in our fabulous dining area or book our private dining room that is perfect for corporate meetings
PRICE RANGE
US$7 - US$32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, Grill
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed February 26, 2021

I’ve lived in Tsawwassen for 6 years and visit this restaurant often, always great food and great service. Since Covid19 we now do take away and again, the service is wonderful. Fully recommend dining or take out from Illuminate. Jim Marshall

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 23, 2021

We were in Tsawwassen for the night and discovered Illuminate while walking around town and decided make a reservation for dinner. Food was very good....the salad very fresh and lively; the crispy prawns (dusted with panko) were a tad overdone - too crispy for my...taste....spaghetti bolagnese with additional meatballs very nice. Nice selection of wines by the glass and the bottle as well as cocktails. It appears to be a very popular place with the locals....it was buzzing! Service overall was good, a little offhand here and there. It is I suspect the best place in town.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed October 19, 2020

The food is excellent, with generous portions, prepared to perfection. The chef and his staff are steeped in European tradition but remain relaxed and inviting. The best place to dine and socialize in Tsawwassen.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 24, 2020

It just happen in the neighborhood to see one of my aunt ,so we end up at the Illuminate for dinner , feel very comfortable and relax the safety plan nicely done , the decor not a classic Italy restaurant but very cozy ,very surprise...the restaurant so quite ,No Body , but I guest aunt know the owner / Manager ,she want it to stay ,,menu is not over size ,,lot to choose from ,it is not fancy or classic ,,but it is closed to good home cooking ,very fresh ingredients ,my veal tenderloin is delicious and my aunt's Linguine Pescature looks amazing good ,and the grilled calamari cooked it just right , ,over all ,it is good value and for a quiet place for dinner ,, price little expensive , drop by and try it out ,I think they closed on Monday and dinner only !More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2020

Thank-you for your review, we appreciate your support and look forward for the opportunity of serving you again soon.

Reviewed June 12, 2020

Another amazing meal at Illuminate. In spite of the necessary changes the atmosphere remained, as always, delightful. There are some wonderful additions to the menu which are mouth-watering. No need to be concerned about safety as their customers are their main concern. Get out there...and enjoy!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2020

Thank-you for your 5 star rating and review, we appreciate your support and look forward for the opportunity of serving you again soon.

Reviewed March 22, 2020

We made reservations almost 2 months in advance for a special birthday party with guests arriving from out of town. They called us 2 days before the occassion to tell us sorry but the restaurant will be full with another party. They offered us nothing...more than an apology and offered to make the reservation on a different day. With folks arriving from out of town this was not something we could do with such short notice. We had been loyal customers but we will not go back. This has happened to other people in town once we started sharing our story. Terrible way to treat local patrons who were loyal to your venue.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

We went for my wife's birthday and the service, table, food and beverages were top class. The friendly and attentive staff were exceptional.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2020

Thank-you for your 5 bubble rating and review, we appreciate your support and look forward in serving you again soon.

Reviewed February 8, 2020

Living on the North Shore we look forward to our visits to Tsawwassen and a chance to enjoy an evening out at Illuminate. The last time we were at Illuminate it was just before Christmas and we hoped it would be a magical evening. Yes,...it turned out to be just that! The reality is that the Restaurant keeps getting better and better. The combination of good food, amazing ambiance and impeccable service made for a memorable experience extraordinaire. We congratulate Roland on a job well done!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2020

Thank-you for your 5 bubble rating and review, we appreciate you taking the time to review us and we are always trying our best to improve in every way, looking forward for the opportunity to serve you again soon.

Reviewed February 7, 2020

My wife and I made dinner reservations here last Saturday We had heard the food was very good, thought we would give it a try Wow! The food was fantastic! French onion soup, salmon, short ribs and dessert were all very good. Finished the evening...off with a couple of Illuminaté coffees Service was great, food was excellent, we will defiantly be back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2020

Thank-you for taking the time to review us and the 5 bubble rating, looking forward for the opportunity to serve you again soon.

Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Great menu, friendly staff.. Food is delicious. Location is easy to get to . Will definently come again and recommend out friends..thank you!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2020

Thank-you for your 5 star rating and review, we appreciate your support and look forward in serving you again soon.

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We have been going to Illuminate for the past several New Year's Eves, so yes they have a menu, usually in two seatings.
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Illuminate Restorante is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5