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Illuminate Restorante

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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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$6 - US$29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Grill, Canadian, Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed yesterday

great place, atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming. menu items I had were amazing. garlic prawns to start, meatballs and baseball steak main(perfect med rare) and cannoli's for dessert.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank clyde1372
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The food is excellent, the service is as good as it gets and you never feel rushed or that you didn't order enough. The specials are always "special"

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sightseer749854
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank-you for taking the time to review us we appreciate your support and look forward in seeing you again soon.

Reviewed November 6, 2018

We have been customers of Illuminate since they opened in 2005. The quality is always there, which makes for great value. The owners and the staff have a passion for providing great food that makes every visit worthwhile.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank warrenstanyer
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank-you Warren, it has been a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to provide such a service to our community our passion is to illuminate the palate and we love you as our customer always look forward in seeing you.

Reviewed October 14, 2018

We had our first experience at Illuminate last night. I made the reservation at 4pm that day for two people. They were very busy and were not able to accommodate us until 8pm. We were seated at the table right next to the bathrooms, which...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LisaGregM
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Thank-you for coming in and giving us a try, you are right that Saturday night we were extremely busy with large parties, please let us know next time were you would like to sit and we will do our best to accommodate with the best...More

Reviewed September 20, 2018

This is the best Italian restaurant anywhere! Even better than some I've eaten in in Italy! The service, ambience and food were all top notch. We were there in mid June (2018) for our granddaughter's 17th birthday. The staff treated her and her friend like...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank madrona623
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Thank-you for taking the time to review us we appreciate your support and look forward in serving you again in the future.

Reviewed September 12, 2018

We have been to this restaurant several times and we have always had great food and service! They always have a number of different offerings that you may not find at traditional restaurants, including a nice variety of appetisers and usually some special entrees. In...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mike154943
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Thank-you for your review we appreciate your support and look forward in seeing you again soon.

Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

We met some friends here for dinner who live in the area. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent food we had here! We shared a main course entree of gnocchi that was fantastic. I had the rack of lamb, it was cooked perfectly, and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Derrick1230
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Thank-you for your support and taking the time to review us we look forward in having the opportunity to serve you in the future.

Reviewed June 29, 2018

Anyone who has ever gone to this restaurant will know how special and unique it is. I went with my boyfriend for date night, and the moment we walked through the door we were welcomed by the owner. He gave us a lovely booth that...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank DarcyN47
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2018

It's an honor to have you as a long standing customer, happy Canada Day!

Reviewed June 18, 2018

Ordered the steak medium well. It came out rare. Sent it back, they cut the steak in half and quickly grilled it again. Terrible food, owner was so embarrassed he took it off our bill.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Our apologies for your experience, we are training staff and unfortunately this slipped through our hands, I'm happy that it was taken off the bill. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again, please ask for Roland upon your next visit.

Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend were supposed to go to the revolving restaurant but the online booking didn't work so we phoned here and got a place after searching for the best place in this area. When we got there we sat in the lounge area...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank kents a
Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to review us, we look forward in serving you again soon.

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Response from warrenstanyer | Reviewed this property |
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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