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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$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, Grill
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed May 21, 2022

Not that we really expected fine dining but when my wife and I recently visited Illuminate we were hoping to be surprised. We were surprised, but not pleasantly. It took considerable effort to find our reservation but eventually we were seated. Once seated we waited...unacknowledged for 5-10 minutes and noticed . Service is spotty with untrained or unprepared staff. The wine list has the old tired names that speak of the '70's. For a restaurant that claims to be Italian to only have 2 low end pinot grigios for Italian white wine is ludicrous especially when what is offered by BCLCB. The wine we ordered was brought already uncorked but we had to ask for it to be poured. The appetizers and mains were quite tasty...no complaints there. But dessert was very disappointing. It was advertised as a passion fruit Napoleon, except it was stale and tasteless. Then the coup de grace came when my wife unfolded her napkin to find old blood stains. When we pointed that out to the owner who came to process our bill we were told "it was probably chocolate". Needless to say Tsawwassen will not see our faces again when it comes to spending several hundred dollars for dinner/wine.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed January 26, 2022

Hands down the best restaurant in Delta and one of the top ones in Greater Vancouver. Last night, we enjoyed take-out. Chef Roland and his team layer flavour after flavour in each of the appetizers and main courses. The ingredients are amazingly fresh. Last night,...we enjoyed the carpaccio, caprese salad, veal scallopini, pasta al fredo, and sablefish. The veal and fish were coated with the most delicious and subtle crusts. I admit that the carpaccio was my favourite. In the past year, we have savoured the short ribs on risotto, seafood pastas, and other fish plates. Without exception, the meals are have all been exquisite. Having been a regular visitor to Montreal's finest Italian restaurants, Illuminate meets and exceeds the standards of the best restaurants.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2022

Thank you for the 5 star rating and wonderful review we appreciate your continued support and look forward to the opportunity in serving you again soon.

Reviewed January 24, 2022

After having had some good times at Illuminate, I will not be going there again. Either the chef/owner has become conceited, swollen headed with all the good comments are simply racial. We made a reservation for 5 & were there for a special evening on...January 20th. We were pleasantly greeted and guided to our well set table. We asked about their corkage charge and were advised it was $30.00. (Bit pricy compared to most restaurants). We agreed and I went to y vehicle to get the bottle. On my return we were advised "because of Covid" np outside wine was permitted. Give us a break I thought. I said I came in from the outside too and the wine was sealed. The 'manager' then came out and advised the young lady who advised about corkage was misinformed and that if we had a $300 bottle of wine he may have permitted it but not on a cheap wine that may have been on sale at the BC Liquor Store. Just before we ordered our meal two adults felt a cold draft and we requested for another table. They were prepared to provide blankets instead! Were we at a picnic spot or sitting on a bench outside. There was only one other table occupied. We asked if we could move to a table for four and add another chair. Again, we were informed Covid regulations do not permit that. Covid -Covid -Covid, restaurants are seeing customers yet places like Illuminate are using Covid as an excuse. We walked out and they probably lost a sale 0f $300-400. We went next door to the Greek restaurant where we were warmly welcomed. Corkage was $14.00, we had a table for four and fifth chair was added, service was excellent and we enjoyed our meals. We were so full that we could not indulge in a desserts but to show our support each of us order a dessert to enjoy at home. However good the food and ambiance is, if I am not welcome at a place I would rather take my business elsewhere.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 14, 2022

Hands down the finest meal I have had in a long time. Everything was perfection. My friend had the carpaccio which she said was the best she's ever had and trust me this woman has eaten at the finest restaurants around BC. The Tuna was...gorgeous and the lamb rack special was tender and again highest on the "We Loved It" scale. This spot is a gem!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2022

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

Reviewed June 21, 2021

Perfection!We loved the seafood platter -exquisite...Service impeccable as well.And to finish the experience a complimentary creme brulee for the birthday girl!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2021

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

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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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2021

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

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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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2021

Thank-you for your review our apologies for the crispy prawns please let us know the next time you visit us and we will take of it, we appreciate your support and look forward in seeing you again.

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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Joeqyna, Owner at Illuminate Restorante, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2021

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

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.

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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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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5