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1537 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3Y1
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Arriva Ristorante Details
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
Let the Arriva staff professionally manage your special event whether it be a birthday, anniversary, retirement party, reunion or corporate function. Arriva has a private function room that will accommodate groups of up to 25 persons. The restaurant is configured in such a way that large open areas can also be reserved for groups exceeding 25 persons. Please contact us for details.
Private Party Contact:
Paolo Frau (604) 251-1177
Multiple Bus stops along commercial. Closest is near Graveley.
We have limited parking available on the property. Contact the restaurant for parking directions. Street pay parking also available. Underground paid parking also available within 1/2 a block at Mercato Mall.
A word from Arriva Ristorante
“The Drive” has evolved into an eclectic mix of new and old lifestyles while retaining its flavor as the “Little Italy” district of Greater Vancouver. After 28 years in business Arriva has become a Landmark on Commercial Drive and continues to satisfy palates from all over the world. Owner Paolo
Frau provides a relaxed, homey atmosphere, where customers can enjoy sumptuous, authentic Italian cuisine. Using the freshest ingredients and traddtional Italian cooking all dishes are prepared fresh daily on the premises including the Gnocchi, sausages, pancetta, sauces, bread and desserts. Arriva goes that extra mile for those customers with special dietary needs and offers whole wheat pasta, a wide selection of vegetarian pasta dishes and gluten free choices. Arriva offers a extensive selection of Italian and International wines to complement every meal making Arriva the restaurant of choice for those seeking a traditional Italian environment with great food and outstanding service!
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Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
Fabulous find. Salads and pasta
were very good. Generous portions. Good value and very comfortable setting. Very friendly and helpful staff. We will be back."
Dined on 2/21/2014
Thoroughly enjoyed our experience
here. Place is a bit dated (been around for 30 years!) but clean. Ambiance is that of rustic with a cozy feel. Lots of families/groups and many of them appear to be regulars. Got a chance to talk to the owner who is very friendly. Food is very good - down-to-earth and not pretentious. Will definitely come back again."
Dined on 2/15/2014
We had a very good experience we
thought we were coming for the Vancouver dining out experience but very quickly were convinced by the waiter they had better dishes and prices from the menu and he was right. We had a excellent white win to go with our pasta choices and the service was great. Good italian restaurant on commercial st and would go again"
Dined on 2/8/2014
It was quite by accident that we
decided to stop in for a bite to eat as we were heading to an evening event. We only had one hour. We did not have a reservation yet we were greeted warmly, and provided a table immediately. The atmosphere was quaint - warm and cozy. Although the tables were quite close together, we felt like we had our privacy and we were able to hold a conversation without distraction from others. The wine selection was excellent, the food outstanding and the service top notch. We were out of the restaurant in less than one hour, with the feeling that we enjoyed the entire experience and could hardly wait to go back. We consider it now on our list of regular places to dine now."
Dined on 1/18/2014
We enjoyed the food, the service
and the ambience at this restaurant on "The Drive". Our waiter was friendly and attentive, served us promptly as we were going to the theatre. We will definitely return."
Dined on 1/11/2014
We have been coming to Arrival for
many years and have not been disappointed ever. Food is always consistent and very "homey". Noise level was ok as we were there early. Started to get noisy as we were leaving. Will always be coming back regardless."
Dined on 12/30/2013
We had a fun and delicious Italian
dinner. Our oldest son just moved to the neighbourhood and we had a great dinner. Everyone enjoyed their food, mussels, caesar salad, gnocchi, cannelloni, tortellini, osso bucco, veal scallopini. All tasted great and had the taste of tomato sauce I remember from my childhood. Our waiter was friendly and charming. Overall, we had a fun and delicious dinner."
Dined on 1/2/2014
Seven of us plus a newborn ate
here New Year's Eve. Service was friendly, food excellent. Not our first visit, nor the last."
Dined on 12/31/2013
we went here for a new years eve
dinner and it was great. the service was excellent. we got chatting with the owner who was a very friendly guy. i would defiantly go back here again."
Dined on 12/31/2013
I've never left a restaurant
review before so I think that my experience at Arriva compelled me to do so, speaks volumes. This was one of the most enjoyable, tasty, and romantic meals of my life. And I've dined at Alinea! The food was amazing (I had beef carpaccio and gnocchi) and our waiter made the evening truly special. I'm Italian (both sides) but I'm not going to say I am an expert on Italian restaurants. I'm certainly not. I am, however, and expert on gnocchi. As much as this pains me to admit, Arriva bested both my grandmothers and my mother. (For shame! I can already feel the Italian mother guilt! Well done, Arriva! Also - the restaurant itself isn't particularly romantic. But it reminded me of childhood and it was nice to share."
Dined on 12/30/2013
The menu is full of traditional
Italian dishes and those we tried were excellently prepared. Caesar salad dressing was very fresh and flavourful, linguine vongole was amazing, tiramisu was light and delicious. Portions are not large, but we did not order a meat course. Service was very good."
Dined on 12/23/2013
We ate at Arriva on Dec 23 2013,
before the Christmas lights at VanDusen Gardens. We enjoyed the option to share a pasta dish and then a main dish. We started with tortelloni in a rose sauce which was excellent, and the perfect size for sharing. Our main was veal marsala - again, nicely split by the kitchen, with sufficient potatoes and vegetables for each of us to feel as though we'd enjoyed a complete meal and not just half of one. The service was excellent, friendly without being annoying, and the food was well-prepared (pasta was fresh, which was nice). Prices were moderate and if we'd had more time we would have enjoyed lingering for coffee and dessert. A great spot in the heart of Commercial Drive."
Dined on 12/22/2013
Food always beautifully prepared,
fresh ingredients, and hot. Prices have stayed the same for a few years, too. The owner, Paolo, is still runs the restaurant, along with his two sons. He is always there to greet his guests. A delightful family run restaurant, which has maintained the same high standards over the years. A very comfortable semi formal dining room, which obviously has a lot of the owner's personal touches. Consistency is the key. I have been ordering some of the same menu items for all the time I have been coming here, and they still taste excellent. Fantastico!"
Dined on 12/14/2013
Every time I eat here, it's a good
experience. The food is fantastic. The servers tell me that the chef and cooks have been with the restaurant for a long time, which means stability and consistency of quality food and menus. I always eat the specials and I know that my friends love the rest of the menu choices."
Dined on 11/17/2013
Service was fair. When we walked
through the door it took around 5 minutes for someone to greet us. Took them a while to find our reservation. Once we finally did sit down, our server didn't greet us at all and so after around 10 minutes we asked a server walking by to help us and he was quite helpful. Since we had never been to the restaurant before and we were fairly new to Italian food we had a lot of questions about the menu and although the server tried to be helpful he made us feel as though we were a burden because he had to explain stuff to us. Then, the food was not great at all. We tipped fairly but not extremely generously and as we were walking out we heard the waiter make a comment about it. Overall, we wouldn't go back!"
Dined on 11/15/2013
Food is still quite good but the
service was very slow and the cappuccino was un drinkable."
Dined on 11/14/2013
My girlfriend and I come here
every year as our anniversary comes around. Both of us enjoy the atmosphere, service and great food. We'll keep coming back!"
Dined on 11/10/2013
My wife and I both had
straciatella soup. She had a linguini seafood pasta and I had veal piccata. Outstanding food, just simply suburb. The veal was just right, and the vegetables (Roasted potatoes, string beans, carrots, and broccoli), so often an afterthought, were as good as the veal. Everything was served promptly and appropriately, and the waiter couldn't have been nicer while still remaining unobtrusive."
Dined on 9/23/2013
Very good food. A real taste
sensation, but poor presentation. This is a older restaurant that is badly in need of a reno. Noisy and a bit of a jumble.After 29 years it's time to put some money back into the restaurant."
Dined on 9/8/2013
Can't say enough great things
about this restaurant.... from the moment we walked in the door...service, meals, wine... until we left. We brought friends with us (their first time) and they loved it, too!"
Dined on 9/7/2013
We booked at the last minute and
after 9pm. Staff were friendly, full of good humour and helpful, accommodating another member of our group who arrived an hour after us."
Dined on 8/30/2013
Service and food were very good.
Even though no kids menu, they will make whatever your child likes, within reason and availability. They do charge a bit more for the kids meals, but again they are a business"
Dined on 8/25/2013
We'll be back. Very welcoming,
wine great, food great!"
Dined on 7/21/2013
It's hard to find a nice
restaurant for dinner on Commercial for a a romantic/special occasion- plenty of cafes, however. This is a great option. Atmosphere is wonderful, food is very good, service is good and the prices are very reasonable. It didn't knock my socks off, but I'd definitely recommend it and would go back again."
Dined on 7/12/2013
Ordered 2009 Argiolas Costera
Cannonau di Sardegna (14%), strong backbone surrounded by velvety fruit. Butter lettuce salad with tomato and onion. Shrimp in hot pepper sauce, complex and scrumptious. We both ordered specials of the day from chef Faro: thick, tender veal chop with bourbon cream sauce, broccoli, roasted potato, pepper. Also fresh salmon in dill vermouth sauce, carrots, spinach, potato. All had a deep, rich flavor and vegetables were cooked perfectly, too. Dessert: Italian orange frozen and served with icy orange sorbet inside. Excellent. Beautiful conversation and treatment by owner Paolo and Massimo, his son, waiting on us. We rated the restaurant an "A"."
Dined on 6/17/2013
It was my first time there. The
decor was outdated. Food was too salty and I finished 4 glasses of water that meal. The portions were too small for it's price and taste. Server was preparing Caesar salad with her own hands and I don't know if she washed them because I saw her walking around serving people and pouring water all the time. Service was ok. Overall, I would never go back there again nor would I recommend anyone to go there. I think all the good reviews on this website were from people that go there regularly as the majority of the diners were greeted with hugs and kisses at the door. I could have gotten a way better meal at Cioppino's with the same amount of money."
Dined on 6/16/2013
5 of us enjoyed a very good meal
overall. Everyone was happy with their choices, whether it was pasta or veal..P."
Dined on 5/30/2013
My wife and I have chosen Arriva
as a special occasion restaurant for many years and really enjoy the ambiance and service provided there. Our evening on this occasion was unusually quiet with only 2 other tables taken we still enjoyed our evening."
Dined on 5/22/2013
Great food and great service ..
Can you ask for more ;)"
Dined on 5/7/2013
This is a really good restaurant
with excellent food and very good service. The salads were fresh. The pasta was excellent."
Dined on 4/27/2013
Solid Italian on Commercial Drive.
Sardinian owners--the owner's son was our capable server. Food was good enough that I got some on my shirt. (D'oh) Portions were very reasonable at this price point. Parking available in back."
Dined on 4/6/2013
Excellent. This was our first
visit to Arriva and everything was excellent. We will plan to have dinner here more often. The food was great, typical, traditional Italian. The service was great and the people made you feel at home."
Dined on 4/5/2013
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