Arriva Ristorante
Arriva Ristorante

Arriva Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.arrivarestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: (604) 251-1177
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner

    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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 6042511177

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Graveley
  • Public Transit: Multiple Bus stops along commercial. Closest is near Graveley.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 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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Arriva Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (13)fit for foodies (10)notable wine list (10)special occasion (9)romantic (7)great for lunch (4)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Good Food, Good Atmosphere and close to home!
    Megsy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Really enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at Arriva's last Saturday. Every bit of food was delicious, prices were good, and the after dinner coffee's are killer!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional
    Barb
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Arriva has been a family favorite for over 20 years. The food is consistently good and the service is superb. We have been to Rome and Venice and said the Italian food at Arriva, in Vancouver is better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a true pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Arriva continues to be one of the very few authentic Italian restaurants in Vancouver, where the food is consistently good, the service excellent, and the ambience warm and relaxing. There are no pretensions here, with everyone who works there being truly genuine and very knowledgeable about Italian food and wine. This is the place for Italians and non-Italians alike.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Overall good but found service slow - even with half full restaurant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old world
    LenP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great old world Italian restaurant on the drive. Very good food...try the spaghetti and meatballs. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    BunnyIIVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have been coming here for a few years and absolutely love it. The staff are wonderful and the service is really attentive. The food is consistently good and the prices are reasonable. My favorite is the Pennetto al Salmone Offumicato although all the pastas are superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my "go to" for Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was good / waiter was poor at making us feel welcome or providing an education on the menu or why we should come back. Lots of choices for good Italian even within walking distance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always enjoy coming here. Food and service are great. Loved the gambas appetizer and pesto fettuccine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class Italian Dining
    LuvItalin
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This restaurant has been on 'The Drive' for over 30 years and still turns out superb food, great ambience and a friendly, helpful, engaging staff. I am extremely pleased to know that it will remain on 'Thd Drive' for many more years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly satisfied - last minute book
    COTrav
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food, great environment. The wine selection was good, and reasonably priced. We tried one of their house red selection and were impressed. We will be back again. CO (home Calgary)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Philsie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Good place to meet a friend when you want good Italian food
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food and service and would recommend in a second
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We ordered " noquis " which were yummy. I was there before and that is the reason I wanted to invite my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mum & Daughter dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoyed good multi-course, traditional Italian meal with my mum while on vacation and staying nearby on Commercial Drive. The gnocchi were especially good, supposedly handmade fresh each day. Especially enjoyed the excellent Tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good service, food just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We met some out of town guests at Arriva. The service was very good. The scallop dish was enjoyed by my husband but my veal saltimbocca was far too salty. My sister enjoyed the veal lemony but my brother in law found the Osso Bucco very fatty. The waiter was sorry about our unsatisfactory entrees and offered all of us complimentary desserts which we enjoyed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Arriva Ristorante reviews archive.
  • princesssj
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We love the relaxed atmosphere. The food is delicious home cooked Italian food. As well as their main menu, they seem to have 3 or 4 specials on the weekend nights that we have been there; giving you additional choices. Wine is affordable. The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant experience
    bigted
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I wasn't blown away by the food, but it was nice enough, and the service and atmosphere were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alan
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Food was nicely prepared, the restaurant had good ambience, and the staff were friendly. The wine list was elegant but hard to make an informed decision. Highly suggest that they summarize the wines by grape or price range and the follow with the lovely labels which mean nothing to me if I have not tried the wine (descriptions on the back label were not included just price and label). The Italian draft beer was overpriced but worth a try I suppose. Not my style. We had a good birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Herb
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have been to Arriva several times. Food is always very good and waiters friendly. Wish it was closer to my neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service wasn't bad
    Ineedavacation
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First time there with my best friend and we ordered 3 things to share. The tuna carpaccio was tasty, butter lettuce with red wine vinegar & olive oil I thought was OK but my friend liked it. The Linguine alle Vongole comes with tomato or white wine sauce but our server didn't ask us which we'd prefer. We got the white wine sauce, which was what I was craving for. Because we were sharing, they divided up the pasta into two separate plates, & I thought the kitchen staff could've done a better job of ensuring the # of clams was somewhat equal but my plate had quite a few less. Didn't matter but I thought the dish was a little dry. I would go back again to try some of the other dishes, & maybe will rate it higher next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable
    wonderboy
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Been coming here for years......always reliable. Quick service, excellent pasta and reasonable wine list
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic go to place
    MJSr
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I wish i lived closer as I would make this a go to place. The service was genuinely warm and attentive. The food was authentic and comforting. Portion size is subjective. My growing son finished his meal quickly but he had to finish mine as I did not want to pack leftovers. Friends rated this well and I agree with them. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre at best...
    fortheloveoffood
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Anton's is waaaaaaaaaaay better!!!!!! This place has tiny portions and my pasta was greasy... it had a lot to be desired.. Service was ok but they have a surcharge when you bring your own BDAY CAKE!!! $1.50/slice.. GHETTO!!! Anyway.. I wouldn't go back.. Nope.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had better service in the past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We have been returning to Arriva NOT for the ambiance or the view but the food is good and we've had very good service in the past. I found out the name of the waiter we had previously was Enzo and I won't get a table again unless I am assured we can be in his section. This trip we found ourselves trying to flag our server down on a number of occasions.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Doug
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Friends recommended this restaurant, so we gave it a try. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent. There was a birthday party going on as we dined, so the servers were very busy, and the noise was beyond my comfort zone. We will definitely return. There are menu items that I must try.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Charming
    DebaVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food is always delicious, but we keep going back because of the service. The servers are so funny and charming! We always feel so welcome.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JellyBean
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Came for a family Birthday celebration so the age bracket spanned from 20 to 91 years old. The menu was great as it satisfied all the different appetites of our party. Letting the senior order her "main" from the appetizer section worked perfectly as she is a light eater and the others could enjoy a full course dinner. The service was prompt and friendly and the food was very good. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    nightowl
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Very good Italian restaurant. Appetizers, pasta and wine were all very good and very authentic. Ambiance is nice. but can get loud if it is very busy. I would have given the service 4 stars because it was great, except getting the bill and paying took way too long.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Pasta!
    Sheshe
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Great restaurant on the drive, been enjoying the food there for over 20 years. Family owned, wonderful people!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time here prior to a
    Dave
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    First time here prior to a show at The Cultch. Great classic Italian food. I had the veal and my partner had the Carp special. Both were wonderful. It was quiet when we arrived (early because of the show) but it filled up quickly and there was plenty of courteous and prompt service. All in all, a very nice experience and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the night out at Arriva!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Thank you to all the staff at Arriva for making my birthday celebration so enjoyable! The food was excellent, the service very top notch and the ambience relaxing and inviting. Our party of 8 thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointing service taints eveing
    Lilo33
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I had misgivings about this restaurant due to a past experience. But my friend said it was a favorite of hers years ago, when she lived in the area, so I relented, and decided to give it another try. The food was not fancy, but well made at a reasonable price. The service, however, was no different from my last visit. Twenty minutes after we placed our order, I notice that all the other tables had received bread, but we had not. It took another 10 minutes to get our server's attention. By the time the bread had arrived, so had our meals. The server did not return to ask how our meals until we were almost done. We asked for a dessert menu, but when it did not arrive after 15 minutes, we gave up and asked for our bill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over 20 years of pleasure
    Carlo
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I have literally been coming here for over 20 years. I love that it is a family run business, and is so consistent in it's food and service. Everything is prepared so well, and is fresh and piping hot. Just delicious! The atmosphere is of a comfortable Italian dining room. There is no pretense, the servers are genuinely friendly, outgoing and professional. I will continue to come back again and again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • time travel
    Lionelmessi
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    a journey into the past: a magnificent traditional Italian restaurant elemental and profound
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Arriva is one of my faves and didn't disappoint. All 3 in our party cleaned our plates leaving not a speck of food. Two of us had Caesar salads which were fresh and crisp. My veal pizzaiola (the reason I come here) was tender and very flavorful accompanied by an array of colorful veggies, cooked to a tender-crisp T. My friends each enjoyed their pasta - one the primavera and the other the puttanesca - both healthy portions for a lunch. As a result, we had no need for dessert. The service was excellent but not intrusive, allowing us to enjoy our time catching up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I absolutely love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I absolutely love this restaurant! The service and food...consistently outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Dgsafe
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    If the wine list doesn't pull you back for more, the food will , great place to dine. Staff are excellent and the food is great Osso Bucca and Veal Marsala is the best in town! top it off with a bottle of Ruffino Chianti We will be back again
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find. Salads and
    Foodie1
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food & Attentive Service
    justsayin
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Dishes
    JackRabbitt
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.