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L'Antipasto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yaletownlantipasto.com/
  • Phone: (604) 558-1174
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday:5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can provide your next office meeting, social gathering or public event with some Italian flare. Depending on the time of day and the occasion we can serve up organic Coffee & Pastries, our Soup & Panini combination or sophisticated canapés.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Helmecken and Davie
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L'Antipasto
L'Antipasto is a family run Italian Restaurant that focuses on giving you a truly Intimate Italian dining experience.
Specialized in classic and unique regional pasta dishes & fine Mediterranean Tapas.
You will only find the finest ingredients from Italy combined with seasonal produce on our plates.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We eat at L'Antipasto as often as possible! My son loves having the gigli and my husband and I enjoy testing all the different pasta dishes offered. We return again and again for the wonderful food, quaint atmosphere and attentive staff."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I had the gnocchi and it was very good, if a little heavy on the pesto. My partner enjoyed the crab ravioli and was equally impressed. They made a minor mistake with the order so we had a very slightly longer wait for the food than we should have. However the manager comp'd us some bruschetta so that more than made up for it!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time dining at this smaller, independent Yaletown restaurant. I've walked past it for years but never gone in until I read their online reviews. Our experience was great. Friendly & helpful wait staff, delicious authentic Italian food & fast service. Check, check & check!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Charming and friendly service from this family run eatery, and always simple but delicious food make it a Yaletown stand out."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I think the appies were a 3-star but the seafood pasta was great, worth 4-star! We just came back from Italy so our expectations might have been a little high. The restaurant is worth a try!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "First time trying this place and was suitably impressed. Very nice outdoor covered patio area on a trendy restaurant strip. The food was very tasty and nicely proportioned and priced. Unique cocktails and good wines on offer. Good spot for those that like trendy fun venues. Our waiter did an excellent job ensuring we had a great experience. I will definitely return in the future and recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We have walked by the restaurant many times over the past couple years, not noticing it due to the small patio and the sign is not easy too see (don't change it). But our daughter found it, and recommended we go, and glad she did. The food is fantastic, we have been twice in the last 5 weeks. Authentic, great service I kind of didn't want write a review so that it would not become to popular, but had to share. Everything on the menu is great."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "L'antipasto is a very unique restaurant that you can easily overlook if you don't pay attention. The inside only has limited number of seats but the ambiance and the friendliness of the staff more than makes up for the size."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Each time is better than the last. It is like a dinner with your extended family. Food is consistent and delicious!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "You know a restaurant is good when, on the way home, you can't stop talking about how good it was. The Burrata caprese as an appy almost melts in your mouth. We shared the Carbonara, Ravioli and Funghi pastas (sorry exact names escape me) and all of them were incredibly flavourful. The Tiramisu is the best I've had .. ever .. and I look long and hard for good Tiramisu everywhere I go. So great food .. combined with friendly staff (our waiter was the owner) who seemed to genuinely have an interest in your meal, means that we'll definitely be going back again and again."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was not as good this time as with our previous visits. My pasta was lukewarm, bordering on cold. Service was a bit sloppy due to it being a busy Saturday night in Yaletown."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second dinner visit (we're from the Okanagan). We'll be back. Great food and great service. Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten a lot of restaurant meals over the years, including many in Italy proper- - but I'm hard pressed to recall a finer Italian meal. The service was excellent- - friendly, knowledgable, gracious. When I attempted to order the clams appetizer, the owner gently suggested that, since it was served in a white wine sauce, it would be better to go with the mussels, as we had ordered a bottle of chianti. He was right on. When I turned up my nose at the tiramisu (as I've never once had any I thought was worth a rip), he swore I'd change my mind. Again, he was right. It was excellent. This is a small, simple place, but don't let that fool you. It's a real find."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I saw lots of great reviews for this restaurant online so my expectations were pretty high going in. I made reservations for my birthday dinner and I have to say I was not impressed. The food was mediocre. I ordered the tomato bruschetta which was very plain and not very tasty. I also ordered the lobster ravioli which was presented nicely but again lacked flavour. My partner ordered the cheesy gnocchi which he enjoyed but the portion was so tiny that he was still hungry! The service was a little slow and definitely not friendly (as expected again from the reviews of others). I'm not sure if we came in on an "off" night but I left feeling disappointed. The quality of food was nothing special for the price we paid. Good ambience though!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food was very good. Prices reasonable. Friendly atmosphere. Good service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had very good appies and the pasta was great, too. The only little issue: it took a while for the server to take the order and give us the bill."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food is amazing, the service is friendly, efficient and fun. You can tell there is a lot of passion for food."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Service was excellent! The waiter made you feel special and took time to explain the menu. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Had mussels and caprese salad for appetizers. Main course was the Parpradelle with short rims and the seafood spaghetti. Everything was executed perfectly and was extremely tasty. Will be back again. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I really enjoyed our meal at l'Antipasto. Our waitress was extremely knowledge about the menu -- taking the time to explain each meal was I considering and didn't recommend the most expensive option (which means to me she was more concerned with me having a great meal than the price). The food was absolutely delicious. The pesto sauce is wonderful - worth getting bread to finish off the extra. It was a little pricy, but worth it for a good night out! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our group of 5 girls started off by sharing a salad and clams (came with bread), and they were both incredibly fresh and delicious. We were also all more than very satisfied with our pasta mains. Dessert was also amazing. We shared the tiramisu, vanilla panacotta, and lavender creme brulee. They were creamy and had the perfect balance of flavours, so that none over powered the other. Absolutely amazing food and service. We all had a wonderful evening. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Fantastic little restaurant, great food , atmosphere and the staff where really cool and nice. A must visit in Yaletown!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had the sauteed seafood appy and then the spaghetti carbonara; both were excellent. Only only weird thing was the initial greeting. We arrived for lunch 15 min after their opening, and they didn't seem like they were ready (even though we made reservations) for customers."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Squeezed between much larger trendy restaurants L'Antipasto is tiny. 9 tables inside, a few more outside. Open kitchen occupies nearly half of the space! We(2) were there for a late lunch and it was very quiet. Four staff (3 family?) Limited but expressive menu and oh so good. Best we have ever experienced including in Italy! Salt Spring Is. mussels, crab and lobster ravioli, calamari, shrimp, clam and crab risotto - you get the picture. Incredible flavours of springtime Italy. Top it off with a bottle of wine and you can't go wrong here. But it is tiny and could get crowded easily so make reservations and when full it might be a bit "energetic". A true family run, quality Italian cooking. English spoken but Italian preferred!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Great quaint place, great food, and friendly vibe."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It is a small restaurant, 20 person max capacity I'd guess. The food was outstanding, made by a talented italian chef who cooked all the food right behind the counter. They have a great selection of italian wines, the cocktails are not bad but I've had better at lower cost. The waitress and bartender were were awesome, definitely made dinner that much more fun. The service was pretty much instant, since, as I said, the restaurant is relatively quite small."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Reminiscent of a great meal we had in a family run restaurant in Florence: Italian cuisine, light on cheese, heavy on flavor. The owner served us and shared with us that her menu covers a cross-section of regional Italian cuisine. I had the ravioli dish which the owner advised us was her mother's recipe. It was delicious! My partner had the pasta vongole dish. She requested gluten-free pasta and found it to be the best gluten-free pasta offering she had ever eaten. All around, a great evening!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food quality, staff friendliness and ambience reminded us of the good tratorias and restaurants in Italy. Much like those around Piazza de Navola in Rome. The style and taste are that of true good Italian cooking. Definitely recommend. If you like Italian food you will like this."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great place for antipasto. Not so much for desert."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The service was very good, small place, so very cosy and the food was delicous. Nice option to have gluten free. We shared a few dishes so we were able to enjoy a few different pastas."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "A friend introduced me to this neighborhood gem. I was very impressed so I took another friend there for dinner last Sunday. The pasta was perfect."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We really loved this intimate little restaurant and our food was delicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Can't stop going back - they make you feel like part of the family. The outdoor heated patio is just one way to experience the evening and if the burrata is available be sure to take advantage! The pappardelle rosso has quickly become a favourite and a go-to dish that I highly recommend trying."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "I came for dine out with my friends on February 2nd, and it was my second time here. The first time that I came here, I thought that the pasta was delicious and the service was excellent. The second time, the food was just as good, and the desserts were exceptional, especially the lavender creme brule. I'm not sure if the heat was on though, because my friends and I sat out at the patio (there was no more space inside), and we were freezing even though we were using the blankets. The service could have been faster this time around, we didn't get checked up on as often, but when our waitress did come, she was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely come back, and would recommend this place to more of my friends!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I went to L'Antipasto for my birthday with 8 others. The place was small, but there was a table set aside for us. It's a cute place with an open kitchen. However, it took us 2 hours for us to get from sitting down to having our main courses. Though we did order late into the evening (we sat at 7:50 and ordered at 8:30), our main course didn't arrive until 9:30. The food was decent but for the price and quantity, probably not so much. We had dine out menus as they didn't have their regular. I had good company, so waiting for food wasn't too bad, though. I'd say that this restaurant is good for those looking for a smaller and intimate dinner, because you'd be waiting so long. Also, I can't tell if the servers are happy or upset to be there."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "All staff were outstanding. Server made a great suggestion of sharing/sampling each other's dishes and it was a delightful dining experience. Would certainly recommend to others and will go back. Food was delicious with a great presentation."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Such a nice restaurant, the food is delicious, kinda of soul food. the atmosphere is quite cozy here. the waiter is humerous and funny."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Beef carpaccio was oily, luckily the bread served with it soaked up the oil. Pappardelle was also oily, luckily it settled on the bottom of the plate so if you picked the food off the top, you're fine. Panna cotta was perfect. Would be nice if we weren't freezing in the cold and the server didn't throw the bill at us."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I love dining at family-run restaurants such as this one. It was surprising to find it tucked among all the ubber loud & trendy Yaletown restaurants! Food tasted authentic (although I'm not Italian!) & fresh. I especially enjoyed their Farfalle with a delicious sauce that included beef short rib--I didn't actually find any pieces on my plate but could definitely taste it in the sauce. The other dishes were very good but not quite "wow". My only complaint would be the super tiny dining room! Great for couples, even bit cramped for groups of 4. Their outdoor dining area looks like it might be okay for larger groups; will have to check it out in the summer :)"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "L'Antipasto has very mediocre food. I went there during a dineout period and had a: Beef carpaccio to start witch so was soso, The risotto as a entree was over salted and too watery. And the panna cotta was packaged dessert. Overall it was a very disappointing dinner."
    Dined on 1/27/2014