Arriva Ristorante

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
“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 34 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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DD
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always delicious. Owners are always friendly. Staff are consistent. Great dining experience!

JF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, but not huge portions .
This is one of the top Italian restaurants around .

k
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quality of food, preparation and presentation were all very good. Starters were a standout.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Server was phoney, tried yo selling and not honest.
Seemed forgetful at times.

D
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food and service were fabulous. This is a charming family style Italian restaurant that is great for casual lunches with friends or special occasions.

CW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The selection on the Dine Out menu was excellent as there were several appetizers options (at least 4) and 3 or 4 entrees. Everyone in our group was very happy with their meal.

CL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Staff is accommodating, nice relaxed atmosphere, food rather mediocre, tiramisu was light and good.

LI
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Hadn't visited this restaurant in a long time and was not disappointed. Will return when we can. Excellent value and menu was "just enough choices" Service was was friendly and informative and part of the enjoyment of the evening.

A
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was poor and extremely slow.
Once seated, did not see a server for the next 20-25 minutes with greeting or drink orders.

Three staff tending entire restaurant on weekend.
Seemed dissatisfied staff.

Food was fine. Ossobucco that should be prepared ahead of time was slow coming out was not even temperature hot.

SW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit during Dine-Out Vancouver and we will definitely return. The location was great, had parking underneath and wasn't too loud or busy when we arrived. The service was outstanding. Attentive but not rushed. The meals were reasonably priced and absolutely mouth watering. I had the lamb as part of the dine-out menu and it was fantastic. Only surprise was that to get the dine-out package everyone at the table had to order from the dine-out menu. We hadn't experienced at other restaurants offering dine-out so this was a little disappointing to my partner who'd hoped to order something from the regular menu. Other than that, the venue was wonderful, relaxed and Commercial Drive old-school Vancouver chic. Loved it.

N
Vancouver
64 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so friendly and very competent. We really enjoyed ourselves and the food was really good. No complaints. I had veal piccata which was amazing and my husband had veal with mushrooms. Yummy. We will definitely be back xo

M
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great Family run restaurant ...

L
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff and food are great!

W
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful place to spend time catching up with friends. The service was very friendly and helpful, and we really appreciated their patience in not kicking us out even though we were there, by ourselves, until closing hour. The food was tremendous and affordable. We would go back again, and recommend to others

BH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived for an early lunch and they were still setting up but they worked quickly to provide service.

Food was great and portions plentiful for us.

C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arriva is a wonderful place for lunch and dinner. the food and service is the best. Always enjoy eating there and have been a patron for over 30 years.

GG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is tastefully decorated and is 'not too'... quiet, bright, dark, expensive... and it is an enjoyable place to bring a date.

L
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always so happy to go to Arriva!

FY
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arriva is one of our favourite eating spots on the Drive. The menu is extensive, with something to appeal to everyone. The food is consistently flavourful and well presented, while the service is good. There is no pressure to leave when guests are finished eating.

LB
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I used to love this restaurant. What happened? It was a big disappointment! $4 a regular cup of coffee with NO refill. I ordered Clam linguine ($18) - there were a lot of empty clam shells but I counted only 5 to 6 pieces of clam meat. Where did the clam meats go? My husband orders the Mixed Grilled ($28.95) and got one tiny sausage, one tiny piece of lamb chop, and a small chicken breast... and food was blend. Not worth $29 at all. The service was very slow. I have asked for hot water and lemon - 5 times - and I did not get it.

Not going back ever again!

CC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Loud, bright lights, service was good, food was good but didnt wow me, value didnt match taste or experience.

MM
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Very intimate setting. Spectacular food!

R
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Can get a little noisy and busy: but these are expected of any great restaurant.

Recommend the beef carpaccio and tiramisu.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Food was average and restaurant was so noisy that our family couldn’t hear each other. We skipped coffee/dessert and left.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Food was great but took over 2 hours

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service by our lovely server, was there for an early dinner so wasn’t too busy and food came out very fast!

PS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Very nice and experienced waiter. Nice and quiet so we could have an actual conversation. We hadn't been to Arriva for about 30 years until about three weeks ago. This is our second current visit!

C
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food. This was a family lunch, and everyone enjoyed it. My Italian Father wants to go back for the food.

OT
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had a very nice dinner with two of our grandchildren. Server was accommodating for special requests though entrees were slow to come. We were not in a hurry so it wasn’t a problem but an hour is a long wait. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is great- homey, friendly, warm. A Vancouver tradition for 35 years.

M
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent authentic Italian cuisine and friendly service just like your Mama used to make it.
Knowledgeable and likable wait staff. A non-rushed atmosphere.
Whilst this restaurant embraces traditional Italian fare, it does so well.
We had a eggplant starter, a gnochetti dish and penne with spicy octopus followed by a creamy Tiramisu.

The house Chianti is recommended - it is surprisingly full bodied with some Oak side notes.
Well done.
We will be back for more.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. Will definitely be coming back

TM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Old school Italian. Tastes exactly as it should. Excellent service, decent wine for good prices. Eggplant Parmigiana is on the menu. Wild salmon and local mussels. Solid 4 star.

BH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quiet restaurant. Sunny and bright in back. Service was attentive and professional. Food great. We will go back.

JO
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great time here! The staff really makes the place and we enjoyed some Italian classics. The wine list was excellent as well.

F
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. I will recommend it anytime!

F
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Dined here before but today was awful.
Disinterested waitress. Not friendly at all.
Had to wait a long time between dishes and
Took forever fir water to be refilled.

PK
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arriva never disappoints!

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DT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

4 of us went for dinner recently and we all were very happy with our meals. Interesting presentation of the wine list!

LM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Great place been enjoying Arrivas for over 28 years. The best

LK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming into the city to go to Arriva for years. Staff always friendly, providing solid service. Food seems to just keep getting better and better.