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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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
10 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
2 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
3 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.

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.

p
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh & prepared anyway we wanted it. The service was outstanding.

GL
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although we arrived about 1/2 early for our reservation, we were greeted and welcomed openly. Food was great, service was fantastic... the entire visit was excellent.

g
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian! Even the waiters were true Italian. Great experience

d
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

went for dine out, food took very long, service was slow, food not worth the price or the wait time

GH
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always unbelievable service and food.

Anything on the menu is prepared deliciously and considering the diversity of mains they offer, a testament to the skill of the kitchen.

TL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our Dine Out Vancouver experience and thought the service was very good. It's a neat authentic Italian place on the Drive and we enjoyed our meal.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, personable service and excellent food!

CW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very delicious food served by a charming waiter in a comfortable environment. The Dine Out menu provided excellent value.

p
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food. We usually come here for dinner pre-theatre. We have always have great food and great service. Would highly recommend.

YD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great service, one of my favourites.

VK
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Arriva has always had good food andsdoes but the table service when we last went was sub-par for the cost of the meal. The restaurant was very busy so food service was also slow. The wine list is also now far pricier than it has been in the past.

LB
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food! The server was a bit slow but he was super friendly. We had a good time.

LB
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

I have been a fan to this restaurant for years. Excellent food! The only problem is - service was super slow! A few servers work there but they just walk around and chat with each other. I waved at one of them looking for the menus, they saw me but continued talking to each other.

D
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual! Wonderful neighbourhood dining ambience.

DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentication Italian family style restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the ambiance

TP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We visited Arriva for the first time for our New Year’s Eve dinner. The menu had a great variety and I look forward to our next visit to try some of the other dishes. The beef carpaccio starter was amazing and both of our entrees were good. The only thing I would have like to change is where we were seated, originally they sat us at a table right in front of the floor ramp so we asked to move and then they sat us right by the front door which was slightly better but not ideal.. being that we were one of the few tables in the restaurant (due to our early seating time) I wish we could have had a better seat. Overall great food and friendly service!

VL
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 36th anniversary a few days ago. I chose Arriva as it had been recommended to me by my waiter at a delightful restaurant in Milano just the month before! I thought that if it had a good reputation in Milano it must be worth going to... I was not disappointed! 😊

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I've been going to Arriva since 2003 and I've never had a bad experience at the restaurant.

M
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend said her salmon penne was the best she'd had in years. My trout was done to perfection. Excellent service and excellent food. We'll go back again.