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.
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!
Loud, bright lights, service was good, food was good but didnt wow me, value didnt match taste or experience.
Had a great time! Very intimate setting. Spectacular food!
Can get a little noisy and busy: but these are expected of any great restaurant.
Recommend the beef carpaccio and tiramisu.
Food was average and restaurant was so noisy that our family couldn’t hear each other. We skipped coffee/dessert and left.
Food was great but took over 2 hours
Great service by our lovely server, was there for an early dinner so wasn’t too busy and food came out very fast!
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!
Always great food. This was a family lunch, and everyone enjoyed it. My Italian Father wants to go back for the food.
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.
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.
We will be back for more.
Service and food were excellent. Will definitely be coming back
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.
Quiet restaurant. Sunny and bright in back. Service was attentive and professional. Food great. We will go back.
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.
Excellent food and great service. I will recommend it anytime!
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.
4 of us went for dinner recently and we all were very happy with our meals. Interesting presentation of the wine list!
Great place been enjoying Arrivas for over 28 years. The best
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.
The food was fresh & prepared anyway we wanted it. The service was outstanding.
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.
Authentic Italian! Even the waiters were true Italian. Great experience
went for dine out, food took very long, service was slow, food not worth the price or the wait time
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.
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.
Friendly, personable service and excellent food!
Very delicious food served by a charming waiter in a comfortable environment. The Dine Out menu provided excellent value.
Excellent Italian food. We usually come here for dinner pre-theatre. We have always have great food and great service. Would highly recommend.
Great restaurant, great service, one of my favourites.
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.
Fantastic food! The server was a bit slow but he was super friendly. We had a good time.
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.
Great as usual! Wonderful neighbourhood dining ambience.
Authentication Italian family style restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the ambiance
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!
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! 😊
I've been going to Arriva since 2003 and I've never had a bad experience at the restaurant.
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.