Arriva Ristorante

4.6
328 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian

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“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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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was just very slow

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food and people!

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TSknit
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always consistent great food - so glad we went out for a change! Can’t wait until the antipasto platter is back on the menu!

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Delicious
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time at this local restaurant, but it won't be our last. Food was delicious and service was great. According to our waitress, many tables were regulars which is a good sign.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad some of their appetizers and main dishes are not available at the moment due to covid but the food here is always amazing.

JF
JFoz
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arriva is probably the best-kept secret in Vancouver dining! It has been around for decades, and has never ceased to amaze. Quality food at extremely reasonable prices, outstanding service, a solid wine list, and great, old school Italian bistro atmosphere.

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GordL
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are semi regulars at Arriva Ristorante. Great quality, non mass-produced food. Moderately competitive prices at a very nice cozy restaurant. The staff are friendly and accommodating to reasonable variations in the menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delicious food there last night. The server was amazing, the atmosphere was lovely. We were so spoiled in Italy and now spoiled here. Thanks again for a great time. We can’t wait to sample other meals there and will be back soon.

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AdventDiner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service. We really enjoyed our evening there.

MW
MikeW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful luncheon experience in an old favorite.

Food, service and atmosphere was excellent.

GL
GordL
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine at Arriva about twice a year fir special occasions, never a disappointment!! Staff are great, food excellent... and they don’t rush us out the door. COVID brought some challenges they appear to have balanced well.

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BenK
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

This dining experience tonight definitely would've earned Arriva a full 5 stars. Covid guidelines and protocols were well followed. The servers were attentive. Quality and taste of food were excellent. Special mention goes to the 2 appys that we had...super fresh and delicious clam in white wine and tomato, as well as the grilled calamari with arugula. Mains were superb as well.

However, our otherwise wonderful dining out experience tonight was tarnished, came time to settle up the bill. Being a regular dine out patron using the Opentable reservation platform, we accumulates enough to redeem dining rewards cheques from Opentable which can then be used at face value towards the bill when booked through Opentable. We had no issues whatsoever in the past cashing out this type of dining cheqs. But imagine our absolute disappointment when we presented ours with our credit card but the cheq was not accepted.The restaurant has no reason not to since they participates in the Opentable reservation platform. I made a bit of a stink and the server had no choice but to make a call to their owner. After some back and forth, he relented. Question is: WHY?? Why did you have to dampen your customers dining experience by refusing an otherwise 100% legit cheq?? Ownership is simply lazy and lame in not wanting to put thru any dining cheq to the bank or thru Opentable for cashing.
In these difficult times, to have customers step in to support you by coming in to spend money at your restaurant is priceless. But you chose to screw that up by dampening our dining experience. Would've been a 5 star otherwise.

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ColleenS
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space. Quiet. Clean... distancing and hygiene rules observed. Food: basic tasty Italian, a family favourite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food... the service outstanding! My fav Italian in the City!

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NasirL
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael was very courteous, friendly and accommodating. Excellent host.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays

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DeirdreK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food at a fair price. I'd be happy to visit again.

DD
DaringDiners
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

JF
JamesF
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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kelownadiner
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

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vipDeba
Vancouver
14 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.

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ChrisW
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.

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chrisli
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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LINDAG
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.

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vipAndy
Vancouver
25 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.

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SusanW
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.

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Nye2017
Vancouver
65 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

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vipMehran
Vancouver
40 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great Family run restaurant ...

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vipLiv4salmon
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff and food are great!

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604Walkabout
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

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BevH
Vancouver
5 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.

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Cadillac1
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.

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GeraldG
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.

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vipLiv4salmon
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always so happy to go to Arriva!

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FayY
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.

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vipLukeBear
Vancouver
13 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!

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CandaceC
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
MaxMischief
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Arriva Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.