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About Arriva Ristorante

“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!

1537 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3Y1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner

Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Graveley

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 251-1177

Website:
http://www.arrivarestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
We have limited parking available on the property. Contact the restaurant for parking directions. Street pay parking also available. Underground paid parking also available within 1/2 a block at Mercato Mall.

Public Transit:
Multiple Bus stops along commercial. Closest is near Graveley.

Private Party Facilities:
Let the Arriva staff professionally manage your special event whether it be a birthday, anniversary, retirement party, reunion or corporate function. Arriva has a private function room that will accommodate groups of up to 25 persons. The restaurant is configured in such a way that large open areas can also be reserved for groups exceeding 25 persons. Please contact us for details.

Private Party Contact:
Paolo Frau: (604) 251-1177

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Arriva Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Special Occasion (9)
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Cozy (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Business Meals (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

Very nice experience. Feb 15, Valentine dinner. Nice and quite, good music, great food and very pleasant staff. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great service, authentic food and amazing value!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Really good food. Went for the dine out menu and everyone in my group thought the food was excellent. We all thought all 3 courses delivered which Is quite rare from a restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Took 1.5hrs for mains and appetizers to be served. They charge for refills on pop without notice so spent $14 on Coke. Unapologetic. Waitress never checked on us while waiting for food or give us updates. Kept ignoring our table.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2018

One of my favourite restaurants. Food is awesome and the service is always very friendly and exceptional .

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful family dinner and their "dine out" special menu was delicious. Excellent serice staff and meal was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I decided it was time to switch from my usual order of spaghetti and meatballs (always delicious); so I had a spinach fettucini with salmon... OMG so good! The others had various seafood pastas - the shrimp in white wine sauce was "the best I've ever had". And the one who had spicy shrimp also loved his dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food and good service! Will go back for sure!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful food, the ambience was lovely i.e. the Italian flair. Hadn't been to Arriva for years and so glad I suggested my son and I go there. I/we will be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Classic Vancouver Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Timeless!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Very old style Italian, service excellent, appetizers, pastas and meat entree excellent, fresh, good sized portions. Excellent value as well. Definitely, return.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good service and excellent food!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Arriva is classic Italian dining, and it never dissapoints!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lovely, attentive service. Very knowledgeable server. Never rushed us. His good humor was a plus to the delicious meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Classic! Hey really good Italian fare ... awesome house wines.

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food4
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Have not been there for a long time but was not disappointed, The food & service was excellant! I will certainly go back more frequently.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were treated well and with lots of good humour on the part of the waiter. The food was well prepared and, although not especially creative in presentation, met our expectations. My friend's birthday was acknowledged with a candle but not any embarrassing display-whew! A good place to celebrate a special event, particularly for those with fairly conservative tastes in food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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food4
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We didn't have a good start because they had no record of our reservation and it took long time for our entires to arrive. The food was fine.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We have been eating at Arriva since the 1980s . That tells you something right there! Travelling in from Richmond and White Rock (1 hr drive .. traffic dependent ). Do you not remember having any bad experiences with our meals. Always tasty and plentiful .
The wine list is somewhat limited we commented to each other the last time we were there September 2017. I can still remember a few gigantic parties that took up the entire restaurant. The set menu dinners are great for it parties. I also remember my husband's big birthday when I surprised him with a rental Ferrari and a group of good friends all had dinner together. Service is excellent all of the specials are explained and I can't say enough about this restaurant is very very good

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food. Good atmosphere. Very reasonable prices. Service was bang on. Loved the osso bucco. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very good Italian food and an excellent wine list

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 8, 2017

This was such a lovely experience. We had the best gluten free pasta of my life and the staff were really good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 21, 2017

was expecting something more Italian in Vancouver's little Italy, but instead it's the same old American style Italian food, guess I gotta fly to Italy. However the taff was friendly.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great Italian food although my wife felt her gluten free pasta was not done well. Enciphered is a great server

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

It's all good. Best to settle in, relax and enjoy the evening

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I could eat the rigatoni with meat sauce everyday and never tire of it! Love the antipasto platter, delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great Italian food - never disappointed when we go to Arriva's Paolo normally will appear and check to see if everything and everyone is OK. He is an attentive host always. His staff are also a lot of fun and very accommodating. We have our favourite regular menu choices as we don't eat meat. However, there are lots of options for everyone. There is a private room available for
special occasions which we have used for family birthdays. This is a friendly casual restaurant that offers high-end quality and service. Great wine menu and full bar options are also available. Once you go you will become a regular like us.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Lovely Italian meal in a cozy and lively atmosphere, with friendly service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Celebrating combined 102 Anniversary years

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

This restaurant is always consistently good with both food and service. True Italian cooking in a pleasant room. The service is always outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Our family had dinner and enjoyed the European flair . With the European flair comes some servers that rush and dont live but overall great experience and we will return.
Feature was a Grilled calamari that takes me back to Italy. Pasta great and overall great flavour.
Ended our meal with our 4 year old getting lemon bowl ice cream which she thought was pretty cool.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Great food! Took a while to get out appetizer but they apologized and picked it up from there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 25, 2017

While I thought my grilled sausages where salty the rest of our party enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Had two table groups who were excessively noisy close to us. We came for a 1:15 PM reservation so we could talk. Not sure what you can do wit those type of groups.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We went to Arriva for Valentines day, frankly it was a mistake. The food was mediocre and the service was the same very mediocre. I don't enjoy being critical but there are so many better Italian restaurants in Vancouver I would give this one a miss......

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The food was excellent. Our server was hard to hear, very soft spoken. Service was ok. We asked for a minute to decide on beverages and the server just lingered about. It was awkward. When the bill came it was all on one large bill instead of separated out as we had asked. We spent about 15 minutes at the end trying to add up our respective choices and paying. And again the server linger right by your side while you were using the interac machine. Usually come here for lunch and it's always excellent food. Thought we would try it for dinner...will probably stick to lunch. Different staff and better service.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Arriva is fantastic.great food.clean.excellent service
Thankyou dustin and enzo for always making us feel at home.thank you enzo for showing me some very tasty new dish to try.
The best !!!Grazia

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2017

We were there for the Dine Out Vancouver event. The food was good. I like the squash soup but the chicken I ordered was a bit too salty for me. Excellent service and friendly servers.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Fabulous service for consistently great cuisine with excellent wine recommendations. A perennial Commercial Drive favorite.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2017

1st time at Arriva. Tried out the DineOut menu. The linguine with mussels appetizer was entree size at other restaurants. Used the foccacia bread to soak up the tasty tomato sauce. Squash soup was very good. Veal was too salty since prosciutto was put on top. The trout was good. Large size tiramisu. Shared one and took the rest home.

Tags: Romantic
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