The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar

4.5
583 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
You will enjoy the finest cheeses and an authentic Italian dishes in a community that has long been an integral part of the Joseph Richard Group. From the moment you walk in, you are famiglia.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 583 people are saying
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JenniferD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for an amazing evening
Celebrated 3 birthday dinners and everything was perfect ❤️

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Wolverine
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

-the server never talked to our entire table
- never brought us water, had to ask for everything multiple times
- overall the server showed no interest at all in our group and made absolutely no conversation besides if we needed the credit card machine or not!
- food was a tad bland

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ScottW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time dining here, both for girlfriends birthday dinner, this year and last.
Stuck in traffic and half an hour late for our reservation, yet they held our table for us. The food and service were both exceptional, our server Emily was great.
Only thing is I found it quite dark in the restaurant, and I prefer a bit more light for reading the menu and seeing what I'm eating.

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vipLesL
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our latest visit to Osteria was what he have come to
expect - great pizza and happy hour value! Service provided
by Abby was very friendly, prompt, and professional!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was really good. Been there twice and both times great.

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LoriC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was cold
Service was slow
Server was very pleasant
Had the gnocchi and it was doughy and kinda gross

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was really good and it wasn’t over priced! Was a relief having good place to eat since I have had terrible experiences since coming to Vancouver with awful food places.

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MaryL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good and our server Asia was fantastic.

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Farm
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting food. Service was good. The room was a bit noisy

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SimS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had great service. The waitress went above and beyond!

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Lynn
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Disappointed that there wasn't a beef entre on the menu but the Tomahawk was very good. The waitress was very eager to accommodate alterations to the meal as they only offered bean with the pork??? Otherwise very tasty and very good service. Not sure the price reflected the flavors but still very good

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SoniaB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday dinner with a group of people. Service was amazing and I’d highly recommend for group dinners.

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Stephenj
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place ...Service excellent and food is always good

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Bribro
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were treated very well. We had plenty of space and privacy at our booth for conversation. The pasta was very good and presented very well. I would suggest cloth napkins but that must be a COVID thing. Very very happy. I would definitely go back and recommend to others.

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BevF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very noisy, younger crowd. Had clams, over half not open, ordered two
garlic bread, both middles not heated thru. Sat us at a table which had two waters already sitting on table. Not very covid careful. Service was okay, waiter was friendly but very busy.

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SSreviews
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cheese is simply amazing! I’ve been twice and planning to come back many more times! The food itself has its own flavour, it’s nothing like a basic Alfredo for sure:) my waitress this time was just the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Went back to this place as we had an amazing first experience, the food was great and the service was too BUT this time was a huge let down to say the least.
Food looked like it was cooked by a grade 8 home ec class. Dried up pasta that looked like it had been sitting out under a hot lamp for hours, garlic bread that had nothing but cheese. Manager claimed that the garlic taste can get lost in the cheese…then why call it garlic bread? Mushroom pizza with less mushrooms than the number of fingers on my hands, beef carpaccio that looks like a 7 year old dabbed some sauce. The carpaccio was laughable really and the antipasti that was drenched in oil mostly. As bad as the food was, the server and manager were decent. However, the service just can’t overcome how laughably horrible the food was. The manager did the right thing by inviting us back and gave us gift certificates but I don’t think we’ll be taking them up on that offer.

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vipEastmeetsWest
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A favourite spot & my go to for Sunday night dinner. The menu is just extensive enough to have a bit of everything for everyone and they change it up occasionally for a bit of variety. The wine list gives a good pair with anything ordered.
Service is always exemplary & try the cannoli, it’s a perfect end to your meal !

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vipLesL
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Pizza always consistently very good, and the service provided
by Emily was efficient, attentive, and friendly.

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Bobby
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Service.. I would recommend this place to all Italian Food lovers.

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ModestAppetite
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We ordered the meatballs as an appetizer and the lasagne as an entree. Everything came together. The meatballs were only luke warm and the sauce was tasteless and scarce. The lasagne was barely warm and dry. Probably the worst I’ve ever had.

The service wasn’t very attentive and the waitress didn’t come back to ask us how we were enjoying the meal, she only came once we were done. We ate most of the meal because we were hungry but won’t be back.

Too bad, it’s a nice ambiance and close to home.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant. Lots of people i work with have mentioned the food and i should go. Well it didn't disappoint. Food service 100%

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JudyM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Glad to have found this resto on open table. First time and was very happy and satisfied

LH
LisaH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a great time last evening here for a birthday dinner celebration!
Our waitress Narissa was absolutely wonderful and attentive. The manager, Dan T, was such a welcoming host!
Drinks and food were delicious! Ambiance was great! I have no computer and will definitely be back. Our beautiful server even sang Happy Birthday with us! Such fun!

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SusanK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Table of two sat right beside another couple no distancing and no masks felt uncomfortable. No privacy

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BrianD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family group of 10 and they accommodated us perfectly. Everything was amazing and nothing could have been done differently to make it any better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was amazing and the service was above and beyond my expectations. Our server was super knowledgeable,attentive and polite. The place was spotless clean. I had ordered the brick chicken and was warned it was really big by our server and she did not tell a lie. So big I had to take most of it home. The place was really loud and busy but that is expected at 8pm on a Saturday. We will definitely be going back again real soon.

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vipSockbeek
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arancini are delicious, carbonara is good (huge portion) and lasagna was just ok ( needed more sauce and deep meaty flavour). Garlic bread was cheesy but not enough buttery garlicky goodness for my taste!

Overall a good dinner.

JS
JillS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. Amazing food, great service! Looking forward to returning.

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BonnieS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Sat right near the entrance 2nd time we got this table not best
There were other tables open we should have asked to move

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AlyDave2000
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great little spot to eat, and for us it's bubbling with ambience. Cozy, friendly and inviting with a very good menu, good wine, beer, spirit choices - and friendly staff.

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SuzanneT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going here since they opened and have always had a wonderful experience. The wine list and drink selection is amazing. Love the pizza! Service is always super friendly.

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CindyV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy going to the Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar. We choose it for special occasions, often. The service is amazing, the food fantastic, and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed. It can get noisy on a very busy night, but that's just people talking and having fun. (I think the tiles in the decor may be a part of that). When we went, they were just beginning to check vaccine passports, and they were friendly and efficient. Please be nice to the young ladies at the front, doing the best job they can.

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Kayla
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at The Italian was fantastic. The food was incredible! We loved our cocktails and the atmosphere. We will be back for sure!

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thank you so much for your review and compliments! We can't wait to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Would have been a five star all the way but the music was way too loud . I felt I had to yell to speak to my family .
Will I be back yes - but hope the music level is figured by then .

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thank you so much for your review and letting us know that the music levels were too loud. This is something we can address right away. Thank you again and we can't wait to see you at The Italian again soon!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The drinks, appetizers and dinner were great. All three dessert options were poor, didn’t taste good, I wouldn’t order any of the desserts again.

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SuanneM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated three Anniversaries and a birthday last night. We had a wonderful time and the food was very good and the service was wonderful. We will all definitely be back.

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vipHollyS
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great food and service exceeded expectations

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5 star! We can't wait to see you at The Italian again soon!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We can't wait to see you at The Italian again soon!

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AudreyB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the cheese bar!! Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful when making our selections. One of our favourite places to go especially for Happy Hour. Even the house wine is great.

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5 star review and such kind words! We can't wait to see you at The Italian again soon!

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You can order delivery directly from The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar using the Order Online button. The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 371-4708.

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 583 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.