Arriva Ristorante

4.3
247 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
“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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch

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

Dinner

Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 251-1177
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Paolo Frau: (604) 251-1177
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Graveley
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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.
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Public Transit
Multiple Bus stops along commercial. Closest is near Graveley.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 247 People Are Saying
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RG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food, only several tables occupied with customers, a group of six sat adjacent to us whom were quite loud, thus inhibited our total enjoyment

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J
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible experience. Food was awful and service was slow. An older man who cleared our plates was also extremely rude and obnoxious. It’s a shame as our server himself was great. I would NEVER go to this restaurant again based on the terrible food and rude employee. We eat out often and have not been treated so poorly by restaurant staff before.

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G
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Good neighbourhood Italian restaurant. Not fancy, not overly priced, great tasting comfort food and a nice wine list.

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Was a pretty nice experience. Went for a birthday night. The muscles... Were the only dissatisfaction I had... Some were AMAZING. But others left me feeling sick, sick in a "I won't be ordering those ever again..." Kind of way. Not a "well I'm going to the hospital" kind of way. There was alot of noise from the kitchen... I don't know why. I couldn't hear the pleasant music from my seat. But could in the upper level. The rest of my food was delicious, had a pasta though the bacon there is very salty. But I loved it.

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h
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff, quiet dining and good food. Would come back.

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C
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service was wonderful but the food was just average.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, very flavorful, great place for a date night. Very friendly servers, most of them Italians, bringing authenticity to the restaurant. I really recommend!

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EA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Rustic, authentic Italian restaurant. Good food. Great ambiance. Our waiter spoke English and Italian, which made ordering a breeze with my Friends from Italy 🇮🇹 👋ciao, a presto.

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent we didn’t have to wait long for our food at all. The salad was fresh, the pasta I couldn’t of been happier with.
We then met and talked at the end of the evening with the owner Paulo, a real gentleman and very friendly person.
I will definitely be going back.

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was a very traditional place. Good for gatherings however the wait for food was a little long.

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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy Arriva's, being from the East End it's been a favourite place for me and friends. I always recommend it when friends are looking for Italian food.

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CW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I found the service to be very good and I have to doggie bag my main course. Our waiter is very knowledgeable and answered all our questions about the dishes and wines. He recommended a really nice Italian wine: Luccarelli Campo Marina Primitivo. All four of us said we will come back again.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband wondered why we haven’t been here in so long! We really enjoyed the food.

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KK
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I always enjoy Arriva but sometimes the service can be a bit inattentive - oddly it’s worse when there are fewer customers. Still - I will keep going. It’s a fun little neighbourhood Italian place that has lots of choices and good value. I recommend.

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MK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were a group of 8 and Arriva was very accommodating. We had the front section of the restaurant all to ourselves. Food was like home cooking and very good. Waitstaff were fun and did the best they could given they were busy.

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RJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We really enjoyed our evening at Arriva. The food and wine were excellent. Our waiter was amazing.

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HC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent evening at Arriva. It was our first time there and I was very impressed with the quality & value of the food. I think it is some of the best Italian food I have had in the city & have been recommending them to my friends since!

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was great and the atmosphere is lovely. Unfortunately, the service was very slow and the restaurant was not busy. We were there for a business lunch which ran far too long. Think they may have been understaffed.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome! So authentic and friendly.

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TR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good and there was lots of it. REALLY rich and very tasty. Service was solid and ambience was very pleasant. Prices were reasonable.

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CU
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the restaurant ambiance. It felt like being in a little Italian ristorante. Service was great. It was the right balance of attentive and private. Food was delicious. Came here with friends to carb up before our half marathon the next day. We enjoyed ourselves in our corner table, and were able to enjoy lovely conversation without it being noisy in the restaurant. I'd totally come back!

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TE
Vancouver
52 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good service and neighbourhood food.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Service and food was outstanding. Waiter was never overbearing. But had to chase him down to get the bill. Overall a great dining experience.

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h
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Service was attentive and friendly. The food is consistent and delicious. Wine list is quite extensive and able to find good wines at a reasonable price.

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j
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Wine list is good

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NN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Took friends out for their birthday. They both enjoyed their food more than I did. They had pasta and I had the veal special. Nothing wrong but nothing special either. Service was quick and good. Prices were reasonable. Nice place, will try again but order something else.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you so much for a beautiful supper.. The food and service is always wonderful. It made for a very special birthday! Cant wait until I can go back again.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Antipasto is always with coming for.
We both followed up with pasta. Good choice.
Excellent recommendation on wine from Enzo.

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone in our lunch group was very impressed with the excellent food. Rainbow trout special highly recommended. Gluten-free pasta the best anywhere. The featured wine was most enjoyable. Pleasant ambiance combined with great service and outstanding food make this a great location for lunch or dinner.

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JY
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I went to Arriva Ristorante last Friday night with a friend for dinner. I ordered the Tortelloni 'Cardinale' (Chicken stuffed pasta in a cream and tomato sauce) and it was super delicious! Definitely more filling than I expected and rich in butter/cream - I enjoyed it very much! My friend ordered the lasagna and he, too, was very pleased with his meal. We shared a bottle of wine (I cannot remember which one) and recall that it was fairly reasonably priced. Service was also fairly good - I will definitely be back!

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service thank you!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Owner and staff are the best. First rate food and a wine list that is very reasonably priced. Will be my new regular go to place!

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

They could not find our reservation when we initially got there and said that they couldn't give us a table when clearly they had tables available. They eventually found my reservation but it was a pretty stressful start to our evening. I though the host should have been more accomodating since there were clearly tables in the restaurant and shouldn't have made us feel so badly since we had actually done the right thing and booked the reservation. Not the greatest host. Good and service by wait staff was good after though

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was good. Would be perfect if bread was warm

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GL
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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

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B
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, authentic food and amazing value!

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

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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PM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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o
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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