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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 28 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!
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Arriva Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
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.
Great food and good service! Will go back for sure!
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.
Classic Vancouver Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Timeless!
Very old style Italian, service excellent, appetizers, pastas and meat entree excellent, fresh, good sized portions. Excellent value as well. Definitely, return.
Good service and excellent food!
Arriva is classic Italian dining, and it never dissapoints!
Lovely, attentive service. Very knowledgeable server. Never rushed us. His good humor was a plus to the delicious meal.
Classic! Hey really good Italian fare ... awesome house wines.
Have not been there for a long time but was not disappointed, The food & service was excellant! I will certainly go back more frequently.
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.
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.
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
Great food. Good atmosphere. Very reasonable prices. Service was bang on. Loved the osso bucco. Will definitely go back.
Very good Italian food and an excellent wine list
This was such a lovely experience. We had the best gluten free pasta of my life and the staff were really good.
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.
Great Italian food although my wife felt her gluten free pasta was not done well. Enciphered is a great server
It's all good. Best to settle in, relax and enjoy the evening
I could eat the rigatoni with meat sauce everyday and never tire of it! Love the antipasto platter, delicious!
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.
Lovely Italian meal in a cozy and lively atmosphere, with friendly service.
Celebrating combined 102 Anniversary years
This restaurant is always consistently good with both food and service. True Italian cooking in a pleasant room. The service is always outstanding.
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.
Great food! Took a while to get out appetizer but they apologized and picked it up from there.
While I thought my grilled sausages where salty the rest of our party enjoyed the meal.
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.
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......
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.
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
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.
Fabulous service for consistently great cuisine with excellent wine recommendations. A perennial Commercial Drive favorite.
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.
Been there many times before... always love this place!
Arriva is a long-time favourite of ours. The service is consistently great and very friendly. The food and atmosphere are are so authentic. We always have a great meal and enjoy the experience. It is lovely to find an Italian restaurant that feels so Italian.
Wonderful food and super service. Very noisy though as many large groups celebrating Christmas?
Another excellent meal at Arriva. The food is always consistently excellent and I love the way you can make substitutions and additions to menu items. Having the same owner, chef and other kitchen staff for over 25 years makes a huge difference.
We had our work Christmas party here on Thursday and it was wonderful! The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. This was our first time here and we'll definitely be going back!
Feels like family Homemade Friendly atmosphere
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