Arriva Ristorante

4.4
259 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“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!
What 259 People Are Saying
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4.3
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YD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, great service, one of my favourites.

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VK
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Arriva has always had good food andsdoes but the table service when we last went was sub-par for the cost of the meal. The restaurant was very busy so food service was also slow. The wine list is also now far pricier than it has been in the past.

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LB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fantastic food! The server was a bit slow but he was super friendly. We had a good time.

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LB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

I have been a fan to this restaurant for years. Excellent food! The only problem is - service was super slow! A few servers work there but they just walk around and chat with each other. I waved at one of them looking for the menus, they saw me but continued talking to each other.

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D
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as usual! Wonderful neighbourhood dining ambience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Authentication Italian family style restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the ambiance

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited Arriva for the first time for our New Year’s Eve dinner. The menu had a great variety and I look forward to our next visit to try some of the other dishes. The beef carpaccio starter was amazing and both of our entrees were good. The only thing I would have like to change is where we were seated, originally they sat us at a table right in front of the floor ramp so we asked to move and then they sat us right by the front door which was slightly better but not ideal.. being that we were one of the few tables in the restaurant (due to our early seating time) I wish we could have had a better seat. Overall great food and friendly service!

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VL
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 36th anniversary a few days ago. I chose Arriva as it had been recommended to me by my waiter at a delightful restaurant in Milano just the month before! I thought that if it had a good reputation in Milano it must be worth going to... I was not disappointed! 😊

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I've been going to Arriva since 2003 and I've never had a bad experience at the restaurant.

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M
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My friend said her salmon penne was the best she'd had in years. My trout was done to perfection. Excellent service and excellent food. We'll go back again.

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BJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Invited first time guest and as usual nobody was disappointed!

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RG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
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
4 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
Vancouver
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
2 reviews
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
14 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
3 reviews
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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