Arriva Ristorante

4.4
233 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
“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
Reviews from verified diners
233 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
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Very Good
37%
Good
11%
Fair
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Poor
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4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.4
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MK
Washington DC
4.0Dined 3 days ago
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
4.0Dined 3 days ago
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
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome! So authentic and friendly.

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TR
Vancouver
4.0Dined 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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CA
Seattle
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good service and neighbourhood food.

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J
Vancouver
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Wine list is good

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NN
Vancouver
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service thank you!

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OT
Vancouver
5.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, authentic food and amazing value!

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A
Vancouver
5.0Dined 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
1.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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CS
London
5.0Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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MM
Vancouver
5.0Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
5.0Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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O
Vancouver
4.0Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Classic Vancouver Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Timeless!

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OT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Good service and excellent food!

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OT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arriva is classic Italian dining, and it never dissapoints!

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OT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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S
Vancouver
4.0Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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OT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
Vancouver
4.0Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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OT
Vancouver
3.0Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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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MW
Vancouver
5.0Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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BT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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