Pepino's Spaghetti House

4.6
287 reviews
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Welcome to Pepino's, the house that spaghetti built!
What 287 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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O
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the whole experience. Tables were kind of cramped and it was very loud but the ambiance and staff were all great.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Need some new decor. Love the food and service. Too dark and dingy

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DS
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service were fantastic. However, the noise level was such that it took away from our experience.

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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great food and overall experience!
Thank you so much

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LL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So much fun! Place where you can create beautiful memories!

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WL
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. Restaurant is super cozy and our server was awesome!

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CS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Our waitress was extremely aggressive and rude.
In general, staff seemed unhappy and unfriendly.
We booked it for a birthday, and that wasn’t even acknowledged.
Very disappointing.

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K
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Service and atmosphere were charming and the food was excellent.

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OT
Singapore
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

everything was lovely! celebrated our 15th Anniversary. 💛

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Paula provided excellent service with a sense of humour and made good suggestions.
The food was very good and the servings were large (we all took doggie bags home).
The cheesecake was scrumptious. The oysters & clams were local BC.
The atmosphere is intimate, but a bit too intimate, as the tables are very close together.

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FH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

a little pricy for what you get and how they present the food

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P
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food. Almost made us weep. Thanks for a great fifth anniversary dinner!

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r
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Pepino's delivers what it promises in both food and atmosphere. No complaints there--we knew what to expect and chose the restaurant for that reason. The food was very tasty, generous portions, moderately priced. The staff did seem overwhelmed at times--can hardly blame them. Do you need more people or people more capable of handling the high energy requirements? No question, superior servers are hard to find--and to keep. Keep up the good work. We'll try you again in a while.

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FB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Excellent food and very friendly service. Problem was overcrowding (tables WAY too close together) and very LOUD continuous noise due to so many people packed into small space. Literally eating elbow to elbow with people at next table. The pasta was super well done and very yummy, but eating experience hampered by noise - conversation difficult and hard time hearing waitress. Go for the food but not for an intimate dining experience. Bit pricy, but generous portions.

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RS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Fresh ingredients, lovely flavours. Great food and service. A little loud but if dining with a few people you’re able to enjoy. If only two you might find it a bit loud.

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EV
Vancouver
60 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Enjoyed a late dinner here on Friday night. Had the avocado house salad and linguine with clams and the roasted chicken. Food was delicious. Wine was good. Tables are quite close together as the venue is smaller in size. At times it was difficult to have a conversation due to the loud noise level. Overall, it is a quaint restaurant with great food and very knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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LW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love going to Pepinos. The most amazing food tucked away into a slice of old Italy charm. Order the tiramisu and don’t share.

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K
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We have been on the fence of trying this restaurant, then the Instagram photos of the lobster spaghetti special appeared. The restaurant is located in an odd part of town that feels more industrial than residential. We lucked out in getting a street parking spot across the street, but there are no other obvious spaces to park.

The portions are very large, which means two people would have to share one pasta and one main. Great in terms of value, but not the best in terms of variety and wanting to sample more dishes. We ended up over ordering in taking a lot back home.

The restaurant would be great for a large group and family with kids. More Amercian Italian style food with some creative salads. May not be the best for those looking for a high-end dinner for two.

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R
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Place was hopping on a Tuesday at 7:30.
The two of us enjoyed our meal very much.
Food was fresh and delicious.
Prices for pasta are high.
Based on the overall service and the table we were given for a birthday, I was a bit disappointed. Service was attentive, but we felt very rushed. Our table for two was in an awkward location near the entrance. (We had reserved well in advance).
Overall we had a delicious meal - it just felt rushed, especially for a special occasion.
Dinner for two with a glass of wine each (before tip) was $130

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On the best spots in our city, hands down. We love this space and the food.

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Their food was amazing.
The environment makes you feel that you are in Italy.

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WB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easter dinner. Amazing service. Fantastic food. Great fun.

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JR
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food is good, delicious and well prepared but over priced. Portions are large so very shareable. For my money I will be going to Salvio instead. Service was friendly and thoughtful. Room was in keeping with the “Nick’s spaghetti house” charm but very loud.

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o
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

just a "SO SO' italian restaurant. Relatively expensive when the price of a pasta compared with other restaurants eg Italian kitchen, trattoria and even Le Crocodile.

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F
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had the feature lobster fettuccine this time, to die for!!

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing. Best food and even better service!

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a fantastic rework of an iconic vancouver eatery, the food was superb!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food great service

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A staple. A MUST!!!! Everything about Pepinos is fire.

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have dined at Pepino's numerous times – it is consistently excellent in every respect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ivan made our night a 5 star experience

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TD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Gluten free options are very limited, but the staff were very knowledgeable and responsive, and everything we had was delicious!

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, friendly happy staff which is really a treat in Vancouver!

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RO
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, little bit pricey... special occasion dinner. Service was outstanding

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and good food. The lamb, caesar salad and calamari were delicious.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

While we 4 enjoyed the food aspect we thought the service was mediocre to poor. Our server was all smiles, but those seemed supercilious as he needed to be asked things repeatedly. And he wasn’t there to be asked. I ordered a Caesar salad. Never saw it!
We all had pasta - 2 linguini and clams, one fettuccini, and one gnocchi. I thought the gnocchi were good but swamped in the tomato sauce, which disguised the gnocchi flavours.

Conversation was challenging at the table with the ambient noise of a busy dining area... and the sound of background music bleating away. Why? Who can hear it, and it just provides challenging noise. It may have come from the bar, which was proximate.
Finally, I was personally disappointed that only a Peroni was available. Being so near some wonderful craft breweries in east Vancouver, why not offer some ales, even if most patrons will choose wine. We did have two bottles of a BC Pinot Gris and enjoyed it.
I’m glad that I was given a chance to express my view. Normally I’m very positive about our dining out experiences. Good food, well served, a pleasurable evening. Why not be positive?

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RV
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was top notch. Our server was extremely attentive, had a very energetic attitude and our food came out in a timely manner. We got the spaghetti and meatballs and the spinach and ricotta canaloni and both were so tasty. The spaghetti sauce was simple, fresh tasting, and tasted like your grandmother made it that day with love. And the meatballs were huge! They have a great wine list, lots of nice Italian wines to choose from and some B.C. wines. The cheesecake for desert was lovely. I will defiantly go again when I’m ready to have a carb cheat day. Grazie Pepino’s!

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s
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

too noisy to have a conversation. food was ok but nothing special, same with wine list. Server was good.

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It’s good food and a tidied up warm atmosphere, but it’s not high end restaurant food and it’s not Nonna’s home cooking like Nick’s (what I’d hoped).
If you’re going to be a spaghetti house in the same spot a historic spaghetti house existed, you either need to be a little more special.

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t
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When my brother mentioned the idea of going to Pepinos for our pre-hockey game meal I had some reservations. I had been to the location many, many times before when it was the legendary Nick's Spaghetti House that occupied this space and I felt that, in some way, it would be almost disloyal to support this usurper. I was dead wrong. Not only are the owners of Pepinos respectful of Nick's legacy (for instance they have left the original murals on most of the walls) but the decor, food and service are all fantastic. The menus is quite small and straightforward with some italian-american classics along with some more inventive dishes. The also offer a prix-fixe family style option. $45/pp for a starter (we had Oysters Rockefeller), pasta (a truly delicious Spaghetti Bolognese), main and side (Pork Chop Parmesan
- huge and tender!-and sauteed mushrooms) and dessert (Cheesecake of course). This was very good value and it's fun sharing and comparing. Highly recommended!

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