The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar

4.5
624 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
You will enjoy the finest cheeses and an authentic Italian dishes in a community that has long been an integral part of the Joseph Richard Group. From the moment you walk in, you are famiglia.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 624 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grady service and food, was fine for us but might be loud for some.

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SandeepB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food with amazing service. 5 stars in everything!

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vipAliceP
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

We made a reservation for our wedding anniversary and upon entering it seemed like a nice restaurant. I was a bit disappointed that they put us in the middle of two other tables so not a lot of privacy. The hostess acknowledged our anniversary so it would have been nice to be seated with some privacy.

We decided to order one course at a time and share everything. We started with their Fritti Misto (fried seafood/vegetables) and Caesar salad. Both dishes were very food. Nicely fried seafood and crispy vegetables. The Caesar was flavourful and loved the fried briny taste of olives? I’m not sure what they were but it was a nice touch.

Our next round was the ricotta gnocchi and pomodoro sauce. Gnocchi was light but pretty big pieces, not the traditional small football shapes I’m used to seeing. It wasn’t my favourite but my husband enjoyed it.

I decided to order the Margarita pizza and it was pretty good. I liked the simplicity and wish there was more basil.

Our last course was our favourite with their Tiramisu Sphere. It is under a chocolate dome and they pour a rich hot decadent sauce over it. Perfect balance of chocolate, rich mascarpone and crunchy texture of the ladyfinger or cookie? I’d come back just for coffee and dessert.

The service was super attentive by Asia and their manager. We would recommend and return again.

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blueandwhite
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Thanks for the great date spot! We have come before and will be back again.

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BradP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, love this place. Got the last brick chicken as they said they were taking it off the menu the next day :(

Glad I got to enjoy it one more time, great dish.

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KristiW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous experience of food and wine. Perfect atmosphere:)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My go to at The Italian is the Pesto Linguine with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes! The Cheesebar is amazing and like no other in Vancouver! If you download the JRG app, you also get a lot of rewards and discounts! Definitely 1 of my fav restaurants!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Server was very slow, took quite a few tries to get her attention at times. she was nice. Food was ok, had a margarita pizza, could use some more cheese and basil. One tiny piece on a slice just doesn’t cut it.

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NinC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Server was slow to come at times and then when she talked to us she would put her mask down. Felt a little uncomfortable as we didn’t know if she was vaccinated or not.

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IainW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great neighbourhood restaurant. Highly recommended for a casual occasion or celebration

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vipEastmeetsWest
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My Sunday night dining staple. I have a menu with kitchen variety & it offers a glass of wine I really enjoy. This, combined with a server that has the knack & professionalism to remember the order of a repeat customer… I’m a happy diner !

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

First time here and it was an amazing time! The wine, food and customer service was superb! I would suggest lowering the music because you have so many people in the restaurant, with the music loud everyone is talking louder so it’s harder to hear your date when sitting across from each other!

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JaniceE
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great happy hour pizzas! Service was good. Nice atmosphere. My only complaint was the happy hour red wine was awful.

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vipEileenG
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious and the service spectacular

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vipmcBain
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Missing happy hour drinks with no alternatives, just sorry and a smile. Food is too pricey for the quality, lacking flavour, can’t taste the ingredients. Better off going to Boston Pizza as expectations are met there, but too high at Osteria based on price.

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Michaelc
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was amazing … but my wife’s pasta was real bland … she never spoke up but I let the waitress know .
I will return if she does but at this time she won’t return .

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HeatherD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always delicious meals at The Italian. Our sever was wonderful and attentive. The restaurant has always been on the loud side if that’s not something you enjoy.

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RichardM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our Anniversary #58, dinner. Food & service was great. Beef carpaccio was excellent.

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CarmenK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Service was slow. Had to get our own drink from the bar.
Perhaps they were understaffed. Carbonara was yummy but my husband didn’t enjoy the chicken parm. He said it was watery and flavourless but we were hungry and didn’t want to wait. Our drinks tasted good. The pizza was good. I will try this place again but won’t be ordering the chicken parm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Pasta not that good had no flavour.

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your review. Always feel free to reach out to us at theitalian@jrg.ca with any feedback and comments about your visit and meals. We will always work to make sure you have the best experience possible. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again!

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JS19
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Took an hour to get one appetizer (a cheese board).

The mains were also not good AT ALL.

For such a small amount of food ordered, my party should not have had to be at the restaurant for over 2 hours.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service was slow but adequate.

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We can't wait to serve you again soon!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s was delicious as always !!!

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AMK4
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go several times a year and generally have a great meal but last night everything was exceptionally good. The staff were all great: friendly, attentive but not too intrusive. Food was great! The prawn pesto pizza was crispy not burnt and so flavourful. The truffle mushroom creamy pasta and the lumache with chicken, chorizo and eggplant pasta were also both wonderful. We certainly got our carb fix! We noticed the house wine had changed and weren't as impressed with it. However, overall a great evening!

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5 star review and such kind compliments! We can't wait to serve you again soon!

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Travis
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was great, but the service was lacking a bit this time. I have been here a few times and never had a lack of service like this. May have been just an off night. We were seated it took some time before we were even greeted by our server and we had to ask for water. We had empty drinks for a while before they came around to check if we wanted to order anything else. There was always a runner that brought out food. When we got our appy, we had finished before the server came around to check if everything was okay.

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DonnaM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Love love love the eggplant… so good!

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Kylee
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We came in for my Mom’s birthday and truly had a great experience. From the moment we came in, the hostess was super friendly. We got sat at a nice table at the back. Our server Ariana was such a lovely server who really made our experience even better. She made us feel like she really cared about providing the best possible dining experience. The girl who came to our table a few time to drop off food items was also very sweet! We were thrilled by the friendly and hospitable service and the food was also exceptional! We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!
Wonderful service.
Music not great though.

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DeaK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was incredible. Restaurant itself is very nice. I found our server to not be very attentive. She would walk by us several time without asking if we needed anything and our bills were mixed up a bit.

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was fantastic! Will definitely come back!

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Amazing
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had wonderful meals and service! A lovely birthday dessert served for no charge. Very impressed overall!

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vipSockbeek
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Good local spot for a good meal.
We like the arancini (maybe a little pricey but they're good), and hubby always enjoys the carbonara. Chicken parm is nice (breast stuffed with cheese, basil and tomato, then breaded). Lasagna is good too.
The complimentary salad they serve before the entree is a nice bonus.

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thank you so much for your review and compliments! We can't wait to serve you at The Italian again soon!

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vipAllie
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Server was nice and lovely but we did wait a long time to both order and get payment done. I’ve dined here numerous times and I found the pasta this night to be extremely bland and plain. No flavour what so ever … I’ve ordered this dish numerous times too (truffle mushroom pasta) and the server fixed it but it wasn’t a very good night for the kitchen. Hopefully it was a one off … We will be back but maybe rethink this as one of our first choices.

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Dylan
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Its been nice to see their menu slowly expanding in the last 10 months

Pastas are fantastic and great portion sizes too

If you somehow have space after your main, desserts there are also incredible

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thank you so much for your review and compliments! We have some exciting new items coming soon! We can't wait to serve you at The Italian again soon!

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vipBillC
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

First time at this restaurant, but enjoyed the ambience, the food, and great service. We will return.

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thank you so much for your review and compliments! We can't wait to serve you at The Italian again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at the Italian Osteria … & the food is always amazing !!!!

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We can't wait to serve you at The Italian again soon!

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LaureenD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Always friendly service. Pastas are delicious. Have never been disappointed!

JM
JosephM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was very good quality with excellent service. Was with my dad (Italian Immigrant, 1st Gen) he loved it but when he found out they were out of espresso he was not happy. Server apologized and came right over with a chocolate tiramisu with a coffee sauce, made everything good with dad. Well done.

JD
JenniferD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for an amazing evening
Celebrated 3 birthday dinners and everything was perfect ❤️

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar using the Order Online button. The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 371-4708.

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 624 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.