The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar

4.3
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230 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
The Joseph Richard Group is excited to bring our newest concept to your community. You will enjoy the finest cheeses and an Italian menu like no other in your own backyard. The Joseph Richard Group is constantly working to create and refine new offerings and experiences for our guests and we couldn’t be happier to get the chance to open it in our neighbourhood – a community that has long been an integral part of JRG. From the moment you walk in, you are famiglia.

Benvenuto & Buon Appetito!
What 230 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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BradM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service in a very friendly atmosphere in an attractive restaurant. My wife had absolutely tremendous ricotta gnocchi pamadoro. I had truffle risotto that was excellent. While they were out of the scallops (my favourite shellfish) as an add on, they adapted well vis 4 plump, tasty prawns. The house salad was good, although the dressing had too much vinegar for our taste. It also has a good wine list. The only disappointment was the garlic bread, as it had almost no garlic flavour & the butter was just brushed the inside of the part of a baguette loaf. Overall 4.5 stars.

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SharonC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Awesome lasagna & wine, bring a coat! Music a bit loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Slow, very slow service. Food was meh

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was very good. But the service was below average. Waited ten minutes for water then another ten for wine. Nerve asked for a refill or more wine. Like the restaurant may try again to see if we get better service.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant was setup and felt safe. Great service and food, as we usual get and expect.

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The service and ambiance is great. They are doing an excellent job with their COVID safety measures. Plexiglass between booths, tables well spaced out, digital menu and payment. My only complaint was that our meals were way too salty. I love salty but the carbonara was over the top. My husband said his Alfredo was also salty. Totally recommend the white sangria though. That was tasty town! Overall we had a good experience and are open to trying it again sometime.

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KateM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience overall, no negatives to report. Even though it’s not exactly cheap, you get good value with delicious food and amazing pastas

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an early dinner on a Monday evening. The restaurant followed COVID-19 guidelines and they have plexiglass between booths. The restaurant began to fill up just before we finished our meal.

The food was exceptional. We both had Caesar salad and the wild mushroom pasta. I had the gluten free penne pasta which was great.

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Sara
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the ambience. Food is delicious and options available for various dietary needs.

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JENNIFERA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Visited again for a birthday celebration. Had been a few times before and always had a good experience. This time, not so much. Service was quite slow. We felt a few times we had been forgotten. Food was still delicious as usual.

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Love coming here! Friendly staff and great food! Will be back again soon!!

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Popple
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for the cheese bar, stayed for the tiramisu sphere :)

We are not cheese connaisseurs so we would have appreciated more guidance when choosing from the cheese bar, but the descriptions helped us get flavors we enjoyed. The samples seemed small when they arrived but in the end we had a hard time finishing them because they were very satisfying and rich so I'd say they sent us the proper amount.

We had the risotto with prawns, gnocchi pomodoro and the boar pasta, all were very good and portions were generous.

The dessert was spectacular, although the coffee taste was a bit too strong for my personal preference.

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AmberC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was amazing super kind and helpful, my daughter loved the complimentary cookie for her birthday. Food is always spectacular.

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Louise
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very clean with great service. The food was delicious.

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vipLindsayB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We usually enjoy our time at the Osteria-, our pasta was excellent however the pizza clearly had sat around for some and flavour was just ok at best

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome food, great staff, cool atmosphere! Love it here.

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TheRidge
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience2

Great local place that was close to our hotel (Sandman Signature). Super service from Curtis and a few other reviewers have noted his excellent service. I had wild boar ragu and my colleague had the chicken parm. He loved the parm and although the ragu was different from others that I've had, it was quite enjoyable. Pasta cooked properly and their COVID protocols were decent. Portion sizes are quite large and very good value for the money. The provide a small salad gratis with your meal. Although the dressing was good, there was far too much on the salad. Otherwise very good and a nice meal for the price.

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MaryL
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was very good. Our waiter was very attentive. The restaurant was very clean and followed excellent health and safety during this pandemic. I would highly recommend

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RobertD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

What once was a very good experience and alternative to downtown dining has gone flat. Covid notwithstanding & the wearing of masks by servers, the JR group appears to have adopted a policy of charging for such "extras" as parmesan cheese on pasta and eliminating cracked pepper. As well, they have clearly gone overboard in wine pricing, charging $18 for a 9 oz glass of wine which retails to the public for the same price per bottle and $9 for a beer on tap.

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vipDonG
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Excellent service---food was adequate and wine list was good

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RyanV
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The ravioli changed!! That's what I really wanted. But, there's plenty of other options -too many seafood options in my opinion.

The pizza is PHENOMENAL. I just wish it was a lot cheaper. Don't ever get rid of the beehive or the capi capicollo.

My girlfriend loved the gnocchi and I loved the spaghetti and meatballs.

The staff is pretty awesome in my opinion. The management must also be pretty awesome too.

Overall, I love it. My favourite place to eat. I recommend it to everyone.

Dislikes:

Price. It's a little too expensive for most everything.

the bad music and the volume of the bad music.

The ambience is negatively affected by the music -which is indeed terrible.

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BrendaM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time and I will definitely be back. Great service and nice atmosphere. Foor was terrific

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ClaireM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first time, and I thoroughly loved it. The food was tasty, the service was fantastic, the ambience was cool. Overall a wonderful evening out. Would definitely be back... AND recommend to others!

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Diner1
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was great, the server was very good too. The hostess didn't tell us that we had to scan the menu with our phones which was a bit odd - the code sticker on the table was covered by side plates when we were seated so we had no idea. Wondering how hard it would be to print some menus, laminate them and sanitize between handing them out? I would go back, but I think a few of their methods could be tweaked a bit.

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JessicaS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

I took my husband for his bday dinner. The food was fantastic. He had the porterhouse and I had chicken Parma. The server was nice but he could have been more attentive. Overall the experience was good. We would go again.

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere! Variety of dishes to choose from and the white sangria is always a treat. Nice place to go to for date night or out with the girls

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KatherineR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The service was slow. The pizza came out quickly then we waited a while for the appetizers.
I tried the deep fried artichokes for the first time and very disappointing; not tasty at all.
The arancini presentation, quality, and taste were far inferior to previous visits. Not sure why...it’s usually my favourite!
Will be a while before we return...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, service was fast and efficient. What more could you ask for! I’ll definitely be back.

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Duffy
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Our third visit to the Italian Osteria restaurant was as good as the first two showing the quality and consistency of the food and service are excellent. Happy hour prices until 5:00 pm on wine and beer work great for seniors like us! Highly recommend for good Italian food and a nice ambiance.

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VeraT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent service and food - starting from when you came in
Ran a little late and phoned to let them know
They were very accommodating for us and very gracious when we cane in
Highly recommended - will go again for sure

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent pasta dishes, but did not care for the garlic bread hardly any butter or garlic but everything else delicious would I come again, of course

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MStewart
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner as always! Consistently tasty food and amazing service makes the Italian one of our go-to restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top ten places in the lower mainland. Love this place. Service, Food, everything great. Kash or server was the best. Also did a great job with covid protocols! Felt safe and happy the entire experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our sever was the sweetest! Had a great lunch date with my mom. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time coming here and was very happy with the service and food quality. Great ambiance and atmosphere. Their cheese plates were amazing and meatballs were delicious as well. Overall great experience and highly recommend!

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Tyrel
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

Server was inattentive and often non-existent. Ruined the otherwise fantastic meal

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Brent
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food as always glad to be able to get back to this fine restaurant

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SharanB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Ambience was great but a little too noisy with the loud music

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TracyS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service is always great. Beehive pizza is delicious. They have a good happy hour pizza menu

FAQs

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.3 stars by 230 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.