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Arriva Ristorante

#260 of 2,927 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Commercial Drive
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1537 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y1, Canada (Graveley)
+1 604-251-1177
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
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New Westminster, Canada
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47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Love this old school Commercial Drive venue. It's been around since 1984, for reasons that are obvious once you've eaten here. Great insalata and pasta, and forget about the character and great wine lists. Loads of ambience and great for people watching. Will revisit.

Thank Oliver1962
Vancouver, Canada
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314 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We did not have reservations (a good suggestion for a weekend) but on a Saturday night they made a special accommodation for our party of four....at 5:30 the room was empty, but by 6 it was totally full. We agreed with the captain waiter to be finished by 8...a very good request on their part and agreed to by us... More 

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Santa Eulalia del Rio, Spain
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I am Italian and I was very surprised by the quality of pasta (I highly recommend pasta primavera). The restaurant was very nice and typical Italian style, the waiter very friendly and the prices average. A plate of pasta was $ 15-19.I will go back

Thank aliiiiii2015
Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

This restaurant has been here for years and is well worth the trip to "The Drive" (Commercial Drive in East Vancouver for travelers...) We decided to celebrate my birthday at Arriva last night and brought another couple to join us. We have been here numerous times and each time meets or exceeds our expectations. First off, the focaccia is a... More 

Thank _anortman
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

We've been coming here for many years, and it is as consistent as the first time we went, probably 25 years ago. Good caesar salads, great pastas, great veal Milanese, nice fish, and a very good wine list (not crazy expensive, just good choices). The service is also excellent. Owner Paulo and his sons and some longtime veteran waiters make... More 

Thank robuc1
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

great staff, and the food was perfect we had bruschetta and both had special of the day .. crab stuffed cannelloni Excellent food. topped off with Tiramisu, and decaf espresso, just right! Next time the fresh buffalo mozz.

Thank Gordon M
Winnipeg, Canada
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Visited this restaurant on the referral of a business located on the same street. We were greeted by the owner & shown the type of personal service rarely seen in restaurants today. From the moment we sat down to the moment we left, the experience was truly unforgettable. The food was a type of culinary experience that causes you to... More 

Thank jetsetter1514
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Very good meal, nice atmosphere, attentive service, reasonable prices. The service was perhaps too attentive. A minor thing, but it would be good if they timed interruptions when appropriate, especially during business meetings.

Thank CriticalBruce
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Consistently great food excellent service and you can enjoy hearing one another the music is at a reasonable volume.

Thank Jillian R
Vancouver, Canada
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191 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This place is a staple on The Drive. It's been there since the entire area was dedicated to Italian restaurants and has withstood the test of time; as have the servers, some of whom have been there since day one. The decor hasn't changed much over the years but the Tuscan theme is comforting and the restaurant is always clean... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1537 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y1, Canada
  • Public Transportation: Multiple Bus stops along commercial. Closest is near Graveley.
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-251-1177

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Commercial Drive

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Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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