Anton's is a one of a kind restaurant in the Greater Vancouver area. Pasta portions are very large and reasonably priced. There is usually a line up outside the door so come early.
Hours: Monday to Thursday (11:30 am to 10:30 pm), Friday and Saturday (11:30 am to 11:00 pm), Sundays and Holidays (4:00 pm to 10:00 pm)
I have been here a number of times (and will continue to come) The pasta plates are in fact HUGE. The quality has probably gone down from what it used to be.......but it's still good.....Just not fantastic.....but you can't go wrong with a chicken fettucini plate for $17 (and last time I actually finished the whole thing and got my pen) ceasar sald is actually really delicious (always share that with my friends) and the restaurant still has a retro feeling to it.
I think it's great and you get a big bang for your buck for sure......As everywhere else, quality is not as great as it was before (but that's almost every where) You have nothing to lose......you must come at least once and try it. If people are still lining up to come here (at least on Fridays and Saturdays anyways) that must tell you that it's at least worth seeing and trying
Went here with the family and ordered 3 dishes. I was impressed from the size and the taste was decent. Far from the best but decent for what it is. The ingredients could have been better but for the amount you get, something has to suffer. The flavour from my dish New Orlean was oily and tasted ok, but my wife's dish was chicken and mushroom with dill cream sauce tasted far better. The kids 3 cheese alfredo was satisfactory. I would not rush back but if I was ever starving and craving pasta, then I would give this restaurant a go again.
When I eat at Anton's, I learned along time ago, to avoid the line up's from the lunch/dinner crowd, go after 2pm or 8.30pm. The place isn't all that fancy, lots of tables, servers to move you along and your food arrives quickly.
My server was friendly, she kept inquiring if I needed anything, and made the effort. My linquini bolgenese with meatballs arrived, thinking as many times before, I can finish this...wrong. I have left overs for a couple of meals and was full before I knew it.
Antons when I arrived was after 3pm on Saturday, not very busy, no line up's and service was very quick. When I left, Antons still wasn't busy and I'm sure many people will wait in line as usual. I cannot figure out why people line up for some places, I would rather go, when its not busy or another day.
My pasta dish was good, I'll be back for a late time meal.
Back in its heyday the price was better and food tastier. Now it's not too bad - good sauce, good portions (always HUGE), and pretty warm and cozy restaurant. You always know who has gone to Anton's by the sheer volume of people with take out boxes on the 135 bus! =) I went for the first time after many many years at around 9pm on a Thursday night and phew, no lineup! Was seated right away and ordered my pasta dish - the wait was not long and food was piping hot. I had leftovers for lunch the next day so that was nice. I don't really have a memorable dish, but at least I went home very full. =)
Haven't been to anton's in years so decided to give it a try again since they always seem so busy.
Found my pasta decent but not great. The sauce was pretty tastey, but the pasta itself was overcooked, as was the meatballs I had with it. The portions were huge, I could only eat about 2/3rds of it and I was super stuffed.
Service was slow, which was to be expected I guess since the restaurant was full on the saturday night. It was very noisy in there the night I went and it was difficult to talk. Definitely left there as quickly as possible after my meal.
Probably would not be back.
We've eaten here many times. We've tried a good majority of the menu. We usually go on Saturday around 4 as you can get seated right away. Honestly I think if you want to stand in a line out in the rain for over an hour I think you are crazy. We did that once before we knew any better and never again.
Service is good. I think it has gotten better in recent years (and the waitresses cuter =)). Only recently found out you get at least one refill with a pop, wish I'd known that earlier as I love guzzling my pop.
Food: Only real complaint is the often hard butter served with the bread.
I read some reviews here that say the food isn't good, and some that say it is great. I would wager these people have not tried the right dishes. I have a knack for knowing what will be tasty to me, and as I ordered each trip I got more adventurous. My instincts found the tastiest dishes first, and nearing the end of the menu not so tasty. Nothing wrong with the quality, just bland, but honestly they looked bland on the menu. Some people might like those dishes though.
These are my favourite dishes, and I'd dare anyone to try a few of them and say the food is "bland" or mushy or whatever:
Conchiglioni in creamy tomato
Agnoloti Don Vincenzo
Frutti de Mari
There's probably more but I can't remember without the menu in front of me.
I did finish my portion a few times, but only got a pen once =). It's great having leftovers for later, but I do notice it's not nearly as good after as it dries out.
Waited in the lineup for 30 minutes but we were fore warned. Once we got inside and seated I was really impressed by the efficiency of all the staff. Everyone was always doing something. Large dinner rolls were served and the mains came very soon after. The pasta are ridiculousy large. But then again they are very expensive. I would prefer smaller portions and a more reasonable price then $15-$16 for a plate of pasta but then again they are always busy and constantly have a line-up. Lots of free parking nearby. In my opinion it is too expensive for mediocre dinner fare.
I've driven past Anton's many times over the years and have always wondered why people line up to eat here. I've always heard that they are known for their large portions more then the good food. Finally I went here to eat for the first time yesterday.
Came here for lunch with my wife (wouldn't go at dinner and wait in line) We waited inside the front door for about 5 minutes until we were seated, place was busy. Has a busy, rushed feel to it. Not like our usual quiet & romantic style italian dining we prefer. Our service was very friendly.
I ordered - Linguini alla vongole (linguini with clams in tomato sauce) for $12.50
It was a large portion and was plated nicely with clams around the outside edge of the plate.
The noodles were great and cooked perfect.
The sauce.. meh, was ok-good somewhere in there, nothing special.
I'd rate the dish a 3 or a 3.5 out of 5.
Would I return? hmm well I wouldn't go out of my way, I can name a few other Italian restaurants on hastings that I prefer but if I was with friends that wanted to eat here sure why not.
Been here 6 times over the past 3-4 yrs and the quality has been consistent. The menu selection is huge and I never remember what I ordered the previous time. So far, all the pastas I've ordered has been good or better. From clear sauce to tomato sauce. The portion is humongous, I'm sure everyone will agree. One plate can be shared between 3 ppl. But I heard that if you order take out, you will get 50% less, yikes. There is always line-ups at this place no matter what day it is. I like to go at 5 or 5:30pm when the restaurant is starting to fill up. The waitress are nice, not spectacular. But the last time, she kept on forgetting things but oh well, we were busy enjoying the pasta. There is a minimum charge but a lot of times they don't mind if you share a plate of pasta between 2 ppl and order drinks.
I totally recommend this place.
I used to always go to Anton's for a great pasta dinner. The portions were huge and the quality was never a let down. Now, I rarely go. The quality has gone down-hill. Before, there would be line-ups a few shops long, now whenever I drive by, it's just a short line-up. Maybe they changed chefs.
That's about all there is to the place. For under $15, you can stuff yourself with pasta with plenty to take home. The flavour isn't all that or all there necessarily. Length of lineups varies depending on time/day/luck. :) I haven't gone back since my teenage years simply because it's all hype, really. Decent food, large portions, decent price. I prefer better service, average portions, flavourful... and little to no lineups, except if I'm going to somewhere like Vij's. :)
I go here when the weather is nice because I hate standing in the rain. The staff are harried and the line is crazy long, but if you can wait it out, the food comes in huge portions and the sauces are pretty good. I got the pen once, but it was a struggle to eat the whole plate. As for the pasta, it could be better. It is cooked properly, but the quality is so so. Focus on the sauce. Maybe these guys could expand or move to a bigger location...
Food: This place has got to be one of the best places in terms of pasta sauce. My boyfriend raves about the sauce all the time. Meat sauce all the way!! We try and order something new each time and haven't been disappointed yet! The portions are so big that my bf and I just share a caesar salad (so yummy - no kraft dressing here!) and a pasta dish and we're both really full with leftovers sometimes.
Service: i always go in the non-peak hours but I once had to wait 30 min because other ppl with me weren't bothered by it. It was cold that day too... So try and go when there isn't a line up and u won't be disappointed! They're really on and off with the service. I remember the first time I went, the servers ignored us for a while but all the other times, they've been really friendly. Not really helpful when its busy tho.
Ambiance: I love the old pictures on the wall. Not tacky like Boston Pizza or TGIF (eye rolling....). It really gives it a nice homey feel.
The portions at Anton's are almost surreal. You could easily feed a small family with one plate of pasta. For under 15 dollars, you will be hard pressed to find a better deal in the city. I haven't been here many times simply because there is usually a long line up and I don't have the patience for it.
The first thing I noticed dining at Anton's after a break of several months is the reduction in portion size, roughly 25%. If you look up at wall in front of the kitchen there is a large plate with Italian colours saying "Anton's" if I am not mistaken. That is the size of the dish they used to serve it on, basically family size, for those of you who did not experience Anton's at the height of it's glory. Now it comes on a dish that only reaches the diameter the of inner red ring of the plate on the wall. A little disappointing.
The value quotient has considerably eroded over the years. $16.95 is not cheap and we are not talking about 'all world pasta' here. What puzzles me is how they continue to keep on winning awards... Anton's lost it's 'Stepho's of pasta' title with me years ago.
There's nothing wrong with Antons, but it has greatly benefited from constantly ranking high in media and sits like Dinehere, plus always having a line out the door. Always busy in the evening, with a quick go-go attitude towards customers that remains fairly polite, Antons is worth visiting just so you can see what the hype is all about.
The food's pretty good, the portions are huge and the price is very affordable. It's nothing special; just typical pasta that's well made and in large quantities. I DO like it here, but that being said Antons gets over with Vancouverites for being small, packed and constantly busy. Take this pasta and prices and make it a restaurant chain, or perhaps make the restaurant itself 2-3 times as large... I question whether the hype would still be there.
As far as foods go, try anything. I had penne with the sausage chopped in and it was great. I had about half of it and was full, and they happily packaged up the other half so I could take it home. The portions are REALLY huge. I hear you get a pen if you eat it all?
It's not worth the wait! I guess I was lucky as I only had to wait 30 minutes, but from my understanding, it's typical for the wait times to be 45 mins +.
Anyways, the food is not good; you just get an enormous plate that can pretty much feed 2-3 ppl for around $15-20 bux a plate.
I'm glad I visited this place just to say that I did, but if you want quality, please visit another place.
For the price and the amount of food you get, I really can't complain. It is easily two meals for me. Penne Bombay and the something Antonio are both favourites. Note that they don't give you bread automatically now- you have to ask for it. Maybe there was a lot of wastage? I might come here more often if it wasn't for the big lines- it is probably best that way anyways since I don't want to get too chubby, haha.
As "foodie" said this place is being overrated. I had the impression that Anton was such a great place to eat, but after my first time coming here: Yeah, I thought it is a great place. I now can hardly get a table because of the slow service and the LONG line ups. Although, it's a great place and with all the business they are getting, why can they make adjustment to the serivce and hire more staff and improve on the table/floor setting?
The food has been and I think always be the same good portions and excellent ingredients. Fresh and tasty is what brings me back once every few months.
And what this of getting a pen after you finished all you food. I never go a pen. I finished everything.
Here's the deal with this place.
It caters to the Canadian ideal of more for your money,or,quantity over quality.
There is nothing authintic nor italian about this place,save for the names.
Extremely bland panna sauce,and the meatballs were better suited to a bowl of Vietnamese pho.
Not disgusting,but not something I would recommend if you were trying to impress pasta affectionados.