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Anton's Pasta Bar

4260 E Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC V5K1A1
Tel: (604) 299-6636
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Wed: 11:30AM - 10PM, Thu: 11:30AM - 10:30PM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 11PM, Sun: 4PM - 10PM
  • 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)

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Not bad for the value
By browntown of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Food:
- The food portions are massive, anything you order is huge!
- The quality of the food is decent, I ordered the lasagna and there arent many places that can cook it well - it was still a little cold in the middle but it was a huge stack so I guess that is why.

Service:
- The service was good, for how busy it is the waitress was fast and efficent.
- She was also gorgeous by the way - not all of them are but we got lucky.

Eating the whole meal is not worth the crappy pen though - so don't stuff yourself!

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By charmmy of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 1:06am [Dine in]

the portions are huge but the quality of the food is just ok. it's fun the first time you go and probably worth the long line up because of the portion sizes but once the novelty has worn off i wouldn't choose again. My friend and I shared a alfredo with chicken and it was decent enough but not good enough that i would return to the restaurant or want to bother taking any leftovers.

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More pasta than you can eat....
By irishgit of New Westminster, (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

The wait to get in can be a irritant, but its generally worth it, with huge (and I do mean huge) servings of delicious pasta. I've never been able to finish a serving, and usually wind up taking at least a third of it home for lunch the next day. Its a loud, crowded and boisterous place, immense fun.

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Too bad they don't have baked dish at lunch
By occdiner of Surrey (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Couldn't find Lasagna in lunch menu and have to settle for mixed seafood and mushrooms in cream sauce. The portion is really big and cannot finish it. Good thing is the cream sauce is very rich and full. Bad thing is the shell pasta stuck together. Didn't seperate well.

Service is good. Come check on our food a few times.

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Good Place for the Poor
By UsedCar of Burnaby (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

I rember about 15-20 years ago we came here frequently. Recently we went back, more for nostalgia than anything.
I can honestly say it hasn't changed in that time. Really cheap, bland, overcooked pasta (overcooked makes it absorb more water, and makes it more feeling-cheaply) No real flavouring in the sauce.
Nothing wrong with the service, but nothing particulary special about it either. This restaurant is the perfect place for the college kids out on their own for the first time and cant afford to eat at a real restaurant. But for anyone who has developed taste buds and can afford a couple more bucks for dinner, I would recommend not to disappoint yourself here. No matter how low you set your expectations, you will be disappointed.

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Mediocre at Best
By minestrone of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Coming from an Italian background, I do my best not to judge 'Italian' restaurants too harshly since they'll never truly live up to expectation - only a few really do.

We started with a mista salad (garden salad with 'special' dressing), a minestrone soup, and tri-color ravioli in red sauce - all to share, since we could see how large the portions were. I can't begin to describe the 'special' salad dressing other than it was a gelatinous blob that just sat on top of the lettuce and tasted as though it came out of a 'Kraft' container. Too salty and so thick it was challenging to mix the salad. The soup was inoffensive, but boring, with the vegetables cut way too big. The pasta tasted as though it'd been in the freezer for about a year, prior to cooking. The sauce was ok, not too sweet or bitter - the better part of the meal.

It could have been just our server - can't speak about them all - but she was gruff and very rushed in her delivery of our items, just shy of tossing them on the table. Everyone has a bad day, but this was overkill. I really hope folks begin to understand that 5 pounds of pasta doesn't constitute an 'Italian dinner experience'. Olive Garden does a million times better. Really? a couple of free buns at the beginning of the meal - that impresses patrons?

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Distinctly average
By Helpful Joe of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

Why is this place so popular?

I'm guessing it is because there is so much food that you always take some home. But the quality is very average.

I met an Italian guy at work recently. He knows the owner, but even he says that the food is not Italian.

I have no idea why anyone would line up to go here. I only went in when there was no line up so wasn't worried about wasting my time.

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Disappointing
By For the Love of Food14 of Coquitlam, B.C. (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

I really wanted to enjoy this restaurant as I have heard so much hype about it and I am a self-proclaimed pastaholic. My sister and I decided to try it out around 9 pm on a weekday. I expected to wait in line because I have driven past it many times and there has been a line up out the door. Luckily we were sat within 15-20 minutes of waiting. After waiting 15 minutes for someone to aknowledge our presence we were finally introduced to our "lovely" waitress who seemed like she could have possibly been the owner. She proceeded to mock me as I struggled through some of the Italian words on the menu. I let that slide as I was there to enjoy dinner with my sister. When we received our food my sister (who has a lactose sensitivity) noticed that there was cheese in her pasta sauce eventhough there was none mentioned on the menu. She called over our waitress and explained to her that she was very sorry and that she could not eat it. Our waitress continued to belittle my sister explaining to her in a very rude tone that "all of their sauces have cheese in them and my sister should have told her to begin with that she couldnt eat cheese". My sister tried to explain that nowhere on the menu does it state that there is cheese in every sauce. After the conversation started to get heated the waitress finally took the dish away to the back to make one without cheese. While standing at the back of the restaurant our waitress continued to mock my sister with fellow waiters and the cooks. The service alone has turned me off of this restaurant. I cannot give a fair evaluation of the food as I was getting a cold and was not able to taste much of anything. Eventhough part of their "value" is giving you rediculously large portion sizes, I think it is unnecessary as they should concentrate more on the value of the food itself. I would get take out from this restaurant in the future but would not deal with the service, line ups, and very tight tables (we were basically sharing a table with the people sitting beside us).

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A good place to go if you are really really hungry and don't mind a less then perfect meal.
By muffincups of Burnaby BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 10:13am [Dine in]

The food at Anton's was a bit disappointing after all the hype I had from my friends. Maybe it was just the one dish as I've only been there once. I like my pasta to have flavour but my dish had too much flavour. My pasta was so strongly flavoured that I almost couldn't eat it after a couple of bites. Maybe someone spilled the dill jar into my serving? I don't know what happened but it was strong. The serving was crazy huge but they do not allow sharing so be prepared to bring home left overs. I would probably go again and try a different dish as my friends keep insisting that it is a great eatery.

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Generous portions, but that's about it
By k-eats of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Food: Hit & miss. Sometimes the pasta is great, other times, it's overcooked and not well drained, hence watering down the sauce.

Service: No issues here.

Value: People rave about the cheap prices, but it's PASTA. Portions are indeed generous and definitely enough for two meals.

Ambiance: A nice neighbourhood restaurant.

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worth the wait
By pixelblink of Vancouver, BC, Canada (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

We ordered the manicotti... as anyone should. Oh man, it's the first time I had to get my dinner wrapped up to go halfway through. This is definitely a feast to be reckoned with. It seemed every plate that went out were filled to the brim with delicious pasta. Our server was genuine and quick on her feet... nothing extraordinary but she definitely did a great job with the amount of business she had to contend with. The atmosphere was definitely unpretentious but didn't really give any sense of ambiance. That aside, I could see myself becoming a regular to this one of a kind restaurant... a gem!

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Don't be fooled
By Jonathan of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

I sent a review for this place months ago, but feel I need to adjust it as it is way higher than my real experience.

Long story short, if volume is more important than quality for you - Anton's is your place (and if you prefer American style pasta to Italian). But really, you're not getting good quality pasta dishes . They simply dump in a whole load (not exagerating)of lower quality pasta, barely average sauce, but no more meat than you would get anywhere else (so it's really imbalanced).

Hey, this formula is making the owners rich - but is that the basis for good food? Avoid the temptation to eat your weight in food, and go somewhere down the street where you'll still be full and even savour the food you're eating.

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great winter food
By jellybelly of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch at opening to avoid line-ups. Service was efficient and attentive but not overly friendly, which was fine. I ordered the linguini with calamari in tomato sauce. It was a great deal for $10.95. Could only finish half, so took the rest to go. It was flavourful, but the linguini wasn't what I was used to...it was thicker and most strands were only about 2" short. I knew coming here that it's not fine Italian cuisine, but more of a family style hearty meal, so I wasn't disappointed. I'd pass on the complimentary rolls, which came out cold with some butter, and order the other breads that come with the oil and vinegar dip.

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Over Rated
By foodie16 of Langley (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 1:09am [Dine in]

talk talk talk. Everybody LOVES Anton's - including David Duchovony (blah). I usually go to this restaurant once a year because some birthday boy or girl just "really has to go to Anton's!". Every time I try to go to keep an open mind but I just don't buy into the hype. Yes, their pasta is ok. Their service is ok, their decor leaves something to be desired and their prices are average but their portions are huge and if you eat it all they'll give you a pen. Hooray.

It takes a little more than that to make me want to wait in line (for what seems like FOREVER), then squish myself into the restaurant like a sardine (can I get some elbow room here please and NOT feel like I'm sitting in the laps of my neighbors?) and pay a pretty penny for so-so pasta. I have usually had to change my order many occasions when being there because they don't have the sauce or dish I want available at that time - and this is ordering something different every occasion we go! Strange.

It's ok but I think we can do a lot better.

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Bring a BIG appetite!
By Eddy41 of GVRD (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 12:12am [Dine in]

Honking huge portions of pasta, even for lunch! I often take leftovers home. When I go there for supper, I have to split an entree with a friend. Good selection of pastas based on different sauces (clear, cream, tomato, or specialty). I recommend the curry or pesto sauce dishes. Good steamed milk and Italian orange or lemon soda. Service has always been prompt and enthusiastic. Setting is casual and the place seems clean.

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Anton's Bellinis is good!....yeah...
By sweetsoysauce of Burnaby (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 12:33am [Dine in]

I've been here a few of times. It's always been consistent.

Bellini's is the best i've ever tasted around here. I guess i like the peach slush and that hint of rum.

Food is Okay. I can't say it's a good authentic italian restaurant..because it isnt. It's catered to ppl who would choose Quantity over Quality.
I took the leftovers home(HUGE proportion) and recooked it the next day..omg the past was swimming in Olive Oil. the dishes can be a little too greasy. Come here for just comforting food with a bunch of friends.

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Nothing to write home to Florence about...
By monkeypie of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

There is nothing wrong with this place, but not worth waiting in that HUGE lineup for.

Maybe I am spoiled/biased from my grandma's homemade pasta but there is really nothing too special about Anton's pasta. It's not bad..tastes fine, just not worth the hype this place has. It was worth a try, but I won't be a regular. If what you care about is getting stuffed beyond comfort (the portions are ENORMOUS, which is why this place is popular) than this place is where to go.

However, if you are like me and prefer taste and quality over size (anyone can boil a huge pot of noodles) than try somewhere else.

A good place for families trying to save a buck or two (1 plate would feed about 3 kids!) , people with HUGE appetites and less-than picky palates, or if you want to have an eating contest. I wouldn't suggest it for a date, a quiet evening, when you have a time restraint, or when you want some really high quality, authentic italian food.

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That's Amore
By Munchies of East End, Van (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2007 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

I love cheap eats or great deals. I truly find that if you stuff yourself crazy and still have left overs to take home, you've got yourself a heck of a deal.
I must admit, Anton's is a great Italian comfort food place. I think it's a hit and miss at times but otherwise it's pretty good for what you get. Since I live in the neighbourhood and the price of gas keeps me more in town, I would rather take the effort and drive out to Amorosa's instead. The portions is huge, even for a small. One time I ordered a large..it took me 2 days to finish it off.
Otherwise, Anton's is a good place to have your Italian meal fixings at a great price.

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Used to be quiet and relaxing,not so now;
By peterd of Burnaby BC. (18 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Food variety is super,
Quantity excessive, but tolerable free advertising.
[too many fat,obese patrons waddling out the door each night]

Service is reasonable during the day times, but slower at night,with lengthy line ups always inching their way into the establishment.Why not place a full[enlarged print] menu on the window,so patrons waiting to enter can decide what they want before getting an actual table ? [speed up serving time...obviously eh]

The so called music is trash,absolute childlike garbage,compared to when Antons was smaller [up the street]. Invest in a quality sound system and some classical Italian cd's,to enhance the atmosphere of a real Italian restaurant. Play down the kids stuff,encourage a mature clientile, but a balanced one.
No one likes the excessive volume offered currently. Noise attenuation needs urgent attention by the so called manager.Hellooo.do you wear earplugs ?........well....

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Not just quantity served here, but quality
By gabaqueen of ottawa (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

Saddened to see such negative reviews for Anton. I really like it for the quantity AND the quality. And it seems to me that many others in this city do so as well, as there always is a line. I had lunch here recently and had to queue outside the restaurant for a seat. And as for the quantity, take me seriously when I say that the portion sizes are extra large. If you eat here, most of the times you will end up with a take-out portion that can easily last you two or three days.

The pasta is delicious and so despite it being expensive you don't mind spending a bit extra for it. I have not been able to try everything on their menu because it is so extensive but one dish I really enjoy is the linguine alla siciliana, which is linguine with red peppers, and anchovies. They also add olives in a very spicy tomato sauce, which is mouth-watering good. The ambience is very nice and relaxed, which is partly set by the waiters themselves, always cheery and happy-go-lucky.

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