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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 sure if they know what sanitary means...
By noeyez of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:46pm [Take-out]

I am a big pasta lover and Anton's was on my to go list ..that is until I ordered takeout one day with my BFF. As usual, dinner time is always busy and there would be lineups outside the door. So we decided to order takeout and had a drink by the bar. We were just sitting there, waiting, watching waitresses go about their duties. I believe it was almost closing time so they had to count their tip jar by the bar. Here we are, sitting and looking, not even a metre away, as she decides to grab the long spoon from the jug and proceeds to scoop out the tips from the tip jar. Mind you, there were quite a few BILLS in there and change. After she's done, she puts back into the jar full of spoons(which I presume we're clean as there were a bundle of them sitting by the counter) as if it were no biggie. Now, we ALL know just how dirty money is....but I guess she didn't. Last drink I'll ever order from there again! And last visit.

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Some hits and some misses
By marabsky of North Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 11:27am [Dine in]

We went with 3 kids 5 and under, they brought them crayons and coloring paper and the overall ambiance was condusive to a casual family meal with some real food.

The evening started spectacularly with a delicious Mista di Carciofi salad and Mussels Alla Marinara - both were simple but outstanding with great depth of flavour. We were really looking forward to the featured pastas!

Unfortunately, the pasta didn't really live up to the hype for us. We had the Linguine Alla Carbonara (which was very creamy for a carbonara, although as it was advertised in a cream sauce we couldn't complain it wasn't as advertised!) and Conchiglie Zio Carmelo (listed as sausage, chicken, pinenuts, spinach in a white wine sauce). Both pastas were of huge proportions (almost comically so) and although we specifically chose entrees not listed as "spicy" (many were) and both tasted overwhelmingly of pepper, so much so that the kids didn't eat any of it even though they were typical of foods that they have enjoyed in the past. Even with the carbonaras rich cream sauce the main flavour was pepper.

We felt the pasta was ok (although my husband didn't care for their weird rope like "linguine") but certainly didn't live up the expectations set by the starters. I don't know if we just picked two pepper-packed sauces by chance or if they are all like that. Maybe the red sauces would be better given the deliciousness of the sauce served with the mussels.

So with the hits and the misses we may or may not be back.

We do have lots of leftovers (parent friendly only!) for the next few days....

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So disappointed
By Elana of Vancouver (Dunbar) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 9, 2011 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

I tried this place for the first time last night. Wished I hadn't.

- Unbelievingly long line-ups, wait 30 mins+ (I don't understand why people would willingly line up for this)

- The waitress took forever. I realise some busy restaraunts take a while to get to you. But I've also seen restaraunts where the waitors come every 10 minutes asking if everything's alright and if we would like anything else. Being impatient, quick service is something I look for. This place took 30 mins just to ask for our order.

- Expensive food for a very cheap quality. They have a $11 MINIMUM LIMIT so you can't just share a pasta. Huge portions (1 plate can feed 3-4 people. I could eat a quarter of it. The pasta was mediocre, and the meat tasted like paper. Similar to the cafeteria food in the USSR.

Btw, they only take cash. Silly of me to think they would accept debit like most restaraunts..
If you don't care about quality and just want huge portions of food, this is the place for you. For people with taste, I would not recommend it.

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Pretty Good but expensive
By Jatt89 of SFU (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

Pasta places are supposed to be cheap - that's why you go.

I like the food, the service, and just the busy ambiance restaurant feel. But, the lunch bill came and I thought it added up pretty fast. All we had were two dishes two cups of coffee.

The Bombay Curry pasta is great. And the staff is very flexible when it comes to making special toppings on your dish.

Great food - a bit pricey - good staff.

Worth a try.

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Mass Produced pasta
By japanesefood of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 15, 2011 - 11:41am [Dine in]

If you want quantity and do not care for quality then you would like this place.

Huge portions..mainly pasta, hardly any "ingredients." good for leftovers.

expect to wait 30 minutes even on weekday nights when you think there'd hardly be anybody waiting.

No reservations allowed.

if you have dairy allergies, you are quite limited to what you can order..i think they're really banking on the cheese. Without it..pasta is bland..which says something about the rest of the ingredients.

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Good Pasta
By biology of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 25, 2011 - 6:53am [Dine in]

I really like the place - the pasta is always fresh and in big portions. And, I have never had a problem with staff or service.

Again, the value is good considering the portion sizes, but it is pasta so it doesn't cost much to have a huge portion. Still, the pastas are great - try their curried pasta - it tastes a bit fatty because of the cream base but it is delicious.

My favorite pasta place in Vancouver.

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Totally overrated
By ReviewFromMe of Maple Ridge (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 7:15am [Dine in]

I had heard from friends that this was a great place for pasta. They line up out the door it's so good, they said. The tortellini alla panna (my very favouirte) is amazing I was told. Ha!

I arrived early for dinner and there was not yet a huge crowd. I was provided a seat in front of the door. So ambiance first. The tables are small and the seats are closely placed, there is no chance a conversation you have would not be overheard. Crowded would be the best description. The table was also close to the door, which was frequently opened and caused a cold draft to all of the surrounding tables. As new diners came in they stood overlooking those tables near the front of the restaurant, not a very comfortable feeling being watched eat.

We ordered main courses and an appetizer. The appetizer came and within 2 minutes the meal came, not giving any time to finish the appetizer. When I mentioned this to waitress that if I finished the appetizer my meal would be cold, she looked at me shocked....really, I did not want it? I asked her to take the appetizer away. There was no apology for bringing the meal too quickly, nor was the appetizer removed from the bill.

The appetizer was tasty, from what I had of it but how do you mess up foccacia. In hindsight I should have eaten it because it was much better than the pasta.

The pasta was a mass of food. The tortelini were gummy and lacked flavour. The sauce was bland. Fresh grated parmesan was not offered, nor fresh ground pepper., There was a small shaker of parmesan on the table that you would get in any pizza shop. At $17 for the entree I could have had a better meal from a grocery store shelf for considerably less..

This is not somewhere that even had enough potential to go back and try again.

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Italian Pasta, Just forget about it!!!!!!
By blackpanda of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

"ALL ABOARD ON THE MANGIA CAKE TRAIN"

Any reviews you see about this place is not by any Italians cause no Italians eat here. This is a mangia cake style Italian restaurant. Would you go to eat at a Greek restaurant owned by Somalians? This place is packed with people with absolutely no idea what real Italian pasta tastes like. Calling this authentic Italian pasta is like calling chef Boyardee authentic lol. People go cause they get a 12 dollar packed plate of pasta, which only is about 1 dollar worth of pasta at the very most. Canadians love their portions.

Do yourself a favor and go eat some real Italian. Go to Cioppino's on Hamilton or to the Italian kitchen on Alberni street (northern Italian food).

What am I gonna hear next, Canadians raving about the old spaghetti factory. Mah Forget about it.

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Decent Pasta Stop
By blairmartin92 of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 1:37am [Dine in]

If you are into great Italian food Anton's probably not the best place to be. There is something to be said about the fact that they are serving decent pasta dishes with enormous portion sizes. If you are looking for a great Italian dining experience there is plenty better options in the Vancouver area. The decision is whether or not to line up for a significant period of time for mediocre pasta in huge portions. I surely wouldn't discourage anyone from testing out this place because it has an upside.

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very dissapointed
By tttoni of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

The pasta was of poor quality. Very doughy, and a bit overcooked. The sauce was good. You can find better quality pasta just about anywhere. It is really about whether you want good food, or a lot of mediocre food. Lots of leftovers, but not worth the wait. I don't understand why people wait so long in line for this place.

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There is a reason the lineup is 45-90mins long
By Saucy of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

The lineup says it all, folks. The lineup says it all.

I have a very tough time choosing what to have, as the menu is exhaustive and there are so many great dishes. I've never been able to finish a dish, although I've tried very hard. This place is a classic lower-mainland restaurant with a huge reputation and even bigger servings. I'm not arguing that Anton's is the best Italian restaurant around, but the overall experience and the tasty dishes make this a very obvious choice for a great dinner out.

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Lost a Loyal Customer
By Auntie C of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 4, 2010 - 10:33am [Dine in]

This past weekend my family and I went to Anton's for dinner. We were a party of six and three of us had arrived prior to the restaraunt opening up and stood in line. We told the hostess that the others would be here any minute but as anyone who had ever eaten at Anton's before knows, they will not seat you until your entire party arrives. By the time the remainder of our party arrived ten minutes later the restaraunt was full and as it was the start of the dinner hour we were told we would have to wait at least an hour, if not more, before a table would be available (in the past we have waited up to an hour and half to get seated). I understand waiting if we had arrived at 6:00 but being one of the first ones in the door I have to say the situation frustrated me to no end as I saw table after table being filled.

I spoke to the hostess and told her that I understood that it was Anton's policy and there was nothing she could do about it but said that in any other restaurant we would have been seated. I normally wouldn't have said anything but this time I felt that if I didn't then nothing would ever change. Our family decided not to wait, as we had a five month old baby with us and, as a curtesy to the staff, we told the hostess. At this point in time we would have returned again but to add insult to injury, as we were leaving we caught a glimpse of the hostess, along with another staff member, watching us go and laughing at us. Its obvious the staff doesn't care whether or not they lose a customer who has been coming for over 10 years but maybe "someone" else should but then again, as I've read in some of the previous reviews, I don't think they really care. The food is great and we'll really miss going there...

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Love it!
By kenshlee of Richmond , BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Always dependable for a filling, if overly filling, pasta fix (but who doesn't want leftovers?). Very tasty, although I would agree a little on the heavy side, but hey, I don't go that often. Service is generally good, just get there early to avoid the line! I've tried other pasta places but I keep coming back to Anton's, so they must be doing something right.

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Some love it, some hate it
By xkrusader of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I personally say that because it's true! If you like the large portions that over load your tastebuds, this is it.
I like it, but i think it's a bit heavy. Everything on the menu tastes great, just don't get the red sauce, since its regular ol'tomato sauce. Service is dependent. I say that because i've been here numerous times, and i've been seated all over the place. Make sure you get seated where a waitress walks by. If you're stuck in a corner seat, good luck, you might as well walk over to him/her. The value of the meal is a 5/5 for me. Always a good stuffer, and with left-overs to boot! Mind you, make sure if you're going to bring back food, don't bring seafood back. Seafood will quickly turn nasty overnight.

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NEVER returning to Anton's pasta bar
By veebee of East Vancouver, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

There were 8 of us. I am aware that there is always a wait and no reservations and that accommodating large parties is difficult. My son wanted to go there for his birthday, and we have been several times so I wanted to go for him.
The lack of concern for good service and actually caring about customers is so obvious. It is clear that their motivation is profit over people. 6 of us waited in line for some time, waiting for the other 2 people on their way. We were told several times that we could not be seated till everyone arrived, essentially being told we were not being honest when we told the staff that they were coming. We waited and we waited. We watched people go in, we waited. Everyone arrived and we waited. We were told that it would be “20 minutes”. We waited. It is after an hour now. It is my son’s birthday, he is feeling terrible that he has invited us to a place that makes us wait. After 30 minutes, not the 20 I was told we were asked if we would like to sit separately at 2 tables of 4. It is a birthday dinner, so this is not possible. We eventually got cramped into the middle of the restaurant at a table for 8 to be told pasta would be 20 minutes or more.
I am always shocked that people will blindly to wait in line to stuff their faces in a cramped restaurant. I was not surprised to read how many people have written negative reviews about this restaurant.

Service is rude and they essentially ignore anyone who is not ready at that moment to order.
Ambience is cramped, busy and waiting in line to huff in cigarette smoke of others who are waiting is just disgraceful.
Food, sure you get large portions but it is generic, bland food.
NEVER returning and am telling everyone I speak to about how bad Anton's has become. I just do not think they care.

The amount of "extras", pre-dinner glasses of wine, appy's etc that could be ordered while waiting for the last 2 people to show up would certainly be more worth it from a financial sense than the loss of custom this restaurant must surely get from disgruntled customers.

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terrible service
By serac_climb of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

not sure why people flock to this place, service is primitive - they're not flexible in accommodating a big group. if you're a couple then sure you won't have a problem but anything more than 4 becomes something of a problem for the restaurant - as they see it as an insurmountable task to seat a number of people.

just go to Anducci's where the food is decent and service excellent. it's on 6011 E. Hastings, just 6 minutes drive from Anton's

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Worst Dining Experience, Ever.
By nancyjean of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

I went to Anton's last week at 3 pm for a late lunch after hearing a good review of this restaurant. The ambiance is alright, kind of has a pub appeal, nothing too special. My friend and I were seated at 3pm and had to wait over 15 minutes to put our drink orders in. This was not acceptable as the restaurant was nearly empty and our server had gone to the table next to ours several times and proceeded to ignore my table. Finally, at 3:30 our server (a middle aged blonde woman) came over and took our orders that we had ordered off the lunch menu. The woman that took our orders failed to address any of our questions when we asked about the most popular dishes. It appeared as though she was impatient or in a big rush but this was strange as the restaurant was empty. My friend and I ordered the salmon linguini in a creamy dill sauce & the gnocci with a creamy tomato meat sauce. When our food arrived the serving portions were huge. Our server plopped them in front of us saying, "oh yeah, at 3:30 the lunch switches over to dinner." We were shocked that she had not bothered to tell us this when we had first placed our orders! The gnocci was better than the linguni but both were overcooked and disapointing. The sauce was watery and the pasta was not very flavorfull. Our server did not quality check the food. We of course were unable to eat the large amount of food in front of us and asked for it wrapped up & requested the bill. The bill arrived and our pastas were priced @ $16.95 instead of $10.95 as what we had pointed to off the menu and had ordered. I then had to get up and find our server after minutes of waiting. I asked her if there are two separate menus for lunch and dinner and she said there are. I then asked why, if we were given a dinner meal, were we not given dinner menus. She said that it automatically changes over @ 3: 30 as if we were supposed to know this. I told her that she should have let us know this and it is unacceptable to order one thing and be brought another and then charged more for it. She told us she would change the price but she was going to take our packaged food away from us! I was in complete shock. Not only did our server wait half an hour to take our orders, she was arguing with us and threatening to take away our packaged leftovers. As a server myself I know that this is completely innapropriate behaviour. We paid our bill and for the first time in my life, I refused to leave a tip.
Anton's was a horrible experience and I do not reccomend this place to anyone.

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Same Old Pasta
By victoryswan of White Rock, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

My friends and I went to Antons for dinner on a Monday night. Myself as well as a few others had been there a few times, so we knew the drill with the line etc. It had been about a year since I'd been there myself and to be honest, the food is no better than your average pasta place, which you can find up and down that area of Hastings.

The last time I was there was for a birthday party and I swear, we were able to make a reservation because of the large number of people in our group. They no longer take reservations for large groups. We had 6 people and a small child and we were not allowed to be seated until the entire group was present, which made for a cranky child especially since it was pouring rain that day.

Everyone tried everyone else's pasta and it was all pretty basic. At the end of the evening, despite the fact that there was a large number of people waiting to be seated, it took the waitress 15 to 20 minutes to bring us our bill.

All in all, the experience wasn't that enjoyable and I remember now why it took me a year to go back there. I don't suggest taking small children to this restaurant either unless it's the middle of the day and sunny. If you do end up going and you get tired of the wait, Bombay Bhel, the Indian restaurant right next door is phenomenal and you don't have to line up to get in.

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My Favorite Pasta Place
By patel of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 22, 2010 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

If you are an SFU student you have visited Anton's at least once - that is how I discovered it.

Best/unique dish: Curried Pasta - it is a bit heavy though so it is a good one to share with someone.

A common complaint by first timers is that you have to wait outside because it gets really busy - this is partly true in that you might have to wait outside if you go during peak dinner rush but that is only because they don't have an indoor reception - the line moves really fast.

Staff is friendly, and the pasta is always fresh and in big portions (as all pasta dishes should be).

Definitely worth a try ( I have been there at least 20 times and have never had a bad meal).

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not worth the wait in line
By serika of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 5:57am [Dine in]

After receiving recommendations from a couple friends, bf and I decide to check it out. Got there at 5 on a Sunday night and there was already a line. The waiting area inside the place is pretty small, so most people waiting for a table stand outside. I didn't keep track of how long we were waiting but it was at least 10-20 minutes.

First impression: kind of cramped, so not a lot of walking room.. I guess that's to maximize number of tables. Server was a nice, earnest guy who checked up on us during the meal and kept the water filled up without being asked. We ordered the calamari with marinara. Calamari is not breaded or coated with anything (not saying it's bad, just not what we expected) and the tomato sauce was pretty good (tangy and a little spicy). Bf is a big calamari fan and liked it.

Entrees: conchiglione and manicotti Anton's (both are baked dishes). I was disappointed in my pasta because all I could taste from my manicotti was tomato sauce, the cheese that covered it, and the manicotti itself (but not the chicken and spinach filling). For the conchiglione, I detected some kind of seafoody taste but nothing distinct. Basically both dishes were edible but not particularly tasty.

Bill came out to a little more than $40. All I could think was that for an extra $10 I could have had an amazing dinner at my favourite Italian place a little further down Hastings. I don't think the food is worth the wait, nor does it live up to the hype. Famous for its monstrous portions, but personally I'd rather have 1 great meal than 1 mediocre meal that will last me for 2 days.

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