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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
Sadly I have to echo what other people are saying here about Anton's...the amount of time one has to spend waiting to get a seat and the actual experience eating there is not worth your time or money. Yes, the portions served are huge and if you take the leftovers home they can serve you as food for days, but during my last visit I was not really sure I wanted to take home my food and continue to eat it.
The line-ups are huge, even when I came at a non peak hour. It is a bit disappointing that despite arriving before it got crowded (quarter to five) it was still difficult to find a table. If this is what it is like at a non-crowded hour, how will it be during normal ones? And this is even when we had made a reservation! 50+ minutes is too much for me when it is supposedly not peak time.
The food was bland and the quality of the pasta is not that great. My linguine pescatore lacked taste and the fettuccine tasted undercooked and with a taste-less tomato sauce. I took two bites of it and knew something was off. My date did not seem to enjoy his meal either. The service was not much better, to say the least. The staff was almost non-existent and quite uninterested in attending us, which was a pity. If it were not for the drinks or the lasagna, which they almost forgot to bring, I would have deducted another star.
If you are planning on coming here, think about quantity and not quality. There is better quality Italian out there. Seriously. I am saddened to say this because Anton's is a famous restaurant that has been around for a while.
I really am not a big pasta person, but when my date suggested we go there I decided to try it out. The menu was daunting for me (since I don't eat pasta, I don't know the difference between fussili or linguinie) so the date ordered for me. It was some spirally pasta, with a slightly spicey clearish sauce and a bunch of different meats, and we shared a caesar salad which is the only caesar salad I've ever had in a restaurant that I like. There was something real tasting about this pasta, less processed and just so fresh tasting!!!! The sauce was flavourful, the meat aplenty and so was the pasta. We didn't even finish our meal, and were completely stuffed (and both of us are big eaters).
The service was awesome, the girl fetching everyone was super nice and was even polite to the numerous pepole walking in past the line up and demanding a table. I hope her tip outs are good, because I could not handle the way people were acting toward her myself. It's not her fault it's a popular place, and their is a line up! Our server was awesome as well, she was super busy and was still taking the time to answer questions and even told me about the wine when i ordered just the house white (a little dry, but goes wonderfully with the pasta). Our plates were cleaned up promptly with smiles and wasn't intrusive.
The ambiance I'm giving a higher rating because I love how there are pictures of Anton's life, and the cheesy neon lights totally fit with the style of the place.
Well worth the wait, even for a non-pasta lover
Three of us went for a late lunch one afternoon. Major disappointment. Alfredo sauce was strange tasting and had way too much nutmeg. Way too much! Made it really sweet. We mentioned it to the waitress and she didn't really care that we were not satisfied with our meal. None of us finished our food. Overpriced and really not good. Will not return. Too bad. Used to love the place.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.