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)
Overall, five stars if you are a hungry but discerning university student, four stars if you are not and didn't have to wait in line, and three stars otherwise.
The ambiance and service are generally great and the pasta is actually quite good, but not worth waiting in an hour long line-up for unless you really want the two days worth of left-overs.
This place is essentially a legend, known for good quality food, huge portions, gorgeous servers. The downside is that the servers are bitches who think the are 'owed' a tip simply for picking up takeout and they all have real attitudes. The food is i would say above average quality, not great, but certainly avoid their meat if you don't like gristle or the taste of poor quality meat. They really pack the dining area, all open tables so you get to know your neighbors very well, sights, smells and dinner conversation (people talk really boisterously loud there). I really liked using this place for take out until recently when they implemented a no take out policy during the hours of 5-8pm. So basically ive almost written this place off. Its sort of the italian equivalent of Stepho's greek restaurant in downtown vancouver.
My friends and I eat here once every few months whenever we have a huge craving for pasta. The food is pretty good and the portions are quite large. Just make sure you come with an empty stomach. The place is always busy, so be prepared for a line.
I've been to Anton's a couple of times now, and have to say, that everytime i go...the food is excellent, and we always end up with great service. A dish i HIGHLY recommend is the MANICOTTI ANTONS. It's a baked dish, and it takes about half an hour to get after you order...but its worth it! Had a friend suggest it, and couldn't thank him enough afterwards. The price of the food is definetly worth it, seeing as you get enough of a portion to have dinner while you are there, and lunch the next day! Also, i've never had to wait more than 25 minutes in line for a table.
Give Antons a try!
That restaurant gave me the first impression that food should be fresh since I had to wait for 20 mins for a seat. In fact, I had no complain about their food and services. The portion that they given would enough for 2 person. I will come back with my faimly next time. (Remind people that there is a minimum charge for each person, so be prepare ask the server pack the rest to go)
This place was super busy the day i decided to go there! I guess thats what success does to you! The wait was worth it, their food is amazing and come in large portions, I remeber they had a promotion thing happening "if you can finish your plate you eat for free". Sadly I couldn't even finish my plate because there was so much! Since it was very busy the service was not that great (understandable). Overall nice family restaurant!
Everyday we pass by Anton's on our way to work and home, always see people lining up, the same every night, every kind of weather, so we've been too scared to go becase of that endless line up. Yesterday had a day off, decided to go for lunch at Anton's. Had to wait even at lunch time, that just shows how busy this place is. My friend ordered the Penne Bombay, it was very very good, and my seafood pasta was fulfilling as well. Our server kept coming back to ask if we needed anything, and my friend got his pop refilled 3 times! Overall it was a good meal, decent service at a super busy place.
My son and I have been going to Anton's for years. We usually go at lunch or
early, like 4:30 for an early dinner to beat the line up. We have tried a few different things but always go back to the penne bombay! If you like curry and seafood it's the best. Creamy piping hot and delicious. We usually have to go once a month for an Anton's fix. Simple, reasonable, low keyed. We love it!!
I used to go to this place in the 90's when I was a poor university kid....but I saw the light after going there a few times.
Take a look at the people who line up outside (same crowd as the Stephos cue)....the dude in his 20-30's...limited on budget, hungry as a horse and just starting to experience life and really hasn't experienced the finer things in life. Don't get me wrong, I'm not into snooty fusion food where you pay a lot and get small portions presented nicely to you. I just have to say Anton's is a big pile of Chef Boy Ardee calibre pasta given to you so much you have to take home and think you got such an awesome deal (which is true).
I'm sorry the say the demographics is the quantity over quality crowd...the Costco people.
Pasta is descent, but not even close to being awesome or outstanding. Obviously people giving it 5 stars has either really haven't been around too much or have low expectations.
I don't know why some people are saying the pasta is low quality. They have some of the tastiest sauces I've ever had. Not only that, they have an amazing selection. The menu is so large you won't know what to order, but stick with what you know you like at first, then gain the confidence to try something different the second time. I've been going there for a long time; haven't seen any decrease in quality like the other gentleman mentioned. Just go!
My housemates and I love this restaurant and eat here about once a month. The food is good, the portions ginormous, the service is friendly and prompt. We can be in and out in under an hour, our wallets are barely any lighter, and we have leftovers to feed us for the rest of the week. Sorted.
My only quandry is: where is anton?
I've had their pasta dish many times, but the service and quality have declined over the years. I don't get why people are still lining up for hours, just because the portion is big, it doesn't mean the quality is good.
Anton's is the Stepho's of Italian food. The portions are big, the price is small, and the lines to wait for a table are long! Once you get seated, prepare to wait a while for someone to come by and take your order. However, the waitresses that I've had have always been nice. The food takes a while to come but you can't complain because the amount they give you is HUUUGE. When the bill comes along, don't be suprised - they haven't miscalculated.
This place is definitely sinking. I definitely don't want to go back again. For their type of pricing, I could settle for better. I went during the afternoon hours, and it was relatively quiet. I ordered the Linguini Alle Vongole (clams in a white wine sauce). It was covered with cheese on the top, and I was sort of surprised at this. Authentically, Italians NEVER mix cheese with seafood, especially shellfish.
Plus, I don't eat cheese. So it wasn't off to a good start.
The server looked annoyed when I told her that. She sighed and took my plate away. She had the "Sigh, I'm only doing this because I'm being paid to" attitude.
Anyway, it's bland and boring here.
Although I wouldn't wait in line for Anton's, I do think they offer a great meal if you're willing to pick it up. Their pasta menu is huge; the food is more than decent; and the prices are reasonable. I like the variety they offer and the food is usually really fresh and flavourful. It's an excellent on-the-run dinner, especially if you're really hungry!
Have been to Anton's 7-8 times and no complaints. Just go early or you will be waiting in line for a while. One of my fave dishes is the shells with a white sauce and mixed seafood. It's an awesome white sauce with a wine and lemony flavor. Hubby loves the linguine with seafood in a white wine sauce. Excellent bellinis!
It' s was my first experience to wait more than 1/2 hour to sit in. The portion of the pasta is really BIG and I think no one can finish it. This is a good restaurant for people getting fresh pasta but the environment is too noisy. If you can't wait 1/2 hour, please go to the restaurant as early as possible.
The line ups are long and the portions are huge, but somewhere along the line taste got left behind. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for ordering a meal and having left overs for the next week as much as the next guy, but put a little taste back into the mix. I would rather pay for a much smaller serving and have my taste buds excited than receiving a mound of food, but lose all interest in it after only 5 bites.
The only thing going for this place is the size of it's portions. The service every time i've been there has been horribly negligent, and the line ups to get into the place are obscene. This place is way about the hype, and less about the taste of the food. Because there is such a long line up, the staff believe they can treat their customers like crap. It's worth going if you want a big portion you can eat for 4 meals.
The real winners eat at Anton's at 2-4 pm. Avoid the lines, and your entire experience is improved. The real kicker here is value, but it does not come at the cost of quality. Great food at an awesome price. I'm always full and satisfied when I visit my favourite pasta bar in the city!