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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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Great family place
By campbellc of coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

Our children took us to Anton's for Mother's Day. There were eight of us. I had seen the line-ups for years, but had never gone before. We were told by our son to get there about 4:30--good and early--which we did, but they will not seat your party until they are all there. But once everyone arrived, we got a table for eight on a busy night reasonably quickly.
I had heard the portions were enormous, and they were. I had seafood and mushrooms in a cream sauce, which was redcommnede by the server, and tried everyone else's choice. My cream sauce was extremely tasty--I wish I had the recipe. Service was attentive and pleasant, and the wine was good.
I read the other reviews of this restauarant and was surprised to see one reivew refer to "children" in the kitchen, and another who complained about "the class of the patrons". I thought these were very inappropriate remarks which told me nothing. Another stupid person referred to the cute waitreses.
All in all we had a pleasant evening, and the children were not stuck with a horrendous bill at the end of the meal. We will go again as a family.

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big servings
By jacobeats of east van (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

a group of us went to antons after work as one of our members was starving but thrifty. one member mentioned the humungous portions and the likelihood of a "pack it home" bag.

we ordered and were not disappointed. the quantity was certainly big but the quality was quite average.

if you want a deal (and another meal the next day) then this is the place to go for pasta. i'd certainly go back, not with a date, but with my hockey team...

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Get the Penne Bombay!!!
By aleem of Ireland (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 5:42am [Dine in]

Yes, we all know you have to wait in line, and yes becuase you waited in that line the service is bound to be slow, WE GET IT! If you dont want to wait, get your food to go, they give you just as much, no wait and you can even eat in your pj's! I suggest getting the Penne Bombay, it is super good, it comes with seafood, but I usually subsitute chicken instead! The Pesto with mushrroms and chicken is also quite good! I usually eat my leftovers for two days!!! And you cannot beat the prices, esspecially in Vancouver these day with restaurant costing a small fortune, hahaha! And I dont apprciate the guy who said the people that go to Anton's and Stephos havent' lived, just silly!

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Still the best Pasta Value in town
By mclovin of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

Simply, I have never left hungry or unhappy. I have been to Anton's hundreds of times over the years. Be prepared for crowed tables and busy servers and long waits but its worth it. Not a place for a first date, a place to have great pasta at an excellent value.

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dont listen to the haters
By asiansushiboy of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

the food was HUGE. 2 of my girlfriends and i went and ordered 2 plates and had 2 boxes of leftovers to bring home. 10bux each. haha. food tasted great, i wouldnt say it was INCREDIBLE but hey what do u expect at that price? food is still 8/10 in my books

long lineup, can get quite noisy. servers have too much on their hands so service can be quite poor at times.

i would just call and order takeout

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A production line-formula for success
By Gromit of Surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

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.

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Make sure you come hungry
By stang of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good to try
By Rex of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 12:50am [Dine in]

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)

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busy busy busy place...
By ieatoutalot of Burnaby (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 11:30am [Dine in]

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.

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5 star for volume
By bonger of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

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.

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Don't Listen To The Haters
By WineAndDine of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

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!

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Where is Anton?
By libbyo of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 11:20am [Dine in]

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?

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the food was soooo good
By mleblanc of Guelph ON (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

I took a trip to Vancouver 2 weeks ago and I was brought to this resturant and man it was the best pasta I have ever had. Great value for your money. Can't wait till next summer. There was 9 of us and we all took bites off eachothers plates. Everyone was amazed at how ever dish was amazing. I have been craving it ever since my return home. there clear sauce dishes are the best I have ever tasted. Great selection of ingredients and everything cooked to perfection.

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Go for the portion and price
By eyu1 of Yaletown, Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 22, 2006 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great for take out
By Allison of Burnaby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 1, 2006 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

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!

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Wait too long
By stapler of richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 1:56am [Dine in]

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.

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It's all about size, baby.
By Xtasia of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 16, 2006 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great service, good value, just brave the line and eat up
By ratrod of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:17am [Dine in]

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!

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Best Value ... Good Taste
By frantic_monster of Downtown Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

I went to this place many times. Despite being in the burnaby I think the food worth the travel time. You should also expect to stand in the line for between 10~30 minutes.
From the quality point of view, I can say that the food is very very delicious. But I agree with some reviews that it is somewhat greasy or there is not alot of meet etc. I like Penne Antonio and Fusilli Alla Toscana. Their baked dishes are also worth trying.

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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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