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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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Come hungry or go home
By ferrystar of Victoria (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I'm not a pasta person usually, but I was persuaded to try this place b/c everyone seemed to rave so much about the huge portions. Did I mention I'm also not really an all-you-can eat fan? After waiting an hour in line, I was definitely looking to be impressed. The surprise was, that everyone was right! My chicken/mushroom/pesto pasta was fantastic, if a bit too heavy on the garlic. Despite the restaurant being packed, our server was friendly, helpful, and the food arrived in a timely manner. None of us at the table could finish our meals and I ended up eating my pasta over the course of the next 3 days, but after those 3 days, I still wanted more. Now that's the mark of a good restaurant.

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Sinking
By Viviyan of Burnaby (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 1:18am [Dine in]

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.

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Ok but not great
By Foodexpertcanada of Surrey , B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 9:02am [Dine in]

Last Saturday I was craving pasta .
I had not been to Anton's for few years now. I used to go there a lot but since I moved away from the area it was not easy to get there , anyhow , I decide to go and have a big dish of pasta. But to my surprise it was not as good as I remember it . Maybe since I have tried many good restaurant in town , my taste had changed or maybe we have such a wide variety of good food and restaurants in our town now .
It defiantly filled me up but I still am in search of better pasta bar.

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The waitress spilled boiling water on my 3 year old son and he got 2nd degree burns in 3 places
By MetroDiner3 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2013 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

I did enjoy going to Antons pasta bar for many years before I had my kids, but we stopped going there when the the waitress brought our drinks on a tray and came between my wife and 3 year old son instead of coming to the end of the table like common sense would dictate instead of squeezing between 2 people. The tray was dumped and scalding hot water burned my sons shoulder, arm and went all the way down his leg and filled his boot with the hot water. We did not even know about the ankle burn until after we got home from Burnaby hospital emergency. The ankle burn was the worst.

The waitress and owner of Antons pasta bar who was in the restaurant at the time of the incident did not even apologize to us. All he did was give me his business card when I requested it.
It was an unfortunate incident, but we do not go there anymore because of how they treated us at that moment in time. It was like he was expecting us to pursue them with legal actions for negligence.

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Great portions
By sarahandrews69 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

The food was good. The portions were incredible, but the wait sucked. I don't know if it is worth the wait to get big portions of pasta. I am not sure if I would go back or not as I don't like waiting. I would like someone to bring me the food though. Does that count?

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A solid solid place
By gianteater of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

Always good food - try their curried pasta - pretty great (but feels a bit heavy).

The service is also always friendly even when it is very busy. But the big positive is the value, as it should be for a pasta place.

I actually have no complaints and I haven't been able to find a better pasta place yet in terms of food quality, service, and value.

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Great Food - Funky Place - Worth the Wait
By mtn man of Valley (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

Our favorite Italian restaurant - yeah so you have to wait outside, good time to meet your neighbors or make new friends. Tough to seat large parties so limit your group to 4 and you will be happier - hey it's a small place - and yeah they don't seat you till your all there which is fair to all the others in line. Now the food - have tried something different almost every time and have never been disappointed and I've never left without a doggy bag. Staff are great some of them have been there for years and are always willing to explain a dish or offer suggestions. Will go again next time we are in Burnaby.

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cheap dinner
By a8239 of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

went there around 5:45pm, 4 of us wait for about an hour, not THAT bad :P

Bruschetta Bread with tomatoes - pretty good, the bread was crispy
Mista Salad - nothing really special, but BIG portion
Penne Antonio - pretty good, very creamy
Lasagna - the meat sauce was great, but not hot enough

total bills come to $56 with tips and taxes and 1 BIG box of leftover
i wouldn't say the pasta is the best, but for this value, what can you expect ~

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line ups
By hungryI of burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

All I can say about this place is that the portions are large.
Pasta is pasta. Large portions put me off and I don't like leftover pasta. When I was asked if I wanted to take the leftovers home I was greeted with a shocked look. It wasn't good enough to eat a second time or a first time. Our fellow patrons were happy and boisterous which was nice. Waitresses very good. Can't figure out why anyone would line up for the food, tho. If you are on a strict budget and need to have the leftovers for 2 nights then this place is it.

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Pasta me Pasta....
By jklau65 of granville, vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I am a Banana. I am 240lbs.

Hearing about this legendary place for so many years has had me place this
restaurant on my "must go to" list before I die.

First off... the phone number for this listing is incorrect!!! It is 604-299-6636.

Second....be prepared to wait!!!! It is obvious from all the reviews that this is
the norm for this restaurant and patrons should not be surprised or annoyed
about this fact.

Third.....the restaurant has a standing policy if your party is NOT completely
there to be seated right away the you will NOT be given a table. If you have
a party of 10 and only 9 people are there they will make an exception but if
you are a party of 10 and only 7 or 8 are there you will have to wait until your
party is complete.

All pasta dishes are $14.95, other priced dishes are marked on the menu.

You have many choices of sauces to choose from. The sauces are divided
into 4 sections (red, white, clear, seafood) and within each section there are
6-9 different types of dishes.

Risotto is available. 3 types of desserts (cheesecake, tiramisu, i can't
remember the 3rd). Good variety of wine choices.

We were a party of 8 adults and 2 children.
We were a full party at 7pm and seated within 15 minutes.
We ordered the 3 appetizers. One soup. 5 different pasta dishes. One
cheesecake for the kids.
The pasta portions are huge for one person. Almost anything can be added
to the dish if you have a special hankering for something (for a nominal fee).

I gave the food only a 3 because I am of the opinion that we are all pasta
"chefs". We all have a certain way that we like our pasta and sauces. So if
you have a certan way you like your pasta let the server know.

Everyone in our group liked the dishes.
Everyone said they would go back and eat there again.

And I think I saw Anton!!!! ;)

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what happened to anton's?
By lilleilee of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 2:45am [Dine in]

first time i went to anton's was back in 2002. I had the tortellini and man it was AWESOME. However, i returned about 8 months ago, and I had the penne alfredo i think it was, and BOY OH BOY, i had serious indigestion the next day....in other words...i had the runs! Not only me, but everyone i went with had the runs! And truth be told, NOW, their food is quantity over quality, and it tastes funky and isnt all that great anymore. It has too much sauce and the sauce is so fattening u can taste the fat in your mouth as you eat it and it's so greasy and the level of greasiness gave us indigestion Anton's is overrated, hands down! The line ups are ridiculous specially during winter!!!!!!!! COLD!
anyway, i have now switched over to bombay behl, which is an indian cuisine right by anton's. There are no line ups, the food is well porportioned and the quality is hands down AMAZING! and the service is great!
antons has good service once ur inside, but the food is not worth the long wait!
never going back after the indigestion problems

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Worth going - again and again!
By skywater of North Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

Anton's is a Burnaby legend. I've been going there for the better part of twenty years and their food has been consistent throughout. The pasta sauces are better than other Italian restaurant I've tried. Such flavour! Portions are huge too. So basically quantity and quality all in one. The variety of dishes is also really substantive, something to please most palates. I especially like how the vegetarian pasta dishes are so flavourful. Good quality dinner buns too; they don't skimp like some other restaurants. Service is reliablly good, regardless of how busy. Ambiance is not the greatest but the black & white posters on the walls are fun, and the open kitchen is a bonus too.

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Great food but too long of a wait.
By foodsnob05 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 11:40am [Dine in]

Almost every time i go there, the line is huge and I've even gone on their off hours. There food is delicious, the portions yes are huge -i usually eat the pasta for a couple days after, I've never been disappointed food wise. The service, i suppose is as good as it could be for the volume they have to deal with but it does kinda wreck the ambiance when you have to wait for an hour or more just to sit down at a table.

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5 star university meal, 3-4 otherwise
By gastrophile of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

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.

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Best Pasta in Town
By BurbGuy of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Ladies and Gents, for a large bowl of tasty pasta you cant beat Antons. The food was wonderful. They dont cook the pasta to a point where its soggy like other pasta places. The line-up is a little excessive but if you take your food to go there is no wait at all.

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biiig pasta small flavor
By Elements604 of Somewhere in BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 12:18am [Dine in]

You know we went here trying to figure out why antons is so busy and popular . We had a very disapointing evening . Pasta was waay overcooked by the children working in the kitchen. That is basically the main reason to go there. Im thinking the huge lineups are full of people who dont know any better at this point. Either that or they really appreciate the bigger is better mentality they have going on there. Either way we were disapointed and would never go back.

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Wow! awesome pasta
By sierraleone of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 12:25am [Dine in]

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!

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Penne Bombay
By allburnedout of Port Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

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!!

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Not as good as before
By foodcraze of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 10, 2006 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

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.

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Way better than Anducci's
By roofofhouse of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

I've gone here a few times. The portions are huge. Good thing taking the left over home is an option. Most nights there is a line outside the restaurant, but isn't that a good sign? I've always enjoyed what I order and I always order the same thing, the penne with artichoke and creamy tomato sauce. It's soooo good. I don't know why so many reviews are criticizing this place; obviously service will be a bit slow if the restaurant is busy. Calling the chefs "children" is ridiculous. Unless you go to an internationally acclaimed 5-star restaurant run by a world famous chef, the cooks will be young adults, probably with little or no professional training. Deny it all you want, but the cooks at Anton's are glorified McDonald's workers. Maybe your standards are too high? Whatever. This place is worth a try. For $14 and the amount of pasta you get, you can't really go wrong.

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