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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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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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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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Not up to the hype
By madkins of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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