The Old Spaghetti Factory is a US based chain that originally opened its first restaurant in Canada in historic Gastown, downtown Vancouver. All entrees come complete with a crisp green salad, sourdough bread, coffee or tea, and spumoni ice cream at no additional charge.
Food: For this price, the food was alright. I had the baked tortellini, and it was a bit on the dry side, but the delicious ice cream at the end of the meal made up for it. The calamari's really good as an appetizer (though it's a bit on the small size and is quite expensive compared to the rest of the meal). Also, I would not recommend upgrading your soup to a clam chowder, it's definitely not worth the $2.25. I really liked the loaf of bread at the beginning =)
Service: Very efficient service, considering there were a lot of people in the restaurant. The servers were quite friendly, though it seemed a bit generic (but what do you expect in a restaurant like this?). No complaints here!
Value: Definitely the main reason why people come here! The portions aren't huge (the soup was actually only a few bitefuls), but if you're not completely starving, the meal is decent.
Ambiance: I loved the atmosphere! It had that nice old rustic look (there was an old fashioned bicycle hanging from the ceiling!). I had no problems with how sanitary the restaurant was- everything was very clean.
I will definitely return here if I'm visiting Whistler next time! Be sure to arrive a bit earlier (5pm?) because this place fills up very quickly!
It's been about 15 years since we were last at an Old Spaghetti Factory; the kids, when they were little, loved the place with it's multiple courses, funky decor and big plates of kid friendly pasta. We were in Whislter and stumped for a place to eat dinner that wouldn't break the bank. We both spotted the OSF sign and half jokingly said we should do it for old times sake. Well, with no better options staring us in the face, we ended up going in laughing about expecting the traditional Spumoni finish to the dinner.
Sure enough, it's pretty much the same as it was 15 years ago.An all inclusive dinner of tossed salad, sourdough bread, pasta, dessert and coffee. Many of the pasta dishes are the same. I ordered the brown butter spaghetti I always use to get and wife ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. Now we don't expect Authentic Mange Italiano at the OSF, just mildly spiced pasta and sauces at a good price. And that's what we got. My brown butter spaghetti was not overly greasy and was nicely dressed with fresh ground parmesan and pepper. Quite delicious. Wife enjoyed her meatballs in a very mild marinara though she greatly prefers our zingy home version. And sure enough, the spumoni ice cream showed up at the end. Just over $30 for two with tip.
OSF is really a family restaurant and for the consistent food and value that kids will enjoy, you can't go wrong.
There were six of us that had a mini-holiday in Whistler this past summer. Our first night we had dinner here. BIG mistake!!! FYI - we love the Spaghetti Factory in Gastown and Richmond!!
The guy who was serving us was so slow and clumsy. Took forever to get our salads. The bread tasted old and looked old.
The portions up here are definitely smaller than the ones down in Vancouver.
Was not happy with experience here at all.
Avoid this place. Will not be going back!
I have consistently been dissapointed with my visits to Old Spaghetti Factories, and have stopped going. My visit to the Whistler location was no reprieve. My fiancee and I decided to have dinner there during a three night stay in the city for an anniversary. Our server was quite friendly and welcoming, the food however was again, a major let down. We ordered the baked, cheese stuffed tortellini with alfredo. I'm not sure there even was sauce in the dish, if there was it was completly saturated during the baking process, the tortellini was literally the tri-colored tortellini I see at the grocery store and the portion sizes were so tiny, I believe a child would leave hungry (I don't have a huge appetite.) As I said, I won't be returning to any OSF anytime soon!
I attend an annual conference in Whistler, and always seem to end up eating here, probably because it's one of the best deals in Whistler. However, you really get what you pay for...this is definitely not food for the sophisticated palate. It will fill you up, and if you don't pay too much attention to your taste buds, it's pretty good. Our server looked like he was in high school, and seemed inexperienced. We had to ask repeatedly for several things before he brought them. At least his attitude was good, and he was friendly. Decor was the same as all the other Spaghetti Factories. Overall good for cheap fast food, kid friendly. Just don't expect much and you'll be satisfied.
love the mizithra spaghetti,even though it sticks to teeth like a drowning man clinging to a life presever.,raspberry marg's are great,and the prices are very reasonable. bread came to the table cold this visit,and our waitress replaced it with a warm loaf immediatley. Steak here always seems to be on the tough side,but spaghetti is a steadfast reliable fav.
i've been to other old spaghetti factory in Canada in US.. but this one in whistler was the worst out of the worst.... it was absolutely disgusting
the spaghetti was cold, the serving was small and the mushroom tomato spaghetti's mushroom seemed like it came out of a can just dumped onto the plate. the whole dish was cold and it didn't have any taste to it. it was not salty and was watery too
the salad in the beginning was okay because it was just caesar salad, come on, how hard can it be
our server wasn't friendly and she seemed to be very impatient to my friend's ESL english.
i will never come here again
Took the bf there for the first time and we had to wait in the lounge for about half hour before we could get to our table. It wasn't bad but we didn't like how we had to pay for our drinks first and then pay for our meal later.
Service was dreadful -- we had issues asking for anything and it seems like it was stressful to our server since it was so busy. Our meals came and the food was excellent. It's usual OSF pasta but we really liked our meals. That location around dinnertime is a madhouse but it still seemed as though other tables around us got much better service.
This has to be the worst Old Spaghetti Factory of all. I have never experienced such disrespect for the waiters and waitresses from management. We had a party of 38 and ONE waiter to get our drinks, take our orders, serve, and clean up. He did a fantastic job and he really earned his pay that night. Not one waitress or waiter was able to help him because they were so busy themselves. We watched the manager/owner walk out laughing when every seat was taken and a room full of people waiting for tables. She should be ashamed of herself. The food wasn't as good as usual, probably due everyone being seated at once. I hope these waitstaff is being well paid, if not, there's other restaurants that would employ you hard workers.
I love pasta as much as the next person, but the sauce is VERY important, especially when it's a simple meat sauce. They say that it's made fresh everyday, but I'm not too sure about that. Moreover, the sauce is WAY too watered down to be any good. I had to put so much parmesan cheese on it to "thicken" it up, and even after that, I couldn't really taste anything; not even the cheese. It was a little ridiculous.
The price is really good, considering you get bread, soup or salad with the entree and a scoop of ice cream at the end of your meal. You definitely get what you paid for though: you pay cheap for crappy food.
The service was pretty good. The waitress was pretty friendly and kept our pitchers of water filled, so I was happy with that. I think next time I'll go for a cheap sushi place rather than go back for watered down pasta though.
I have eaten here many, many times. The second to last time we ate here we were greeted VERY rudely by the hostess, however when we complained, we were promptly appologized to and given a $20 gift certificate for our next meal there. The seafood fettucine is excellent, as is the mushroom tomato sauce. The baked cheese tortellini is quite dry and needs more sauce, and the salad that comes with every meal is pathetic....wilted old greens with the TINIEST amount of dressing, you hardly can detect it. The spumoni icecream is a nice finish. You gotta love the bread that keeps coming with the garlic butter....YUM!! The spaghetti with mithra cheese can be very salty so watch out. My husband loves their lasagna. Remember that this restaurant is HUGE and there are many many people crowded inside....so not the place for a meeting or romantic meal.....it is extremely loud and chaotic, many children running around. Service staff are always very friendly but appear to be run ragged. The Raspberry margarita ( or was it daquiri?) is delicious.
When visiting Whistler, my spouse and I visited OSF.
Compared to most restaurants we ate at during our 4 days in Whistler, this was the best value. The food was pretty good and the value was incomparable.
We had the spaghetti with spicy meat sauce and the seafood fettuccini. Salad/Soup, coffee, dessert and bread were all complimentary. You won't leave hungry.
We had a way better experience here than the awfull experience we had at OSF in Langley. i'd definitely go back for an economical meal.
Our server was fantastic. We were travelling with our infant and our server was very friendly and patient with us.