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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante

$$ - $$$Mediterranean, Italian,
3296 1st Ave E, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 1B8, Canada
+1 604-251-1122
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“lamb” (6 reviews)
Mediterranean, Italian, Contemporary, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3296 1st Ave E, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 1B8, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pasta quality is average at best and not even remotely close to the league of the good ones in town like La Quercia or Ask for Luigi. It’s the first time in my life to learn that olive oil and vinegar costs extra for dipping...More

Thank gorgeousmichael
Reviewed 1 week ago

Basically nothing negative to say only and simply,...excellent people, food and prices!! The owner is an exceptional and very friendly person with years of experience in the field. It's really like dining in Italy!

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were 9 of us this time, and again the food was excellent. The servers were friendly and the service itself was pretty good (though they did get one of the starters wrong, which had to be replaced). I think the taped music had changed...More

Thank Edward S
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Consistently top shelf food & service. I had the Caesar salad with house made dressing to start. Mmmm! My dinner was “Costolette Di Agnello” Grilled lamb chops with Rosemary Reduction. Absolutely Superb! We’ve been here many times Will certainly be returning. GH

Thank Gary H
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Great service and amazing food. So many things to choose from on the menu that I have to go back! Best broth I have ever tasted for the muscles and clams. 5 stars well done

Thank VancouverBcTravelbug
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Nice food. Very small portions. Friendly wait staff. Great gin....and tonic. Interior very clean but slightly outdated.

Thank Bradley W
Reviewed June 28, 2018

We had heard several people praise this property but had never been able to get a reservation when we wanted to go...eventually the stars aligned and it worked out on a Friday night at 8 pm. Go figure! Very good service. Nice ambiance. Tasty dishes....More

Thank MillerTouch
Reviewed June 18, 2018

We've never had a disappointing meal here. Reminds us of our time spent in Italy. The staff is always smiling and helpful.

Thank kbtrager
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

My nephew lives in Vancouver, so it was great to catch up over some authentic Italian cuisine last night. We started with bruschetta then I had halibut which was lovely with roasted potatoes and verges. The hubby and nephew had steaks and thoroughly enjoyed them....More

Thank Cruiserkids
Reviewed January 12, 2018

On 1st Ave E a Renfrew right on route from down town Vancouver to #1 Freeway Passed by hundreds of times finally stopped, sure glad we did, an excellent meal. 4 succulent lamb jobs with many tasty vegetables. My wife had 2 large chicken breasts...More

Thank Steve Y
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Skeena Frances W
February 6, 2018|
Response from VanCityTim | Reviewed this property |
There are several good places in the Commercial Dr neighborhood such as Arriva or Lonbardo's or Nick's Spaghetti House.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$27
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3296 1st Ave E, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 1B8, Canada
  • Public Transportation: Rupert Street is a major bus route
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: +1 604-251-1122
  • E-mail
Authentic and affordable fine dining on the East Side... Enjoy a relaxed evening of great food in a tranquil environment and let our chefs work wonders with fresh and sustainable ingredients in simple and flavourful combinations. Check out our delicious menu of inspired creations. The Poor Italian is happy to be part of the Vancouver Aquarium's Oceanwise Programme. We're also proud to have the Italian 'Qualita' Certification Seal. Find us centrally located at First Avenue and Rupert on the East Side. We've got lots of free parking and room for up to one hundred guests. Whether it's a romantic dinner or a corporate engagement, we can accommodate you! Reservations are recommended. Though, we do tend to leave a number of tables available for walk-in guests!
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