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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante

$$ - $$$
Mediterranean, Italian, Contemporary, Seafood
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3296 East 1st Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 1B8, Canada (Rupert)
+1 604-251-1122
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food, atmosphere and service were all very, very good. Great experience and look forward to my next visit.

Thank infoF2460UW
Burnaby, Canada
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dine out Vancouver and to celebrate a early birthday. The service was really good and the food was also really good. It cost $40. for a 3 course meal. Lots of parking and great place to take a senior

1 Thank Elaine R
Everett, Washington
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

We had been driving past this restaurant for over a year and always said, 'We should stop in there.' We're always on the lookout for a good Italian restaurant. We were not disappointed. Excellent food and great service. The Pasta al Ragu D'Agnello may be the most expensive pasta on their menu, but it is superb. You will not be... More 

1 Thank LeroyIone
Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Excellent, so delicious!!! I had lasagna, roasted chicken, soup salad, the beef, and of course dessert. Now it is more expensive so you may want to go for lunch. Lunch is always less expensive, but the quality is excellent.

1 Thank ahha2014
Burnaby, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I have been driving past The Poor Italian Restaurant on my way to and from work for about 2 years now and have always wanted to stop in and try the food. I went by yesterday to pick up pasta for my family. (One guy and two women). I was extremely upset that it cost me 70.00 and the portion... More 

1 Thank _debglov
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48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Great execution of all italian dishes. Real italian and very cozy location. Delicious pasta. Caprese salad very good...

1 Thank Flemingtrip
Denpasar, Indonesia
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner With My husband and my Baby, he Said The eggplant parmesan was really good before but somehow this time wasn't that good as before but still OK. The place is nice and The Staff really helpful and friend. It's worthed To try if you are looking to italian food

Thank Eni R
Boise, Idaho
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

My family enjoyed the food... Spaghetti, lasagna and the gnocchi. Great flavor and service with fresh and local products. Also a fair price for atmosphere and service. Definitely glad we took a wrong turn and found this place instead of McDonalds. Highly recommended.

1 Thank JSKitzhaber
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Excellent service, but very disappointing food. Both my and my friend's entree (lasagna and pesto pasta) were alright, but nothing to write home about. Dessert, however, was extremely sub par with what quality you would expect given the restaurant's prices and marketing. For $11, I ordered a trio of mini cannoli. The shells were thick and tasted stale (possibly due... More 

2 Thank B L
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Stopped in on the fly for a romantic dinner. We were very early. First in at 5:00 pm. Ordered the $16 lemon butter pawns. Got five medium pawns in a very buttery garlic baked sauce. One of the pawns had not been deveined. Show it to the waiter and he said " oh I guess they missed that one" Gross... More 

Thank Bob M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$27
Mediterranean, Italian, Contemporary, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, 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, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3296 East 1st Ave, 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
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 by Chef Moschopoulos and his crew. 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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