Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Al Porto Ristorante

  • Online Reservations

Al Porto Ristorante
Al Porto Ristorante

Al Porto Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alporto.ca
  • Phone: (604) 683-8376
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Dave Bell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Groups of 10 - 200 can be accommodated. groups of 10 - 35 dine in our private Wine Room. Larger groups up to 60 dine in the Loft: the upper level of the restaurant with scenic views. The Loft is completely private with a separate bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Kami Obradovic (604) 683-8376
  • Special Events & Promotions: Al Porto has 4 private booking options for special events. Our Wine Room is perfect for an intimate dinner of up to 36 guests. Our Terrace has beautiful archways and authentic Italian charm with seating of up to 45 guests. Our Loft features a superb view and seats up to 70 guests. Our Dining Room is great for larger functions of more then 160 guests. Come for a corporate meeting, or private party; Al Porto can accomodate a variety of private booking needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cambie
  • Public Transit: Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We suggest parking at 142 Water St, the old Storyeum building.
A word from Al Porto Ristorante
Gastown's popular Water Street is alive with the taste of another era. Meander down the cobbled sidewalk and stumble across a true find, the uniquely situated Al Porto Ristorante. Spacious yet cozy, the room is as distinct as the cuisine that defines the rich flavour, and culture of Italy.

Private rooms and special menus for groups are available. Enjoy the scenic view of the Burrard Inlet and North Shore from the private Loft.

Candlelight and a warm welcome await you as you cross through the iron-gate.
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant came highly recommended by our hotel concierge. We felt ripped off, left hungry, and had to get Japadogs afterwards."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great Italian and local seafood! Waiters and staff strove to be their best. My three hungry kids (2, 4 and 5 year old) were treated excellent. Try the local fish with a local brew, and the Italian food is just how La Nonna would cook it!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Met with some old friends who came to town, I went on line, googled Italian downtown, Al Porto it is. Food and wine were very good, waiter was not bad, pleasant enough, a little slow. When we first arrived not many people but soon that changed. Great ambiance, overall a good dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Between the waiter and the busboy, my business associate and I were interupted every 5 minutes. Not sure if they were tying to be helpful or trying to impress my female colleage. (Me thinks the later)..."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I would recommend this place for a meal. great service/ food/ ambience. went there with a large group and everything was seamless."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Al Porto is perfect for a special occasion. The dinner menu is large and the portions are excellent. My fiance and I enjoyed the ambience and would definitely come here again. I would reccommend the arancini funghi to start."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Nate our waiter and sommelier was great. Professional, knowledgable and witty all rolled into 1. 2 of us had the rack of lamb, delicious. Veal scallopini and Spaghetti and meatballs also received high ratings. It was my first time and I will be coming back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very enjoyable long, leisurely lunch with great friends - will return for sure."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Restaurant was close to hotel above Canada Place where we were staying. Food was just ok, not great."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "fantastic service! First time dining at Al Porto, and didn't know what kind of wine to have. Our server made us feel comfortable and recommended various types of wine to have out on a sunny afternoon."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Worth using the groupon for the pasta. Best part of the meal was the antipasto for 2 appetizer"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were on a stop over and the hotel recommended Al Porto. Good recommendation. The Osso Buco, recommended by Nate, was excellent. Spaghetti as one might expect was excellent. It was a "rainy" night so opinions are shaded by the weather. But this was a good choice. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The bruschetta was alright. The pasta (fettucine boulg... I forget full name) was divine!! But the canadese pizza we ordered was terrible and flavourless. I was expecting an authentic Italian pizza and it was a big disappointment. Overall: Good experience as first time customers. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A wonderfully reliable spot that always has great food and good service. The atmosphere is open, warm and pleasant. Truly one of the best restaurants in Vancouver."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We love Al Porto. It is definitely our go to restaurant when we want a consistently good meal and great service. From Nate ( our favourite server) to the rest of the staff and to management, thanks for always making us fee l so welcome! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We tried Al Porto using an online Groupon. We have found some great places, we would probably have never known about, through Groupon. Our waiter, John, was great and the food was delicious. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice place to meet friends and family where the get together is important and the food and service must simply be excellent. We totally enjoyed the ordering and dining experience and were able to connect in a wonderful environment."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Wonderful attentive server with great suggestions friendly and very professional appreciate visiting will be back."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I rarely write a bad review, but the food I had was really not good at all. I am allergic to gluten and follow a vegan diet where possible so when I made the reservation, I did so because it said they had gluten free options. Turns out they actually only have 1 gluten free option - fusilli pasta - but I could choose any sauce/topping combo I wanted. When the meals were all brought out, they gave me spaghetti with sauce and veggies. I asked if this was a gluten free pasta too; the server said "Oops. Glad you caught that" and took it away. Then he came back 3 minutes later with the gluten free option, but it was rushed and sloppy - the veggies were pretty much raw. If you don't do gluten free, that's fine, just please don't pretend you do."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was adequate enough for a high volume tourist place. Our waiter was frankly obnoxious. If I hadn't been in a large group and not wanted to make a scene I would have told him so-- he got the 20% because it was auto added for a large party but was rude and uninformative"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had a business dinner for 10. The ambiance was really nice and suitable for our group. The food was good with minor exceptions. Pricing was moderate. Service was excellent. All in all a nice evening for all."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The calamari could do with less batter and more meat. The pastas are flavourful and cooked to perfection. The seafood Spendio was excellent. Service was excellent . It was the first time for 4 out of 6 diners...but 6 out of 6 diners would return again. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We went to Al Porto with pizza in mind but when our server pointed out the early dinner special my husband zeroed in on the beef tenderloin. Our salads (goat cheese for him, spinach for me) were good though rather small, and my mussels were okay, but he was quite disappointed with the beef and doubts that it actually was tenderloin. He also has no recollection of the sauces mentioned in the online version of the menu, and I know he was not offered a choice. So, the next time we will stick to the plan and hope for better luck with the pizza."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Always a great place for lunch and dinner. I usually go for lunch several times a month."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our evening consisted of a wonderful meal and a wait staff that is hard to beat. Pricing was reasonable on most items and the portions enough to suit a moderate appetite. ."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Recently we celebrated my Birthay at this restaurant - and it was an outstanding experience: the food was wonderful ( we ordered appies to sharantre, entrees and dessert platters), the service impeccable and the ambiance extremely classy and pleasant. It was not the first visit to this restaurant and definitely not the last one. This place is where you can celebrate a spexcial occasion, have romantic dinner or just enjoy excellent food and service in good company. Love this restaurant, would recommend it definitely and will be back. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The service was great except that we found out via another server that our server gone home. Having experienced thin-crusted pizza in Italy, I was disappointed that my house pizza's crust was thick and hard to chew. It did not help when my knife was not the sharp pointy ones. My hands were too tired cutting up the pizza then to really enjoy the pizza. I was hoping for an authentic pizza, especially that Al Porto is proud of its Italian culture. Plus, it is a casual fine dining restaurant, I was not enthusiatic to dig in with my hands on the juicy pizza. My husband had the Osso Buco and mentioned that the flavour had not got into the meat. We expected better for the price. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Our server Cheri was awesome. Food was delicious and well portioned. Great ambiance."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were the last patrons of the evening and stayed well beyond closing time due to late arrival from the airport - but there was never a 'rush' to get us to leave and the service was excellent. A real example of good customer relations that builds lasting patronage."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Food and service was great. Have been to that restaurant many times."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I used to dine at this restaurant many years ago and the food was always excellent; however, not this time when I decided to take advantage of a Groupon and go with 5 friends. I was so excited to bring friends to an old haunt and perhaps rediscover the dining experience from so long ago. Completely Disappointed... The food was o.k. - the sauce tasted like something out of a can or jar and portions were small e.g. pasta/ veal - would not dine here again! The following day, 2 of my friends complained of upset stomachs. VERY DISAPPOINTED! DEF WOULD NOT DINE HERE AGAIN!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Al Porto serves high quality food in an high service environment which is both elegant and comfortable"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We recently celebrated our civil wedding ceremony by having dinner at Al Porto with our best friends . Our server John was fantastic knowledgeable and friendly , a real pro.His wine suggestions were not only great value but quite delicious . The food was excellent we dined on the 3 course $25 entree before 6:30 special and paid $125 each couple for dinner and 3 bottles of wine . Great value Thank You Al Porto Ristorante and John."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "One of the best Italian food restaurants in the city. The food is always excellent, and you are well-looked after by the service staff. We enjoy it most for a quiet dinner, but it worked very well for an outing with a few family and friends for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We found this place on Open Table. Had family in town, group of 10. Great service and good food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had groupon but also saw an "early bird" dinner price. It would have been cheaper to go with early bird price, but after the dinner, I do not want to return here again. Food was marginal: halibut over cooked, side dishes cool to touch, blob of tomato paste in pasta dish."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Consistently good food and service. Very good value."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had a groupon and decided to give this restaurant a try. Service was really great, waiter was attentive and friendly and very formal. The pizza is recommended, great crust and fresh ingredients. Fast service as well. Decor was cute and nice and clean, great for many occasions."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food was Outstanding. Wonderful. The food selections were varied and delicious. Service excellent, Thanks, we will definitely come back for dinner"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised on our first visit to Al Porto. Finally we found a restaurant where you can carry on a conversation without having to yell across the table! Food and service was excellent, we would definitely recommend it"
    Dined on 3/15/2014