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Al Porto Ristorante
Al Porto Ristorante

Al Porto Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alporto.ca
  • Email: info@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: David 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 (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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Our go to restaurant when we want good Italian food with great service. We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary here and our favourite server 'Nate' helped make it a very special occasion. We highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Brought a friend from out of town there for lunch. The location is great, quick walk from Waterfront station. Service was good and the food was great. We enjoyed our lunch very much."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We booked a large table for a work event a few weeks ago. On the day of, we needed to push back our reservations and add additional seating. Though the restaurant was very busy for the evening, they were happy to accommodate us as much as possible and even provided us with 4 additional seats just in case our numbers went up even higher. Despite having a large party that arrived and ordered at different times, all of our meals arrived in a timely manner and the server didn't seem to mind that we were all ordering at different stages. Our glasses never went empty before our server took our next drink orders. The Calamari was fantastic, and everybody said that their dinners were exceptional. We will be back very soon!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Al Portal is such a warm and inviting spot for delicious food and relaxing! Have recommended many times. It's our go to restaurant- we always know we will get great food in a lovely spot!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I like the ambience, service is awesome and food is delicious. I had the seafood rissotto. My only complain is the serving size. Rice is something inexpensive, they could've added more rice. Since that was my only order, I got hungry again when I came back home."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have not eaten at Al Porto since it opened in the late 70's, still there and still great. I had forgotten how warm the ambience is, the drinks and food was great, I will go again especially if I am in Gastown."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The ambiance is very authentically Italian, as is the menu and the wine list. It has been a favourite for a long time."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very good atmosphere. Great beet risotto. It is a little hard to find, but it is worth to go there."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Found Al Porto through Groupon - well worth it! It was a great little place. We dined early, but it was pretty busy by the time we left. The food was fabulous - service excellent."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had an absolute wonderful meal here on Saturday Feb 15th. It was the night after Valentine's Day and the food was delicious. The service was quick and i can't stress enough that the food was really good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I made a last minute valentines reservation at Al Porto. They sat us right away. Service was just right, friendly and attentive. Food was very good but not amazing. Overall a very good experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been to Al Porto many times prior to this dining experience. Surprisingly, I noticed the quality of the food and service actually improved, despite the ongoing Groupon promotion for this restaurant. My husband and I brought our family of 9 (his side of the family) to Al Porto for dinner and we were given a nice table in a private room. Our server was extremely friendly and the food came out in a timely manner. The mussels and linguine vongole were my favourite. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had Valentine's Day dinner and meal suggestion suggested by server wasn't that great. As well as never came by to check how was our food. Server did not rush us out but feel neglected the whole night. Would only recommend friends for casual dinner"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I didn't realize how long I spent dining with the 4 course dinner, timing was good but allowed time to talk and I never felt rushed. I always had a full glass of water, and the server wasn't too involved but was attentive. My request for a quiet table with a view couldn't have been better. Now the food- set menu was well rounded, I tried new things and enjoyed them all. My only complaint is that next year it will be hard to out perform this last valentines day!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife & I have been dining at Al Porto since it's doors opened and they have never failed to please us."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service was fantastic. Waiter went out of his way to make a great occasion. Very food, decor & view on the upper floor. One if the nice Italian Restaurants in Downtown Vancouver."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We tried this place for the Valentine and the food was aweful. Their Lobster Bisque was nothing but a tomato soup !! The steak was burnt and charred . The grilled halibut was ok. Their side dishes on the plate was not edible at all. I may need to say it was not worth 55 $ per person at all . Based on our first experience , we are not going back ! Very disappointed overal !"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was a complete disappointment. After reading reviews, we decided to give it a try on valentine's day. Most restaurant have a special menu on valentine's day as did al port. The menu options were nicely designed to meet anyone sort of food philosophy but the quality was a shame. I think the management should seriously consider changing the chef. I will not go there again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had a lovely valentines day lunch. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. Our food was very good with generous size portions. all in all a great experience and we will definitely go back"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Chose 2pm for Valentine lunch. It was quiet with just enough people. The service was excellent, friendly and attentive. The Osso Buco was excellent. Our first time, will definitely return, with family or friends!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service and ambiance were very good. However, for an Italian restaurant, quality of food could have been better. Judging from the quality / price ratio, probably there are better options, and this is the reason I wouldn't recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We had a group of 15 going out for dinner. had to make a few last minute additions. The restaurant and staff were wonderful and accommodated our last minute addition of 3 people. the seating was great for the larger party and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great food (good portions), fantastic service, wonderful ambience. We had a party of 6 and everyone one had a wonderful time and raved about the restaurant. We would highly recommend it and will come back again for sure!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Knowledgeable staff, great food, great evening, I would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "It was my girlfriend and I's first time at this restaurant and we didn't know what to expect. From the moment we were seated until we finished out meal; everything was amazing! The view over looking Canada place and North Vancouver was amazing. In addition, the food portions were amazing, we order a three coarse meal and we were already getting full after the appetizers. The price for quantity is worth every dollar, this isn't your normal restaurant where you would pay a high price for small quantity and high presentation. You get large quantity of food portion with amazing presentation. You will so full before desert. High recommended!~"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "John W, our server, was polite, clean and efficient. The food was delicious and the portions were fine. There's nothing wrong with Al Porto, any problems lie with people nowadays who wear baseball caps to dinner, and expect hug portions. If you want to gorge yourself and watch the game, go to Boston Pizza."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "First tine here during Dine Out Vancouver. At entry, it felt like we were entering a restaurant in Italy - architecture, sound and aroma. Greeted and seated immediately. Menu for the prix fixe menu was great and were dishes that were in their regular repertoire. Meal portions did not disappoint. Place was busy but service did nor lag. Earlier in the week I was able to change reservation from 2 people to a party of four. We have added it to our list of "go to" restaurants. See you again soon!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014