Loved Al Porto!
We went for an earlier dinner with a Groupon on a Saturday, and had the place to ourselves for about an hour. Service was attentive without being annoying.
Food was delicious. We started with the bruscetta, spinach soup and in salata mista, and followed with the salsiccia pizza and penne salsiccia. All were very delicious, with our favourite being the pizza which we ended up taking 1/2 of it home. We were too stuffed for dessert, although I think next time we'll save some room.
We will definitely return to Al Porto!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
An experience not just food...
If you are looking for a dining experience this is the spot. The food is delightful a little reminder of food that moma used to make. As someone who has eaten here on many occasions, I find it hard to resist. It’s a versitle spot where you can meet good friends, take out a client or share a glass of wine with someone you love. The portions are adequate and filling, leaving you feeling like you got your money's worth. Best service at a restaurant in the city by far. I will definately be back!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
splendid service, good collection of local wines. Only one thing, little bothers me is location. Surroundings of this restaurant is not really good. little old.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, loud place
All our food was prepared right, taste was perfect. Ambiance is loud, ( expected for such a busy and big restaurant). They know their seafood and wine. Would highly recommend!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service, food etc.
Excellent service, food etc. One exception being the Cannelloni. Too heavy on the spinach not representative of the ricotta. Totally recommend creating your own one of a kind dish as well as the menu. More than happy to accommodate this option for you.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Also had early bird dinner
Also had early bird dinner specials that included soup or salad that was a nice option.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a nice go away lunch
We had a nice go away lunch for a long-time colleague. Blair, our server, went out his way to make our lunch a very memorable one.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great Al Porto experience
Our 3rd visit and very enjoyable again. Good food, service and ambiance with the tile floors, archways and Italian pottery. All food and wine questions were answered in detail. The wine we chose was very different tasting and not to our liking and a 2nd choice was readily offered. The sommelier brought the bottle to the table and agreed that our 1st choice was not to everyone's liking. My saltombocca was very good, but lacked fresh sage leaves. Our server brought back info from the chef that the sage was incorporated in the sauce. All very helpful and pleasant. Mussel appetizer was great!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Al Porto great value
My husband and I had a really nice time there. We enjoyed the ambiance- warm and cozy despite the fact that the place is quite big- but done well in little corners and nooks.
The food was delicious and our server was excellent- there when you need him but not there when you don't .
The prices were very reasonable which we felt was very good value for the food we got.
Overall it was a lovely evening!! We would definitely be back.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I had both never been to Al Porto, but chose it because of the location, and great lunch menu. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. Even though the restaurant was very busy at the lunch hour, we didn't wait too long after ordering. We did wait a bit to have our order taken, but again, it was a hectic lunch hour and we were busy catching up. It's a neat little place tucked into one of the side alley's in Gastown. I would definitely go back, and definitely recommend it.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
this was the night that they
this was the night that they were understaffed and ran out of bread, but our server Matt (formerly with The Cannery) provided truly outstanding service to all of his diners, and offering free salad (though we had already purchased salad) while we waited and waited for the entrée was a great touch. We had the same salad but one was disproportionately larger than the other. Loved my veal and tiramisu. would give 5/5 had we not waited so long for our food and had there been bread (accustomed to getting bread here). I wish this restaurant would open for lunch on weekends during the summer season or at least during festivals or events (e.g. Canada Day - might have seen a lot of walk-in traffic?)
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over the Top desserts
Though dining with four and everyone completely enjoying their dinner....appetizers, salad and main course....the creme brulee and chocolate ganache torte were amazing....in both taste and presentation.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great eating place, as usual....
We somehow seem to always come back to Al Porto for birthday lunches. The service has been consistently great! The pasta lunch special is our favourites - good value for $ and the variety. There are different dishes to choose from. We lunched on Wednesday, July 24th. The majority of us ordered the lunch special (salad, soup and a pasta dish). Everything was excellent including the dessert platter, although we found the mushroom soup too liquidy.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but not great
Nice restaurant in basement of building. Decor was nice and restaurant staff were properly dressed.
Service was excellent. Food was average for my self. I had the cannelloni and it was somewhat bland and dry.
The portion was quite small with 3 pieces on a bowl.
Others did the 3 entry dish for 2 and it was better. I person had the veal and it was also good.
Prices were reasonable.
Would recommend it for people to try but wouldn't suggest the cannelloni.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
This was a return visit to Al Porto in the Gastown area of Vancouver.
The Italian atmosphere is ideal for a quiet anniversary dinner with very professional and discrete service.
The hors d'oeuvre were out ofd this world delicious and the main dish excellent.
We will certainly return.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I visited Al Porto
My wife and I visited Al Porto on a recent Saturday night, and found the dining room to be quite full. We were seated quickly and our waiter was attentive and courteous and very pleasant. We had the quattro fromaggio pizza to start. It was delicious, the crust was thin and the sauce was perfect, real italian style. My wife had the spagetti carbonara and I had the breaded veal. both were excellent, perfectly seasoned, good portion size. fantastic. for dessert, tiramisu and chocolate ganache cake. outstanding. overall we were pleasantly suprised. the food and service were flawless, and we were very satisfied. Recomended.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
High quality and great value
The catanase salad was a mix of fresh and tasty ingredients with a nice vinaigrette. The potato soup was rich and creamy with a good quantity of bacon. I had the veal saltimbocca which was rich and hearty, the proscuitto imparting a nice contrast to the rich sauce. My wife had the Spiedeno seafood trio and announced that every seafood item was "perfect". The veggie sides were a rich spaghetti squash, fresh green beans, potatoes for me and an alfredo pasta with the seafood. The squash was outstanding and the others were well seasoned to compliment the sauce. The filling in the lemon tart was superb although the crust was a little tough. Service was very good, not quite great but consistent with the quality. Overall, a very satisfying dinner.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter Nate excellent
Our waiter Nate excellent food. Very sparse on the plate for cost
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, ambience, location
Hearty Italian meal with an ambience perfect for big groups or couples right in the middle of historic Gastown. Food and seafood is good, waiters are attentive and the location just sets the right mood !
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time here and we quite
First time here and we quite enjoyed it. Food was delicious!!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful place with amazing food
I love the feel of this place - cosy and comfortable . I definitely would return to try more dishes. My partner loves the spinach-carrot soup and the pizza and seafood risotto was amazing . The service was great and waiters were friendly and helpful. Thanks for the wonderful dinner!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Al Porto quite
I have been to Al Porto quite a few times. I have never been disappointed by the food or service. Food is excellent and service is superb.
I have recommended this place to all my friends.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
value for money
waiting staff excellent and food was great too. nice location in gastown
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
This restaurant is hidden down a side street in Gastown so don't expect spectacular views. However, given our experience you can expect very good service and great food - particularly the fish dishes. We went with a large group and were very impressed with the attentive service, especially given the automatic service charge applied for large groups.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Al Porto is a fine and authentic italian restaurant. Pasta al dente with just the right amount of sauce, just as it should be. Reasonable portions and a great selection of wines by the glass (a bit pricey, but again excellent quality). Don't miss out on Umberto's downtown gem of a place.
8/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very nice italian restaurant, good surroundings, and service, very nice food - Pizza, Pastas and more, good wine list. Went there with family, including one five year old who was looked after well. This is a restaurant we return to frequently. Have never been disappointed.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great tasting food; best service I ever had in gas town.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a group of 9 adults
We were a group of 9 adults and 2 kids.
We had ordered course A for adults in advance.
The salad plate with chease and tomato tasted nothing, but main dishes were so good.
Pizza Margalita for kids seemed to be delicious.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
great spot for a first date
I went here for a first date and thr ambiance was romantic, the service was great, and so was the food!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants.
Al Porto is a great location for dates or for dinner with friends and family. They have reasonable priced and a fantastic variety of truly Italian food.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super Fresh Delicious Salad
We had a great dinner here. Service was good. The star of my meal was the salad. It was super fresh, cold and delicious! The pasta I had could have been more flavorful, but was decent. The drinks were fun. Overall a very good experience.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service
Have not been to this restaurant for a long time now. The food was very good and the service excellent. The restaurant is very busy and has a very nice atmosphere for fine dining. Prices are very reasonable for an establishment of this type, especially the early bird special. Would definitely recommend and return.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best lamb of my life
I quite enjoyed my experience at Al Porto. More attention could have been paid to our table but other than that, excellent. I had the best lamb of my life. Thank You.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were at a conference, craving good food. Hadn't had anything to speak of up to this point; would've loved to sit in the bar while our table was being prepared, but it was booked for a private party. Waiting on the front steps in the cold wasn't my favorite part. However, it was worth it. The view was gorgeous, our server was perfect: a mountain of a man with a deep baritone that actually laughed at my humor. Score! We had crab and pasta, goat cheese salad, Italian beer, and an amazing cab, topped off with an amazing chocolate dessert. Very pleased; if we get a chance, we'll definately go back!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Al porto october 8th
Big function in the downstairs area but didnt seem to affect service in any way in the upper dining area. Views were nice - probably cos it was dark!! cos it looks over to north vancouver over the railway yard. Food was good and service was good - attentive without being pushy.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious every time!
We have visited Al Porto on a few occasions and each time the food and service has been excellent.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic spot with great
Fantastic spot with great food and excellent service.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We all enjoyed our meal and the service . We will be back soon.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We hadn't been to Al Porto for years and were very pleasantly surprised. The wood-fire pizza sounded so good that we decided to share it for an appetizer, then shared then had a simple Spaghetti with Bolognse....and all was excellent. We certainly will look to go there again. It is one of those solid old-style Italian restaurants - but with excellent food and service...and in a great location - Gastown!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will return.
Lovey staff. Great food. Very comfortable ambiance.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Open table very efficient
Open table very efficient for the revs and reminder
Outside of restaurant needs a more dramatic entry
Some updating needed
Overall very enjoyable for a luncheon meeting our waiter Blair very good. Very important to have excellent staff for dining
Will definitely return
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great staff - very efficient
Great staff - very efficient but not "in your face" - will definitely come back!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my second time in this restaurant celebrating a friends birthday, not only is the early bird special a fantastic deal but when our server found out we had a birthday we were given complimentary tiramisu which was fantastic! We had a great time and we will definitely be returning! Highly recommended.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met expectations this time around
It must be dependent on what you order as the food was fine this time around...
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian food, sort of
Great Italian food, sort of hidden in Gastown, but worth finding. The best part? Portions are not huge, so you can actually have a starter and main without feeling like you've eaten enough for a week. Fantastic place for a great meal.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were very
Food and service were very good. Nice setting and ambiance. Liquor on the expensive side.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service, love the potato bacon soup, really tasty. Pizza is the must have.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful meal, fabulous staff,
Wonderful meal, fabulous staff, great wines :-) . Thank you.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great dinner
One of our favourite restaurants. Food is consistently good. If you get a chance, request a table where Nate is serving. He is very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. He is one of the main reasons we return to this restaurant. Kudos to him and the rest of the staff.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The hostess staff were warm
The hostess staff were warm and friendly. Our server was pleasant, friendly and had a fantastic smile.
The food was received in great time.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM