Al Porto Ristorante
Al Porto Ristorante

Al Porto Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alporto.ca/
  • Phone: 6046838376x
  • 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: Seafood, Italian
  • 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 6046838376x
  • Special Events: 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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Al Porto Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)good for groups (37)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (32)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (25)kid-friendly (19)great for lunch (14)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great atmosphere, food & service.
    Dufferinhouse
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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. .
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Al Porto's
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Always a great place for lunch and dinner. I usually go for lunch several times a month.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's the beef?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great decor, but food not up to par
    Foodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinne
    love2dineout
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server Cheri was awesome.
    Mmmm
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Our server Cheri was awesome. Food was delicious and well portioned. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Night Dining
    Frank
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening out
    Miriam
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food and service was great. Have been to that restaurant many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for business lunch
    jrjozi
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Al Porto serves high quality food in an high service environment which is both elegant and comfortable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
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  • Service Star
    Bobby
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best Italian food
    Arjay
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We found this place on Open Table. Had family in town, group of 10. Great service and good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good food and
    Grant
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Consistently good food and service. Very good value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    SYU10
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant surprise
    amk1
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Experience
    Erika74
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was Outstanding. Wonderful. The food selections were varied and delicious. Service excellent, Thanks, we will definitely come back for dinner
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Service always outstanding
    urbandiner
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Italian Restaurant
    GinTonic
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favourite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Megsy
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic lunch
    Liz321
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still there after all this time.
    Nadia
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    goodgrog
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The ambiance is very authentically Italian, as is the menu and the wine list. It has been a favourite for a long time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with friends
    Dventura
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Very good atmosphere. Great beet risotto. It is a little hard to find, but it is worth to go there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall experience was only alright
    Pinksugar0603
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the dining experience!
    sweetcmcVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and great service.
    Ayns1313
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC!
    Andre
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My wife & I have been dining at Al Porto since it's doors opened and they have never failed to please us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little find
    deltadiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We tried this place for the
    Payam
    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 !
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  • Valentine's day at Al Porto
    Aidin
    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.
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  • "Very Nice Italian Restaurant"
    ManoloVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines dinner perfect
    dinnerwasgreat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute Valentines Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine lunch
    JAG1
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I had a lovely
    sandie
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Not very Good
    Nick
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Group Event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.