Al Porto Ristorante

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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.



Please call the restaurant for parties of 7 or more. 604-683-8376
Private rooms and special menus for groups are available.


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San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Restaurant, Service could be better

We ate here twice on our first and final evenings in Vancouver, before and after a cruise. Easy walk from our hotels, nice ambience, on the waterfront but you don't really get much of a view from most dining tables. Food was outstanding, cocktails good. I would have like to see a California Chardonnay on the wines by glass list but not a huge drawback. Would recommend with a warning that service can be slow -- we waited forever our first evening for our check.

E
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Al Porto for about 35 years.....the old & new ownership.......consistantly GOOD

GD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the outside you don’t expect it to be as nice as it is. Once inside the entire atmosphere changes. It was very romantic and the food/service was excellent!

L
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience! Will go again

C
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; restaurant is very ambience and comfortable; food is delicious with many choices for customers to choose; food portion size is reasonable for the price. It is great place for all sorts of parties. Their lunch special is fantastic. I totally recommend people who work near Gastown should try the lunch special. Make sure you place your order and reserve a table so when you get there, you don’t need to wait long for your food and have more time to enjoy your lunch.
Al Porto is one of my favourite restaurants and my mom likes the place very much.

J
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Yummy carbonara. Patient and attentive server. Washrooms badly in need of a renovation. Ambiance is dated.

A
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.... definitely visit.

WC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love this place. Good food and very good service. Willing to accommodate small to large parties.

DN
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and lovely Italian restaurant. Service was a little slow to start, but picked up after ordering. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.

a
Portland
46 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a huge hit for our family (2 adults 2 kids). The service was VERY friendly. The food was way above our expectations. We would recommend and come back in a heartbeat!

EB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Attention! We went twice (the same day): for lunch at noon and for dinner in the evening. Their menu had changed: it contained the same items, but it was much more expensive (around + 7 CAD/dish). That is a large difference! Go there at noon. Better value for the same good food!

J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner and amazing service from John. We will definitely be returning.

HS
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for a good meal with friends and family.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect experience for an Italian dinner date 👌🏻

PG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The reason that I booked at Al Porto was due to the picture I saw on the website of the dining room overlooking Canada Place. When I booked online, I made a special request to have a window seat so that my husband and I could see THAT view. Then I phoned the restaurant to ensure my request could be fulfilled, and I was told it would. I was VERY disappointed to see that the picture on the website did not even closely represent the actual situation. The dining room was a picture of the restaurant downstairs, and the view was from upstairs where the restaurant didn't even remotely resemble the photo. It was much more casual setting with no tablecloths even on the table. The photo on the website is misleading and a down right lie! The evening did not turn out the way I was expecting and that was disappointing. For this reason I will never return to this restaurant.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service thank you. John.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Casual Italian, good for large groups and families.

MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been coming here for years and it is consistently very good in all aspects. Would never miss a meal here while in Vancouver

OT
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful and the food tasty! What more can you ask for. The place was very pretty.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great pizza! Staff really looked after us

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Underwhelming. Food was bland. Service was great but did not make up for the fact the the food is o er prices for the quality.

OT
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Waiter was Outstanding!!! We had an excellent meal.
Best Service!
Thank You

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Large portions
Poor bar service

BT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Our Calamari was so salty not edible. The meal I wanted and planned ahead by looking at the menu on-line was not available. Ordered Pesto and cheese cannelloni instead that was extremely rich and heavy but virtually flavourless. The Pesto was just a smidge in the center of 4 Cannelloni. Service was adequate but nothing special. Definitely found the menu pricey and the food quality did not measure up to the price. Would we go back. NO Would we recommend it. NO

c
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The four of us each ordered different choices for our main, and we started with two appetizers for the table,. All were nicely presented and very tasty.
The only disturbing feature of the evening, was a waiter who felt he was doing us a favor in taking our order and not available to allow us to get a second bottle of wine. When he finally appeared it was to check - if we might want dessert or coffee.
Next time if he is still with you, we will definitely ask for another server, as we pay the bill NOT him

DP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we had in Vancouver by a country mile. What more could you want from a restaurant, good food, good service and a nice atmosphere. The waiter also chased after me in Water Street when I left my camera on the back of my seat! Great honesty too.

PM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service is always good as is the quality of the food.
Our only complaint on this visit was the volume of the music. It was way too loud and also unnecessary.

L
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, environment

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service!

TT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious! The ambiance was pleasing!

UB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steady long-term success restaurant. We made it a day for a 6-1/2 hour lunch. No one rushed us.

MM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant with delicious food and great service!

JO
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Al Porto. Tge service and food was fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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S
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a good quiet family dinner. Love the atmosphere, feel like we were in Italy. Lasagna and seafood pasta were delicious. Fabio, our server, was attentive and humorous.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner in gastown... Everything was exceptional.

AS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made this reservation for my friends birthday. It was the perfect restaurant for us with good food, an extensive wine list and our waiter was very personable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was very tasty and good. Certainly going there more often

MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends who have dined in Vancouver many times. We just loved the location which is off the beaten track in Gastown. The food and service were excellent. We will definitely go there again

m
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 4 adults celebrating a birthday and we loved Al Porto, the dining rooms are beautiful, the food is very, very good, and the service is excellent. What a find!

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