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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LB
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the early bird specials! Good value at the price - extremely good portion size. Attentive and friendly waiting staff. Our friends and family like it too. We're glad you're on Open Table.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were asked where we wanted to sit & had no wait which was good.
Service upstairs wasn’t very good, slow service, long wait for drinks & food. A number of times were told didn’t have items we ordered, forgot bread, had to ask for utensils. Very loud, however it was music not patrons.
However the food was very good.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops and shrimp were very good

A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional services and food was great !!
This restaurant use for big party to business meeting as well

AR
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Fabio, was excellent! Friendly and attentive, he made it a very special evening.

c
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and yummy authentic Italian food! Great selection of Italian wines. Will come back

TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice ambience. Dinner specials are a great deal!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. With amazing service. One of the few places in Vancouver I could say has good service

M
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was decent not as highly as 4.1 stars for their ratings. Service was alright. They were really short on staff today. Food overall was not as what I anticipated for an Italian restaurant.

R
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We've been here a few times but on this occasion the food was poor. Too salty, stodgy and generally poor quality. We also didn't appreciate having tables dragged around us for the last half hour as they set up for large groups of diners the day after.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a reservation for dinner before a concert we were attending - we arrived at this charming restaurant about fifteen minutes early, so sat at the bar and had a glass of wine. At the appointed time, the hostess seated us at a very nice two-top in a room with only two other tables taken. We sat for 20 minutes - no water, no bread, nada. We tried to get the attention of both the server and busser who were flitting in and out of the room, but the server didn't ever look our way, and the busser appeared not to speak English, or else she was ignoring our request for service, as she muttered something unintelligible as she whisked by us for the fifth or sixth time. Eventually a different server arrived, apologized and told us they were short-staffed because two people had gone home with pneumonia. Well, that gave us pause!

Our server was a bit flustered, but he really did his best to get the show on the road, so to speak. He brought us two more glasses of wine (no charge) and made suggestions for possible entrees. We ordered, and our meals arrived within a reasonable amount of time. The food was very good - I had a chopped salad and my husband had the caprese salad. Both were fine. For my entree I had the Haida Gwai halibut and my husband had a pasta dish. Again, both dishes were well prepared and very good.

I would come back to eat at this restaurant - the food was good and the prices are reasonable. I guess maybe it was just an off night for service, but not enough to keep us from returning.

n
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience! Will go again

C
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

A
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.... definitely visit.

WC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
49 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HS
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot for a good meal with friends and family.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect experience for an Italian dinner date 👌🏻

PG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service thank you. John.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Casual Italian, good for large groups and families.

MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
40 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pizza! Staff really looked after us

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

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
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Large portions
Poor bar service

BT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, environment

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service!

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