Al Porto Ristorante

3.9
1343 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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3.9based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.0
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3.9
ambience
3.7
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Claudnificent
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for business lunch. Food is first class, service was exceptional, I highly recommend them.

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KimL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, service is always outstanding! They are following covid protocols as well! I’ll definitely be back!

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TylerK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very good. Restaurant was not busy at all. Bit of an older interior decor. Great food. The pizza crust was amazing but needed more sauce to go with the abundance of meat.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The seafood linguine tasted amazing!!! But lacked the seafood that was listed on the menu (I.e. no salmon and only one scallop) Servers were a bit awkward, never checked in to ask us how the food was. Ambiance was lovely!

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DonM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a number of years since I visited Al Porto. I was not disappointed. Great food and service.

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vipMelissaT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience4

I booked a table for 7 and did not know the maximum allowed at one given table is 6. I specified this was for my birthday, I confirmed on Open Table and I still received a phone call from the restaurant to confirm my rezo.
At no point I was told we’d be sat at 2 tables, apart from each other. The only reason why I booked this restaurant was because they seemingly allowed 7 people reservations. It is absolutely not ok to sit people at two tables without giving a headsup by phone, ESPECIALLY for a birthday. I understand this is not the restaurant’s fault for the covid regulations but it’s absolutely not professional not to give a headsup.

Also food is grossly overpriced and underwhelming. Will never come back.

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NathalieT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. We will go back on our next visit to Vancouver

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HarryT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this restaurant.
Was pleasantly surprised.
The menu was great and service was excellent.
You pay for what you get.
Will be back again

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David
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant dining experience. Waiter was attentive and food was very good.
Will certainly visit again.

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JonathanF
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always glad to be back at Al Porto Ristorante, great food, great place, amazing service!

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FrankH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Went here to try the Dine Out Vancouver lunch special. Staff were not aware of Dine Out special menu and suggested I try the regular lunch special which was more expensive than Dine Out online promotion and did not include dessert. The restaurant was dead, with no ambiance and was a disappointing experience. I would not go back.

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vipchampagne
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved being back here. Service was also great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacularly good!!! Beautiful restaurant. Such friendly knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend this place to everyone

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vipMarilou52
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

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acw89
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All around wonderful experience every time I go! Delicious food and ambience is lovely. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone! Must try.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food quality and taste were amazing, everything was perfect, would 100% recommend and go back again.

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Ktykt
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good home style Italian food, nice rustic ambiance

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LesW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Expensive for what it is. I make better bolognaise at home

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food.. excellent service.. I can’t wait to go back again !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent! Would definitely eat here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Estuvimos de vacaciones en Vancouver, y para celebrar nuestro aniversario de boda visitamos el restaurante Al Porto, mi esposa que le encanta la comida italiana quedo encantada con el seafood risotto, el ambiente del restaurante es muy agradable y romántico, el server muy atento al final nos regalo un postre por nuestro aniversario. Lovely 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better option for vegetarian. 👌Food and service was good 👍can’t wait to come out again.🤗

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfectly prepared food in the restaurant with warm ambiance and professional waiters with excellent suggestions.. we will be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I had made a Reservation for 9:15 on Valentine’s Day. Showed up on time and the lady at the front kept moving us around to different tables. After finally being seated, 30 minutes had gone by and the server did not come by to serve us our drinks let alone take our order. Once he finally came back to take our order we waited another 45 minutes just for the server to come back again and ask us what our order was... I believe he may have misplaced our order or forgot to ring it in completely. It took them an hour to give us a glass of wine ... it does not take an hour to pour wine in a cup.Another 40 minutes had gone by and people around us had already ate and left and people who arrived after us had also been served their main courses meanwhile we still waited for ours. Every time our server came around our table, he would look at us and just turn away. We had to ask another server what was going on with our food and why our server wasn’t coming to us. This lady went to the kitchen and told us our food will be ready in 5min. We finally got our food after sitting there for 2 HOURS. The food was not worth the wait at all. The risotto tasted like water and the fettuccini was powdery. After eating our food it was almost 12am and the server had the audacity to ask us if we wanted desert..... we did not want to risk sitting there for another 2 hours for a piece of flavourless cake so we left disappointed and still hungry. I understand it was a busy night however the restaurant should’ve been prepared and our server should’ve been more accommodating. We saw many couples leave early without eating and we regret not doing the same.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I have not had such a horrible experience in a very long time. Food was decent but when you have to wait over an hour and a half for your appetizer... Don't even get me started about the entre, just embarrassing to reach the 3rd hour sitting there to not even finish my meal and leave.

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MashaelM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Quite good. Better option for set Valentines Menu. Also, would have been nice to be told that this would be the only option for this day, as it was not communicated. Food was good!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We spent 2.5 hours at this restaurant and half of the time was spent just waiting for food. Several tables around us left before the food even came (they waited 1 hour). Would not come back here again.

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SergioE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

We wait for the food almost 45 min the food was good but very slow

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JuliusW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The wait time was crazy!! We spent 3 hrs in the restaurant for a 3 course dinner. Its valentines, u know its going to be busy so you guys need to be prepared! We could have done something else instead of waiting for our food.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The ambiance gave a warm welcome. The menu extensive and the service attentive. But the evening was affected by the poor state of the Washroom facilities.

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vipDavidSaint
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic! Food was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We chose the Dine Out menu and were extremely pleased with the appetizers (antipasto and ceviche). The entrees were nicely presented - salmon roll stuffed with scallop and prawn on risotto; veal chop with port wine reduction - and perfectly cooked. But the sides were simply steamed vegetables that didn’t compliment or enhance in any way. The truffle mashed potato served with the veal was boring - I had expected more flavour out of that but would still have preferred a roasted potato or just none at all.

Tiramisu was good. Nothing wrong with it but not stellar either.

Service was very good but there was some odd confusion after paying the bill where apparently they wanted to cancel the payment because they gave me the wrong veal chop and so wanted to change the bill. Weird. Five minutes later they said everything was okay.

The big downfall was the restaurant itself. Tables are nicely set with tablecloths but the floor looks dirty, there were cobwebs in the corners and it just gave the impression of needing a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.

Negatives aside, I would return on a different occasion just to try the regular menu.

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SandraJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We used to frequent Al Porto all the time but something has changed... our Caesar salads were not fresh, lettuce was wilted and turning brown and the mushroom bisque soup was tasteless. My chicken piccata was delicious but the seafood risotto and seafood pasta was mediocre. Our waiter was great and they did comp us our dessert. We’ll probably look for another restaurant when we get together next time.

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MaralayzzaJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great service cant wait to come back and try other dishes .

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ALEXF
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I ordered the ceviche, calamari, caprese salad, seafood risotto, and tiramisu. The starters were amazing! The flavours were fresh and perfectly blended. The salad was 7/10 because it was fresh but not anything special. The seafood with the risotto was cooked perfectly and made the dish worth it. But the risotto alone was meh--lacked flavour. The tiramisu was the best I've ever had. On top of the food, the service was great! Will be back!

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BarbaraM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, knowledgeable waiter, casual atmosphere.

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JerrylF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was simply amazing even though it was New year's Eve and he was run off his feet. We had a wonderful romantic dinner and some great cocktails. The only downside was the giant private birthday party which seemed to take precedence over New year's Eve. Nonetheless we will be back.

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Kundi
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most wonderful and romantic experience here on NYE. We had the Osso Buco and the Lamb. Just perfection. Paired with lovely drinks. We enjoyed delicious salads as appetizers and had Tiramisu for dessert. Unbelievable meal with fantastic service. Our first time going to this famous restaurant and now we know why.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Customer service was poor everything else great

FAQs

Al Porto Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Al Porto Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 683-8376.

Al Porto Ristorante is rated 3.9 stars by 1343 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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