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About 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.



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


321 Water Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Cambie

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 683-8376

Website:
http://www.alporto.ca/

Parking Details:
The closest parking is the East Park at 160 Water St, which is less than a block away.

Public Transit:
Just steps away from the Waterfront station.

Executive Chef:
Nimmie Balachandramoorthy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Al Porto Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Romantic (17)
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Good for a Date (17)
Good for Groups (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Authentic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Business Meals (9)
Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Waterfront (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Scenic View (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent meal and very good service. Their early hour dinner is a very good deal and the portions are very healthy. Would recommend this restaurant to friends without hesitation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Sadly, while the ambiance and service were great, the food was mediocre.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food is absolutely excellent. The pasta is delicious, gerat place. However I think something has to be done regarding the time it takes the order to be served. After our salads were served, it took 45-50 minutes to get served with the main course, in this case, the pasta. That´s too much: by that time I had already lost my appetite and consequently I didn´t enjoyed the fabulous food as it should be.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year ‘s Eve

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was delightful, the ambiance was not. This is a great potentially, romantic and cozy space but the child friendly policy is just wrong and very disrespectful to patrons that may be celebrating a birthday, anniversary or an otherwise romantic evening out.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The pasta New Years Eve was definitely not good for an Italian restaurant ,,Three had pasta and the other two had the lamb....
The rack of lamb was very good
Would of liked more pasta on menu,,,,not just red pasta

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Lovely dinner but overpriced. We have been going there every New Year’s Eve tor many years but I ‘ll have to find something else for this year.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good location. Lots to do and see after dinner within walking distance. The food is a little overpriced. Nevertheless it was tasty and the wine list has a good assortment.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Cena de Navidad

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had our family Christmas Eve dinner at Al Porto and we couldn't have been better taken care of. The food and wine were excellent and the service was friendly and professional. We had a large group, yet everything went seamlessly.

Restaurant meals on holidays can be tricky, mostly because there's a chunk of the staff who would really rather be home. We've eaten at restaurants all over the US on both Christmas and Christmas Eve, and had service that we had to accept as the best possible under the circumstances. Well, if that is Al Porto's service on a holiday, their regular service must be outstanding.

I would definitely recommend this spot!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing food, service and assistance. Loved the downstairs feeling and John R was a great waiter.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing food, great service, awesome environment. Surprised I’ve never been

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It took over 40 minutes to get food for our table of 10. I wasn't too happy about the wait and when the food finally arrived I wasn't too thrilled with the food. The pasta was not al denté, but the meatballs saved the dish. I came to this restaurant years ago and it seems like the quality has gone down.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Dinner was delicious. I wish they had better steak knives to cut the steak with.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a luncheon here - the food and service was excellent - good luncheon menu with good choices. The staff were very professional and friendly - first visit - will definitely try and visit for dinner in the future.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food and our server was very amicable. Good options for vegetarians as well as pescatarians.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We very much enjoyed our evening at Al Porto. It is located in the heart of Gastown and oozes atmosphere. The service was great, and the cuisine seemed really authentic. We tried several dishes, including cioppino, scaloppine, and risotto, and all were excellent. The wine list was good, and complemented the menu. All in all, a good find for us. We hope to be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service! We got the pizza bread appetizer, it was delicious! The waiter gave it to us free since it was a little overdone, we didnt even notice so it was a nice surprise when the waiter told us without us even saying anything. That is honest and great service!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Happy hour till 6:30 . $4 Beer
Location is close to steam clock in Gastown.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was amazing and our sever was awesome! I would book again .

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had dinner for 4 on Nov. 11. We had our wedding party at Al Porto a few years ago and thought it would be nice to return for some good pasta or seafood. We weren't disappointed. We felt welcome as soon as we arrived. The first thing you noticed upon entering is the spaciousness and the intimate, private areas for dinning. No crowded tables here, yet there is a feeling of coziness. Since we were a bit early than our 630pm reservation, our waiter suggested we enjoy the specials (if you dine before 630 you can save on the combinations dinners). A great deal!

And did I mention that they have Happy Hour drinks up until 630?

We each had the 630 special: appetizer and main course. Nochi is a favorite in my family, as is spaghetti with meat balls in marinara sauce. Our guests had the catch of the day (halibut) and scallops with prawns. All plates were cleaned and enjoyed immensely.

We were not rushed. Our waiter, John, knew when to come and kept us supplied with everything we needed.

And then a big surprise: a dessert sampling sent by the manager as he remembered our wedding reception from 3 years ago! If I had to have seconds on the dessert it would have been the lemon pie with meringue - so delicious!

We had a good time at Al Porto. It's a great location for groups, staff office parties, weddings, or small groups. They have a number of private rooms, some with a view of the Vancouver Harbour. Note: the main entrance is down a bit of a steep walkway and then steps down, however there is wheelchair access from Water street (look for the awning with 321 on it). They will take good care of you. Thank you for a great evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Al Porto is a cozy somewhat dated Italian restaurant. The food is very good and reasonably priced, they have a massive wine list and it's warm and inviting. Have enjoyed my dining experiences here each time we've come.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

A Vancouver classic. The food has always been great at Al Porto.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Visited Al Porto for the first time for a birthday and was pleasantly surprised by the whole dining experience! From the moment we walked through the door, we were warmly greeted and promptly shown our table. Our waiter, Fabio, was super friendly and gave us fabulous suggestions for food and for drinks. The members in our party ordered the Early Dinner Special that included a main and soup/salad, with a mains of a 16 oz. bone in rib steak, rack of lamb, seafood risotto, and linguine pescatore, all of which we found absolutely delicious! A super lovely, authentic Italian dining experience that I would definitely go back for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A hidden gem in Gastown! Love the authentic Italian terrace vibe. Great food for all types of diets - vegetarian, gluten free, meat eaters, pizza/pasta lovers... We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We have been there with freinds for my wife’s birthday , was amasing place and fabulous foods .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Good location, near the waterfront and gas town. Romantic and good wine selection. Food was meh. Good selection, just not as authentic italian as you'd like. But if you're looking for something Italy-themed, this place is alright.

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went to this spot for a family dinner to celebrate a birthday. The service was good but a little on the leisurely side. Steak was great, pizza fantastic, but the Cesar salad was not the freshest, and the appies were a little chunky for the price.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were pleased with the restaurant; we had some difficulty finding it because there is an upper and lower level. We ended up at the upper level ( street level) which is closed in the evening. Fortunately we found the lower level and had an enjoyable experience.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had a reunion of friends and had a great dinner there. The food was great and all came out at the same time, nothing over cooked and nothing under cooked, service was great, ambiance was just perfect for our occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

It has been a long time since I was last in Al Porto. I had forgotten all about the restaurant but we wanted somewhere in Gastown to have lunch with friends and Al Porto came up in a Google search. Really glad we went there. Food was great. Service was great. We will go back again in the near future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great eating experience. Authentic Italian cuisine. Lots.to choose from including meats, seafood and.pasta.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service felt mechanical. No personal touch. Buy Food was great. Room was very nice. felt like Tuscany. Unfortunately the server wasn't at all engaged.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I know this restaurant has been around for decades because I was there in the 80s. I’m not sure why I never went back. I walk by it all the time and think I should go in so I finally did. For some reason I didn’t love that it’s in the basement but once you’re down there by the windows it’s really quite nice. The service was extremely attentive. I had a Caesar salad which was very good and a chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto which was also very good. Overall a very nice experience and I’ll definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I am hoping that this was an off night for them in the kitchen. The place was nicely decorated, the drinks were great, and our server was amazing. The appetizer and salads were tasty. Unfortunately, when we got our pasta entrees , not so much. They were very bland, although the pasta was cooked perfectly. I would be willing to give them another try, but based on our one visit I can't recommend it.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Parents birthday

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Their lunch special is an unbelievable deal. Recommended.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Enjoyable evening, good Italian cuisine and impeccable service, including wine recommendation.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 10, 2017

After we found an alternative entrace to the elevator that was not working everything was great. Good food, service and pricing. We were on cacation and this was the best meal of'our trip. The location, in Gas Town, was interesting and we enjoyed walking around the local area. I recommend the restaurant. My wife had the Veal and Imhad the Spaghetti Bolegnese and both were excellent as was the Tiramisou? When in Vancouver, i recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Always reliable as a great place for lunch with good food at a reasonable price.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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