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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 - 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am-4:00pm 4:30pm - 10:30pm

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.
We also have a deal with the Go Park at Cordova and Granville, roughly 2 blocks away. Parking after 4pm is only $2.50. Park, dine, and pick up a voucher up on the way back to your car. Simply scan the barcode as you leave the lot for the reduced rate.

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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4.2

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4.3

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4.3

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4.0

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
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Casual (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Waterfront (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2012

This was the first time I went to Al Porto. I liked the atmosphere and the service. Our female server was friendly and charming, but a male server who brought us food did not say anything. We both had a glass of Rose and that was very good. I don't know what their food is like usually, but it was a little disappointing- for us, the taste was too sharp and the main was too rich. But it was good to try this restaurant as Dine Out.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2012

Able to get our seats prior to reservation time which was good. Had a large group sit next to us (very loud) as we were put in the corner, away from any windows. Service was a little slow (our waitress' first night), she was unfamiliar with the dine-out meal make-ups. My meal was very ample (took some home!!!), the terimu(?) was excellent, as was the salad and pasta dish. My friend commented that the seafood dish was cooked "perfectly". A child in the place should have been left at home with a sitter!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2012

A great introduction to dine out Vancouver! Great food, service and ambience...a wonderful evening with our sons before heading out to Hawaii:)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2012

The atomsphere is great; however, the roasted pork on the dine out menu, was way over cooked. The texture of the meat was very dry and rough. Even though this is one of my favorite restaurant, the quite poor quality of this particular dish made me don't really want to come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2012

This was our third visit. First two were great. This time the service was way too slow for lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 24, 2012

One of the most authentic Italian restaurants I have been to in Vancouver.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2012

A group of five of us went to Al Porto for Dine Out Vancouver. We went early, around 5:15, as we were seeing as how afterward. Our server was good - friendly and funny. The appetizers (carpaccio and bocconcini salad) were good although the carpaccio was underseasoned. The seafood main dishes were not very warm and the porchetta was dry. The tiramisu was ok but didn't look in-house made. The bread pudding was fantastic!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 21, 2012

I knew where this restaurant was in theory but I had never been there. Stuck with a challenge to find a day of reservation for 8 at 8:30 in Gastown, OpenTable found Al Porto. I knew nothing about the restaurant and it was risky for a BDay dinner. After perusing the menu I felt confident that if the ambiance wasn't good, the menu variety and value would. As we crossed a small alley I noticed the sign point down the alley for Al Porto. I love it! It seemed like a hidden restaurant that wouldn't be overly trendy, has character and knows how to deliver a wonderful experience. We weren't disappointed. They do classic Italian and good manner. This is one of the better Italian restaurants I've been to and I'll be back for the Bolognese!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2012

Everything's awesome, especially appetizer, the Beef Carpaccio, only bad thing is calamari, super salty !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2012

I had been here several times during a year. Went here for dine out 2012. The food was okay and service was moderate. Their food on their regular menu are better though.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2012

MY FRIENDS AND I REALLY ENJOYED THE FOOD , SERVICE AND THE OVER ALL EXPERINCE

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2011

We went to Al Porto for a New Year's Eve meal, and were not disappointed. The food was excellent (I had the Osso Bucco, one of the best I've had) and the waiters were attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The restaurant is located downstairs from street level in an old, historic part of downtown, and has outstanding ambiance, from the quaint, romantic feel of the brick and other original features to the intimate yet uncrowded feeling, which was helped by the fact that the restaurant is effectively cut into smaller sections by pony walls and open French doors. The decoration is tasteful and brings everything together. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2011

The pasta was good, very authentic esp bolognese. good wine selection

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 20, 2011

Always a great spot to gather with friends, talk and eat good food. Our group of friends frequent this restaurant for it's good quality food and comfortable and italian ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2011

The food is delicious, the service was amazing. Nice spacious tables.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 11, 2011

The food was just marvelous and my friends and I really enjoyed the great service and atmosphere. Well done with everything! This is my new favourite restaurant :)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2011

Thought it was excellent, and the prices are fantastic. We were a group of 15 and there wasn't one complaint. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 30, 2011

Came here for dinner with a small group of friends to retry their early dinner special. Although reservation was at 6, most of us were late and didn't arrive until 640pm (it ends at 630). The waiter still charged us the early dinner rate so that was nice! Food was amazing, service excellent! Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 23, 2011

Great spot, recommended to us by friends We were a group of 9 and everyone enjoyed the food and the setting

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 16, 2011

It's a great place to dine with your intimate friend/s. The service was great, will definitely come back again!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 16, 2011

Accommodating wait staff most dishes well prepared ,presented and flavourful.Could do with a few more lower priced wine selections.Overall very enjoyable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2011

been here twice... special memories both times..will come back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2011

Had great service and food was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2011

Good italian restaurant. The bolognese sause was outstanding. The veal parmigiana was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2011

Always excellent food and good service. Fun for a couple or small group with nice authentic menu and nice wines.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Professional service, excellent food and pleasant atmosphere. Nice menu selection with reasonable pricing. Definitely will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2011

We return to Al Porto every so often, and find it always very good and enjoyable. We'll keep Al Porto on our favorite list!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 8, 2011

We had a lovely evening and the pasta was delicious!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2011

The server was rude from beginning to finish. Service was non-existent.
My pasta was alright, but my girlfriend's lamb chop was completely over seasoned.
Used to be a better restaurant with much better service 4-5 years ago. Probably won't go back. I can find better Italian food elsewhere with much better service any day.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2011

My family and I had a wonderful evening on Saturday. We live on the North Shore and we all took the Seabus there (very convenient). The food was very good and the atmosphere was nice. We enjoyed the menu because it had variety like vegetarian choices

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2011

Dinner special was excellent value. Main was really good but the salad was lacking. A bit more casual service than expected.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 28, 2011

Professional service, amazing food, best cioppino in town! Can't wait to go back & try their pizza and some of the other main courses.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 28, 2011

We loved seafood appet with white wine. Loved pasta and dessert.
Only disappointment was Coffee. This is the second Itarian restaurant that everythings so good until tasting coffee.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 27, 2011

The food is spectacular, the venue is very romantic and I would recommend this restaurant for a date, special occasion with a loved one or birthday. I would not recommend this restaurant as a hot spot to hit with friends for a night out, it is a little subdued for that.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 27, 2011

This restaurant is a tourist favorite in the summer, the other 9 months it is sustained by locals who know good authentic Italian cuisine. The spice selections a re very aromatic and the flavors are tremendous. It is a great choice for those who like real hearty Italian food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 26, 2011

The ambiance is wonderful - cozy, romantic, and authentically Italian. They have a wide variety of options available on the menu, and they even have gluten-free pasta. This is where I take anyone looking to find an exceptional dining experience in Vancouver.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 23, 2011

The decor was inviting as I remember it from the Umberto days. Our large group of 12 was seated in front of the doors to the kitchen. The cooking smells were overpowering - not sure if this was due to poor exhaust in the kitchen and/or the fact that the doors were left open. The restaurant was not all that busy so I'm not sure why they would seat people in that area given the choice. There were mixed reviews on the various dishes we orderd. The salads were very fresh and generous in portion size. The scallops/prawns entree was excellent. The disappointment was with the linguine pescatore - pasta was overcooked, sauce was lacking, overall dry mouth and mushy - feel and not much flavour.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Food was good. Server was great. Bus girl was a little annoying...

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 7, 2011

We made a reservation with little notice (less than 2 hours). Their was ample room! The food was quite reasonable but the taste was unbelievable delicious. We had the Gnocchi, Linguine Vongole, Garlic Bread and Calamari. Portions are quite big, home-made pasta and sorbet goes a long way. Our server, Dayna, was great. Respected our time, but was also helpful with everything. What I noticed is the other staff or Dayna—they all went to the bar to fold napkins, they actually kept themselves busy versus standing around chatting like other restaurants! We even had the manager walked around not once but twice checking to see if everything was expected. Al Porto Ristorante is a great place, we will definitively come back with our family and friends

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2011

had no problem booking a large table at short notice on a weekend night, sat us immediately on arrival, had good service, good food, diverse wine list with expensive treasures, and plenty of great affordable wines ($60 a bottle or less)... would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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