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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.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am-4:00pm 4:30pm - 10:30pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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