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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Special Occasion (14)
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Romantic (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Authentic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Casual (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Waterfront (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Scenic View (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food, however service was lacking and many times we were waiting. This was Father's Day so maybe overly busy. This is the second time we have been here and found the same thing. Long waits for drinks, and service to tables. Excellent food.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Bottom line: If your in Vancouver for just a few days eat elsewhere.
I'm puzzled by the high marks on Open Table for this restaurant. The food here is average, predictable, nothing special, for my palate it rates 3 stars. There a plenty of other places in the Gas Town area that should be tried first.e

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Had a very enjoyable lunch. Service was excellent and waiter was very attentive without being overbearing -- that is, he respected our privacy.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Food was average for the price

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 7, 2017

We enjoyed the ambiance, the attentive and friendly service, the delicious meals, the recommended and pleasant wine, and most of all the space and quietness that allowed us to have a wonderful evening together.
Gracias!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Wonderful experience. Our waiter was super knowledgeable about wines, and very accommodating about a food allergy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We ate here twice during our stay in Vancouver...a mid-week lunch and a Saturday dinner.
Both times the food and service were excellent. Seafood was especially well prepared.

Lunch was a relaxed, quiet meal. Saturday was a full house. Because we rejected a rather oddly positioned two-top we ended up next to a table full of young people celebrating their obviously good lives. The fact that the Ristorante was full and everyone was enjoying themselves is a tribute to the quality and value found there.

On our next visit to Vancouver we will again stay in Gastown and dine at Al Porto, though maybe not on a weekend evening,

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Our waiter John was attentive and provided great service. We are in town before a cruise and had dinner here with two other couples. Everyone was very happy with their food; all six of us had a different meal. My friend Bob ordered the Osso Buca and said it was the best he ever had. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Our reservation was at 6:30. We arrived on time and were seated promptly. The restaurant was not busy and so our waiter had the time to provide good service. The menu offered a good selection and our appetizer and meal was served promptly.
My wife had pasta and I had the tuna special. Both meals were prepared exquisitely. It was a lovely dinner and I would return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 16, 2017

I had the Mussel appetizers and they were a great meal in themselves. Served in a curried cream sauce it was spectacular. The service was excellent. Would certainly frequent this restaurant if I lived near the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Get the seafood!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

It was a Mother's Day dinner and never been to this establishment . Great choice and great please to eat at . I loved everything about it!! The ambience and the food was superb... the view was spectacular and very friendly staff .... recommended this

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The atmosphere was nice and the food and service was incredible! Definitely would recommend

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We come from Abbotsford to dine here. Love everything about this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Casual, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 11, 2017

There is nothing bad about Al Porto just that so many others do it so much better I am afraid. Nothing special or different when compared to so many other places in Downtown Vancouver.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Service overall very slow but the quality of the Cellar and the food is fantastic!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 8, 2017

A Vancouver gem for over 35 years. A favouite place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Real great value over Dine-Out Vancouver.

Food is excellent, service exquisite and unobtrusive. Wonderful wine list with great recommendations from waitstaff.

My absolute favourite place to go!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 4, 2017

We went for my best friends 30th birthday surprise party. They were very helpful and gave us a private area. The server Brian was amazingZ. Super attentive, organized and on top of things. Over all an amazing night

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Amazing food, beautiful restaurant, great service, and good value.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great service, great food and a magical atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Excellent food and great services
Great for business or casual night out

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Our first visit to this restaurant. Very impressed with the high quality of service, delicious food, beautifully presented. Excellent menu and accommodating my low carb diet. Highly recommend.!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Cheshire)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I wanted to thank the staff at Al Porto for truly making my 40th birthday really special. We had a few cancellations then additions and the staff took everything in stride. The food was delicious and all my friends mentioned how much fun they had. Huge thank you to the kitchen and the wait staff. A truly special evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We had a party of 10 at your establishment on Saturday and we were all vey pleased with our dinner. We were seated promptly upon arrival. Our waiter asked if we had a special occasion to attend that evening to make sure he had us out in time to make our engagement. All in all a fabulous dinner and will definitely be back! Thank you for a wonderful evening

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 16, 2017

This is my second time. Good service service each times.
Pasta was not overcooked( rare for Vancouver) and delicious.
Excellent wine celection.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Amazing Valentine's Dinner. Great service, great food and great value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 12, 2017

First time going here. Made reservations for 6pm and got in early. They took our coats right when we got in. Server came right away and was very helpful in recommending food options as I'm a vegetarian. The portion sizes for the appies and entrées were great. We got the cannelloni and the pesto pomodoro. Both were very fresh and very tasty. I would definitely come back here again

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was delicious (a little on the smaller portion size though). Our server was absolutely terrible though. He was not personable, never asked us how our meals were, we barely saw him throughout our evening. I would have rated this restaurant higher but it was the service that really brought it down.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Consistently professional service and delicious food. Always a joy.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The food was so good! The Pizza was amazing! We made it in time for happy hour, so that is always a bonus!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Excellent services

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Great food!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Really nice seafood and very generous portions for a fine dining-type place. Feeling a bit dated, restrooms could use remodeling and maybe an overall freshening up of decor and so forth to stay competitive in the Vancouver food scene, but the food was great.

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 25, 2017

we always have a wonderful time at Al Porto. John is a fabulous server and takes excellent care of his clients. Food and ambience are perfect.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 23, 2017

As always very professional and friendly staff, excellent food and a good wine list with reasonable prices. Nice ambience!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2017

I have never been to an Italian restaurant in my life where they don't make their own pasta. They had one dish where it was made on site rest was dry bought in, event the gnocchi. Please avoid this restaurant if you want authentic Italian food.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2017

we were greeted right away! that's always a plus. seated right away and our server came right away to offer us water/beverages. he was very friendly and hilarious, i like that the most. he made the entire evening entertaining.

great experience would definitely dine there again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Great happy hour value before 6:30 pm -- dinner and drinks. Ambience felt authentic Italian. Local seafood was delicious, well prepared and very generous serving along with the pasta.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The ambience is great - quite romantic and has the rustic, Italian charm. However the food was subpar. I had the linguine vongole and it was very dry and barely had any clams in it. I had the chocolate ganache cake for dessert and it had no flavour whatsoever. The waiter paid no attention to us at all. We waited 30 minutes to get his attention to order, and then we waited 40 minutes to pay after he brought us the bill. He never checked in with us after we got our food.

I'm not sure if I'll be back, as there are other great Italian restaurants in Vancouver.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Good until my main pasta course. I started feeling ill right after the meal.

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