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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

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (15)
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Authentic (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Cozy (10)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Waterfront (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
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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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

We were nearly overcome by the waitress' perfume which was a real turn off right from the beginning. Someone must have spoken to her because it was only faint the next time we encountered her.
We had the chicken piccata which we have had before, but this chicken did not taste as good as before (the sauce seemed a little different), but the chicken seemed underdone. The vegetables, potatoes and ice cream were enjoyable.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

I like the decor n feeling. Food was fine

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·Dined 7 days ago

Loved our first visit to Al Porto. Delicious Italian cuisine accompanied by great wine & good service. We’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Classic Italian dishes with very good service and attentive staff.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service. Fabulous early dinner special. Nice and quiet atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

excelkent food. john was attentive

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was very average and for some in my party it was poor but the overall service was good. What was most odd was that someone from the restaurant called a few hours before our reservation and told me that they would not be able to accommodate us because the restaurant was filled to capacity even though we had a confirmed Open Table time. This person had a very heavy accent and the conversation was most frustrating, he could not understand that I had a conformation from several days earlier. I decided to go to the restaurant anyway for our confirmed time and we were promptly seated at a table. The restaurant had many, many open tables so it is even more perplexing. between that odd call and the food quality, I would avoid this restaurant.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Linguini needed more cook time, also it was pretty salty. Risotto from the aalmon dish could use a fewmore mins as well.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Birthday- big group. Server was very patient.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 4, 2018

great service. good food.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The environment and service was great !
Just that the steak was not. Tasted like they boiled it, then kind put it in the pan and put some grill marks on it. The steak tasted bland.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I used to be a frequent lunch and dinner customer of Al Port but had not been there for a number of years because my job location changed. My guests suggested we go and it was as great as ever! So few things in life keep their high standards, but Al Porto did not disappoint.

Must make this a more frequent stop again.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Decided to check out this place for dine out Vancouver 2018. It is only worth it if you get the veal because then you are saving approx $8 off their dineout menu. I had the ceviche for an appie. It was fresh and refreshing. The veal was amazing. Mind you, this was my first time trying veal so I had nothing to compare it too. And the desserts were great (both the tiramisu and cheesecake). The seafood fettuccine my friend ordered was mediocre.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Just ab amazing experience! Definitely would love to come back.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Simple items, like a mushroom bisque, made extraordinary. Seafood linguini with plenty of seafood and sauced wonderfully.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Perfect place to have a romantic date! Excelent service and food

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, and fantastic professional servers. Old school vibe and decor, which is I appreciate.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food . I am a very big consumer of linguini and clam sauce. The white clam sauce was quite possibly the best I have tasted.
My daughters loved the pizza and my wife really enjoyed her chicken cacciatore
Will be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was delicious and the service excellent!
The waiter was so friendly and attentive as were the other staff members.
We’ve tried many Italian restaurants and Al Porto is currently on the top of our list for quality and value.
Can’t wait to return and try some other delicious dishes on the menu.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 10, 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

Visited this restaurant for New Year's Eve dinner. It was more than we expected, quite the hidden (literally) gem.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year ‘s Eve

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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 24, 2017

Cena de Navidad

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 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 23, 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 21, 2017

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

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 16, 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 14, 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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 (Vancouver)·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 25, 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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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 21, 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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 18, 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 14, 2017

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

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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