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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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93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Romantic (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Waterfront (6)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Tapas (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always a great experience for us at Al Porto! The manager, Michael, has a real strong team delivering exceptional service and food! We had a terrific dinner served to us by Vafa and the Chianti he suggested was exceptional - a 2011 Canonica a Cerritos which paired wonderfully with our meals! Thank you for a great night!!!

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Tucked away in "not too clean Gastown"... glad we found it
...nice crowd and attentive waiter. Relaxed atmosphere...
Food was good... fresh

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My lasagna a was disgusting and was sent back! I'm the noodles were terrible! S ever was very nice about it.. because he didn't check back because he was super busy my for quite some time with everyone else eating.

I just sat there staring at my dinner waiting for the server to come and ask how I my meal was! It was just ok... I would go back but definitely not for the lasagna.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great little gem

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Food was very mediocre. Especially disappointed in the pasta which appeared glued together. Sauce was best part. Bread for dipping was not very good either. Would not go back or recommend this restaurant to another.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Food was phenomenal and ambiance just added to it. It may look like a side street eat but they delivered big time. My wife and I had great meals in a nice atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Like being back in Italy! Service terrific! Pasta delicious . Great wine list

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

First time at Al Portio and the meal and service was excellent. Friendly staff and I highly recommend the restaurant

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Good was Good, service too. Wine cost was high. Dessert not worth the calories.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Beef tartare was very good. Enjoyed the entire meal, had salmon with a honey chili glaze was a nice complement to the fresh salmon. Service was very good and friendly.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great food & service. Did not appreciate the message from open table that we did not come for dinner when we did.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Professional service staff from the moment of entry. The table was ready and the suggestions were appropriate. Appetizer served suddenly to stave hungry diners and great direction to a pleasing bottle of wine.
Generous portions of delicious food. Dessert and coffees served immediately. This is my go to restaurant for pre-theatre and pre-symphony. Costs an arm but not a leg. A great restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (México)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excelente sazón. Los platillo italianos los mejores!!!! Autenticos , generosos y servidos excepcionalmente

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was friendly and attentive but never intrusive. Everything was just right. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Always good service and great value. Reliable go to spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 29, 2017

excellent waiter who allowed a menu substitution and brought a couple of wine tasters at our request for picky red wine drinker

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Exceptional service, great food, fish of the day was delicious, would highly recommended it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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