About Portobello Ristorante

Romantic and cozy, Portobello ristorante attracts all kinds of diners. They come for the candle-lit tables, comfortable chairs, and intimate ambiance that compliments the menu inspired by southern Italy. Owner and locally-renowned chef Joe 'Pino' Milano creates dishes using fresh, quality ingredients that arouse taste buds and will satisfy any appetite.

1429 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6h 1H6
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

Cross Street:
Granville

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 734-0697

Website:
http://www.portobellorestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
Free Parking at the Rear of the Restaurant

Executive Chef:
Pino Milano

Additional:
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Portobello Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

4.1

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Casual (3)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and service, all amazing! Will go back again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice meal here, would definitely go back. The prawn and halibut pasta was delicious. Pretty reasonably priced compared to other similar offerings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our third visit to Portobello. A very welcoming restaurant with great food and friendly service. Great value for authentic Italian food. We will certainly return.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious menu. We had ceasar salad, calamari, seafood risotto, spag bolognese. Delicious bread as well.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and wonderful service made for a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Neighborhood gem! Even though we can walk to this place, we’d likely drive, if we moved away ... worth the trip!

Gamberi Diavolo is divine, the pastas are amazing (made fresh) and we’ve now tried two meat entrees - osso bucco, chicken with artichokes—delish - the wine list is very good too, if a bit limited but they have a good house wine, too.

Highly recommended!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good service, great food- nice place for dinner and conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Portobello is a hidden (and under-rated) intimate dining room with excellent Italian food, and a few signature dishes worth trying, again and again!

I’ve been here a few times over the years for dinner and the food is consistently excellent. This time I tried the seasonal mushroom cauliflower (vegetarian) soup, which was flavourful and rich. Another appetizer, the stuffed Portobello mushroom cap is always fresh and gently spiced.
The fresh halibut and prawn risotto is a signature dish; it is rich and very tasty. All the menu items look appealing. The wine selection is sufficient and you can find a good bottle to complement your meal for a reasonable price. I finished my meal with a fragrant and moist lemon cake, a daily special.

The overall price point for entrees is less than other comparable restaurants in the downtown core, Portobello represents good value overall. And the food quality is a step above other Italian restaurants in the city.

The service is casual and attentive. The owners seem to care about their customers; if you dine a special occasion, they may make it memorable.

For visitors to Vancouver, it is worth the taxi fare to travel to South Granville-Broadway district, which has some excellent restaurants and unique retail shops.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice Italian themed evening with friends... would have loved a table tucked away in the corner. Really good fresh food, served hot and timely. Would recommend to anyone. Glad we tried a place where we had never been.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Try the gnocchi. ‘Nuff said.

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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fantastic Italian food; really a notch above most run-of-the-mill Italian joints.
I went with my family while I was in town, and we all had an exceptional experience.

We shared the Fungo Portobello Gratinato appetizer, and it was so delicious. The garlic croutons and parmigiano (so umami) perfectly balance with the flavor of the mushroom. This is a great appetizer because its just packed with so much flavour.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of their entrees, but they do seafood REALLY well. A few of us has the Spaghetti con Gamberi Rombo which was fantastic, one Linguine Con Cozze Fresche (also great), and Polpette Di Manzo (great if you're more of a meat person and dont feel like pasta or seafood). All the food paired really well with our Pinot Grigio.

The desert really blew us away. I ordered this lemon cream dessert (the last one available) and words cant even describe how good it was. One of the greatest regrets in my life is eating it so quickly.

In terms of service, our waiter was really great, but he was covering a lot of tables (I think every table in the place.. its small), but I can appreciate how hard we was working.
This restaurant is an absolute neighborhood gem, very authentic, and perfect for pretty much any occasion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The service was excellent, very friendly staff and owner, good food, place was great, not loud, serving size is just right.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was excellent. It was a cozy, intimate, and lively restaurant. The service was good, but not "fine dining" service - friendly, but casual service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent food. Reasonably priced. Impeccable service by an unpretentious waiter.
The space is a little too crowded causing chairs to be bumped by neighbouring diners.
A very good dining experience as far as the food and service is concerned. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Healthy, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Portobello is our favourite neighbourhood restaurant where my husband and I have been going for many years. The owners are always there, and they remember us, visit our table, are not intrusive, are able to keep very good waiters over time. They also make the best ever Vitello al Limone ! Our fear is that one day we will pass the restaurant and see a sign on the door saying either "closed forever" or "for lease". This section of West Broadway is vulnerable to either building owners raising the rent for small businesses who then have to close down, or an outright purchase of the whole block with a "Development Application" sign put up in place of the small business signs. Then there is another look-alike mid-or high rise building put up that has rents too high for small restaurants like Portobello. And another big chain would move in, either selling financial services, or fitness or bad food. This would be TRAGIC!

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food, service and Ambience. Real Italian food at a reasonable price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Always good, tasty, reliable Italian style food with a local touch. It is a friendly, family-run restaurant with excellent service. It's hard to find this kind of independent, reasonably priced, good quality restaurant these days on the west side. Very convenient for transit and taxis at Broadway and Granville.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

A favorite neighbourhood spot.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Very good Caesar salad. And a generous portion. Pasta was excellent as was the service. No problem using the coupon. 2 pastas. One salad and 2 coffees. $45. Not bad these days.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The meal was delicious and my 84 year old mother enjoyed her all time favourite pasta dish. She has said this will be her last time visiting Vancouver and Portobello provided it for her. Much appreciated!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Great service! We were running late because of traffic jam and we phoned ahead for appitizers which were waiting when we arrived☺ thet took very good care of us so we could still have a delicious dinner before the theatre. Fantastic fresh pasta, great ambience and very nice staff. Would definately recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 27, 2017

We chose the restaurant as it was close to the Stanley Theatre. It was our first time and it's on
'the regular circuit' for us. The combination of great food, wonderful ambience and excellent service from Joseph made for a perfect evening.

Barbara and Fred

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Don't usually write reviews but everything was so nice including the special treatment from the owners that I feel compelled to share the wonderful experience on line.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Excellent as always. Perfect before theatre. Very personal touch and great value.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Great food. Would definitely go back. The one disappointment, they are not open for lunch

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The waiters and Head receptionist made sure we were happy with our meals and accomodated providing my 95 year old mother with a festive birthday cake dessert, complete with lit candle and dramatic presentation. They turned a delicious meal into a celebratory event, well worth the value of the meals and drinks.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Went prior to Arts Club performance. Wait staff very helpful. We both really enjoyed our pasta dishes which left no room for dessert! Restaurant was packed but we were seated immediately - make a reservation. Will definitely go again and sample other items.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We come here all the time, as we live in the neighborhood. It is our favorite. The owners are friendly and kind, and the wait staff helpful and attentive. Always a special night here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 18, 2017

The people that own this restaurant are excellent and wonderful and kind do a fantastic job and look after every detail blue ribbon service

Tags: Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Friendly service and prompt.
We eat and drank at our own speed were not rushed out the door.
Very good food and good portions.
Would recommend it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Food is great and service is excellent !! Love this restaurant and will come again 😃

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We had a very nice romantic birthday dinner of the set menu with great service and delicious food. The complimentary dessert and digestif was also greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tapas, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Reasonable price for such quality of food

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on March 10, 2017

We had a reservation for 8:00, ordered a salad and entree and we're finished at 8:50. Hardly a leisurely dining experience! One dish was very good, the other just OK.
Won't be back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great , truly is a hidden gem, food delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant for the food

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I had the veal limone and it was great. The staff treated us like new friends that made the whole experience special.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The service was very good, with very friendly staff.
The food was excellent and brought out in a timely manner.

I would definitely go back and recommend it to my friends.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent food, very accommodating staff. Would definitely come back again

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I phoned since it was Valentine's day to advise we would be a little late and to confirm we were on our way. They were very friendly and said 'Don't rush if you're in traffic'. The place was packed when we got there and each table had heart balloons attached. Service was fantastic for the number of customers seated and the meal was wonderful. We assurred them that we would definitely be back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Excellent food and Service. Great family run restaurant with a quiet pleasant atmosphere. Authentic Italian cuisine at a reasonable price.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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