Al Porto Ristorante
Please call the restaurant for parties of 7 or more. 604-683-8376
Private rooms and special menus for groups are available.
Located in historic Gastown, Al Porto Ristorante is one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Vancouver. Cozy yet spacious, our two floors can seat up to 250 guests. We offer a variety of rooms to accommodate all your private event needs.View Private Dining Details
Good service and yummy authentic Italian food! Great selection of Italian wines. Will come back
The food was decent not as highly as 4.1 stars for their ratings. Service was alright. They were really short on staff today. Food overall was not as what I anticipated for an Italian restaurant.
We've been here a few times but on this occasion the food was poor. Too salty, stodgy and generally poor quality. We also didn't appreciate having tables dragged around us for the last half hour as they set up for large groups of diners the day after.
We had a reservation for dinner before a concert we were attending - we arrived at this charming restaurant about fifteen minutes early, so sat at the bar and had a glass of wine. At the appointed time, the hostess seated us at a very nice two-top in a room with only two other tables taken. We sat for 20 minutes - no water, no bread, nada. We tried to get the attention of both the server and busser who were flitting in and out of the room, but the server didn't ever look our way, and the busser appeared not to speak English, or else she was ignoring our request for service, as she muttered something unintelligible as she whisked by us for the fifth or sixth time. Eventually a different server arrived, apologized and told us they were short-staffed because two people had gone home with pneumonia. Well, that gave us pause!
Our server was a bit flustered, but he really did his best to get the show on the road, so to speak. He brought us two more glasses of wine (no charge) and made suggestions for possible entrees. We ordered, and our meals arrived within a reasonable amount of time. The food was very good - I had a chopped salad and my husband had the caprese salad. Both were fine. For my entree I had the Haida Gwai halibut and my husband had a pasta dish. Again, both dishes were well prepared and very good.
I would come back to eat at this restaurant - the food was good and the prices are reasonable. I guess maybe it was just an off night for service, but not enough to keep us from returning.
Excellent Restaurant, Service could be better
We ate here twice on our first and final evenings in Vancouver, before and after a cruise. Easy walk from our hotels, nice ambience, on the waterfront but you don't really get much of a view from most dining tables. Food was outstanding, cocktails good. I would have like to see a California Chardonnay on the wines by glass list but not a huge drawback. Would recommend with a warning that service can be slow -- we waited forever our first evening for our check.
I have been going to Al Porto for about 35 years.....the old & new ownership.......consistantly GOOD
From the outside you don’t expect it to be as nice as it is. Once inside the entire atmosphere changes. It was very romantic and the food/service was excellent!
Good experience! Will go again
Excellent service; restaurant is very ambience and comfortable; food is delicious with many choices for customers to choose; food portion size is reasonable for the price. It is great place for all sorts of parties. Their lunch special is fantastic. I totally recommend people who work near Gastown should try the lunch special. Make sure you place your order and reserve a table so when you get there, you don’t need to wait long for your food and have more time to enjoy your lunch.
Al Porto is one of my favourite restaurants and my mom likes the place very much.
Yummy carbonara. Patient and attentive server. Washrooms badly in need of a renovation. Ambiance is dated.
Great food and service.... definitely visit.
Always love this place. Good food and very good service. Willing to accommodate small to large parties.
Great food and lovely Italian restaurant. Service was a little slow to start, but picked up after ordering. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.
This was a huge hit for our family (2 adults 2 kids). The service was VERY friendly. The food was way above our expectations. We would recommend and come back in a heartbeat!
Attention! We went twice (the same day): for lunch at noon and for dinner in the evening. Their menu had changed: it contained the same items, but it was much more expensive (around + 7 CAD/dish). That is a large difference! Go there at noon. Better value for the same good food!
We had a fantastic dinner and amazing service from John. We will definitely be returning.
Excellent spot for a good meal with friends and family.
A perfect experience for an Italian dinner date 👌🏻
The reason that I booked at Al Porto was due to the picture I saw on the website of the dining room overlooking Canada Place. When I booked online, I made a special request to have a window seat so that my husband and I could see THAT view. Then I phoned the restaurant to ensure my request could be fulfilled, and I was told it would. I was VERY disappointed to see that the picture on the website did not even closely represent the actual situation. The dining room was a picture of the restaurant downstairs, and the view was from upstairs where the restaurant didn't even remotely resemble the photo. It was much more casual setting with no tablecloths even on the table. The photo on the website is misleading and a down right lie! The evening did not turn out the way I was expecting and that was disappointing. For this reason I will never return to this restaurant.
Great service thank you. John.
Casual Italian, good for large groups and families.
Been coming here for years and it is consistently very good in all aspects. Would never miss a meal here while in Vancouver
The service was wonderful and the food tasty! What more can you ask for. The place was very pretty.
Great pizza! Staff really looked after us
Underwhelming. Food was bland. Service was great but did not make up for the fact the the food is o er prices for the quality.
Our Waiter was Outstanding!!! We had an excellent meal.
Poor bar service
Our Calamari was so salty not edible. The meal I wanted and planned ahead by looking at the menu on-line was not available. Ordered Pesto and cheese cannelloni instead that was extremely rich and heavy but virtually flavourless. The Pesto was just a smidge in the center of 4 Cannelloni. Service was adequate but nothing special. Definitely found the menu pricey and the food quality did not measure up to the price. Would we go back. NO Would we recommend it. NO
The four of us each ordered different choices for our main, and we started with two appetizers for the table,. All were nicely presented and very tasty.
The only disturbing feature of the evening, was a waiter who felt he was doing us a favor in taking our order and not available to allow us to get a second bottle of wine. When he finally appeared it was to check - if we might want dessert or coffee.
Next time if he is still with you, we will definitely ask for another server, as we pay the bill NOT him
Best food we had in Vancouver by a country mile. What more could you want from a restaurant, good food, good service and a nice atmosphere. The waiter also chased after me in Water Street when I left my camera on the back of my seat! Great honesty too.
The service is always good as is the quality of the food.
Our only complaint on this visit was the volume of the music. It was way too loud and also unnecessary.
Good service, environment
Great food and amazing service!
The service was excellent and the food was delicious! The ambiance was pleasing!
Steady long-term success restaurant. We made it a day for a 6-1/2 hour lunch. No one rushed us.
Wonderful restaurant with delicious food and great service!
We loved our dinner at Al Porto. Tge service and food was fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant.
We had a good quiet family dinner. Love the atmosphere, feel like we were in Italy. Lasagna and seafood pasta were delicious. Fabio, our server, was attentive and humorous.
Amazing dinner in gastown... Everything was exceptional.