Al Porto Ristorante

4.4
1240 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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.


Private Dining

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.

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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There were 7 of us for dinner on a quiet Monday evening for a family celebration. The service was top notch, the food was fabulous. They were able to accommodate my dietary requirements. I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.

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L
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This restaurant is located a little off the beaten path in Gastown The food is really good but a little expensive I visited twice in my week in Vancouver Not real busy and fairly plain atmosphere but well worth a visit I had Veal Marsala and Veal Lasagna and both were great My husband had spaghetti which was also good The Ceasar salads were also good

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A
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome home style Italian cooking at its very best!

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S
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

My daughter and I went for Mother’s Day early dinner. We booked our reservation for 4:30 so we could have an early, quiet night as we had a long drive home. The restaurant was completely empty except for 1 table with 1 guy sitting there and we were sat 2 tables away from him. After a few minutes , a large party of 8 came in and they were sat RIGHT next to us! The restaurant is huge and it was completely empty and now this boisterous table was inches away, and we could barely hear ourselves speak! If that was their only big table at that time, our small party of two could have been seated somewhere else. There were 2 waiters on so it wasn’t a matter of lack of staff.
The food was amazing and service was great but unfortunately we ate quickly and left as we couldn’t stand the noise .

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very wonderful food and setting. Had party of 7. Host was very accommodating as we were celebrating a birthday. Great restaurant. Highly recommend.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I selected ‘birthday’ for the occasion when I made the reservation, then they offered a nice plate of chocolate cake for the birthday guest without us asking. I was very impressed with their hospitality!

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BP
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always reliably good food, service and ambiance. Best if all no loud music so can hear table conversation.

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RV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was quite tasty. The pasta was perfectly cooked and not overcooked as is most common. Our waiter was very helpful on the wine selection and quite friendly.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great and server was very good to make sure that we are having great time and we had a great birthday party for my friend.

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AV
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We have been going to Al Porto for years and really liked their food and value. We always almost had the same waiter every single time. But at the recent visit, our same waiter wasn't like the way he was before, perhaps we only ordered the early bird dinner special and no booze. Most servers have been at the restaurant for a long time and we recognize most faces and appreciate them every single time we go there. But this time, we definitely felt the lack of hospitality and enthusiasm. The food was still delicious and worth the value of the dinner special. Not sure if we will go back soon though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The service and ambiance was very nice and cozy. We did not feel rushed and the service and food was just great.
It was a great dining experience for us.

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DD
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hadn't been to Al Porto in about 10 years and then picked this spot for convenience for a reunion dinner with a former colleague visiting from Toronto who was taking the skytrain in from the airport for a quick visit before her flight. A perfect evening - quiet table, but nice atmosphere, great service, great value for food, excellent wine list and recommendation by the server. I definitely won't wait another 10 years to go back. Thanks for the excellent evening!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Al Porto has not changed much in over 30 years. The ambiance and classic good service is the same, as is the food.

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GA
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal and great time catching up with friends we hadn't seen for a long time. They were very courteous to let us stay even after the dining room had closed . Great Service....would recommend for a nice place to go!

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service from John!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was quiet , the pasta was really good with good portion.
I’m coming back here for sure. Perfect for a date

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HC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always my fave place to have an amazing beef carpaccio and a few negronis.

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A
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service.

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A group of friends and I chose Al Porto for a birthday celebration and we were extremely satisfied with the restaurant and experience. The food was delicious and we didn't wait for long at all. My friends highlighted how good the bolognese pasta and the cheese gnocchi were. The service was also great–very kind and attentive. And they had a wonderfully decorated birthday cake prepared for dessert. Overall a splendid place, 10/10 would recommend.

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RO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service great food , lovely atmosphere it was my Birthday with close friends and Your restaurant was my first choice

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent overall experience. We had the head sommelier help us select a wine based on what the group was interested in. Service was tremendous, no hovering waitress, just the perfect balance of service and letting us enjoy the evening. We were a bit earlier in the evening and that helped, but we will DEFINITELY be going back!!
We came here because of some excellent food we enjoyed at an office Christmas function. The food quality was once again, excellent!!
Thanks, Al Porto staff!!

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M
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great dinner! Our server, Peter, was excellent. He was very attentive, friendly and made our dining experience all that more enjoyable.

Al Porto Ristorante
Responded on March 12, 2019

Thank you! Peter is a great guy too. We are happy that you found your experience with us to your liking

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B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed the slightly quieter ambience and the decor is a nice touch. The food was solid but nothing you would talk about later. Enjoyable but nothing special. The cocktails we had were mixed strangely for being ‘classic’ - stick to the wine. They have a generous list!

Al Porto Ristorante
Responded on March 12, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to speak of your experience.

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c
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

delicious meal with impeccable service in a gorgeous room BUT turn on the heat - the room was freezing

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AV
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a good dinner

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great from start to finish

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our lunch at your restaurant. The ling cod was cooked to perfection and the taste was précis.
We all had different food and we all loved it all. The service was excellent, we will come back.

Al Porto Ristorante
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you so much! We look forward to your next visit!

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Run-down 80's style restaurant in need of major cleaning/renovations. Did not enjoy the ambiance in this restaurant. Food was not bad but nothing special either. Menus/windows/washrooms were dirty and my "clean" fork has a black hair on it upon sitting down. Not a good first impression.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Was a nice looking place. But definitely not a very eventful or special place for things like valentines. If you want really expensive lobster or crab mixed with meat pasta... Then this is the place for you. But honestly... There was a super loud boat going the whole time in the SPECIAL room for the valentines people. Everywhere else was a reasonable volume. Probably will go again on a not so SPECIAL day. Probably really good on done out but that's about it.

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s very nice food and comfortable to take lunch for me.
The location is very nice as well.
I promise to visit again when I come to Vancouver next time.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great real authentic Italian the linguini was al dente I'm definitely coming back to explore the menu 👌

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EE
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our evening at Al Porto. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and it was a very pleasant atmosphere! Thank you.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was great!

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r
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very tasty. We had the presto lunch: soup was delicious, salad was ok for a salad but the linguini pescatore and the linguini con vongole were both outstanding. With the ambiance it reminded us of a little restaurant we ate at in Florence recently. Can’t beat the pricing for the selections.
Will definitely go again.
Our server was great and she brought my sister a complimentary a slice of chocolate mousse cake for her birthday. We forgot to take a picture of the food but we did take one of the cake.

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b
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Good quality of food with professional service. all the waitress were nice :) i had no issue wirh my online booking.
lunch menu has good value! i enjoyed my time therr

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GV
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It could have been a wonderful experience if the booked ‘baywindow’ was given to us, unfortunately we came to a different table setting, since the service was commendable especially the head server, we had a nice time.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Christmas Eve at your restaurant with friends, after riding downtown by Skytrain (allowing for lots of wine), after checking out all the Christmas displays in the nearby hotels and Canada Place (fabulous), is now getting to be a tradition. Loved our "born in Germany" waiter, quite entertaining, and the food mainly was excellent (char, veal, ciopppino) but my cannelloni pasta was dried out, although the sauce covering a portion was good.

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PM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good location at the entrance to Gastown. All four of us thought that the food was very good as was the service.
We would definitely return.

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R
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The waiter was outstanding with his service plus had a good personality. We were a party of twelve and everyone enjoyed their lunch.

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AR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Have been to Al Porto a few times and been very happy with both service and food. Just went again two nights ago and our server Torsten was absolutely wonderful. The next time I go I'll be requesting him!

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