Al Porto Ristorante

4.4
1263 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Been coming here for years and it is consistently very good in all aspects. Would never miss a meal here while in Vancouver

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Waiter was Outstanding!!! We had an excellent meal.
Best Service!
Thank You

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Large portions
Poor bar service

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BT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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

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c
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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

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DP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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PM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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L
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service, environment

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and amazing service!

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TT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious! The ambiance was pleasing!

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UB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Steady long-term success restaurant. We made it a day for a 6-1/2 hour lunch. No one rushed us.

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MM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant with delicious food and great service!

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Al Porto. Tge service and food was fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

料理もサービスも最高でした。

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S
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dinner in gastown... Everything was exceptional.

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I made this reservation for my friends birthday. It was the perfect restaurant for us with good food, an extensive wine list and our waiter was very personable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was very tasty and good. Certainly going there more often

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MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We met friends who have dined in Vancouver many times. We just loved the location which is off the beaten track in Gastown. The food and service were excellent. We will definitely go there again

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m
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were a party of 4 adults celebrating a birthday and we loved Al Porto, the dining rooms are beautiful, the food is very, very good, and the service is excellent. What a find!

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LR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were party of 8 and made reservations but came in earlier. Our table was ready, the food was excellent, waiter was very polite and knowledgeable about dishes. We truly enjoyed our dinner and especially the service.

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NA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Amazing food and service. Best Italian dishes.

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f
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
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 on May 19, 2019
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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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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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
9 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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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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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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