Al Porto Ristorante

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.9
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Better option for vegetarian. 👌Food and service was good 👍can’t wait to come out again.🤗

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfectly prepared food in the restaurant with warm ambiance and professional waiters with excellent suggestions.. we will be back!!!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

I had made a Reservation for 9:15 on Valentine’s Day. Showed up on time and the lady at the front kept moving us around to different tables. After finally being seated, 30 minutes had gone by and the server did not come by to serve us our drinks let alone take our order. Once he finally came back to take our order we waited another 45 minutes just for the server to come back again and ask us what our order was... I believe he may have misplaced our order or forgot to ring it in completely. It took them an hour to give us a glass of wine ... it does not take an hour to pour wine in a cup.Another 40 minutes had gone by and people around us had already ate and left and people who arrived after us had also been served their main courses meanwhile we still waited for ours. Every time our server came around our table, he would look at us and just turn away. We had to ask another server what was going on with our food and why our server wasn’t coming to us. This lady went to the kitchen and told us our food will be ready in 5min. We finally got our food after sitting there for 2 HOURS. The food was not worth the wait at all. The risotto tasted like water and the fettuccini was powdery. After eating our food it was almost 12am and the server had the audacity to ask us if we wanted desert..... we did not want to risk sitting there for another 2 hours for a piece of flavourless cake so we left disappointed and still hungry. I understand it was a busy night however the restaurant should’ve been prepared and our server should’ve been more accommodating. We saw many couples leave early without eating and we regret not doing the same.

OT
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

I have not had such a horrible experience in a very long time. Food was decent but when you have to wait over an hour and a half for your appetizer... Don't even get me started about the entre, just embarrassing to reach the 3rd hour sitting there to not even finish my meal and leave.

MM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Quite good. Better option for set Valentines Menu. Also, would have been nice to be told that this would be the only option for this day, as it was not communicated. Food was good!!!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

We spent 2.5 hours at this restaurant and half of the time was spent just waiting for food. Several tables around us left before the food even came (they waited 1 hour). Would not come back here again.

SE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience1

We wait for the food almost 45 min the food was good but very slow

JW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The wait time was crazy!! We spent 3 hrs in the restaurant for a 3 course dinner. Its valentines, u know its going to be busy so you guys need to be prepared! We could have done something else instead of waiting for our food.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The ambiance gave a warm welcome. The menu extensive and the service attentive. But the evening was affected by the poor state of the Washroom facilities.

DS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fantastic! Food was great as always.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We chose the Dine Out menu and were extremely pleased with the appetizers (antipasto and ceviche). The entrees were nicely presented - salmon roll stuffed with scallop and prawn on risotto; veal chop with port wine reduction - and perfectly cooked. But the sides were simply steamed vegetables that didn’t compliment or enhance in any way. The truffle mashed potato served with the veal was boring - I had expected more flavour out of that but would still have preferred a roasted potato or just none at all.

Tiramisu was good. Nothing wrong with it but not stellar either.

Service was very good but there was some odd confusion after paying the bill where apparently they wanted to cancel the payment because they gave me the wrong veal chop and so wanted to change the bill. Weird. Five minutes later they said everything was okay.

The big downfall was the restaurant itself. Tables are nicely set with tablecloths but the floor looks dirty, there were cobwebs in the corners and it just gave the impression of needing a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.

Negatives aside, I would return on a different occasion just to try the regular menu.

SJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

We used to frequent Al Porto all the time but something has changed... our Caesar salads were not fresh, lettuce was wilted and turning brown and the mushroom bisque soup was tasteless. My chicken piccata was delicious but the seafood risotto and seafood pasta was mediocre. Our waiter was great and they did comp us our dessert. We’ll probably look for another restaurant when we get together next time.

MJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food great service cant wait to come back and try other dishes .

AL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I ordered the ceviche, calamari, caprese salad, seafood risotto, and tiramisu. The starters were amazing! The flavours were fresh and perfectly blended. The salad was 7/10 because it was fresh but not anything special. The seafood with the risotto was cooked perfectly and made the dish worth it. But the risotto alone was meh--lacked flavour. The tiramisu was the best I've ever had. On top of the food, the service was great! Will be back!

BM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good food, knowledgeable waiter, casual atmosphere.

JF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was simply amazing even though it was New year's Eve and he was run off his feet. We had a wonderful romantic dinner and some great cocktails. The only downside was the giant private birthday party which seemed to take precedence over New year's Eve. Nonetheless we will be back.

K
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the most wonderful and romantic experience here on NYE. We had the Osso Buco and the Lamb. Just perfection. Paired with lovely drinks. We enjoyed delicious salads as appetizers and had Tiramisu for dessert. Unbelievable meal with fantastic service. Our first time going to this famous restaurant and now we know why.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Customer service was poor everything else great

d
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We took our family here for dinner on Christmas Eve, the ambiance is excellent, it looks like you stepped into Italy as you walk down the stairs into the dining area. The food was great for the most part, 3 out of 5 dishes were excellent. I thought the cannelloni was the best, I had the spicy chorizo pasta which was average.
The bathrooms were not very clean however.
Overall I thought it was a beautiful restaurant with a nice atmosphere and decent food, not too expensive.

HL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice but our waiter was impatient, inefficient and unfriendly.

BM
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We enjoyed our meals on Christmas Eve. Our food was overall good - we preferred the pasta dishes over the fish. Our server was nice and did a good job considering the restaurant was packed and appeared to be understaffed. We'll definitely come back!

a
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The server was friendly and nice, but everything else was unsatisfied (hostess and foods). Ruined our Christmas Eve dinner and won’t come back to this place.

SJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Open table app wouldn’t let me modify the number of guests, and al Porto didn’t answer the phone all afternoon And evening. But they did accommodate us very nicely in the lower dining room, not the tables upstairs with view as requested. There was a private party takeover. Great restaurant, but communications could have been better

TC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The lunch special is a great value. The wine recommendation was very good and reasonably priced. We enjoyed our visit

M
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was able to book a table for 11 which I needed. Service was wonderful and the food very tasty.

RR
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfectly prepared food in a restaurant with warm ambiance and a professional Waiter With excellent suggestions. Would
Happily return again and again if I lived in Vancouver

LB
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the early bird specials! Good value at the price - extremely good portion size. Attentive and friendly waiting staff. Our friends and family like it too. We're glad you're on Open Table.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

We were asked where we wanted to sit & had no wait which was good.
Service upstairs wasn’t very good, slow service, long wait for drinks & food. A number of times were told didn’t have items we ordered, forgot bread, had to ask for utensils. Very loud, however it was music not patrons.
However the food was very good.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Scallops and shrimp were very good

A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very professional services and food was great !!
This restaurant use for big party to business meeting as well

AR
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Fabio, was excellent! Friendly and attentive, he made it a very special evening.

c
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service and yummy authentic Italian food! Great selection of Italian wines. Will come back

TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, nice ambience. Dinner specials are a great deal!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. With amazing service. One of the few places in Vancouver I could say has good service

M
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

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.

R
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

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.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

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.

n
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

E
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I have been going to Al Porto for about 35 years.....the old & new ownership.......consistantly GOOD

GD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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