Al Porto Ristorante

4.4
1190 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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.


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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(604) 683-8376
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Nimmie Balachandramoorthy
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Cross Street
Cambie
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Parking Details
The closest parking is the East Park at 160 Water St, which is less than a block away.
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Public Transit
Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
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Special Events & Promotions
Al Porto has 4 private booking options for special events. Our Wine Room is perfect for an intimate dinner of up to 36 guests. Our Terrace has beautiful archways and authentic Italian charm with seating of up to 45 guests. Our Loft features a superb view and seats up to 70 guests. Our Dining Room is great for larger functions of more then 160 guests. Come for a corporate meeting, or private party; Al Porto can accomodate a variety of private booking needs.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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What 1190 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are from Vancouver Island and met our son, who is from Prince George, for a wonderful dinner. We were are little early and took advantage of the early bird specials. We perused the wine menu and choose a Gerwertztraimener, however the waiter warned me that this particular winery's version was quite different than most so I choose another wine that I knew well. The food was excellent. During dinner the manager stopped by and we had a delightful chat. The staff's attention and the wonderful food made this a most memorable experience.

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HD
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Al Porto for my retirement luncheon and it was fabulous. We had a private room and our server Fabio made the event. He was friendly, knowledgeable and made great suggestions for sharing options for appetizers and desserts and had excellent wine selections. Thank you Fabio you helped to make my luncheon truly memorable

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was friendly and checked on us often. Food was good and service was fast. Would definitely recommend trying especially if you like Italian. Would definitely go back.

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AV
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, reasonable $, friendly staff, great ambiance
Overall Good value

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R
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The best grilled halibut I have ever tasted. Also great happy hour prices on drinks. Service was excellent. Will go back for sure.

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was a good restaurant! The early bird specials are particularly good value. My steak was nicely prepared, tender and quite good.

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B
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Everything was very good except that they missed checking what the client has requested i.e. complimentary dessert for birthday until we asked. We still got it anyway and a piece of the Tiramisu was excellent which my friend and I shared.

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s
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place and try to make it for dinner, every time I visit Vancouver

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fine experience overall. The venue is nice but the food was hit or miss. Fettuccine was superb but the gnocchi was relatively bland and the pizza bread was just cheese bread, nothing special.

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CA
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Authentic Italian food. Service was top notch for our large group.

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JP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Food is decent but not much surprise and their pizza is pretty authentic in Italian Style.
As for price, it is not cheap compared with other Italian food restaurants. Overall it is a good Italian food restaurant.

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WK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reminded us of a wonderful restaurant in Florence, Italy. Fond memories renewed!

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BL
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Love the decor. Food tasted great. Perfect setting for a great night with friends.

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great friendly staff
Good food
Nice table
Happy place

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c
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Given immediate attention but not in a Rushed Manner
My date ordered for her main course -the Mussels. What a winderful surprise as the appetizer portion was a full plate of huge mussels in a beautiful broth. She wiped the soup up with our bread
I in turn had the Rack of Lamb. Perfectly cooked and the
Chops were not only very meaty but the heart of the rack also contains a small ‘filet’.
We were two very satisfied after having a perfectly pleasant service but having been treated like royalty

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Went here to celebrate a birthday and it was a really good choice to pick! If you love Italian food, you’re going to love this place. Also, it’s super close to the station if you’re getting here by skytrain and if you happen to walk along GASTOWN as well. Overall, would definitely recommend checking it out!

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was good. Meat and cheese appy was very small for $21.

Server was not friendly.

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W
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice meal with family. We were seated on second floor and it was very quiet. Meal was quite good but service was better!

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BT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Mistake was made on my sister-in-law’s order which resulted in it needing to be re-made. This took 20+ minutes and resulted in her receiving her food after everyone else had finished eating. The waiter blamed it on the dish she ordered and was unapologetic.

We stacked plates for the waiter (I’ve worked the service industry for over 10 years and this is often appreciated) and he said ‘don’t do that’ and then walked away w any further explanation.

Food was good and ambience was good. Would only recommend to ownership that this gentleman, who served us, receive training on service.

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CB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Just a really amazing little gem of a place if you want some very fine Italian food. You won't find better food or service anywhere in Vancouver. Not a lot of space so best to reserve.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Had to wait far to long for main course due to the need to service a wedding party.
Obviously understaffed in the kitchen.

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really great dining experience for a special occasion, but we nevertheless felt we had value for money.

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JM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had my birthday lunch here with my family and we were all wowed by the wonderfully prepared food, and the exceptional service. I would recommend Al Porto’s to everyone and there’s no doubt that I’ll be coming back

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JK
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a get together of old friends, a party of eight. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was great. The ambient noise was at a very reasonable level and all in all it was excellent and I'll return next time I am in Vancouver.

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BC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have been going to Al Porto for 30 years and never disappointing. Waiters / support staff are on point in all facets. Whether business or pleasure a good experience will be had.

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G
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Al Porto is an oasis in a desert of same old restaurants. The menu is fresh and tasty, the wine list is varied and the service is excellent.

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CL
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first visit here, after all this time. I'm so glad we did this. I had a craving for Linguine Vongole (Clams Linguine) and found myself here. The brick interior of the restaurant is charming and cozy. We even made it for the early bird special - $30 for salad/soup and main. The service was amazing! Our server was witty and attentive the entire meal. The food was delicious! I had such a good time. I will be back!

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DE
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food (lasagna and Caesar salad) was pretty good and relatively quickly presented. The wine selected from the somewhat limited wine list was not available. The view of the waterfront was blocked by a parked train and the upper level (apparently) with a better view is closed.

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s
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was fantastic and overall we had a great time. I did find the service to be good for some of our group, and a bit condescending to others.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Engagement dinner

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SJ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The service was terrible. Very, very long time for the orders to be taken; Even longer than that for the food to eventually arrive and even then some orders were mixed up or just wrong. One pizza had to be re-done (we we're never told about it or would have just cancelled it) and it was served when everyone else at the table was done. Minimal communication by the server on what's going on and it appeared as if they didn't really care. On a positive note - we had an occasion and desert and a bottle of bubbly were brought to our table on the house. Even that couldn't make up for the very poor service we received. Never going back or recommending to anyone.

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere.

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RD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

As always we were not disappointed. I had the chicken parmesan with gluten free pasta. Very nice and the roast vegetables still had a small crunch to them. My husband had the veal T-bone steak which he told me was outstanding. The food here never fails us.

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic find, delicious food, excellent service, really nice vibe and authentic. Highly recommend, would return in a heartbeat.

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H
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great menu selections and wine list! Our meals were delicious! The surroundings are very Mediterranean and set the mood! The bread could have been fresher, but was fine. I recommend this lovely restaurant!

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WW
Charlotte
55 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Food quality and flavor were average for Italian. Service was average to below average given the price and expectation as a white table cloth restaurant. My wife ordered a second glass of wine which came way too late. The waiter did not charge us for the 2nd glass. First time to Vancouver and Al Porto. I can not recommend this restaurant.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the quiet atmosphere. Service and food outstanding .

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OB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A true Italian restaurant. Fine wine list, great food and good service. If this was at home we would be a regular customer. Even the general manager has an on hand approach to keep standards high.

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KD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Al Porto is a little hidden gem. Good Italian food and great service in the heart of gas town.

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NJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had an excellent meal while vacationing in Vancouver. Servings were plentiful and delicious!

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