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Al Porto Ristorante, Vancouver, BC

Al Porto Ristorante

4.5
4.5
1563 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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.



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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today

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Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 683-8376
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Nimmie Balachandramoorthy
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Lauren Dobbin: (604) 683-8376
  • Neighbourhood
    Gastown
  • Cross Street
    Cambie
  • Parking Details
    The closest parking is the East Park at 160 Water St, which is less than a block away.<br />
  • Public Transit
    Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,563 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver

    Great for fine wines

  • Vancouver

    Italian

1,563 Reviews
  1. DeborahD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is such an hidden gem. Everything we ordered was delicious especially the rack of lamb and the linguine pescatore, absolutely delightful. We’ll definitely be coming back!

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  2. Dave

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in a beautiful ambiance with good service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quiet dining experience. Highly recommended

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  4. bebe

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I been to this place few times! we love it. Quality of the food and service....excellent! love the happy hrs. if you can go during happy hrs..

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They do great Italian food. It has an old school vibe, and was a great place to relax and dine with my wife after a long week.

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  6. Neal

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    So disappointed. Not very good and way over priced. I guess they are praying on the tourists that go down there. Will not be returning.

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  7. TadijaJ

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Veal lasagna were amazing, Cioppiono was underwhelming. Tiramisu cake stale and without of flavor. Great service though!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wine, service, and ambiance. Very romantic date spot.

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  9. MikeH

    Vancouver

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had their early bird dinner package/ great value and service

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  10. lulu

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had been here recently with one friend and we both enjoyed our lunch. This time I brought a group of six and everyone enjoyed their food. Our server, Juliana, was excellent. She brought us a space heater as it tends to be cold as it in an older building. we were lucky enough to sit at round table which is very conducive to conversation. We enjoyed the bread that was ahead of time. It is rare to get some bread in a restaurant these days. We will definitely be back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch, the service in particular was outstanding (thanks Sixto), the food on par and overall very enjoyable.

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  12. Miguel

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excelente servicio del staff. Sixto especialmente! Muy buena cocina,

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  13. LisaD

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the early bird dinner meal it was very good value. Portions were generous. Monday night dining had a nice quiet atmosphere. Will return.

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  14. RalphR

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to the restaurant for 40 years but haven’t been there for a while but it is as good or better than ever. Went for my wife’s birthday and everything was top shelf.The food was amazing and Carlos was very attentive .Another great meal and experience!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and services as always and look forward to next time.

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  16. SeanS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay. Service was absolutely terrible. Our server complained to us during the meal about his co-workers, then made fun of the food other tables were ordering in his section. We wrote an email directly to the restaurant afterwards, thinking that anyone could have a bad day, and to try to keep it off of social media. They never even bothered to respond. Either they are okay and condone this, or they simply don't care anymore. As lifelong Vancouverites, it is disappointing to see this once great restaurant not keep up. There are better Italian choices downtown.

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  17. HeidiH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, great location! Bolognese was excellent

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  18. NicholeR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and our server was fabulous! Can't wait to come back.

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  19. Luke

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and the service from the waiter was exquisite.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greta spot in Gastown you’ll almost miss it as it’s on a side alley downstairs. The ambience and service were wonderful and the food co His great. House wine was lovely too.

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  21. PatriciaC

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They do great Italian food. It has an old school vibe, and was a great place to relax and dine with my husband after a long week. If you want to feel like you have escaped the world for a while, have a conversation where you can hear each other, and not sit too close to fellow diners, this is it.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All very good unless the tiramisu Nice menu anda pasta risotto

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  23. BarryK

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasure eating at this fine restaurant

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    John provided us with a high end experience. His professional hospitality will make us come back. The food was also amazing!

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  25. Jact

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic meal at Al Porto. The restaurant has a cool atmosphere, the service was exceptional, the food was delicious. We came to test the food before booking an event in one of the private rooms and we're thrilled at our experience and are excited to host our event there.

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  26. Francine

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time going. We will be going again. Some of us did Dine out Vancouver. It did not disappoint. My only regret was not getting the steak as it was amazing. The servers were so friendly! Carlos was the best. Thank you for making my friends birthday amazing.

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  27. BruceA

    Edmonton

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was awesome, great taste,good portion size. John the server was top notch

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  28. Doreen

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive service, really enjoyed the $45 early dinner special.

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  29. PETERP

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited with a party of seven, including two kids, and made a reservation for weekday lunch. The restaurant efficiently seated us upon arrival, and the server/waitress was exceptionally kind. Opting for the lunch special, we were delighted with the fantastic offering that included a Caesar salad and soup and a choice of pasta/risotto or pizza. Every dish tasted amazing, and the entire family wanted to visit again. Worth the experience

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  30. DeniseJ

    Vancouver

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Dine Out dinner! Delicious food, excellent wine and good service.

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  31. MinsS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly been here a few times, it’s been good till this experience. The food was mediocre I order a $55 steak and the service told me it came with a veggie melody but, it was 1 massive steamed broccoli an carrot not even sliced, it was a whole frickin’ carrot not impressed, onlt good think was the pizza and our server. For what they’re charging honestly it’s questionable, maybe new management who knows but it’s sad to see this place spiral down like this. Hopefully they read this review and try it improve, but I won’t coming back to Al Portos

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  32. Kate

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sixto was wonderful - came in for a solo dinner and he had me laughing and feeling part of the restaurant. Food came fast, was delicious, and a great atmosphere. Will absolutely be returning.

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  33. SylvainG

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great dinner, service was outstanding and the food was delicious. I will definitely go back.

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  34. SarbiA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Waiter was confused about orders, defensive when corrected, forgot to serve our drinks before dinner, suggested house wine after appies, which was terrible wine

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  35. Parsley

    Vancouver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent choice for a birthday celebration. Once of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The pre-set food menu wasn’t good at all. We offered the 2 pasta’s and an appetizer and finished off with some McDonald’s. Our pasta had no flavour, and the appetizer was enough for half a toddler, spent $140. Would definitely not be returning. We have had dinner here on other occasions that was a little better but after this experience will never be returning again.

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  37. MaribelL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian restaurant, food, service and ambiance amazing. All the servers give the best attention. A restaurant where you can have a good conversation it is Not noisy with music.

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  38. MARs

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual. Friendly and attentive service. A great New Year's Eve menu. Great value, excellent food and great service. The family thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We will be back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The decor and style of the restaurant made me feel like I was in Italy! The food was delicious. This restaurant is a hidden gem :)

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  40. JKenpon

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant needs to be upfront about changes to their menu on their website. It's unfathomable that one would be presented with a completely different menu once in the restaurant from the one posted on the website when one is making the reservation. The restaurant had a set menu with very limited (largely seafood based) options for NYE. Nothing wrong with that, had they announced this on their website - so people with picky kids and people who don't care for seafood would know this and not go there. We were a large party which included children, and we made sure there was food everyone could eat by checking the posted menu (and specifically checking that there are no set menus) on the website. Little did we know that we would be given pretty much a 3-option menu upon arrival, with several people having to order the same only thing they could eat, and kids needing special accommodation from the kitchen to make them 'something outside the menu'. I appreciate that the restaurant did accommodate that, and what we had was good, but this was not the experience we were looking fot when we made that reservation, and that's not right.

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FAQs

Al Porto Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Al Porto Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 683-8376.

Al Porto Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 1563 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Al Porto Ristorante

321 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Cambie
  • Neighbourhood
    Gastown
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    The closest parking is the East Park at 160 Water St, which is less than a block away.<br />
  • Public Transit
    Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Nimmie Balachandramoorthy
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (604) 683-8376
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Lauren Dobbin: (604) 683-8376
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