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Al Porto Ristorante

4.5
4.5
1432 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 8 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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: (855) 834-2309

  • 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

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What 1,432 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. j

    jessica

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Very disappointed with our experience. Our server was delayed to serve us (took very long to take our drink order), we had a rude encounter with wait staff (man told us to come down when we were correcting him on how we wanted our bill split), and my drink had to be remade as it sat at the bar without being served for 8minutes. Our food portions were small and lacked fine dining quality. Very very disappointing as this was a 50th birthday dinner. Also when we asked for more bread our server told us they were out as they make bread according to the reservations… even though we were a reservation!!! I will not be coming back, our family was disappointed
  2. CH

    ChloeH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Two of the steaks my friends ordered were severely uncooked, blue raw when they asked for medium. After mentioning and showing it to our server, they seemed annoyed and threw it back on to cook further rather than making her a new meal. Neither of the meals were discounted or comped and were left nearly untouched. The same guest then ordered a desert and was served the wrong desert but did not even bother to mention it as her meal had been so poorly cooked earlier and she did not want further bother our server. Beautiful ambience and space but everyone is my party’s food was rather mediocre or not properly prepared.
  3. TR

    TerryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spaghetti carbonara was incredible, the pizza, fantastic. Drinks were great, our waiter was probably the best I’ve ever had, we were never without something. Would highly recommend and will definitely go back.
  4. TF

    TinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always very good, and the ambience is perfect. Our waiter was amazing and treated us very well during our visit. We’ve been eating here for years, and still make the hour long drive to visit this restaurant on special occasions. Highly recommended.
  5. H

    Holster434

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambiance and the service was fantastic!!!
  6. L

    Liliane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Juliana is a great waitress and very caring! She gave great suggestions for food and we had a great time!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went for an early new years dinner , good food for the whole family and great service!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from staff, courteous and professional to cater to our family with children. Excellent food.
  9. RE

    RonE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good place to eat. Good food. Ambience is really nice.
  10. AV

    AvidVanFoodie

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been to the restaurant before and never had a bad experience! It was busy last night but the servers were very attentive and helpful! Honestly this place is much better than some of the chains on the market! 😄
  11. AR

    AlexiaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely dinner and great server! Super accommodating and friendly!! Thank you!
  12. V

    Vancouver

    Vancouver

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious meal with a view- we dined early and it was perfect!!!
  13. V

    Victor

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality , good atmosphere and service
  14. JR

    JuRiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The evening was spoilt as it was so cold in the restaurant. Our server brought us a heater which helped a little.
  15. RJ

    RaeJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Decent food, nothing spectacular. Super cold!! They had tiny heaters on for people sitting at the windows but we were in the middle of the room and uncomfortably cold.
  16. JC

    JoanneC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and delicious specials for lunch. Nice for business lunches as noise level is reasonable.
  17. BK

    BrianK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    If you love Italian food you will love what Al Porto has to offer.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    There is a staff shortage so we kept that in mind and we remained very pleasant as we waited 2.5 hours for our meal. Our waiter was snooty and repeatedly dissed the “trainees “ The other staff seemed lovely. The atmosphere was cozy Italian. Gorgeous. The food was meh. That was the disappointing part. Maybe it was an off night. There were 5 of us and no one was wowed. Not worth the price. Worth the atmosphere
  19. LL

    LiseL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was spectacular! I love the food. The atmosphere of the decor gave it a genuine Italian feel. I will return often. Thank you so much.
  20. XH

    XHB10

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Service truly kind and prompt, The food is really ordinary, not made with any special flavour. I was disappointed.
  21. PS

    PatriciaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    was an excellent dinner. the food was so good, the staff were attentive and accommodating and we got to visit over dinner with family members that we don't get to see often enough.
  22. AS

    ASig

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice authentic Italian restaurant in terms of food, decor and ambiance. Pizza and pasta dishes are reasonably priced, full menu items are expensive.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely place in the heart of gas town… great ambiance and service… Anika our server was wonderful… been here several times in the past and good had been tastier than this visit.. probably just me… would have rated 5/5 previous visits Steak in the last was amazing! Scallop and scampi this visit was ‘ok’
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, our server was very nice, on point on everything. Food was delicious, best restaurant we have been in Canada.
  25. T

    Trevor

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing dinner. The atmosphere was incredible, food amazing, and the waitress was one of the best I have had. Thank you for making it such an incredible romantic evening.
  26. IM

    IanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding value for money! Great lunch and early dinner deals. I was on a business trip, but I would not hesitate to go back with my wife.
  27. TM

    TeriM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our evening. Excellent dinner& service
  28. JG

    JackieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wait staff was abundant and very attentive. Our waiter John was helpful with wine recommendations. 3 course meal deal was a great value. We were a table of 7, all of us enjoyed our food. Margherita pizza was great. Penne salsiccia (little salty), canelloni di verdura (for price should have been 3 instead of only 2 canellonis), fettucine buongustaio (chicken a little dry but lots of tasty mushrooms), great veal lasagna. Generous chicken parmesan came with 2 chicken breasts, large portion of pasta and vegetables. Appreciated lots of bread with olive oil and balsamic for table and left parmesan on table for pastas. For dessert- lemon tart was amazing, chocolate ganache torte was very rich and tasty, tiramisu was great but unfortunately still a little frozen in the middle. Good coffee too. We would definately go here again. Was able to make reservation for large group with only one day notice on a Saturday night.
  29. R

    Rachelle

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food: delicious! Service: fantastic! Great atmosphere and amazing prices for the early dinner special. Will definitely be back! Thank you for a great night 😊
  30. MF

    MariahF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous restaurant with a nice romantic atmosphere. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Food was delicious
  31. J

    Jannika

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was accommodating and kind... He even helped us out with photos! The food was delicious.
  32. AW

    ArtW

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went for the "early dinner" special which was on until 6:30. We were pleasantly surprised that the Happy Hour menu was also on until 6:30. All the food was excellent but you loose a point because the soup wasn't hot and the lasagne noodles were overcooked but all the flavours were A+. Coffee and dessert was good but no one asked me if I wanted a refill. Other than that, no complaints about the service. We'll go again.
  33. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience at Al Porto Ristorante! We celebrated my parents birthday in style with the most delicious food & drinks. We brought our three month old baby & the noise level & lighting were perfect for us! We will definitely be returning.
  34. MC

    MichelleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John was our server and the service was excellence. Very knowledgeable and conversational. Will definitely be back.
  35. JO

    JimO

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I had the chicken picatta and the sauce was negligible and without much of the traditional lemon and butter flavours. I just thought it could have been prepared with more imagination and flair.
  36. c

    christinad

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant. Food and service was excellent!
  37. C

    Carmen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Love the atmosphere. Good food and great wine selection
  38. t

    tbking

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great ambience and hospitality. Food was good as well.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good taste
  40. B

    Bruce

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the service was exceptional and the food amazing. No wonder they have lasted for 30 years! Their 3 course lunch is a fantastic deal! Bruce

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 1432 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 8 times today
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

  • 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: (855) 834-2309

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