Portobello Ristorante

4.6
319 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Romantic and cozy, Portobello ristorante attracts all kinds of diners. They come for the candle-lit tables, comfortable chairs, and intimate ambiance that compliments the menu inspired by southern Italy. Owner and locally-renowned chef Joe 'Pino' Milano creates dishes using fresh, quality ingredients that arouse taste buds and will satisfy any appetite.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Closed Sunday and Monday
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Phone number
(604) 734-0697
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Pino Milano
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Granville
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Parking Details
Free Parking at the Rear of the Restaurant
Additional
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 319 People Are Saying
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4.6
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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food, good portions and great customer service!

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LT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Being from out of town - my daughter and I went on line to find a restaurant close to the theatre for "Beauty and the Beast" - we were both thrilled with our dinner and wait staff. We had FUN!

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OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoy this neighbourhood restaurant, friendly staff and good food and wine.

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LK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great value in a very intimate setting. The house red (Montepulcuano) was outstanding!

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O
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is our go to restaurant for Italian food. Love that the salads are served on cold plates, the hot food on warm plates. Food is fresh and very tasty. Tables are quite close together and when full the restaurant can be quite noisy.

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JP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were so glad to see that Portobello was open again and were delighted with the excellent food and service! We'll be back before long.
Thank you!

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S
Vancouver
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Portobello is our go to Restaurant prior theatre. If we lived in the area, it would be added to our favourite comfortable restaurant. When mussels are on the menu, you know they are fresh and tasty. If their homemade cream lemon is available for dessert- lemon affectionato’s must indulge. In fact, these comments define all their food choices.

Wall decor changes with images from local artists.

A wonderful Italian dining experience.

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R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most enjoyable evening will definitely be back. Food is excellent.

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LS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food with a good selection.
Service is friendly and meals are served in a timely manner.
There is no rush so you can enjoy your dinner.

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RM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great dinner with superb service and memorable food

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a cozy restaurant - very pleasant atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and excellent food for reasonable prices.

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JP
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We happened upon this little gem several years ago when we were visiting Vancouver and staying within walking distance. We were thrilled that we could get a reservation on a Friday evening as this is where my wife wanted to celebrate her birthday.

Like our previous visit, the food was freshly prepared and cooked to order. The four of us each ordered something different and everyone was delighted with their choice.

A definite place to eat!

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DT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere, but it has great food!!

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XF
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always.

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BK
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Portobello never disappoints. The food is always excellent and the service is friendly.

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CS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The pasta was very good, but a little too skimpy on the clams.

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TB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We have been attending the theatre for many years now and have never tried this restaurant. It's now #1 on our list of places to go for dinner before the show. It is the best Italian food I have had in years. Each of the 4 people in our party had different meals and desserts and every single one got rave reviews. We'll be back!

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BA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very accommodating varied dish for my granddaughter

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SY
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service here has always been great. The staff are invested in the restaurant and have made for a consistently lovely experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Varied Menu. Something for every taste.
Good atmosphere and great service.

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OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was good by servers who have been at this restaurant for a very long time. Meals were very tasty and ample servings.

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

Going to see Mama Mia

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GN
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A little decorating would go a long way; a few nice paintings or photos of Italy, some plants and maybe change the seating configuration, too much like a schoolroom.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

When in Vancouver we always go at least once to Portobello. Fantastic Italian food.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. The chef came out and asked us how we were enjoying our meals, which was a nice touch. The decor is a bit dated. They are definitely not trying to attract the hipster crowd. It feels like an established restaurant. Being right on Broadway is a bit unfortunate. But really, none of that matters if the food is good. Would definitely go back and recommend this place.

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m
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful risotto di mare - well worth it. We enjoyed it a lot.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food as always was excellent. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals from the crisp Caesar salad to the rhubarb and strawberry compote. My veal Marsala was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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DA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoy this neighbourhood Italian eatery.
Family atmosphere and wonderful food.
The gnocchi is "the best" ... and the house red is great.

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D
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service, very authentic Italian restaurant. highly recommended

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

The Food: was AMAZING, one of the best places that I've had real Italian cuisine.
I'm usually hunting good Italian places.
The 'burrata' is incredibly excellent.

The pastas were on point 'aldente', the portions were abundant, they can even make a half portion for children.
The sauces on the pasta were the right amount and thickness, not watery, or dry either thick.

There are vegetarian options.

Rosa is the person who makes lovely and delicious desserts. She came to our table few Times to make sure everything was right.

The place: small, cozy but abit dark

The service: was Superb 👌

Totally recommended.

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DA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We visit often and enjoy the family atmosphere.
The pasta is wonderful and the house red wine superb.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Our dining experience here was very far from Italian. The food was not prepared in a Mediterranean manner. The antipasti was very oily, consisted mostly of pickled vegetables and then some cold salami and prosciutto. No genuine feel to it at all. Following this we all had decent dishes - ossobucco, veal, meatballs, and pasta Carbonara. Most of it was rather tasteless, not bad, but simply very far from the real Italian kitchen. Maybe if you have never been to Italy and actually tried the food there this restaurant could be ok, but if you expect something genuine, I suggest you head somewhere else. The service was nothing special, but ok.

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AM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, a pleasure to visit! Such good food, and good atmosphere.

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y
Toronto
61 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great neighborhood authentic Italian place with friendly service and delicious offerings. No air con which made it very warm one day but I’d still be back for the above reasons!

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BH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely Mother’s Day meal. Friendly but professional servers. Attentive and friendly manager. Overall good experience.

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant. Close to the Stanley Theatre. Food is authentic and tastes great. Restaurant staff are very accommodating and efficient. Been there many times and will continue to be a patron.

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c
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Simple Italian food. Good service. Fresh ingredients. My 8 years old girl loves the clam pasta. Will go back!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our first night in Vancouver. We had a wonderful day and a wonderful dinner here. We would certainly return on our next visit.

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AM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure -- delicious food, lovely family-owned place!

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DR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This has been a favourite of ours for over a decade. It's fabulous that the owners are always right in the restaurant. They know us. Their food and service is personalized and exceptional. Our main fear is that the next time we pass by there will be a "for lease" sign on the door, indicating yet one more local business will be driven out by expensive condo developments. And we hope this will never be the case.

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