Portobello Ristorante

4.3
297 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation
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 297 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had the 3 course special meal and enjoyed it very much.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We went here for dinner before going to the Theatre and it was "ok" overall. We had a variety of appetizers and pastas and salads in our group. For the most part everyone liked their food, however I think it was a little too oily and not as refined as an Italian restaurant should be. Our waiter bumbled through service and didn't really know how to time the ordering and drinks. It's also very cozy so it was awkward for him to maneuver around our table. Overall it was overpriced for what we got. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of options in this theatre district so we may be back, however only out of need for food before entertainment!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We go here regularly and have always had fantastic service. Everything is made from scratch by an Italian couple, who obviously take price in their culinary skills. The food is delicious every time. We have never been disappointed here. The owners are usually present and treat their customers very well. They recognize regulars and go over and above to show appreciation for their return business.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Small neighbourhood restaurant, good atmosphere whether for a couple or group. Not noisy like many restaurants. Food overall was very good. One dish which was a seafood pasta didn't have enough seafood so it was disappointing but all other dishes were good. Service was excellent, friendly staff. This is the 2nd time I've been to this restaurant and will go again. Best gnocchi I've ever eaten!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Comfy and cozy feel to this small restaurant with white clothed tables and mirrored walls. Service was excellent without being intrusive. All the pastas were delicious and the four of us each had a different one! Excellent choice for dinner before a show at The Stanley. We used two entertainment vouchers with no problems. We will be back without next time!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Went for Valentine's day. The food was delicious and the service was good. The only issue I had was how close they packed in couples for Valentine's day. You were pretty much on the lap of those beside you and felt like you were in their conversation.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food well executed. Good experience. Would highly recommend

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent meal. However the table by the window is dark and cramped. I don,t think you should offer it. And, we reserved at least 10 in advance through open table requestiong a table in the middle of the restaurant. We got the “last” table by the window. Uncomfortable.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and our time at the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Date w husband! Always delicious and lovely at this neighbourhood gem.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

We had a yet another delicious dinner at your establishment. I have been to this restaurant many times of the years and have always enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We tried the Dine out menu and the food was wonderful. Service is great , nice cozy setting. I would go back again.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Mom and Pops place. Home cooked Italian. Just go with an empty stomach and madre will take care of you.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We ate family style and started with the Prosciutto & Melone fresh and clean & Calamari & it was very Italian, broiled and served in a lovely marinara. The Vongole was one of the best outside of Italy. We finished with Ossobuco & Cioppino di Mare and were please with both dishes all washed down with a bottle of Colle Secco :o)

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great ambiance in a family owned Italian restaurant.
The chef is from Sicily.
Delicious homemade pasta.
Definitely will come back.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great place for good food and service

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Lovely intimate Italian restaurant with a well prepared menu and great food. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Extraordinario servicio. Los alimentos espectaculares. Gran sabor y excelente ambiente. Pequeño pero vale la pena.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious food, friendly waiter
Enjoyed our meal before the show

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

I have been coming to Portobello for many years, they have always had great food and their prices are reasonable. It is a wonderful restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

My first time here- the staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Elevated family dining style - warm, comfortable ambience, good food and attentive & friendly service. The dessert was excellent! Will definitely return.

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