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Portobello Ristorante

4.6
286 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Comfort Food
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 286 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Quiet
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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3.0Dined on December 6, 2017

I had high hopes for this restaurant it was seriously mediocre including the service food which is really nothing too exciting or special. In comparison to other restaurant of same price range - this restaurant completely pales to compare. Nice owners but just not up to par - which is too bad

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

We dine here probably on an average of once a month and have done so for several years now. This cozy Italian restaurant is owned and run by a husband and wife team Rosa and Pino. Although in reality you are in an intimate dining setting, you feel as if you have been transported to Italy given the home-cooked meals. The food is creatively seasoned, beautifully presented and portions are always generous. Rosa makes the desserts herself which make them very challenging to resist! Service is excellent with constant vigilance yet at the same time quietly unobtrusive. I always receive a warm welcome and feel like I have come into Pino and Rosa's home if only for a couple of hours!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Always delicious, great staff and eager to please

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Food and service, all amazing! Will go back again!

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Very nice meal here, would definitely go back. The prawn and halibut pasta was delicious. Pretty reasonably priced compared to other similar offerings.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

This was our third visit to Portobello. A very welcoming restaurant with great food and friendly service. Great value for authentic Italian food. We will certainly return.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Delicious menu. We had ceasar salad, calamari, seafood risotto, spag bolognese. Delicious bread as well.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food and wonderful service made for a very enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Neighborhood gem! Even though we can walk to this place, we’d likely drive, if we moved away ... worth the trip!

Gamberi Diavolo is divine, the pastas are amazing (made fresh) and we’ve now tried two meat entrees - osso bucco, chicken with artichokes—delish - the wine list is very good too, if a bit limited but they have a good house wine, too.

Highly recommended!!

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Good service, great food- nice place for dinner and conversation.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Portobello is a hidden (and under-rated) intimate dining room with excellent Italian food, and a few signature dishes worth trying, again and again!

I’ve been here a few times over the years for dinner and the food is consistently excellent. This time I tried the seasonal mushroom cauliflower (vegetarian) soup, which was flavourful and rich. Another appetizer, the stuffed Portobello mushroom cap is always fresh and gently spiced.
The fresh halibut and prawn risotto is a signature dish; it is rich and very tasty. All the menu items look appealing. The wine selection is sufficient and you can find a good bottle to complement your meal for a reasonable price. I finished my meal with a fragrant and moist lemon cake, a daily special.

The overall price point for entrees is less than other comparable restaurants in the downtown core, Portobello represents good value overall. And the food quality is a step above other Italian restaurants in the city.

The service is casual and attentive. The owners seem to care about their customers; if you dine a special occasion, they may make it memorable.

For visitors to Vancouver, it is worth the taxi fare to travel to South Granville-Broadway district, which has some excellent restaurants and unique retail shops.

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