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About Portobello Ristorante

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

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

Cross Street:
Granville

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 734-0697

Website:
http://www.portobellorestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
Free Parking at the Rear of the Restaurant

Executive Chef:
Pino Milano

Additional:
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Portobello Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighbourhood Gem (12)
Cozy (9)
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Quiet Conversation (7)
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Comfort Food (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Pre/post-theatre (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Lunch (2)
Child-Friendly (1)
Late-Night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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Food5
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food well executed. Good experience. Would highly recommend

Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
Food3
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and our time at the restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great place for good food and service

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Casual, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious food, friendly waiter
Enjoyed our meal before the show

Tags: Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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!

Tags: Organic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always delicious, great staff and eager to please

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Nice Italian themed evening with friends... would have loved a table tucked away in the corner. Really good fresh food, served hot and timely. Would recommend to anyone. Glad we tried a place where we had never been.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Try the gnocchi. ‘Nuff said.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fantastic Italian food; really a notch above most run-of-the-mill Italian joints.
I went with my family while I was in town, and we all had an exceptional experience.

We shared the Fungo Portobello Gratinato appetizer, and it was so delicious. The garlic croutons and parmigiano (so umami) perfectly balance with the flavor of the mushroom. This is a great appetizer because its just packed with so much flavour.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of their entrees, but they do seafood REALLY well. A few of us has the Spaghetti con Gamberi Rombo which was fantastic, one Linguine Con Cozze Fresche (also great), and Polpette Di Manzo (great if you're more of a meat person and dont feel like pasta or seafood). All the food paired really well with our Pinot Grigio.

The desert really blew us away. I ordered this lemon cream dessert (the last one available) and words cant even describe how good it was. One of the greatest regrets in my life is eating it so quickly.

In terms of service, our waiter was really great, but he was covering a lot of tables (I think every table in the place.. its small), but I can appreciate how hard we was working.
This restaurant is an absolute neighborhood gem, very authentic, and perfect for pretty much any occasion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was excellent, very friendly staff and owner, good food, place was great, not loud, serving size is just right.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food was excellent. It was a cozy, intimate, and lively restaurant. The service was good, but not "fine dining" service - friendly, but casual service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food. Reasonably priced. Impeccable service by an unpretentious waiter.
The space is a little too crowded causing chairs to be bumped by neighbouring diners.
A very good dining experience as far as the food and service is concerned. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Healthy, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Authentic
Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Portobello is our favourite neighbourhood restaurant where my husband and I have been going for many years. The owners are always there, and they remember us, visit our table, are not intrusive, are able to keep very good waiters over time. They also make the best ever Vitello al Limone ! Our fear is that one day we will pass the restaurant and see a sign on the door saying either "closed forever" or "for lease". This section of West Broadway is vulnerable to either building owners raising the rent for small businesses who then have to close down, or an outright purchase of the whole block with a "Development Application" sign put up in place of the small business signs. Then there is another look-alike mid-or high rise building put up that has rents too high for small restaurants like Portobello. And another big chain would move in, either selling financial services, or fitness or bad food. This would be TRAGIC!

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food, service and Ambience. Real Italian food at a reasonable price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Always good, tasty, reliable Italian style food with a local touch. It is a friendly, family-run restaurant with excellent service. It's hard to find this kind of independent, reasonably priced, good quality restaurant these days on the west side. Very convenient for transit and taxis at Broadway and Granville.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience4
Service5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

A favorite neighbourhood spot.

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Very good Caesar salad. And a generous portion. Pasta was excellent as was the service. No problem using the coupon. 2 pastas. One salad and 2 coffees. $45. Not bad these days.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The meal was delicious and my 84 year old mother enjoyed her all time favourite pasta dish. She has said this will be her last time visiting Vancouver and Portobello provided it for her. Much appreciated!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries

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