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Al Porto Ristorante

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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321 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B8, Canada (Cambie)
+1 604-683-8376
11:30 - 22:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:30
Sat - Sun 16:30 - 22:30
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Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little hard to find, towards the water off Water Street in Gastown. Look for the signs. An easy walk from Cruise Ship Terminal, or all of downtown. A local establishment now for 20-years, offering Italian themed classic and original food with pastas and wood-fired oven pizzas. Downstairs opens into many spacious areas allowing groups from many to a cozy... More 

Thank Clive M
Nanaimo, Canada
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87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a restaurant that has withstood the test of many decades and serves fantastic food at a reasonable price, then this is it. Dinner at Al Porto was an absolute treat. With a great menu selection, all four of us had different dishes and everyone was raving. The lamb shanks, shrimp with risotto, beet risotto with... More 

Thank fishertrick
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really good food! Nice vibe, not fussy. Crab was perfectly done and served nice and hot (I personally hate cold shellfish) Decor could use some updating, but that's my only complaint.

Thank Allen V
Vancouver, Canada
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255 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is a pleasant Gastown restaurant with very nice low-key decor, and tables placed a few feet from each other. The menu is large, and there were many choices. My husband chose the cioppino. He found it to be generously supplied with various seafoods but a little bland. I chose the chicken piccata which was disappointing. I make better chicken... More 

Thank TheSchindells
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We wandered in here after a short visit at the Christmas Market. Hungry but not enticed by the high carb fare at the market we decided to side trip to Gastown and see what we could find. Hadn't been here before--not sure why but will definitely return. Loved the feel of the restaurant more authentic Italy than most. The service... More 

Thank AnneMarie767
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116 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We loved our meal here ... accompanied by a "primitivo/malvasia" red wine. Well worth a visit for good Italian cuisine.

Thank davidinathens
Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We had dinner here last night and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We were there for four hours enjoying a relaxed meal and never felt rushed as the table was ours for the night. Hadn't been back here for about three years but will definitely come back as seems to be... More 

Thank wjmunro
Kamloops, Canada
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141 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We remembered this restaurant from a long-ago date so... The food was good. Not remarkable, but good. It's a big menu. The service was fine. There is nothing that separates this restaurant from many others.

Thank Harkies
Richmond, Canada
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1,136 reviews
1,000 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We've enjoyed many a repast at Al Porto for years on end. The other day we experienced the most terrible evening ever. The female server was totally non-attentive and would continuously interrupt our conversation by talking to use from as far away as 15 feet away. Other times she would totally ignore us and return to the receptionist to gossip... More 

Thank Renegade225
alportoristorante, General Manager at Al Porto Ristorante, responded to this review

Thank you for alerting us to your dining experience with us. It is always our intention to better ourselves by virtue of information received from guest comments. We have spoken to our servers about communicating appropriately and about focusing more on guest service. Perhaps you could contact me directly and lett me know the date of your visit. Mike Moller... More 

London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My wife and I called in by chance looking for a "burger change" and found Al Porto. The service was friendly and efficient - the food was delicious. I had veal scaloppini and my wife had seafood pasta, accompanied by a fine British Colombian Pinot Gris. Highly recommended

Thank Tony W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B8, Canada
  • Public Transportation: Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Gastown
  • Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-683-8376
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. Candlelight and a warm welcome await you as you cross through the iron-gate.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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