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Al Porto Ristorante

321 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B8, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #381 of 2,798 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Cambie
Transit: Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
Description: 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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74% Recommend
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A bit difficult to find but worth the search: good sized menu, good wines, extremely good value set lunches, excellent service often with a Monty Python twist.

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Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

With a group that loves Italian food we could not go wrong here. We had a wonderful waiter who had patience as he explained the menu in depth to us all. Pasta, pizza, steak and seafood were all sampled and the entire group loved their meal. I would recommend a dinner here if you are in the gas district -... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband and I decided to try Al Porto in Gastown on the weekend. It is in a scenic spot in historic Gastown within walking distance of the cruise ship facility. I was surprised to see how large it was inside with a second floor for overflow and private rooms for large groups. The waiter was not too attentive, it... More

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87 reviews 87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My favorite place for a nice Italian lunch in Gastown; I meet my daughter here every other week. It is usually pretty busy but we have always been seated right away. We love the ambience and thoughtful, well-dressed servers. We generally order the presto lunch for under $15 which is soup or salad and a pasta or risotto dish. Everything... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

One would think that being in Gastown and walking distance from the cruise terminal, that this would be a tourist trap of marginal quality. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although the atmosphere is somewhat kitschy in the decor, the surroundings tend to give the restaurant a somewhat lighthearted ambiance. The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Located in the heart of old Gas Town in Vancouver, this is a great Italian restaurant. Situated down an alley, then downstairs into the old building cellar, there are waterfront harbour views on the north side of the restaurant. They offer an extensive menu and a good range of wines in a very convivial setting with excellent service at very... More

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Syracuse, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We happened on this restaurant on a Saturday night after getting off a cruise ship. The restaurant was lovely, the waitress the best and the food exquisite! We would recommend it highly.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Tucked in Gastown, Al Porto provided a quick (less than 45 minutes) and delicious lunch. A reprieve from the ubiquitous food courts, white linen, fresh bread, olive oil and balsamic set the mood. Each of us ordered a different dish which was served hot and delicious and each under $15.00.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Given that this restaurant is located in a tourist area I was surprised at how good the food was. The emphasis is on Northern Italian dishes although some standards are available. The food was well prepared and tasted fine. The service was excellent.. The desserts were ordinary. The wine list was good. It is a bit pricey but you have... More

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London, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I picked this restaurant more or less at random whilst walking through Gas Town when we saw the menu on the street. We then had a bit of difficulty finding the actual entrance to the restaurant (it's down a side alley) indeed, a party in front of us gave up looking for it and went elsewhere. Their... More

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