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Al Porto Ristorante

321 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B8, Canada (Downtown)
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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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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75% Recommend
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  • Italian first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We came in with no expectation having been looking for a trattoria that looked ok. The downstairs of the restaurant was reserved for a party and when we went in the entrance off the main street it looked busy. The staff were very friendly though and greeted us in very welcoming way, got us a table by the window and... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

We reserved a table - thankfully as the place was really buzzing. Service was efficient, and the king crab was delicious. Good wine selection and not overpriced for the quality. Recommended.

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Paris, France
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

In spite of a good location, a nice room with pleasant daylight at lunch time and competent service, this restaurant was a disappointment. The daily special first course, a mushroom soup was OK. However the main course was really bad. Bad pasta, On the menu, it looked quite interesting. Under the"fresh pasta" category: squid ink linguine with seafood and saffron... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We staggered in after a day on Grouse Mountain, bit tired, unkempt and still wit a daypack aboard. These guys treated us like royalty, we had beer on the table in under a minute and had very nice food, quickly, reasonably cheaply and the waiters were genuinely friendly and efficient. Perfect place to end our day.

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Mission, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I came into town to see our daughter and husband. After a good visit she new of a nice italian restaurant to go to for dinner. My wife and I are big on italian food since we both or full blooded italians first generation here to canada. The place is nice decour and we had 7.00pm res.... More

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Hong Kong, China
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104 reviews 104 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We walked in with no reservation and no expectations. We had good, friendly and professional service and I loved the wood oven pizzas. Pasta was good too. It was reasonable priced and it was a cozy and busy restaurant under ground. I would definitely go back! This was real Italian food.

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We basically stumbled onto Al Porto while wandering around the Gastown area. The sign outside promoted the restaurant as an authentic Italian Tratoria. Just what my family of 6 was looking for. It turned out to be a perfect choice on multiple levels. First, the food overall was very tasty, and everyone liked their choices very much. Big kudos especially... More

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Durants Neck, North Carolina
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260 reviews 260 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Came back from a cruise and we decided we needed a really good place to eat after eating boat food for a week. We decided on Al Porto - and we were all glad we did. I started with the Calamari which was perfectly done, and not over-cooked as most restaurants do. The combination of the red onion brushetta and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The concierge in our hotel recommended Al Porto for an early evening family dinner and we enjoyed it. Nice location in the Gastown area, so a pleasant walk from the hotel. The restaurant has an underground / cellar feel to it. Efficient service, which we expected as the restaurant was not full. Good food / drink - the seafood risotto... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were back in Vancouver for a short trip and decided to revisit Al Porto. Having been there several years ago, we had great memories and we were not disappointed this time either. A fixture in Gas Town, Al Porto is a large comfortable restaurant. My husband and I both had Caesar salads to start and pasta. His with chicken... More

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