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Al Porto Ristorante

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321 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B8, Canada (Cambie)
Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
604-683-8376
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Gastown's popular Water Street is alive with the taste of another era...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 22
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent experience with Italian wine loving friends

On a Friday night, I dined at Al Porto with out of town friends who love Italian wine and food. They were returning to Al Porto partly because of its long Italian wine list that represents many regions in Italy. Three of us had lightly fried calamari followed by a truly delicious "cioppino"--a fish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
margaretcowan
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Vancouver, BC Canada
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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222 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vancouver, BC Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

On a Friday night, I dined at Al Porto with out of town friends who love Italian wine and food. They were returning to Al Porto partly because of its long Italian wine list that represents many regions in Italy. Three of us had lightly fried calamari followed by a truly delicious "cioppino"--a fish stew from Tuscany. It was very... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We visited the bustling Italian restaurant to use a Goupon. We were so impressed that a return visit is in the future. The staff are attentive, the food was amazing and the ambiance had a Italian feel that was warming.

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I booked a 530 reservation at Vancouver’s Al Porto Ristorante on Jan 14 for a February 14 sitting at 530pm. I received a call at 430pm on Feb 6 to advise me that the Restaurant would be serving a set menu only at a cost of $54.00 per person. Although I understand the premise of set menus my wife and... More 

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Halfmoon Bay, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It's was a delightful lunchtime expeience celebrating a friend's birthday. The food was exceptional and the waiter really made the experience. He took the time to recommend choices that would suit our tastes. Two ended up with the lunch special of soup and salad while I had a ceasar salad and lasagne....an excellent combination. The ceasar was one of the... More 

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Oak Park, IL
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304 reviews 304 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We joined friends here when we were visiting Vancouver; staff at our hotel recommended Al Porto. All of us enjoyed the food a great deal: the pasta was well-prepared, the waiter was very friendly and helpful, and we indulged in gelato for dessert. What could be bad? (Our friend had lasagne--which he said was outstanding.) Although this area is known... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I ended up in Vancouver on business during dine out week, which is a program I love. The welcome was pleasant, and I had the good fortune to sit in Peter's area. Just the right level of warmth, happy to recommend tings from the menu (and not the cheapest ones, so I conclude he really does want you to enjoy... More 

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Vancouver
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My family went to the restaurant for the Dine Out Vancouver event. The whole table had to order from the Dine Out menu or the regular menu (no mixing). We decided to take the $28 Dine Out menu. There was a choice of three appetizers, four main courses and two desserts. We were served bread with Balsamic vinegar and olive... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Stopped by here with a friend on a very quiet night recently as I was in the mood for real pizza. The food did not disappoint and neither did the drinks. The service wasn't overly friendly but maybe that's more original Italian attitude than a typical Canadian one. Overall I would come back to try other things on the menu,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Splendido Risotto, Osso Bucco and two other Veal Dishes were very good; simply delicious. Obviously the chef or all the cooks are super good! Portion size wasn't too big, prices ranged from 24.95 and up for a dinner entree. The place was busy, a popular spot for every age I noticed. Service was mediocre and may be even arrogant, probably... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

We had the pleasure of randomly stopping here for lunch while visiting the city of Vancouver. This restaurant situated in gas town was very charming like stepping back Into a real authentic Italian eatery. With brick walls and white table cloths we felt a little under dressed however they were busy and the matre Di made us feel Welcome. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 321 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B8, Canada
    (Cambie)
  • Public Transportation: Just steps away from the Waterfront station.
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 604-683-8376

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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