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Al Porto Ristorante

321 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B8, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #298 of 2,804 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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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English first
Sacramento, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We only had the seafood (halibut & skewers) and it was excellent. Cooked just right, very tasty butter sauce, vegetables not overdone, polenta was great. The risotto was good but not the best I've had - more like a cross between rice and risotto - not as creamy and sticky as it should be - but then that is hard... More

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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90 reviews 90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We went in quite early as we had been sightseeing all day. Had noticed the restaurant the day before and it looked inviting. Service was excellent, very helpful waiter who gave recommendations. We shared some dishes which were more than adequate and certainly very tasty. Would go back again.

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Vancouver, Canada
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165 reviews 165 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Haven't been for years so decided a return visit was in order. Reservation, decor the same, nice table layout (no long bench seating - yeh!), seated promptly, waiter a bit too aggressive. Ordered a bottle of red wine (3x the BC Liquor store price- too much). Ordered the Ceasar salad - excellent, the Minestrone soup - really mediocre. Mains were... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have just completed 10 days in Vancouver, a holiday with a simple "rule" which is we eat somewhere different each night, and go back to the best on the last night for a farewell meal. This was the best! And genuinely recommended. The problem is it is down a side passageway, and undersells itself outside, many may be deterred... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Bought a Groupon to try the restaurant all I can say was a mistake. This restaurant had such bland food and no Italian taste to the food at all. No wonder they keep putting Groupons. And was empty on a Friday night when Gastown is full of people.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

I celebrated my 40th birthday and I never been there before. We had a great table with a partial view of the harbor. The pizza especially the house pizza was the best thing we ordered. Service was excellent, and was busy for a Wednesday night. I would recommend this restaurant and would definitely return.

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London, United Kingdom
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170 reviews 170 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We had a great recommendation from the Pan Pacific Hotel bell boy to try this place if we wanted Italian food in a great setting. We were not disappointed . Food and staff are good. We're going back tonight for the crab legs........

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Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We arrived for the happy hour and we went inside to see what was it like. Suprise, very nice decor, great service,good price and awsome food ! worth the visit, we had a very good time and would returned for shure.

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Vancouver, BC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have been to this restaurant twice on a Groupon. Food is fine although I didn't particularly enjoy the risotto on our first visit. Pasta Carbonara which I had on my second visit - as I enjoyed half of my husband's serving on our first visit - was good. My husband's pizza was also fine. Server was very friendly. Find... More

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Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We had an early dinner here on the last night of our trip. It had lots of atmosphere and super nice staff. They made sure we knew all specials and we enjoyed the early Dinner special. It included salad of your choice, entree, and side. It was a great deal and all was delicious. We both had the Halibut with... More

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