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Al Porto Ristorante
Italian Restaurant
Today 4:30 – 10:30 pm
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321 Water St Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8 Canada
321 Water StreetCABritish ColumbiaVancouverV6B 1B8
Italian RestaurantToday 4:30 – 10:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmSaturday 4:30 – 10:30 pmSunday 4:30 – 10:30 pm
Al Porto Ristorante is located in historic Gastown by the city's waterfront. The restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian delicacies, including woodfired pizza.
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Tucked-away Italian eatery offering a large variety of classic dishes, from cioppino to osso buco.- Google
"Wine, service, decor, veal, fish, pasta, bread were all excellent."
"I had to sent it back - much to the waiters obvious annoyance."
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John Conners
11 months ago
i liked it. there was lots of candy. i liked my peperoni pizza. i liked how one waitress invited us to our table. someone said that only ladies get into the restaurant. and i liked the train going by however it is good. and the waiter named tim gave us free hockey tickets to a canucks game vs oilers game oilers won4-2 !!!!!!!!!!!!
Ivan Kizilov
a year ago
I regret that day and that impulse which made me buy Groupon for Al Porto Ristorante. It happened that I've been there twice, and both times it was very disappointing. First time I went there with my mom who came from Russia. I hoped to show her some fine dining experience of Vancouver. If I knew how I was wrong! We ordered food and guess what, we waited for our order for.....45 minutes! As we were told the chef screwed up and somehow missed our order. Am I supposed to be happy with that explanation???? As an apology they offered free dessert which my mom accepted. Second time I went there on November 25th, with my friend. This time the food was on time and it was good, and I almost changed my opinion about this place but.... There's always a but, right? When it came to payment the price was adjusted to Groupon discount, and I tipped from that amount. But the server (John Rives, namely) said exactly this: "You HAVE to tip from the full amount". Can you imagine this???? First of all, I DON'T HAVE to tip if I don't feel like that. Second, tips NEED to be deserved which didn't happen (this time they brought dessert menu but didn't come to take the order for 10 minutes although the restaurant was almost empty. In the end, my friend decided against dessert because of waiting time). And they want tips after that??? When the guy saw the tips amount he didn't even try to conceal how he was disappointed... Guess, how disappointed we were! Never again!
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Katie Mills
a year ago
I can't understand how this place has any good reviews - maybe my experience was unique but then again looking at what other people have written, maybe not. I came here for my birthday - my boyfriend had asked for one of their best tables when he made the booking. When we arrived, we were led through the restaurant to the very back, where "apparently" the best table in the house was - hardly. It was right under a dusty window with a draft coming in, and right outside was the railway tracks. If I squinted through the mouldy blinds covering half the window then I could maybe see the top of a mountain, but even this was ruined when a train came past. So unimpressed with the table, we went ahead and ordered our food and a bottle of house white. When the waiter asked what kind of house white, "as we have many house wines", I asked for sauvingon blanc (more on this later). I ordered rack of lamb and asked for it medium rare. When it came it was grey. Not even just slightly overcooked but grey. I had to sent it back - much to the waiters obvious annoyance. When it finally arrived, 20 minutes later, the lamb was great, but for some reason they had put an inch of mustard crust around the small rack - the whole thing was totally inedible. We got the bill as we needed to get out of there as quick as possible. The final straw was when looking at the bill, the "house wine" was $75!! I mean, it was quite nice wine, but $75?? I couldn't believe it but of course we had to pay. Leaving little to no tip, we left. I have absolutely no reason to go to this pretentious tourist trap ever again.
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Astrid Karl
9 months ago
Very nice location, good service. Food isn't bad but not worth the price.
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David B
a year ago
We were early (6pm) and had great service (thanks Nate!) We had calamari (huge and tasty -- but eventually it was too much fried stuff and we didn't finish), halibut (not bad), and osso bucco (my first one and I didn't like it -- it tastes like irish stew from a can). Bill was $70 + tip (but we had the $40 groupon). The best thing on our plates was the spaghetti squash. I might come back and give it another chance.
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Brandon Tran
4 months ago
Very nice atmosphere and the food was done well.
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Derek Andersen
5 months ago
Great service. Acceptable food.
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Eva Wang
2 years ago
Great prices, great food, perfect portions, and a wonderful atmosphere. It's not crowded or unpleasant in any way. Our waiter was very friendly - almost too friendly =)


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