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Reviewed November 6, 2022 via mobile

My wife and I visited this restaurant last night, after seeing the king tut display. I had remembered this place and we thought we would return. It was 5pm so they had just opened. We were seated at table 49, our waiter was excellent, except...for putting our order in. We ordered the special, but we did not get any soup or dessert. We had the beef carpaccio as an appetizer, along with some wine. I ordered the scallops and prawns,which was delectable. My wife ordered the tenderloin, which was devine. We did not mention to our waiter that we were missing the soup. The meals were supposed to come with dessert, we were given dessert menus, again, we did not want to cause a scene. Our check number is 91519. We were in disbelief when the check came, but I paid it, with a nice tip, in cash. I don't know if we will be back, maybe it was a cause of miscommunication. The service was impeccable as was the food. We just feel we did not get what we had asked for.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 24, 2022

Walking in my 5 year old son fell, and our waitor Sixto turned his frown upside down with a Shirley Temple. He provided excellent service from the moment we sat down, until we walked out the door. The food was incredible. We will be back,...and will request Sixto again.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 30, 2022

The Restaurant was quiet when we arrived, but we sat in a section near the window with most of the tables full, so there was a pleasant buzz of dining conversation around us. Service was prompt and helpful. We shared a pizza, which was well...cooked (one pizza was enough for both of us). The other food we saw coming out looked great as well. A nice meal.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 15, 2022

We had a nice dinner here and really enjoyed the view. The service was very good and everyone was quite friendly

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 15, 2022

The view was outstanding and the food was very solid. The service was great. I would return and try some other food options.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022 via mobile

Great Italian dinner out - fresh food and excellent service. Sixto Ramos was our server - and he was the best! He made great suggestions and made us feel very welcome. We would go back again to see him and enjoy more pizzas and pastas....From a family of fourMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022

Just been in this place expecting a nice wood fired pizza . The first pizza arrived with char burnt edges totally inedible. They arranged for a replacement which arrived 15 minutes later at which point my wife had almost finished her meal . Guess what...,the second one was overcooked around the edges again but in fairness not quite as bad so I decided to eat it ( well some of it !) Now comes the crunch ! There is a prominent sign outside ( I have a photo) stating a wood burning pizza oven . when we asked the waitress if it was wood fired she replied don’t know !! come on you work in the restaurant and not knowing if there is a wood fire !! we insisted she check and guess what they haven’t got one! Total misrepresentation! My wife enjoyed her meal except the mussels were gritty. They did knock something off our bill (check ) but that wasn’t the point, our last night in Canada was ruined.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

Good atmosphere, looked promising. Staff friendly. Wood Burning Pizza oven does not exist. Harbour view is containers. Mussels were gritty. No linen napkins availability. Had to ask for Parmesan.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 7, 2022

Couple ate dinner here recently and were not disappointed. Started off with the calamari which were cooked perfectly, nice and tender. Had the chicken parmigiana and the seafood risotto. Had an eye out for the veal marsala, but sadly no veal available this night. Chicken...was large, fresh and juicy, right amount of sauce and cheese with a light breading. Served with a pasta in a light, fresh tomato sauce. Yes they use dried pasta as they should depending on the dish and the sauce. Risotto was perfectly cooked, creamy and seafood was also cooked properly - nice flavour to the risotto and the perfect portion size. Finished with one of the best tiramisu around. Nice bottle of wine, 2 cocktails, shared appetizer, 2 entrees and shared dessert came to $200 inclusive of tax & exclusive of tip. Service on this night was perfect - waiter struck the perfect balance, not trying to be my best friend, witty, professional and efficient. Overall a wonderful meal.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 4, 2021

I chose Al Porto as the place to celebrate my huband's 60th birthday. We were so disappointed. There were very view dishes available and the ' special' was a bland over-cooked bowl of gnocchi in pesto sauce for $29.00. No sides and no garnish. We...had to send it back. Nothing seemed fresh. It felt like the chef had not shown up for work that day. Our some what rude waiter was also making our drinks and they were terrible. We've had nice meals there in the past but this time it was dismal and we won't be back.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

Excellent oysters. Food overall was fantastic and service was 5 star plus. Great location and setting. Highly recommended

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 23, 2021

Pasta has to be such a simple meal to prepare. Why is it that this place can't do a simple sauce? Any sauce? Why do they not make fresh pasta? Dry pasta in an alleged Italian Restaurant. Bad Bolognese. Horrible Carbonara. How can you not...make a decent Gnocchi Its the only fresh past on the menu? It was do disappointing to learn from the waiter that the owners are the chefs and are very proud of the food. Clearly not our table. 1 person out of 6 enjoyed the meal. 1 didn't even eat it , dry tasteless horrible food. The bartender, who was also the sever, had no clue how to make a gin martini, or a Whiskey sour. Absolutely ridiculous. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO EAT!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 23, 2021 via mobile

This gives you a true feel of being in Italy. A tucked a away gem in downtown Vancouver. The food was amazing. Large portions. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed April 16, 2021

The Good: Location: A short walk from the historic steam-clock in Gastown makes the location standout. Service: Very attentive, friendly and professional. The Bad: Food: The flavor and overall presentation of the food seemed off to me. Surprising given the service. Perhaps it was just...a bad day? I will try again at a later date after the insanity calms down as the issue was not egregious enough -- just a middle-of-the-road sort of thing. Recommendation: Try but do not have high expectations.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed March 15, 2021

First visit here. The service was awesome, the ambience...very nice. My husband's food was good, but the sole fillet special ($38.95) was bland...tasteless... except for the 2 prawns - those prawns were cooked to perfection and was the only saving grace for that plate...such a...disappointment though for the special of the day. Would not go back as there are so many better restaurants in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Hi, it's only 100 m from the steam clock, but the main gate of Al Porto not at the Main Street, Yiou may need to follow the sign. It's a normal western restaurant, you can pick salad, vegetables soup and pasta from them... More
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