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Portico Restaurant and Bar

15 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1N2, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
(416) 368-1990
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Ranked #206 of 6,457 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $51
Cuisines: Continental, Contemporary, International, Canadian
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: Victoria Street
Description: Step into a world of luxurious decor, gourmet cuisine, and welcoming service at Portico -- a tantalizing downtown Toronto restaurant. Lose yourself in a brilliant atmosphere of wood finishings, bronze mirrors, and plush furniture. Join us on a global culinary journey -- an enticing and intriguing fusion menu showcasing elements of Italian fare. All our offerings are freshly prepared daily, reflecting the season"s bounty. Whether you seek a power lunch, or a superb dining experience, this great downtown Toronto restaurant will delight and inspire you.
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English first
Windsor, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The portico restaurant has a very relaxing ambiance about it. A great place for a romantic rendezvous or a business lunch. There is a good variety of food at a downtown Toronto price. I was impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of the service staff.

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Newmarket, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Have spent several weeks here working downtown. Sometimes at night to tired to go anywhere else. The food is mediocre, the prices are very high, service is highly dependent on the server, mostly average. To be honest I grab a sub from across the road. For 3 people to have dinner and 2 drinks each with tip was 175 dollars.... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Went for a pre-show dinner. Server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive (even though he seemed to be the only server on that night). Pros: chicken curry soup was different but tasty, server was knowledgeable about gluten free options and even brought gluten free bread. Cons: risotto was the worst ever! Undefined, glop, tasted like it was seasoned with tomato paste.... More

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PORTICOmngr, Manager at Portico Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hello Elizabeth B! Thank you for your feedback about Portico. First I would like to thank you for the positive feedback about our servers. We take pride that our staff are highly trained and knowledgable with a strong dedication to guest service. However, We are sorry to hear that your experience with the food quality did not exceed your expectations... More

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I visited this restaurant twice while staying at Cambridge Suites - once to the dining side and once to the lounge side. Very good food and excellent service both time. My wife was a big fan of their Martini selection. The lounge side is a little small and crowded but was comfortable. Overall, I was impressed and would go back... More

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PORTICOmngr, Manager at Portico Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hello Matt G! Thank you so much for reviewing Portico. Your opinion is very important to us and that is why we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed both of your experiences with us. We look forward to welcoming you and your wife back to Portico. Especially, as we are in the process of changing and upgrading our menu... More

Waterloo, Ontario
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We were staying at the Cambridge Suites Hotel and were looking on Trip Advisor for a good restaurant close to the hotel. We found that the closest highly rated restaurant was the Portico, which is part of the hotel. So we booked and had a wonderful dinner. The atmosphere in the restaurant was very pleasant and the service was great.... More

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PORTICOmngr, Manager at Portico Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hello, Muntz40 ! Thank you so much for your positive comments about Portico, we are very glad to hear that ypu found our dishes 'memorable' and even happier that you will be returning! Our Head Chef and his team strive to provide our guests with timeless, quality dishes at a great value to our guests so it is always nice... More

Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I landed in late due to a flight delay and I was starving by the time I reached the hotel, but it was too late to eat a full meal. I ordered the burger and fries from the "snack" portion of the menu. The burger was gourmet style, with a crusty bun, and the fries were like "frites", very thinly... More

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PORTICOmngr, Manager at Portico Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hello Mummylawyer! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your late night burger and "frites"! Thank you so much four your positive rating and comment. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Portico Mngr More

Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We experienced a clean well laid out restaurant that had the bonus of excellent service and quality meals. Located in the Cambridge Suites Hotel, it is well located in the city near the Eaton Centre and the city tram system. We ate here on a number of occasions both for breakfast, lunch and dinner and on each found the quality... More

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PORTICOmngr, Manager at Portico Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hello Acmee001! We are happy to hear that your experience at Portico turned out to be "more than satisfactory," and that you enjoyed and saw value in our beverage selection and service. Your review is very much appreciated by myself and all the staff here at Portico who strive to provide excellent service to our guests. We do look forward... More

Columbus
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Their breakfast buffet is really good! Nice service and clean too! LIked the variety :) Appreciated that it was in our hotel!

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PORTICOmngr, Manager at Portico Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you so much for your positive feedback about Portico! We have put a lot of effort into our breakfast buffet and we are happy to hear that the selection has "wow"d you! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks Again! More

Oslo, Norway
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Friendly staff and good food. Fine selection of wines. Pasta with sea food was great. Great crispy "flat-bread" with spicy butter was a nice treat. The second time we were there, we tried the cod. The cod was very good, but one of the three fish chunks was not cod, and was a "fatter" type of fish. We asked the... More

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PORTICOmngr, Food & Beverage Supervisor at Portico Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Dear Ragnhild, Thank you for reviewing your recent dinner at Portico Restaurant and Bar. We are delighted to hear that the food was enjoyable; however it is disappointing to learn we failed to exceed your expectations. The matter has been looked into and also resolved. We strive to provide excellent service to our guests so thank-you for recommending us and... More

Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
415 reviews 415 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
384 helpful votes 384 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I work near Portico Restaurant and Bar and only recently did I take the time to visit here for lunch. Located in the Cambridge Suites Hotel right near the Eaton Centre, Portico has a very unassuming look from the outside. I did not think that it was that nice of a place, the service is splendid though. It's very friendly,... More

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