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The Portage Italian Bistro

440 Couchiching Point Road, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
705-327-0672
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Ranked #23 of 123 Restaurants in Orillia
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Bistro
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Barrie ON
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After reading the reviews and driving past several times my beloved and I finally made it into The Portage for dinner. Greeted promptly and pleasantly when we arrived and escorted to our reserved table. We had several different servers during the stay all were efficient but not overwhelming. Dinner was Caesar salad followed by Baked Chicken Penne and Veal Parmesan... More

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Craig M, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you CdnWineLover for your review. We are glad that you finally stopped by for a great dining experience! We look forward to seeing you back again soon. More

Dartmouth, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went to dinner with our son and daughter-inlaw as our last night with them. The servo was very slow,we shared flat bread which was super good, but the meat and chicken were over cooked and cold. The best thing about the whole experience was the entertainment. She was very good and we enjoyed it, but we will not go back

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Craig M, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you Kathy M for your review. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your meal....we defiantly appreciate the feedback. We always encourage for feedback right away so that we have a chance to correct anything that is not to your liking. If you would give us the opportunity again...please contact me directly so that can make arrangements for... More

Orillia, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This restaurant is one of my wife's and mine favorite in Orillia. It plays soft music in the background and doesn't have the loud background noises such as T.V.'s playing where you can barely hear yourself think. We are able to have a nice quiet meal and have quiet conversation. The meals and the staff are excellent. I highly recommend... More

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Craig M, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you DonMes for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we look forward to seeing you back again soon! More

Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have been here three times now in the past month. First a quick bite of flatbread & wine, second time, salmon and risotto (very good) hubby had steak ( he loved it) and then I had gnocchi; very nice with julienned vegetables in a butter sauce. Hubby had seafood linguini on a garlicy lemon cream sauce - delish! with... More

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CraigMusil, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you babinni for your review. We are glad that you have enjoyed your visits to the restaurant and the hotel. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More

burlington,on
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Enjoyed our 2 visits here! First time had a glass of wine at the bar with bruschetta before heading to a show. Second time had chicken parmesan with linguini, hubby had chicken with penne, salads and bruschetta with wine. Nice, cozy, dimly lit romantic dinner! Small dining area, we had made reservation at booking time. Enjoyed as much if not... More

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CraigMusil, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback about your dinner experience. It sounds like you really enjoyed yourself and we couldn't be happier to hear the details. We appreciate your comments and we thank you for posting them on Trip Advisor. Please do come visit us again! More

Orillia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Wanted to let all know about the little gem I have found in Orillia, the atmosphere was romantic and service was excellent, very attentive and the food was amazing, I had the salmon and it is honestly the best salmon I have had out hands down. Hope all will take the opportunity to try this little gem, and I will... More

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CraigMusil, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience and very happy to know you will be back. Thanks again for letting us and potential guests know about your experience. We are so grateful that you did. More

Whitby, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Meal was priced well and was excellent. Service was very freindly and most helpful. Very nice atmosphere.

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CraigMusil, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us be apart of your special evening. Your comments are appreciated. Please come visit us again! More

Brampton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We love gourmet food, and the food there was as good, or better, than we've had at many fine restaurants.

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CraigMusil, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you very much for dinning with us and leaving a review. We appreciate your kind comments. More

Markham
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We liked the set menu choices and the prices. A very enjoyable evening with good food and good friends.

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CraigMusil, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you, for taking the time to share your experience with others. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful time, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. More

Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Just finished my baked chicken penne.. Amazing! Salmon was delicious and creme brûlée was one of the best ones we've ever tried. We arrived just before closing and the service was excellent (nobody rushed us out, server was very friendly and helpful, the meals were ready within reasonable time, etc.) It was my BD and after reading earier reviews here... More

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CraigMusil, General Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your experience. We appreciate your kind comments and I was pleased that you had such a great time on your birthday. Happy belated birthday! Please come join us again! More

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