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The Portage Italian Bistro

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Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Bistro
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440 Couchiching Point Road, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
705-327-0672
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food!

We were holed up in the conference room for months and finally gave in to try out the Portage Bistro. The aroma was so inviting. It did not disappoint when we tried. Succulent juicy Prime Rib. Mouth watering Seafood linguine.. yummy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
spang88
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Ajax, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ajax, Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were holed up in the conference room for months and finally gave in to try out the Portage Bistro. The aroma was so inviting. It did not disappoint when we tried. Succulent juicy Prime Rib. Mouth watering Seafood linguine.. yummy!

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Kingston, Canada
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I was staying in the BW and decided to order room service from their menu. When the gentleman answered the phone, I asked to order room service, he replied "Look, it's going to be 45 minutes at least" I said that was fine and asked if I could order the Shrimp Risotto (they didn't have any) I asked for the... More 

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Mid-Ontario
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I bothered to write a nice review of this restaurant which is five minutes walk from where we live. Tripadvisor would not post it because I "live too near and my own business is too similar". Presumably they fear some mutual collusion. The fact remains it is very nice and quiet usually, comfortable chairs, cozy fireplace, friendly staff, and last... More 

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Moonstone, ON
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We chose this restaurant based on previous reviews to meet friends from out of town for dinner prior to a show at the Casino. Nobody responded to several phone messages left for reservations and when I finally made contact with staff, I was told they were going through some major changes. The decor was nice and the menu was varied... More 

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Carlisle
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My husband and I had an excellent dinner here, we had squash soup, very tasty and served nicely hot. Pat had grilled calamari, excellent. I had shrimp and scallop risotto, lots of seafood and very tasty. Pat really liked his seafood linguine. Service was very good, we would be happy to eat here again.

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

Thank you Sharon B for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This little Bistro was a nice surprise compared to most hotel chain restaurants we have encountered. The wait staff were really pleasant and helpful, especially with my elderly dad nearly blind and deaf. The menu had lots of choices at good prices and good portions overall.

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

Thank you junglefun123 for you review. We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. I will be sure to pass this on to the team! We look forward to seeing you back again soon! More 

Barrie ON
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 440 Couchiching Point Road, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Orillia
  • Phone Number: 705-327-0672

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?