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The Portage Italian Bistro

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Italian, French, Pizza, Bistro, Pasta
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440 Couchiching Point Road, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
705-327-0672
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Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 21
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
New owners, pleasantly surprised

We went as a group of approximately 25 people last week and had a delicious buffet Italian meal. The restaurant had changed ownership recently and the server and chef were very friendly and provided excellent service. This restaurant may go unnoticed because it is in the Best Western Hotel on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
OrilliaAnnie
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Orillia
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  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Orillia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We went as a group of approximately 25 people last week and had a delicious buffet Italian meal. The restaurant had changed ownership recently and the server and chef were very friendly and provided excellent service. This restaurant may go unnoticed because it is in the Best Western Hotel on Atherley Road by the Narrows in Orillia. The restaurant is... More 

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Lindsay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Last weekend we enjoyed an excellent dinner of rib steak and large shrimp. Service excellent. A very pleasant young lady looked after us very well. Came by with the standard " how is your meal? " however she really seemed to mean it. Nice evening, Will go back. Ron & Kathy G.

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Collingwood, Canada
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100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Maybe I ordered the wrong thing or the server didn't understand about food sensitivity issues (even though I explained and requested specifics). It all got botched up. She did offer to replace my meal and I felt guilty and didn't want to cause trouble and ended up with huge indigestion and tummy troubles all night long. A lesson for both... More 

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Ajax, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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
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116 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 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
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98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 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 

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Additional Information about The Portage Italian Bistro

Address: 440 Couchiching Point Road, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 705-327-0672
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Orillia
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: Italian, French, Pizza, Bistro, Pasta

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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, French, Pizza, Bistro, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic

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