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Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill

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$$$
British, Grill, Contemporary, Brasserie
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7 South Parade | Summertown, Oxford OX2 7LJ, England
+44 1865 559653
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9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: A chic, cosmopolitan British restaurant bar and grill open from 9:30am all...
A chic, cosmopolitan British restaurant bar and grill open from 9:30am all day every day serving great steak, fish dishes, classic burgers and more. Our menus change regularly with the season with our fixed price lunch menu changing weekly. We serve freshly prepared food with great British flavours in casual and relaxed surroundings. You'll find us in South Parade, a gorgeous little side road in Summertown, amongst trendy boutiques, galleries, wine bars and the North Wall Theatre. Come along for 'the best breakfast in town' from 9:30am 7 days a week and on Sundays come and enjoy a great selection of traditional roasts and superb sharing plates. Join us for Happy hour every week Monday to Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm when all cocktails and champagne are £5! Let us treat you to a great fixed price menu available for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday - just £9.95 For two courses and £12.95 For three courses. Our children's menu is available every day and we have child friendly facilities. We can cater for parties of up to 80 guests with menus to suit. An impressive upstairs private dining area is available for all of your special occasions. Guests also benefit from our restaurant car park. Feel free to drop in for a glass of wine, coffee or a sweet treat at the bar or on the terrace. Reservations are welcome for anytime.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 80
    Very good
  • 31
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  • 10
    Poor
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner

Dinner last night (Tuesday 10th March) We were found a table, despite not booking, it was quite busy for midweek. Bit of a slow start to service, but once food actually ordered service was good, had a lovely cocktail to start, followed by Chili Squid, husband had cured trout, we both had rump... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
Mlou666
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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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  • Outdoor seating
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English first
Magor, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Booked last minute on a busy Saturday night - table for 2. Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. The food was really flavoursome and beautifully cooked. If you're not sampling the delicious alcoholic cocktails, I would recommend the Elderflower and mint presse.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My family visited Portabello in Summertown on a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday. We reserved a table and were right to do so as the restaurant was clearly popular and quite busy. The restaurant staff were very welcoming and attentive. They treated our 2 children like proper 'grownups', which they loved! Service was swift but not hurried so we had... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had a lovely meal to celebrate our anniversary. Made to feel welcome by the friendly and efficient waitresses. Excellent food in a very nice atmosphere, totally recommend.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I had 2 thick fish steaks with the most amazing batter, melted in the mouth. Best chips ever, wonderful presentation. Staff were well mannered and well presented and did not hound you every 5 minutes to see if your meal was ok, which is a plus. Would definitely go again and would probably order the fish & chips !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Only in Oxford for the night having never visited the area before. Stumbled across the row of restaurants in the afternoon and decided to go back later but had no reservation. We were given a table by the window and had fabulous steak! We were there early and it filled up really quickly so it might be an idea to... More 

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Oxford, UK
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This was my first visit to Portabello. I often thought of it as a posh place that serves tiny portions for a large amount of money. How wrong was i! The fried duck egg and tart was amazing! And i had the burger and chips for my main. along with a bottle of wine (shared). I come away feeling stuffed.... More 

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Dinner last night (Tuesday 10th March) We were found a table, despite not booking, it was quite busy for midweek. Bit of a slow start to service, but once food actually ordered service was good, had a lovely cocktail to start, followed by Chili Squid, husband had cured trout, we both had rump steak, which was perfectly cooked and full... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I just tried to book a table for the restaurant. The 'lady' answering the telephone kept asking me to repeat myself as she could not hear me as it was so busy and noisy. We got about three quarters of the way through this ordeal when she suddenly announced to me that she was giving up and I should phone... More 

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UK
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Overall the visit was enjoyable. The atmosphere was bustling and lively. The food was pleasant and tasty, but there were a few problems with the order. There were too many bones in one of the pieces of the fish. One of the hot starters was served luke warm and one of the desserts was overcooked. The rest of the food,... More 

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Zuerich
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I've been to Italy. A lot. This is not it. Maybe some think it is, but it is not. Paper napkins, no bread for the table, major difficulties with custom orders. Not impressed. Would not mind if it would be inexpensive, but it isn't. Salad cam with our dressing?? Steak was very, very good though. It has nice atmosphere and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 South Parade | Summertown, Oxford OX2 7LJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 559653

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 60
  • Cuisine: British, Grill, Contemporary, Brasserie

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

A chic, cosmopolitan British restaurant bar and grill open from 9:30am all day every day serving great steak, fish dishes, classic burgers and more. Our menus change regularly with the season with our fixed price lunch menu changing weekly. We serve freshly prepared food with great British flavours in casual and relaxed surroundings. You'll find us in South Parade, a gorgeous little side road in Summertown, amongst trendy boutiques, galleries, wine bars and the North Wall Theatre. Come along for 'the best breakfast in town' from 9:30am 7 days a week and on Sundays come and enjoy a great selection of traditional roasts and superb sharing plates. Join us for Happy hour every week Monday to Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm when all cocktails and champagne are £5! Let us treat you to a great fixed price menu available for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday - just £9.95 For two courses and £12.95 For three courses. Our children's menu is available every day and we have child friendly facilities. We can cater for parties of up to 80 guests with menus to suit. An impressive upstairs private dining area is available for all of your special occasions. Guests also benefit from our restaurant car park. Feel free to drop in for a glass of wine, coffee or a sweet treat at the bar or on the terrace. Reservations are welcome for anytime.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?