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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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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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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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
via mobile
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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220 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

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
Reviewer
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We spent a wonderful evening at this great little restaurant tucked away down a side street in Summertown. The décor is lovely and intimate with lots of low level lighting and unobtrusive easy listening background music and the staff are fantastic. The service is personal and informal and you feel more like you are a guest in someone's house, rather... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A group of us booked a table for a Saturday evening in advance (at least a week) We were told that the menu would be restricted as we were a group, and they weren't wrong. We chose the restaurant from both recommendations, and the varied choice on the menu. on arrival things were fine, the restricted menu was presented, and... More 

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David K, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Nigel, thank you for letting us know of your disappointing experience. We do offer our party menu to larger groups to help to ensure a smooth service by slightly reducing the options. This menu is made up of our better selling dishes trying to offer both meat, fish & vegetarian options. Hopefully by reducing the menu on offer we... More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Good reliable food and efficient friendly service. Well run affordable eatery that ticks all the boxes.

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oxfordshire
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Wonderful lunch Attentive and kind staff. Lovely manager Absolutely delicious food Happy experience Relaxed and cosy atmosphere. Excellent service Very highly recommended

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Andover, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
231 reviews 231 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Good food, shame the cream of onion soup was not very hot. Halibut was very good, but most dishes don't come with veg so had to order extra potatoes which were very oily/greasy. Reasonable meal but I've had better here.

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Budapest, Hungary
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Busy Sunday lunch but great service with good value food. Very tasty. Well looked after by Callum from Perth!

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?