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Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill

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French, British, Grill, Contemporary, Bistro
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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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
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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  • 37
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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

Great food, attentive service and lively atmosphere, but not so noisy that you could not hold a normal conversation. We loved the creme brûlée and banana and custard desserts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We visited the restaurant after work on a very hot and sunny Saturday evening. There were Los of people seated outside and the doors were all open giving a lovely 'airy' feel to the restaurant. We hadn't booked but were taken straight to a table and made to feel welcome. Menus were handed round and we were offered water whilst... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Myself and my brother ate there at the weekend. I found the food very average, but the price was not. It would be hard to say that the dining experience was awful, but equally difficult to praise. The food was far from excellent, however edible. The wine was overpriced, and was not particularly good quality, equally the service was very... More 

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Very good food with excellent service, The menu has plenty to choose from and a good cocktail menu. Highly recommended

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Great food, attentive service and lively atmosphere, but not so noisy that you could not hold a normal conversation. We loved the creme brûlée and banana and custard desserts.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Portabello is well situated in the most exclusive residential area of Oxford, Summertown, to the north of the city. Be aware, though, that parking during the day can be tricky and, if you plan to eat before 6:30pm, I would suggest cycling, taking the bus or even taking a longish stroll from central Oxford through this very pleasant neighbourhood if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Portabello has been our favourite restaurants in Summertown ever since we moved to this area and I've seen the changes that the restaurant has gone through. We used to love their food at reasonable price and great ambience but after the restaurant went through refurbishment, I think it has slowly gone downhill while the price got steep. I find their... More 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We enjoyed a meal at Portabello, arriving at 6.30 and being the only people in the place. Menu is varied and food well-presented and tasty. Our only issue was the somewhat intrusive waiter - bring the main course to table before we had finished the starter and later twice interrupting our conversation. This was the main reason we decided not... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The quality of food here varies a lot: sometimes its excellent, other times dreadful. It's usually got some decent wine. Average for vegetarians, with the usual lack of imagination in the form of risotto or a tart.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Portabello is a nice place to eat, the bar service is excellent and the prices are rather on the higher side. We were seated at a nice table, and our waiter was very obliging. Nevertheless, we never did feel at home there, since we were not given the privacy we wished due to the fast pace at which the courses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We both had steaks and were more than satisfied with the food and service. Restaurant looks great inside and out, food was fantastic and definitely on par with the price tag. Will be back when we visit Oxford again.

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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 - 62
  • Cuisine: French, British, Grill, Contemporary, Bistro

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?