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Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill

7 South Parade | Summertown, Oxford OX2 7LJ, England
+44 1865 559653
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Ranked #46 of 482 restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $67
Cuisines: British, Bar, Brasserie
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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.
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82% Recommend
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Oxford, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here many times over the last few years and it remains one of the most consistently excellent restaurants in Oxford. We went in on a busy Friday night with 2 children and speed of service didn't suffer from the place being full. The staff, especially the manager are very welcoming and friendly and the food is reasonably... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We arrived at the Portabello restaurant in Summertown, Oxford for a quiet and relaxing lunch time dine. On arrival we were greeted by a friendly waiter who gave us a warm welcome and showed us to a table of our choice. The venue was quite busy for a rainy Monday which indicated we had chosen a popular venue. Immediately we... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Afer a long day in the office I decided to surprise my fiance' with a nice dinner. Knowing all the restaurants in Summertown this was the only one missing on my list. And I must say I wasn't disappointed at all. Food quality is very very good and the stuff is friendly and helpful. Would totally recomand it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I dined here on Saturday 24 March with my husband and sister and brother in law, we were away for the weekend in Oxford and had booked the restaurant a month earlier. We were made to feel very welcome when we arrived and the service throughout from our waitress was second to none. We had both starters and main courses... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Visited with a party of 7 after booking by e-mail for Saturday evening a few weeks in advance. Booking was easy, the manager quickly replied to confirm availability. Judging by how busy it was, booking for popular times is essential. The place was bustling but not too noisy, just the right mix for a popular restaurant. Our orders were quickly... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Myself and 4 other family members pre-booked a Friday night table for my mothers birthday. We were warmly welcomed, quickly seated and received excellent service throughout our visit. The menu has a wide selection and catered for all. There were the slightly more upmarket dishes with various meat, fish and vegetarian options available; but also slightly fancy, more traditional dishes,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

When the sun is shining this is a great place to bring your family. Not great food, so stick to beef burgers and chicken. My salmon burger was a big disappointment. Good friendly atmosphere full of parents taking their children out from the local schools. Have been eating at this restaurant for at least 8 years. Decor has been improved... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Wanted to try and eat something new. So I ordered roast pollock and squid with tomatoes and garlic from their dinner party menu. But Instead i was served with roast bacon and cooked pollock with spinach . An item they dont even have on their dinner or party menu. Had the food a little until i realized it was crap... More

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Sebastian S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time for writing a review about Portabello. We are very sorry for the mistake with regards to the garnish that you were served with your Pollock. We accept we made a mistake on this dish and would like to discuss the other aspects of your evening with us. Please contact myself directly and I would... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Portobello has good kerb appeal. The front is attractive and inviting and inside it is warmly lit and orderly with an upmarket feel. The noise level is high; this is not somewhere you come to sit quietly, this is a hub of social gatherings, with large tables of diners laughing and joking. The lunch menu reads well and although choice... More

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Sebastian S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time for writing a review about us. We take all feedback; whether it be positive or negative, on board and we take the correct steps to ensure that this service it not repeated. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed our menu and food on the other hand, as we are also in agreement... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Because my relatives often choose to eat here, I've had a few disappointing meals in the last year. This place is consistently poor on food quality, service and value for money. The last time I went (for Sunday lunch), everybody's starter came at a different time so some had finished before others' food had arrived. My soup was luke warm,... More

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Sebastian S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time for writing a review on our page. We value all comments made about all aspects of our service and react to them in the correct manner. If you would like to contact myself directly, I would like to go through the aspects of both food and service; in greater detail to therefore improve what... More

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