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The Port House

64a South William St | Dublin 2, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 677 0298
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Ranked #216 of 1,829 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $13
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Basque
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: South City Centre
Description: Located at 64A South William Street this beautiful and solely candle lit wine cavern has been stripped back to its original features. As a traditional Spanish tapas bar it boasts a fantastic selection of authentic tapas. The Port House wine menu is varied and full of interesting wines, ports and sherries at a very reasonable price, carefully selected from Spanish and Portuguese regions. It is the ideal place for one to relax, enjoy some tapas with a glass of wine and soak up the ambiance that makes this spot a must try.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ireland
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Have been here six or seven times and went again recently on a Saturday night. While all my previous experiences have been positive, my most recent visit was poor, let down by some awful service. While I probably will give it another chance, you can do a lot better for tapas in Dublin in terms of service and overall dining... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

One of my favourite dining experiences was had at The Port House in Dublin city on a busy, sunny Sunday afternoon. This quirky little treasure chest boasts a wide selection of dishes and a seemingly endless array of great wines. Of you are any way unsure or have never indulged in Spanish tapas, like I was, I must insist that... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I must admit I'm not a big tapas fan. Went here for a business lunch recently. The place is really cool and looks like a wine cellar. The service was a little slow on the day we visited, 8 people in all, which is not great when you are on lunch from work. The food came and was very tasty... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I brought two friends visiting Ireland here on a Friday evening. I've never been able to get a table here before, but luckily this time we arrived at 18:30 and were seated almost straight away. I've often eaten in their sister restaurant Pintxo in Temple Bar so I had a good idea what to expect (and to my shame, ordered... More

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ThePortHouse_Dublin1, Owner at The Port House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely review! We are delighted to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your food and were happy with the service! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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71 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

While Dublin is known for its pubs its restaurants have been known for being overpriced and of poor quality. That is till I found the Port house, which serves the best Spanish food in Ireland. Definitely worth a visit.

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ThePortHouse_Dublin1, Owner at The Port House, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Dublin, Ireland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If have eaten in The Port House many times over the past few years and have never been disappointed with the food. Now that the evenings are getting shorter it is the perfect place to catch up with friends as there is a great atmosphere when its dark and all the candles are lit. Only slight criticism is that when... More

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ThePortHouse_Dublin1, Owner at The Port House, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review, it's great to get feedback from some of our regulars! We offer a walk in service and don't take any reservation so we do apologise if sometimes there is a wait for a table. Thanks again and hope to see you soon. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Best tapas rest I have been to bar none. V dark inside adds to character of the place. A real find.

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ThePortHouse_Dublin1, Owner at The Port House, responded to this review

Thanks a million for the great review, we're delighted you enjoyed you're visit! More

Liscannor, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I came here for dinner with three others and had a really fantastic evening. We chose several dishes to get us going and were not disappointed with a single one. The scallops were to die for, the chorizo, the portobello mushroom dish...I could go on! The wine was fantastic, although they are apparently updating their list so a lot of... More

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ThePortHouse_Dublin1, Owner at The Port House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and for the lovely comments about our food, staff and wines! We are in the process of updating the wine list so we do apologise for the inconvenience! Hope to see you again sometime soon. More

Ashbourne, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was my first time visiting the port house and it will definitely not be the last! The staff were very polite and attentive. We were waiting about fifteen minutes for a table as it was busy. Whilst we waited we had a glass of sangria which was very nice and only €5.50 a glass. The gentleman who i'm assuming... More

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ThePortHouse_Dublin1, Owner at The Port House, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. Our staff will be delighted to hear that you were happy with the service and I'm glad you liked the Sangria! Hope to see you again sometime soon! More

Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a lovely little spot on South William St - a very trendy area and one of my favourite street. I have eaten here on a couple of occasions and it has alway been pleasant. I love to sit outside when the weather is good but getting a seat on their little terrace is nearly impossible if there is... More

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ThePortHouse_Dublin1, Owner at The Port House, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write such a great review! We're delighted to hear that you are a fan of The Port House. I understand that the lighting is quite dark, it is purposely done to create an intimate atmosphere. Were sorry if you found it too dark. Next time you're in you might ask your server to... More

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