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“Just like being in Cadiz without flying!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Porta

Porta
140 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HT, England
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Ranked #23 of 410 Restaurants in Chester
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Leighton Buzzard
1 review
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“Just like being in Cadiz without flying!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Think we tried nearly everything, washed down with a few glasses of good wine!! Having frequently stayed near Cadiz in the main Tapas region of southern Spain and becoming more and more drawn in by the Tapas style of eating, this had a great deal to live up to! WE were NOT disappointed! Food was excellent, dishes were authentic and well-proportioned. The style of "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" in a relaxed atmosphere, could not fail to disappoint. MUCH cheaper and more convenient than flying to Spain, although could have done with a warmer, drier evening!! Well done and we hope this becomes a real success! Love the furnishings!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing, quaint tapas bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We visited Chester for a short break in November and walked passed this quaint little restaurant on our way to The Wall. Porta is hidden back from the street, next to the Roman Wall. On entering we were greated with a lovely warm and friendly atmosphere. Seated at a high table with stools made it feel even more authentic. The menu is small but offers all of the usual tapas items that you would expect, plus some others.
The food was bought out plate by plate when each dish was ready, and was delicious. Possilby some of the best tapas I've ever had. The service was friendly and they were very well informed on the items in the menu when we asked for a description of some of the food we were not sure of.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Porta, a delightful little tapas bar. I would highly recommend a visit!

Visited November 2012
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Cheshire
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63 restaurant reviews
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Average at best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Was really looking forward to this opening, however was rather disappointed.

Patatas bravas were quite soggy and the sauce rather bland, Morcilla de Burgos was nothing like what I eat when in Burgos and tasted just like mass produced supermarket quality black pudding, the deep fried aubergine again was soggy as if the oil wasn’t hot enough, though the Salmorejo was tasty. To top it all off they didn’t have any padron peppers.

Service was friendly, however they need to sort out the food quality, unless they are simply trying to live off the much overhyped reputation of their other restaurant next door.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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liverpool
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Authentic Tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Newly open Porta is stunning little Tapas bar in Chester , Great food and staff .Well done to Joe and Ben your hard work has payed off.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Oh my Lord this place is really very very good!

Authentic tapas in chester finally. Lovely little place next to the roman walls.

The food really is to die for, simple but done stunningly well

Patatas bravas has never tasted this good.

Really should open earlier on a Saturday though

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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