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“Bland food!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Port House

The Port House
64a South William St | Dublin 2, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 677 0298
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Ranked #183 of 1,822 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $11
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Basque
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Dublin, Ireland
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Bland food!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We chose this restaurant because it's Spanish and I was expecting authentic Spanish cuisine. How wrong I was. It was the most bland food ever. Even Irish food is better. Seriously, if you're gonna say something is spicy, ensure it it. They don't even have salt and pepper on the table. Will never go there again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Great food & wine, lovely atmosphere, good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic, authentic tapas and what a choice! Personally enjoyed the patatas bravas, honey goat cheese, meatballs, calamari and a spicy chicken skewer. All were fab and each dish is enough to share between 2 or 3. Order somethings you've never tried before and share with friends, it's fantastic and you won't be disappointed. Nice desserts too. I had the churros, lovely warm Spanish donuts with chocolate sauce. My friends went for ferrero Roche cheesecake which was also gorgeous. Good choice of wines and sangria too. What more could you want??!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Haifa, Israel
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great tapas and pintxos, GREAT Sangria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The food was really brilliant, most of the dishes where really generous and extremely tasty. The cheese salad (Ensaala en Quese de Cabra con Miel) is GREAT and very surprisingly good, the Chorizo al Vino is also very good.

The restaurant has a GREAT Sangria and a giant wine list.

A great place to warm your tummy and body in freezing Dublin!

Visited January 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The food is faultless! It was delicious and there was a huge selection of dishes. The service was very slow! I have been twice and both times we have been left waiting quite some time before we can even order drinks and then food. Be patient when visiting the restaurant as the food is worth the wait and do expect to wait!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reedham, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Pintxo or Porthouse!? Either way an absolute must”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Will put a review on both but really need to combine these reviews as Pintxo reviews are why we decided to go here, but mainly comes up as the Port House when searching. Food fantastic, quick service although not the friendliest, thought the tables were a little cosy bearing in mind lots of dishes, and you're seated next to strangers with just an iron bar between you, which was cosy for us as they were friendly and gave us our next restaurant recommendation (millstone) but you could be unlucky. Great ambience and lighting. Would definately come again

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