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The Portage Italian Bistro

$$ - $$$
Italian, Pizza, Canadian
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440 Couchiching Point Rd, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6P8, Canada
+1 705-327-0672
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Orillia, Canada
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Four of us ate at the Portage on a Saturday evening. Difficult to find anyone to make a reservation earlier in the week but finally connected. Staff seemed inexperienced but friendly and polite. Food was OK but not outstanding. Glad we went as it was our first time but don't think we'll be back.

Thank Pete B
Kitchener, Canada
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

This restaurant is in the hotel and very convenient. The service the night I was there was excellent. The décor and atmosphere is basic. The tables are spread apart and give you lots of space. The calamari was quite good and worth trying. I had the sea food pasta. It was quite plain and had little flavor. I found the... More 

Thank travel2531
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

I bothered to write a nice review of this restaurant in 2014 but Tripadvisor wouldn't publish it as it might be seen as collusion, since we used to run a b&b up the street from their location. We went there last night with our final b&b guests, our vegetarian son had mushroom soup and salad, Betty and Tony shared the... More 

1 Thank The_Bystander
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

We were staying at this hotel and it was the Last night of our holiday and decided to eat in. Amazing service and great food excellently prepared well done chef

Thank Derek C
Orillia, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The place is well planed out with lots of room between tables,and spotless. My wife had the ceasar salad and seafood pasta and loved both, I had the special tenderloin with pasta my choice rather then the vegies,,meat cooked rare to medium was tender and 8oz plus. good wine list prices were good for value. We will go back. Thanks

Thank 728reno
Newmarket, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are here for convenience before a show at Casino Rama. The waitress seemed confused about the food and didn't know much about it. The salad and bruscetta was good...thank goodness, because our main course was inedible. My husband had penne arribiata, which was essentially a can of diced tomatoes and a jar of roasted peppers over... More 

1 Thank Hmgranger
Ontario, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2016

We are very picky with our Beef - Fabulous - ordered 3 med & 1 med rare perfect along with the best perfectly seasoned better than the Keg, never mind the fabulous beet salad, mixed greens and goat cheese. We are new to the area and will be back again and again for sure!

1 Thank Linda A
North Bay, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

We just finished eating at the Portage Bistro, here at the Best Western Couchiching Inn. They have an extremely small menu tonight and no option to substitute anything. My husband and I both ordered the shrimp cocktail, we both only got 5 small plain shrimp. My husband ordered the "bacon wrapped fillet mignon" which had NO bacon. My husband LOVES... More 

1 Thank Tonya F
Lindsay, Canada
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016

we stayed at the hotel and had supper before going to the casino .The meal was great and hot we were in and out to be able to catch the shuttle we also had breakfast in the same place

1 Thank red1444
Kincardine, Canada
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2015

The restaurant was busy, but the staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was very slow to come, and then wasn't very hot. I'd definitely make the effort to go out of the hotel and eat elsewhere next time I'm in Orillia.

Thank periwinkle29

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $25
Italian, Pizza, Canadian
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 Couchiching Point Rd, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6P8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Orillia
  • Phone Number: +1 705-327-0672

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?