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41 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9LT, England
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sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic meal here with my aunty. Excellent service as well .would highly recommend this restaurant. Will definitely be going back

Thank Mikemoomanutd1
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked rather late at the last minute, about 8.45pm , but the restaurant was happy to oblige us. 5 stars right there! We were hit by a delicious aroma as we entered, increasing our appetites! Rarely does one go into a restaurant and like every single dish on the menu, certainly the case here. The service was beyond any... More 

Thank Bunnie A
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated our wedding anniversary here. Shared a starter garlic mushrooms which were delicious. I then had Pollo Cacciatore and my wife Pollo Mella both with a selection of three vegetables and potatoes. Both were succulent chicken breast in very tasty sauces. We then finished with sticky toffee pudding and chocolate fudge cake with ice cream both to die for. Thoroughly... More 

Thank CumbriaLakewolf
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and we are delighted you enjoyed your meal so much. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in with the family. Friendly staff, comfortable seats. Ordered an array of appetizers. The sqiud was soggy, antipasta was covered in oil. I also ordered the Gambarini which was tasteless and floating in about 100mls of oil. My wife ordered the chicken with gnocchi, Which was way to salty. Wont be going back anytime soon, to bad place has... More 

1 Thank Dariusz S
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Portofinos Bistro is grateful for every review and comment we get and we love to hear from our customers. However, in this instance we think your review has been posted on the wrong page. We would like to confirm that Portofinos Bistro do not serve antipasta, squid, Gambarini or gnocchi. TripAdvisor is a very popular website and customers put a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Lovely food. Friendly, welcoming staff and excellent service. This Italian restaurant offers more than the standard pizza/pasta options of most. I can recommend the fish - well cooked and flavoured.

Thank Andy B
Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

A lovely meal out in a good atmosphere with good service. The sea bass is a favourite of mine and was superb last night.

Thank Chrismac6510
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

My partner Catherine and I had a delicious meal, with prompt and professional staff, being a recovering Veggie, Catherine recommended the Beef Borginoun, it was delicious 😋 fillet steak was juicy and very tender, Catherine enjoyed her steak with peppercorn sauce as well.. The restaurant went that extra few yards as well, when Catherine booked the table. She explained that... More 

Thank Simon C
Penrith, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

We ate here on new year's eve. Instead of putting on an overpriced new year's eve "special" like some restaurants do, and charge double, Portofino's had the usual menu at the usual good price. The food was excellent, with a friendly service and a nice, cosy atmosphere. We weren't expecting an eventful night, but this restaurant enabled us to go... More 

Thank RevueG
Durham, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Very pleased with the friendly welcome and service which followed, so nice to be served by a human being even though she was clearly very busy and by herself. For vegetarians there was limited choice but were pleasantly surprised by the food we received. It was packed full of flavour and great taste. My desert was a decent sized sticky... More 

Thank Plawsworth_DH2
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Went with friends on the spur of the moment. Very good pasta at a good price. Excellent service and friendly welcome. Slightly surprised they couldn't provide 4 portions of profiteroles quite early in the evening but the slightly smaller portion was delicious

Thank Jan D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
European, Italian, Steakhouse, International, British
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9LT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Cockermouth

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