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The Port Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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5405 Chimra Rd, The Port on Lake Panorama, Panora, IA 50216-8602
+1 641-755-4240
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Des Moines, Iowa
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2016

There with a large group for a birthday party. Five people ordered walleye of three supposedly different preparations. All seemed to have been prepared exactly the same. Sides were nothing to rave about. Have tried the Sunday breakfast buffet, which is pretty good. But for the prices here, I'd go to Billy Vee's just down the road.

Thank Ginnie P
Johnston, Iowa
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134 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Over the years we have enjoyed going to the Port by boat for lunch or dinner when we have visitors. The view is great and their live music is a welcome addition to the lake community. The inside updates are helpful but the ambiance I still very basic. Check on the hours it's open before heading down. Young adults headed... More 

Thank IowaTravelFan
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Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Nothing out of the ordinary. Service was great and our server was a doll. Fast service but nothing special...ordered steaks and fried shrimp. Steaks were dry but pretty tender...salad bar was sadly lacking...basically lettuce😞

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Jefferson, Iowa, United States
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2015

Not much of interest for me on the menu so I ordered the "Port Burger", a house special, and my wife the Gyro. The waitress never told us of the special or that we had the choice of the buffet. We each ordered a drink which was awful. The burger was very dry as was the bun and it was... More 

Thank Jim R
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed August 7, 2015

This restaurant and bar with a recently built hotel attached, is overlooking the marina at beautiful Lake Panorama. It features a large view deck and Tiki Bar outside. The atmosphere is very pleasant with friendly wait staff. The food is reasonably priced and geared toward mid-westerner tastes. On Sundays, they feature a variety of foods in a buffet, from 10am... More 

Thank Eleanor M
United States
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264 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2015

We had a very enjoyable lunch at the Port Restaurant in RR Panora, IA. A 12,000+ acre lake with only one nice place to eat at. Kinda strange, but this is it. Good quality food. The joint is not the classiest place I've been in but it will do . It is sort of a "Gotta Go" kinda place. IHG,... More 

Thank TrippingAmerican
Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had the buffet and it was really good. They changed things up during the same meal which was nice but disappointing when I went for seconds. The views of the lake from anywhere you sit are great and the outside bar/tiki area are really nice (although a bit small for a holiday crowd). They had a live band from... More 

Thank Cathy N
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Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

The Port needs to return to the old buffet the new layout is sparse. No salad bar. Very little of anything. Breakfast was cold hard waffles some scrambled eggs and sausage links. The lunch part had chicken and meatloaf that was floating grease the fruit was nothing much and little to no desserts. We will not return.

Thank Mike H
Panora, Iowa
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84 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

We avoided the Port for anything except the Tiki Bar drinks on Friday or Saturday nights when we met up with friends. Mark Menidue, the owner, has hired a new chef, changed up the menu, has remodeled the interior, and has done some significant staff training. My wife and I met up with friends there last night. We all ordered... More 

Thank Marc C
South Padre Island, Texas
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2015

Hair in the food, extra small salmon portion even with out the hair. Pasta bowl with sausage not worth ordering. No wondering the restaurant had every few customers on Sat. night.

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Restaurant Details

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American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
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Seating, Waitstaff
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  • Address: 5405 Chimra Rd, The Port on Lake Panorama, Panora, IA 50216-8602
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Panora
  • Phone Number: +1 641-755-4240

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