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The Porthole at the Bayview Hotel

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2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 2073 4100
Mon 7:00 am - 1:00 am
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County Down, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Upon first entry, the restaurant is well laid out such that tables and groups are not overly close together. Staff were very pleasant and attentive, and accommodating of our slightly larger (8 people) group. Service was excellent; although staff were on hand to ensure that we were able to order when desired, we at no point felt rushed or unwelcome.... More 

Thank Wendy P
Belfast, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely delicious lunch of half a lobster on a wet July afternoon. Sat on and had a bottle of wine at the window and watched the showers roll in. Can't be beaten!

Thank LARLoverofItalia
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent just one night in the Bayview Hotel as we usually do at this time of the year and found our room to be extremely spacious and very comfortable. The hospitality tray was superb although we were mystified as to why no shampoo was supplied in the bathroom. We had dinner in the restaurant which was all of good... More 

Thank harmony30
Toronto, Canada
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104 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we usually shun hotel restaurants, this had had good reviews. We found it a bit crowded, but the staff took good care of us, even moving us closer to the window once a place cleared -- without our even having to ask. The food was good and value was reasonable.

Thank WIvebeenthere
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just back from a fabulous meal at The Bayview hotel. I had the fish and chips and it was a really good portion of good fish and a great tartare sauce. Feeling very full and there was a great atmosphere in the restaurant. Thank you.

Thank Beth C
Kettering, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice location on the bay front. Can get busy so best to book. Decent menu and food. Staff friendly and efficient. Recommended.

Thank OzzyKT
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely setting, but the service really let this place down, staff not looking after their customers. We had long waits for ordering and follow up including drinks, desert and coffee. We will NOT be returning

Thank Ros R
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. Great menu, setting and value. Slightly vague but friendly staff but both times I've visited give had to wait almost and hours to get food after ordering. I know they were very busy but please sort it out

Thank Nicola K
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never been to Bayview before even though it's not far and has a great reputation. Reputation well deserved. Staff were friendly and professional. Menu choice was fairly varied and food when it arrived was excellent. Nicest steak I've had in a while, other family had everything from scampi, gougons and peppered chicken all well prepared and tasty. Will definitely recommend

Thank Pforj
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The Bayview Hotel is on the sea front of Portballintrae which is only a mile's walk from the Giants Causeway. It has limited parking at the front and more at the back but if you have a disabled badge advise you ring ahead to make sure you get a space. The hotel is family friendly and has a good quality... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $46
British, Irish, International
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Antrim  >  Bushmills  >  Portballintrae
  • Phone Number: +44 28 2073 4100
  • This restaurant is at Bayview Hotel
A FEEL FOR THE OLD WITH A TASTE OF THE NEW The warmth and intimacy of the Porthole Bar & Restaurant provide the focal point of the hotel where you can watch the world go by with the backdrop being the dramatic Atlantic Ocean. Relax by the open peat fire with a pint or in our lounge with one of our specialty coffees. The Porthole has the reputation of being the heart of Portballintrae and is a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. With sumptuous cuisine, a excellent weekend entertainment schedule, well stocked bar and wines from all over the globe, the Porthole is the perfect place to sample good old Northern Ireland hospitality in a venue renowned for its relaxed ambiance. WI-FI internet connection is completely free through-out Bayview Hotel.

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