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“Great view and food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Port Bar Restaurant

Port Bar Restaurant
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Ranked #14 of 455 Restaurants in Parramatta
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Pizza, Australian
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gore, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great view and food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

Best meal we had in Parramatta for the three days we were there. Great view, great food and good service. Not much else to say. cheers jb

Visited December 2013
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English first
Sydney
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“2nd visit in 4 years and still WORSE service ever”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

This is my second time dining at Port Bar for lunch in 4 years and today was a repeat experience of my first visit. Why I bothered to try it again after such terrible service the first time is beyond me but perhaps I had hoped for some improvement.

After walking in around 2pm for lunch we were greeted by a surly waitress who told us to 'sit anywhere'. As the restaurant was basically empty we chose a seat at the far back of the place. It took a very long time for our order to be taken and we had to hail their attention. Once our order was taken (once again by the surly waitress), we waited for a reasonable time for a reasonable pizza. There was no service after this or checking in to see if wanted anything else. The 2 waitresses floating around the empty place didn't seem to notice we were there.

We took the remainder of the pizza to the check out for a doggy bag and to pay. Upon reaching the check out we noticed a black board at the entrance with the specials and the pizza I had ordered came with a free tap beer or soft drink. We were not informed of this when we placed our order or asked what free drink I would like with my meal. I queried the waitress on this and she said 'Its on the black board for customers to see'.

Now, we sat a long way from this blackboard, facing the river and could not see the board from our seats (if we had turned around). We were not prompted to view the board for specials or informed of my entitled drink with pizza. I again queried the waitress and said in fact it is her job to mention the free drink upon taking my order. She once again said 'most people already know the specials'. She then tried to offer a take away soft drink as compensation. She never apologised for her lack of skills as a waitress (as hard as this job is we know). She then charged us the full amount. We made it very clear we were unhappy and took a business card and said we would write a review. She did not blink an eye lid.

We work in the CBD of Parramatta and have for many, many years. We have many lunches out and function's throughout the year. This is by far the worst service in all of Parramatta and it has not changed one bit. Do yourself a favour, walk around to The Riverside Café and enjoy the same view, for less with great service :)

Never again will we make the mistake of visiting Port Bar and we will make sure to pass this valuable advice on.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ally_oz
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United Kingdom
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539 reviews
365 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
“Nice spot with nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Although the river area is not quite as nice as it could be to look at, it is a nice spot for a restaurant and this place did have a great atmosphere even on a Tuesday night. The service is pretty good too – relaxed but not distant.

Food is in large portions so really consider whether you want the starter or not. Mains were large and mostly tasty and filling, with nobody having room for dessert.

Generally nice place in a nice spot by the river.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bob_the_moo
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Orange, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We only had coffee and cake while we waited for the River cat but the service was very good staff very friendly and as it wasn't busy at the time they had time for a chat which was nice, their menu seemed reasonable and coffee and cake very nice. Would go back for a meal maybe next time we are in Parramatta.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank rhonda p
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Girls Night Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

We had a wonderful night at Port Bar. The staff were friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food was lovely.. the only comment was that the desserts were a bit too generous.
The atmosphere was nice and relaxed.. and the outlook was lovely. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jenny H
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