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“Solid experience but not the gem of Toronto”

Portico Restaurant and Bar
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Ranked #517 of 8,648 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $51
Cuisines: Contemporary, International, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Victoria Street
Description: Step into a world of luxurious decor, gourmet cuisine, and welcoming service at Portico -- a tantalizing downtown Toronto restaurant. Lose yourself in a brilliant atmosphere of wood finishings, bronze mirrors, and plush furniture. Join us on a global culinary journey -- an enticing and intriguing fusion menu showcasing elements of Italian fare. All our offerings are freshly prepared daily, reflecting the season"s bounty. Whether you seek a power lunch, or a superb dining experience, this great downtown Toronto restaurant will delight and inspire you.
Buffalo, New York
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Solid experience but not the gem of Toronto”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I selected Portico based on reviews on TA, as our one dinner in Toronto. I was underwhelmed because my expectations were higher from reading all the outstanding reviews. I feel like this place has SO many positive reviews because its in a hotel, and it's definitely much better than you'd expect from a restaurant in a hotel. The food was very good, but portions were small. Service was satisfactory, but we were surprised it was not very crowded on a Saturday night (not even half full at 8pm) which I guess hurt our overall impression. I would have preferred to be at a packed restaurant with better ambiance for our "one dinner" in this city. I guess I'd say make it part of your trip if you have a few days at least, but don't expect it to be the major highlight.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank USAGirl33
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English first
Willowdale, Ontario
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Art on a plate”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Delicious food that you love to look at and enjoy eating. Several friends wine and dine at least twice a month. We shared several items and not one was turned away. All were spectacular.

Visited May 2012
Thank CeeU_There
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I usually go to hotel restaurants only when I am too tired or rushed to look for something better. Many are mediocre, but not this one! The food was excellent in every way, the service could not have been better and even the house wine was superb. Highly recommended!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank RWKOntario
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A solid dining experience”
Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

A solid dining experience. Apps were very tasty. Entrees were good but lacked the "wow" factor. Service was timely and pleasant.

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Thank John J
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Upper Hutt
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Tasting Wine”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

We only had a wine before going out for a lovley Seafood meal (can't remember the name). The wine we had was lovely.

Visited October 2012
Thank maureen55
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