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“Nice coffee and desert” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Portage Italian Bistro

The Portage Italian Bistro
Ranked #48 of 152 Restaurants in Orillia
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
hastings highlands
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59 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice coffee and desert”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

Cosy, comfortable lounge area. We shared the cheesecake trio and coffee next to the fireplace.

Visited May 2012
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Thank g0ldendays
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CraigMusil, Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share with us your experience. The cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts! Thanks for your comments we hope to serve you again soon.
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English first
Mississauga
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“First ever visit - probably my last”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

As weekend cottagers in Orillia most weekends we took advantage of the Flavours of Lake Country event, to try it out. The restaurant is nicely decorated and inviting, but the food and service were average at best. A very nice, but inexperienced waitress served us and had difficulties getting the cork out of the wine bottle, which was no big deal, but what miffed us was when they ran out of one of the two fixed menu dessert options, and we asked about an alternate, we were told there was none, yet 10 minutes later we overheard another waitress offering another table an alternative. As far as the food goes, it was ok. My wife found the mushroom encrusted pork tenderloin to be lacking in flavour (needs more spice or something), and my smoke salmon wrapped asparagus with hollondaise, was tasty but the poorly cooked, chewy & stringy asparagus ruined it. With so many choices in Orillia now, we propably won't return.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank CottageGuy1234
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Steven O, Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We strive to make everyone's experience a special one and I was disapointed that we did not meet your expectations. I will pass along your comments to our staff to learn from them and will schedule a training session to improve our services. Thanks again for the feedback we really appreciate your comments and I hope that you decide to give us another try to make your experience a special one.
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Niagara, Ontario
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fantastic food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Food was fresh, flavourful and downright yummy!! All in our party (8 total) enjoyed their meals. Definitely give it a try when you stay in Orillia!

Visited April 2012
Helpful?
Thank draddus13
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Steven O, Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review, April 17, 2012
Thank you for visiting the Italian Portage Bistro and posting your great feedback. We love hearing from our customers about their experience. We are happy to hear that your party of 8 had such a wonderful time. We hope to serve you again in the near future.
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Orillia, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Pizza”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

Great service, great food, and a nice place to go for a relaxing dinner. I love the veggie special pizza!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank troop11
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Steven O, Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review, April 5, 2012
Thank you for reviewing our restaurant The Portage Italian Bistro! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience and will pass along your comments to all of our staff. The Veggie Pizza is one of my favorite items on the menu too. Thanks again for taking the time to write a review we appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon!
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Orillia, Canada
2 reviews
“Valentine's Dinner was great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

Treated my wife to a Valentine's dinner here. We were pleasantly surprised that they had a live singer/guitarist. The special menu was very unique, and we were pleased with our dishes and the overall service at this restaurant at the Best Western.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark B
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Steven O, Manager at The Portage Italian Bistro, responded to this review, March 19, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! We are so glad you enjoyed the special menu and the experience at The Portage Italian Bistro on Valentines Day. Thank you for letting us be apart of your special occassion. We hope you come and visit us again soon.
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