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“OK but not spectacular” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill

Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill
Ranked #92 of 622 Restaurants in Oxford
Price range: $7 - $50
Cuisines: European, British, Grill, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A chic, cosmopolitan British restaurant bar and grill open from 9:30am all day every day serving great steak, fish dishes, classic burgers and more. Our menus change regularly with the season with our fixed price lunch menu changing weekly. We serve freshly prepared food with great British flavours in casual and relaxed surroundings. You'll find us in South Parade, a gorgeous little side road in Summertown, amongst trendy boutiques, galleries, wine bars and the North Wall Theatre. Come along for 'the best breakfast in town' from 9:30am 7 days a week and on Sundays come and enjoy a great selection of traditional roasts and superb sharing plates. Join us for Happy hour every week daily from 5:00pm to 7pm when all cocktails and champagne are £5! Let us treat you to a great fixed price menu available lunchtimes Monday to Friday - just £10.95 For two courses and £13.95 For three courses. Our children's menu is available every day and we have child friendly facilities. We can cater for parties of up to 100 guests with menus to suit. An impressive upstairs private dining area is available for all of your special occasions. Guests also benefit from our restaurant car park. Feel free to drop in for a glass of wine, coffee or a sweet treat at the bar or on the terrace. Reservations are welcome for anytime.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“OK but not spectacular”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Ate here with my family. Restaurant about a quarter full on a weekday evening. Whilst there are few complaints the "meal experience" as a whole was ordinary and not at all memorable.

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1 Thank PHILIP R
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Jason S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post a review and let us know that your experience was only an OK one. We do always try to exceed customer expectations, but unfortunately on this occasion we couldn't. Please do return to Portabello at a later date when hopefully we will meet your expectations.
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sunderland
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Thanks for making our 25th Weeding anniversary so special. The food and the place was of the highest quality.

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Thank blackcats085
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Jason S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Congratulations on your anniversary, it's great to read that you enjoyed it with us and that your whole evening was enjoyable. We hope to see you again before your next anniversary.
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West Sussex GB
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

I was a single diner without a reservation and as the restaurant was exteremely busy (in itself a good recommendation) I had to sit outside on the veranda, which was absolutely no hardship as it was warmly heated. My fish (pan fried cod fillet) was as perfectly cooked as any fish I've eaten, and very enjoyable. A good first experience of Portabello and I would recommend it.

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Thank deltadry
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Jason S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Glad you enjoyed the cod fillet, it's proved to be quite a popular dish on our new menu. Fortunately it wasn't too cold to sit on the terrace that day and hopefully on your next visit you can sit inside. Thank you for the positive comments, always nice to read that our customers enjoy their visits.
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Summertown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Very good food which you feel they have taken some trouble over. The fish is a speciality and monkfish with mussels and a creamy sauce was delicious.Bistro style but not just quick grills and chips, although they do do good chips! Service friendly and prompt. Always busy and a nice buzzy atmosphere.

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Thank voyager69
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Jason S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thanks for the glowing review! Our chef does pride himself on his fish dishes and our daily specials are always fantastic. Great that you enjoyed the environment and the service also.
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Westmount, Canada
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334 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Nice casual neighbourhood experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Very good food, but the atmosphere was more bistro/pub style, and the service was okay. So, really a fun family/friends place...and not for romantic or 'white table cloth' seekers. It is also a hike north of the city centre!

Visited October 2012
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Thank John H
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Jason S, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Thanks for venturing to the North of the city, the journey seemed to be worth it. Good to read your positive comments concerning your meal with us. Thanks and we hope to see you again soon.
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