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“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Porto Restaurant

Porto Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Award winning dining just a five minute stroll from the shores of Lake Windermere.
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

There are many restaurants in Bowness but if you try just one, it has to be Porto. The menu promises much and it really delivers. The smoked haddock and scallops with Cullen Skink was amongst the best meals I have ever eaten. And the dark chocolate brownie, with popcorn, salted caramel and Madagascan vanilla ice-cream was just heavenly. The service was excellent. The only problem I have with this restaurant is that it is 250 miles from home ;-( If it were in my home town I would surely eat here regularly.

  • Visited July 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A lovely meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We visited porto after reading TripAdvisor and were not disappointed. The interior tries to be up market and the staff are very polite. The food we had was very good indeed. £50 per head including wine was fine for this quality. We will go back at some point.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

Food was outstanding - would definitely visit again, not too pricey, but not for those travelling on a tight budget

Visited July 2014
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Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings... However food outstanding!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Being (fairly) local, we took the steamer down from Lakeside to visit Porto for my birthday meal after hearing such amazing things about it the place!

On arrival we were swiftly shown to our table and the staff were extremely friendly and attentive. Such hard decisions choosing from such an deliciously sounding menu... When the food arrived it was amazing, very tasty and cooked to perfection.

It was all going well until we ordered our desserts. Such a shame that we were served our dessert wines, but then sat for about 20 minutes waiting for our cheese and biscuits, which we had to then ask for. Up until then the service had been outstanding.

On a plus side, the waitress had taken note that it was birthday and a lovely plate with happy birthday and two amazing chocolates arrived with no ask.

We will undoubtedly return to Porto again as there's so much more on the menu I NEED to try!

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York,
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Service down from last time we visited ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I first visited Porto last year and loved the restaurant so much so, we decided to return again this year. The food as always is spot on. Unfortunately the service was a bit slow this year. I'm not sure whether this was because we were sat at the back of the restaurant. We were seated and not asked if we wanted a drinking until 10/15 mins later. At the end of the meal we had clearly finished our meals and waited another 15/20 mins until our plates were cleared. Besides this we had a beautiful meal. We will still return again in the future

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