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“Pricey and slow” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portlander Bar & Grill

Portlander Bar & Grill
Ranked #25 of 904 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $38
Cuisines: Steakhouse, European, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: In a relaxing and friendly environment we invite our guests to revel in all the freshness and goodness our little slice of the world provides. PORTLANDER Nestled in a spot where land meets sea, the Portlander is a unique take on the grill house concept - one which is local, seasonal, cultivated... and just a little bit wild. We're about superb cuts of meat, prepared to perfection and finished in style. Bloody rare and rather well done - it's the ideal place to eat meat and greet. PORTLANDER is the proud winner of 'BEST RESTAURANT' at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence 2015
Northland
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Pricey and slow”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

A wine and beer came to $25 and we are not talking premium here. They also took 10 minutes to be delivered. After that disappointing start we opted to go elsewhere for our actual meal.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Spinner S
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Rhiannon B, Sales Exec at Portlander Bar & Grill, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Our apologies for the slow service you received, would you be able to tell me a bit more about the situation please rhiannon_beavan@portlander.co.nz.
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“Service excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

An amazing experience yet once again. When in Wellington there is no other place I'd like to be for dinner. Not only is the food amazing but I always come back for the excellent service and attention to detail by Mr Ivan (Head Waiter). He has his own section in the restaurant. Sitting there is not only a privilege but an experience. You will not be disappointed. The food can be great but if the service doesn't match it the. It's a waste of money and time.
Go to the Portlander and have your own experience.

  • Visited July 2014
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Rhiannon B, Sales at Portlander Bar & Grill, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
We couldn't agree more that Ivan gives a memorable dining experience. Thank you for leaving your lovely comments and we hope to see you again soon; remember when you're making your reservation to request Mr Ivan!
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely meal and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

What can I say? The service and food was excellent. Had the wagyu burger - really nice flavour, moist, potato skins were a nice touch. No complaints from me!

Visited July 2014
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Thank Paul F
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Rhiannon B, Sales at Portlander Bar & Grill, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Hi Paul,
Thank you for taking the time to leave your lovely comments.
We hope to see you back here again soon!
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Lots of choice, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

The staff were helpful and efficient. The menu had plenty of choice and the food was cooked perfectly. The children's menu also had good choices for little ones and were huge. We had dinner twice here during our stay.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Gerwyn J
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Rhiannon B, Sales at Portlander Bar & Grill, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it is much appreciated.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Food to die for, fantastic friendly staff, great night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

Meeting friends for dinner on a cold but beautiful winters night, we were already hungry. None of us had eaten there before so it would be a new experience and the waiting and bar staff had us sorted out very quickly, with drinks, letting us catch up for awhile before guiding us to our seats. The menu is not huge but is quality right through and frankly it was hard to choose any one meal over another, but we settled on a mix of breads and dips along with the biggest and juiciest Bluff Oysters Ive ever tasted. A symphony in raw shellfish.
Then the mains, served up with accompanying Kumeu Chardonnay. Kingfish with ravioli and, my fave, Lamb Rump with Hasselback Potatoes and a lovely green salad. To say these meals were nice would be a vast understatement. They were superb, juicy, flavourful, not too much, not too little. Just perfect. The decor? Modern Browny and dark colours and although the other tables were reasonably close, the acoustics are so good that you could not hear anything other than the people at your own table. Coffees and green teas to follow. A lovely night and of course we will be back. Fantastic food.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank shower1
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Rhiannon B, Sales Exec at Portlander Bar & Grill, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
We just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your glowing review. Giving our guests the experience you described is exactly why we do what we do! Turning a meal at Portlander into a fond memory is what we aim for every day, do let us know when you're coming back in for a meal I would love to say hi!
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