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“Never go here for Mothers a Day”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Portobello

Portobello
Ranked #20 of 37 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wayne, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Never go here for Mothers a Day”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

Went out for Mothers Day Dinner Buffet. It was awful. Our reservation was 2:30.....sat around 3:00. Glasses on terrible were dirty, service was non existent, no plates at buffet, food was lacking and had been sitting out for a while. Nobody was at carving stations, plus the lamb was chewy, salmon was dry, salad was wilty, it took my seven year old over 15 minutes to get orange juice. Also, it was expensive. Ruined my Mothers a Day!!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Christine G
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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“You have been warned!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

Beyond unacceptable! My children took me to Mother's Day brunch today. We had noon reservations for seatings that started at 11 and when we arrived on time, we were told at least a 30 min wait. We were first seated at a bar top table at 12:40 and I said that we wanted a real dining table. 5 minutes later we were seated in the down stairs dining room. We had to squeeze through seated guests to get to the appetizer section where there were 1-2 tongs for every 5 platters. No green salad of any kind. The breakfast section was fairly good but cold because they didn't realize the sterno was all used up. The main food station had pasta vodka which was very good and everything else was poor at best. The veg lasagna, eggplant and stuffed pasta were all mushy and over cooked. Now for dessert...nothing unless you like cheese cake. No chocolate or carrot cake or pudding just dried Danishes and a few pastries. The staff automatically added a 20% gratuity to the bill for a table of 3 at a buffet, which I was told was "as advertised"

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Janet P
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Sparta, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrible experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

Our group of 6 arrived at Portobello for dinner at 7 pm. We had been there before and enjoyed the food. Last night was terrible. Service was spotty and the food poor. Appetizers and bread were the best parts of the meal. One dinner was so dry it was returned uneaten. My pasta dish tasted of pasta water and not sauce. The waitress was slow and didn't mention any reason for delay in ordering or receiving our food. We left around 9:30 without coffee or dessert preferring not to wait any longer. No comp was offered for the returned food. Two members of our group spoke with the manager after our meal. His response was that there was simply a delay from the kitchen. Again no offer of comp or apology. We won't be returning anytime soon.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Drothe
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59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pricey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

Stopped in for a few drinks, middle of the week during happy hour. We had 1 appetizer which was shared. Appetizer was coconut shrimp which was OK. 4 Glasses of white wine. $45.00 +/-.
Just a little pricey. Our family had a larger gathering here a few months back as well, same feeling...Heard the lunch specials were more reasonably priced.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Stephen H
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Oakland, New Jersey
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“fair at best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Displays like a lion, acts more like a cub. Even after all these years the restaurant just will not grow up. Service remains spotty and unprofessional. Food is uninspiring. Why it's always crowded is unknown .. So many better options in Northern NJ

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank time_traveler211
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