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“very impressive, nice all rounder.”

The Porthole at the Bayview Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $45
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A FEEL FOR THE OLD WITH A TASTE OF THE NEW The warmth and intimacy of the Porthole Bar & Restaurant provide the focal point of the hotel where you can watch the world go by with the backdrop being the dramatic Atlantic Ocean. Relax by the open peat fire with a pint or in our lounge with one of our specialty coffees. The Porthole has the reputation of being the heart of Portballintrae and is a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. With sumptuous cuisine, a excellent weekend entertainment schedule, well stocked bar and wines from all over the globe, the Porthole is the perfect place to sample good old Northern Ireland hospitality in a venue renowned for its relaxed ambiance. WI-FI internet connection is completely free through-out Bayview Hotel.
Lisburn, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“very impressive, nice all rounder.”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

we enjoyed a lovely family lunch here after spending time in portrush. it was lovely to go to portballintrae away from the buzz of portrush, on a bank holiday. we went in and where able to get a table no problem, service was quick and friendly, meal arrived within 10 minutes of ordering. good menu and children catered for. nice modern atmosphere and views over ocean. very pleased with food, good local quality produce and large portions.all in all very pleased and would recommend to locals or tourists alike.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Deborah G
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trevorkane01, Owner at The Porthole at the Bayview Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear Deborah G, many thanks for taking time to compose such a wonderful review on TA about your experience at the Porthole, we are all delighted that you and your family enjoyed lunch. We hope to welcome you back again some time soon, meanwhile have many more enjoyable outings,
Kind Regards,
Trevor and the Team @ Bayview Hotel Portballintrae
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Voiron
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A nice dinner”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

Good food, friendly service and beautiful view. We spent a pleasant evening and can recommend this place.

Visited April 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

My wife and I honeymooned across Ireland and stopped at this hotel between seeing the Giant's Causeway and heading to Sligo. At first, we figured we didn't need a reservation because there would be other options around the hotel. Um, wrong. Definitely wrong. The nearest other restaurant is a 20 minute drive away (if I remember right). So, luckily, it was the beginning of tourist season the restaurant had openings.

This is a place where it seemed like the locals came to celebrate special occasions or have a nice dinner out. My expectations were pretty low, because honestly if you are the only restaurant in town it would be very easy to phone it in.

What a great surprise when our food arrived and it looked (and tasted) wonderful! My wife had the white fish that was on special and I had the fish and chips. My dish was good, but my wife's was just awesome.

This was the best restaurant we went to on the whole trip, and we traveled for two weeks all around the country. What a complete and total shock, but it's true! This place was great!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Ed B
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trevorkane01, Owner at The Porthole at the Bayview Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Ed B, wow, we are so pleased that you and your wife enjoyed the experience at Bayview. It was very kind of you to take time to compose such a positive review on TA, all of the staff are delighted.
Thank you so much, have a wonderful future and many enjoyable journeys together,
Kind Regards,
Trevor and the Team @ Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae
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Ballyclare, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely lunch”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Had a lovely lunch with my other half. I ordered the scampi which was cooked in beer batter and served with side salad and tartare sauce. It was crisp and golden on the outside and succulent and tasty on the inside. My husband had the chicken caesar salad, which was attractively presented and contained a whole sliced chicken breast which he declared was very tasty. The service was efficient and pleasant and we sat at a table by the window overlooking the sea - it was lovely.

  • Visited April 2013
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Littleton, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food, great location”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Had early bird dinner - table by the window looking out on bay. Good value and delicious food. Definitely recommend.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Don H
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