Portland Restaurant

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Portland is a restaurant on Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia

The kitchen aims to cook very good produce, as simply as possible but with imagination and plenty of care. The menu is driven by what arrives from our suppliers each day.

Our wine list is international and offers roughly three quarters of our wines by the glass
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RP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our second visit to Portland (it has been a year between visits - both times for lunch) and the food and experience was extremely good *yet again. Well prepared and presented food, with well paired flavours and deliciousness. Do try the snacks before the first course - especially the smoked cod's roe tartlet - my mouth is watering at the thought!. And any dish with mushrooms. The team here are friendly, efficient and accommodating.

The starting prices for wine are pricy (it is central London), but there was a good selection and the bottles we consumed were excellent. If you are of the generation that expects large portion sizes (quantity as opposed to quality) then this is not the restaurant for you. The food, as I said before, was delicious and perfectly portioned, with enough over four courses to ensure you are full, but not "stuffed". So please do go (we will be going again soon).

As our visit was a Saturday in January, the Restaurant was not full, but buzzy and jovial (it would be interesting to see if all the tables were full how the noise level would be for those hard of hearing).

PG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food & service with a laid back almost casual vibe

L
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere and friendly service until the end of the meal when we were served a very tasty rhubarb and brown butter tart in an impenetrable pastry case - so difficult was it to cut into that I nearly lost it from my plate on a number of occasions. We didn’t complain as the tart did taste good and we wanted to finish it but the staff could obviously see us struggling and decided, rather than ask if everything was ok (as they had throughout the meal), to pretend as though nothing was wrong and avoided interacting with us as much as possible for the rest of the meal. Bit of a disappointing end to what had initially been a lovely birthday dinner for my husband and suddenly made it feel less worth the £200+ bill.

v
London
39 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great meal the food has really improved under Theo Clench

SH
London
17 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Portland had been on our list for a while, so the 4 of us were quite excited when the date rolled around. We each had a starter, main and a dessert. We all agreed that while the scallop starter was amazing as was the amuse bouche, everything else was “just ok”. It will not be on the list for return.

TS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chose the Portland for lunch with the wife, and couldn't be happier that we did. Everything, from the service through to the food and drink and the atmosphere, was faultless. The staff were incredible throughout, and though I've eaten at quite a few Michelin starred restaurants, the guys in the kitchen came out with some of the best food I've ever eaten. Could not recommend this place more highly.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommended restaurant ever!
Warm welcoming staff and brilliant food:) It's an excellent experience in my anniversary Thank you so much

JA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just back from a lovely evening at Portland.
Great food,wonderful staff and great value for the tasting menu all while managing to feel like a friendly neighborhood restaurant.
Will def be back!

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I went to Portland for our anniversary. It was very lovely.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Really good value. Purely in terms of taste, better than some two star places I have been to!

PH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outstanding meal. With a great wine list to choose from. Informal and delightful service. One of the very top meals of the year for us. Consider starting with what they call the “snacks” rather than starters per se unless you are really hungry. Price wise this is treat territory. But worth every penny

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed our lunch very much in a relaxed setting. Lovely touch to mark a birthday with handwritten card and cookie making gift. Food was very tasty, good flavours and beautifully presented without being pretentious. We would come again, thank you!

v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of the most wonderful of restaurants in London

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was memorable. From the moment we ordered the tasting menu and wine pairing, food was our table and our wine glasses were filled. Our water glasses wouldn't drop below half full before they were silently topped up.

The food was exquisite, exactly what you would expect from a restaurant of that caliber. We went for the lore expensive wine pairing option, and we didn't regret it. It paired beautifully with each course, and seemed to get better with every glass. The served a wide array of wines, providing a gentle transition throughout the meal.

Our only concern was the explanations for the food. Each dish was complex, with many ingredients and techniques, and we had difficulty understanding what our server was saying when he would describe them to us. It meant that for most dishes we would be enjoying something without knowing what we were eating.

Overall it was an amazing experience, and we would go back given the opportunity.

IV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food is definitely great and inspired. Prices are on the high side for this type of restaurant.

RJ
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Tasting Menu. Lovely lunchtime meal. Highly Recommend!

RH
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very beautifully presented dishes and amazing dining experience.

KB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing; it lived up to and exceeded our expectations. The service was equally amazing and although quite tight in terms of proximity to other tables, this adds to the atmosphere - just a little difficult to negotiate going to the loo with a poorly foot (which was me!)

CR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in London. Far more worth to spend than Michelin restaurants

v
London
39 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Better than ever with Theo Clench at the helm

G
London
19 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent as always. Game Pithivier made me want to lick the plate. Another thoroughly enjoyable evening.

WN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Portland never disappoints! Exciting, creative flavours and textures- we never know what to expect yet always come away amazed and delighted!

M
London
24 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was special. The staff were all very knowledgeable, personable yet professional. Very lovely attention to detail and small touches that went a long way. Our server gave my husband a birthday card signed by all of the staff along with ingredients and a recipe to take away to make his own sweet treat! Really lovely experience and would definitely visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was so amazing, very nice and accommodating.

PW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Sat down and waited 20 mins before even an acknowledgement we were there. No offer of an aperitif. Staff rushing around like headless chickens. No personal service. For the price it’s a disaster

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came to celebrate my birthday with family - the staff went over and above to make the experience so special! The food was also amazing, couldn't fault it. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion!

PW
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Poor wine list need more affordable wines and selection no French sauvignon Blanc or selection of Loire wines

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional. Along with welcoming staff with great knowledge of the menu. I am not a wine drinker however our waiter help us choose a wine that was a reasonable price and still great quality for each course. I will be returning.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was amazing. I will be there ASAP

ZN
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious! Went there to celebrate my best friend's birthday! She went there to find a card addressed to her signed by all the staff and they gave her a birthday dessert which was very sweet and thoughtful! We had two bottles of really good bottles of Beaujolais that went very well with the tasting menu, which is very flexible and provides for pescatarian mixes and there is a completely separate vegetarian menu! Would totally return

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday
As always a wonderful experience, and a very nice personal touch with a birthday card handwritten and signed by all staff.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went with my mum for my birthday and oh my goodness the staff of Portland treated us amazingly. A little treat to take away, a birthday card on the table and superb service throughout. We had the tasting menu, which was a very enjoyable little culinary jaunt. Delightful! Thanks guys.

GA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

thoroughly to be recommended. We had a business lunch, service was fast, and efficient with the food interesting and not too rich.

Q
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were really impressed with not only the excellent food, but also the wonderful generous service and attention that was given to my son on his birthday. We have already recommended Portland to many of our friends.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and inventive food, wonderful servers, nice atmosphere! I have been there twice for special occasions and have never been disappointed.

PF
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chilled , unpretentious and excellent. Rare combination of really high standards and very relaxed environment. Will be back

RP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We liked the lunch set menu. Our waiter was excellent as was our sommelier. If I had one gripe, small as it is, it’s that there isn’t enough time given between courses. I’ve found this at Portland and I wish it wasn’t a 100 yard sprint! After all there aren’t two sittings at lunch.

b
London
28 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent restaurant! The food and especially the dessert was very good, original and the presentation was lovely.
Will definitely come back.
Very set back for a michelin restaurant

g
Tulsa
24 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding value for a tasting menu that lives up to expectations for a Michelin star. Staff is incredibly attentive, friendly, and passionate about explaining your meal. Quality, wide-ranging wine selection and intimate atmosphere. An overall solid experience with incredible value and top cuisine.

OT
London
3 reviews