Porteno

4.4
411 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Argentinean
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Authenticity is the order of the day with the best meats in town prepared front and centre for all to see on a traditional Parilla (barbecue) and Asado (pit of fire). Both are expertly tended to by Porteño’s very own Goucho, Adan Abrahanowicz (yep, that’s Elvis’ dad) who has been barbecuing in this uniquely Argentinean style since he was old enough to play with fire... and he was an early starter! Just as well considering the slow cooked pig and lamb spend 8 hours splayed out over an ironwood bark fire before they hit your table.

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Our sumptuously designed and iconic venue offers you a variety of exclusive, bookable spaces depending on the style and size of your event. The expansive and elaborate Main Dining Floor; the elegant and opulent Gardel’s Bar; or both as a whole are exclusively yours for your next event.

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RS
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Gotta have the 8hour lamb! Quite large portions, so watch out when ordering. Everything that arrived in the table was delicious.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Unexpectedly fantastic find, upmarket experience, very tasty food. staff excellent. Wine great, but expensive.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Used to love Porteno in its original guise, and location, must say I was a little disappointed this time around. Booked a table for dinner for 3 people.

Food was good although I think the price reflects popularity and previous reputation rather than the dishes served. Was looking forward to the crispy sprouts again but they weren’t crispy and were still hard in the middle. Most of the food was also luke warm and not hot. I will hiwever, highly recommend the squid entree and the main course Kingfish was particularly tasty.

Service was ok although our Waiter was a bit sloppy pouring wine/water and the cocktail menu was sparse.

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J
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was wonderful with a great range of choices. Great if you are looking to share between a group with most foods good to share between 4-6. Service was also good

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BD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the octopus for entree and it was amazingly good! The meat is very tender and the plates are very generous.

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C
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food. We were all significantly full by the end we could hardly finish the food so it is worth the money and not one dish was bad from the tasting menu. Perfect. Really good combinations of flavors and tectures.

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W
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were welcomed by a fantastic sommelier in the bar upstairs. He gave us wonderful wine, was knowledgeable but humble and was warm and kind. It got us off to a great start. We did wish we had been better advised by our waitress who encouraged us, in our opinion, to over order. We hate, hate wasting food and could not finish all we had ordered. I would estimate that over-ordering cost us about $80.00. We were prepared, and happy, to spend a lot as the food and place were fabulous but it leaves a bad taste if you feel you have been encouraged to spend more than you needed to. It was still glorious but all the people I have told about it have been given a health warning about size of portions etc.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food but quite pricey. The menu was not explained well to us so we didn’t understand the portion sizes and ordered 2 starters (around $30 each) and 2 mains at over $60 each which was a lot for a couple. For this reason I think the restaurant is better suited to groups rather than couples.

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J
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

From all the reviews I’d heard from friends and read from others, I found this to be underwhelming and pricey. The bone marrow was not very flavoursome, and was very oily. The sirloin did not taste very fresh and the kingfish was bland. That said, the bread served with the bone marrow, as well as the octopus were great. The service was amazing too! I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say perhaps we went on a bad night, as friends have been surprised with my experience.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lived up to expectations! Everything we ordered was great, from the starters to desert. Service was also great, attentive, but not hovering or interrupting. It'd be great if all the tables could see into the kitchen area, with the open fires/grills, but the layout doesn't permit that. We still loved the whole experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfection!

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PB
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food but just as imported served by very friendly waitors

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RT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lunch date here with my wife on a Friday. Everything just blew us away. The food, service and atmosphere were all brilliant. Would definitely recommend to others.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

We went to have a try at this place as it is claimed to have greatest Argentinean style meat dishes and unfortunately we left the place regretting it all.
We were 4 friends and we all agreed that the food was too salty, to the point that it really didn't let you savor the actual dish. Besides, at the main meaty dishes we weren't asked the desired cook point and these came all rear cooked. Moreover the place claims to have Argentinean meat style but the cuts weren't even the Argentinean ones.
On top of that, I specially called upfront to ask about vegan options as one of the guest coming was vegan and on the phone they ensured there wouldn't be any problems with that. Regardless when my friend asked about the vegan options she was told that there were too little to choose, just salad sides and 1 starter. I wish I have been told this upfront on the phone directly being that I specially called to make sure my friend would be able to eat properly.
On top of all this, the place was so noisy that we couldn't even hear each other on the table. However, I recon this may not be the case in other times of the year as it appeared to be some Christmas party/ dinner going just next to us.
In conclusion the value they charge for the whole experience it's simply not worthy.

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B
9 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the new location. Food was delicious and service fabulous!

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AG
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, wine and service. Such friendly staff through the whole venue.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I love it. Friendly staff. Will bring my parents next time.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The only thing that really spoilt the whole experience which was otherwise fantastic was the noise level which was shocking. It is very difficult to have conversation let alone hear the staff.

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PO
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! This restaurant completely lived up to everything I heard about it. Can’t wait to go back.

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TP
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Amazing meat dishes and sides, the food is truly excellent. Probably the best steak you'll have in Sydney, just not made in a traditional way. Very desserts as well. Didn't try the wine, but the beer selection is decent. They could do with some Belgian, German and American beers that would suit the hearty steaks dishes well. Also, their spanish beer Ambar was past expiry date - tough still tasty, they should keep an eye on this and not serve beers past their expiry date. It is also extremely noisy, so great if you're in a group, but not as great if there's just two of you. Value for money could be a little bit better as well. Have to highly recommend it for the meat, though.

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TO
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

The food was good, the wine was amazing but the noise levels in the restaurant made it very hard to hear my partner who was sitting directly across from me.

Also I know it's petty but I do find it a bit much to be charging a credit card surcharge when mains are upwards of $50.... Surely that cost can be absorbed?

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RS
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Trifecta in food, service and atmosphere! It is obvious there is passion behind this business because every element of the dining experience is outstanding.

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MF
16 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been coming here when they were on Cleveland Street. The move hasn't changed a thing. If fact, I'd say, they've improved....food and service. We're always made to feel special here. That and the food keeps us coming back.
Everything we ordered was great! There isn't a bad dish on the menu. The roast pig is particularly divine. But all meat dishes are wonderful. Side dishes...order the brussels spouts. If you never liked them before, you will here! Desserts: we recommend the churros and the flan....fantastic!

This is predominantly a meat restaurant....go hungry!

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AM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food and service, we just found it too loud and the tables a bit too close for our liking.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is fantastic, the service is great, except it was a bit noisy.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed a beautiful dinner with great wine and our waiter was excellent.

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YH
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food & amazing service, we especially enjoyed the brussel sprouts. However it was so noisy we could barely hear each other speak, and the tables weren’t full either. Would probably benefit from soft furnishings to absorb noise.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

The food and service was great but would never have gone if someone hadn't given us a voucher. The noise was at times unbearable - maybe due to the acoustics of the space? Could not hear my date and had to escape quickly after our meal and had a throbbing headache afterwards.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is fantastic, the service exceptional & it’s just a great place to dine at!! Will definitely be back as soon as possible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice service, food was delicious and a wide variety of Argentinean cuts that made the night worth it.

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I
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic food so tasty also survive quality fantastic I really enjoyed thank you

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DX
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great venue for any special occasion or just the casual dining. The BBQ meats were sensational! Fermented house baked bread was out of this world! Authenticity is high and love can be tasted.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational ... best food ever
Highly recommend to anyone

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CB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazingly designed space, warm lighting, friendly and experienced staff, and the food was absolutely amazing. Definitely worth letting the staff guide your meal choices – couldn't fault it.

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can’t fault a thing about our experience at Porteño! It was our first time visiting and certainly not our last. The empanadas were a definite hit, the marlbec which the soumelleir recommended was a perfect pairing to our meal of lamb & steak with a side Brussels sprouts. All topped off with wonderful service from our lovely Spanish waitress!

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SP
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food and lovely staff. Beautiful restaurant but SO LOUD! We didn’t linger as we could barely hold a conversation. Even the wait staff had to lean in close and yell. Would be amazing if there could be some noise absorbing materials used...

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JC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our dinner here!it was cozy, delicious and the service was amazing!

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n
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved porteno. The service was great, the food was delicious and great ambience for our anniversary dinner. I highly recommend this place.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A magnifique family celebration, spent at Porteño’s restaurant.
Food and service, superb!
Traditional Argentinian cuisine, tranformed into modern creative dishes.
A delight to any palate.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was quite nice but portion sizing (especially for the mains) was terrible given the price.

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