Porteno

4.4
380 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Argentinean
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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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Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Argentinean, Steak, South American
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Friday from 12pm -4pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday from 6pm until late
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Phone number
(02) 8399 1440
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz.
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Cross street
Devonshire Street
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Parking Details
Secure Car Park is located at 55 Holt Street.
Sunday - Thursday closing time is at 7pm
Friday and Saturday closing time is at 12am
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Public Transit
Central Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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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What 380 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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I
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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KD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational ... best food ever
Highly recommend to anyone

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DX
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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CB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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j
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious and would definitely go back

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JW
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Quality meat and ingredients but bit too salty.
Generally good!

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SD
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing and so was the service, will definitely be back!

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MB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

everything great but to me the foods were overpriced... I cant consider Porteno as a regular dining place due to such high price!

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NA
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was my first time at Porteno. The staff were extremely attentive and knew the menu very well. I appreciate their recommendations which were spot on. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The starters didn’t take long to come out. There was a massive line of people waiting to come in before the place even opened at 6pm! Lively atmosphere. I would definitely come back again to try the other items on the menu that I couldn’t try that night!

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JA
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was one of the best meal we have had for quite a while. there was not one weak dish. Our favourites were GAMBAS CON POLENTA, PULPO A LA PARRILLA and ENTRAÑA. The wines suggested by the sommelier were also excellent. The service also was very attentive.
It was good to celebrate 2 birthdays at such a great place. We will be back.

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DL
22 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Service was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and proactive staff. The food was good but not spectacular

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SS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have dined here on many occasions, and as always, the slow cooked meat is delicious and the service is wonderful!

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S
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is superb. Wine was the best. Service and atmosphere fantastic!

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O
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I go to Porteno every time for their pork as it is unbeatable.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed this dining experience. In addition to the amazing service, care and attention to detail by the staff, the food was absolutely divine. Will definitely be coming back to this restaurant.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Poor ventilation. Overall temperature too warm. Extremely over priced for portion size and composition. Good tasting food and good service.

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HD
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

This is not a chef’s hat restaurant. While the food was solid, there was nothing rave about. The steak was well cooked but the sides (which are an integral part of a steak meal) were either just ‘standard’ or downright weird. The kimchi is one to definitely avoid. The staff were great. Service was impeccable.

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n
135 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner for two on Friday. We split two excellent starters (gambas on polenta and special flatbread) and a wonderful cochinilla (cooked perfectlly). Very nice cocktails and a nice rose. Great service and ambiance. A bit in the loud side. Also a bit on the expensive side (300 AUD) but at least close to worth it. Go but be prepared.

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I
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a nice dinner at Porteno. We could feel that they are working with shifts though. A bit stressed.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous tasty food with wonderful service. Great food for sharing. No cheap but worth every cent. So satisfying. Dont miss the churros at the end.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing - From service to food, all round fantastic.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing staff - we had an amazing time thankyou!!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I was a solo diner on a packed Saturday night. There were many large tables around me but the waitstaff made sure that my drinks were always full and that I had everything I needed. Food recommendations were on point and delicious. I had a great dining experience, hope to come back in a few weeks before my flight home!

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KS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had wanted to try Porteno ever since moving to Sydney, and it did not disappoint! The food was sensational, the wine perfectly matched thanks to the wonderful sommelier, and the service an absolute delight. The only tiny downside was it was quite noisy, which made conversation a bit difficult.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service was extremely good. Some of the food was superb (such as the Lamb) however our steak was over cooked and quite tough which was a shame as I thought that would be the best dish.

The win suggested by the waitress also wasn’t to my taste, but my friend enjoyed it.

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all really enjoyed the food we had to eat .It was different presented really well with wonderful favours .
The service was amazing and the waiters were great at talking us through the menu .
The cocktails I had were amazing !!
A great friendly atmosphere.
Thanks for the lovely evening .

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KS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One cannot go wrong with Porteno. The atmosphere is versatile: romantic, yet platonic or business if need be. The food and service live up to the hype.

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DM
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and wine is always of such a high standard, the service of the team simply makes Porteño an amazing experience.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Not as good as I remember Porteno to be. The table was way too big for our small group (and they couldnt move us to a smaller one), bad acoustics made it even harder for us to hear. Service was good, but not amazing. Food well, it was fair, but I remember it back in the day be amazing. For the price, atmosphere and service I have given it 3 stars.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

So many nice dishes to choose from with great wines.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant did not disappoint! The menu and wine list is fantastic and the service is outstanding. The staff were so friendly and full of recommendations. I would definitely visit again!

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g
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

we ordered 2 starters only got one, didn't say anything purely to see if it would turn up later. main meals were very tasty wagyu skirt stk and pork belly were a hit king fish just average, a side of brussel sprouts is a must. but mains could have been warmer, king fish was bordering cold. The mango tiramisu is to die for. Overall for the price i was not blown away

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F
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and wine
Meat melts in your mouth and excellent services
Great night my colleague and I all loved it

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DB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Far too noisy for a dining experience. Food was served like rapid Asian - with top prices. nothing compared to our previous porteno experience in original location. Will not return.

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