We’d heard really good things about the Portland and were a bit disappointed as although the food was nice, we didn’t think it was good value for money. Starters were about £15 and mains about £30. The menu was quite inventive but the end product didn’t taste as good as it sounded. The service was really good. Attentive but not stuffy.
Great staff and service but food was disappointing
Portland never fails to impress. Not only was the tasting menu delicious and well-paced, but they went above and beyond by preparing a card signed by the kitchen staff for my birthday. Very thoughtful and an incredible personal touch.
I was delighted with my lunch experience. Exquisite food, delightful attentive service and lovely drinks to match. Pretty faultless overall! I shall return!
So nice to have a carefully prepared and thought out meal. Pollock was lifted beyond expectations by cooking. Simple setting, open kitchen, small, informal. Waiting staff were excellent - attentive but not intrusive. Husband was sick the next day though - was it the quail and sweetbreads (which I didn't have)?
The food was extremely good. It was extremely quiet (day after Easter) and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. Nice wine list and good recommendation from staff. A very enjoyable lunch.
I went here for a birthday lunch with 5 others. We went for the 3 course with a snack and the food was delicious! The service was great and i really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely recommend!
Food needs seasoning but the staff was delightful
Portland has fantastic food, amazing service and a trendy atmosphere. Perfect for a date.
Very good food and staff, gave me the best birthday experience ever!
Amazing food in a casual setting. I dined alone and felt very comfortable. Highly recommended regardless of the occasion.
It was good food and good service but it's bit expensive restaurant if you order wine.
This was our second visit to Portland, with the other being about a year ago while on a business trip. We were running a bit late, so called ahead to make sure they did not give up our table. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to see that they had honored our request to sit side by side (it is not a large space). That was the beginning of a great experience for the night. We did the tasting menu with wine pairings and were well rewarded. Tasting menus can often be a bit too much food, but in this case it was a perfectly sized meal for my wife and I, a couple of 50+ year olds. The food is a nice selection of tastes and textures, all of it very fresh. The wine pairings were well thought out for being a complement to the food for each course. Everything was nicely paced and we did not feel rushed at all, despite a dinner time that was after 8 pm. The staff was very friendly and a lot of fun to talk to over the evening. Value for the money is quite high in our view, even though it's not cheap with wine included. It is a small space, so be sure to book ahead, particularly at peak times. Overall, highly recommended! Give it a try if you are in London, it's well worth your time!
I recommend the tasting menu, nice mix of flavours.
Enjoyed the atmosphere and the service.
Ideal for special occasions.
Delicate but straight forward dishes, great wine selection, perfect service
Unique menu, everything was tasty and service was very attentive.
The food and service was excellent and at great value.
I had a friend visiting from Switzerland and I wanted to her to have an interesting culinary experience in London. I had Portland Restaurant recommended to me a number of times and wow I’m glad I saved it for this occasion. The food was exceptional, beautifully presented, fascinating flavours and textures - very very impressive. A good spot for a special occasion.
Wonderful food, fantastic wine list (even by the glass!) and excellent service! Food allergies very well catered for and the staff couldn’t do more to ensure that we had a great evening. We felt that everyone wanted us to enjoy the food and experience. Oh and the gluten-free bread is to die for - it tastes better than regular bread, which is so difficult to achieve, and is testament to the the highest standards in the kitchen.
I was in London for the weekend and it was wonderful to dine at Portland! The service was great and the food was amazing. We went with the “special” wine pairing and tasting menu and were impressed with the selections.
Great food. Beautifully presented. Portions are very small though.
Best food in London! Tasting menu is delicious and service is great
I am with other reviewers who think the owners have shot themselves in the foot with the new 2018 format. It's not just that a fixed price £62 per head menu has replaced the a la carte but the feeling that cheffery has taken over from Portland being restaurateur led.
The service remains as sweet and knowledgable as ever, the wine list as interesting. But I hate the very restricted menu particularly there only being one meat, one fish and one veggie main course. And, with the abandonment of the a la carte the cooking also seems to have become unnecessarily finicky. Raw salsify 'tagliatelle' with confit egg yolk is an example. (Has anyone considered the inulin/flatulence problem?)
The proof may be in the pudding, I have never seen Portland so empty. It always used to be full but there were only about a dozen people eating. With about £180 for two (inc a middling priced bottle of wine) being the least you can now spend I really hope Portland reverts back to its original winning formula ASAP.
A last minute lunch booking, this restaurant exceeded expectations. Food was fantastic but service topped everything. I'll be going back.
Fascinating and excellent food and professional yet friendly service.
Gourmet food in an unpretentious ambience; friendly and efficient service; excellent sommelier.
What an amazing restaurant!! We went to celebrate my husbands birthday and had a spectacular dinner. Every bite was better then the last! Very creative food, wonderful staff and service. An all around exceptional experience!
They've ruined my favorite restaurant! I've been going to Portland since it opened, and it was my favorite restaurant in London. the food was innovative, and the service was relaxed but attentive. It is amazing how small changes can impact your dining experience. They now have a tasting menu, or an alacarte menu that is 3 courses (as opposed to you decide what you want). they no longer offer cocktails except those on the board, and it just feels like someone is just trying too hard. i live right near by so go to this and their sister restaurant a lot, but it will be quite some time before I'm going back to Portland - at least if they're keeping this incarnation
Pretentious and wouldn’t return. £150 per head. 1 hour before first course delivered. Complicated menu. Not great !
Amazing service, great food, awesome wine list - highly recommend
We had a wondeeful evening: hospitable knowledgeable staff who were not over attentive. The food in the tasting menu was superb and an excellent bottle of wine. This is my third time at Portland and I think the chefs are cooking better than ever.
Amazing from start to finish. Down-to-earth environment, incredible and creative food, super well-run kitchen, great personal service.
Good but just short of really good food.
Understandably limited wine list but still a little too brief and understocked - unable to order repeat bottles
Very attentive staff without being obsequious or fawning
Fabulous food served in a relaxed atmosphere by attentive, professional staff makes for a perfect evening.
Excellent lunch, a real find, we will return to try the tasting menu.
delicious food, very friendly staff, great wine list
Amazing from start to finish. Great service from everyone and made my girlfriends birthday a very happy one with a few treats. Food was exceptional and the wine pairings perfect. Quite honestly already looking forward to coming back. Thank you to the whole team
Clean decor great location food varies frequently. Good selection of interesting wine by the glass. Good value for money. Recommended for lunch and dinner. Jan 2018 but we will be back again soon.
Amazing - every course interesting, every course delicious. Usually I find you achieve one or the other, very rarely both, and almost never, both, consistently across the meal.
Thank you for an evening to remember.