Porteno

4.6
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630 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Argentinian
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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SharonC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant had a great ambiance and the food was great

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BradM
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome way to celebrate our Engagement. Every member of staff was incredible, knowledgeable and extremely welcoming.

The food was fabulous, well seasoned and packed with flavor.

The icing on the experience was a complementary glass of bubbles to acknowledge our occasion, a really nice touch

MT
MichaelaT
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been many times! Never disappoint!!! Food is awesome!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, lovely dining room with a nice warm ambience

ZH
ZoeH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Had a nice birthday meal here, the menu was not authentic Argentinian as disputed by my Argentinian boyfriend, as the waiter explained it was a fusion menu. Really tasty steak and faina. Would recommend. Would like to see an Argentinian beer on the menu. We shared an entree and main and it was more that enough. Thanks!

KH
KimH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you we had a great time farewelling a couple of work colleagues - the staff were attentive, food was delicious - all of this made for a memorable night.

SG
SydneyGirlEats
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A great place for a special dinner or something a bit more upmarket. However the service leaves little room for inspiration.
Overall good experience with good quality and ambience a clear winner.

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Samuel
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The starter are good and impressive especially the tartare.

However, the main are disappointed as the beef and the potato are cold. Also, the beef is a bit tasteless which is quite disappointed given that it is their signature dish.

The lamb is alright and the chicken is quite impressive especially the sauce.

Dessert is normal.

Service was good and the waiters were nice and friendly. However, they dropped the plates while cleaning up the table for us. Plates were broken and it’s understandable to clean up the mess ASAP. However, It would be great to check on the customers to check they are okay too.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and professional staff, would highly recommend.
We had the ocean trout tartare and chorizo for entree - amazing.
Mains we had the fish over the charcoal and skirt steak - both amazing flavors and 5 star food.
Wine - Malbec of course, smooth, jammy, not too light / not too heavy.
The staff are dedicated and professional of the highest order
Cant wait to go back!

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Chef
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Meat was a bit bitter and sidedish as well burn smell was the way too strong to taste other taste after i felt burn smell and taste the smell made me hard to taste the dishes

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Tanya
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it was a pleasant meal, but the music was way too loud. Our table had to shout at each other to be heard. And whilst it seemed like there was a lot of staff working we found the service to be incredibly slow. If the meals are sharing style I do feel that all entrees should be served at the same time and all mains should be served at the same time but there was long gaps in between each dish arriving at the table.
Overall all the flavours were great and the wine was also amazing but could do with a few improvements.
I also found it really uncomfortable that the 2 owners were just standing at the front counter with their arms crossed over, staring out into the restaurant all evening as they were very close to our table, and when we had to flag down a waiter for drinks service they didn't react at all. I can understand the owners wanting to oversee the service as restaurants reopen with lockdown restrictions easing but it just came across as strange.
Not a bad meal but not sure if I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and service was good. Would go back and bring friends and family next time.

NM
NoreenM
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal here would definitely come back

DG
DebraG
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

food outstanding; gluten free options provided, wine list superb - malbec from Argentina brilliant.
only negative was the music - too loud we found it hard to talk and listen to each other.

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Foodie
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The first few bites of the food were good but was too oily for our palate. Can be a bit noisy.

MK
MeganKJC88
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Relaxed setting. Good vibe. Delicious hearty food. Maybe a little pricey though not severely. Would recommend!

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our evening at Porteno but we would have been even happier if there would have been more small sharing options so we could have tried out a wider range of flavours.

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AlleP
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD AND COCKTAILS! will most definitely be back !

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suzycamenzuli
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I use to work for these guys when they first opened Bodega. They knew what they were doing than as they do now. Everything was totally awesome, from start to finish. Thanks !!

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Jack
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I am usually a big fan of Porteno. Their steak has always been exceptional.
However Friday night, the steak was just not as expected. The waiter was rude and almost didn’t have the patience for any questions.
Very disappointing night. I hope it was just a one off as they have always been my #1 steak in Sydney.

MW
MitchellW
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fkn amazing food. Will definitely come back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food has been better, we had a great night overall but feel that quality has gone down a bit and prices increased. We paid around $850 for 6 people including 2 bottles of expensive Argentinian wine ($110 per bottle).

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PrasantD
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An experience to experience! Great service, awesome food and wonderful wine list.

JL
JennyL
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On a business trip from Perth with our husbands . We have been to the restaurant a few years ago and wanted to go again with some other friends . This restaurant did not disappoint , if not better than the last visit.
Food and service was very good , will be back again .

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Chaz
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a treat to dine at Porteño! Every mouthful was like a explosion!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and incredible service. Did dinner at the bar and actually enjoyed it more than dining at a table. Don’t miss out on the morcilla.

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SergioP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious, great service, great venue - Just a little loud

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maryanns
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Focaccia bread is worth the trip! Love shared plate restaurants and Porteno with its lazy susan to make sharing even easier is great. We shared the lamb, wagyu beef and beef special along with the sides that included great cabbage salad. The wagyu beef was delicious!

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HMMB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect venue for Valentine’s Day dinner for meat lovers

BH
BenH
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are times when the fable provides enough intrigue to allow for the excursion, but leaves the burst of colour until the rendition is actualised. My word what a brilliant, joy filled experience is Porteno. Professional service with a modern outlook, food perfectly cared for and presented as its own star. The construction of the evening was generous and seamless allowing for eye ball interaction with the real reason for attending, spending time with my sweetheart, the love of my life.

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James
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food from an interesting menu, fantastic wine and a vibrant atmosphere. The quality of the food & drink, service and venue is fairly reflected in the price. Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner.. was a great place to celebrate

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a dinner at Porteño for my boyfriend’s birthday. Staffs are very friendly and accommodating. Food is lovely. This is my favourite place for a steak night.

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IanR
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a great atmosphere. We were celebrating my birthday as a couple and it was such an enjoyable experience. Plenty of food and all of it very flavorful.

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DoritB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday celebration at Porteno - wonderful food, service and atmosphere. A night to remember.

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RonanR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

They didn't have either of the two dishes we went there for. one was discontinued..they simply ran out of potatoes on the other one. Wine was nice but at $24 a glass you'd hope so. Didn't bother with the meat as they're all so expensive.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unlawfully, Wyno at Porteno does not display wine by the glass prizes- $26 for a glass, only informed once the bill arrives. Will never go back. Recommend you don’t either

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Traveller50
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific spot for a work/team lunch with delicious sharing food and a very good wine list. Great service and knowledgeable waiters too.

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VernonK
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food marvellous service and exceptional staff

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Nikki
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

An insanely sweet danish-like bread was served with pâté as an appetiser. The pâté was good but the bread was so inappropriate that it almost ruined the whole meal! Octopus dish was tender and well balanced. Eggplant side was nice but it was served a long time before the lamb main and it would have been nice to eat these together. Lamb main was disappointing especially as we were told it had been cooking all day. It lacked flavour and texture - it was just soft fatty meat with no charred or crispy bits. Fried potatoes were very oily and garlicky with odd dried parsley as a garnish. The Messina dulce de leche was delicious to finish. Wine list is good.

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