Portland Restaurant

4.7
742 reviews
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
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

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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Portland is a great restaurant in the vein of so many in London that focus on simple ingredients and offer a reasonably priced tasting menu.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 742 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.4
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food - every dish on the tasting menu was delicious and beautifully presented - and awesome service all evening.

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CU
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Great ambiance with impeccable food to match. Would highly recommend to fellow visitors to London.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Hit and miss dishes, which is a shame at this level. Only a couple of dishes of the 8 or so we tried (including the snacks, starters and mains) seemed worthy of the star this place has got. Others were distinctly average. For the so-called standout main of glazed duck, they put on a show of bringing and showing you a whole duck that will be carved and served to you. However, you are not actually served the impressive bird you are shown and what subsequently came out did not resemble what we were shown!

In terms of service, of the three that served us, one waiter was excellent, another fairly surly (she couldn't get away any quicker from the table once she'd served our course) and the last, apparently the owner, needs to up his soft skills - we were aware that the table had a two-hour limit, but the restaurant were at pains to emphasise this to us and didn't display any finesse in wrapping up at the end. We felt particularly harried and unwelcome after spending a considerable amount on food.

We've eaten in a number of Michelin starred establishments and sadly this will go down as a fairly underwhelming experience.

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SH
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, excellent standard, casual no pressure setting. Very good value. Hard to think of many centrally located restaurants this good at that price point! (Also check out their sister restaurant Clipstone another gem!)

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and atmosphere, only suggestion would be to dim the lights slightly more for dinner service.

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IC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Wonderful service and amazing value for the quality of food.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had the lunch menu for our first visit , and thought it excellent value for the high quality of the food. We will definitely be back.

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NF
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our go to place in London. Excellent food with high quality ingredients, imaginative cooking.

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c
6 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, tasty and innovative food as usual, with great wines. Supremely helpful and attentive service, nothing too much trouble.

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s
13 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

third or fourth visit to the restaurant, the Food was not exceptional on this occasion , maybe the menu needs refreshing ...

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

Impeccable

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P
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were very impressed with Portland Restaurant. We had the tasting menu with paired wine and every course was fantastic. The service was efficient and attentive without being stuffy and the casual ambiance allowed us to fully enjoy the experience. I will definitely go back again for another special occasion (the price is reasonable for the quality of the restaurant but unfortunately not affordable on a regular basis!).

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SC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service - well balanced menu and interesting wines

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JC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal. Had a great time with my family. Service was very attentive.

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CG
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is a very small restaurant with nowhere to hang out, so arrive on time, not early. Once seated though the food is great, from the snacks served to star to the coffee at the end the food was very good. The service was good too, waitress excellent and even the chef served us a course.
Great value food for a 1 Michelin star and proof you do not need a flash building and cocktail bar! I would go again this week!

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B
27 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Late dinner. Everything excellent: service, food, ambience. One of the nicest restaurants in London

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. We had the duck for two.
Great service. An overall great experience

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RM
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our favourite restaurant in London, and we have been to quite a few, where the quality of the ingredients and the chef’s skills are outstanding. Very reasonably priced for cooking of this standard.

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

One of my favourite restaurants in Fitzrovia. Patrick and the team are very friendly and helpful plus the food is fantastic. Definitely have all of the snacks and the duck for main.

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

This is the best restaurant I’ve been to this year. It was my bday and when we arrived the staff had all signed a card, and they also gave me a little gift when we left. We had the tasting menu which was exceptional. Definitely would recommend this restaurant to everyone!!

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!

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A
11 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The best food - natural and fresh ingredients, beautifully cooked and artistically presented, lovely atmosphere. We all love this restaurant!

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s
91 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to this small charming restaurant. What a find! The menu was interesting with wonderfully innovative vegetarian options and the service excellent. It was not noisy so easy to talk.
We’ll definitely be back.
Highly recommended.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food (the tasting menu), considerate and knowledgeable staff. Will recommend the Portland to friends and colleagues.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great restaurant, lovely food - good wheelchair access. highly recommend.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food every time 5 STARS, Great service all the staff have an amazing knowledge it's a must try restaurant when you in London's west end.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant

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AK
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked for my daughter’s birthday meal, described by her as ‘the best meal I have ever eaten’. Service is warm, thoughtful, impeccable, food is utterly delicious: well-considered and exciting without ever being pretentious. This is a place to eat delicious food in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
We were blown away by the food, and by the kind touches for a birthday (card of the restaurant signed by the staff with a thoughtful present and delightful recipe present at the end).
There was nothing I would have wanted to have been done differently. I am not always easy to please (!), and I don’t generally do reviews, but I feel I must acknowledge such wonderful service. It’s relatively expensive, but still excellent value for money. My favourite restaurant from now on!

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb overall. Excellent vegetarian dishes included in the tasting menu... even though I am not usually a fan! Good wine selection and fair prices. Knowledgeable staff with very welcoming attitude. Lovely.

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GM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We took the menu, which was ,all in all, ok.nothing particularly fancy or creative, but good ,reasonable plates.
The wine pairing was a disaster, and it was quite expensive. This is clearly an area where they need to make significant improvements.

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J
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

if there were options beyond five stars, i would tick the highest one possible. everything from the food to the service/sociability of the staff — the overall experience was delightful. i had just mentioned in passing to one of the staff that it was our anniversary and upon getting our bill, they brought dessert morsels and a beautiful personalised card signed by the entire staff. truly a memorable night.

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

Amazing food with staff who clearly care about the customers.

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SU
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

grear , it was a best experience of london dinnig for me.

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ST
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Food was lovely and fresh with clean flavours, The Service was very friendly and helpful all served in a relaxing and calm atmosphere.

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s
15 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu and wine pairing. Helpful yet unobtrusive service.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My son took me here for my birthday lunch. He is a chef and highly rated the food which I loved. Great staff, setting and food. We had 3 courses and nibbles all of the highest standard, wine was excellent and the staff were very helpful and informative without being overbearing. Enjoy.

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

Fantastic evening, food was exquisite, staff delightful and a lovely evening. Would definitely come again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Bright fun restaurant and interesting menu. Food good on the whole but too fussy mixing too many
flavours and grouse (part of the reason for going was for the the game) was not cooked properly,
which was disappointing.

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KR
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went for her 30th birthday. I had popped a note on the OpenTable booking to mention it was her birthday, so when we arrive there was a card waiting for her. The birthday card had been signed by the whole team and was a lovely start to a great evening.

We had the tasting menu, which was varied, delicious and full of inventive presentations of some beautiful core ingredients. I must say the smoked carrot tartar was just stunning.

I really got the impression that the staff all knew the menu and had insight into the wine list and menu.

The ambience and design is definitely a welcome less formal presentation; relaxed elegance. Perfect for a celebration.

To further the birthday celebration, the chocolates had a candle in and at the end of the meal the birthday girl was given a little present to go home with (a recipe and the ingredients for lavender shortbread).

For a tasing menu, I actually think the price was very reasonable. This is not a cheap evening, but so worth choosing for those times when you want to treat yourself or celebrate.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely staff and brilliantly creative food made a perfect celebratory lunch

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