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Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Steakhouse
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #3 of 66 restaurants in Wellington

For the best steak in Wellington, try this award-winning grillhouse...

Serving exquisite steak and fine wines since 2012, Portlander is a thriving culinary hub in the city centre.

This unique grillhouse specialises in superb cuts of meat, prepared to perfection and finished in style. The seasonal menu champions the finest New Zealand produce, and offers locally hunted wild meats and line-caught fish.

For a showstopping dish try the pure south & Taupo beef or Palliser bay station lamb, or the Manuka honey glazed pork belly. They also offer a range of artisan bites, like the Drunken Nanny cheeses and Arobake breads, as well as to-die-for desserts (three words: dark chocolate tart).

Portlander boasts one of Wellington’s most extensive whisky selections, and a custom wine cellar. Cheers to that!

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Portlander Bar & Grill
Cnr of Whitmore and Featherston Streets
Wellington 6011

Open Hours:
Everyday 6am - 11pm

Phone: 04 498 3762

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Ranked: #3 of 66 restaurants in Wellington 3
Portlander Bar & Grill
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Steakhouse
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

Waimarama Ryan

Food looked fabulous and tasted even better. Must try the oysters and a steak dish with all 3 condiments. Perfection!

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Phillip Yee

Great overall enjoyable
dining experience!!
The Mac and Cheese entree was nice and tasty. The 300gm rib-eye steak was so tender such that it was like a knife cutting through butter. The chocolate pana cotta dessert however was a bit disappointing as it didn't look like it was too fresh.
The highlight of the evening was the excellent service provided by our wonderful waitress Jasmine Tran. Not only was she was friendly and approachable, but she gave us all a very detailed verbal description of every specials available on the menu that evening!!

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Linda Healy

Great food. Good portion sizes .. pork belly and chicken quite large. Potatoes side large enough for two to share. Creme brulee dessert delicious. Service prompt and meals delivered at a good pace .. no delays and we were asked if we were ready for the next course. Atmosphere very good. Restaurant busy, but easy to have conversation.

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The service was both efficient and friendly, a nice combination. The food was delicious, the lamb and steaks cooked to perfection and the salmon tasty. Sides were nice with the truffle aioli accompanying the potatoes tasting divine.
For dessert the chocolate and strawberry pannacotta was light and yummy with a combination of dried strawberries, fresh fruit and many edible flowers making it a picture. Would definitely recommend.

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Alison Collins

This was by far the best experience I have had with first table. The food was delicious, I had the 55 day after eye fillet and my husband had the rib eye. Both were cooked perfectly. The desserts were amazing too. The coconut custard was fantastic, I didnt know what to expect from the description but it was one of the best desserts I have had.we went with a 1 and 4 year old who were well catered for with a good kids menu. I will definitely be back!

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It was our first time trying portlander and it was delicious.
The food was served beautifully and the service was great. Staff were so attentive and the cocktails were really good to.
We will definitely be back again.

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Fantastic food & fabulous flavors. We had the mains & dessert. The accompanying sauces with the meat were amazing & the Panna Cotta was out of this world. The prices aren't cheap, but these guys know flavor!

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Sook Yong

Brought my parents who were visiting from overseas to dinner at Portlander. The staff were attentive and accommodating. They made sure my toddler was entertained and comfortable. The aged beef, lamb rack and pork belly dishes were absolutely to die for! We couldn’t decide which was the best dish of the night because they were all so delicious. We had a wonderful evening and enjoyed every moment. Thank you to the staff who were so amazing! :)

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Portlander felt like a place that captured the feeling of relaxed yet classy. The service was very good, and the food was absolutely delicious! We started with oysters and had the Wakanui ribeye, which was tender and juicy. The wine selection was nice. Highly recommend this place!

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Our first time at Portlander and it won’t be our last! Dad and I were so excited to see the Chateaubriand on the menu that our eyes didn’t go past it and it was simply divine - meat cooked to perfection and all accompaniments right on point...our fellow diner loved his venison special and the active 2 year old powered through her lamb ragu...The coconut custard was shared with relish and was flavoursome without being too sweet...a lovely early Xmas celebration!

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Amalie Niland

Picked a great restaurant for a birthday celebration. Party of four. Good wine and meat options. Food was delicious, especially the pork belly with perfectly roasted crackling. A real treat was the Creme brûlée with crispy cornflakes. Great atmosphere, efficient waiters and exceptional chefs. Thank you for a great evening.

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Hugo Bosman

We were well received and the menu and specials explained. The waiters were knowledgeable and provided great service throughout our dinning experience. The food was really good and we thoroughly enjoyed the food and experience. They can expect we will return.

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Wonderful atmosphere. Great to be able to see the kitchen and hear the chef calling out orders. Totally seasonal, loved the Christmas decorations! Food as always spectacular. Personal favourite the Deer Milk and Manuka Honey Crème Brulee with Cornflakes, Chocolate and Raspberry.

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Had a wonderful dinner at the Portlander, the staff were great and attended all our needs. The food was delicious and even had the younger, picky eaters trying new things and enjoying them. Great looking restaurant with food and service to match.

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As a first time customer, dining here was truly a satisfying experience. The chateaubriand was cooked in perfection that it melts in the mouth. Service was fast, accommodating and always smiling. The place has a calming ambiance. We would definitely be back to try the dry aged steak which was recommended by a friend.

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Makiko Lourie

We had an amazing night because it was our 14 year anniversary, great food and friendly service and enjoyed our time at Portlander. My beef eye fillet was cooked to perfection. Especially my son's special course Salmon was soooo delicious!! We will definitely come back, thank you!

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Excellent friendly service, food came out on time, lovely ambience and great seats to enjoy the scenery. Our chaeautbriand meals were absolutely amazing & I would highly recommend trying & having again. Out meat cooked to perfection and the horseradish sauce on point with taste and zest. Enjoyed by four hungry ladies heading to wearable arts - thank you!

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Lauren Eaton

We had a lovely table for two in the corner of the restaurant to celebrate a birthday. We really enjoyed our Warmed Ciabatta to start and our mains of the Half Grilled Chicken and the Eye Fillet were incredible! I would like to take note that I really appreciated that the chicken was organic and free-range, this means a lot to me and I was really excited to see that on the menu. A wonderful evening, thank you.

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Lovely atmosphere. The young man that served us had good knowledge of the menu so was able to guide us with our food choices when we wanted to order everything! We appreciated his recommendations and his warm and efficient manner.
The food was very tasty and we enjoyed our time at Portlander.
We would definitely dine their again.

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Shelby Taylor

Had an amazing night. It was our 10 year anniversary so wanted to treat ourselves to some fine dining and needless to say we were not disappointed. Service was amazing. The vibe was excellent. Food was deeeeelicious! We had an amazing experience overall and will definitely be going back. 10/10

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We received outstanding service last night! Lovely atmosphere and the food was perfect. Would highly recommend and visit again soon!

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The service was excellent; staff were very friendly and food was fantastic. We had a steak and the chicken and they were both perfectly done to our liking and just tasted amazing. We had the creme brûlée for dessert which was also really tasty! 10/10

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Mark En Qiang

Food was excellent! The best steakhouse in Wellington by far.

Perfect cook on the steaks, and my friend's Sous Vide Lamb Rump was tender.

We were placed in a quiet corner of the restaurant which was perfect for my friends and I to catch up without being disturbed by other guests and at the same time, the service staff did not forget about us.

We will be back!

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Sarah Payne

Wonderful experience! We have not seen service like we had in Wellington for a very long time! The staff were really friendly and we felt so looked after. The food was AMAZING! Will definitely go back and recommend to others.

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Renata Ferreira de Avila

Best meat house in town!
The rib eye was incredibly tender and succulent!
Pork belly is also fantastic!
Great wine list and service!

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Mason Brill

It may look like your average fancy restaurant, but Portlander Bar & Grill is anything but!

I wandered in with my partner on a Thursday night, and was immediately greeted by the friendly staff and incredible aromas coming from the kitchen. The restaurant was filling up quickly when we arrived but we lucky managed to book a table in advanced.

We ordered the Prime angus sirloin, 250g that was grass fed in Canterbury and the Palliser bay station slow cooked lamb shoulder Ragu (hand cut pappardelle pasta, oragne pangrattato, mushroom).

When our pizzas arrived, our expectations where exceeded.

The meals where tender and flavorful. The red wine on the side of the steak toppings worked together beautifully with the meal. The slow cooked lamb shoulder Ragu was packed with flavor, and the oragne pangrattato added that extra zing. By the end of the meal we were planning our next visit.

Thank you to the Chefs and Waiting Staff of Portlander for the great experience.

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India Rose Skilton Loveday

My partner and I visited Portlander for my birthday last night and were met with the best service and amazing food. Had to share this review on Trip Advisor too because I was that stoked with the service and food provided.

I had the pork belly, my partner has one of their steaks (with an amazing red wine and garlic crème sauce) with a few sides. I was able to take home half of mine as the portion sizes were very generous! The meals are a little more expensive than other places and for that price you get twice as much food at a very high standard.
No having to decide between quality or quantity - Portlander has it all!

The service was amazing, our waitress Sarah was patient with my indecision, explaining where everything comes from and helping with food recommendations. She made us feel very well looked after. Our food came out quickly, and our dishes were hot, fresh and plated beautifully. It was obvious staff training is of high quality. There was no pushing to buy more drinks and we didn't feel pressured to buy anything (which tends to happen when staff work on commission).

To sum up: High quality, big portions, attention to detail, great service, great location.

All in all the Portlander Bar and Grill ticks all the right boxes and it might just have become our new favourite restaurant in Wellington. At the end of our meal we signed up for the free membership, and will be coming back regularly!

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My partner and I had an incredible date night at Portlander. Our waitress Leahmay was attentive, efficient, and highly personable. We loved chatting to her as the night progressed.
The food was out of this world. We had oysters (exquisitely presented) and a very unique spaghetti with smoked fish to start. For our mains, we ordered aged eye fillet and rib eye - the eye fillet was tender, succulent, and bursting with flavour. Plus, the accompanying red wine and garlic crema sauce with garlic mash nearly knocked me off my seat. I can remember the taste vividly three days later, and am nearly salivating as I write this review.
Portlander is a fantastic spot for a date with unparalleled food and service. Merci!

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Michelle McConnachie

On arrival at the Portlander Bar & Grill,we found the atmosphere warm and pleasant, and the wait staff were all very knowledgeable and made us feel very welcomed.
My husband and I had the Sirloin Steak, I like mine medium and she likes her medium rare. Both our steaks were cooked to perfection. I also had the hand cut fries and they were massive, but delicious.
The service was extremely prompt and we could have a conversation with a normal tone of voice.
Our experience was a wonderful one and we would definitely return.

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Great food and quick service as always. Thanks for a great night.

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Our family of 4 once again enjoyed the Portlander dining experience.

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Wonderful time! Nice food! Kids meal combo is awesome! My kids loved them.

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Excellent flavours. Lovely food.

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Janay Tauri

5 star service and quality food. Would highly recommend to all!

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Service was great and really nice steak make sure you order sides with your steak. Kids meal was large and came with a drink and dessert which my son enjoyed

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Service is excellent Staff are good Will be Back

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Had a fantastic meal at Portlander. Service was excellent throughout the evening. Food was amazing and we'll definitely be dining here again

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Food is fantastic and service was great! We will be back. Thank you for making our first experience of your restaurant the best.

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Both food and service were wonderful

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Waimarama Ryan

Food looked fabulous and tasted even better. Must try the oysters and a steak dish with all 3 condiments. Perfection!

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Phillip Yee

Great overall enjoyable
dining experience!!
The Mac and Cheese entree was nice and tasty. The 300gm rib-eye steak was so tender such that it was like a knife cutting through butter. The chocolate pana cotta dessert however was a bit disappointing as it didn't look like it was too fresh.
The highlight of the evening was the excellent service provided by our wonderful waitress Jasmine Tran. Not only was she was friendly and approachable, but she gave us all a very detailed verbal description of every specials available on the menu that evening!!

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Andrea Rayner

Wow this was a different food experience to the previous time we dined at Portlander, 110% improvement. We both had steaks which were cooked medium rare and were melt in the mouth, very good. For entree my dining guest had Mac n Cheese special which he thoroughly enjoyed, quite different to the normal home cooked Mac n cheese. The desserts on offer weren’t that exciting so chose the chocolate donut special which was a bit average, can’t complain when the meal is 50% off. We would dine here again.

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Charlee Rowlands

Excellent food and service! Would definitely recommend.

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Za Zah

amazing restaurant

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Hope Phillips

It was absolutely great food. Definitely recommend. Will be returning without a doubt

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As usual the service and food was great.... however our main course came out about 30 seconds after they cleared our entree plates away..... a wee gap would have been nice

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Great food

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Tiana Solomon

Amazing!

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Great service and delicious food. Very expensive but definitely worth it with first table! I have had more memorable fine dining experiences in this price range ($40 for a steak without any sides) but overall had a wonderful evening at Portlander. P.s. the manuka honey creme brulee is to die for!

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Good food, quick service

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An enjoyable evening! Great service and the food was better than I expected! An unfussed environment and quite relaxed.
Being attached to a hotel could be seen and making this place sound less appealing but honestly I couldn’t fault it. Will definitely eat here again.

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Abbie Schurink

Service was incredible!! Steak was melt in your mouth and the sides were the perfect match. Only gripe is the price for a beer when its not a full pint, maybe a 330ml glass?

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We had a table for 4 and all of us thought extremely highly of the food and service. Recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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Andre Fernandes

Awesome place...good food and good service !! Thank.u .please try this place .!! If u like steaks

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Kseniia Babko

Came to celebrate our daughter birthday. We were very disappointed. One of the most expansive restaurants in Wellington but food was awful and service very poor, will never come back

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Linda Healy

Great food. Good portion sizes .. pork belly and chicken quite large. Potatoes side large enough for two to share. Creme brulee dessert delicious. Service prompt and meals delivered at a good pace .. no delays and we were asked if we were ready for the next course. Atmosphere very good. Restaurant busy, but easy to have conversation.

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The service was both efficient and friendly, a nice combination. The food was delicious, the lamb and steaks cooked to perfection and the salmon tasty. Sides were nice with the truffle aioli accompanying the potatoes tasting divine.
For dessert the chocolate and strawberry pannacotta was light and yummy with a combination of dried strawberries, fresh fruit and many edible flowers making it a picture. Would definitely recommend.

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Janet Lin

The desert was really good

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Alison Collins

This was by far the best experience I have had with first table. The food was delicious, I had the 55 day after eye fillet and my husband had the rib eye. Both were cooked perfectly. The desserts were amazing too. The coconut custard was fantastic, I didnt know what to expect from the description but it was one of the best desserts I have had.we went with a 1 and 4 year old who were well catered for with a good kids menu. I will definitely be back!

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Jess Thompson

Fantastic food and service from the staff - a really enjoyable experience at somewhere we otherwise may not have tried :)

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It was our first time trying portlander and it was delicious.
The food was served beautifully and the service was great. Staff were so attentive and the cocktails were really good to.
We will definitely be back again.

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Luele Driescher

Food and service was excellent. Cant wait to go back.

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Marco Tong

Very good restaurant with excellent service

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Had a lovely evenig at Portlander! Very attentive service, good wine and great food - would happily visit again.

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Service was great and food was exceptional. We recommend the steak and the deer milk creme brulee (obviously not at the same time)! Would definitely return.

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Lucy Bould

Second time and just as amazing!

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Fantastic food & fabulous flavors. We had the mains & dessert. The accompanying sauces with the meat were amazing & the Panna Cotta was out of this world. The prices aren't cheap, but these guys know flavor!

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Soo good!! Would definitely recommend

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Clare Jenssen

I took my grandchildren. A warm welcome, followed by and invite to see the children's menu and activity sheet were handed out.. The food was great, the pork and fillet steak especially to die for. We ordered extra desserts from the menu which we shared along with ice cream from the children's menu. Panacottas and gelato were amazing.

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Fined at the portlander in the past and really enjoyed
Unfortunately the menu has been slashed in half with not so many choices available for dinner.
Service was below average while having to grab someone’s attention fir drinks that had already been asked for 20 mins before and order not placed with bar
And wasn’t even busy in the restaurant as we had a 9 pm booking.
No loaves of bread available now which used to be a nice starter to any meal just a couple of sliced ciabatta given if asked for.
Diplomatico rum $22 a single shot seems over the top for an $80 bottle of rum no matter how high end it is on a rum scale ! we would useally pay that for a double elsewhere. Won’t be rushing back unfortunately but the steaks were A+ really nicely cooked.

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Sook Yong

Brought my parents who were visiting from overseas to dinner at Portlander. The staff were attentive and accommodating. They made sure my toddler was entertained and comfortable. The aged beef, lamb rack and pork belly dishes were absolutely to die for! We couldn’t decide which was the best dish of the night because they were all so delicious. We had a wonderful evening and enjoyed every moment. Thank you to the staff who were so amazing! :)

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We experienced Portlander in their pop up location on the 1st floor while the kitchen was being renovated downstairs. The menu was smaller than their regular restaurant and the ambiance was not quite the same in the function room. We had the Fillet Steak & Salmon, both were excellent. The service quite good.

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Candy Ng

Good food. Highly recommended

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Great meal. Staff were on excellent and we look forward to returning again.

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Trish Ieong

Everything was great. The 55 day aged steak was cooked beautifully and the cheeseburger was much better than expected. Service was attentive and friendly, too

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My experience dining at Portlander was terrific. Both the food and service were excellent. Definitely the place to get a delicious steak!

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We had a lovely time at the Portlander. We ordered the lamb and the salmon - the lamb was beautiful, tender and perfect. The salmon was also delicious and the service was friendly and attentive.

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Angela Jones

Another fabulous meal, outstanding steak and the desert was wonderful. The server was a bit too attentive but that was the only thing that could be improved.

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Kushan Gandhi

Really enjoyed the service provided. The food was generally good, highlights included the lamb ragu and ribeye, however, the dry-aged sirloin wasn’t the most flavourful cut.

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