Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Steakhouse
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #3 of 55 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!

And that’s not all. Portlander has Wellington's premier culinary social club - The Prime Club. As a member, you’ll receive invitations to their expert in-house Masterclasses, earn $1 Portlander credit for every $8 spent, and have the opportunity to win exclusive tickets to Wellington’s top-notch sporting, fashion, culture and culinary events.

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

Open Hours:
Everyday 6am - 11pm

Phone: 04 498 3762
Website: www.portlander.co.nz/

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Ranked: #3 of 55 restaurants in Wellington 3
Portlander Bar & Grill
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Steakhouse
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

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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Friendly and efficient service with excellent food. My sole was beautifully prepared.

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Great dinner! Hotel restaurants can get a bad reputation but Portlander consistently goes against this trend. Delicious food and good service.

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Waiter Caleb was very attentive and friendly. We ordered steak and lamb and they were both nicely cooked. Overall great dining experience.

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Our Server, Caleb, was excellent and very patient and understanding with our (many) special dietary needs. The food was mostly very good, but one pork dish was overcooked and the steak (Ribeye) was quite tough and gristly. A bit unexpected for a steak house. But we'd definitely go back again for the entrees, the desserts, and the friendly service.

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Had an absolutely devine meal, cooked to perfection, friendly service.
All in all a great experience.

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Lauren Williams

Food was amazing, will be coming back!

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Susanna Lewis

Good food, especially enjoyed the Panko crumbed cauliflower! Great service.

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Food was great. Good service. Would recommend

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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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Cara Hall

Get experience, the food was delish and the service was great! Will definitely be back

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A wonderful place, food and people. We will come back!

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Great experience all round including the free taster served on a Friday night in the bar area while we were waiting for our friends to arrive.

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Matty Low

An awesome experience, service was friendly, steak was superb and the sauces were to die for you just try them all!

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Ramarihi MacDougall

The Chateaubriand was amazing for two. The two men at our table were not drawn to any of the starters. They wanted ribs off the bar menu, which we were told, is not part of the first table discounted deal. They had the panko covered cauliflower in the end, and were surprised how delicious it was! Delicious food and top notch service! My partner came straight from work and his attaire included work boots and hi Vis. We were very appreciative if being aloud entry and not being challenged about how he was dressed. (He had forgotten his change of clothes at home that morning) thank you so much! Probably would of never experienced the fine dining if it wasn't for the first table discounted deals! Thanks again!!!

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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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Food was amazing!! Loved the cauliflower entree!! Couldnt of been a better night!

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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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Jules Hyde

Fantastic service (my 7 year old son described our waiter as a ninja) and beautifully cooked food that tasted scrumptious! Our table ordered Panko cauliflower, a steak, the lamb back strap and rack dish, the cheeseburger and two desserts. Would happily dine here again and recommend to others for great food!

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Eugene Kwok

Beautiful cooked meals. Steaks done perfectly. Excellent ambiance.

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Great food!

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Gabriela Medeiros Nogueira

Congratulations to the restaurant. Excellent service, great atmosphere and very tasty food.

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Great food. We loved the deep fried cauliflower starter!

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They’ve got the best steak in town!

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Delicious food and an absolute steal with the discount!

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Clare Jenssen

Lovely experience from start to finish. Lots of people in the restaurant which was unexpected and very nice. (For such an early booking).

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Rebecca Keogh

Food was fab but service was a little slow. Took about 15/20 mins for our order to be taken and had to ask for our drinks again as they never arrived.
But the food was delicious!! And amazing value with first table, would still recommend

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Great night. Yum food and great service

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Beverly Chen

I guess everyone there knows what they are doing. The service was fast and the food took no time to arrive. Good location good ambiance. However, as the waitress kept addressing to us, it’s a steak house, we do found the steak disappointing, a steak priced 46 dollars was not cooked to perfection. Apart from this it was a good experience.

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Service really good and friendly. Food was lovely, will be back for more when have more space in my stomach

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Amazing service! Great place, would recommend.

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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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Ricky Arora

Overall experience : excellent
Go there again : definitely

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Nick Werner

Awesome place nice and relaxing staff were great and the food was excellent, looking forward to the next time already

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Lovely food and great service, will definitely be back!

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Yvette Grace

Fantastic variety of food offerings

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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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Excellent meal in a nice relaxed setting. The staff were extremely friendly and attentive and made us all feel very welcome. Couldn’t recommend more highly!

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This was a great idea! Nice early dinner so you get home a reasonable time after a great dining experience mid-week. I can highly recommend using First Table and the customer service at The Portlander was some of the best I've experienced in Wellington!!

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Jenny Yong

Nice food and good service

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Emma Laffey

Absolutely delicious food, excellent service the staff were friendly.. we didn’t wait long for our meals. Highly recommend.

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The Portlander had a good menu and was able to meet our need of being served within an hour. We managed two delicious courses each and their was a good choice of wine. I am happy to recommend this restaurant. Evelyn

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My husband and I enjoy dining out and go out all the time. Portlander is one venue we enjoy revisiting time to time as we like the atmosphere, the service and the food is very good too.

Yesterday, we had 2 of our children with us and I was very pleased to see the kids' menu steak option was great with salad and kids' dessert included yogurt and fresh fruit! That's such a good offering and it looked delicious!

We will be back again soon, thank you.

Bilge MacPhee

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This was our first time using first table. Had a really nice experience, with great service. The steaks were

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Awesome

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We had a great night. The atmosphere is great, food tastes nice and we had very good service. Highly recommend the eye fillet from the grill, and the gelato sundae dessert.

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Joyce Wong

Awesome food, excellent service by the waiter (super friendly and extremely approachable), sorry didn't know his name. We will definitely come back again

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Fantastic experience

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Nanda Shetty

Best steak you can have in Wellington.... this was my 3rd visit...

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Sarah Gosling

Wow what a restaurant. First time to Wellington and in need of a great steak. Portlander did not disappoint. Steak was cooked perfectly, juicy and a glorious smoke from the grill. Salads and vege sides were a great addition and had amazing flavour. The dessert cream brûlée was a perfect way to finish!

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Grace Goris

Amazing food, my favourite dish was actually the cauliflower starter/side. Nice mix of cheese, almonds and paprika. We ordered steak and pork belly too.
Generous portion and even took some food home!

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