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Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill

) #70 of 471 Restaurants in Oxford ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ European, British,
7 South Parade | Summertown, Oxford OX2 7LJ, England
+44 1865 559653
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (66 reviews)
“squid rings” (4 reviews)
“fish platter” (4 reviews)
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European, British, Grill, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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7 South Parade | Summertown, Oxford OX2 7LJ, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I consider myself very lucky in that I have eaten in some amazing restaurants all over very the world. Ranging from Michelin starred restaurants to basic shacks on a beach. Portobello was somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, so I base my review on...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Portobello restaurant in Summertown has become a real disappointment. For many years the Italian family restaurant provided excellent food and service. The new management see it as just a money making machine. The food is poor and seldom as ordered and the service sloppy an...More

Thank coulinghome
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good day, firstly may i apologies for your experience. But i am a little confused as we are not and never have been an Italian restaurant? We have a British continental menu? The service charge is optional and non obligatory. I can understand that it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there alone as I'm on a work trip. At first I couldn't find something that stood out to me but then I quickly realised that there were a lot of dishes I wanted to try. I ordered salted beetroot with goat's cheese, fish...More

Thank Kath_Lau
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Kath, so very nice of you to take the time to write a review of the food. I am pleased that you had a pleasant experience and you enjoyed your evening. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our home...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this place by chance. We were visiting Oxford with a Texan friend and we were bowled over by the care the staff took, the manager Henrick, and the quality of the food. The atmosphere is relaxed and professional at the same time.More

Thank Robert M
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Rob, appreciate you taking the time to write. It was a true pleasure serving the three of you, and i am touched you took my advice to go and see Port Meadow and the the Perch. Hope to see you again when you are...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice restaurant, relaxed atmosphere and very good food (and cocktails)! Great service - the Spanish waiter is amazing, always friendly and with a welcoming smile!

Thank Martina A
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Martina, nice of you to leave a review and will see to it that Julio gets your compliment. All the best, see you soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I come here really often as I live quite close, and although ease is a big factor, the food is always absolutely fantastic. Tonight I had the tuna steak which was an absolute dream and my dining buddy had a steak which was cooked to...More

Thank Hannah L
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Hannah, please forgive my late response, it was a pleasure serving you both and we look forward to seeing you again. We are in full summer swing with a new gin and tonic menu to enjoy the sunny terrace, Once again thank you...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017

I ate with a friend on Friday night. We hadn't booked but the friendly manager fitted us in offering a choice of two tables. He was very enthusiastic about the vegetarian specials promoting Vegetarian Week. The service throughout from all the staff was warm and...More

Thank soozbrand
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write, we are happy to hear that our continued work on improving the vegetarian options is being noticed, thank you. With regards to your question about price, on the other end of the spectrum we are also trying...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

I have eaten at Portabellos twice in the last week and have very much enjoyed the vegan offering. Julio is the most sweet and caring waiter with a real interest in connecting with the customers. We were also looked after by a lovely waitress and...More

Thank swilk81
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your very kind review. We are so pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your experiences with us and we very much look forward to serving you again soon. Julio will be delighted over this review and will make sure that the...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

We came into this restaurant in April on Saturday evening. We received a wonderful service from a new but very professional waiter - Joaquin. Food was outstanding, the only negatives that is very hard to park a car as the road is always busy and...More

Thank nesamone
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Had our son's 30th birthday here and the staff were great, especially our new waiter Julio, who look after us fantastically. Food was good, maybe the choices on the special menu could have had a few more options, however the night was great and well...More

Thank peterbuck2017
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thank you for your very kind words. We hope that we can serve you again in the near future. Thank you for mentioning Julio, it truly warms my heart that he did a great job for you. Kind regards,

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What cloths do you wear here?
4 February 2017|
Response from Daenelle | Reviewed this property |
There is no dress code. Hubby wore jeans and a tee-shirt the other night. But it's smart that you can have a girls night out here and all where cocktail dresses if you want... we did that for Christmas drinks. it's got the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 51
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 South Parade | Summertown, Oxford OX2 7LJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 559653
  • E-mail
A chic, cosmopolitan British restaurant bar and grill open from 9:30am all day every day serving great steak, fish dishes, classic burgers and more. Our menus change regularly with the season with our fixed price lunch menu changing weekly. We serve freshly prepared food with great British flavours in casual and relaxed surroundings. You'll find us in South Parade, a gorgeous little side road in Summertown, amongst trendy boutiques, galleries, wine bars and the North Wall Theatre. Come along for 'the best breakfast in town' from 9:30am 7 days a week and on Sundays come and enjoy a great selection of traditional roasts and superb sharing plates. Join us for Happy hour every week daily from 5:00pm to 7pm when all cocktails and champagne are £5! Let us treat you to a great fixed price menu available lunchtimes Monday to Friday - just £10.95 For two courses and £13.95 For three courses. Our children's menu is available every day and we have child friendly facilities. We can cater for parties of up to 100 guests with menus to suit. An impressive upstairs private dining area is available for all of your special occasions. Guests also benefit from our restaurant car park. Feel free to drop in for a glass of wine, coffee or a sweet treat at the bar or on the terrace. Reservations are welcome for anytime.
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