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The Porthole at the Bayview Hotel

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2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 2073 4100
07:00 - 23:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I adore this hotel and restaurant and always make a point of coming here when we are in Portballintrae, however the meal we had here last night was awful. I ordered the salmon starter and it was bland, the wheaten bread was crumbly and the dish was tasteless. My main course was the Sirloin steak with pepper... More 

Thank ChrissyOComber
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After spending the day at giant's Causeway, we stopped here for dinner. We all enjoyed a drink at the fireplace and then moved to dinner. Great fresh food. Yummy options. Lovely staff.

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent 2 nights at Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae starting on Boxing night. Had upgraded to a seaview room and we weren't disappointed.Bedroom was big, very clean and well equipped including a safe and nespresso coffee machine which was a bonus!!Bathroom was also big with a bath; very clean and with lovely towels. Staff were very friendly and helpful in reception,... More 

Thank Joanne M
Antrim, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called up to check in availability, was greeted by a cheery, pleasant voice! We were able to walk in and get a table by the window! Food was excellent and service was pleasant and unobtrusive! Would recommend !!

1 Thank Kevin B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We had a cold 'hot smoked salmon' starter and a pork cheek starter. Certainly the pork cheek, was dried up slices of cold pork meat, with some sliced cheese on a salad of rocket and other salad bits and pieces. Spectacularly disappointing way to serve dried up meat. Mains were battered sea bass with stir fry, and scampi with sweet... More 

Thank Walkers25
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We just spent a lovely weekend in The Bayview Hotel ,Portballintrae and dined royally in the Porthole Bar.The staff, every last one of them, were superbly professional and as welcoming as could be. The hotel is comforting and very welcoming with all the treasures of the North Antrim coast right on its doorstep. If anyone wishes to visit The Giants... More 

1 Thank Collins Y
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Porthole restaurant is always busy at the weekends, even out of season. There was a time when we started going there for Sunday lunch it was unnecessary to book ahead, except at holiday times. Nowadays the restaurant is always buzzing at the weekends so you will hardly get a table unless booked well in advance. We enjoy the atmosphere... More 

Thank John A
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Bar Food service was 1st class at a reasonable price. They offered a good selection of Starters, Mains & Deserts

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking for food in Bushmills on a Monday evening in October. A local barman recommended the Bay view. We were delighted with the quality of food and service. I ordered pork belly which was one of the best I ever had! Excellent wine added to a faultless meal. Would highly recommend!

Thank Lorna7575
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We loved the atmosphere and the food. The service was great and the staff helpful and friendly. It was a great evening.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 42
British, Irish, International
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Antrim  >  Bushmills  >  Portballintrae
  • Phone Number: +44 28 2073 4100
  • This restaurant is at Bayview Hotel
A FEEL FOR THE OLD WITH A TASTE OF THE NEW The warmth and intimacy of the Porthole Bar & Restaurant provide the focal point of the hotel where you can watch the world go by with the backdrop being the dramatic Atlantic Ocean. Relax by the open peat fire with a pint or in our lounge with one of our specialty coffees. The Porthole has the reputation of being the heart of Portballintrae and is a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. With sumptuous cuisine, a excellent weekend entertainment schedule, well stocked bar and wines from all over the globe, the Porthole is the perfect place to sample good old Northern Ireland hospitality in a venue renowned for its relaxed ambiance. WI-FI internet connection is completely free through-out Bayview Hotel.

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