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Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill

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European, British, Grill, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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7 South Parade | Summertown, Oxford OX2 7LJ, England
+44 1865 559653
09:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 22:30
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to Portabello on Saturday lunchtime. It was very busy, but we managed to get a good seat next to the window. Ordered a G&T at the bar which was very good. They had lots of selection so choosing was a tricky task. I ordered a starter of the squid, which is a good barometer check for restaurants. For... More 

Thank KinkyNoodle
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been here twice and both times the service and the food have been amazing. Only one problem, last week I looked at the dessert menu but decided against having anything because I don't like nuts. When I said to the waiter that I wasn't having a pud due to there being nuts in all of them he replied that... More 

Thank fifi44Witney
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a wonderful dinner in Portabello with my fiancé and my parents. We hadn't booked but space was found for us and we were made to feel very welcome. On a very cold night the restaurant was cosy and bright. The modern British-European menu is diverse and I could have happily eaten several dishes. I can definitely recommend the... More 

Thank bakedgoodness
Abingdon, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had breakfast here and went for the full English and I wasn't disappointed. Eggs were cooked beautifully, crispy bacon, lovely tasting sausage, in fact it was all very good. Cheap sliced bread which I think must have been heated by a radiator and not a toaster. All in all it was a really nice breakfast, the coffee was also very... More 

Thank Matt T
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was really lovely, lots of fresh veg like Spinach and Pepperonata, fresh salads. Great service, lovely clean restaurant and also LOVELY CLEAN LOOS! Great function room above. Really enjoyed our lunch yesterday.

Thank Brenda M
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Brenda, thank you for your kind review. Am so pleased that you like our restaurant. We look forward to having you again. See you soon.. More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the restaurant foe Sunday lunch with our two daughters. The restaurant was clean, brightly lit and welcoming from the outside. We were greeted as we entered the restaurant by a male manager in a slightly matter of fact manner who was not overly friendly. Once seated we were handed menus. The specials board was behind us and we... More 

Thank Helen T
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Helen, I thank you for taking the time to write such a descriptive review. Although you say that the overall experience was good i am saddened to hear that you were not welcomed in the correct manner and you were left waiting for service at the beginning of your meal. And i am also sorry to hear that we... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having a nearby appointment and only a small amount of time to get something to eat. The staff at Portabbello were very accommodating. Prompt and delicious food, brilliant. We look forward to a return visit where we can enjoy a more leisurely meal.

Thank ManBats
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Good afternoon, thank you for your kind review. We look forward to giving you a more lengthy dinning experience. See you soon.. More 

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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for a team lunch with colleagues yesterday. Good service, good food... nothing extra-special but it delivered on every count. Small but good vegetarian select (I had the camembert beetroot tart -- which I recommend). The poached peach / ginger ice cream / crumble dessert was delicious! And one colleague said her sticky toffee pudding was really, really good... More 

Thank Elizabeth D
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Elizabeth, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our food and hospitality. We very much look forward to becoming one of your dinning spots. Thank you again and see you soon.. More 

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139 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Average food, small portions (especially the minute steak - it is literally minute!) and high prices. There is absolutely nothing special about this restaurant which dismally fails to live up to its pretensions

Thank Crustyoxford
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for your comments and observations. And am sorry you did not enjoy your experience with us. I will be looking into our potion sizes. Thank you again. More 

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fab bar with good food. We had a terrible train journey from the North and when we arrived in Oxford only this bar was still serving food. The staff where really friendly and the burgers where great. Good bottle of wine as well, seemed a bit pricey but told about right for the south so cool👍

Thank Morag M
Henrik A, General Manager at Portabello Restaurant Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Friendly good food and wine is what we do best so pleased you found us. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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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
USD 8 - USD 51
European, British, Grill, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
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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