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Portello Rosso

#147 of 3,200 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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15 Warburton Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9602 2273
18:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Tue 18:00 - 23:00
Wed - Sat 18:00 - 23:30
Thu - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. Amazing food and vibe from this hidden restaurant. The mussels were the highlight - I tried mussels every night for a week in Spain and this sauce was by far the best I'd had. The service was prompt. The only thing not authentic was the sangria which was delicious but didn't taste like a typical Spanish sangria - however... More 

1 Thank Helen M
Wodonga, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has a friendly casual feel, it's cosy and you can be seated sharing a large tall table or along a long bench with others.

Thank ebertfamily
Melbourne, Australia
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112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my work team for lunch here on a Friday for Xmas breakup. Absolutely fabulous. Food magnificent, wine list and beers all international and good. Great atmosphere. Loud and full house. Agree that the sangria however is average and overpriced. Well worth a visit.

Thank JK_family_of_4
Melbourne, Australia
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400 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Portello Rosso is hidden down a laneway like all good Melbournian restaurants are. They serve gigantic bowls of paella to share. The seafood one that my friend and I consumed was delicious. However, it does take 45 minutes to cook. The staff and the menu tell you this. So order a small entree or 2 while you wait. Service was... More 

1 Thank geelongexpat
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We have several small plates to try also a seafood paella. The paella was under cooked as the rice was still crunchy. It was also very very expensive for what we got. Also $50 for a litre of Sangria is way too much. Food was good, service was good I just can't justify the prices charged for what you get.

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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this place when we were struggling to find a restaurant Friday night. Trip Advisor suggested Portello Rosso and we are so glad it did! In a lane way off Little Burke, it really is a hole in the wall, linked to a fabulous little cocktail bar upstairs. Beautiful, warm and inviting interior, with friendly and efficient staff!... More 

1 Thank Morgan B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We came across this place after other restaurants were unable to fit is in at short notice. Awesome food. Excellent service. Amazing wine. Would definitely go back. Am amazing experience, do yourself a favour!

1 Thank Roan B
Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The laneways of Melbourne are a treasure trove of delightful eateries and bars just waiting to be discovered. Add Portello Rosso to the discoveries. I just happened to notice the geraniums at the bars frontage to Warburton Lane. Thought it worth investigating Quirky little Spanish themed bar. We sat downstairs at the large table with bar stools. There are tables... More 

2 Thank Stanley F
Wellington, New Zealand
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

We went to Portello Rosso for dinner last month while in Melbourne for a few days. Lots of delicious tapas and sharing plates and jug of sangria. Really enjoyed the laid back feeling of the place. Were seated near the cooking area and chatted a bit to the chef on duty who was great and a real hoot. Would go... More 

Thank Toni D
Stockholm, Sweden
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23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The food was amazing, the service friendly and the atmosphere nice. The thing that lowers the grade was the bland and extremely overpriced sangria.

Thank jfeljan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 38 - USD 75
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Warburton Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9602 2273

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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