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Portlander Bar & Grill

) #31 of 692 Restaurants in Wellington $$ - $$$ Steakhouse, European,
75 Featherston Street | Cnr of Whitmore & Featherston Streets, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-498 3762
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Steakhouse, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
75 Featherston Street | Cnr of Whitmore & Featherston Streets, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Steak was good and cooked correctly. Wait staff was friendly and service was good for the meal but it seemed to take forever to get drinks from the bar. Meal as a whole was a bit expensive but that tends to be the case for...More

Thank Jonathan L
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi Jonathan L, Thank you for your review, great to hear lovely feedback on food and service in the restaurant, we are continuously working on training with the staff to ensure our service is always at its best. Thank you for your comments on the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

The service was very good this time but it can be variable. The food was nice but it would be good to see a few more vegetarian choices even though I'm aware the restaurant is known for its meat meals.More

Thank helenpZ623UG
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi HelenpZ623UG, Thank you for your view, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us. Over the recent months we have had a lot of change over in staff and are happy to hear that this dedicated in training plan is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great steak restaurant. I had the wakanui med rare which was delicious. My kids ordered from the kids menu and they were more than happy. The service was good despite the fact that the restaurant was very busy.More

Thank Alibaliboo
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi Alobaliboo, thank you very much for your lovely review, i am delighted to hear that you any your family enjoyed their evening with us. We love our approach to a healthier kids menu and delighted that they loved it too. Looking forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Portlander for a few meals now, a combination of lunch with a large group, lunch with a small group and dinner with a small group. The food is always spot on. Don't let the fact it is a hotel restaurant put...More

Thank cantabgirl
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Good morning Cantabgirl, Thank you for your review, It is always lovely to hear returning guests are continuously enjoying their experiences with us, Looking forward to welcoming you back to Portlander in the near future. Orlaith

Reviewed 1 week ago

Usual excellent service, but the food was not up to usual standard at all :( My husband asked for his steak well done, that was obviously not received well by the kitchen and the waitress returned and very nicely asked if he would consider medium...More

Thank Sarah W
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Good Morning Sarah W, Thank you for taking the time to review Portlander Bar & Grill, and I am sorry to hear that on this occasion you did not enjoy your service as much as previous experience. We have spoken to the team in Portlander...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here last night for dinner. The service was impeccable however the meals not so much. Both our meals lacked flavour. I had the sole which was quite tasteless. We are staying in the hotel and will be dining elsewhere tonight. The breakfast buffet is...More

1  Thank MHarding25
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Hi MHarding25, Thank you very much for you feedback, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the sole, We have already passed your feedback to our chef and his team to address. I am however, very happy to hear that the service...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a solo meal at Portlander, lady on phone said "no problem" and so. Great steak, cooked perfectly. For dessert I asked for the cheese list. Chose the Gouda and the Smiling Gecko Brie - I jokingly said on condition that I see a Smiling...More

1  Thank Paul A
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Hi Paul, Extremely delighted to hear your cheery review this morning, and even more delighted to hear of such wonderful feedback regarding our servers. I will make sure to track her down and show her you kind words. Looking forward to welcoming you back to...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located within the Rydges Hotel, we enjoyed breakfast and dinner from the restaurant. Dinner was extraordinarily good. Superb, in fact! So much choice! Great selection of dishes, wines and whiskeys. We had a burger and ribs. Burgers aren't normally my thing, but wow, I had...More

Thank KKG007
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Hello KKG007, Thank you for your lovely review, we were very happy to hear you had such a lovely experience dining with us. Burgers and steaks are definitely our thing, so its great to hear you will be back to cure the envy. looking forward...More

Reviewed 22 June 2017

We dined for a breakfeast,lunch and Dinner. Breakfeast was a very good range, with all the usual items.Lunch menu was basic.The dineer menu was great, I had a Sirlion steak with a blue cheese sauce and a side order Ceasar salad.Ordered it med well and...More

Thank Brian T
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Hello Brian T, I was very happy to ready your review and hear that you had a wonderful experience with us at Portlander. I have passed you lovely comments onto our head chef to share with his team. Looking forward to welcoming you back in...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Portlander Bar & Grill delivered in all areas . We ordered two steaks the Wakanui eye fillet & the rib eye. Both were cooked to perfection. The restaurant is located in the Rydges Hotel & is an upmarket grill steakhouse & whisky bar. The black...More

1  Thank Ellemay
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Hello Ellemay, Thank you very much for taking the time to review Portlander, we were delighted to read your review - and even more happy to hear of the wonderful experience you had while dining with us. I have passed you comments on to our...More

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27 March 2017|
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Response from Rhiannon B | Property representative |
Hi there, Great to hear you are on your way back to our side of the world. Our average head spend for a meal is about $80 including a couple of drinks and two courses - this is around 45 - 50 pounds.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 40
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:30
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06:00 - 22:30
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75 Featherston Street | Cnr of Whitmore & Featherston Streets, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-498 3762
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In a relaxing and friendly environment we invite our guests to revel in all the freshness and goodness our little slice of the world provides. PORTLANDER Nestled in a spot where land meets sea, the Portlander is a unique take on the grill house concept - one which is local, seasonal, cultivated... and just a little bit wild. We're about superb cuts of meat, prepared to perfection and finished in style. Bloody rare and rather well done - it's the ideal place to eat meat and greet. PORTLANDER is the proud winner of 'BEST RESTAURANT' at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence 2015
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