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“Hidden gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Porta

Porta
Ranked #13 of 549 Restaurants in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

Perfect place to spend a long evening drinking wine, relaxing and nibbling on tasty tapas. Very cleverly done - authentic without being cheesy. Food quality is great - the calamari in particular was soft and perfectly cooked. Try the specials which are always good. We were tempted to place a bad review just so we can make sure we can always get a table!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cgreg86
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great little place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

Authentic Spanish tapas. Lovely style of eating. Friendly staff. Good service. Visiting from Bristol but would go back time and time again if we were locals! X

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Luschafer
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great food. Excellent service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

Went for our wedding anniversary but hadn't booked. We had booked the Weighing Room but were let down. Had heard good things about Benjamin Joseph but didn't hold out much hope without booking on a Saturday evening. The staff were really helpful and managed to direct us to Porta next door.
Received a great welcome and we only had to wait a few minutes for a table. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and dining experience.
From the start the service was great.
Food was better than expected, even for good quality tapas. Great variety and the specials were really something.
Favourite dish was pickled anchovies!! We ordered two plates.
Table service continued to be fantastic and it made our evening.
The place is very small which made for a very intimate atmosphere. Even shook the hands of the chefs on the way out.
Had plenty to eat. £25 bottle of wine and the bill was less than £80 in total for two.
Only comment. .... you get what you pay for. It's a bit steep, which may not be too everyone's taste.

I will definitely be going back.
If Joseph Benjamin is anywhere near as good I can't wait.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jim B
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A long time coming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

My wife and I lived in Spain for some years in the 1980s, long before Tapas became the phenomenon it has become in recent times. During our time there we learnt to distinguish the good from the bad and regular visits to the country since has enabled us to watch its cuisine develop into one of the finest in the world. Porta is the real deal, its authentic and the chef is a class act. We have lived in Chester now for 17 years and have always felt the lack of a place that you can pop in for a quick bite to eat and a beer (which is the essence of a good spanish bar). Into the bargain it is very affordable to put it mildly - I would double the price of the food and half the cost of the wine but that's probably my age. We accompanied Spanish friends here a few weeks back - they were sceptical about our boasts but were quick to acknowledge the quality of the food and the great atmosphere and the fact that the chef was from Madrid. Let's treasure Porta while we have it in our handsome city. Personally I can't beleive our luck

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MikeyRees1960
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Telford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Top marks!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

Lovely place so chilled! Fab music and atmosphere! Lovely tapas!! Will definitely be back! Enjoyed not feeling rushed to leave!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lauramay123
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