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Portal Restaurant and Bar - CLOSED

88 St. John Street, London EC1M 4EH, England
+44 20 7253 6950
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
18 Feb 2015
“Amazing! ”
1 Feb 2015
“Great food”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
88 St. John Street, London EC1M 4EH, England
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91 - 100 of 115 reviews

Reviewed 7 March 2012

We visited here last week, meeting friends in town on a Saturday evening. Surprisingly we were able to book on the day. I have read the previous reviews referencing poor service. Clearly someone has listened as this was absolutely fine, with no hint of surliness!...More

Thank Dsl000001
Reviewed 19 December 2011

Great setting for a meal with clients. Interesting menu with delicious food. Expensive but worth the prices.

1  Thank helenp56
Reviewed 26 November 2011

I don't know if terrible service and a bad attitude are part of the "authentic" Portuguese experience, but the service, (and particularly the bartender) here couldn't have been more indifferent and awful. We were literally the only two people in the entire bar area on...More

3  Thank rocketman77
Reviewed 21 November 2011

wonderful place to pop in for a drink or a full meal. Excellent Portuguese wines

1  Thank meedan_hk
Reviewed 11 November 2011

What can I say....great ambience, fabulous food and wine, excellent service and Antonio...a man who knows his customer. A large family gathering including children. We were offered off menu options for the children (tick), the wine...great choices and whilst the range was extensive you did...More

Thank Purple_Basil
Reviewed 9 September 2011

Went with friends for dinner and were really impressed with the layout of the restaurant. The front is a bar area - dark wood with lots of candles then a corridor takes diners out to the restaurant which is like an atrium with a small...More

Thank TraLonW
Reviewed 20 August 2011

The actual physical restaurant of Portal is really nice. The atmosphere is classy and styling in general is very pleasant. I'd like to say this made up for the bad food and mediocre service, but it didn't. Portal is a Portuguese restaurant located close to...More

1  Thank atshannon1
Reviewed 29 July 2011

We left feeling confused and not knowing what to think of the place. It's as if the chef isn't able to make up his mind as to whether he wants this to be a 'Michelin' culinary dining experience (although the cooking is very good and...More

Thank TKB001
Reviewed 21 July 2011

I visited last month for dinner with colleagues. The decor is modern chic with traditional touches (Music was definately in the 'Fado' style, mosaic tiles, etc.). There is a bar area where you can relax before dinner and try some nice Porto. In the restaurant...More

Thank Sankukai
Reviewed 17 July 2011

A recent evening out with friends was a complete joy at Portal .The food was fantastic ,service very attentive and wines both unsual and excellant ,we will all be meeting up again soon at Portal a must visit place ,a complete hidden gem sure to...More

Thank MrC186338
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of an ancient meat market which remains in operation
today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally
renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and
some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a
focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough
time wondering through the area's maze of streets and
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Restaurant Details

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Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 St. John Street, London EC1M 4EH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7253 6950
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