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“Don't Just Drive By Because It Doesn't Have Curb Appeal”
Review of Ports Cafe

Ports Cafe
Ranked #1 of 94 Restaurants in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$28
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: An informal setting overlooking Seneca Lake, featuring savory and unique dishes made from fresh, ​locally sourced ingredients.​ ​Finger Lakes wines and craft beers are available by the glass. Reservations Recommended. Maximum group is 8.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

This is one of those places you could easily dismiss if you did not know in advance that it is a REAL GEM. My wife and I learned about it from a local resident who told us not to miss it during our stay in Geneva. She was right.

The meal was superb in every way. To begin with, there are more specials each night than there are regular items on the menu. It took our server about 10 minutes to describe the specials in delicious detail.

The entire staff is young and enthusiastic. The kitchen staff and the service staff could not have been more involved in a well coordinated effort to please their guests.

Reservations are absolutely necessary. It is no secret that this is THE place to have dinner when visiting or living in the Geneva area. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food one will enjoy.

The only negative I found was the loud banter of the people seated around the dining area. Actually, it was more the expression of people who could not hold back their vocal enthusiasm for the food they were eating.

This is a place not to be missed.

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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We decided to give ports a try based on trip advisor reviews despite the small menu listed online. We were happy to hear the specials menu from our waitress which was easily two times the size of the main menu and had many tempting choices. All the food is locally bought and was excellent. It is a bit pricey but worth it.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Two of our pourers in a day of wine-tasting LIT UP when asked about dinner recommendations... they couldn't recommend Ports highly enough. They were both in their mid to late-20's, but sure knew their wine, & the timing worked beautifully for our tour of the Seneca Lake's west side. WHAT A TREAT!!

Our server Eric was knowledgable, attentive, and delightful and the specials were a foodie's delight!! We had no room for dessert, & truly regret it. We'll definitely be back in future visits to the region; we wish the chef & staff well... they've really got something special here!!

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1  Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Wow, wow, wow...Another great meal at Ports. We had been going to Geneva for 7 years before someone told us to try Ports. It's the kind of place, from the outside, you wouldn't think to stop at. Don't let the outside fool you. The food here is the best. You have to make reservations or you will not get in, so plan ahead. This time I had the duck...yum!!! My wife had linguine with mushrooms and scallops. I know, mushrooms...yuck!....NOT!!! It was so good. The mushrooms were from Italy and they had the best flavor. Wish I could remember what the name of them were. I highly recommend Ports. We don't visit that area without stopping there at least once a trip.

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1  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

After reading several reviews about Ports Cafe on Trip Advisor, we decided to give it a try, and we are certainly glad we did. Pulling up to the restaurant, first impressions, left us wondering if it was the right restaurant. We had a five o'clock reservation and we were first ones there (dinner is not served till 5:30). From the outside, Ports looks like your typical family restaurant, but once greeted by our waitress, it was apparent that it was anything but typical!

Ports Cafe has a limited printed menu, which was fine, but they top that with a special list for the evening that was so long, our waitress left us her "cheat sheet". Each item looked more tastier than the previous one. No decision would have been the wrong one. Our appetizer, entrée, and desert were wonderful, and everything was priced equally as wonderful.

It wasn't long before the restaurant was filled, and by 6:30, seating was only available outside. While having our meals, I noticed several people walk up to the restaurant, read the menu, and leave, and I wanted to run outside to tell them to return, because they were only viewing half of the options and getting less than half the story. Oh well, it was their loss.

This evening we celebrated our 26th anniversary, and the dinner was one of the better ones we had had celebrating previous anniversaries. The service was excellent, the dinner was wonderful, and price was far less than I would have expected to pay.

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Thank Richard A
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