Porto Terra
Porto Terra

Porto Terra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.portoterra.com/
  • Phone: 5039441090x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 12pm, Lunch: All Days: 11:00am - 5pm Dinner: All Days: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marissa Burback
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor St.
  • Public Transit: Located a half block from Pioneer Square and the MAX.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: On SW Taylor Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, inside the Hilton Executive.
A word from Porto Terra
Come visit us for an inviting experience featuring regional Italian cuisine with a Northwest flair. You will enjoy a vast wine selection from the Northwest and Italy. Our entire staff looks forward to making your meal a memorable one.
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Porto Terra reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (3)special occasion (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great service & good food
    DinnerDiva
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience prior to a theatre event. Service was really good and the wine flight, salad and pasta were all very good!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly good
    4timmens
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Was a little worried that it would simply be overpriced hotel food. It is spendy but the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, slow service
    topratedVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was very good and the waitstaff very courteous, but the service was very slow. Our 6 year old had a hard time waiting 45 minutes for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!!!!
    lovetodineVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We are local Portlanders and decided to try Porta Terra for the first time since it was located near the theater we were attending that evening. Wow, such freshness and incredible taste to all three of our courses. I highly recommend the fresh Alaskan Halibut!!!! Plus the service was impeccable!!!! We will definitely be returning often to this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, ok food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My wife and I ate here before. The service was very good but the food was pretty boring. She had the gnocci and I had the chicken parmesan. It wasn't bad but we were expecting better quality considering the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 187 reviews are from the Porto Terra reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Terrific chef! All the dishes are outstanding. They are also extremely accommodating about dietary needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Great
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I had one of the best one on one experiences with the staff and food ever! The best menu and knowledgeable staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Terrible service
    Skifast15
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Wow, this restuarant came in a recommendation and the good was Food great, service awful. Ordered a specialty cocktail for $11 and they served a shot vs a drink. Asked for a new cocktail and said that was what I ordered!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Suzie
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The Tuscan tomato soup was very flavorful. We couldn't stop eyeing our co-worker's Pasta Bolognese.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice no hassle meal
    BobetteVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We were there just for a drink and decided to stay for dinner so I used Open Table to reserve for 30 minutes later. Mariyah, our wait staff and bartender was quite good and made a terrific martini. They had gluten free pasta and it was very good. It was a quiet night there and we enjoyed a relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good, although pricey
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The drink menu and the wine menu were very expensive. The food was good although it was very pricey as well. The service was slow even though the place wasn't packed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food. Great location.
    97116
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This restaurant is just a few blocks from the Stumptown Stage theatre's, and the Schnitz. It's in the Hilton, so you have to get a room card from the waiter to get in, and the piped in music was horrible and unable to be changed. The waitress very kindly had it turned down for us. The lemon drop and Moscow mule were both mixed perfectly. My Dungeness crab ravioli was really good, and my friend's halibut was huge. The halibut was served over garlic mashed potatoes, with asparagus tips, grapefruit sections, and grape tomatoes. She said it was amazing. My bread pudding was ginormous, and made out of croissants. Holy cow, was it good! My friend had the orange marscapone tart with dark chocolate and pine nut brittle. It looked amazing also.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a hotel restaurant
    curwenVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We ate here a couple of days ago. The food was pretty good, the service not so - nothing wrong with it but a bit indifferent rather than bad. I was a bit surprised when our drinks were served from a tray with drinks for a couple of other tables. We'd been in one of Portland's pubs a day earlier and there the server brought drinks for 3 or 4 tables on one tray - that's fine in a pub but not at an establishment that purports to be a fine dining restaurant. The whole place has the feel of a hotel restaurant trying to be an Italian restaurant and doesn't quite succeed. The bar had a better feel - probably try drinks and pupus there if we come again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Porto Terra is a hotel restaurant that gets overlooked, but the chef is excellent and the service consistently good. We have become regulars!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-symphony menu
    lulu
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Four ladies came for the pre-symphony special and all of us thought it was just great. Three selections for entrees (two tried and both delicious) and the service was very good. We definitely will come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a lovely breakfast
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    and the atmosphere was just right: Calm and quiet with a lovely buffet and good service!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Good Choice
    Irene
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We always enjoy our meal at Porto Terra. The food is carefully prepared and nicely presented. The service is attentive, and the noise level permits easy conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first time was just amazing!
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great service, great atmosphere and wonderful food all graciously served with the allotted time before the opera! It's a true gem with tables spaced far apart 2 allow private conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sleeper
    Reader
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I am always amazed that this restaurant isn't more crowded. It is truly one of the best Italian restaurants downtown. Entrees, salads, all big, good and at a reasonable price. Try the pasta dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't What I Was Expecting
    rjfisher58
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Since we brought our own bottle of wine, they were attentive to get it open and poured for us. However, we didn't see our server at our table for 20 minutes after that. The menu displayed on the Open Table website and the one I was presented at the restaurant were like night and day. I received about half the menu options that I saw on OT and because of dietary restrictions, I only 2 choices my wife only had one. I would go back again however, I would not base my restaurant selection weighted heavily on the menu I see on OT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • V-day date night
    Datenite
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My 36 week pregnant wife and I really enjoyed our experience! We were greeted with a smile at the door and sat in the first 3 minutes of arrival. Our server was fantastic as well as our dinner. I recommend the crab cakes, they are phenomenal. We will be telling our friends about Porto Terra as well as bring my out of state in-laws in for dinner. Very happy to have found this restaurant on this site!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and ambiance
    Puppet
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great service and ambiance during my valentine dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Quality could be Better
    Hayley
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overall I enjoyed my meal here, but I don't think I will be returning because the food quality was not up to par with the price. First off, by the time my cheese plate arrived the two pieces of bread they gave me were gone, leaving nothing to spread the brie-style cheese on. My salad was delicious but my boyfriend's was far too bitter. I ordered the scallops for the second course and they were far too large and chewy - not soft and delicate at all. He ordered the veal which was a LOT (too much) meat. The servers were very kind but service was spotty. It took a long time for them to ask us if we were ready to order, and I often didn't have the correct silverware. It was a nice place for a date, but I think we'll try something new next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Valentine's Dinner
    DluanneC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentine's Day dinner and had the "yours, mine & ours" 5 course meal. While the first and second course were delicious and the salads were ok, both the main dishes were overly salted and the chocolate cake for desert was dry. My son makes a better cake from scratch than this! Also, for a romantic dinner, I felt the server rushed the courses. Probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Exceptional dining experience. Great menu options for vegetarian and meat eaters alike. Great service and atmosphere!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was slow - took a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    service was slow - took a long time to take the order and for the food to come and to get the check. there were tables around that came after us that got their food, paid and left before us. food was ok not great. ambience was good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Tradition
    wesdoc
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This is the fourth year we have celebrated a Christmas outing with our grandkids. Porto Terra never disappoints. Service and food are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food
    swampdog
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    presentation was lovely. Duck confit a little salty but cooked very well, pureed cauliflower with the best brussel sprouts I've ever had topped with sweet potato ribbons. Would definitely go again, the bar food that was going by looked good also - seems like a nice place to stop in after shopping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, not great; would try again
    Tobo
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We had some issues with the food being over salted and since we were early, a little slow on attention from the waiter (perhaps a change in shift?), but they did remake the over salted pasta, and we LOVED the salad (beets and faro) and warm bread. I think we just hit them at the wrong moment; so definitely would go again before deciding if this is unusual or typical. I suspect it is an excellent restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotel Food
    ernie
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Overall not bad. Service was a little slow. If they want customers other than hotel guests they should consider validating parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor service
    Disappointed
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Short story is service was extremely slow. Never received some of the food we ordered and were charged for. When we asked for help we were told our server was busy with a much larger table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanksgiving bust
    JanR
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Based on Open Table reviews, our party of 4 decided to try their special fixed price Thanksgiving dinner. When we arrived, we waited and waited for someone to greet and seat us. Other employees apologized that they didn't know where an appropriate person was and they couldn't seat us. Two of us chose the turkey option and two the lamb option. Excellent bread with tapenade was served. Our wilted spinach salads arrived swimming in dressing - too bad because the cheese was tasty and the fruit added crunch. After a very long time our entrees arrived very lukewarm. The turkey was drizzled with gloppy gravy and very dry dressing. The lamb was unevenly carved with end pieces that one might use for stew after removing excess fat and gristle. Ugg.
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  • Good for groups.
    Nomad
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I had made a reservation for a party of 15-20 and the restaurant was very accommodating. They called me twice to confirm which is really nice. The waitress was sweet and they all made sure we had the correct silverware for our meals. I've eaten here twice and both times were with a large group of people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    TigardT
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Who knew that a great restaurant could be found in a hotel? Excellent cuisine, great service and a great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Timeline
    symphonydiner
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We wanted a very nice dinner prior to attending the Symphony. The hostess and waitress were aware of what time we needed to be at the symphony and accommodated our needs, so we were able to enjoy great wine and a wonderful meal and still make it to the symphony on time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food and Wait-staff!
    frequentguestVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    This is one of my favorite restaurants for a business lunch. The food is excellent and the wait-staff is attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Failed from the Start
    JSake
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The hostess was surprised that we wanted to be seated. Didn't asked about Opentble nor gave the chance. We were originally helped by a man in a suit then after some time a waitress took over after our appetizers were finished. Later, another couple comes in, promptly seated, and even asked if they had an Opntble reservation and they said no. We order, the table next to us orders, we all get our food at the same time. This is when the service diverged. After dinner it took 15 minutes for anyone to notice us and to clean our table and order dessert. The other table that came in later was promptly helped then had Tiramisu. I should have treated this place like it was in Italy (the other table didn't need to but future diners may need to).
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  • Poor customer service
    Kevinf72
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Overpriced , lacked any atmosphere basically open to the hotel lobby , not ideal for an intimate dinner. Food was reasonable but didn't reflect the price. Steelhead was cooked perfect so kudos to the chef. Valet parking was a rip off , parked for 1hr 5 min and was charged $16 , the attendant even had the audasity to ask if I wanted change from my $20 ?? To top it off my car was still in the street space that we had left it parked in for the valet, so it was never moved. Will not be returning or recommending this experience to anyone
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  • Excellent Service
    WearyTraveler
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    I arrived there early for my reserved seat and they happily accommodated me and made sure I was comfortable and had plenty of coffee, etc. The waiting staff was very friendly and helpful. The Salmon was perfect. I would return without qualms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find for lunch
    stevemarseattleVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    I usually don't dine downtown for lunch but found myself there so I checked Open Table for suggestions. Service was prompt and attentive, fresh pasta of the day was very good, tomato soup with basil was full of flavor. My only minor complaint was I thought the wines by the glass prices were a little spendy so I passed on those. All in all a nice lunch experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.