Ports O Call
Ports O Call

Ports O Call

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.portsocalldining.com/
  • Phone: (310) 833-3553
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining room Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 2:30pm - 8:00pm Patio and lounge Monday - Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm Sunday 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Ruben Guerrero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment
    April though September: Live entertainment on the patio Saturday nights.
    Jazz, Blues & Top 40s. by the bay.
    No cover or minimum. Just Great Entertainment

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harbor Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Able free parking over 100 spots
A word from Ports O Call
Ports O’ Call Restaurant is everything that a waterfront dining should be, the setting, the food the service, in a comfortable unrushed atmosphere that is simultaneously cozy and classy, equally suited for romantic dinners and business conference.
Our menu is quite varied but not overwhelming, definitely there are enough choices to ensure that every guests dining preferences will be accommodated. Ports O Call Restaurant has a well deserved reputation for serving only the finest, freshly prepared cuisine and for its skilled courteous staff, dedicated to making each guest’s dining experience a memorable occasion.
Happy Hour:
Monday to Friday 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm ( No happy hour on major holidays ) $4.00 for house wine,
domestic beer and premium well drinks. Complementary appetizers, and half price on selected food items
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Ports O Call reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food3.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (34)good for groups (29)great for outdoor dining (28)special occasion (28)great for brunch (23)romantic (21)great for lunch (16)neighborhood gem (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (9)fit for foodies (8)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • ReNewed
    VMMMVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    They've done a lot of cleaning and renewed some equipment. Added more sushi varieties and salad bar items. Food was really good. We really enjoyed our visit. Service was excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD SELECTION BEAUTIFUL VIEW
    LymalaVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    WONDERFUL SELECTION OF FOOD TO PLEASE ANY DINER, INCLUDING CHILDREN, VEGANS,OR VEGETARIANS. GREAT HARBOR VIEW,LOADS OF FREE PARKING. WILL EASILY ACCOMODATE LARGE PARTIES. THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE A SHOWER OR BIRTHDAY PARTY GOING ON (THEY HAVE SEPARATE ROOMS) FREE HARBOR CRUISES OFFERED AFTER BRUNCH,CHECK FOR TIMES. STAFF HAS BEEN THERE FOR MANY YEARS AND SERVICE IS ATTENTIVE. FREE FLOWING INEXPENSIVE WYCLIFF CHAMPAGNE.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great afternoon getaway
    2dinefor
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    this is great to get away with friends and be able to talk food is good service is excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    Roberto
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The ambiance at Ports O'Call lends itself for a relaxing, slow moving meal. If lucky, you will see a major freighter or cruise ship going in or out through LA Harbor's main canal right outside the window. Lovely place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Very good service. Good seafood. Happy Hour is very good with live music.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Sunday champagne brunch!
    AnonDiner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Really great restaurant for a Sunday champagne brunch. Great food, and a huge variety of it, sure to satisfy almost any palate. The service was excellent as well. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterside bliss
    QBwashereVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Went for the harbor views - a tranquill Monday with a few boats coming and going. Crab cakes, seafood Louis salad, clam chowder & salad bar (included pastas, potato salad & fruit) - all delicious & spicy(!) bloody Mary's. Who could ask for anything more?!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and music
    LRreviews
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Beautiful outdoor seating. Great food. Live band played after dinner, lots of fun, dancing and laughs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    5 of my friends and myself had a wonderful time. The food was good , the service great and the view awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs update; good waterfront view
    ANonyMouse
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Grilled salmon was very good, the rest so-so. Very fine salad bar, though. Waterfront views are very refreshing, and if any ships go by you really have a treat. This tired old tourist center needs lots of updating, and maybe if they started charging for parking they would get less free-loader picnic crowd and more paying customers. Parking on weekends mid-day is impossible. Traffic is rude and there is no crowd control. Police presence is worthless because they stay in their cars and don't do anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy and warm
    DoctorCee
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Between the music and guests, it was so loud. Difficult to hear the conversation across the table. We felt like we had to almost yell to hear the other person across from us. Dining room so warm we didn't even want to sit and actually enjoy our lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MichelleM
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Have never been disappointed at Ports O Call restaurant. It's our go to place for good food and beautiful view. First time for brunch and it was wonderful. I highly recommend it. Excellent food, plenty of food choices, good service and did I mention the view. On the water. Its beautiful. Happy hour during the week is the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, friendly and entertaining
    carollVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We stumbled onto Ports O Call thru Open Table and gave it a try. We arrived during happy hour and sat outside on the deck overlooking San Pedro harbor. The music was one musician on steel drums. He was really good and sounded like a band of steel drums. (Such a happy sound) Our served, Alice M. was top notch. She made great suggestions and was very friendly. She overheard us talking about my birthday being the next day, so at the end of our meal she presented me with a piece of strawberry cheesecake. That was nice surprise. We will definitely go back to Ports O Call again. Thanks for a great evening. And thank you Alice M.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Bill
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was a perfect day for dining on the patio with the tall ships and three story high duck in sight. A favorite spot for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and cozy, good food
    PeskyPescetarianVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was here during a weekday - a Wednesday; I thought we were dining early (7:00pm) but we were about the last people in the dining room we were in, which was kind of nice. Food was excellent. The stuffed mushrooms were good. I had a salmon with a shrimp topping, although as I'm very mildly alergic to spinach asked for it on the side, but got 'all of the topping' on the side; no biggie. I guess it was in a big jug or something. My date liked the crab cakes so much she's bringing her daughter there for them tonight :) When we left, the bar/casual area seemed pretty crowded. We were there to chat, but it was nice seeing both ambiances in the same place. Parking was very easy
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Anniversaryfor2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Awesome food, expected smaller portions because of the fancy nature of the restaurant and was pleasantly surprised with the more than enough portions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ports O'Call very nice
    Myluv4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Port's O'Call is a very nice restaurant, I took 4 friend and we enjoyed the music and drinks but the food was salty, dry and burt. I've been there before and the food was excelent but not this time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Brunch was delicious and champagne was endless. Very nice ambience... Next time I think of brunch this place is high on my list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 305 reviews are from the Ports O Call reviews archive.
  • Great food but...
    LuvToEat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food & ambiance were great. Our waiter was hopefully just having an off day. I would definitely try this restaurant again with anticipation of better service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shatters "the rule"
    RegularGuy
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The old adage that waterside restaurants have mediocre food definitely proven wrong. Best brunch ever.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Terrible expirienced with foods and atmostphere, music is toooo lound unable to communicate either friend or waitress, credit card machine had a problem end up to find a ATM for cash. Food came out fast but no taste.:( only one that satisfied is service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My opinion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I thought the food was good, but they could have more variety for the salad bar.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent time
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We really enjoyed the restaurant. Friendly with a nice view of the water. Good food an reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This brunch was as advertised. No one could possibly go away hungry. Service was attentive and cordial.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dodgey Part of Town Eatery
    Memo711
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Service is fair, expect to have to remind your server to bring your drinks and food. Ceviche has absolutely no flavor of any kind. View is good except for the regular breezes of dead fish smell that blow downwind. When you order the bread pudding...expect a cube of bread.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getting there is a battle!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    On Father’s Day (and we are told, every weekend), the parking lots were jammed. Prepare to walk a half mile if necessary. Very crowded boardwalk atmosphere at the venue. Once inside the restaurant, it was peaceful and a pleasant, if not memorable, experience. Probably won’t do this again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joanne
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went on a Sat. afternoon for lunch. It was our 1st visit, and WOW, we loved it! We were seated right away and by the window as I requested. Our waiter was very pleasant and efficient. We would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our Meal
    Idalvarez
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My spouse and I enjoy going to this place. They also do a great job with holidays and can accommodate large crowds well.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ports O Call Dining
    Lucky7s
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Having advance Open Table reservations made our welcome and seating very smooth. We were set right by a window seat to enjoy the beautiful serene view of the waterfront. Overhead music was subtle and noise was low key. The food was presented with artistry and it was a very pleasant and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    Redchilipepper
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I have been here a couple of times and took my boyfriend here on Wednesday night for a nice dinner. We had a wonderful time and our dinner was delicious! Love the atmosphere and view. The staff is very friendly and helped me surprise my boyfriend with dessert. Must check it out if you haven't been! We will be back to check out their brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Diner
    happy
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Excellent food, great server, will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ports O' Call: Still Going Strong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A classic restaurant amongst those of us who have lived in the West LA county/South Bay area for many years, Ports O' Call is still one of the best around, despite the touristy attractions being a little past heir prime. Seafood is second to none (some right off the boat), a salad bar that's the the best in the harbor, terrific service and a night-time view that is breathtaking. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once we sat down
    Mouse
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant several times a year, to celebrate birthdays, for about 20 years and have never had a problem. This was the first time we ever had problems getting set at a table where those of us with disabilities had the room to get up from it. We have sat at the same table for as long as I can remember, but the manager this time decided the table was too big for the 7 of us and moved us elsewhere. I understand this can happen, but imagine our surprise when we came around the corner and a group of 5 people were sitting there!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mom's Day Brunch
    Barnery
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were amazed at how well the restaurant accommodated the large Mothers Day Crowd. Everyone was seated rapidly. the service was very good and the food excellent. Loved it !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, Great service!
    PickyEater
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had reservations for 1PM, but, because of heavy traffic, the first member in our party arrived 10 minutes late. The staff was very friendly, polite and accommodating. By the time we were seated, it was 1:20. They never made us feel as though we would loose our reservation. The waitstaff was polite, friendly and very efficient. The food was delicious and plentiful. Everyone had their fill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Changed
    VMMMVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We come here because my wife loves crab. Quality of the crab changed. Did not taste good at all. Overheard another table complaining about the quality. Could not eat more than a couple of pieces. The omelet cook was different and very sloppy/messy. Had food all over his cooking area. Was very stingy with the quantity of food he used. I had to ask a couple of times, if I could have a little more cheese and mushrooms. He was so rushed. The sushi was not good either. The rice was ice cold and very gummy. Like the sushi was pre-made and left in the refrigerator for a time. Plus there were a couple of larger parties that were overly noisy, uncomfortable... Otherwise the service was excellent, other foods were good as usual. Menudo was tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    If yiu choose to go, which I suggest, make your reservations for as early as possible or arrive 30-45 mins early to secure parking. The food was good with a wide array to choose from. Be aware they do allow dogs in the outdoor dining area...we had a barker while there.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch & some dishes were cold
    Shanadee
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was very good but some of the burners kept going out thus making some food cold.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    Luvzlaffn
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    It's hard to write a review for an Easter brunch because it was crowded and noisy, but that's acceptable since it's a holiday. The only thing I can mention that was unpleasant was the fact that our table was outside( which was fine) but it was in the sun. We picked up our table and moved it to the shade which helped a lot!.we have gone there for at least 5 years in a row for Easter brunch so that says a lot!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ports O Call Review
    JCReview
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.