Portuscalle
Portuscalle

Portuscalle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://portuscalle.ca/
  • Phone: (514) 849-2070
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Helena Loureiro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Sundays restaurant could open for private group
  • Private Party Contact: Helena Loureiro 514 849 2070
  • Entertainment: Brazilian lounge music band every Thursday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rachel
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet service every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening
A word from Portuscalle
Enjoy fine Portuguese cuisine at Portuscalle. The menu is a true representation of Iberian country. On the other side of the dividing wall, guests can sit at the bar lounge to have a cocktail and tasty petiscos–Portuguese appetizers that are lighter than their Spanish counterparts thanks to natural ingredients like olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, coriander and parsley.
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Portuscalle reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)special occasion (28)romantic (20)notable wine list (19)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (12)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • rmkw
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    everything was great. Meal served at $39 price point for Montreal a Table was outstanding. Service was wonderful. Presentation was beautiful. All was equal to full price meals at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ah-la-la la Pieuvre!
    LineC
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Tout était parfait mais la pieuvre était iout of this world! Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodforcathVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food and wine were delicious. The only drawback was we were sitting under an air conditioning vent so when it went on, it was freezing. It was actually too cold to have the air on. There was also a large crowd sitting nearby and they were very loud. The restaurant itself was very nice and the food and menu were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    Winner1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There is really 2 sections in this restaurant, the section near the windows, and the back. There is too much noise in the back due to the open kitchen. The service is variable. I think Helena (same owner) in the Old Montreal is one star higher, quieter, and better service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!
    guyniquette
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Don't hesitate and go for the Menu Degustation. WOW! Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    Notanaristocrat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    An near perfect blend of ambiance, menu choices, comfort and quality of food. We left happy and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went out to dinner with two girlfriends. Very friendly wait staff. Knowledgable and helpful for Portuguese wine selection. Delicious fresh ingredients. The grilled octopus and Portuese sausage were tender, and delicious served with a warm bean salad. The grilled filet fish comes with nicely roasted vegetables. A very nice evening topped off with those delicious custard tarts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but the service..
    tc25
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I am a returning client to Portuscalle, and there is obviously a reason why we keep going back.. We were a table of four celebrating a birthday - and upon being greeted by our waitress (we were only two at the time), we advised her the birthday lady was coming, and we would want something special at the end of the night... Unfortunately we never saw that waitress again, and no birthday treat was organized. Our waitress did not pay attention to us at all - to the point where we waited 1.5 hrs between our services. I'm patient, but this was a whole different level. We advised David, who did his very best to turn it around, but we were so far beyond disappointed, that our evening just turned out fair, and no where near wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RDJR
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    great foods, great wines suggested by David who knows what he is talking about, from a wonderful wine list with many private import wines , great ambiance; we are in Portugal; thank you Helena.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Definitely Return
    mimiVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Ordered a variety of small dishes for our table of 4. We especially enjoyed the lamb dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Montreal's finest
    RayBVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food, service and ambiance could not be much better. Knowledgeable staff and very efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dessappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went there several times and it is the first time we are dessapointed. The service was vert poor and the food the wow effect was not there
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Ever
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent tapas. Had the grilled octopus, delicate, tender juicy and served with a whipped bacon spred. divine. Best grilled tuna ever. Wonderful food and beautiful setting.chef Helena is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great... Once again!
    Popoche
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Once again, everything was perfect. Great service. Great food. Try it; you'll love. One of my 2014 greatest discovery!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow !
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Chef Helena is simply outstandting. Wonderful flavors, freshest ingredients and a master touch in presentation. Its hands down one of the best places in town to have a cullinairy experience. Its our GO TO place ! Trying it is adopting it !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    GBVD
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went in with little expectations but left with a great impression! Great attention to quality. From service, to wine pairing, presentation and above all, the food, which should be the focus of any good restaurant. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Antonio
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    La pievre est delicieuse Le service pendant le repas principal etait absent sur la terrasse. Inacceptable pour un resto de ce calibre
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vraiment parfait!
    Olee
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A mon avis un des meilleurs sinon le meilleur restaurant a Montreal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 108 reviews are from the Portuscalle reviews archive.
  • Great food - unstructured service
    Aramis
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had a nice meal at Portuscalle, as always, the food and produce were fresh and tasty, all put together under the supervision of the Chef (Helena), very visible in the kitchen. THe problem was more on the floor: while there wasa clear boss in the kitchen, one was definitely missing service wise. Multiplie servers came to help, all in an unstructured and uncoordinated fashion. Despite 3 mentions that we were not rushed plates kept coming without our go ahead , at times overlapping with drinks, etc. Apparently, the waiters did not talk to one another neither to the Maitre D, and moreover were not learning after the first feedback came to them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Très bon lunch sur la terrasse
    searching4outstanding
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Nous avons très bien mangé sur la terrasse de ce restaurant qui offrait autant des places à l'ombre qu'au soleil. La tâble d'hôte du midi (21$) offre des choix variés d'une très grande qualité. Service courtois et efficace. Mon invité et moi avions toutes les deux optées pour le tartare de thon (excellent), suivi du mahi mahi grillé (très bon) et finalement l'éclair à la lime et ananas. Ce dernier m'a particulièrement surpris avec beaucoup de fraîcheur et de légèreté. Le lunch au Portus Calle est vraiment à ne pas manquer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifique découverte
    guyniquette
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nous en avions eu des échos mais c'était beaucoup mieux en réel. Menu dégustation incroyable. Service attentionné et amical. Ambiance agréable. Bref note parfaite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TurboVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Visiting from the US and had an excellent experience. Great food, great service & an overall great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nicole28
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    nourriture variée et exceptionnelle. Plusieurs découvertes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was artistic & fresh!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had the sampler dishes and loved the fact that we didn't know what was coming. It started with salmon tartare in a spoon followed by a platter of mixed seafood, fish and followed by several other delectable dishes all the way to dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas!
    RobertoYum
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellent selection of hot and cold Portuguese style tapas. Great selection of Portuguese wines, special import, nice gems to discover, our server helped us find just the right moderately priced white wine to complement our meal. The seafood with saffron rice was 4 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best diner I ever had
    Woodspire
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Waitress was excellent and the food sublime. I am not a far of seafood, but that restaurant changed my opinion !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best !
    live2dine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We were celebrating our girlfriend's 50th birthday. The food was outstanding and the service was great! Never disappointed dining at Portus Calle. Don't miss out on a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    dgkb
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Wide variety of delicious food. I will certainly be going back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Night
    OK30
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We had a reservation but decided to sit at the bar since there was a hockey playoff game. We told the young lady to take care of us for food & wine and we were not disappointed. We had a very good tasting menu consisting of the ceviche, shrimps, cod, mushrooms & sausages, she even recommended an excellent white wine that complemented the meal. We stayed longer than expected & never felt pressured to leave. A very good night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My wife and I had a great evening at Portus Calle on May 3. We had the "degustation" menu and every single dish was wonderfully prepared and delicious. The restaurant was full and our waitress made us feel as if we were the only ones there. We had the pleasure of seeing Helena working her magic and being delightful with the guests making her round throughout the evening. Truly a Montreal gem!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvtapas
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Bon repas, le nourriture est bonne sauf le service est long, les plats arrivent tres espacés pour tapas petits format surtout et parfois arrivent froids...
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Supper outing to look forward to.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    As always, inviting ambiance, efficient and curious staff, accommodating host, excellent meal. Always feel welcome and they always make you feel as they are happy to see you. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Helena on McGill much better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Portus Calle used to be a great portuguese tapas option, vibrant, good food, energetic atmosphere but noise level still enabling conversations. Now the food quality has gone down, the noise level is high and even the crowd seem to have changed. Chef Helena has opened a higher end restaurant on McGill called simply "Helena" which is a much better option on all aspects. Just ordering Serano cold cuts at both makes you see the difference.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable
    Shmerg
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We were two mid-age couples for an evening of good food and wine with good friends. The restaurant came with recommendation from our married kids who love it. They told us to order some tapas to start, like the scallops with crispy prosciutto and blood sausage over pineapple. We couldn't stop there so we added more tapas plates and all were delicious! Our main dishes were just as special. The steak with an egg on top was prepared to perfection, as was the prawns and the boulabase. The Portugese wine list is priced fairly and the one chosen for us by the sommelier and our fabulous server was perfect. We went through two bottles. I can't say a negative word about our experience. We go to fine restaurants often and this one is a keeper!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • place for octopus and fish
    frano
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    fish, octopus and calamari outstanding and always consistently cooked to perfection. vegetables on main course are not an afterthougth; different every night and imaginative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved everything except
    Cathy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I loved everything except the octopus who was too cooked, almost burned. The rest was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine supper
    fortune500
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by one of my employees, who by the way is portuguese. Thus the reason I went to him in the first place. He was right on the nose! The food was outstanding. Tapas for entrees and fish for the main course. What a delight! Fresh and plentiful! I highly recommend Portus Calle to all food lovers. Me and my wife will be returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines supper
    StarVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    While we have been to Helena's numerous times, it was our first time at Portus Calle, her first restaurant We did not get the same attention as at Helena's, we could hardly hear the waiter as it was very noisy due to open space. They did not explain the menu nor food choices . We ordered Bombay gin and tonic, but we were not served Bombay. When it came to choosing the wine, we asked for sommelier but waiter said he could help us. We also wanted a bottle of Moet Chandon which was on wine list but they told us they did not have any and suggested a more expensive alternative. Food was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not get a window seat as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Do not get a window seat as the HVAC system is strong and bothersome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Amazing experience. We took the degustation menu and everything was delightful,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.