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Port Restaurant & Bar

3.8
405 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Port Restaurant in Corona del Mar is a coastal treasure where the world comes together in an exciting melange of sparkling ambiance, superb service, and transcendent cuisine. Tucked away just off the Majestic Coast Highway next to the legendary Port Theater, the restaurant has established itself as one of the main reasons to visit Corona del Mar. Port's soothing street side patio area is reminiscent of a classic southern Riviera bistro, while colorful paintings and sculptures add a playful depth to the romantic interior. The classically trained kitchen staff at Port specializes in utilizing exciting and authentically homemade flavors to create a fantastic globally inspired culinary experience that should not be missed.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs: 5 pm to Midnight
Fri: 4 pm to Midnight
Sat & Sun: 10 am to Midnight
**Brunch is served Sat & Sun from 10 am to 3 pm**
Happy Hour: 7 Days a Week til 7 pm
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Phone number
(949) 723-9685
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We are capable of handling parties from 20 to 120 for dining and even bigger parties for special occasions, personal mixers, or corporate events. Outside catering is also available. Contact Port to inquire about pricing and availability.
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Catering
Port is available for dine-in parties as well as catering for any event. Please call to inquire about pricing and availability.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Heliotrope and Coast Highway
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Parking details
The Parking lot across the street from the restaurant is available to patrons from 6 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and all weekend at no charge.
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Entertainment
Starting at 7:00, except Thurs & Sun night starts at 7:30
MONDAY: Bijan Taghazi Trio - Jazz
TUESDAY: Trevor Zinn - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals | Pop/Rock
WEDNESDAY: George Fryer - Piano-- Acoustic | Pop/Rock
THURSDAY: Jimi James - Piano, Keyboard, Vocals | Pop/R&B
FRIDAY: Kevin Shima - Acoustic | Classic Rock/Pop
SATURDAY: Michael Ubaldini - Acoustic | Classic Rock
SUNDAY NIGHT: Amir | Persian/English Pop/Flamenco
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Special events & promotions
We are capable of handling parties from 20 to 120 for dining and even bigger parties for special occasions and personal mixers and corporate events. Outside catering is also available Please call to inquire about pricing and availability.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 405 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.0
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3.8
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3.5
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

We went for Valentine’s Day and they seemed to be un prepared even though it wasn’t busy. They didn’t even ask for our reservation. They advertised a rose upon entertainment and that didn’t even happen. The order was wrong as well but I just took it so we didn’t have to wait for each other. They even added an automatic gratuity for 2 people which is against the law so she offered to take it off. Really bad experience.

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troublemaker (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 7 days ago

The evening was not too bad except that the server kept trying to move us from one course to the next despite no need to do so(They were not too busy) and askinghker not to so. Her behavior diminshed an otherwise pleasant evening saved by an excellent guitar duo on Valentine's day

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

This is a hidden gem! The cuisine is Mediterranean and fire grilled, excellent selection! Central fireplace and ambient lighting for a romantic setting. Excellent for date night. Service was perfect and unhurried. They take special orders, the kitchen will put together just about any combo thinkable! Prices were very reasonable.

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Shelbel (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Went for brunch and was told that the only available time was 11:00 or 11:15 - the place was empty. We would have preferred to have gone a little later.

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vipBill (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Dinner at the Port Restaurant & Bar followed a showing of "The Post" at a nearby theater. The combination of an outstanding movie and a quiet and decent meal made for an enjoyable evening. The Port Restaurant is located on a Corona del Mar side street with a rather nondescript exterior. The interior is also nondescript but the paintings hanging on the wall are interesting. Life music was available on the evening we dined (Saturday). The service was friendly and helpful. The food (barley soap, soup, and flatbreads) were good. The price was reasonable. Overall a decent meal at a reasonable price in a quiet environment. Recommended.

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viptravelguy09 (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Oh where to begin. Our reservations were for 11 am and even though they were open at 10am there wasn’t anyone to be found. When we finally found someone in the restaurant we told them we wanted to sit on the front patio. We waited about 10 minutes and then decided to get up and tell them that we wanted service. We were the only ones in the restaurant. When the server came out it looked like he slept in his uniform. It had food all over it and then he told us that he was sorry for being late as his phone wasn’t charged last night and his alarm didn’t go off. Well we finally ordered the food to include 2 mimosas. When he came back to the table 10 minutes later (again no one in the restaurant) he put my glass down and then my wifes and he noticed there was something in the glass so he put his thumb in it to get it out. My wife had to tell him that she wanted another glass. Who knows if we got another glass or not. The food finally came out but without one of our dishes. When the other server came out with the dish he pulled a spice container out of his pants pocket and placed it on the table. We finally asked for the bill and then we paid with cash. When the server came back with the change he said we don’t have any pennies so he shorted us 3 cents. You know what they say, “you can’t make this sh.. up” Needless to say we couldn’t get out of there fast enough. We would have left after waiting the initial 10 minutes but we had a Living Social coupon and in retrospect we should have left right away. Do yourself a favor and NEVER GO HERE. This place was as bad as it gets…and for Corona Del Mar, wow….so disappointed

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We had such a good time! Make sure you mention if you have a Groupon before you order, as there is information that is helpful to know before ordering! The food was fantastic (Chicken Curry and Seafood Pasta). I ordered a Pear Martini, which I had heard wonderful things about, but it was too strong for me to drink. (I know... blasphemy). Overall, great experience! It is a little dark... we used our phone flashlights to read the menu!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

We have always had a great experience for an evening out here at the Port. Music was exceptional Wednesday night. I had the medallions of beef cooked to perfection. Loved the fresh veggies and scalloped potatoes as well as two dipping sauces. Our waitress was Villi (sp.?) who is really the bartender but was friendly and attentive as our waiter (waitress!). I hated the wine I ordered and she cheerfully replaced it with another choice.

I can hardly believe all the very negative reviews I have read about this restaurant. This is the fourth time we have eaten there and have never had a complaint about the food, wait service or entertainment.

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four (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Great Groupon deal. The food was fantastic and the entertainment great.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

I would not recommend this place as the service was horrible.
We arrived at 6pm, the place was empty as we expected that early. The food was good but the service was so bad it ruined the experience completely. They were out of the beer I ordered, we asked for extra napkins and never got them. The server was no where to be seen although there were only 3 tables sat in the restaurant.

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LindaCR (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful evening with friends! Excellent food, spirits, and live entertainment. The owner, Ali, is a great host! He makes us feel welcomed, and we have never been disappointed. Atmosphere is perfect for a date night or special get-together.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

It was overpriced. Not worth it but cool paintings and lighting.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Good music

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Obsessionguy (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Review will be short and to the point:

Service was very good- we felt welcome and our server was energetic and attentive.

Ambiance was very nice- soothing dimly lit dining area, very pleasing wall art and interior design.

Food, in our opinion, was not the best as the entrees and appetizers we ordered had a significant lack of flavor. Portions were also fairly small and overpriced.

In the future, we will probably only come here only for a dessert or drink during live music and can only recommend this restaurant for that.

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Rocky1 (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

The most bizarre experience ever!!! Not a soul at the restaurant—meaning no other customers but us the entire time we were there for brunch.
-poor bumbling waiter (dirty uniform, zipper down but he did fix it eventually)
-ordered our brunch, food took forever, one of the dishes: brioche egg dish w/caramelized onions came out on a toasted English muffin (not brioche) w/rubbery egg omelet topped w/plastic cheese & no onions in sight.
Poor waiter bumbled for about 10 minutes how they’re out of brioche but no one told him & replaced it w/another dish that also took forever.
I had to share my friend’s dish cuz we were so hungry by then...btw, her dish had zero resemblance to what they named “Chilaquiles” but more like a giant stack of tortillas topped with an omelette & cheddar cheese. Strange to say the least.
Odd place, odd vibe, odd mixed up menu. Sorry but these are exact facts.

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