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About Portico Restaurant & Lounge

Step into a world of luxurious décor, gourmet cuisine, and welcoming service at Portico -- a tantalizing downtown Toronto restaurant. Lose yourself in a brilliant atmosphere of wood finishings, bronze mirrors, and plush furniture. Join us on a global culinary journey -- an enticing and intriguing fusion menu showcasing elements of Italian fare. All our offerings are freshly prepared daily, reflecting the season's bounty. Whether you seek a power lunch, or a superb dining experience, this great downtown Toronto restaurant will delight and inspire you.

15 Richmond Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1N2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday (light lunch served in Portico Lounge ): 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm-9.30pm

Cross Street:
Victoria Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 601-3774

Website:
http://www.porticorestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
There is meter Parking located Underground, garages are accessible in front of the main enterance to the Hotel.

Public Transit:
Subway:
ClosestSubway Station is Queen Station.
2 Blocks North from King Subway
3 Blocks East from Osgoode

Union Station:
15 Minutes walk

Executive Chef:
Carl MacNeil

Private Party Contact:
Maureen Kang: (416) 601-3768

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Portico Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.7

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4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (4)
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Comfort Food (2)
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Good for Birthdays (1)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food, good service. Small wine list.
Waiter very knowledgeable about gluten free offerings.
Located close to theatres.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Portico is our favourite place for lunch, and we have often brought visitors from out of town for a great meal, friendly service and "no noise", as well as celebrating special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. Reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

As always, excellent good and service. Quiet atmosphere so you can actually hear the person you're with.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Excellent service! Really the service was superb. I'm personally not a fan of their new menu. The striploin/frites was excellent. The poached butter chicken was abit bland (and I'm not a fan of spice) but also a bit runny. Overall still a solid meal.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Always good

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I made the reservation, received confirmation and the restaurant was closed!

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·Dined on May 9, 2017

Great location, food and service! We were looking for a place to eat before a show at Massey hall and this was perfect - I will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The experience was definitely worth the price. The unique plates were delicious and had portion sizes that, in my opinion, we're appropriate for satisfying a three-course meal.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The food was great but service and ambience were lacking. We sat at our table and waited for drinks over 10 minutes and then had to ask for service. Wouldn't go back or recommend :(

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Selected Portico based on the positive reviews and an interesting on-line menu. We were not disappointed. Menu is somewhat limited, but varied enough to suit most tastes. The soup, appetizer and mains were all delicious. We'll be back.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. I will come back because of the service! Excellent tasty dessert as well

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We were seated right away. Our server was polite, friendly and did not rush us at all...just the right level of attention. The menu is a bit limited but the dishes all sounded awesome. Our server was very knowledgeable about the ingredients. I ordered the chicken and my husband the fish and chips. My chicken was superb. Not overly spiced, and cooked to perfection. My husband liked his dish. Not loved, liked. There was no tartar sauce for the fish and he wasn't overly impressed with the coating but it was okay. The rest of his dish was good. We had a coffee each to finish up and there was a nice biscotti added to the side of our cup. A nice quiet place, great service & good food!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Excellent food and service! The portions were generous and our server Cecile could not have been more spot on with her food recommendations. We would certainly return!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Great place for our family group reunion

Great food, service and ambiance.
Looking forward to going back many times!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2016

The food was actually amazing. And quite large portions which is becoming rare in Toronto. I believe Portico's claim of "luxurious decor" and ambiance is overstated. The decor is average. But the service was excellent in spite of our rushing to get to the theatre. The smoked salmon appetizer and lamb were absolute hits.

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Our group became frustrated with the extra long wait time between ordering and receiving our drinks.

Over 45 minute wait for food and there were customers who ordered after us and received their meal first. When the meal came it was a disappointment- you could tell the fish from the fish and chips was from frozen.

Our table waited over 15 minutes to order more drinks and it took another 10 to get them.

Server forgot second beverage and had to be asked repeatedly for bill.

Overall it was mediocre service and poor food quality.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Very good food, excellent service, and a nice ambiance. Interesting menu choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2016

The Groupon made this dinner a good value! I appreciate that the restaurant included all items in the 2 apps and 2 mains rather than just a selection of items.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 4, 2016

Our server, Rene, was terrific. He said he'd been with the hotel for 18 years, and many of the employees had been there even longer. That speaks volumes for the establishment. Executive Chef Chris was generous enough to divulge his wonderful Kale Caesar Salad recipe. A lovely evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 2, 2016

The service at Portico was outstanding! We will definitely dine here again if we are in the area.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on July 16, 2016

We really enjoyed the corn bisque and various versions of fish for dinner...all very tasty!
Looking forward to sampling the black cod listed on your website menu once the season allows.
Our waitress was attentive and friendly. A great place to eat before the theatre.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 10, 2016

The starter Salmon was really excellent and the mains very good too .
Food is first and the chef is doing a great job !

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 6, 2016

I am always a bit concerned about eating in a hotel as prices generally are inflated for value. However, I feel differently about Portico. We ate there on a Wednesday evening prior to going to the theatre. My friend had the salmon which was flavourful, and perfectly cooked. I had the pork loin, which was very tasty and perfectly cooked. (We skipped starters as we would be sitting in the theatre for hours.) Waiter was attentive, although dinner was slow in coming despite so few people. Ambience is relaxing but classy. Recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2016

Heading to an evening event and was looking for a restaurant in the area -- decided to try Portico as it had a varied menu and was in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, they have changed the menu (it is much more limited than what is shown on OpenTable) and the food was quite mediocre. Wait staff was very attentive (restaurant only had 3-4 tables occupied).

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2016

Did not enjoy the food and it was expensive. Will not be returning and would not recommend.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2016

The mushroom tagliatelle was outstanding.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2015

nothing special or outstanding. Good regular food. Service a bit slow.Wine List needs some updating. $57 for McManis, a barely mediocre Cab Sauv, made in the tank with oakchips added, is too expensive.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2015

Had a nice time here. The restaurant wasn't very busy, but the food was good and the service attentive. The burger I ordered was delicious, and their bread and butter selections were great.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2015

Lovely restaurant with great service and creative delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 3, 2015

Bravo! Simple menu, but all the dishes are excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 12, 2015

My mum was visiting from the UK and I booked here for my birthday after reading good reviews on OpenTable. The service was excellent. The wine list is very weak with not many options - surprising for a hotel restaurant. The presentation of the food was very good, and most of the food was delicious, with one strange reservation - I had the risotto and very carefully asked if it was made today, but I guess I wasn't careful enough because I basically had seafood with rice. I know Risotto is hard to make, I've made it myself, but it's unmistakable from plain rice, and I was very surprised the chef would allow that out of the door. Perhaps Portico needs to take Risotto off the menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 7, 2015

Took a friend for a quick lunch during the work week and service was fantastic. We wanted to share two different entrees and our server made sure everything was plated separately and served one after the other. Water glass was always kept topped up and the food was delicious and the service quick (we only had an hour). It's great to go to a place where you can actually have a conversation and hear one another at the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 6, 2015

A great spot, especially for business lunches.Food was delicious. Service was excellent - tetative without hovering.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Food was as standard - had the "Land and Sea". Service was great - came here on Valentine's Day, so there were special chocolate treats from the chef waiting for us at the end of the meal. :)

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2014

Surprisingly good - I've walked by many times and not noticed this restaurant so thanks to Open Table we went and we were VERY happy. It's not pretentious although it's very modernly attired. Server was very attentive - I appreciate that water and wine glasses are filled by server the second they need to be refilled.
Wine list not extensive but has something for everyone's tastes.
I would recommend for location, price, service and a quiet place to have a business meeting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2014

My wife and I went to Portico on a Saturday night with some friends. We have been dining at Portico for years, the food is very good and the price is right for downtown. Plus, the staff treats you like family!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 23, 2014

Have been to this restaurant on several occasions and have enjoyed this.
Last Sunday must have been a night off for the chefs.
My wife's tuna special was overcooked and my seafood risotto was tasteless.
We had brought friends with us. They couldn't understand why we had raved about this restaurant.
Hope that this is not indicative of a change in the restaurant.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2014

Excellent for lunch and a quiet discussion. Handles food allergies

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 2, 2014

We had an appointment downtown and I reserved a table - It was a lovely experience Great service !!! Very professional server and pleasant
we had lobster roll and soup would recommend both - would definitely go back !

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