Permanently Closed - Ports O Call

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$30 and under
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Seafood

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Ports O’ Call Waterfront Dining 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 7:00 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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Closed Permanently
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Phone number
(310) 833-3553
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ruben Guerrero
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Private party facilities
If you want waterfront views you've come to the right place! Our two story restaurant situated in the heart of Los Angeles harbor has panoramic views from the Vincent Thomas Bridge to the Los Angeles Breakwater. We have multiple banquet facilities to accommodate parties of up to 400 people.
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Private party contact
Laura Frank: (310) 833-2980
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Catering
Our Banquet Facility is a South Bay's Best 2015 & 2016 featuring Stunning Panoramic Views, 6 Banquet Rooms, 3 Outdoor Venues, Gardens and Fountains.
Specially designed packages for all Occasions.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harbor Blvd
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Parking details
Thousands of free parking spots available, steps from our front door.
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Entertainment
Jazz on the Waterfront: Wednesdays at 7pm
TGIF: Andy & Renee on the Patio
April though September: Party on the Patio features Handmade Food Al Fresco and Live entertainment Wednesday thru Sunday.
No cover or minimum. Just Great Entertainment
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.2
service
4.2
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4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with a great drink and food selection.

SP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Port of Call has been a San Pedro, CA gem for almost 60 years. Too bad waterfront development is planning to close it down. We'll miss great gathering place.

Z
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Was not acceptable. The Clam Chowder was made that hour, I think, as you tasted a lot of flour. Had a lot of clams, potatoes but broth was not good. All three of the adults I was with had some and none of them liked it. My husband and grandson had the calamari and they were over cooked, my husband and I ate his. We asked for a doggy bag for our grandsons, but he threw it out after we left. I think they should go ahead and shut down.

JW
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rose was a fantastic server and we had a great time . The harbor activity was mesmerizing. I highly recommend it!!

JB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was our waiter. He was very nice and attentive to our needs. I was on a first date and John made sure everything went very smooth!

K
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service!!

SF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Hostess was extremely rude. Puts a bad taste in your mouth when that’s the first thing you encounter. We had a reservation and said that right away. She asked us if we wanted to sit outside or in. We said outside. She then tells us reservations have to sit inside. Ummmm okay? Why even ask then?! Why not just seat us at a table if we have a reservation. Loud obnoxious group using terrible language 1 foot behind us. Tables are overcrowded. Who wants to listen to a bunch of 70 year olds talk about their sexcapades that close to you. Food was great though, and the view was nice.

k
Central Coast
85 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Fun spot on the water! Lots of activity. Stopped in on our way to catch the ferry to Catalina. Really enjoyed the Fish Tacos, service was super.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Father’s Day and Favi gave us the best service. We love coming here.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was nice and quiet. Good food and good service

SQ
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Drove by and the appearance was disappointing - looked like the alleyway and not inviting. Decided not to take a chance and went to 22 street because ...mainly outside appearances.

L
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday Brunch, except for the cheap Wycliff champagne. Great food, service and ambience though!

MM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was very a little to expensive for the small portions. Food was not that great either. I left disappointed it was not was I expected. I did love the ocean view only.

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Reservation at 7:30 p
Out of Clam Chowder and fried whole fish. Out of Clam Chowder? Really!

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ports O Call restaurant is at a wonderful location. You are dining with an awesome view of the main channel of the Port of Los Angeles. As you are having a good time, a huge cargo ship may pass by or you see seals swimming by. The food is excellent and the service is very friendly. I totally recommend the experience.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Excellent service!, from the server (a thin, young man - sorry I don't remember his name) who poured our mimosas) to the server (blonde woman, I believe; again I'm embarrassed I didn't catch her name) who manned the dessert table, gave directions and offered us cool, clean plates, to the pleasant, smiling meat carvers, pancake makers and omelet makers. Even the woman-in-waiting in the bathroom (though she spoke too loudly, and entirely in Spanish, on her mobile phone) tended to the guests every need. The food was not as tasty as I expected, the dining hall was much too far from the seating area, and both the interior and exterior could use remodeling, but otherwise my friend and I enjoyed our (slightly overpriced) brunch.

Y
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around!

C
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience with a beautiful view. Marc made us want to stay longer with his funny personality. He was very attentive and made sure we took advantage of our bottomless mimosas. We will definitely be back because of him.

JC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for dinner and we had a table up front next to the ocean. It was very nice and food was great.

S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The last time I came to Ports O Call it was years ago with my late husband to celebrate our anniversary. I recently brought my daughters who loved it as much as I remembered it! The food was as good as ever and it felt good and calm to dine while overlooking the water.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The absolute worst service of our lives. The waitress was rude and argumentative and the manager took no responsibility for the failings of his staff. They have no idea how to cook bef. Seafood was ok.

k
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The table area had food on the floor. I ordered a "file" for 30 plus $$ which was not a file and tasted disgusting. It was sadly enough a joke. Very disappointed, we came here 24 years ago with 25 plus people for lunch on our wedding day. This time around we wanted to relief tat moment and celebrate my 60th. Ports a call is not even close to what it used to be, what a shame. USS Iowa worth the visit, thumbs up on that one.

M
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My reservations were for Sunday's Brunch 5/20/2018 for 4 people. We arrived at 9am in time for our seating. The food was Great and the waiter was excellent. There was plenty of food, and prepared good. But we noticed that mostly all of the food warmers with the lids closed, did not have a tag stating what was in the warmer, you had to open the lid to see what was inside, and rather you wanted that food item or not. Other than that everything was Great. I was sad to hear that Port O Call will be Closing Real Soon for good.

L
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful oceanfront setting with a great selection of all types of delicious food.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the restaurant was great. There were amazing views of the water. Food was yummy and service was prompt. The menu was slightly more than what I would have considered paying, but I suppose that is also because the restaurant is on the water. Would definitely return!

MB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service could’ve been a lot better. Staff could barely speak English. Huge variety of food to choose from.

LE
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I took my mom for Mother's day. Great View, lots of great selection of food and the mimosas were flowing, the family and I had a wonderful time. I will visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the evening and dinner as well as the drinks.
However as the evening continued to noise level was very loud. So loud we decided to leave.

JC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love you POC!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

If you like ketchup with chili sauce in it —-my kids complained!
If you like to hear all the hip hop music from the banquet room
If you like to inform the staff when you make the reservation that this dinner is a birthday and have nothing done for it
If you like $40 steaks
This is your place!

OT
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a beautiful view of LA Harbor great service and reasonable prices!

AY
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food is average but the view at the patio is great. ( Inside feels a little outdated and dark) My 4 yr old boy enjoyed watching the ships/boats go by and sat quietly through the entire meal so i'll say it's kid friendly!

AS
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

nice setting near the cruise ship terminal, good place for pre-cruise meal, service mediocre, food quality only average, would not recommend going out of your way to dine here

J
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Given major road construction in the area the restaurant was difficult to find even with GPS. It was not very crowded yet the service was particularly slow. We were there for lunch but there wasn't much of a lunch menu. The food was good and the staff courteous. Not the greatest waterfront view but OK for a port location.

MR
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. Our server was excellent and courteous and his recommendation was spot on! Because of the construction at Ports O' Call and road closure we had a little problem getting into the parking area.

SS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall3food1service5ambience4

We were unimpressed with the flavor and quality of food we ordered. We ordered off the brunch menu. The bread for the filet mignon sandwich was hard as a rock and the clam chowder was salty. I have to say we were pretty disappointed. We loved the scenic views and servic,e but the food just ruined the experience.

L
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

BRUNCH REVIEW ONLY
Many, many buffet food selections, all outstanding.
Service extremely attentive.
View spectacular
Cheap Champagne.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

All of the beer battered fried foods for gray and over battered, and all of the sushi dishes were placed at the salad barwhere people had to reach over them to get to other food. The decor was very dated for the price and type of restaurant.

DR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Service was great. The swordfish not so ,much. In fact that was my complaint it was very small portion. Not a good value .

OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food & experience! We plan to go regularly now!

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