Port offers quality and inventive food items amidst a great setting along the waterfront of Frenchman's Bay in Pickering. While the menu items are inventive, I find there wasn't enough balance in the main course offerings and appetizers between non-seafood and seafood dishes. I would have enjoyed having a greater choice of non-seafood items on the menu.
The wine list could use some expanding as well, most notably with white wines. I think a greater range of white varietals, regions and price points would have been helpful. The red wine list is better but could also use some expansion.
Ambiance at Port is upscale and modern, but I felt they had the lights a bit too dim and could use to brighten the dining room a small amount. The main dining area has a noise level that is certainly acceptable when it is full of small groups, but it can get very loud if larger groups show up. We experienced a calm setting for most of our meal but as we were eating dessert a larger group arrived and the noise level jumped to a point where we were glad to be almost finished.
While we didn't sit at the bar this time, we have in the past and find it to be a nice spot for drinks or a quick meal. The patio in the summertime is among the best within 20 KMs.
Pricing is not unreasonable but perhaps a bit higher than the area might call for. It's good for special occasions but wouldn't be feasible to dine out regularly.
We were there for our anniversary and we quite enjoyed their unique way of noting and celebrating anniversaries by offering couples a complimentary glass of Port wine...so in other words, we enjoyed a complimentary glass of Port at PORT! Nice touch...