- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Really cool ambiance, but the food was way too salty. Service was also slow. Didn't seem like they were fully on top of things despite the restaurant being pretty empty.
Service was excellent. Food was delicious and a great value. Really enjoyed the outdoor garden ambiance.
Service was terrible. It took a really long time to get seated and once seated to order drinks. I am guessing they were understaffed but I will not go back there.
Dinner was great. Service was good, food was delicious. The only disappointment was when I asked for a dessert menu, I was told the kitchen was closed. I understand y’all close at 8.
Lousy food and even worse service. Nice setting but ruined by everything else... stay away.
We were staying at Hotel Nia and had eaten here before. There were very few patrons so the noise level was low. Our server was very nice and efficient. It was an anniversary so they gave us a glass of champagne. My wife had the chicken and I had the New York steak. Both dishes were seasoned exceptionally well and the steak was rare just as I ordered it. We shared a bottle of Flora Springs Merlot.
Very limited menu and food was disappointing- used to be quite good pre-Covid. Beautiful place and good service. Hoping they will pick it up in the future.
Great service! We recognize it's difficult to function during the pandemic but our server did a wonderful job given the circumstances.
Good food and cocktails despite limited menu, friendly gracious service, and just being out are such a relief after months of lockdown! Plenty of space between tables, good protocols = Covid safe. The decor is exceptional at any time.
We very disappointed from the level of food, the lack of drinks in the bar (ask for martinis, received margaritas), the lack of quality wine (had only two bottles of white - very basic ones) and the service was not good to say the least.
Very unfortunate experience
Even though the menu is limited, Porta Blú is doing a good job with the limitations brought by COVID.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Porta Blu!
The waiter kept ignoring my friend. She ordered her steak medium rare and it came medium well. When I wanted some sauce, he ignored me.
Other than that, the evening was pleasant.
The food was not good. The cheese pizza dough was soggy and the tomato sauce obviously from a can.
Since the restaurant is inside the hotel- social distancing was not being observed at all in the hotel pool and other areas- there was a party with about 30-40 people happening- no one wearing masks, the pool had about 30 people in the area, including a dog- no masks. Very disappointing experience.
This is a hotel restaurant and the food is what you’d expect from room service. To be fair during COVID the menu was reduced and there was no one in the restaurant so hard to judge.
The parking is not clear and the signs have you end up on a tall parking structure where you pay something like $10 and hour. They validate partially for valet parking but that is without validation $25 flat tatey
Two rounds of FAB appetizers. The rib eye serves 4 people. The desserts are lacking.
But hidden gem
The food was excellent however there was a mistake with a cocktail I ordered. I ordered a lemon drop which I think was expensive at $19 so they should gave gotten it right. Please imagine my shock and disgust as I take a sip of a drink that should have been sweet and rimmed with sugar but it was mistakingly rimmed with salt. At $19 a drink the bartender should not make that kind of mistake. Also, the acoustics are very poor inside the restaurant. Being barely half full it was extremely loud and hard to hear my partner from just across a small table.
Great food and great hotel but the most horrible chairs. Your choice is a great dinner in miserable chairs or sit comfortably elsewhere. I am tall but felt I was sitting low in a kindergarten chair. So also my other guest
Our go to spot for business dinners!
This was a wonderful experience. Great service, great food. Thanks for the complimentary birthday dessert!
We have never been disappointed coming here for dinner! Our absolutely favorite item is the shrimp scampi in the sourdough bowl. As an appetizer, two of us completely de-construct the entire thing, sopping up the last of the sauce with the last of the bread! I understand the menu is changing in January. We hope this item isn't removed. Porta Blu (in the Hotel Nia) is a beautiful venue... take the time to walk around the outdoor courtyard and enjoy all the incredible design details throughout the building. Food is wonderful. Service is superb.
Food was too salty. Sent back and returned as salty. Eggs benedict too overdone.
The food was much too spicy. Only one item on the menu (chicken) was seasoned normally . Everything else was full of chilies.
Very dry burger. Will not come back
It is a lovely location and the service was superb, but the food fell short. The soup was almost I edible salty, the fries were delicious but had a dangerously high level of salt. The burger was disappointingly overdone. No return in our near future.
beautiful and easy to talk and visit. too bad you are always out of candy.
Good day Lynne, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you can come back again soon!
We had a late dinner (9 PM) after a meeting. The restaurant is very eclectic in decoration and use of space, interesting views in all directions and some fun decor. We opted for a meal of small plates: tomato basil soup, rich but not heavy, scampi in a lemon cream sauce served in a bread bowl, a garlic flatbread - more like a pizza with arugula on top, you squeeze roasted garlic out o bulb to put on top, and ahi poke which had a delicious sweet soy sauce on it. We had a little too much bread in our choices, but there are lots of other choices. The staff was great very polite and friendly. My one disappointment was the wine prices which seemed a bit high. We did enjoy a bottle of Imagery Pinot Noir which was light and paired well with all our choices. Small plates were well priced we thought.
Good morning Paneb, Thank you so much for the detailed review, we are so glad you were able to join us and have a great experience. Hotel Nia is part of the Autograph Collection of Marriott which means we are exactly like nothing else. Reading your comments made us thrilled to know you enjoyed the lovely details that were inputted. We hope you can join us again and maybe next time have a nice cocktail in our courtyard! Until next time, Almminscky
The food is very good - just not extra special. But the ambience and the service is why I would come back here.
Hello NSingh, we are thrilled you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon!
I’d like a little more variety in the menu for main plates, but there was a great selection of small plates/appetizers. The Thai chicken wings were great, crispy and flavorful. We also really liked the scampi in the sourdough bowl, great way to enjoy the extra sauce.
Good day MenloGuy, Thank you for your review and time. We appreciate your feedback and will relay your comments to our culinary team. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Almminscky
Come here quite a bit for business. Appetizers are always a big hit. Farm to table menu is seasonal. Some of our favorite staples are the avocado hummus, flatbread, and garlic fries. Bar has a fun vibe and bartenders are always attentive.
Good day Nelma, Thank you so much for your amazing review and for spreading the word about our Restaurant and Lounge. We hope you can join us again soon to provide you the service you deserve! Warm regards, Almminscky
Good food, excellent service and great lunch ... easy to have a good conversation. Fun sharing food.
DermotN, thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us! We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the service and lunch. We hope you can stop by and visit us again! All best, Almminscky
My husband and I had a lovely lunch here. We shared the cheese plate and a strawberry salad. We also had coffee drinks which were great. We sat outside and it was really peaceful and a pretty environment. I’d love to return for dinner and brunch sometime. The grounds are really nice. It’s a great spot & a real gem.
Good day Ruby, We appreciate you taking the time to review us, and are thrilled to know you enjoyed yourselves. We hope you can join us again and maybe even enjoy a nice cocktails outside in our courtyard! Until next time, Almminscky
The only negative was not getting our parking validated. With the $$ money spent on dinner a $25 parking fee was outrageous. The waitress told us only valet parking was validated. Seems inconsiderate for those who parked their own cars.
Hello Cecilia , Thank you for the review and time. We do appreciate your feedback concerning parking. As the parking lot next to us is not part of the hotel we are not able to validate, however we do have a wonderful valet service that is happy to assist in parking your car and you get 3 hours complimentary for dining with us at Porta Blu. We hope you can give us another chance. Kind regards, Almminscky
It was not clear where we should park because they only had Valet parking so we parked in a garage next to the hotel thinking it belonged to the hotel because it didn’t say anything on the facade. It turned out to be Facebook’s parking lot and we ended up spending $20 for parking when we could have gotten 2 hours free if we had valeted the car. It wasn’t clear what the best option was and for that reason I would not recommend going to this restaurant and getting caught having to pay $20 for parking. We were there for three hours and 3 minutes and the extra 3 minutes cost us another $5.00. The hotel itself did not have a parking lot that we could use without using the valet and we didn’t know that at the time. Very disappointing. The restaurant and the food were very nice, but not outstanding in any way. The drinks were extremely expensive - not worth the price.
Hello Natha, we are very sorry to hear that this was your experience while dining here. We appreciate your feedback and welcome the opportunity for you to give us another chance. We do have a wonderful valet service that would love to assist you in parking your car , and receive 3 hours complimentary while you enjoy yourselves at Porta Blu. Feel free to email us with any questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org o m
Love this place, close to my office and the ambiance is great. They were Very accommodating as our group had grown. A bit pricy but with it.
Thank you for your review, We do appreciate you spreading the word. I am glad you enjoyed your experience with us and for bringing more of your team over. Kind regards, Almminscky
My friends and I enjoyed the ambiance, the service and it was so nice of the manager to stop by and say hello. We all enjoyed meeting him. My only disappointment was my entree, the lamb shank. I asked if the meat fell off the bone which is how lamb shank should b served. It did not and there was no lamb flavor to the meat. The meat had no flavor at all. I brought what was left of the shank home but when I opened it in the light, it was all fat. I tasted it again but again, there was no flavor to the meat.
I will come back and hope the next entree I order will not be disappointing.
Hello Lily, Thank you so much for taking the time to rate us! We truly value your feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves. Our menu has gone through some changes, we hope you will come back and join us again! Best, Almminscky
Great cuisine. Parking is challenging.
Good day Homer, Glad to hear you enjoyed our cuisine! As for parking feel free to join us again and use our complimentary 3 hour valet service, all you need to do is get validated with the server at the end of your meal!
This restaurant features Mediterranean Cuisine, although it is clearly someone’s “take” on Mediterranean food.
Nothing authentic. The food lacks the simplicity and purity of ingredients that Mediterranean food is prized for.
We ordered the waiter’s recommendation for our appetizer, supposedly their most popular, the baked buratta. The buratta was drowned in so much carmelized onion, bacon, and balsamic vinegar, that they might as well have used American cheese. The buratta, was ruined. The menu is limited, the portions small and the combinations weird.
Not rushing back.
Hello Regina, We appreciate you taking the time to review us and giving us some feedback. As we have recently changed our concept to a Northern California Cuisine we hope you can give us another chance. Please let us know if we can be of any service , our email is email@example.com o m
It was pretty expensive for the quality of food. Wine list especially pricey. Setting is lovely.
Hi LAWM, We do value you taking the time to rate us and give us your feedback! We will be sure to relay it to our team, hope you can join us again in the near future. All best, Almminscky
Great experience, restaurant is very inviting, food was artfully plated and cooked perfectly. Ordered the burrata and the shrimp starter to share, both very flavorful. Then the black cod and trout sandwich for mains, great portions, flavors and textures. All very good, we will be back.
Thank you so much for your outstanding review! We are so glad you chose Porta Blu in your option to dine. It is wonderful to know about your great experience ! We can’t wait to see you again soon for another outstanding experience! Have a wonderful day! -Almminscky
Porta Blu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 304-3800.
Porta Blu is rated 4.2 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.