Porta Via - Pacific Palisades

4.4
55 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Neighborhood friendly restaurant serving California Cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. Dinner on the patio was so relaxing. Can’t wait to return.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The lighting is way too bright for evening ambiance.

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu with Vegan/Vegetarian options. Great drinks and atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely waitstaff!! Excellent foid

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

First, let me say that our server was terrific. 5 stars for her. The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice, light and airy. The food was good, not great. The noise level is outrageous! It is impossible to have a conversation when there are tables with large parties. There happened to be 2 when I attended. If you plan on attending on a Sunday morning, ask for the outside patio or ask the host for earplugs. I would recommend Porta Via with a lot of reservations-no pun intended.

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HH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I know Porta Via just opened but they need to get it together some. Table by the door had a cold breeze every time the door was opened (cold night) and had to move to a different table which the staff did quickly. Food was mediocre at best. Disappointing.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was on point, and the food was as expected!

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and loved the ambiance and the service.

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V
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a small but cozy restaurant/bar and, as such, the interior can be a bit noisy but fun as well. It's quieter on the patio, especially if cold weather has forced everyone inside. Food was very good and presented well. Service was prompt, courteous, and waiter was knowledgeable. These qualities justify the rather steep prices for both food and drinks, but also make the restaurant a pretty pricey potential local hang-out.

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LA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let's see, we took our children from New Jersey to Christmas Eve dinner at Porta Via and our good friends from San Diego to dinner on Valentine's Day. That should give you an idea of our recommendation for Porta Via.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing evening.
Valentines evening we started our romantic evening.
Ending making, what feels like life long, friends at the table next to us. Meeting another couple and just having a night to remember!! Fabulous food, drinks, new friends and wonderful staff. Thank you.

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M
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scallop entre was among the best available; seared scallops that were tender and moist and so flavorful, surrounding vegetable risotto and asparagus. Absolutely delicious! Service was attentive but not intrusive. Easy to talk as the ambient noise was acceptable. Definitely emerging as a favorite!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails, sat outside, beautiful!

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G
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been to the BH location several times. Menus look very similar.
The main issue was slow service. It was a busy night.
Waiter came and disappeared. Returned with empty wine glasses, and we waited for the wine. And waited.
Finally returns and takes our order.
Then all was fairly normal.
Only other minor problem, our seats had no lighting or candle, so it was kind of challenging to see.
The interior is very nice.
Everyone was friendly.

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l
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Three non-vegans loved their dishes. My vegan burger was decent. Sides were exceptionally good and lots of choices. Got put by the door although we had a reservation and it was a cold night with people constantly opening the door. Got moved to a better table later.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of all of the restaurants in the new Village, I always choose PV when dining with friends or having a meeting because I can count on everything going well. Also, there is a wide variety of options. Two things: Wish they had one or two additional salad options AND some really good bread with olive oil.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great brunch with friends on the patio!

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MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent and has a nice ambiance at an outside table.

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A
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very pleasant evening with good service and good food.

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RS
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch here on Friday reservation was for 12 but my GF ran late I asked them to push it to 12:30 and they were so accommodating . We sat outside and ordered salads I had a chopped salad and we added a chicken my gf had the kale salad , we started with the tuna poke with 5 chips ( could use more)
Good service great ambiance .

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OT
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great selection of food & pastry

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JF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

Tables are too small and too close together, typical of today’s restaurant design. Crowded, noisy, and your table gets bumped when people have to get up.

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WT
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A nice place for a good salad at lunch. Staff was friendly and honored our reservation in a timely fashion.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice food and ambiance.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great New Years Eve!

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JC
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Our first visit shortly after opening was excellent.
This time a month later wasn’t, primarily due to food quality. The egg white scramble was burned, the toast was soggy not toasted, a small metal cup held 1 tsp of jam- but since the toast was so limp it wasn’t used. The juice orders came half way through the meal. There was a classy touch the first visit with layered juices, that’s gone. We did not arrive at a busy time.
The hostess was efficient but not congenial. I was looking forward to sharing a great breakfast/brunch experience with friends and was very disappointed especially at $120 for 3.

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food and good service but the noise level inside the restaurant is off the charts. Outside dining is very nice and much quieter.

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R
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Comes close to great. Setting is retro bistro. Food well prepared and interesting. Major shortcoming is that it’s loud. Not in a good, high energy way. More in a clanging,detracting from my meal, way.

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b
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We each enjoyed a delicious dinner. Branzino was excellent, tortellini, filet mignon, linguini and clams all so very good! Service was excellent. Small, a little noisy but nice ambience. We’ll be back!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Kitchen forgot to add flavor to food. Beverly Hills location is better.

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RK
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful addition to the Palisades - right in the heart of the new Caruso mall. Very festive, wonderful room and patio. Light Italian casual food.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We went to Porta Via for a business dinner with our financial advisor and requested a quiet table. We were seated next to a table with three screaming toddlers. Room at table for two to sit in booth, third person uncomfortably accommodated in hard chair (numerous tables besides ours had this arrangement). Our entrees--chicken paillard, whitefish, and an Asian-style chicken dish--were uniformly overcooked and dry. Vegetables tasteless. All three of us left half our food on the plates. Do not recommend on any level.

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service friendly and accomadating , great Brunch highly recommend
Love that they take good care of our fire stations as well
Casual and comfortable

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t
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and so was service - only problem was it was so cold in there- they left the doors opened and everyone was wearing their jackets!

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LA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great - test run for Christmas Eve. Server was Excellent.

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T
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time there and it’s been consistently good! I had the branzino this time and the dish was perfectly prepared. Our waitress was attentive and checked on us frequently. Always a plus!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good service and food. Great patio - bright and comfortable. The only negative is the food supplier delivery trucks parkd adjacent to the resturaunt patio in the morning.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Nice location. Everything else is pretty dull. Plain tasting pasta dishes, far away from an Italian eating experience and overpriced and boring entrees. Overall experience ok due to the outdoor seating and nice surroundings but please get a chef that can cook decent and authentic pasta dishes with homemade pasta. I will continue to have my pasta experience at Tratto across the street for now but it’s disappointing to see a restaurant with this location and nice interior can’t get their kitchen act together.

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