Portage House

4.5
330 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Serving modern American cuisine with a twist. Please join us for dinner Tuesday through Saturday between 4 and 10pm. Our menus change frequently with the season.
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CR
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The view of the river was very nice and our food was great: We got the fried chicken. However, our service was only okay. We were told we could only order drinks that were on the menu and a margarita was not on the menu, so no margaritas for us and the drink menu was limited. When we ordered coffee and bread pudding for dessert, we had three rounds of coffee before our dessert came out. The coffee was good but the bread pudding was not worth the wait. I will go again in the summer and give it a second try and see if the service has changed and maybe they expanded their drink menu.

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SE
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service but limited lunch menu. Meal was attractively presented and tasty.

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the place. Our food was great. They were out of a wine my sister ordered, but that happens sometimes. Our waitress, Kate, I think, was so sweet and really attentive. We were in a room with another couple of tables. One party had 10 or 12, and they were super noisy, so we had trouble hearing each other, but that certainly isn’t the restaurant’s fault. Overall, great visit. Glad we tried it.

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DE
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had smash burgers - very good. Some entrees seemed a bit pricey.

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AD
SW Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The menu is much better than the previous ownership. We were very impressed. We will return!
We can’t wait to have better weather and dine outside

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LS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, ambiance, and people. We had the Duck and Shrimp and Grits.
Both were great. We couldn't stop eating the appetizer fries. The river view is awesome.

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JJ
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Perfectly cooked foods. Service slightly slow but charming.
Not a huge fan of converting homes to restaurants but will not let that stop me from getting another one of those burgers!!

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CL
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second dinner at Portage House and will go back again. We highly recommend the brussel sprouts! Two of us had the fish special-salmon, another had meatloaf and then the fourth person had the black bean cakes. All was delicious! If you sit by a window, be aware that it is a very old home and it is drafty. May want to dress accordingly.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and atmosphere.

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LL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 9 ladies, everyone's food was excellent except one where the fried chicken was overcooked. Otherwise food, drinks and service was excellent. It was difficult parking and I think they could make it easier to get from the parking lot to the front door.

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DS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great service. The goat cheese appetizer was our favorite thing we ordered. The food was good but didn't wow me like some other places. Portion sizes generous. An overall good experience and we plan to go back.

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JM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Might be nicer in the summer when you can sit outside and just have an appetizer. I expected something a little more elegant, so perhaps my expectations weren’t correct.
I think the food is better at fat lamb. I had the scallops with root vegetables and thought the veggies were undercooked.

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f
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The ambiance is unique, but the drinks and food were significantly overpriced. I had the meatloaf, which was more of a really overcooked, dry hamburger it definitely would have broken a window). My fiance had the barbecue sandwich and enjoyed hers. We are glad we went once, but won’t return. $10 glasses of house wine and $8 drafts are well above the market price in the area.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to eat and take a loved one! I took my wife there for Valentine’s Day and it was the best decision yet. She not only loved every bit of it but we are planing on going back for our anniversary!

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F
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Kate was an amazing server! Made great suggestions and was very prompt in her service.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The house cocktails and duck were fantastic. The view of the river was beautiful.

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A
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was absolutely delicious. Portage House remains high on my list of top eats. Inventive and very high quality food coupled with a great atmosphere makes for a wonderful experience. We will be back.

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r
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for Valentine's dinner! My husband & I had the Duck & Flat Iron steak entreés....very tasty!

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FT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was very elegant and the service was absolutely perfect. Did I mention the food was excellent.

Thanks so much,

John M. Finnegan III
Weichert Realtors

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner!

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JH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing as well as the view. Service was outstanding. We can’t wait to go back in the Spring/Summer and enjoy their awesome patio.

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GC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food & service... what can I say it was awesome.

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a friendly environment and the food was wonderful.

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OT
Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fire! This place is phenomenal. Went there for my Birthday dinner with the fam. Everything was delicious. They have excellent drink selections. The food was great from start to finish. Great place for a nicer meal or celebration

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N
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nice time with a rather large group of friends. I’m sure we were a little louder than I would like if I was dining at the restaurant. My food was good. Some of the entrees were lost and came out late. Most people didn’t mind. The broccoli appetizer was too salty to enjoy. Some of the classic items were on point. Overall pleased.

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JM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! We did go on a weeknight, and they were not very busy, so it was very quiet and intimate, and we had great service. It was perfect for a date!

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GS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great bartender who served our food and drinks. Very nice laid back place with a nice classy feel. We had a couple drinks, split a couple starters and split an entree and still dropped a Benjamin. So value wise I wouldn’t call it a steal, but no regrets and would go back.

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R
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really liked the atmosphere. What a beautiful view. The food was good. Most of us got the salmon. My husband thought it was a little dry but mine was okay. Think the presentation could have been better. Dark vegetables on a dark plate.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

When we asked for sweet tea they gave us unsweetened with sugar packets. That’s a huge no. Everything else was great! The waiter came by a little too frequently.

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KT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Cute little house with a great view of Louisville from across the river! Wait staff was very friendly and attentive, but service was very slow. She apologized several times for the delay in getting our meals, but we watched others who were seated after us receive their appetizers and meals before us. One couple who sat down some 45 minutes after us were paying their bill at the same time we were. Food was great and I would return to give it another try if the occasion arose.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and a spectacular view of Louisville!

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LP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite. Everything is unique and delicious. Service is casual yet helpful and friendly. Atmosphere is quaint, romantic and the establishment is beautifully decorated!

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MH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and experience were amazing. Our group enjoyed roasted brussel sprouts and mac & cheese appetizers (both were wow!) and entrees from pork medallions, steak frites, the smashed double cheeseburger and buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. Everyone raved about their meals. Cocktails were outstanding (lemon drop martinis and bloody marys) and the service was the best! We will definitely come back and would enthusiastically recommend this place. What a great find along the river in Jeffersonville.

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CL
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply awesome! Highly recommend!

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had reservations for 8 of us this past Saturday evening for a Girls Holiday Celebration, and we were seated right away upon arrival. The service was a bit slow from beginning to end (seated at 7:00 and we didn't get our checks until 9:15). They were out of the Smashed Cheeseburger (which 5 of the 8 of our table was going to order) and then when they all ordered the chicken sandwich and fries instead, the poor waitress had to come back to our table and tell us they were out of fries - not really sure how you run out of hamburger and fries, but okay. The food was really good once we finally got it, and we especially enjoyed the cauliflower appetizer. Although there were a few hiccups, I will give Portage House another try because the food was really good, the atmosphere was nice, and I really liked the location with the view of the river with the bridge lit up at night.

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D
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the peanut Brussels sprout appetizer and two drinks. The appetizer was very good. Don’t miss it.

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R
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my husbands birthday and it’s the cutest place! The food was great and we had perfect service.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The evening we went was a weekday so it was not very busy at all. The service and food were excellent! Highly recommend!

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S
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Love this place. Bar tender apparently no showed so quite a wait on drinks. A party of 10 was so loud it was frustrating. We wished we had been seated in the other dining room and forgone the river view. Servers were great at being attentive and explaining delays.

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal by Chef McGarity and his staff. New menu items are perfect for a cold winter evening!!!

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