Portage House

4.5
392 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Serving modern American cuisine and creative cocktails. Please join us Tuesday through Saturday for lunch between from 11am until 3pm and dinner 5pm until 10pm. Our menus change frequently with the season so please check the most recent menu out at our website www.eatportagehouse.com.
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4.5
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ReneeC
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to dine at Portage House as often as we can. The menu changes seasonally, while also keeping favorites like the baked goat cheese appetizer (so, SO good). Not only is the food consistently excellent, the ambiance and view can't be beat!

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Windit
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived at the time of my reservation was seated promptly. Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quick service and the food was yummy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The atmosphere and the view was great. Our waitress was delightful! It was a bit pricey, but overall I loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

It was great. Service was a bit slow. Otherwise it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was absolutely amazing! The risotto was slightly gritty and starchy (IMO), so possibly a little undercooked, but aside from that, everything was cooked perfectly. The flavors of each dish were true and fresh. The chef did an amazing job pairing the foods, and there was so much food with each dish that we were already full by the time course 4 all-in-all an excellent value for the money and a great intro to new flavors. We were a party of 2, and there was only one downside to our visit; the dining room is well lit, cozy, and open-concept, with a simple green decoration on each table, but we were placed in a booth off in an awkward corner of the dining room where it was freezing cold and isolated from the rest of the room, and no decoration to even try to make it feel like part of the event. Due to the way the booth is set up, our backs were against the dividing wall and the dining room was always behind us, we had to literally stand up and walk out of the booth to even see the dining room. This prevented us from ever feeling part of the warm and inviting ambience of the rest of the room. From our prespective, it looked like a pushed together table for 4 (that only seated 2 for the event) could have been split to accomodate us more appropriately. This would not prevent me from eating here or attending another event, but I would look into requesting a table that was part of the dining room in future.

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RebeccaP
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We snagged reservations for the second "Eat Your Veggies" 5 course dinner and it was even better than we anticipated. Portage House has such a quaint vibe and we love the laid-back ambiance. We were seated on the second floor and had a great view of the Ohio River and the Big Four Bridge. It felt very romantic, as we got engaged on the bridge and walked into Jeffersonville for a post engagement lunch at Portage House over the summer, so it was nice to be back and experience that day all over again.

The first course was an arugula salad with roasted beets, goat cheese, pistachio crumble, and champagne vinaigrette. The bitterness of the arugula paired really well with the sweetness of the crumble and beets.

The second course was a pea and caramelized onion risotto that was cooked perfectly al dente. The peas had a great crisp outer shell and the sauce was creamy and delicious.

The third course was the one I was least looking forward to as I don't care for eggplant or tomato sauce but whoa, was I taken for a loop! The North African tomato sauce ain't your grandmas red sauce. It had a perfect balance of sweet and acid. Golden raisins and (I think) curry gave it such a delightful flavor that I almost wanted to lick the plate clean.

The fourth course was by far the best. A zucchini and potato cake atop curried chickpeas and topped with tzatziki sauce. It was like a wonderful blend of Mediterranean and Indian spices. Truly the menu progressed and got better with each and every course!!

Dessert was a giant cream puff with dark caramel and hazelnuts. By this point I was nearly bursting at the seams because the portions were HUGE for each course but somehow I managed. :) I'm not a big dessert fan because they are usually too rich but this has a nice balance, not too overly sweet.

Complementing our meals were two cocktails, the Ginger and Tonic and Italian Bramble. Both are similar, but the ginger one was our favorite. It had a nice punch of ginger and the fresh rosemary

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem in plain sight!food service and view is awesome.try the fried chicken!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Pretty “noisy” diners at next table

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JustinA
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good atmosphere. My wife and I went here for Valentine’s Day. I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Server did not acknowledge us for over 5 minutes after sitting down, despite servicing tables around us. Expect better service for the venue.

Portage House
Responded on February 17, 2020

I'm not sure how this constitutes a one star review? I think that five minutes isn't acceptable but in no way does that make this an overall one star experience.

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NewAlbanianNewbie
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service! Took my wife for a Valentines dinner and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We will definitely be back again!

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Dimmer
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service slow. Waiter pleasant. Alcohol high priced. Food very good.

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Robin
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful date night! The dinners were delicious and the signature drinks, also great!

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KimF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible and the service was superb. We had a late reservation on Valentine’s Day and though it kept us beyond closing, the staff never acted like it was even a slight imposition. The food was just as fresh as if it had been at opening. It’s a historic home on the river with a quaint yet eclectic feel and The view if the Ohio at night was stunning.

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Jordanc
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Service was great.

Food and drinks were way overpriced.

Allergy awareness was non existent.

Overall disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Good food, good atmosphere

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JohnH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

braised beef tasted good but extremely small amount
duck the skin was very rubbery not rendered enough
to much garnish on the plate I guess to make it look like more
the canoli filling wad so thin it just ran out of the canoli
for what it cost we excepted much better.
The wait staff was very good.

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vipJudyT
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Last minute reservation. Drove from Frankfort ky. We often go to Louisville and/or Lexington to eat. Stumbled across The Portage House on the Internet. Thought we would go somewhere we had Never Tried.
It was Good. Not anything outstanding to justify our drive. If we lived closer I would try again. Or go back when warm weather so could sit outside and watch the river.

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johnc
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good. Portions and quality of the meal was excellent. The bartender Irvin was outstanding and the cream puff was wonderful. Should have ordered two. A must for dining in southern Indiana.

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JoeOfLouisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I had dinner at Portage House on Valentine's Day. I had an open-faced barbecue sandwich that was tasty, and my wife (who is a choosy eater) had an elegantly plated burger that she enjoyed. From the bar, I had a well-made old-fashioned. We also shared a fresh, warm, chocolate-chip blondie with a perfectly sized scoop of vanilla cream. Our server (who was apparently also -- temporarily? -- tending bar and made my drink) was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu (which ranged nicely from fancy to tried-and-true), about the building (a historic home with a nice view of the Ohio through the generous front window), and about the experience of the executive chef and owner. The only thing I'd have changed was the situation of our table, which was against a wall and close to other diners, so that private conversation was hampered. The seating would not keep me from returning, though. All things considered, we found Portage House a good value and pleasing dining experience.

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vipShereeR
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in the door it was pleasant experience! We were politely greeted and directed towards the bar where we had a drink before going to our table for dinner. Dinner was amazing from the starter to dessert. We definitely enjoyed our evening and will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and view. Food as always was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service, not the greatest food. Way better options across the bridge in Louisville.

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Luv2Go
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate shrimp & grits entrees + 2 appetizers: fried oysters and truffle fries. OMG! Food very fresh, delicious, perfectly seasoned, outstanding. Also tempted by beef short rib, Caesar salad, & beef burger. Full bar. Servers attentive. Restaurant is in a nice old house w/dining rooms on 2 levels + big outdoor seating area. Spectacular view of downtown Louisville right across the river. Free parking on street in front or on side lot. Not noisy - you can have a conversation. We’ll return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was quaint and intimate. Food was unique and outstanding! Service was attentive and friendly. We'll definitely be back.

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GregC
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanks Katie for serving us on our anniversary. We enjoyed our meal at The Portage.

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Clynnh1230
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service and food were good. The short rib dish was a little lack luster in flavor, but my parents thoroughly enjoyed the brussels sprouts and we all loved the oysters. I had the shrimp and grits and they were delicious.
It did seem almost all menu items included Sriracha powder...

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LyleB
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great. The staff treated us awesome and even made sure we had a great table with a view because they knew my wife and I were going there for dinner on a mid-week date night. The food came quick and was delicious. The prices weren't cheap, but you didnt feel like you weren't getting what you paid for. We will definitely be going back.

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LeslieL
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic fresh flavors
Service excellent
My new favorite place

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MellisaS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was a nice quiet experience on the river on a Friday night. I expected a better dish for the price. Nice eclectic setting with the ambiance and alright service. Nothing super impressive . . .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The duck is delicious. Best duck in town hands down!

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JenniferS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great spot - views of the river, excellent service and friendly staff. Food was delicious!

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and food will definitely be coming back

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vipSarahbethL
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

It was just ok. My short ribs weren't anything to brag about. I've had much better in Louisville. I dont think we will be back

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vipLindaS
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. The grilled meatloaf was so good. Love this spot on the sunny side at the foot of the big four bridge in Indiana.

JP
JanetduPont
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

My food (the scallops) were so salty I could Barely eat them and the accompanying greens. It was clear that my plate was MOSTLY full when the waitress (very nice young Lady) took it away. I didn't complain - because I was on a FIRST date and didn't want to make a bad impression. I AM a foodie. Too, too, many roasted red peppers and the greens - as I said, were so salty I really almost spit them out on the first bite. I was sorely disappointed and embarrassed that my date paid over $90 for a dinner a could not eat. Just saying. Janet duPont (502)377-9783

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, good portions, excellent service. Nice little spot on the river.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was great, outside seating was great.

FAQs

Portage House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (812) 913-4250.

Portage House is rated 4.5 stars by 392 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.