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Portage, St. John's, NL

Portage

4.9
4.9
283 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Located in historic downtown St John's, Newfoundland. An upscale casual cuisine of family - style dishes that share between 2 - 4 people. An eclectic selection of wines from around the world. Reservations of 6 or less can be made through OpenTable. We do not take reservations of groups larger than 12. Walk - ins welcomed when seats are available. We do not reserve the bar seats. Thank you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (709) 552-1100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ross Larkin/Celeste Mah

  • Neighborhood

    St. John's

  • Cross street

    Water Street and Job's Cove/Prescott Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 283 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Food

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Service

  • Atlantic Canada

    Innovative

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Overall

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Food

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Service

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Ambiance

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Value

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Innovative

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for groups

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Healthy

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot spot

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Neighborhood gem

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Romantic

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for special occasions

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Menu is not large but interesting - everything we ordered was delicious and we will go back. Do not be afraid to try something new and if you are unsure - ask the server for suggestions. The pork dumplings and Guinea Fowl (very similar to duck in texture I thought) were delicious. Plates are meant to be shared and the above with 2 veggie sides were more than enough for 2 people.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The cod dish is exi
  3. BS

    BrittanyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily one of the best meals we've ever had. From the moment we walked through the doors the service was outstanding and the menu was explained to us in a way that we could plan our meal without leftovers. We had the pork dumplings, carrots, and the ribeye. My husband is adamant about medium rare cooks but we got the ribeye at medium (for me) and it was unbelievable how tasty and tender it was. Bring about to sit and watch the chefs prepare in the Kitchen was like watching an episode of The Bear. Can't wait to go back.
  4. DR

    DarleneR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Family of four celebrating two birthdays! Extremely pleased with the food and the service. The meals were high end quality but very budget friendly. The staff was excellent and accommodating. Will definitely be booking very soon.
  5. NS

    NeilStamp

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, as always, was amazing. Great portions for sharing and we were pleased to hear they are now offering half portions of their vegetables if you want to try multiple. Highly recommend going if you want an amazing meal and a fun night out.
  6. RR

    RafeR

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 best spot in town
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The mussels were amazing, the flavors of the several vegetable dishes werewe complex and interesting and there was more than we could finish. A really nice experience, we'll go again!
  8. KH

    KathyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Portage provided us with not only an incredible meal and impeccable service but an amazing dining experience. We highly recommend!
  9. JA

    JoanA

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were amazing!! Will definitely return!!
  10. SO

    SeanO

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Start to finish. Service, Food. No words or pics will do justice. It is a must go and experience. Fantastic.
  11. KB

    KaylaB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Definitely will be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fabulous, as well as the wine selection. All dishes are so well thought out, and it translates on your palate! Love it here
  13. KM

    KateM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and very helpful and informative staff! Will definitely be back! Thank you so much!
  14. J

    Julien

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner, great wine, thanks Portage team for a very nice time in st John's
  15. CA

    CAT99

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casually excellent. Dishes to share with a group of friends and family. The vegetables are local and superb - the parsnips with hummus in particular popped but also the rutabaga with chilis, beets and carrots. Cod (en papillote) was perfect. Don’t forget the pastries - they are world class. The partridge berry trifle (unexpectedly) surpassed even the near perfect chocolate cake with crème anglais. A sweet substitute for alcohol in Banuary (although the wine list/library is first class too - next time). Thank you.
  16. JB

    JessicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unreal experience. The food was so fresh and delicious. The service was fantastic, super friendly crowd. Highly recommend checking this place out.
  17. C

    Cassandra

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portage’s family style menu is incredibly tasty and has something for everyone. If dumplings are on the menu they are a must-have (especially when finished with chili crisp). Chicken is served with perfectly crispy skin and the vegetable sides were creative and delicious. Service was attentive and incredibly friendly - every last food and drink item was brought to the table with a major sense of pride, and rightfully so. One of the best restaurant experiences we have had in St. John’s in recent years.
  18. M

    Matt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service is top tier. Our server was very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was incredible. A must go in the city
  19. F

    Fridaynightdiner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food- every dish was exceptional. Wine suggested by the Sommelier was perfect with the meal. The price was a little high but worth the tastes. Service was excellent. I find Portage noisy and I like to be able to comfortably converse so we tend to go early when the restaurant is less crowded and quieter. Overall an excellent dinner out!
  20. CP

    CarolP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, Portage has well thought out and beautifully prepared dishes that reflect Newfoundland’s offerings - I love eating there
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good as usual!
  22. MS

    MarinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding. Definitely will be returning.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time visiting but had the best meal we’ve ever had. Everything was spot on delicious and the timing of the servings was perfect. Portions were just right for the 4 of us and staff was amazing, friendly and very helpful. Overall a great experience!
  24. NS

    NSvisitor

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best cod I’ve ever had! All dishes were outstanding, service was incredible. Can’t wait to go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service!! It is too noisy for good conversation.
  26. S

    Ship

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t usually like fish and the cod was the best fish I’ve ever had. Loved it!
  27. NS

    NellS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, great service! every course was awesome but the partiridgeberry mousse was the highlight! great addition to the neighbourhood
  28. RS

    RobS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious meal! A great atmosphere and place to gather. Exceptional service!
  29. SP

    SarahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Great for a special occasions. Would highly recommend.
  30. NU

    NicoleU

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent at all levels. My favourite place in town!!
  31. JV

    JennV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem of an exp;erience, just like last time. This time we ordered scallops, beef carpaccio, "chips and dip" (the most delicious cod-based dip I've ever savoured), carrots and beets. I also enjoyed a gin-based drink. Everything was divine. Can't wait to return.
  32. A

    Adam

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service. Every dish is so well thought out and a reflection of the talented team behind the restaurant.
  33. MO

    MORRIS

    Tokyo

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food
  34. JH

    JohnH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The meal was of variable quality; some dishes were excellent, while some were forgettable. If we come back we would order the chips-and-dip, potatos, and dumplings for sure. The rest of the dishes were uninspired. The portion sizes were appropriate and the service was excellent.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must visit!! Everything was superb!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Elevated flavours from apps to mains to dessert would impress any food snob! Relaxed atmosphere. Service excellent. Left too many food choices behind so will definitely return for those.
  37. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for a date night and was very impressed with the service. Food was fantastic.
  38. AH

    AshleyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portage is amazing - serving sizes are large and meant to be shared, the quality is unmatched and the flavours are inventive and delicious. Don’t skip dessert! Highly recommend.
  39. MC

    MeaghanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and overall ambiance. Will 100% come back.
  40. ED

    ElaineD

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sommelier Leo was knowledgeable and very helpful while maintaining a very pleasant warm welcome. Andrew was excellent at making food suggestions. He was also extremely pleasant and patient. Overall An extremely very pleasant experience

FAQs

Portage is rated 4.9 stars by 283 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Portage

128 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1A8

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Water Street and Job's Cove/Prescott Street

  • Neighborhood

    St. John's

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ross Larkin/Celeste Mah

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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