Porters

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Modern Australian dining. Porters Williamstown owners, Zoey and John of Williamstown opened Porters doors in September 2018. Wanting a challenge, they built a diverse but delicate menu to coordinate with their glamourous, but expansive restaurant footprint. Porters serves coffee, breakfast and lunch, before dimming the lights for an intimate dinner or drinks at the bar. Porters wine list was curated by 2018 top sommelier, Raul Moreno Yague. We hope to see you soon at Porters. Call for your reservation: 03 9397 1251. You can also find us on Instagram @porters3016
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M
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food and drinks were amazing and staff were super friendly and catered to all our needs. Only disappointment was the service being quite slow especially the wait on drinks considering there were only 2 other groups at the restaurant.

D
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our first luncheon experience with Porters but we had been there before in fact twice for dinner.
The food was excellent and the service was very good by our main attendant. She didn't fuss too much which is what we liked but was very pleasant and courteous.
The person who took away our wine glasses did not ask if we needed any more wine which I found a little different, just took the glasses and didn't say a word. We were not wanting any more but would have liked to have been asked. Only a small point not a complaint.
Love the ambiance it has a super feeling when one walks in. Love the space between tables to a conversation cannot be overheard.
Would have liked more on items on the menu - pork , lamb and salmon receipes.
Would certainly return to Porters a very nice eating experience.

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Porters last night. The food was delicious, the service was attentive and we experienced good value for our money. It was a lovely way to catch up with dear friends.

TH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful way to celebrate my birthday! Helen was wonderful from the minute we walked in the door. With 10 meals ordered, none were a disappointment - we all but licked the plates clean. Thanks Porters, see you soon!

J
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were attentive, efficient and friendly and the food was really good

BS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious lunch at Porters, food was fresh and beautifully presented. Service was very friendly and prompt. Would def. recommend this venue.

SD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

food was excellent but they really need more staff, you cant have 1 person serving and 1 person at the bar for Sunday dinner, it sort of spoiled our night to be honest

SE
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night was had by all thanks to staff at Porters especially Helen. Very friendly and the food was delicious.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our experience for our first visit. Staff very warm and friendly and efficient, and the location and venue itself was great. Nice comfy chairs too.
Food was great and perfect meal sizes. Great wine selection too.
Finally a great dining experience in Williamstown, which is usually not the case.
Will definitely return.

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been one of the best dining experiences I have had. Beautiful and luxurious scenery accompanied with the most pleasant service and attendees. I had made a booking for my family for a Sunday brunch and the whole process was so easy and no fuss.
Arriving at the restaurant and was warmly greeted by staff. We all ordered the big breakfast and it was delicious. From the perfectly poached eggs to the smooth aromatic coffees.
I really admire the attention to detail the restaurant owners have put into their establishment. Details such as the excellent light settings down to The Cole and mason salt pepper mills.
I wish I had taken a better photo of our food but the excitement the scenery created had me taking the quickest of snaps.

Will definitely be back to try more breakfast dishes and will make a note to come in the evenings to experience the divine dinner service and food.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fathers Day, like any other big occasion, is always hard on restaurants. We have been to Porters before and we were not disappointed this time, it was louder and busier and everyone was a little flustered but the food was fabulous as usual, everyone was smiling, the drinks were quick to arrive. Porters is an asset to Williamstown for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The people here care and it is obvious in the attention to detail, the level of service and the way they are always striving to do better. Thanks again Porters and Bravo !!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service and food!

M
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was divine, we left incredibly satisfied. The exceptional service made the experience even better, such attentive and friendly staff. Looking forward to our next visit!

LR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in we felt welcomed and valued. The service was exceptional and personal. The food was delicious - fresh and tasty. Our son is anaphalactic to nuts and fish - the staff went above and beyond to ensure his food did not contained or was cross contaminated with any nuts or fish. A beautiful relaxing evening was had - would recommend Porters to friends and family.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Quality food and some really nice wines without having to venture to the CBD. The service was excellent, friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend and will be back.

DP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lunched with a friend in this modern bright eatery that caters to local workers for good coffee and takeaways as well as locals and visitors wanting a more substantial meal.
We enjoyed our meal - each having seafood chowder and sharing braised beef cheek and a plate of spring vegetables
The beef cheek would have benefitted from an unctious sause but the soup and vegetable dish were delicious
We enjoyed elderflower spritzes and coffee too
Friendly service added to the appeal

LW
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great location, excellent service and atmosphere. We really enjoyed our lunch here. Haven’t had a steak that good for a long time.

F
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant that is positioned on the ground floor of a new residential development. Food is very nice, modern Australian, with a range of options to please. Service was very warm and friendly, however a bit scatty - they were easily distracted by several large groups and didn’t appear to run sections for the wait staff (eg we had 4 different servers throughout the night), which meant things were forgotten and one person didn’t have an overall view of what your needs. Hopefully they improve this as it’s an easy fix with nice friendly people. We’ll definitely be back and would recommend to others.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The service was good but the food was awful and no taste.

There not much more i can say.

It was my first time here had to try it.

VI
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very pleasant and relaxed Sunday Lunch. The food was delicious and so was the cocktail.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

JS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very pleasant night where the service and food was great. I would have rated the food as outstanding, albeit for the side of chips that tasted and looked like they had been sitting in the 'bain marie' for a couple of hours. I shouldn't have ordered the chips anyway as the mains were outstanding, especially the Beef Shin Massaman Curry which my wife ordered, and the Eye Fillet that I ordered was cooked to perfection. All was washed down with great selection of wines.

MO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, contemporary atmosphere and not to crowded. Our group of four enjoyed our meals and would dine there again. The tables were spaced so that you weren't listening to neighboring conversations and the chairs were very comfortable. Great coffee to finish off the meal.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at Porters on. Saturday night. The restaurant was full but we had booked ahead.
We could not fault the service - very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Our meals were first class and served up within a reasonable time. Overall our dining experience was very good.

CM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very nice and staff were very friendly and attentive. Would definitely come back here.

MI
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

This was a pleasant meal in a comfortable elegant setting and good for a low key Friday night dinner.
The lamb racks were perfectly cooked with good accompaniments and a generous serve. The gnocchi according to my partner, was a little overcooked but the lamb shank ragu, tasty. Overall the food was pretty good and fair value. A coffee creme brulee was fine.

Only negative point which should be easily fixed is the service was unprofessional -for this day and age. Jumped upon and asked if we wanted tap water or sparkling before we even sat down. This continued, being asked if we would like to order food by one of the wait staff when the other had just delivered the menus, being asked if we wanted coffee to "end the evening" before we had ordered dessert.

n
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very accommodating and food was amazing! thank you

CK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were celebrating our son’s birthday. We had a fantastic night. The front of house were great interacting with us and having a laugh.
The atmosphere was great welcoming and cosy on a winters night. The food was great and plated for a magazine shoot.
We will definitely be coming back .

PG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have struggled for some time to find a restaurant with good food and service in Williamstown.

This would be by far the best restaurant in Williamstown. The food and service were exceptional and we will be visiting regularly and we will be sharing our experience with others.

Well done and keep at it.

CL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have officially now had THE best oysters ever! I am a huge fan of Coffin Bay Natural Oysters however, the tempura oysters on Porters menu are divine! The food across the board is outstanding and well priced for such a stylish venue. An impressive wine, spirit and cocktail selection makes for a fantastic night out and a very welcomed addition to the Williamstown restaurant scene!

GG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great, the only criticism was that the venue was cold both physically and it the interiors or lack of.
We have already been back for coffee and will definately be back for dinner again.

k
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive hostess and waiters, a contemporary looking venue just across the road from Williamstown Police. Food was excellent as were the cocktails on offer.

MM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful Mother’s Day lunch at Porters. My Mum is old school fussy and service staff were very accommodating of her individual requests. We all had an excellent time and absolutely lovely lunch.

RR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 2nd time we ate there. We had dinner, which was absolutely the best meal we have had in a long time, 2 weeks before. We also went for mother's day breakfast. The staff were quick to serve our party of 6, food and drinks came quickly. The wait staff were excellent and attentive and came back multiple times.
We would highly recommend Porters and we do to all our friends and family.

DG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good overall we had a good evening food was good, one observation I’d have liked a bigger portion of chicken for the spatchcock it was a bit small for a guy’s serving.

Dave

RK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Warmly greeted and promptly shown to our table. Our waiter , Patrick, was appropriately attentive and knowledgeable. The quality and quantity of the food was good. For Southern Oregon, the prices were high, but not shocking or surprising. Porters is a premium restaurant and premium prices should be expected. Definitely, worthy of a repeat.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. An extremely accomodating staff. Good food

JS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Ordered the specials which were excellent.

CH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly Great menu Impressive wine list. Wii definitely go back!

E
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I loved the food and the service was fantastic but it was extremely noisy in there. It’s all hard surfaces and we couldn’t have much conversation because the sound bounces everywhere. It would be a really lovely atmosphere with just a few acoustic panels strategically added in. The food is really excellent and not overpriced, and the service was friendly and professional. I’ll be back for sure.