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Porto

4.6
941 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Porto boasts a large and beautiful patio space in the middle of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. The menu is based on Mediterranean selections with a focus on Italy. Porto is located on Ring Road in Boston's Bay Bay, steps from the Prudential Center and Copley, next door to Saks Fifth Avenue.

Enjoy a lively meal in either of Porto's well appointed dining rooms, or indulge in a casual meal at the bar or kitchen counter seating, overlooking the oyster bar and open kitchen. Porto's one-of-a-kind outdoor patio and bar overlooks Ring Road with Boylston Street views, and serves as a Mediterranean oasis, right in the heart of Back Bay.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 941 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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cherryc
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had an amazing outdoor dining experience on a Saturday evening. the tables were well spaced and we fortunately had a table near a heating lamp as it did get chillier towards the end of the meal. everything we ordered was delicious--tuna tartar was one of the best I've ever had. the tuna was fresh and the dressing was light and refreshing and went perfectly with the crispy chips. the grilled octopus had the right amount of char on the outside but the meat was so tender it melted in your mouth. the duxbury oysters were meaty and fresh. the steak fries were cooked exactly how I asked--medium rare. and the fries were thin and crispy just like I like them. thr branzino was light and fluffy. I had a deliciously buttery chardonnay as well. our server, Ned, was perfect too. he was polite, prompt, and gave us the right amount of attention. he even deboned the fish for us! I cannot wait to go back!!!!

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around, wonderful evening. The restaurant was very aware of Covid safety measures. Felt very comfortable dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went on a Saturday night for a date night. I got the scallops and he got the steak, both DELICIOUS. The only bummer is that they were out of the octopus which we were looking forward to trying. Will definitely be going back!! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

food was good but it took them about 20 mins to get our table ready even though we had a reservation. rapcaviar was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Definitely order the pasta. It was amazing.smaller portion for the price but delicious. Drinks were fine, not amazing.

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vipkst470
New England
60 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be one of my favorite spots in Boston. Yes we are outside and it was chilly. But we dressed accordingly. There are a few heaters on the patio, but only half the tables are near heaters. The website warns this is the case and we wore heavy coats and were fine even thought we were not next to a heater. The food was stellar as was our waiter. My only complaint was the hostess. She needs to be more customer friendly. I have eaten here many times and have usually had a warm greeting from the host or hostess. This could have been better. All in all, a great meal and it continues to be one of my favorite restaurants.

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Alicia
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting my daughter at BU. Great night. Took the T to the pru table for 5. Inside as it was COLD out. My seafood stew was amazing but you have to like fennel ... i loved it. Martinis desert so good!

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vipNativeNewYorker
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always been great at Porto, but they are doing an amazing job during COVID. Still a ton of energy and the food and service are great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Protected outdoor seating was perfect on a rainy cold night.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We arrived for our 8:45 outdoor reservation only to be told outdoor seating is not available (what is the point of a reservation then?). Waiter was rude and dismissive - as if we were supposed to know that the branzino came with all the bones (they literally put overdressed salad on a piece of whole grilled fish...). He messed up our drink order and tried to Jedi mind trick us into thinking it was what we wanted. The kitchen seemed to run out of food when we ordered (I can understand COVID putting a lot of pressure on restaurants) but that’s no excuse for the poor quality service we received last night. No one wants to have dinner only to be lectured and dismissed by the waitstaff because they deem you unworthy of service. Cannot dissuade prospective diners enough to avoid this place at all costs. You pay a premium for the location but certainly not for the service or the food.

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CristinaS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ate outdoors on an unusually windy night in October. The heat lamps are pretty but don’t provide as much heat as the overhead variety. They do sell new little IKEA blankets on the menu for $5 which did the trick, but keep in mind it’s in a windy spot so dress warmly. The tuna tartare is delicious, nicely seasoned with sesame oil and tasty little crisps. The cauliflower starter was equally tasty. Scallops were cooked to perfection and the seafood stew was light, fresh and just right for a brisk evening. Hostess was exceptionally friendly and helpful. We will definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Sat outside. Food was delicious from appetizers to dessert. The meatballs, the burrata, the lamb and the warm cookie for dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A good restaurant with good food. But the outdoor setting is not as comfortable especially when we sat close to the wind draft

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was thoroughly impressed. The food was absolutely phenomenal. It’s a real art to be able to cook octopus correctly. It wasn’t chewy!! It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The lamb chops were also perfect! They were juicy with a nice char on the outside. And the scallops were so carefully cooked and bursting with flavor. I cannot compliment the chef more highly. Our waiter was also really great: nice, attentive, informative, not overbearing. My girlfriend was in town for a week so we were going out to eat a lot, and we both agreed that our dinner at Porto was the best! Thank you so much for getting it!

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vipJKCornell
New England
52 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best dinner we have ever had at Porto and arguably the best meal we have had in Boston! The service was great, food was fresh hot and interesting. We loved it!!!

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MeganB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food plates were extremely small and over priced, drinks were good though.

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LisaW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great service, and fantastic food with a good vibe.

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jordanm
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and the took wonderful COVID precautions.

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DawnL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our waitress was rude! She was not happy with the fact that we only wanted salads. We had wine - but when she asked if we wanted to see dessert menu and we said we were not interested - she came back within two minutes with our check. We would have liked another glass of wine, but at that point it was clear she wanted us out of there. Her name was Savannah.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food!! And service!!

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vipJasmine
New England
49 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious...the octopus is so tender and flavorful, burrata creamy and delicious, great kale salad (and I am not a fan of kale) with a terrific lemony dressing , followed by the summer pasta.
To top it off we got the baked to order chocolate chip cookie a la mode, fudge and caramel sauce.
The staff was so welcoming and chef amaryllis came out to say hi!
We ate outside on the patio and dressed warm...love those Edison lights.
Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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KerryOutOnTheTown
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. I had the fried chicken, which was delicious, but it also came with a side salad that was incredible too! I need to get that recipe. My daughter got the steak frites and said it was one of the best she's ever had. Service was excellent. Really appreciated the heat lamps on a crisp fall evening!

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vipKarenD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! They do a great job with their outside space and the staff is wonderful.

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MarcG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Sat outside even though it was getting cold after dark. But the portable propane heater next to our table helped. Service was great.

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GaryG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent, interesting mediterranean cuisine. I had local oysters that were fresh and well shucked, followed up by a buratta salad and the grilled pulpo (octopus). The wait staff was very well trained and attentive. They have very nice outdoor dining under a large tent during covid time. Highly recommended.

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vipEuniceH
New England
66 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very good but over priced. Patio is wonderful. That’s the draw for me. Won’t be eating inside a restaurant for a very long time. And too cold for outside.

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PMurph
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food amazing - not o few get it very pricey!

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viptaryn
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food took an hour to get to the table. Otherwise experience was fine

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Ashley
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We made a last minute reservation and the staff was more than accommodating and service outstanding.

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MichaelE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Porto did a great job providing a wonderful outdoor dining experience on their patio. Heaters and windscreens really worked on a cold and windy night, and the food and service were both excellent!

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Maria
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the service really good. Maybe more space heaters or other solution would have been great because it was a very cold night and we were seating in the patio.

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JohnV
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was great, our server Michelle was outstanding. It was just a little cold for outdoor seating.

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vipMeow123
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked the food and quality of their service. I think this is one of the best spots in Back Bay Area.

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JohnG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was very poor. The kid who was waiting on us was just not trained well. He was too busy also with a. large station.

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Pleased
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We dined outside. The table was ready when we arrived at 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday, and we were seated immediately. Our server arrived promptly, took our drink and appetizer orders right away, and they were served to us after a very short time. We ordered our entrees, and we received them with out any delay. Smooth as clockwork.
All members of the staff were attentive, cordial and adept at serving.

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RosemaryS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but small portions. Service was great. We didn’t get a good table but generally the decor is super nice, we just happened to get the worst table in the place

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vipBoston617Eater
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. I plan on returning very very soon!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
111 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Very good service. Appropriate social distancing. Couldn’t ask for anything better.

BE
BostonEats93
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great vibe in the city. Service was top notch. Food was decent and drink were okay. Would recommend going for the outside patio sitting.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely time and my server was amazing!! I enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The server sections seemed huge though so I felt for the servers who all looked very stressed to give their tables any time.

FAQs

Porto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 536-1234.

Porto is rated 4.6 stars by 941 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.

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