Porto

4.4
476 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Porto is a modern meze-style Mediterranean seafood restaurant with a lively bar in Boston's Back Bay brought to you by the team behind TRADE - restauranteurs Chef Jody Adams, Eric Papachristos and Sean Griffing. The menu at Porto is carefully curated for a shared dining experience and the meze-style share plates are designed to be enjoyed by groups large and small.

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.

NOW SERVING WEEKEND BRUNCH / SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am-3pm!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Seafood, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 536-1234
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jody Adams
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Boylston Street & Huntington Avenue
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Parking details
Porto offers parking validation at a discounted rate of $18 after 5PM for the Prudential Parking Garage. The closest entrance to the Prudential Parking Garage from Porto is the North Entrance facing Ring Road.
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Public transit
Two blocks from Copley T Station (Green Line)
Three blocks from Bay Bay Station (Orange Line)
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Porto’s private dining room exudes the aesthetics of a modern Mediterranean restaurant. Touches of netted crystal lighting over coffered concrete ceilings and mirrored accents beautifully contrast our brown leather banquettes and warm wooden toned tables.

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What 476 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great restaurant, but our reservation was for 8:30 and we were not seated until 9:30. The hostess was very apologetic and comped our first drink and some appetizers, but by the time we were seated, the dish that we came in for was sold out for the night. The food was very good and the staff was very gracious, but due to the wait time, I have trouble giving Porto the rating of which I know that it is probably worthy. The service rating of 3 stars reflect the wait time, not the waiter - he was great!

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Wonderful food but very loud, server was late with both drinks and wine, server forgot two items, and a featured wine on the menu was suddenly reported sold out. We're excited to see Porto work out the bugs with its service and succeed. It offers a terrific menu.

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SJ
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress

Interesting food and flavorful

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d
New England
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, service and ambiance! Try it. You’ll be glad you did!

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food (though a little too salty) and nice glass of wine at a good value.

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n
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Porto is great for food and drink. The noise level is tough to compete with though. Acoustics could be much better.

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BF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porto is an outstanding dining spot, with food choices that are both memorable and remarkable!

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D
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Brunch ! Great food and fabulous patio. It is a fabulous restaurant in the center of Boston with Great Food, Service and Ambiance . The wait staff is well versed in the menu and preparation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was ok, service was horrendous. I had to go up to the bar more than once, to ask for drinks and then the check. I won’t be returning.

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s
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Despite the hype, I was unimpressed. The food was only so-so and the noise level made it difficult to talk, even at a curved corner banquette. The choice of small plates was impressive so it would probably be a good choice for a large group & sharing.

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JK
New England
46 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Porto which is probably our tenth time eating there. We love the freshness of the seafood and the service just keeps getting better and better. Keep it up!!!

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OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my second visit. The first was excellent. This time, the food was not as good, the noise volume was high and the service was mixed.

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New England
80 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

the food was not interesting. my entree was lukewarm but no one bothered to come by till it was half eaten. I was too hungry to send it back

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D
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Great food. Great waiter ..Lucas . The food was really delicious and everything came out hot . This is a great neighborhood restaurant for lunch and Dinner. The Mezza platter is just delicious and so fresh !

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BW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a busy night so the volume might be more quiet normally. Got 3 small plates and one large one to split between 2 people. Food was very good and the wine list is solid (I mean you're not finding amazing bottles but its solid). Service was good and it was fun sitting at the bar watching the chef's cook the food. Overall very happy with our meal for date night there.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We arrived for our 7pm reservation on a Friday night. We asked for the quietest table, but the entire restaurant was noisy both inside and outside. The waitress was very friendly but obviously over-worked. We never got table water, although she was very quick to offer new orders of soda. By the way, Coke and Diet Coke come in 8oz glass bottles that are very pricey, and there are no free refills. Our appetizers were pitifully small, each order was perhaps 2 mouthfuls only. Even the $30 entre dinners were very small. We tried the dessert and again found very expensive, very small portions. After spending over $120 we left hungry- that just doesn't seem right!

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New England
69 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porto changes the menu seasonally, and changes staff from time to time. There are new managers, but the same fabulous chef, wine, food, with Jody Adams keeping Porto wonderful, whether in the dining room inside or on the patio outside.

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LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was completely uninspiring. I have no idea how this restaurant garnered the scores it has from the various rating services. Place was also very empty for a Thursday night. Perhaps the word is already out!

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was great.

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Never before had a waiter ask if there was anything wrong with the service bc we left an 18% tip...we were so embarrassed we left more money and then I thought, “management should know he is doing this”...they were gracious and very upset but it’s a first for me -and I’ll never go back despite the food being solid

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TB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful..just wonderful..food, atmosphere and service are all top notch

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AD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome appetizers- fresh quality Mediterranean food. One of the best restaurants in backbay by far

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DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in town for a conference. Dining solo. Felt well taken care of at the counter, with excellent recommendations of food. Everything fresh and flavorful.

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AS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed at Porto. The flavors of the small plates were delicious. We like how they have expediters bring the plate right to the table from the kitchen. I especially enjoyed the fish entree with arugula on top. We seem to eat more vegetarian lately and Porto accommodates this quit nicely. We also like the wait staff at Porto for providing excellent service. They go out of their way to make the experience special.

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SP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was way overpriced for the portion size. and the taste could not justify the price

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Sat in a super cozy corner with pillows, it was perfect for date night. Food was very satisfying. (Foodie approved) Cocktails were awesome. Nice wine list too. We tried the falafel, eggplant chips, burrata, Street corn. They were all incredibly perfect versions of it. Next I had the gnocchi. It was delicious. Nothing crazy unique, but very well done. Last but not least the steak entree. Awesome flavors in the sauce. Cooked as requested. Our server, who seemed to be a bartender as well, was very knowledgeable about everything, and helped with my girlfriends gluten allergy happily and effectively.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was one of the worst dining experiences we’ve ever experienced. From slow and unprofessional service to late, incorrectly cooked and missing food, we would never go here again FOR BRUNCH.

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TR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our party of four, who live out in the ‘burbs, chose Porto for our dinner together. It was lovely to be in the city, eating on their outdoor patio, on an end-of-summer cool’ish evening. Rhonda, our hostess, and the staff covering the patio couldn’t have been more welcoming, bringing drinks and assuring us that a table was opening up soon. (We reserved a table beforehand). We shared two apps of cauliflower and mushrooms, and each had our own entree, of yellowfin tuna, seared scallops, and steak. They were all delicious! So enjoyed a satisfying and fun evening at Porto!

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d
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little patio away from street noise. Delicious food. Our favorites were the meze shrimp and the meze cauliflower. But everything we ordered was fresh and delicious.

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E
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When it's warm out, the patio is amazing. The service is casual but well trained. The food is always great and composed of a variety of big dinner plates and small sharing portions. It's never too loud there so I find it a good place to sit and talk. I think the only stipulation I have is that the ambiance is a bit casual for the prices but it's not a turnoff. The food is worth it and comes out fairly quick.

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SF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and I would totally come again. Helen was our waitress and she was really great and welcoming.

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LK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The portions were incredibly small, especially for the expensive prices. I was not impressed with my meal.

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NN
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Porto has become one the best places to go in the Back Bay. It is consistently very good -- the food is great and the new Fall menu has some excellent new items on it. The service is also very warm and friendly.

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MK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good vibe but food was so so. Also they were out of food that i wanted to order

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New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately the noise level inside this restaurant makes the event painful. However their weekend brunch when the weather is nice is served on the patio. The service is attentive if slow. Not clear why it takes so long to get the food to you. On first occasion the server kept asking us to order the meal when we had not received out bloody Marys. It took at least 20 minutes for them to arrive. That said the quiche with a green salad was perfect. The quiche was well flavored and beautifully cooked and served with a divine salad of lettuces and just enough dressing to flavor them without overpowering them.

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Seaweed pasta, shrimp tapas, sea bass ceviche were excellent.
Scallops with beets dressing was good but we got 2 small scallops - really for $12?

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KP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Porto is in a great location and it has nice outdoor seating. When we were there the kitchen was somewhat overwhelmed so food was rather slow to arrive at the table. My biggest concern was the size of the portions relative to the price of the portions. I would caution against the scallop appetizer which was $12 and provided two scallops. It makes for a very very expensive evening.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oysters were small, expensive, mediocre
Mushrooms would be a better dish if served on an edible base rather than parchment...the sauce needs to be able to be consumed...it’s delicious!
Hostess was reluctant to seat a party outside at 6:00 in spite of at least 6 empty tables for two and an empty table for 6. I suggested maybe we could put two of the tables for 2 together and was initially met with some resistance although the reasoning was not at all clear (same number of guests either way, supposedly first come-first seated and essentially available when we arrived).

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Large outdoor space. We had a great time!

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TB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience we have had lunch and dinner there 4 times in last month. All have been really good. Nice neighborhood feel in an upscale place wait staff has been helpful and knowledgeable we would highly recommend a visit..

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