Porto

4.3
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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)
Additional
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 423 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely meal and attentive service in a cozy corner of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We went to Porto for an annual family ladies- only dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meal quite a bit! Even the picky older aunts had nothing but nice things to say. The bar orders weren't perfect, but the food was all lovely and nicely portioned. Sevice was excellent. Our server Jade patiently answered all our questions, checked in on us regularly, and was not snobby or condescending when we asked for just a nice cheap bottle of wine.

One hiccup was the placement of our table. We were a large group and so put in the back, which was not an issue. However, we were put right by the door to the outside dining area which meant that there were people coming and going all night long. This included heading through a door that was right next to our table, which did slam all night long and ended up being a nuisance. One of my aunts food order came out very early, but the restaurant was very apologetic and sent over a free appetizer as a way of apologizing. She enjoyed her meal quite a bit, so it wasn't a big deal.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Overall good dining experience!
Friendly staff.
Food was ok.
Nice dining in the patio.

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Porto is not bad, but it is also not special. It is certainly not special enough to charge the prices it charges,

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Always a great meal at Porto. The manager checked in on us, which was nice! The small plates are fantastic, and the lobster lettuce wraps were amazing, as always!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Porto was terrific. I especially liked that they had small plates for sharing as well as larger plates. The meze boards were amazing!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Went here with a client and a few colleagues after a conference. Great ambiance, not too loud that you can’t hear the folks across the table. Sufficient drinks list. Would come again.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Server was new. Fine but not great

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Didn’t know exactly what to expect, but fantastic experience! Our server was amazing, the food was delicious, and the ambiance on the patio was incredible. I will definitely be visiting here again!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Hostess was great. Guided us to a table in the bar where we were able to order cocktails immediately while we were waiting for our table. We were able to sit outside which made the experience that much better. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. They have a fair number of vegetarian options on their mezze menu and everyone enjoyed their meals. We ordered two deserts, the chocolate cake and the berries and cream and both were delicious. We would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Brunch was awesome. The creamsicle donut and the Bloody Mary was out of this world. Great advice and priced right - will go again.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Try the falafel and the octopus. Quiet section in the back is better for conversation.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our first time to Porto - wow - what a treat! Great food and service. Definitely looking forward to our next trip there.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Very delayed service, ordered tapas dishes 3 dishes came out instantly, last two 75 min later. Had to ask for water multiple times. AC apparently wasn’t working. Yawner to bar directly to folllow up on delayed drink orders

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

All was good except for acoustics which is fine for 2 people but not for a bigger group...

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner on the outside patio. The cauliflower appetizer was excellent. The eggplant chips were delicious as well. The halibut entree was wonderful, and the wine menu was excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

What a gem in the middle of Boston! We went here for my 25th birthday and were absolutely blown away with this restaurant. The service was phenomenal, the food was delicious - amazing flavor combinations, especially the cauliflower meze! - and the patio was beautiful. A great escape from the city!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Will definitely come back. Food is yummy and beautifully presented, stuff is very well trained and friendly. Good vibe overall!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Nice patio and decent food but much better food can be found in the city. Our waiter was sort of rude but the rest of the service was fine.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

First time at Porto and f rom start to finish we loved everything about Porto. We sat at the “kitchen” bar, but the tables looked nice and not too close for comfort. We had a bit of everything with the lamb chop tapas and the plum tomatoe salad being our favorite. We also had the Eggplant chips, Oysters, Calamari & the lobster lettuce wraps, we had the Grilled Merguez sausage which for me was too spicy( I don’t like spice but that’s me) but my husband said it was great and really wasn’t spicy at all. Our waiter Jack was attentive and knowledgeable on both food and wine. We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Porto keeps getting better. The most recent menu updates are all very good, and the waitress we had was truly wonderful. There is a real vibe there now, especially with the outdoor patio.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food and service were excellent. However we couldn't hear each other talk or think. Just very very loud in the larger back room. Falafel and eggplant chips were amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Outdoor seating was very pleasant even on a hot night. Had a large group and sampled more than half the menu across the table. Only two suggested improvements: 1. because it is so soft, the merguez dish would be stronger if served with crostini or some sort of bread accompaniment (but so yummy!!), and 2. the espresso drinks were not hot enough. Amazing pacing and attention from servers. Loved every minute and we will be back!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The food was different and delicious, but what made this experience poor was the service. We wanted to order more small plates, but our waiter disappeared for 40 minutes and when we inquired from another staff, there was still 20 minutes of no service. Our waiter came back and just stated he was assisting 3 large parties. The small plates were very tasty and we wish we could have enjoyed more, but given the poor service we finished our dinner early.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Food and service great. Music was very loud, unable to mantain conversation without either screaming or reading lips.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Service was good, meal was well prepared, nice setting in the city. Ran light on menu offerings and plate requested was unavailable at 8:15 on a Friday evening. Given location, reasonable value. Would recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

All was great!

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Wonderful service, tasty food.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great food but much too noisy. I like the restaurant very much but hard to carry on a co versation

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Front of house needed work. Made a reservation but wasn’t able to be seated until 20 min later.... what’s the point of a reservation? Food quality was very good. Branzino an excellent value. Noticed every table was getting tomato plum salad- it was good, but tomato needed something- salt perhaps?

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Have dined here four times and been consistently impressed with food and service. Outdoor space is a plus without being on a mjor road.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was delicious!!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This restaurant is one step away from being great. The food is amazing. Portions are a bit small but really good quality. Highly recommend the tapas. The service was snail pace. Our waitress was lovely and very social but everything took ages and each time we had to find and call her over. They could use a hand or two.

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The waitstaff were all unusual. Very disconnected. Not unfriendly, but not very good. The food took forever. The manager apologized and brought us complimentary wine and an appetizer, which was very nice and made up for the wait. The food was all very good and the patio is really nice.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

I went with some friends after work and sat on the patio. The band was good but very loud, and there was a private event on the patio, so that created a lot of noise too. I think without the private event there, it would be a better noise level. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent experience. We had a challenging experience once before, but there is a new GM (March 2018). Food and service exceeded expectations

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We went for brunch on a Sunday. To be fair this was a soft opening for their brunch service, not the official opening. The service was very slow. They ran out of the brioche that should be served on each table (we were there at 12:15). They did not have iced tea or iced coffee...said the machine had broken down. The drinks took forever to arrive (new bartender we were told) and came without straws and our eggs for the benedict dish were not sufficiently cooked. The hollandaise sauce was overwhelming..much to much, and my daughter became sick immediately after taking a number of bites from her dish. Overall, one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We attended for the new brunch menu and the new menu was creative and tasty. The saganaki was tasty but could have been better if the shrimp shells were removed prior to submersing in the sauce and if it was served with either bread or a spoon. The bloody mary menu has a good variety of options and the Porto bloody mary mix has much less tomato than expected. We love the grilled octopus at Porto and wish it was available on the brunch menu.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Very disappointed Jody Adams, whom I've admired for years with Rialto, has sold out with over priced, second rate touristy offerings of "tapas" and "small plates" Cooking by numbers. Save your money and dine at a real restaurant where the food is not overly salted and the $30 Bolognese actually comes "beef" and "veal "that you can see without needing a microscope.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Appetizer came way after main course was served...service screwed up.

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