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Porto

4.3
368 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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Seafood, Modern European
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Hours of operation
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, 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 368 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0
service
4.2
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3.9
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

The cauliflower and arancini mezze were full of flavor and tasty . As a vegetarian could ask for larger portion es an entre . I had the farro stew which was good but not as flavorful as the mezzes and not filling . The steak my housband ordered was great and the portion was much better
The dessert of mocha ice cream with flourless chocolate cake was excellent but unfortunately their coffee machine was broken which was very disappointing
What’s dessert with out coffee (very unusual) for a fine restaurant to not have coffee !!!

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Service started out great and quickly went downhill. Finishing drinks and plates with no one checking in for 20-30 minutes. Watched 2 dishes burn on the grill and another cook had to pull it off. They still served it. We didn’t touch it and server never asked if there was a problem. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

What an amazing patio and great food!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

There was only one slight flaw in the service. For some reason the arrival of coffee and tea was truly delayed . The server asked if we still wanted it. Seems is she was swamped, someone else should have come to her rescue.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Enjoyed our evening at Porto. Wait staff were attentive but not intrusive. Grilled Octopus was superb; tender, flavorful, with garlic , olive oil and just a hint of spice.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Modern setting with a surpising amount of outside seating. Great vibe indoors, and an eclectic menu that's perfect for group sharing. All small plates we tried were good quality.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Terribly slow service. Hardly saw the waiter. At this price point the service should be much better

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Not only was the food delicious, but the drinks were very good. It wasn't very crowded. Its great for people watching. On a nice day, I bet it's great to seat outside.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great spot for tapas with friends, but also really good entrees. Very nice staff too. A fun evening.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Waitress wasn’t very engaged
Food was disappointing

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food - horrible service. Waitress forgot about us most of the night. It took 50 minutes to even order our meals. No manager present to even let know about the experience.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The appetizers were good but thought the entrees were too well done. Would not recommend.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Mezze board was pretty good, cocktails were good, loved the bolognese and eggplant chips especially. Meal was good overall but overpriced for the quality (both of the food and experience-wait staff were disorganized).

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Interesting menu, but the kitchen's not up to it. Bland in practice. Friendly service but young and disorganized. Very slow too, main courses took forever and arrived at different times. Wine glass wasn't clean. Trying to be a better restaurant than it is. Suspect it won't make it.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great dining option in the Back Bay! A little off the beaten track (Boylston St) so less touristy. Very welcoming staff, clean, great food and vibe. Will return.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Loved my birthday celebration outside on the terrace. Very good desserts too!

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Service was slow, food was good. Would like to try again.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Food and service really good, love the menu choices, everyone very accommodating and helpful. Noise level too high. Made conversation challenging.

Would return on less busy times.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

On the menu tonight is #mediterraneanfood @portoboston in the #bostonbackbay. Everything looked so good that I decided it was best to just have a few items off the small dishes menu. Perfect portions. Delicious flavors!
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~Empanadas stuffed with mushroom, spinach, aji topped with a butter herb sauce
~Seared Scallops with beet puree, preserved lemon, walnuts
~Lobster Sliders mixed with lemon aioli, celery, crispy shallots
~Beef + Pork Meatballs with tomato sauce, roasted peppers
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#empanadas #scallops # beets #aioli #lobster #sliders #meatballs #tastespotting #foodie #buzzfeedfood #beautifulcuisines #huffposttaste #goodeats #foodgawker #forkfeed #foodphotography #eater #forkyeah #ForkFeed #zagat @thrillist @ @ahungrylife @restauranteating @foodnetwork @foodyfetish @theinfatuation @opentable @tripadvisor #bostoneats #bostoneater

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Went for graduation dinner and reservation was not ready had to wait 30 min for table. Then service was really slow. Out of menu items. Really off their game! Sad as we have had good meals here !

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Restaurant was so loud our party of 4 couldn’t converse across the table. Service had large gaps and long wait for entrees. We ate here on a Sunday night and the menu seemed too limited. Oysters were flavorless. Special lamb shank was good and so was the halibut and chicken. We liked two of our desserts. Outdoor seating would have been great if it weren’t raining.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Service was very disorganized and took over 20 min to get a drink. Food was mediocre and rather expensive. No idea how won a James Beard award

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food options were nice and everything we ate was quite tasty. Our server was friendly and diligent. The wait for our first round of drinks was quite long and the restaurant had run out of bread and Diet Coke by 830 - pretty unusual for a busy back bay restaurant. Service started off pretty slowly but picked up as the night went on.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Long wait for food, ran out of bread, no apology for either, dirty oysters

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Enjoyed the high top counter seats and watching the chefs.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Host was very rude and unwelcoming. Restaurant was not busy and he seemed very put out with any questions and clearly had an agenda on where I was going to sit. He was also openly annoyed with the other female hostess there which I thought was inappropriate.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

It was nothing to write home about. Some food was just sick

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

My family and I went there for my daughter’s birthday and had an exception dinner. It was Amazing!! Highly recommend to everyone.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Had not been to Porto in a few months and was pleasantly surprised at the improved menu and interesting offerings that had been added. I'll be back again soon.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Fine food but hard to enjoy amid the din. Excessive noise limited conversation, especially as the evening progressed.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Overall, I was disappointed by Porto. The food was mediocre and overpriced, and the service was inconsistent, at best, and inattentive, at worst. It might be okay for larger groups (they offer a large appetizer platter that looked good), but I would not go here again for a date night, nor would I recommend it to friends. Love the concept, but everything else fell far short of my expectations.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Porto keeps getting better and better. The tapas menu has great choices and we loved the pastas. Sitting outside is fantastic at this time of year.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I'd give a higher review if the bar staff hadn't been so inattentive. We arrived earlier than expected for our reservation so had 1/2 hour to kill at the bar, once we got our drinks could not get any attention for munchies or follow up.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Extremely slow service, took 30 min just to order cocktails, 1.5 hours to get our food. All food was cold/lukewarm when we got it. Ordered scallop appetizer for $12 I believe, it was 2 tiny scallops. They were actually the best part of the meal, but at $6/scallop, they should’ve been jumbo scallops at a bare minimum.

I will not be returning to this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I arrived early for a dinner with my son. I sat at the bar to wait for him. Bartenders were super friendly and know their drinks. After my son arrived we decided to eat at the bar, very comfortable, food and drinks were yummy and the atmosphere was fun. Definitely will be back!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We should have had a table inside, the wind was blowing menus onto water glasses that tumbled. We had to wear our jackets. Granted, it was mid-May. The outdoor table was great for us, nonetheless, because we were on a layover and had already checked out of our hotel room with our two small dogs. They were quietly tied to our chairs and allowed us to navigate a challenging situation (eating somewhere with dogs!). Next time, I'd want it to be middle of summer :). Inside looked lovely. Food was great (I'm vegan and gluten free besides some other peculiarities).

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1.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Terrible service and the rudest hostess I have ever encountered. Manager did nothing after witnessing her abuse a number of patrons. Run away

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

One of my favorites! Something for everyone. Very fresh and flavorful.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I arrived at six and the restaurant was slightly empty. Within one hour it was hopping. For the amount of activity the noise level wasn’t that bad… We could still hear each other talk. Our waiter was absolutely the best. He gets six out of five stars.

Great oyster selection, great wine, one of the fish dinners was absolutely amazing (The halibut).Another seemed a little overcooked. My dessert tasted like it came out of the freezer (Peanut butter chocolate caramel cake).

I was a little shocked at the bill… But overall it was a very good dining experience.

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