Portsea Hotel

4.2
238 Reviews
$40 and under
Pub
Portsea is southern Australia’s most prestigious seaside township. Right in the heart of the area sits the picturesque Portsea Pier, surrounded by Port Phillip Bay’s tranquil southern shoreline, and of course the Portsea Hotel. We're open for lunch and dinner Thursday - Sunday boasting a contemporary menu that celebrates quality local produce complemented by local and popular Australian wines. With a multitude of dining options include wood-fired pizzas, from Fatto da Mamma or classic takeaway fish and chips from The Fish Hut. A walk on the beach, a beer at one of the four bars or a warm fireplace in winter will guarantee your stay at Portsea is warm and welcoming. The Bertrand Bar on the second level of the hotel offers picturesque dining over the summer months with spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay, it is the ideal venue for private functions and weddings all year round.

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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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 238 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.4
ambience
3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JayJay
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely lunch at the Portsea Hotel, for my birthday. The staff were friendly and helpful and greeted me with birthday wishes. I had requested a table at the window, overlooking the water and that is exactly where we were seated.
We used the QR code on our table to order and pay for our drinks and meals - which was something new and novel to us - but worked perfectly in these Covid times. I had the Chicken Caesar Salad and my partner had the Portsea Burger. The meals were lovely and I can definitely recommend eating here.

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natalias
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pizza was great but disappointed about the service

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Ella
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service amazing good and a great view. Would definitely recommend

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JanetR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Lovely outlook on the water
Very friendly
Excellent service
But the food was very average which was disappointing considering it’s such a nice place

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DanielJ
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location
Great service
Best views
Definitely recommend

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very picturesque setting and very well made food.

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KimC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was a beautiful setting . Expensive for a steak and snitzel. The salad was a bit bland and the pepper sauce was watery and weird tasting. Service was fine. An ok pub meal.

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RoryH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy a meal with spectacular views

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ViolettaF
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food and atmosphere was lovely. Good value for money.

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Nicolev
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite place to go to and never seems to disappoint!
Great service, food, drinks and views

So glad we got to spend our Monday arvo here

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AmyG
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing we had the best night here and food was incredible

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were left at the “wait here to be seated” stand whilst staff walked passed us to greet their mates and just pretended we didn’t exist. Luckily another staff members mates arrived too and after he had already walked passed us twice we were then awkwardly taken to our table. Total inconvenience it appears. Our sparkling wine was flat, our salmon was tasteless and appeared to have been soaked in water to appear fresh. No oyster forks for our oysters and just an overall unpleasant vibe.

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JennyR
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had a fairly good night.. staff were friendly and attentive. I was eager to see the pub after renovations.. hadn’t been there for a while.
My husband enjoyed his food, I was a little disappointed with mine .. a mussel pasta dish.. not the best.
But overall it was a good night finished off with an espresso martini- delicious!

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TrechelleH
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very attentive staff. When my coeliac daughter ordered a steak with the butter sauce, the waitress quickly came over before she ate it to let us know the sauce contained gluten. They quickly prepared another meal for her. We were very impressed. Thank you 😊

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JenniferI
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The manager out the back Restuarant - possibly Ben, was in a very bad mood. He was very in accomodating, quite short and rude.
When I left I mentioned something to a staff member who said yes he is not happy tonight. Not good on a lot of levels

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Franky
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and setting. Menu was a little limited but enough to enjoy. Food was pretty good but dessert Icecream was poor and overpriced.
Very surprised No coffee available. Probably will not return for this reason.
Service was friendly and helpful.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Wait staff was good but bar and concierge service was borderline cold and rude.

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OlympiaV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was good, service was terrible. No coffee/tea available and entrees came out with mains.

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MonicaE
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was poor, waited 30 mins for drinks. Queried the delay as it was quiet. Lady went to investigate, apparently there was a printer error but she failed to come back to advise. Instead we waited another 15 mins for our drinks. Our food arrived before our drinks, we were brushed off when querying the status of our drinks again. No apology.

The portsea burger was bland, very little sauce.

Pretty disappointing experience

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RennyC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for lunch. Kids loved their kids meals. Wonderful scenery.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thanks for the great review, Renny. We hope to see you at the pub again soon!

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Adamt
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great venue and service. Menu was a little limited, more seafood options please!

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, Adam. We've passed on your feedback on the menu to the chefs, and we hope to see you again in the future!

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CherylA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful view staff lovely but food could be better.
Ceaser salad very light on bacon and croutons .

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Hi Cheryl, thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback. We're sorry that the food wasn't at it's best for your visit and hope we can improve on this for you in the future!

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vipallan
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Perfect terrace on a sunny day, although if your lucky enough to get a seat at the fireside in winter, also great. Friendly staff, and OK food.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for the positive review, Allan. We hope we can provide you an even better experience on your next visit to our hotel!

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DamianHall
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food in a unique atmosphere.
Other establishments will never have these surrounds.

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SharonB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was extremely good, but would have liked to finish the night with coffee or tea which wasn't available

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Hi Sharon, thank you for your review. We are working towards being able to offer tea and coffee again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely night at the Portsea Hotel. Pizzas and starters were delicious.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for your positive review, we hope to see you again soon!

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RobynW
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Portsea Pub is always a great place to meet up with friends. The meals are beautifully prepared and presented. I had pan seared fish this time, which was perfectly cooked and followed with cannoli for dessert. The cannoli were crisp and sweet and filled with ricotta and pistachios. My meal was delicious.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Hi Robyn, thanks very much for your positive review. We hope to see you again in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Lovely views and service.. but very disappointing food. Everything was bland and the pizza we ordered was soggy :( Wasn’t expecting that for the price we payed for.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Hi there, we're sorry to hear that the food wasn't up to scratch on your visit. We appreciate your feedback and hope we can provide you a more enjoyable experience in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for your positive review!

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CaroleB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Would definitely recommend. Beautiful views of the ocean.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thanks so much for your review, Carole. We hope to see you again soon!

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SimonG
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and always good service

Portsea Hotel
Responded on July 2, 2021

Hi Simon, thanks for the great review. We'll see you next time!

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AMS1
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sunday night ,lovely and warm inside. Love the new decor, haven't been for ages.
Sirloins cooked to perfection.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hi There, Thanks for the great review, I'd love to get some more feedback on how we can get a 5* for your next visit, Kind regards, The Portsea Team...

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marsi26
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and drink options were fantastic for a pub. And the service from staff was impeccable. The ambience was excellent -- we had a glorious day when we visited. Two things I would have liked to see in the menu options were soup and coffee/tea. Almost perfect!!! Thank you for being accomodating!

Portsea Hotel
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hi There, Thanks for the great review, you'll be pleased to hear we are on the road to getting a permanent coffee cart in the venue and will be able to look after you perfectly next time, and hopefully get that * back, Kind Regards, The Portsea Team....

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KRISTIE
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place goes down as my favourite pub in Australia

Portsea Hotel
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hey there, Thanks for the great review... We look forward to seeing you here again and will make sure we keep up the good work , Regards, The Portsea Team!!!

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RitaC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway great as always
Especially the fish and chips

Portsea Hotel
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hi Rita ! Thanks for the feed back and the 5 stars ! We'll have to sneak an extra piece of Fish onto your plate next time :-) look forward to seeing you again soon!, Regards, The Portsea Team...

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LouA
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great ambiance and great food. Excellent customer service.

Portsea Hotel
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hey there, glad you had a great visit... We look forward to seeing you here again and earning another 5*'s from you, Kind Regards, The Portsea Team...

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Shannon
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We went at 6:30pm on a Saturday night. The venue was beautiful, well decorated and nice and clean. It was a chilly night, we sat inside, and the venue was a good temperature.

Unfortuately, overall we were dissapointed with our evening. The venue was very noisy, it was hard to have a conversation at our table without raising our voices. We were seated near the bar and the constant banging of empty wine bottles been thrown in the bin was very loud and distracting.

It was a venue where we had to order all meals and drinks at the bar which I don't like doing at that price point. Food could be orderd using a QR code on your table, which we did. I waited for around 3 minutes on one side of the bar (where drinks were being served) to then be told I had to go to the other side of the bar where I waited another couples of minutes, just to order one drink.

Food was good, but not great. Steak was a nice piece of meat and was cooked as ordered. It came with chips and salad. The salad was just a few pieces of rocket with a mild dressing. Food was delivered to our tables in a reasonable amount of time.

I think you're paying for a beautiful venue in a wonderful area with great views.

All staff we did have interactons with were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

JR
JohnR
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful happy evening spent with family enjoying great food and wine in a beautiful setting. Our meet and greet host was polite and efficient and our waitress couldn't have been more helpful. Thank you, we can't wait to get back.

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Tyler
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

On arrival we checked in with the host, he asked for our booking name and after we told him I said I booked around 4 hours previous.
He muttered “I guess we will find you a table then”.
I was a bit taken a back but I’m sure they were expecting a busy night so I didn’t think much of it as he may be stressed for the night ahead.

After we got to our table, which is located next to the toilets and in front of the bussing station, we were told to order through the QR code by a Lovely man and to order drinks at the bar.
This was all fine.

We ordered a pippie pasta and burger.
On arrival the waiter placed our food down and I mentioned “that was quick” and he said “yes” and I walked away straight away. We looked at our food and noticed there was no pippies on the pasta, so we tried to flag someone down but all the staff were avoiding eye contact. Finally a lovely girl came up and said “I think you’re missing pippies, aren’t you?”
We laughed and said yes.
She was very apologetic and went to grab a fresh pasta for us. Apologised again and said if we need anything else, just ask her.
She was lovely and very helpful.

Our food was average. Barely any flavour. Chips were still hard on the inside, maybe not being cooked long enough.

Anyway,
That whole experience was below average for a place such as the Portsea Hotel.

Maybe just best for drinks with fiends rather than food.

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Anon1
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

God was great with a nice atmosphere, minimal flexibility from staff to accommodate customer arrangements though.

Would still come again! 😊

FAQs

Portsea Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5984 2213.

Portsea Hotel is rated 4.2 stars by 238 OpenTable diners.

Portsea Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://apps.giverapp.net/portseahotel/product/digital-voucher/.

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.