Portsmith

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Portsmith is a modern American seafood restaurant, rooted in East coast tradition with branches around the world including Indian, Thai and Vietnamese flavors. Executive Chef and Partner, Nate Henssler, utilizes familiar ideas and flavors and gives it a bold, creative touch for a truly unique dining experience.



Portsmith is part of the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group.

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Happy Hour @ Portsmith

Enjoy Beers $4 and under, Wines for $5 and Select Spirits for $4. Food Specials include Unlimited Fish & Chips for $10 and $1.50 oysters.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 6, 2018

Ends: November 7, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Will definitely become a regular spot.

Portsmith
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! I was so pleased to read you enjoyed the food. Portsmith also offers great Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4-6PM. We appreciate your support and look forward to you next visit to Portsmith! Thank you, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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YL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

1. We ordered oysters, scallops, salad, and clam chowder. The food was overall okay.
2. The servers were not great and not professional. Our utensils were collected and never got the new utensils, while, food already on the table.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

Portsmith
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review! We are so pleased that you chose to spend your anniversary with us, congratulations! We appreciate the support and hope to see you again soon. Thank you, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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F
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We split several small plates and the halibut entry. Each selection was presented beautifully and very tasty. The ‘fish and chips’ take on the halibut was creative with small sliced potatoes broiled on top of the fish disguised as fish scales. The chocolate raspberry dessert was outstanding with cake sorbet and chocolate. Loved the food!

Portsmith
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Foodie54, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! Portsmith will be transitioning into our fall menu next week and will have many new and exciting dishes I think you will enjoy. But don't worry - our halibut "Fish and Chips" won't be going anywhere! We appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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WG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Happy Hour Bar Deals!

Portsmith
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for the 4 star review! I agree we offer a great Happy Hour. Portsmith will be updating our menu for the season in the next few weeks and will have many new and exciting dishes for you to try. Thank you for the support and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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GG
Chicago
163 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again, terrific layering of flavors. Squid ink panko encrusted fried oysters remain one of our all time favorites. Pickled vegetables with roasted avocados is also super

Portsmith
Responded on October 5, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! Our Fried Oysters are one of my favorite dishes too and I'm so glad to read that you enjoyed them. Portsmith also offers a great Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4-6PM. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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CF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was equally amazing! Best seafood outside Alaska!

Portsmith
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hi Christy, Thank you so much for the lovely review, I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and service! Portsmith also offers a great happy hour on weekdays from 4-6PM. We hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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K
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service1ambience4

There are not a lot of tables but the service was awful. They took an hour to bring my brothers drink. And did not make my sisters drink correctly. Appetizers and dinner came out super late.

DH
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss the Fish and Chips! They are not what you think. :)

Portsmith
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi David, Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review! I agree our "Fish and Chips" are something special - and definitely outside of the box! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon. Portsmith also offers a great haapy hour on Monday - Fridays from 4-6PM! Kind Regards, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This restaurant, the night my friend and I were there, was very poor in almost every way. Service and food were both inferior. The manager did apologize and comp one entre but the mediocrity of everything could not be comped. Obviously we will not return and surely wouldn't recommend the restaurant to anyone. The prices are way too high for ordinary food and small portions.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Staff was super friendly and very attentive. The only downside was that our food took 40 minutes to arrive and our food was over cooked, but the food was still tasty! I’d give this place another chance and hopefully next time will be more pleasant!

4
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago!
They even make a great crab cake and I'm from Maryland!

Portsmith
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! I agree that we have a great crab cake, Executive Chef Nate Henssler is from New Hampshire and his New England roots definitely shine through our Crab Cake dish! Thank you for the continued support, we hope to see you again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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PH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service. Dined by myself and had a great experience. Delicious food and nice setting.

Portsmith
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. Our staff strives to provide excellent service and I am pleased to read you had a warm experience. Portsmith also offers a great happy hour Monday - Friday from 4-6PM. Thank you again for the support and we hope to see you again soon! Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very good. However, waiter could have done a better job of explaining the spiciness of dishes.

n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got confused locating the entrance to the restaurant. Tip - same entrance as hotel. The back entrance is for easy smoker access.

The atmosphere is pretty casual - no table cloth or cloth napkins. So why a 5 star? The staff and food.

Everyone was attentive but not intrusive. The hosted seated us immediately. Our waitress was super pleasant patiently went through the menu items. One member of our party is vegetarian. The amuse bouche was not vegan and she provided a vegan friendly option. All that we order was delicious and we where happy dinners. The lobster if prepared tandoori style and I would recommend.

For a delightful presentation order the strawberry shortcake dessert.

Portsmith
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi Nardau, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! Since your visit we have transitioned into our Summer Menu, which features many new and exciting seasonal dishes I think you'd enjoy - including a new dessert menu! Thank you again for the support and we hope to see you again soon! Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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SN
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Portsmith is lovely, and, I imagine on a warm day would be a great outdoor space.
The food was limited but creative. Nice options. My friend and I both chose
to have the prix fixe lunch. Salad and main course were lovely and fresh.
However, the dessert was supposed to be petit fours of the chef and what
we got was a plate with 4 small pieces of candy for us to share. ?????
A little disappointing. Otherwise, good.

Portsmith
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hi Sara, Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. Our patio makes a great dining space, hopefully the rainy weather stops soon so you can come back and enjoy it! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the first two courses on the lunch prix fixe and appreciate the feedback on the petit fours - feedback like yours is how we improve. Portsmith also offers a great happy hour from 4-6PM featuring deals on bites and drinks! Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent choice for our 5th anniversary dinner! The staff was very attentive, the food was outstanding, and the vibe was right on point. We’ll be back!

Portsmith
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hi Stephanie, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I'm so pleased you chose Portsmith to celebrate, and congratulations on your 5th anniversary! We look forward to your next visit - we will be changing to our Summer menu in a few weeks and think you'll be delighted with our new offerings! Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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F
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tried out Portsmith for Brunch, and it was nice. Nothing spectacular or noteworthy but good for what it's worth. Their outdoor dining area is pleasant, although be aware that the bench seats are very mushy and make you feel like a child since the table top is so high up. My traditional breakfast was good with eggs, bacon, potatoes and an english muffin. The lox bagel was a bit lacking though - they don't give you much salmon at all. Coffee is bitter but ok once you add cream. We will try the place out for dinner sometime.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The fish and chips are amazing. Great service. The waiter had recently started, so he wasn’t that familiar with the menu.

Portsmith
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review! The "Fish and Chips" is a staple here at Portsmith and I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed it. We also offer a great happy hour menu on weekdays from 4-6PM. We hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

An update. We gave Portsmith another try and it was a completely different experience. The service was flawless and the food was top notch. We had the seafood Campanella and the fish and chips. Both were very fresh, with a great mix of flavors. The meringue dessert was unique and worth trying. We are glad we came back!

Really disappointing. The hostess was completely confused about seating us. First telling us we could not sit outside because they had a large party coming (the party never showed up), then seating the two of us at a six-person table right next to the door outside, where all the traffic was coming in and out, finally settling on a two person high top. The waiter was nice but timed the food very poorly. We ordered a number of small plates, asking the waiter to space them out. Everything arrived at once. There wasn’t even room on the table for the dishes. Then, the amuse buche arrived.

The food itself was adequate.

SL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish and chips were incredible! The Charred Avacado was served with a kimchi unlike any I’ve ever had. Absolutely amazing!

Portsmith
Responded on June 2, 2019

Hi Sandy, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We'll be transitioning to our Summer menu in a few weeks and think you'll be delighted with the new offerings! (The Fish & Chips won't be going anywhere!) Thank you again for the support - we look forward to your next visit to Portsmith! Thank you, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Expensive prices for average food

HL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails and a wonderful environment. Every dish was delicious, as well as the beautiful and inventive desserts.

Portsmith
Responded on May 27, 2019

Hi Haydee, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed the food, I agree that our Spring desserts are unique and inventive. We will be debuting our Summer menu in a few weeks and will feature new and exciting dishes. We hope to serve you again soon! Thank you, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant"

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K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was hit or miss. Halibut and salmon were prepared well as main dishes. Crab cake had odd baking spice flavor that overpowered any crab flavor and it was deep fried - save the deep fryer is for Krab cakes. Oysters Rockefeller were beautifully presented but way way overpowered by basil. As a seafood place couldn’t figure out why there were hamburgers on the menu??? This place has a lot of potential just not living up to it.

j
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our favorites. We often just have some small plates because they are so good. We always get the tuna tartare. This time we tried 2 new menu items. The crispy fried shrimp delivered. The big surprise was the Blue Hill Bay Mussels which is enough for 2 or more. It came with Cioppino Verde, Chorizo, and Tomatillo. Full of flavor.

Portsmith
Responded on April 17, 2019

Hi JRadio, Thank you so much for the 4 star review! I agree that the Tuna Tartare is one of my favorite dishes. The Blue Hill Bay Mussels with Cioppino Verde is new to our Spring menu and has been a big hit - I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed! We also offer a great happy hour on weekdays from 4-6PM at our bar. We hope to serve you again soon! Thank you, Isabella Rua AGM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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JP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Everything was absolutely delicious.

Portsmith
Responded on April 17, 2019

Hi Jason, Thank you for the 5 star review! I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed our food. We also offer an awesome happy hour on weekdays from 4 -6PM. We hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Isabella Rua AGM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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JH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our entrees were very tasty. Our server was kind but overwhelmed, and service was slow and awkward. Relative to our local favorites, pricier than the experience provided.

JB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice environment, nice decor. Service was excellent.

Portsmith
Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi Jill, Thank you for your 5 star review! I was pleased to read all of the categories you added to our profile. I hope we have the pleasure of serving you again soon! Thank you, Isabella Rua AGM Portsmith

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M
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Unfortunately they were very short staffed the day I went. My table and I tried to be very understanding but our waitress was complaining throughout our whole experience and all of our food came out at different times. Once the food got to us, it wasn't anything spectacular. Would not go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, service, food, solid presentation.

HL
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

My boyfriend and I were really excited to dine here because we heard great things about it from our friends. However, the experience was pretty disappointing from the start. We were seated in between two filled tables even though there were a good amount of seats that were empty. There was no privacy to speak or talk to each other. We placed our order very quickly because we were pretty hungry but got the chef's starter 45 minutes after while everyone else who got seated after us seemed to have gotten theirs quicker... The highlight was the Rumaki though -- it was delicious! The other items we ordered were ok but a bit too salty for my taste. We realized we over-ordered and asked to box up our food. Our server helped us do this but we felt like we were being judged a bit. She didn't even ask if we wanted dessert when she came back. She just gave us our check. I really wanted dessert and I wasn't even offered the menu. So we just paid and left. We were disappointed overall with the service and I don't think we'll come back again.

JD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

It was ok. Nothing special. Waitress fine. Food ok. Ambience alright

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server was a bit cold which lessened the experience.
Menu was very clever with fabulous combinations.
Kids options need to be made differently for children, not just smaller adult portions of gourmet Mac and cheese.
Think I would have enjoyed it more if we dined upstairs.
Will likely return.

j
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice dinner
Great service and walking distance to hotel which was great

SD
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Not the prettiest of rooms...but let that go and enjoy the food. Not sure why, in a fish restaurant they serve hamburgers, but perhaps they've had pressure from the hotel to add non-fish items to the menu. This is clearly a mistake.

Portsmith
Responded on March 5, 2019

StephenD, Thank you for your review. Our menu has had an evolution to what it currently is. We opened with a very seafood focused menu with very few non seafood items, as we have diversified our menu to include more common, non-seafood items, we have seen our business build. We take pride in our food and hospitality and we hope to be here a long time to provide this service to guests. I'm glad you enjoyed your food and hope to have you as our guest again. Thank you, John Aldape GM/Partner

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DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and vibes. Would highly recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The waitress wasn’t much help

MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We had a reservation for 8:30. When we arrived we were sent to the bar to wait because the people at our table had been sitting there since 6:00. At 9:45 we were finally seated and by that time we were quite upset and had a far from relaxing meal. The food was above average except for the fact that the server told us they had run out of bread. After our complaining about that she arrived with some stale bread obviously heated up in the microwave. I understand that the restaurant has no control over patrons lingering at their table, but after 3 hours I feel they could have asked them to go to the bar instead of us. They did comp our drinks (2 glasses of wine), but I feel they could have comped a lot more - maybe our entire meal. We won't be back!

DB
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to eat in our hotel restaurant....what a great idea! Meal was special. When they found out that my wife had a food allergy the waitress had a special appetizer prepared just for her. Above and beyond. Great service, great food,and great hotel....perfect 1st night in Chicago.

m
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was hit and miss. The tuna tartare appetizer was fantastic but the yellowtail was disappointing. My experience was probably somewhat tainted by the lack of any foie gras on the menu which was in two of the most talked about items on reviews.