Permanently Closed - Portsmith

4.2
353 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Did not expect such a wonderful experience. The husband’s had seafood entrees and cleaned their plates. Salmon and sea bass. The wives shared ceased salad, crab cakes and lobster potstickers. Wonderful! We saw the desserts which looked amazing but we worry stuffed. The chef is a genius and very creative. Our server, Joshua was friendly, helpful and knew his stuff! Definitely would go back and recommend.

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oldfoodie
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Being downtown and pricey I probably would not have gone to Portsmith without the Travelzoo certificate, but I have to say if you are in the north Loop and crave some excellent seafood Portsmith is a place to go.

Portsmith
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hello, Thank you for the 4 star review! Portsmith also offers a great Happy Hour Tuesday - Friday from 4 - 6PM featuring some of the best deals on food, wine, beer, and cocktails in River North. We hope to have you dine with us again soon! Kind Regards, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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vipMela526
Chicago
366 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fish and chips is a great seafood choice as is the sea bass. Small restaurant with a limited menu but there is something for all. The lobster potstickers are a great appetizer also. Wine is fairly reasonable for the city. You will be close to your neighbor as far as tables go. All in all we enjoyed our dinner and the service is quite personable and helpful.

Portsmith
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi Mela526, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful detailed review! I enjoyed reading your notes about the Fish and Chips and Lobster Potstickers (some of my favorite dishes) and I'm glad you enjoyed them! Portsmith changes our menu seasonally so there are always new and exciting dishes to try. We hope to serve you again soon! Kind Regards, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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LUPL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

On Saturday I had a family dinner in the restaurant. The food was delicious (steak, mussels). I was a little disappointed with the service order. I asked for a soft drink without an ice. I got it with ice. I asked for a medium rare steak, I got a rare steak. In the end, I ordered dessert and tea, and the tea was not delivered. However, I should note that when I reminded about the tea (by the time the dessert was gone), the charge was removed from my final receipt by the manager.

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AnnaN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food, however it was missing presentation. My halibut was delicious, but by adding a color to presentation would make it even better. For example place it on a bed of green spinach, add slivers red pepper on the top.

Portsmith
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi AnnaN, Thank you for the 4 star review! I was pleased to read you enjoyed the Fish and Chips and appreciate the feedback on presentation. Feedback like yours is how continue to grow and improve. We hope to have you dine with us again soon! Kind Regards, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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NicholeB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, food and our waitress Beth was so helpful, would recommend to any one.

Portsmith
Responded on March 3, 2020

Hi Nichole, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! I was so pleased to read you enjoyed the food and service. Beth has been on our team since day one and we love getting to work with her every day. We hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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DonN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Horrible experience with my server. Waited 60 mins after we placed our order for food. Good took forever to come and still was undercooked. The manger on duty however was great and very accommodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - very friendly service - will be back!

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Freshfoodfan
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was conscientious of the gluten free and vegan dietary restrictions some of us in our party had and did an excellent job. Food was favorful and visually pleasing. We were a party of 8 and shared many appetizers and the shareable plates section of the menu. And dessert!

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vipClaire
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I saw Portsmith's Restaurant Week menu, I knew I had to give it a try! Everything that my friend and I ordered was exquisitely delicious, and the amuse-bouche and meringues were a nice touch. We also appreciated the classic, understated design of the restaurant, as well as the quiet atmosphere. I have to say that in general, the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group does not disappoint. I will definitely be back!

Portsmith
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi Claire, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely and thoughtful review! We appreciate your support of Portsmith and the Fifty/50 group. Looking forward to your next visit! Kind Regards, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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vipwyyip
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It's like a small restaurant for the hotel. Food serving is super small. Snack size and over price.

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BaileyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was gorgeous. I would recommend to my friends definitely.

Portsmith
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Bailey, Thank you for the 5 star review! I am so pleased to read you enjoyed the food. We look forward to your next visit to Portsmith and appreciate you recommending us to your friends! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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vipSyrilB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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KennethH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great Food for the value of your money!

Portsmith
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Kenneth, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! I was pleased to read you enjoyed the atmosphere and value. Portsmith also offers a great Happy Hour Tuesday - Friday from 4-6PM featuring deals on beer, wine, cocktails and small bites. We appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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Carrie
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It was meh. Not worth the price. Many more delicious food options to be had in Chicago. Don't waste your time or money.

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ncr1jmj
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent service. Located in a hotel so it isn't your typical place but the food was worth it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Started with happy hour and liked sparking they served for happy hour.

The food is so good, had prawn dumplings and salmon and sorbet for restaurant week. Sides of au gratin potato’s wonderful not too heavy. Avocado and radishes wonderful.

service was very nice and accommodating

Loved I’ll be back.

Portsmith
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! I was pleased to read you enjoyed the Charred Avocado and Fermented Radishes dish, it's one of my favorites. So glad you enjoyed your experience, we appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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vipPatschi
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tried Portsmouth during restaurant week which was a good value. Close by in my neighborhood, would go back again.

Portsmith
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Patschi, Thank you for the review! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon! Portsmith also offers a great Happy Hour Tuesday - Friday from 4-6PM. Cheers! Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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AlexM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I'm glad that we got to try Portsmith during Restaurant Week but the brunch menu was pretty underwhelming. I expect that their dinner menu (regular and Restaurant Week) is surely much more worthwhile. Great ambiance, though!

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely outstanding. Our server was exceptional, and being able to try multiple dishes during Restaurant Week was fantastic.

Portsmith
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hi Adam , Thank you for the lovely review! I am happy you enjoyed the food, as we are very proud of our culinary team. Our menu changes seasonally and we'll be offering new and exciting dishes after Restaurant Week for you to try. We appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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vippenajans
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cake and fried oysters are to die for!!

Portsmith
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for the 5 star review! I agree the Crab Cake and Fried Oysters are very delicious and am so pleased to read you enjoyed them. We appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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NeverAgain
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food portions were ridiculously small. Then the manager asked if everything was ok, our group mentioned the portions size. However, the manager was more concerned about the tip for staff and asked why we did not leave one. When in fact a 15% tip was included. Incredibly RUDE and Unprofessional!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for brunch - food was ok. Very cute restaurant and service was very friendly. Probably would not return

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CleoD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yes, I would recommend Portsmith to others. The service is excellent as well as the food! It was a bit noisy but otherwise, overall experience was good.

Portsmith
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hi Cleo, Thank you do much for the 5 star review! Our team strives to provide excellent service and I am pleased to read they created a warm experience for you. We appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon!Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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vipCherylB
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portsmith was great. We went for Restaurant Week and ordered different items to share at the suggestion of our server who was very helpful and enthusiastic. The food was all very nicely prepared and delicious and service was prompt. Will definitely return.

Portsmith
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Cheryl, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! Our team strives to provide excellent service and I am so pleased to read they created a warm experience for you. We look forward to your next visit to Portsmith! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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ChitraG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I was disappointed in the service.
I felt rushed for every course. In fact I was asked twice while I was eating my entree if my plate could be removed.
I stated I was still eating and instead of waiting they placed my dessert on the table. My dessert was a sorbet. It melted.
Rushed service and slow to take the Check. I cannot recommend this restaurant in good conscience.

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vipKeith
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service and uninspired food.

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viphowcar715
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had the restaurant week menu. The smoothie was yummy. The salmon terrains was bagel, lox, and cream cheese. The waffles were two small waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. The ambience is very modern.

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HaleyR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for restaurant week and I can truly say this was probably one of the best meals I have ever had. It was all so amazing but the soup was something I’ll be talking about for years. I honestly wish I could take a tub home because I could eat that every day and never get tired of it. The service was also exceptional. The server was very knowledgeable and prompt and truly seemed to enjoy her job. I highly recommend going here!

Portsmith
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi Haley, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! Our chefs are constantly coming up with new and exciting flavors for our nightly amuse bouche, the soups are among my favorite too! I was so pleased to read you enjoyed the service as well. Thank you again for your support. We look forward to your next visit to Portsmith! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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BrendaJ
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It is the type of place where the portions are small. More plate than food. However; everything is delicious. You will not bring home leftovers.

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vipAdrienne
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Portsmith! Everything I have ordered on the menu is always fresh and delicious. This has to be the best kept secret in River North and beyond.

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vipMela526
Chicago
366 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful seafood and service. The fish and chips was so very good. Not your typical fried fish and fries. It was a delicious halibut with thinly sliced potatoes on top. So good!!! Would order again. Also the seabass was delicious. Glad to have found this place as we will return for sure.

Portsmith
Responded on January 14, 2020

Hi Mela, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! Our team strives to provide excellent customer service and I'm so pleased to read they created a warm experience for you. We change our menu every few months to keep things seasonal, but our "Fish and Chips" is a neighborhood favorite and Portsmith staple that won't be going anywhere! We look forward to your next visit to Portsmith! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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vipMomopi
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service by our server!

Portsmith
Responded on January 14, 2020

Hello, Thank you for the 4 star rating! I was so pleased to read you enjoyed the service. We appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon at Portsmith! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the music Was at a low level for a change .. so, you could actually talk.
Very nice and great service. Decor was inviting and warm .. will definitely try again!

Portsmith
Responded on December 31, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! I was very pleased to read you enjoyed the decor and service. Portsmith will be rolling out our new Winter menu later this week and will feature many new and exciting seasonal dishes for you to try. Thank you for the support, we look forward to your next visit! Kind Regards, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved it! We just had gotten engaged 15 min before dinner and when we told them they gave us free champagne! Nice touch for sure!! Waitress was excellent, food was amazing!!!!! The restaurant itself wasn't super fancy. Maybe dimmer lighting and candles would have made it feel a little more upscale. All and all a great place.

Portsmith
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for the lovely review and congratulations on your recent engagement! I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed the service and am so happy you chose to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. I would go again if in Chicago!

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EJLNEL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We waited over an hour to get our food, they weren't busy and had empty tables on a Saturday night so I don't understand why we had to wait so long. The server was pleasant but inattentive. The bread they provided was frozen on the inside. For the price I expected better food.

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vipKennethW
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great East Coast feel and food quality, Crab Cakes rival those of the East!!

Portsmith
Responded on December 16, 2019

Hi Kenneth, Thank you for the wonderful review. I agree our crab cakes are top notch! We appreciate your support and hope to have you dine with us again soon! Best, Isabella Rua GM Portsmith @portsmithrestaurant

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viprmarso
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

limited menu options and the size of some dishes is very small. But in general good preparation and flavor.

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vipustraveller
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner, had some outstanding seafood, along with great service.

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Permanently Closed - Portsmith is rated 4.2 stars by 353 OpenTable diners.