Portsmith

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296 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Portsmith is proud to announce we will be hosting a second La Bestia dinner on Thursday, February, 21st. ALL DINNER RESERVATIONS for this date are available at 6 PM. We will be serving a six course special dinner bringing awareness to the contributions of immigrants. Proceeds will be donated to Benito Juarez Community Academy. The evening will begin at 6PM with a cocktail and performance by the Benito Juarez Community Academy mariachi band. Following the entertainment, the first course will be served at 6:30 pm with a folkloric dance performance halfway through the dinner.
The cost of attendance is $100 per person, including tax and gratuity. Beverages not included.
This event is in partnership with Benito Juarez Community Academy located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

For additional information about the La Bestia Dinner, please visit portsmithchicago.com or please call (312) 202-6050.
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Specials

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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Portsmith is an upscale seafood restaurant inside the Dana Hotel in River North.

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1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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 20 hours ago

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
69 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

Portsmith
Responded 7 days ago

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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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.

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SL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Expensive prices for average food

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HL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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j
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, service, food, solid presentation.

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HL
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

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

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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SD
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The waitress wasn’t much help

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

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!

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DB
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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m
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I didn't think the valentine's 4 course meal was that great. the rest of the menu looked great, but i didn't get that. I will come back to try the rest of the menu. the cocktails were great. The bread and creamy tomato soup was great. Salad not so much. the burrata on the salad was great. the rest of the salad was bitter and dry. the pot pie was okay. i was really excited for it, but it was underwhelming. lacked flavor. the service was great and the ambiance was great.

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XX
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Although it makes little difference in the long run, it would have been nice to have known that I wouldn't receive Open Table credit for the dinner PRIOR TO making the reservation rather than getting an e-mail after I had paid.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have food allergies, the waitress was very helpful in working with the chef to figure out my options. I was worried that I would only be able to eat salad but we worked it out. I enjoyed the Tuna Tartare and Chinese Broccoli.

Portsmith
Responded on February 21, 2019

Hello, Thank you for the 5 star review! I was pleased we were able to accommodate your allergies and provide an enjoyable and safe dining experience. Please come see us again soon! Thank you, John Aldape GM/Partner

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and nice wine selection.

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GB
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant weds more love! Every time we come here, the food and service is great. The mushroom pie is to die for and their green papaya salad is one of our all time favorite dishes. We’ve had almost everything on the menu. So, come and try it! I like to keep good places secret but they deserve the business.

Portsmith
Responded on February 21, 2019

GraceBK, Thank you for your comments! We truly appreciate the support. I'm glad you have tried so much on the menu and enjoyed it. Please come see us again soon. Thank you, John Aldape GM/Partner

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, good lighting, intimate setting, the food was very good. Our only complaint was when we were seated we were seated very close to other groups so it was a little awkward at first but they left soon after and we were able to relax a little. It’s a place for a special occasion but Overall would recommend.

Portsmith
Responded on February 21, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review! We hope you come back again soon! Thank you , John Aldape GM/Partner

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly great experience. Wait staff was amazing. We loved our server and our busser and food runner were great. It did take a bit of time for the food to come out, but luckily we were enjoying company for it to be a problem. I got the fish and chips and it was so unique.

Portsmith
Responded on February 21, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your positive review. I'm so glad you enjoyed our staff and food. Please come back soon! Thank you, John Aldape GM/Partner

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a comfortable atmosphere; you did not feel on top of other patrons. We went for restaurant week and I liked how each person got to choose an option for themselves versus other restaurants only allowed certain amounts per table. The food was excellent. As for the standout dishes, we loved the clam chowder; there was actually clams in it. The tandoori lobster was flavorful; we just wish it was a whole tail not half. The hazelnut chocolate was good. The service was timely and friendly. The wine was affordable and they offered pairing options if you were interested.

Portsmith
Responded on February 21, 2019

StephanieM, Thank you for your review for Portsmith. I'm so happy to read your comments and I am thrilled you enjoyed our restaurant! Please come see us again soon! Thank you, John Aldape GM/Partner

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E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week. Nice selection of options. King Crab carbonara and clam chowder were excellent, sole was underwhelming. Cool vibe, would come back again! Great service.

Portsmith
Responded on February 21, 2019

Elise, Thank you for your review! I was pleased you enjoyed the King Crab Carbonara and Clam Chowder. We hope to serve you again soon! Thank you, John Aldape GM/Partner

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HA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was bland and tasteless, and the waitress did not explain the foods' preparation accurately. It was not worth the price.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was not clear from Open Table that dinner is not seated until 5:00, however we were well accommodated at the bar. The Restaurant Week Menu was outstanding and we left the restaurant full and happy. I am looking forward to our next visit.

Portsmith
Responded on February 21, 2019

Araw, Thank you for the 5 star review! We look forward to serving you again soon! John Aldape GM/Partner

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SC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy seafood! We came for restaurant week and it was fun to try everything. Note that they have an east coast influence, so the dishes we tried were creamier and heavy but still delicious. Not what first comes to my mind when I think seafood, but I was still very happy with my meal. The king crab carbonara was SO GOOD. I can't wait to go back this summer to sit outside or on the roof.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was not pleasant, the server was stock up and rude. The host wasn’t nice, when I came in to look for my bf, they didn’t let me , they wanted to check the reservation which was under my name and I told that I saw him. The server never asked if we like the food, the food didn’t have any presentation and was plain , I think for the price what you pay there that they could make a little bit more effort.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

yummy :)appreciate

Portsmith
Responded on February 8, 2019

Thank you for the positive review! We appreciate you! John Aldape GM/Partner Portsmith

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was really looking forward to trying Portsmith but I was disappointed by the average food and the service. We ordered two kinds of oysters and the server put down the plate and turned around and left without saying a word. We had to stop her and ask her about which was which. And she just told us the name of the oysters and left again! How about a little bit of the information of where the oysters are from and what do they taste like, etc.. This is probably the worst service we had in a "high end" restaurant in Chicago. :(

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