Portum Restaurant and Lounge

3.9
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Portum is temporarily CLOSED until further notice. We appreciate your patience as our team works diligently to prepare a safe and healthy environment for our guests.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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BLAbby
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Their food was good. Friendly staff and easy to find location. Will go back there again to try other food.

MJ
MJAlexandria
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great music and service. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It looks good but to mush parsley that’s all I tasted on my chicken and waffles everything else was good

JT
vipJackieT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Had a great time and great food. Music with the best DJ in the DMV.

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meetingqueen
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

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vipJennifer
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

I was excited to go to this restaurant and was looking forward to it! It’s restaurant week and I had already looked at the menu before we arrived and I knew what I wanted to get - the brisket. So what does the waitress tell us when we sit down...there’s no brisket. Kudos to the waitress as she even went back to the kitchen to make sure there was none when she saw how disappointed I was. Instead I chose the blackened salmon. It was tasty and came with what was supposed to be garlic and smoked Gouda mashed potatoes. They just tasted like plain mashed potatoes to me, and they were good just no garlic and no Gouda. Our meal came with dessert and I chose the beignets and my husband chose the chocolate mousse. The beignets were mushy and weren’t cooked in the middle. The cream sauce they were in was nice though. The mousse was more cocoa and a bit bitter. I like desserts that aren’t super sweet, but this was not hitting the mark and the texture was chalky. Needless to say, we were extremely disappointed with the food. The ambiance, our waitress and the music from DJ Storm were all fantastic. Maybe the chef/kitchen had a bad night? Maybe we’ll give it another chance since other reviews were really good and the reason why we chose this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Long wait times appeared to be due to one individual covering hostess and wait duties alone. Waited 5+ minutes to be greeted, and given a table (slow night, plenty of open tables), 5+ minutes for menus, and longer for orders to be taken. Food took about 20 minutes to be served, which given the quality was worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Birthday 🎂 Experience Will Be Back Again!
Just a Little Too Loud Couldn’t Talk To Each Other. Food 🥘 And Waitress Was Fine Great👍🏼

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef brisket was so tender I could cut it with a butter knife.The bread and Cajun pasta dish were amazing too.(They make their own in house pasta).Our server was very good. Friendly, knowledgeable and on point!
We were undecided about wine choices and he gave us a free sample. Overall, an awesome experience.I can’t wait to go back!

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DeborahM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised. 5 star experience from entry to exit. Excellent service, food and ambiance. Highly recommended.

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AlexaW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The hummus wasn’t what I expected (not very flavorful) but still nicely prepared and a great amount for it to have been on the happy hr appetizer menu. They had great wine options on this menu as well and I had the blackened salmon which came with Brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes—-it was divine. The Icing on the cake literally was that they brought out a brownie with ice cream and a candle for me from the restaurant and I was so happy. Lastly the waitress seemed well versed about what was on the menu and any pros/cons of anything so I’d def come back. I don’t recall her name but she was a Petite Asian or Korean looking young lady and I was there on 11/16/19 at 11:30 AM. Thanks again I look forward to returning.

JT
vipJackieT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

KC
KimC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meeting place for family and friends good food and drinks

KC
KimC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, it’s great for gathering with friends. Food and drinks are great and there’s a great DJ

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entertaining some visitors from Dallas, TX

JT
vipJackieT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always. The food, the atmosphere, and the music always on point.

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jamluvz2eat
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience4

I am giving this rating based solely on the entertainment because that's all we were able to experience. The entire time, our waitress never came to our table; We were there 2 1/2 hoyrs. The hostess who sat us ended up taking our drink order. Before we could order anything, her Manager informed her that she could no longer serve as a waitress. We were left again with no service. So, we made the best of our visit and enjoyed DJ Storm. Maybe we just had a bad experience. It was disappointing since we were there to celebrate a birthday.

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JRoss
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Another great nite at the Potum Restaurant and Lounge. Great appetizers and drinks. The birthday dessert took a while to come out and the sizzler burned out before it was at the table. We were given another one as a gift which was nice. We enjoyed the evening and the music from Deejay Storm. This is a favorite place for a Friday nite get together.

JP
JaniceP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

be sure to check in if using open table. maybe have seats with high tall back for older people.

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EricaR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is great, atmosphere is great, server was stretched thin and didnt have much help, so he was a little slow.

JT
vipJackieT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was EPIC!

JT
vipJackieT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Helped my girlfriend bae surprise my girlfriend for her birthday and she loved it. She's still talking about Portum.

JR
JRoss
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dinner and the deejay (DJ Storm) started at 9pm. What a blast. Can't wait to go back. This will be our Friday night date nite/fun nite spot. Need more servers after 9pm .

JT
vipJackieT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend Portum. It's everything you want all in one location plus great music by the best DJ in the DMV.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant and the staff was great

JU
JustUs2
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch with the girls.

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vipEricR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

We chose this place for dinner because it had a good write-up, nice online menu, and was rated 4.5 stars. Other than Marian’s excellent service, it was a disappointment. First, the restaurant’s facility is beautiful, with a large marble bar, open space, comfortable seating with well spaced tables (ALL of which were empty!?!?). Second, the restaurant seems to have pared down the menu to be just a bar menu, with lots of pizza and wings choices (gone are the scallops, the cheese plate, and other desirable and innovative items). Third, the simple wine list was missing a number of the listed wines, there was no bread and butter (although Marian convinces the chef to warm-up four breakfast rolls), and, odd in any DC restaurant with its rather polluted tap water, no bottled water (either flat or sparkling). In a nutshell, we found out, the hard way, why the restaurant was empty at dinner time!

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JeanetteB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a pleasant atmosphere, the food was great, the service was excellent and the DJ was off the chain thumbs up to DJ Storm, my guest love the place and I must compliment the bartenders!!!!
Thanks for a wonderful evening

HB
HoneyBear
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Restaurant is new to serving lunch. Me & my guest had the place to ourselves which made seating easy. Water came to the table immediately. We realized that the waitress did not have full command of all items on the lunch menu after asking about a couple of dishes. Food came to table in a timely manner. The food was beautifully placed & decorated and taste even better. I’d go back but will do dinner or happy hour next time.

JT
vipJackieT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time and definitely will be going back again. The DJ is incredible.

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EBONYM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

It was extremely difficult for me and my guest to communicate patrons at the bar were yelling over the live music and they need to implement a dress code of some sort. Also our reservation wasn't honored the table we were seated at we were told we couldn't keep after 930p because it was already reserved. The managers/owners (appeared to be husband and wife) literally arguing with each other regarding seating arrangements, they took the argument outside the restaurant but returned minutes later and began arguing again. They were about 1 foot from my dining table VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!!

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CherylL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I would recommend based on telling them about the jazz on Thursday nights. The food not so much as I did not see a big enough variety. In addition, the happy hour did not have a big variety of drinks available or food.

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Adrienne
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I made reservation & received confirmation. Portum had no record of reservation. My aunt went in & made a new reservation, now for 8, a day in advance. But the next morning, no record of this reservation either. Should have left then while we had time to eat elsewhere before our flight. We were seated quickly & ordered drinks: coffee & orange juice. Asked again about our drinks after 10 minutes. Made another server aware we still hadn't received drinks. Ordered our food. After 30 minutes, half of our drinks arrived. Coffee and orange juice are, apparently, a specialty item here requiring extensive preparation. Finally, with the drinks straight, we waited for our food. And waited. We explained we had a flight and had only allowed 90 minutes for breakfast. They said it was no problem & our food would be right out. We waited. After we had been there 60 minutes with no food, I asked for a manger. We explained we had a flight, we had been waiting over 60 minutes for breakfast items ordered from their menu, and we were unhappy. She said the food would be right out. She stopped by our table after 7 more minutes, when my husband told her we were leaving in 5 minutes whether we had our food or not. So 3 servers brought out some food. Lots of asking what the rest of us ordered. Brought out some more, some of it wrong, some of it repeats of orders received already, some of it correct. Lots of apologies. Gave us a 25% discount and removed service charge for a large group. For those of us who got food, it was delicious. Apologies are nice. Discounts are nice. But extended incompetence at this level should not be rewarded. They said the server was new. Fine. Everyone has a first day. We were nice to her. But we made other servers and manager aware the service was unacceptable. The incompetence began with the reservation and lasted through the entire 90 minutes. The manger blamed the server for it all, which is even worse.

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DoniceJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We enjoyed the atmosphere at Portum for our small family gathering and the food was excellent. I have already recommended the location to several people wanting to hold small gatherings and High School reunion dinners.

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CeeCEEj
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good for weekend hangout. They are new so I’m giving them some grace. They had no white wine???
No Muscato??? Out of four people at my table only four people got drinks. Wait staff was very nice and kept apologizing but no white wine of any kind, even box wine??

Otherwise nice, spacious clean and comfortable. By the summer it will be a crowded spot.

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Courtney
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Originally I reserved a table for 6 to celebrate my mother’s birthday. However we ended up with more people attending the celebration. The staff accommodated up by giving us a larger table. Our waitress was AMAZING!!!! The food and drinks were very tasteful! The DJ was also great, played good music. Saturday’s are the older crowd, which the young people still had a great time. We will be returning for future fun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice lounge for the “Grown and Sexy” crowd with a great live band playing jazz and R&B! Food and drinks are great and reasonable! (Bartender Poo fixes a mean Long Island Ice Tea and Green Tea shots! lol) Ambiance reminds me of downtown DC on the Waterfront back in the day!! Love it!! Have return several times! 😊

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wdkn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portum has great character.. I remember this place from years ago (prior to remodeling) and it has improved. Modern, stylish, classy - all of these terms apply to Portum! The staff was very attentive and accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Date Night Venue. I plan to visit often.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Attended the jazz night...The band was really good. Nice crowd. Food and drinks were good but pricey. Overall good time.

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Portum Restaurant and Lounge is rated 3.9 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

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.