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The Portage Italian Bistro

$$ - $$$
Italian, Pizza, Canadian
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440 Couchiching Point Rd, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6P8, Canada
+1 705-327-0672
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

We were staying at the hotel. The atmosphere is nice but it's very small but it wasn't busy. My husband had the sausage penne and loved it. I had chicken parm and I also really enjoyed it. It wasn't the best I've ever had in terms of the chicken but it was still pretty good. Kids had pizza and I... More 

1 Thank nimfam
Orillia, Canada
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Had our dinner here, service was very slow, however, to be fair, there was a very large party that only 2 wait staff were trying to accommodate. Atmosphere was great, soft lighting and quiet music, although a group came to the bar and were very noisy. Overall, the food was good, but we did have to wait a long time,... More 

Thank Diane F
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

This small restaurant was a pleasant surprise for us tonight. Highly recommend it. Friendly staff, good food, will definitely go again!

1 Thank Sandra K
Burlington, Canada
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Great late night dinner. Staff was outstanding handing food allergies and very attentive. Thank you to Amanda for making our evening so great! Food portions are huge, more than you can eat. Everyone loved their choices. The muscles were a big hit in particular.

2 Thank BlueEyedPrincess
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

We went as a group of approximately 25 people last week and had a delicious buffet Italian meal. The restaurant had changed ownership recently and the server and chef were very friendly and provided excellent service. This restaurant may go unnoticed because it is in the Best Western Hotel on Atherley Road by the Narrows in Orillia. The restaurant is... More 

1 Thank OrilliaAnnie
Lindsay, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

Last weekend we enjoyed an excellent dinner of rib steak and large shrimp. Service excellent. A very pleasant young lady looked after us very well. Came by with the standard " how is your meal? " however she really seemed to mean it. Nice evening, Will go back. Ron & Kathy G.

Thank Ron G
Collingwood, Canada
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100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

Maybe I ordered the wrong thing or the server didn't understand about food sensitivity issues (even though I explained and requested specifics). It all got botched up. She did offer to replace my meal and I felt guilty and didn't want to cause trouble and ended up with huge indigestion and tummy troubles all night long. A lesson for both... More 

1 Thank Wally Z
Ajax, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

We were holed up in the conference room for months and finally gave in to try out the Portage Bistro. The aroma was so inviting. It did not disappoint when we tried. Succulent juicy Prime Rib. Mouth watering Seafood linguine.. yummy!

1 Thank spang88
Kingston, Canada
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2014

I was staying in the BW and decided to order room service from their menu. When the gentleman answered the phone, I asked to order room service, he replied "Look, it's going to be 45 minutes at least" I said that was fine and asked if I could order the Shrimp Risotto (they didn't have any) I asked for the... More 

1 Thank TravelingFoodie71
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

I bothered to write a nice review of this restaurant which is five minutes walk from where we live. Tripadvisor would not post it because I "live too near and my own business is too similar". Presumably they fear some mutual collusion. The fact remains it is very nice and quiet usually, comfortable chairs, cozy fireplace, friendly staff, and last... More 

1 Thank The_Bystander

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Italian, Pizza, Canadian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 Couchiching Point Rd, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6P8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Orillia
  • Phone Number: +1 705-327-0672

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?