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Portofino's Bistro

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41 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9LT, England
+44 1900 829770
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to Portofino's on the Tuesday after Easter. It is a small intimate restaurant with quite an extensive menu. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was well prepared and presented. Many fabulous deserts to choose from. Cockermouth is a great alternative to the hurly-burly of Keswick and the nearby hotels are much better value.

Thank HabanaLoco
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Five of us ate at Portofino's on 18th March. We were staying with a friend who lives in Cockermouth and although she hadn't eaten there before it had been recommended. What a good choice - nothing was too much trouble for the very pleasant lady who looked after us and although the restaurant was busy we never felt rushed. We... More 

Thank Lesley L
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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564 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We came here on a Saturday night. It is a very small restaurant so it is advisable to book. We phoned up to book only two nights before we wanted to go and they had spaces. Like I say, the restaurant is very small but that does not mean you are packed in - it still feels very spacious. The... More 

Thank acs1984
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Scot in England
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We had arranged a family get together and then decided to all go out for something to eat - the ladies at front of house could not do enough for us in helping us choose when to come, what to eat (two of our party are coeliac therefore gluten free) - help us choose the wine and drinks - and... More 

Thank BeeBeeScotinEngland
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you brilliant review! We could not be happier that you enjoyed your visit and would be delighted to welcome you back again! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We went last night. My partner got chicken in a tomato pepperoni and olive sauce he said was beautiful. I had the sirloin steak which was cooked to perfection. Could not fault it will Deffo return

Thank Georgia L
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We love hearing from our customers. We take immense pride in our food and are thrilled you had such a great evening. More 

Taunton, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Portofino has updated its decor and is now a very attractive restaurant. The food yesterday evening was very tasty and expertly cooked, with friendly and efficient service.

Thank David B
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for the kind comments about our new decor. We are incredibly proud of our new look and are happy to hear our customers like it too! More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Went into Cockemouth last week for a wedding anniversary meal. Had a walk around and came across Portofinos. Can't believe we hadn't spotted it before - must have walked past it dozens of times! Excellent food; reasonably priced; excellent service, good ambience. Will definitely be going again and recommending to friends.

Thank JJ68Telford
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment on your visit. Since your review the restaurant has been completely redecorated and we are even more proud than we were before. We still offer the same fantastic food and brilliant service and hope to see you again soon. More 

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

You cannot say the "product" is not good but there are few technical mistakes in processing or cooking it following the traditional italian recipes. The environment is in need of refurbishment. Too old fashion and not in line of modernity. Cost is not excessive for what you get and the only person is serving at the tables is very polite.

Thank mat25081971
Mike S, Owner at Portofino's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments - we love hearing from all of our customers. Since your visit the restaurant has been fully redecorated and we are delighted with the results. The food we offer is cooked fresh and whilst the meals are 'traditional' we do like to put our own spin on things. Hopefully we will see you again soon. More 

sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Had a fantastic meal here with my aunty. Excellent service as well .would highly recommend this restaurant. Will definitely be going back

Thank Mikemoomanutd1
1 review
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We booked rather late at the last minute, about 8.45pm , but the restaurant was happy to oblige us. 5 stars right there! We were hit by a delicious aroma as we entered, increasing our appetites! Rarely does one go into a restaurant and like every single dish on the menu, certainly the case here. The service was beyond any... More 

Thank Bunnie A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Steakhouse, International
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9LT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Cockermouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1900 829770

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