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#266 of 4,594 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Surry Hills
As featured in Best Food in Sydney
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50 Holt Street | Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 8399 1440
18:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely service and delicious food. We had lamb and a couple of sides dishes. The upstairs bar also has some great cocktails

Thank melljsmith
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat down and within 5 minutes we were asked to order because "items on the menu are running out". We asked for more specifics about that and were left without details. It seems like a ploy to get you out quick. We wanted to order some champagne and a bottle of red from their "cellar" list and asked for... More 

Thank Sachin A
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant came highly recommended. And it did not disappoint. We ordered empanadas, olives and provoleta as entrees. The empanadas were as good as you'd get anywhere in Argentina. Give me a plate of them and I'd be happy. The provoleta with pepper sauce also was a winner. Needed some bread to mop up the sauce thought. For main we... More 

1 Thank eddief48
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been to the old venue a couple of times and loved the atmosphere and food. This was our first time since they moved and it was a complete disappointment. The whole place was super loud, people screaming and tables too close. It has nothing from the old nice "porteño". The waitress had to yell as us while describing... More 

1 Thank Andres C
Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know it's Argentinian BBQ but as a vegetarian my family and friends have been going here for years but with the move to 50 Holt Street vegetarians should avoid the place. No more zucchini flowers, brussels sprouts, polenta, tortellini, empanada with broccoli & cheese, Jerusalem artichokes, shaved fennel salad and corn (have I forgotten anything). These vegetarian dishes were... More 

Thank Fred1082017
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here about 4 years ago in their old location. The food is very very good. The Waygu Skirt, the roast lamb, and the roast pig. The roast pork (cooked for many hours over an open fire) is probably the best roast pork I have ever had in my life. Soooo good. I don't think the atmosphere is as... More 

1 Thank Gdmack2
Sydney, Australia
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130 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With a recent move from its previous wonderful premises, Porteno's new place lacks ambience and character. The staff are chirpy and the food varied. The waitress explained the absence of their brussel sprout signature dish was due to seasonal availability. Disappointing overall.

Thank mareaj2014
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We last went to this place when we were in Sydney in August 2016 and had the most fantastic meal, incluidng a share plate of pork and lamb roast on the fire. So when we came back to Sydney at Christmas we had to go again. Since August the resraurant has moved to a new venue which is not as... More 

Thank Samandann
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to this restaurant at the old address a few years ago pretentious wait staff and indeferent Still a little bit of it left in the new venue ex Movida I was greeted at the front of house with a long face almost insolent A friendly waiter took us at our table and help us with the way the menu... More 

Thank beru55
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food at Porteno is amazing, it is so difficult to choose what to eat as everything is cooked beautifully. A great place to meet with friends or have a romantic dinner. The staff are attentive and very friendly.

Thank Ruthnfam

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Barbecue, Argentinian, South American
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Holt Street | Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Surry Hills
  • Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
  • Phone Number: +61 2 8399 1440

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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