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“Great value, taste and selection” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ports Cafe

Ports Cafe
Ranked #1 of 87 Restaurants in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$28
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: An informal setting overlooking Seneca Lake, featuring savory and unique dishes made from fresh, ​locally sourced ingredients.​ ​Finger Lakes wines and craft beers are available by the glass. Reservations Recommended. Maximum group is 8.
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great value, taste and selection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2007

My boyfriend and I are in our late 30's/early 40's and consider ourselves foodies and wine enthusiasts. We have travelled extensively and have sought out a variety of dining experiences whether at home in Toronto/Montreal or while travelling abroad. This was our second trip to the Finger Lakes in 2 years, but our first time having dinner in the Northern end of Seneca Lake. Our first dinner in the area was at the Belhurst Castle's fine dining restaurant (Edgar's). The food was tasty but rather expensive ($30-$45 mains) and the atmosphere was stuffy there. In contrast, the following night we went to Port's Cafe just a 2 minute drive down the road and were "blown away" by the comparison. The food at Port's was equally, if not more delicious (complex but well balanced flavours ), the portions were large and satisfying, the food served hot and the prices a fraction of the cost compared with Edgar's. We had fresh oysters dusted lightly and fried in a cornmeal batter , served with a chipotle mayo drizzle as appetizers, mixed garden salad with raspberry dressing, thick juicy 14 oz grilled pork chops topped with cinnamon apple chutney and cheddar with a side of grilled mixed vegetables (asparagus, red pepper, zuchinni, brocolli, mushroom, ect) . To cap off the meal we had flourless chocolate torte and a local Vidal Icewine. Everything was very fresh and well prepared. We ate ourselves into a food coma and were shocked by the low prices. Our main plate was only $18, optional side salad $2.75, appetizer $8, dessert $6, ice wine $6 and dessert $6. For the quality and quantity offered, they could easily charge more. This was one of our best, if not the best, dining experience in the Finger Lakes. The restaurant itself is like a casual bistro and and wait staff young, friendly and efficient. The printed menu doesn't offer a wide selection, but the daily specials which incorporate seasonally fresh ingredients are extensive. We ordered our appetizer and mains from the daily specials and were very satisfied. Ports was recommended by a local working at a nearby winery. She indicated that when you drive-by, it looks like nothing special, but the food is worth the visit. We agree.

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good eats”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2007

AWESOME! We were extremely lucky to get a seat at Port's, and we were really glad that we did. The food is fantastic, and they offered at least 8 affordable specials that were not on the menu. The staff was extremely helpful.
This was the first dinner we had in the area, and unfortunately it was hard to compete with.

2 Thank Nuby
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New Paltz, NY
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“best we've tried in the Geneva/Canandaigua area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2006

This is the best place we've eaten in the area, including fancy places on finger lakes (there are a number of them around). Absolutely not pretentious (actually the physical plant - as viewed from the road - could use a facelift; if I hadn't already heard great things about it I would have been slightly put-off by the building.) But the food was great, and the service was attentive and WITHOUT ATTITUDE. You really must make a reservation, even during the week. And if you get a table in the raised area by the front window, you'll have a great view of Seneca Lake in the bargain. Prices are probably a bit high for this part of New York, but they're lower than what we're accustomed to in our Hudson Valley hometown, and what you would expect to pay for a fine dining experience. We'll be back.

4 Thank washalee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Diamond in the Rough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2006

Although you could very easily drive by the place, the stop is worth every effort. The menu is nicely varied, but the special list is by far incredible. On several occasions that I have dined at Port's, there is always a wonderful assortment of fresh beef, pork, lamb and fish! Incredible fish...some of the finest I have seen!

I love how the chef perfectly combines the entrees with the sides too. The last time I was there, I had the duck special. The side of rice was as good as the entree itself. My husband wanted to try the rice with his dish, but once the waitress explained how each dish is prepared to order, we quickly realized how great they were together, and probably would not have been so great with his sea bass. The waitress suggested the "smashed" potato which competed the bass beautifully. They definitely know what they are doing!

The service was delightful, the wine selection great, the desserts even better....chocolate fudge torte!!! Yummy. My mouth is watering in anticipation for our next visit!

One thing, call for reservations!!!! Your taste buds will thank you.

3 Thank Lulu08
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Geneva, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Geneva Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2006

My husband, my parents and I were visiting Geneva a few weeks ago and after hearing rave reviews of Ports, we decided we must give it a try. Not only had we read amazing things but Geneva locals we know are addicted!
The place was jam packed early on a Saturday night and we sat down and checked out the menu. True, the menu isn't great but the list of specials is monstrous. Our waiter kept listing and listing one great dish after another. Ports has a great wine list too and we chose two excellent bottles of local wine- Hosmer & Shalestone.
For dinner, my husband and I split the calamari- tender, tasty and honestly, perfectly done. The parents both had heaping, fresh, tasty salads. For dinner, we all took the carnivore route- lamb, steak and ribs. All were of excellent quality and perfectly prepared.
Port's is by far the best place we've found in Geneva so far..... and in a nutshell, is just an excellent place to pass your Saturday night. We are going to be back in the area this weekend and already have reservations.

4 Thank Geneva_NYColtrane
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