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“Beautiful view, but WAY over-priced”

Port Bar & Dining Room
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Ranked #10 of 212 Restaurants in Pickering
Price range: US$12 - US$24
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Canadian
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Liverpool Rd
Description: PORT is a Waterfront North American Bistro. OUR GOAL is to create a community gathering spot, where we showcase our passion for hospitality and great food & beverage. Our Chef team has created menus that evolve to reflect the season and locally raised products. Our products are produced in house by career-minded chefs using fresh ingredients and classic techniques. Our Beverage Team strives to (re)create cocktails that reflect the passion and skill of the original bartender. We support independently owned breweries with 14 beers on tap. Our wine list varies in price and style for every enjoyer of wine. FeastON & OceanWise certified.
Reviewed 14 September 2011

The first thing you'll notice is there is not near enough parking. It is not unusual to have to turn around in the lot and go down the street to park.

The interior design is quite amazing to look at, but the designer must have not taken acoustics into consideration because it is very noisy. We found we had to yell over the table just to hear each other.

Don't be fooled by that $20-$35 price tag in the overview... it is EXPENSIVE! The food is okay, nothing spectacular but nothing to complain about either -- but certainly the whole package experience is not worth what your final tally will be.

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3  Thank VintageJunkie
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

We were a party of 8 and we made reservations for a Thursday night around 6:00. The table was ready for us but we had to wait 20 minutes for our drink order and an additional 10 minutes to place our order. We ordered 2 strawberry dacq. for drinks and the bar added to must sour juice flavour. They were sent back.

Our food order was perfect and the quality of food was amazing!

Would visit again!

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1  Thank floydangel71
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

The menu is interesting but the actual food is uneven in quality. I suspect most people go for the location on Lake Ontario, but the harbor view is hardly breathtaking. For the mostly over-50 clients, the restaurant chooses to play Pink Floyd and heavy metal ... not the most soothing music for dining. But don't mention this to the staff ... they take offense.

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4  Thank Travelguy040
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

I have travelled all over the world and eaten at all sorts of very nice and not so nice places. This is my first review of a restaurant. There was a wise felow traveller who once told me - never trust a place where they serve cold coffee.

In this case, it should be never trust a place where they serve cold coffee with spoiled cream. Repeatedly.

Food is below average. Prices are high - they are kind of a wannabe "high end" restaurant, but just can't pull it off. Go to any other place with comparable prices and you will instantly see the difference. In food, substance, ambiance, service, attitude. The staff here could have been from a fast food place.

They have a unique location for Pickering and that's basically it. I can't imagine anyone thinking that this is the "nice" place you pick for a special occassion. You will feel cheated at the end.

Terrible service. Long wait for food. Food was presented ok, but was well below par in terms of tase, how it was cooked and "specialness".

I live within a 15 minute drive of this place and I really was hoping that this would be great but it was just plain bad. Just avoid and go to any other place in town - they are much better and you will appreciate it more.

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8  Thank aandsm
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

I often go here for lunch with friends. They have great fish and chips, good soups and sometimes the pasta is ok. Last time I had the seafood past it arrived cool and little sauce so we sent it back and still were not happy with the 2nd dish. It has great views overlooking the lake and I love the outdoor patio.

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1  Thank traveller666
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