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“Some good, some not so good”

Restaurant Portofino Bistro
Ranked #108 of 1,415 Restaurants in Quebec City
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
Description: Located in the heart of Old Québec City in a historical house built in 1760, Portofino Bistro Italiano restaurant welcomes you to its cozy and festive atmosphere.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reception was friendly and helpful, a table was quickly found for us. The main course was varied. The Escalope aux Champignons was cold, the Risotto Fruits de Mer was very good and piping hot. The Sirop tarte for dessert was very sweet. The Pinot Blanc white wine was average. Overall not a bad place to eat, but not up to the standard it's prices should achieve.

Date of visit: September 2021
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1  Thank bobdebell
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the 18th, Saturday. This was our second visit. Very good Italian food but they also have French favorites. Fresh ingredients. Fast and professional service, all the staff were attentive. The owner Francois is always around and very friendly. We had reservations for 6pm and it was got busy very quickly. Lots of regulars. They have a busy bar. This time we tasted the escargot Italian style and also tried the beef tartar for starters was very good. For mains we had clam linguine and veal scallopini, all very good. Dessert was creme brulè, also good. Wine list is good but pricey , 50$ plus per bottle. We had the Nippozzano Chianti. They also serve wine by the glass. For a nitecap we ordered aperitifs and found the prices good but the servings small ( about 8$ to 10$ for 1 Oz...really guys?) So we had to order another round just to have a satisfying drink. There was a musician playing guitar at night. All around very good place to eat and have a fun time .

Date of visit: September 2021
1  Thank MaurizioN5
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Reviewed 27 August 2021

Went August 26,2021. Service was terrible,not to mention the food.
Wouldn’t t go back there. Waited two hours for our meals, and not that it was at full capacity. Seafood was raw and not fresh, because I think they rushed to give us our order, after complaining. They bring us coffee and desserts, we had to ask for utensils or sugar (which we never got). The tiramisu cookie was stale. Asked to speak to manager or owner, never showed up. A real let down.....

Date of visit: August 2021
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Thank W7472ZIlinas
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Reviewed 25 August 2021

We had lunch at Portofino. The food and drinks were delicious! Great value for dollar spent. The location of this restaurant is perfect - right in the middle of the action. A very satisfying meal with really good service as well. Recommended.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Thank mgran123124
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Reviewed 17 August 2021

Had high hopes for a fabulous Italian meal in a popular restaurant. Unfortunately like a lot of places in tourist areas, while the restaurant and ambiance were good, the food was mediocre at best. Our margarita pizza was tasteless and lacked true boccacino cheese and basil leaves and the crust was undertone and not crispy at all. Our Caesar salad never appeared as they has run out. My lasagna was cold, and came back from the kitchen piping hot but lacking any real depth of flavour. My daughters mushroom fetacini was out of a box. More loving care going onto their food would make this a destination, but they seemed to be skating by based on having a great location. Best thing we had was a killer dirty gin martini. Would not recommend.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Thank suzichanga
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