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For 2
7:00 PM

Portland Variety

70 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas (7)
  • Good for Birthdays (6)
  • Business Meals (5)

Portland Variety covers all your dining needs; from your morning coffee run, your business lunch to your romantic dinner date. Portland Variety is a bright and friendly, open concept restaurant, which as the sun sets, transforms into an intimate candlelit space. Creations by our talented kitchen team provide guests with a unique dining experience. We pride ourselves on sourcing traditional and sustainable ingredients, allowing us to create artisanal dishes with modern flare.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday: 7:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday - Friday: 7:00am - 12:00am
Saturday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm

We do not accept reservations for Brunch
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Phone number
(416) 368-5151
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Cross Street
Portland Street
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Parking Details
Public lot at 85 Portland St.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 70 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3  based on recent ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmmaT (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great first experience. Went for Valentine pre fix menu. So tasty. Great vibe, friendly staff!

vipJChimera (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Celebrating a Valentines lunch, food was delicious, although a bit smaller serving size. Casual seat yourself setting with half the patrons eating lunch and the other half working with a coffee.

Overall very impressed.

Rosana (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was very plain and not very favourable. .

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious!! All courses of our meal were great. Staff was professional as one can expect downtown. Nice ambiance.

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Such a disappointing experience. Hosted 7 clients for a holiday lunch and despite our hefty spend, we couldn’t get any server to help us. One waitress we flagged down pointed at another staff and told us to try him. There were only about 4 tables occupied and it was shockingly bad service. I will never be back. Too bad as I love the half price wine Monday’s!

vipJoAnnLJ (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

There were cool cocktails and great food! We really enjoyed sharing so many different dishes.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

We loved the food here and had a nice quiet table. One huge complaint was our waiter, who failed to tell us (party of 6) that gratuity was included and in fact, even initially when asked said it wasn't. He proceeded to let all of us tip until one of our friends noticed the issue on his bill. It was very unprofessional and left a bad taste with all of us despite the rest of the experience being pleasant.

Over60 (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Staff ignored us. Age-ism? It sure felt like it!
They were very slow. After ordering a coffee following the meal - we weren't asked if we wanted milk, cream or sugar.

MonC (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

First thing I want to mention is I stopped by this restaurant earlier this summer & took a look at the menu. Oxtail Gnocchi caught my eye & attempted to order it to go. I was told they don't do take-out.

Decided to bring my friend to Portland Variety for dinner. I was excited to finally get to try their Oxtail Gnocchi! Flavour was there, but I was like where's the rest of it?! lol. I assumed dish is an entree being listed under "Plates". Very little oxtail & by no means an entree. Quite frankly should be listed under their "Bites" menu.

In addition to the Gnocchi, friend & I shared Cassava Fries, Venison Tartare, Mushroom Salad and 2 desserts: Banana Mille Feuille & Panna Cotta. Food was decent, more of it would have been better. Desserts were OK. The only other option was Beignets. How do you not offer a chocolate dessert?! They were out of this, out of that. No ice wine. Annoying.

Music was too loud. It did get quieter later on as the restaurant emptied.

I understand what Tapas/small plates are but seriously?! 2 healthy & fit women, some wine, 4 plates & 2 desserts. $165 bill, left restaurant still hungry. Not good, and I must state that is the very first time I recall ever leaving a restaurant hungry.

JPGg (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Ran out of olive brine

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Our sever was rude and I think forgot to enter our order because all the tables around us came after and got their food first. When we asked why it was taking so long he didn't really care. Finally the manager came by and she was lovely and apologized for the wait and gave us a free dessert. That was really nice but for what we were spending at a nice restaurant I think a little more could have been done.

Erica (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

Compared to all other places I've been downtown for dinner, the food was good but not worth the price and portion you receive. I would only recommend Portland Variety for brunch and coffee at this point.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Perfect lunch menu options; great food; great service. What more could you want in hipsterville?

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Attentive service, good food, and nice atmosphere. We went for breakfast late on a Monday morning though so mileage may vary.

vipOhEssKay (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

This was my 3rd dining experience at Portland Variety. While the ambiance and service was decent, the portions were very small and we didn't really feel like we got much for the ~$300 bill. Might come back, but only for an occasion.

Tricks (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was great and easy to share despite dietary concerns! And the staff were really fun and knowledgeable.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Love everything about this spot!!!
Will definitely be visiting again.

Great food, amazing service.
It was my birthday, and the server made it feel special:)

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was amazing! We had the oxtail gnocchi and the rib eye Wellington, both amazing. I’d definitely go back for that oxtail gnocchi!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

Waiter did not seem genuine. Also very rushed and seemed passive aggressive. Nice to our faces though and had great suggestions.
Food seemed over priced

Trueax (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

Great server