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About Portland Variety

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

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Spanish

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

Cross Street:
Portland Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 368-5151

Website:
http://www.portlandvariety.com/

Parking Details:
Public lot at 85 Portland St.

Additional:
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

Portland Variety Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.3

Value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
Tapas (9)
Lunch (8)
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Brunch (8)
Neighbourhood Gem (7)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Romance (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Outdoor Eating (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Authentic (4)
Casual (4)
People Watching (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Group Bookings (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-Night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post-theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Paleo-Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Child-Friendly (1)
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Food2
Ambience3
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Ran out of olive brine

Food2
Ambience4
Service1
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 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.

Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value1

 
·Dined on November 9, 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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on November 6, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·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.

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value1

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 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:)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 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!

Tags: Cozy
Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·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

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great server

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great breakfast and delicious coffee.

Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on September 22, 2017

I didn't find there to be very many tapas options. And everything was very deep fried or included a lot of bread. There could have been more variety in terms of meat and veg option. The food was nice, but pricy for what you get.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great food and great service!

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 14, 2017

First time visiting Portland Variety for dinner with a friend and was extremely happy with the food. When I saw the small menu, my expectation of the food quality was extremely high. I was not disappointed. The food came out in a timely manner, giving my friend and I ample time to enjoy the food, have good conversation until the next dish came out. The servers were extremely knowledgeable with the drink and food menu which really helped a fist time visitor like myself. Can't wait to go back and try the rest of the food items!!!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Tapas, People Watching, Business Meals
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

Portland Variety was just OK - nothing outstanding but not terrible. Food portions were somewhat small, despite this being more tapas. Cheese buns were tiny, meatballs while ok in size were a little blah in taste (nothing savory, little spice), octopus was the best thing we ordered. Overall, it came highly recommended but failed in my opinion to live up to the hype we were told

Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was great, loved that we could share everything! Server was just okay, didn't say much and was never in sight so it was hard to flag him down. Other than that I would come back!

Food3
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food was average, service was subpar, it just wasn't the greatest dinning experience.

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I wasn't terribly excited about the food there. Opted for the ribeye sandwich and it wasn't what I was expecting. It was just another pressed sandwich I could have made at home.
I like the vibe, but I won't be rushing back to eat there.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Delicious mushroom salad with chicken. The sauce that accompanied the chicken was mouth-watering. Of course we ended our meal with a chocolate chip cookie!

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great food

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on July 28, 2017

Been here multiple times with friends on double dates or just to take visiting friends out in the neighbourhood. The service is always the best, the food is delicious and the ambience is great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Most enjoyable meal on their patio. Creative cooking, attentive staff. Everything about this place works

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Another great meal here, the food is tapas style so does end up expensive. The cheese bread is fab.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
Food1
Ambience3
Service1
Value1

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We came for a later evening snack both having had very late lunches. We sensed the waiter wasn't happy with our smaller than usual dinner order. Upon receiving the food, we were never asked how the meal was. Felt like waiter left us alone as we are guessing he was calculating that his tip probably might be lower than other tables due to the order size. The gnocchi was very salty and the cornish hen was on the dry side. The fries were good. We decided to order small and see how we felt after our order came but not feeling very welcomed, we decided to finish up and pay the bill after we finished eating and moved onto another place.

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We arrive at 7:30pm and were promptly seated, the hostess was very pleasant and asked if we had any special occasion and we informed her it was just a casual birthday gettogether for us 2 girls. After that it was downhill, we ordered 2 Bits and 4 Bites to share along with some drinks, but the service was very very slow! The taps came out one by one, with about twenty minutes between dishes, so we were almost running out of conversation by the end. It took until 9:30pm until the last tapas came out and we prompted got the bill after. We were not offered a dessert menu nor was anything mentioned about our birthday celebration, so definitely disappointed!
As a side note, many of the tapas came out with the same bread for side, and also had a very similar tomato sauce on it, We had the eggplant, meatballs, clams and shrimp, and pretty much everything came with bread and a tomatoey sauce (the shrimps were a garlic spicy tomato sauce though) Definitely disappointed in the food as well

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 7, 2017

It was my wedding anniversary and the staff was excellent and the food phenomenal will recommend this place if you want to look like a rock star to your significant other and impress them - kudos to the team

Tags: Tasting Menu
Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Server was completely absent, another server was all over a customer at a nearby table and it was very tacky.

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Food was a little overpriced and too salty.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We ended up at Portland for Mother's Day brunch as everyone was booked. I was very pleased overall and that we secured the first booking. The service was great and could not have had a better morning there. We will be back again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Loved it so much the first time and I had to go back!!! Food was awesome, they now have my favourite cocktail!
Loved it!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We felt very rushed by our server. We often had to ask him to repeat what he was saying because he would quickly spit it out while rushing off. He did not make us feel comfortable and definitely discouraged us from going back.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Can wait for the Chef's choice tasting mène to get back

Tags: Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Great place

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Portions are quite small but the idea is to share tapas. Regardless, the food was delicious!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Loved everything!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Super accommodating staff. Great meal overall. Would come back for more!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Very delicious food and prompt service. Our server was very fun and had a great sense of humour!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Good food and service. Took too long to get Bill.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients
Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value1

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Food is nothing to write home about. Extremely overpriced for portions. There are plenty of better tapas/snack bars in the city. Cocktails were wonderful though.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas

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