Portland Variety

4.4
118 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating

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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Cuisines
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.
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
What 118 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place

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Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great for lunch with friends

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CF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Knowledgeable and very personable staff! Low pressure, attentive and discreet. Food service was prompt and quality high.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service ! Everything was awesome

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R
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had not been been befor. It was recommended by friends and it it not disappoint. Great place.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Wish I knew brunch wasnt available

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PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome vibe.

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G
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Understaffed and limited menu. Menu differed from what was advertised.

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Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Portland variety is consistently good. The food and service never disappoint. One of the managers Sarah makes an effort to come around and check in to ensure everything is going well. I always recommend this place to friends who are visiting from out of town.

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Miami
24 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great, enjoy d the ambience and the decor. Drinks were amazing

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really liked the quinoa/kale salad. Very tasty. An interesting menu, quite varied. Wine prices are pretty expensive.

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EP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The food was great. We sat on the patio and it tends to be extremely noisy at King & Portland - it wasn't the worst but it would probably bother a lot of people. The tables on the patio are very uneven so I spent most of the lunch rearranging glasses and fearing that things would fall off the constantly wobbly tables. That can be easily fixed...

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AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious and good choice. One of our dishes was the ooctopus - very good but I thought it was a little overpriced for what you got.

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V
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great octopus. Good wine reasonably priced. Great bolognese.

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Mediocre food at best. Terrible service. Yet another place that makes no effort to make you feel welcome and relies on hype rather than good food and good service.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were completely spoiled by Jo and his team. Thank you!

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AL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Was disappointed that they didn't have the eggs benedict on the weekday.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic late afternoon bite and were very impressed by the scrumptious food and incredibly knowleable and fun servers. Thanks so much!

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g
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This was a great casual place to meet with friends for conversation over drinks and good food on the patio with the city walking by. Our waitress was very friendly and guided our food choices well. The truffle gnocchi and honey cauliflower were fantastic.

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is a local Toronto restaurant and perhaps one of my favorite! It's easy to get a table here and the menu changes throughout the year and the food is very good. The service is great and the staff are always one of the best parts of the experience. The food is excellently crafted and just so good

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Rated “Ambience” as less than I would have because of persistent smokers on the patio. Patio smoking in Toronto isn’t permitted, yet other patrons were smoking just on the other side of the patio on the sidewalk. This meant their secondhand smoke blew across our dinner the entire time and the Portland Variety staff didn’t intervene, and in fact continued to serve them, therefore encouraging the behaviour.

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KB
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

They missed dishes and went, at times, 30 min to an hour without checking on us. We had to inform them of their mistakes. The entire service system they have is broken, someone should be responsible for checking in when food's delivered. No one did. Then they charged us for items that weren't delivered which I had to complain about to get removed. Perhaps if someone took ownership to their issues and attempted to manage their mishaps service would have turned out better.
Disappointing.

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EH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was very good. Bit of rocky start... the first table we chose on the patio was too wobbly and it could not be fixed. We were shown a second table on the patio... as wobbly as the first so we decided to eat indoors rather than have our drinks spill over. The food was very good... but the service was mediocre. I’d asked for my starters to be served the same time as my friend’s main, but the server forgot, I guess, and brought only ONE of my starters. A few minutes passed and I asked the server to take it back to the kitchen and bring all the food together. She returned with the same dish about a minute later and said the other food was coming right out. I’d order a flat white at the end of the meal, which she’d forgotten about by the time we’d asked for the cheque. She did end up comping it, but it was lukewarm by the time we left with it in a to-go cup. Decor is nice and the staff is friendly enough... our could’ve been a bit more attentive, however.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Didn’t eat food.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

The website says you can reserve an outdoor table but they do not honour it and it is very misleading.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

1. Food was just okay, well below expectations, not nearly good enough to make up for poor service.

2. We believe our server was new and he received zero help from restaurant. Didn’t know menu or specials, limited visits to table which prohibited us from ordering enough drinks to last throughout he meal.

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JK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The time it took for our meals to arrive was over the top slow especially given that the restaurant wasn't close to being full. Our waitress was fine -- attentive and friendly -- but something weird must be going on with management or the kitchen. There was also a dish mistakenly delivered to our table -- not what we'd ordered -- so I suspect it's bad management.

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Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend it. The vibe was amazing as well. Perfect restaurant to unwind on a Friday evening.

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Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Only downside was due to size, inside was really noisy but everything else was great especially the menu and the cocktails. Their cornish hen and cassava fries with piri piri sauce was pretty fantabulous, and the short ribs were also very good .. but nothing like the cornish hen. The martinis were perfect, a solid wine list, and the special non-milky pure liquer kind of chocolate martini they made for us for desert was astounding!

We liked our dinner so much we went back for lunch today and I had one of the best burgers ever in my life (and I'm in my 60's and eat a good amount of burgers and travel a lot) ... their home made "milk buns" as burger buns were pretty special, burger perfectly cooked and they included a gherkin aoli that was the really unique/never had anything like it/was really good/going to try and make at home. My other half had a lovely perfectly grilled gruyere cheese sammie with proscuitto and tomato ... just perfect. I travel extensively, eat out more than is normal, and am in my dotage very cranky about food ... I would give this a 98.5 out of 100, and the only reason I knock anything off is it can be very loud. Again, could because I'm in my dotage years. If you are anywhere near, you MUST try this place out! We will be coming back to this place the next time we are in Toronto for sure!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, Graham rocks!

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WP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Took my son and his fiancée to Portland Variety for a fun night out. They have a wide variety of very interesting items on the menu, and great mains. The background noise is energetic (normally a turn off for me) but it was tolerable and we could still chat.

The kitchen and service was - and I mean it - outstanding.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So great! Awesome service and really nice about us bringing our own cake

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SN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always meets my expectations! Great food & great service!

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Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food ! All the tapas we had were excellent - we had a salad, grilled octopus and seafood salad . I would definitely order the octopus again (grilled) it was grilled to perfection ; and whatever it was marinated with was phenomenal! I went a long time ago to the restaurant known as kiwe, and there is no comparison

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1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the shrimp piri and truffle chips. I also had the gnocchi with mushrooms but I wished it had a little more dressing on it. Excellent service and wine selection

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My only complaint is that we had to wait for more than half an hour past our reservation time to get a table and I booked a high top but ended up at a regular table. We did get a free sample of bubbly as an apology which was nice.

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was slow at times because our server was also tending bar. Therefore things like table clearing and the offering of dessert was delayed. That being said, the staff was very attentive when my friend spilled wine on her scarf, offering club soda and help with soaking. I additionally had a great mocktail, which can sometimes be hard to find! Overall would highly recommend for your next friends gathering. Lively and fun!

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Although our dinner was in the middle of a blackout / power outage, the entire staff was accommodating and absolutely amazing!

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Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good, but not overwhelming. We had great service.

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, good service. Food is a bit on the spicy side. Prices are on the high side, but worth it.

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