Portland Variety

4.5
151 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Cozy
  • Comfort Food
  • Romance

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.



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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful and the food was delicious. Really enjoyed my first experience there.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

There was an option of a table for 4 available when I made a reservation. Upon arriving I was told that they were full and that they would call me in about half an hour when a table was freed up. However I never got the call.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Food was a little cold when it got to the table but if you don't order the burger I think that's an avoidable thing. Definitely a place I'd go to again, desserts are amazing and the bread is even better

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful food, great atmosphere, really enjoyable night!

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service from Tori!!
Felt at home and had a really fun time. Great food and wine

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

loved the bread and butter. cozy little spot with super friendly staff.

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c
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was magnificent. I would definitely go back. Recommended.

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I
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always have a great time at Portland Variety. Staff is incredibly nice. I love Tori :)

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S
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was very good, we ordered a variety of sharing dishes and the highlight was the Pil Pil shrimp. Octopus was a bit tough, I would pass on that one next time. Beer list was limited and they were out of the only real IPA, but overall a nice dinner.

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M
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Prices don’t justify the quantity

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d
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Birthday dinner. Was right beside 2 tables. space was very close . Too tight. Food and drinks were good!

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was great!

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DS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Very disappointing! We made a reservation on Open Table with a confirmed time of 9:30. We arrived at 9:25 and the girl behind the counter came over and said “our kitchen is closed”. I mention that we have a reservation and she says “when did you make it? We don’t have any more reservations today”. I showed her my phone. She had a bit of an arrogant attitude like “we want to get out of here”. She went and checked with her manager but at that point we didn’t want to stay at a place where accommodating service was an afterthought. Lots of other options around there. We don’t need to go back.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We booked 2 tables of 6 as we did not want to be lassoed into a group menu. Despite them knowing what we did, the restaurant still accommodated us into 1 table and allowed us to order individually. Service was fast and overall food was good.

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R
Toronto
55 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch with an old friend at the high top tables near the front - the first table was squished in the Reserved section but was pretty tight and probably noisy.
Their burgers at lunch looked slightly bigger than sliders - perfect size for lunch appetites. But both my friend and I ordered the smashed avocado on toast with scrambled eggs which was deelish! Believe it or not, I couldn't finish all my avocado - that's how generous their portion size is.
Great vibe and furnishings, really enjoyed lunch there.

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OC
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

go for breakfast. have a coffee and the Huevos... you won’t regret it.

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U
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We liked the decor and the music. Our waitress was attentive and helpful.
The shrimp dish was a bit too spicy hot for our taste but the smoked trout salad and braised short rib were incredible.
Recommended

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KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. A little costly to share items but the quality was there. Could use more vegetarian options as I could only select one item.

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T
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. Really nice ambiance

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

Always like portland variety. Walk-in coffee to great dinner food. Thanks jr

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KA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was tasty and just the right portions for us. Was a last minute decision to go and would go again at some point

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress was awesome. She was very personable and charming.

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EN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super yummy food and nice atmosphere. The fries were absolutely delish and the cocktails were cute! Good date spot.

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r
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was my first time here on Saturday night. It was a wet, rainy night. We were running late, the restaurant called me to see if we were still coming. We were 45mins!! The waitress was patient and chill, and eager to answer questions about menu and reccomend great tasting options. The resto. Has a really Nice ambience, good food, great aesthetics, would def. Go again really soon....and get more off the menu. On the way out we bought some Le Gourmand cookies. To die for...so yummy. Will b back.

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W
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charming staff, fantastic hospitality, great space. Staff was very attentive which will ensure return visits. Drinks and food rate superior. See you soon!

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DG
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Our server was lovely but the food was too long between plates. Our server was working at the bar aswell which left us waiting a while to order.
Ran out of both our bottles of red wine during the night so had to keep switching.
Menu not great for sharing & very limited - pasta selection was very difficult to share .

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A
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Amazing food!! We loved our food so delicious the chef did a a great job in keeping the flavors, nothing outlandish rather really respecting the ingredients, just bringing flavour, taste and enjoyment in every mouthful! Our meal was fantastic would have been great to finish with a nice chocolate dessert. We had beignets which wasn't bad but hopefully the chef will add more chocolate desserts!!! Love the food! Thanks to chef &crew ! Thank you for considering wonderful veg options I was so happy to not see roasted/ steamed vegetables particularly cauliflower which everybody seems to be doing!

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i
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been here for breakfast meetings and drinks. Great food, great bar.

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MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the most delicious meal. Great service from the lovely gal behind the bar. Highly recommended!

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great time

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great experience.
Food was excellent.
My wife and I really enjoyed our night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We had dinner at Portland Variety for the first time before a night of theatre with family. Ambience is reasonably nice, (though noise level
rose over time) and our wait staff was excellent. Unfortunately, food was neither of these things, and universally almost inedible. My arugula and mushroom salad was so bitter & odd tasting that was inedible; basso crudo for my sister-in-law came raw/pickled (should be advertised as same) & too spicy; and seafood pasta for our group was also too spicy — we would not return unless new chef and/or menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place always has a way of taking basic ingredients and elevating them. Everytime I eat here I always walk away with a newfound appreciation for food. I had the southern fried cauliflower and the chicken and yucca fries and it was oh so delicious.

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NA
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place

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Detroit
6 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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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
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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WM
Toronto
3 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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