Portland Variety

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174 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch

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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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Food ok, service below average, and it was noisy. Came highly recommended but we didn't feel it was anything special. Not returning with so many other places that offer more value for the $$. Didnt get the vibe that we were appreciated as a customer.

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RM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I am hoping our server just had a bad night. Food was fine and restaurant was far from busy, but he seemed more interested in chatting with people at the bar than ensuring our service was satisfactory.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service poor

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YR
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was delicious but service was mediocre.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The servers are horrible. The two in particular are horrible every single time.
Our meals were messed up, service took forever to be initially helped. We were sassed when we walked in because we made the reservation shortly before.

Horrible. Horrible.

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CM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Our first two times here were good, but this third time was disappointing. The steak that our table ordered was room temperature and when sent back it was allegedly reheated, but came back in one minute and was the same temperature. A new steak was made, but took a long time, so the rest of the group was long done their dinner when it arrived. There was nothing done to compensate.

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Rarely write reviews but this time I feel that I should. Food and ambiance of the restaurant was good, but not service. Felt very rushed the entire time, from ordering to finishing food. Waitress was friendly but didn't feel genuinely so. Was given the bill the second after she took our plates away. Also was charged extra for a drink we didn't order, allegedly a mistake from the last table, but my intuition told me otherwise...

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m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Not even a smallest alternation can be done to the meal.
Very small/limited brunch menu.

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M
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Always enjoy it but always too bright. Lights need to dim much more.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely Monday night anniversary meal at Portland Variety. Their happy hour cocktail list brought us two fantastic, well thought out gin cocktails. Being Monday meant half price bottles of wine, so we indulged in a divine Barbaresco (make sure you ask for it to be decanted for at least 40 mins). We had the meatballs, smoked gruyere croquettes and wood fired octopus with pickled shallots, diced Iberica ham and capers followed by an incredible pasta dish - gnocchi with ricotta, mushrooms and truffles. Fantastic. The service was good. The food was great. Really nice experience. Check it out!

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v
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great evening with friends. The staff was friendly and helpful!

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s
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

For the weekend yes but for the weekdays breakfast no

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S
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff, food, atmosphere and cocktails are amazing!

Thank you for continuing to amaze!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience, first time booked through open table

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EF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food and service was amazing!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Smoked Trout salad was amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible service. Delicious food and wine. Perfect Saturday date with friend.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go for excellent food, amazing cocktails and good service...Highly recommended.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was overall pleased with the food, service and atmosphere.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Food was okay - had the seafood pasta and fried cauliflower and it was not worth the price I paid for.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Terrific server and bartender. Very knowledgeable about tequila and whiskey!

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Company very mediocre. Meatballs good. Other food not bad.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place to grab a few drinks, a few snacks, and hang out for a while. Nice mix of inventive and classics (try the meatballs). Tori, in particular, was a fun and helpful server. Wonderful night, we’ll definitely be back.

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N
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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Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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 12, 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 21, 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 18, 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
18 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 6, 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 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was great!

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DS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 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
56 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
14 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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