Portsmith

4.3
283 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Portsmith is proud to announce we will be hosting a second La Bestia dinner on Thursday, February, 21st. ALL DINNER RESERVATIONS for this date are available at 6 PM. We will be serving a six course special dinner bringing awareness to the contributions of immigrants. Proceeds will be donated to Benito Juarez Community Academy. The evening will begin at 6PM with a cocktail and performance by the Benito Juarez Community Academy mariachi band. Following the entertainment, the first course will be served at 6:30 pm with a folkloric dance performance halfway through the dinner.
The cost of attendance is $100 per person, including tax and gratuity. Beverages not included.
This event is in partnership with Benito Juarez Community Academy located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

For additional information about the La Bestia Dinner, please visit portsmithchicago.com or please call (312) 202-6050.
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Portsmith is an upscale seafood restaurant inside the Dana Hotel in River North.

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M
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Unfortunately they were very short staffed the day I went. My table and I tried to be very understanding but our waitress was complaining throughout our whole experience and all of our food came out at different times. Once the food got to us, it wasn't anything spectacular. Would not go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, service, food, solid presentation.

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HL
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

My boyfriend and I were really excited to dine here because we heard great things about it from our friends. However, the experience was pretty disappointing from the start. We were seated in between two filled tables even though there were a good amount of seats that were empty. There was no privacy to speak or talk to each other. We placed our order very quickly because we were pretty hungry but got the chef's starter 45 minutes after while everyone else who got seated after us seemed to have gotten theirs quicker... The highlight was the Rumaki though -- it was delicious! The other items we ordered were ok but a bit too salty for my taste. We realized we over-ordered and asked to box up our food. Our server helped us do this but we felt like we were being judged a bit. She didn't even ask if we wanted dessert when she came back. She just gave us our check. I really wanted dessert and I wasn't even offered the menu. So we just paid and left. We were disappointed overall with the service and I don't think we'll come back again.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

It was ok. Nothing special. Waitress fine. Food ok. Ambience alright

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Server was a bit cold which lessened the experience.
Menu was very clever with fabulous combinations.
Kids options need to be made differently for children, not just smaller adult portions of gourmet Mac and cheese.
Think I would have enjoyed it more if we dined upstairs.
Will likely return.

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j
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice dinner
Great service and walking distance to hotel which was great

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SD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Not the prettiest of rooms...but let that go and enjoy the food. Not sure why, in a fish restaurant they serve hamburgers, but perhaps they've had pressure from the hotel to add non-fish items to the menu. This is clearly a mistake.

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DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service, and vibes. Would highly recommend.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The waitress wasn’t much help

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We had a reservation for 8:30. When we arrived we were sent to the bar to wait because the people at our table had been sitting there since 6:00. At 9:45 we were finally seated and by that time we were quite upset and had a far from relaxing meal. The food was above average except for the fact that the server told us they had run out of bread. After our complaining about that she arrived with some stale bread obviously heated up in the microwave. I understand that the restaurant has no control over patrons lingering at their table, but after 3 hours I feel they could have asked them to go to the bar instead of us. They did comp our drinks (2 glasses of wine), but I feel they could have comped a lot more - maybe our entire meal. We won't be back!

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DB
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Decided to eat in our hotel restaurant....what a great idea! Meal was special. When they found out that my wife had a food allergy the waitress had a special appetizer prepared just for her. Above and beyond. Great service, great food,and great hotel....perfect 1st night in Chicago.

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m
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was hit and miss. The tuna tartare appetizer was fantastic but the yellowtail was disappointing. My experience was probably somewhat tainted by the lack of any foie gras on the menu which was in two of the most talked about items on reviews.

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I didn't think the valentine's 4 course meal was that great. the rest of the menu looked great, but i didn't get that. I will come back to try the rest of the menu. the cocktails were great. The bread and creamy tomato soup was great. Salad not so much. the burrata on the salad was great. the rest of the salad was bitter and dry. the pot pie was okay. i was really excited for it, but it was underwhelming. lacked flavor. the service was great and the ambiance was great.

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XX
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience. Although it makes little difference in the long run, it would have been nice to have known that I wouldn't receive Open Table credit for the dinner PRIOR TO making the reservation rather than getting an e-mail after I had paid.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have food allergies, the waitress was very helpful in working with the chef to figure out my options. I was worried that I would only be able to eat salad but we worked it out. I enjoyed the Tuna Tartare and Chinese Broccoli.

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent food and nice wine selection.

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GB
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant weds more love! Every time we come here, the food and service is great. The mushroom pie is to die for and their green papaya salad is one of our all time favorite dishes. We’ve had almost everything on the menu. So, come and try it! I like to keep good places secret but they deserve the business.

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, good lighting, intimate setting, the food was very good. Our only complaint was when we were seated we were seated very close to other groups so it was a little awkward at first but they left soon after and we were able to relax a little. It’s a place for a special occasion but Overall would recommend.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly great experience. Wait staff was amazing. We loved our server and our busser and food runner were great. It did take a bit of time for the food to come out, but luckily we were enjoying company for it to be a problem. I got the fish and chips and it was so unique.

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a comfortable atmosphere; you did not feel on top of other patrons. We went for restaurant week and I liked how each person got to choose an option for themselves versus other restaurants only allowed certain amounts per table. The food was excellent. As for the standout dishes, we loved the clam chowder; there was actually clams in it. The tandoori lobster was flavorful; we just wish it was a whole tail not half. The hazelnut chocolate was good. The service was timely and friendly. The wine was affordable and they offered pairing options if you were interested.

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E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Restaurant week. Nice selection of options. King Crab carbonara and clam chowder were excellent, sole was underwhelming. Cool vibe, would come back again! Great service.

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HA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

The food was bland and tasteless, and the waitress did not explain the foods' preparation accurately. It was not worth the price.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was not clear from Open Table that dinner is not seated until 5:00, however we were well accommodated at the bar. The Restaurant Week Menu was outstanding and we left the restaurant full and happy. I am looking forward to our next visit.

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SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Yummy seafood! We came for restaurant week and it was fun to try everything. Note that they have an east coast influence, so the dishes we tried were creamier and heavy but still delicious. Not what first comes to my mind when I think seafood, but I was still very happy with my meal. The king crab carbonara was SO GOOD. I can't wait to go back this summer to sit outside or on the roof.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

The service was not pleasant, the server was stock up and rude. The host wasn’t nice, when I came in to look for my bf, they didn’t let me , they wanted to check the reservation which was under my name and I told that I saw him. The server never asked if we like the food, the food didn’t have any presentation and was plain , I think for the price what you pay there that they could make a little bit more effort.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

yummy :)appreciate

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I was really looking forward to trying Portsmith but I was disappointed by the average food and the service. We ordered two kinds of oysters and the server put down the plate and turned around and left without saying a word. We had to stop her and ask her about which was which. And she just told us the name of the oysters and left again! How about a little bit of the information of where the oysters are from and what do they taste like, etc.. This is probably the worst service we had in a "high end" restaurant in Chicago. :(

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

For Sunday Chef $35 menu

Not convinced regular menu values prices

Would definitely recommend expanding the swordfish pastrami into a full sandwich lunch item, could even use Ahi tuna

Too much going back on top with the Lemon Sole except for lemon; tasted oily rich - too much butter?? Not exactly sure

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KC
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Portsmith is located inside the Dana Hotel. I love this hotel but was disappointed by the restaurant. We went for restaurant week brunch and waited for 15 to 20 minutes between courses, totaling an hour and a half dining experience filled with very little food. The first course was a smoothie. Ours came out filled with ice chunks and were not very tasty. By noon (a fairly early brunch reservation), they sold out of one of the second-course options, the tuna tartare. This seemed strange since they were not at all crowded. Only half of the restaurant was seated and few were eating. The third course portions were very small. My friend ordered the pork belly toast and was not pleased with it. I got the crab cakes. They were soggy and bland. From start to finish, the whole experience was a letdown and our server was very unfriendly. I would recommend anywhere else in the city for seafood.

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m
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderful, we will go back and bring others to enjoy the food.

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Portsmith is beautiful and spacious. The hostess was sweet and our server was phenomenal. I'm usually picky about my mimosas because I worry they're going to be 50/50 juice and bubbles, but these were light in color and the puree or juice they use was really yummy. We loved our food, especially the crab cake benedict and the tuna tartare. This is a classy brunch spot.

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AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Service slipped a little while we were there. But nothing that wouldn't make me not want to go back.

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BE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Came for first time for restaurant week. Very creative, flavorful dishes, will definitely be back!

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SB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great , atmosphere was great wait staff and manger very nice.

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LP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great brunch deal for restaurant week. The crab cake benedict was amazing!

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AL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was great and our server was excellent. Only complaint is for the mixed messaging coming from the staff at the hostess stand. We arrived an hour early for our reservation (intentionally)so that we could sit at the bar and enjoy some drinks before dinner. The hostess would not let our party sit: or stand by the bar and insisted we sit at the table early. Which was fine but I believe this was because happy hour was still going on. When we sat down at the table, we asked to order drinks from the happy hour menu and our server said that happy hour was only offered at the bar. We explained the situation with the hostess stand not letting us sit at the bar and our server apologized for the mix up and let us order those specials.

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OT
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went for Restaurant Week menu. Daniel the downnstairs host was terrific. I loved my lobster carbonarra and so did my wife. Clam showder was delicious. However, my wife had the breaded sole from that menu and it seemed like a pre-made frozen sole. They did not have the regular menu sole which should have been a hint as to why they would have it on the Restaurant week menu, but not the regular one since they said that they were not able to get sole due to the weather. Deserts were good. Amuse Bouche Soup OK but a nice touch. Pastrami appetizer OK. Bar on Mezzanine VERY loud and drifted into the Restaurant. They said that with our dinner we could go to the rooftop bar and get a special treat but when we got there they were very uninterested in sitting us even though there were plenty of empty tables. Said we had to sit at the bar. Loud annoying techno music. Skip it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Tried it for restaurant week. It was great

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service - Moira (spelling?) was amazing!
Portions were a little small but the quality was unbelievable. Experienced for the first time during restaurant week and loved every minute of it.

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CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! What a wonderful way for us to celebrate our 2nd anniversary together

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