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Portage, St. John's, NL

Portage

4.9
4.9
746 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Located in historic downtown St John's, Newfoundland. An upscale casual cuisine of family - style dishes that share between 2 - 4 people. An eclectic selection of wines from around the world. Reservations of 6 or less can be made through OpenTable. We do not take reservations of groups larger than 8. Walk - ins welcomed when seats are available. We do not reserve the bar seats and Chef's Table. Thank you.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (709) 552-1100
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Ross Larkin/Celeste Mah
  • Neighbourhood
    St. John's
  • Cross Street
    Water Street and Job's Cove/Prescott Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 746 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Food

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Service

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Value

  • Atlantic Canada

    Innovative

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for fine wines

  • Atlantic Canada

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Overall

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Food

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Service

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Ambience

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Value

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for business meals

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for business meals

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for groups

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Healthy

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot spot

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for special occasions

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Lively

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

746 Reviews
  1. Jenrex

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time and I had heard many good things, but the cod we ordered was so spicy and odd tasting we had to return it, and that destroyed my palette for the rest of the meal. I was really disappointed

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  2. Fridaynightdiner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always delicious-we had a half order of the Gnocchi in a pesto sauce which was very tender and tasty and the roasted chicken dish and a half order of the rutabaga dish. All were excellent and lots of food for two. The service was, as always, excellent-friendly, attentive and helpful. The Sommelier Leo was extremely helpful at picking a white wine that I would like as I am very picky! A lovely and not overly expensive dinner!

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  3. Alex

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going to Portage a few times a month since it opened, and it is always 10/10. What I love is that it’s clear they value the experience. The service is incredible, and the food is top notch. There is nothing like it in the city!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tapas style meal every plate was delicious! We sampled every desert couldn’t decide a favourite…

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food will be back again.The smoked olives and whipped feta with focaccia are simply amazing.

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  6. ErinG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing meal! And our server was fantastic! Would recommend!

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  7. Paula

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently GREAT and perfectly Newfoundland-Y. Service is alway super friendly and high quality.

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  8. HeatherS

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was incredible! They took amazing care of us and the food was amazing!!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was way better than expected and the portions are perfect. My server was the sweetest bean and made my friend and I’s experience super chill and comfy

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  10. AlexisT

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Portage just continues to be amazing!!

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  11. JRS709

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went out for my Sons Birthday. There were 7 of us and we were easily accommodated . Server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Always checked on us at the right times. Drinks came out quickly and tasted great everyone was happy. Food came out timely and was delicious. All in all we all had a great time and enjoyed everything about the dining experience. We will go back to Portage again and again!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Portage while visiting two friend in St. John’s, it was a fabulous. The staff were the most helpful and attentive staff I have ever seen. Food was beyond.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, food was fantastic. Will definitely be back!

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  14. KPow

    Atlantic Canada

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was amazing and so was the food. There were 3 of us and we ordered several small plates and there was lots of food for all of us to taste and share. We will be going back for sure!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere and great service. The cocktails were excellent and the food was magnificent.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food , great service , refreshing cocktails. Very reasonably priced for quality and abundance of food . Would have given 5 stars but unfortunately when we showed up for our 5 o'clock reservation at 4:50, the staff would not let us wait inside the building. It was very cold outside and the wind was piercing. Really got off to the wrong start . But very pleased and will definitely return. We will just show up late this time lol

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scallop toast was delicious and beef tartare was 👨🏻‍🍳💋🤌

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  18. TBat

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and amazing service. Would highly recommend!

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  19. Nicholask

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed but didnt like how closely sat we were to others.

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  20. BRMcleod

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an incredible evening. The food is absolutely excellent, inventive and comforting at the same time. The best part of the dining experience here is definitely the lovely staff. We always feel so warmly welcomed and well cared for, no rushing, no upselling, just the feeling that they actually want you to have the best possible curated experience. Thank you!

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  21. Megan

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and dining experience. Everything was absolutely incredible. Can’t wait to return!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service as always! Always so knowledgeable and accommodating to our dietary needs!

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  23. Candace

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unreal as always! Everything was delicious and the service was incredible!

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  24. DanielleQ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service were phenomenal!! My only complaint is that the tables are too close together ….

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  25. Malose

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the greatest restaurant in St. John’s. I came in with a cold and asked to get take out cause I didn’t want to get anyone sick. They took my order and told me to go back to my hotel across the street to rest. When dinner was ready, they called me and I picked up my food. That is going above and beyond. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Thank you so much for the delicious and healthy food.

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  26. Jennifer

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s currently my favourite restaurant in St. John’s

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Enjoyed everything about it, atmosphere, food, server… can’t wait to return.

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  28. TrevorH

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! The focaccia and the chocolate mousse are musts.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal of my life, go with friends and order everything and get all the desserts!!!! Also all the servers are amazing and lovely and made my day <3

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  30. Diana

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time popping in (from out of town), and it was worth the effort. The Banh Mi salad was everything I have ever wanted in a salad.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and unique. The service was excellent. Thanks for making it a memorable experience!

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  32. Malose

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have had the pleasure of eating here twice in a week. The food is ALWAYS on point and my tastebuds dance with delight! The service is stellar. I already booked another reservation.

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  33. Malose

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had to have my first meal in the city here. My favourite place. Love it so much, I have reservations on Friday too.

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  34. Sean

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional service and food, dining at Portage with our entire family was a delightful experience. The friendly staff were engaging and knowledgeable. And the delicious dishes tasted as good as they looked. We will definitely return for more fine dining.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in St. John’s. Amazing menu, great wines, incredible service staff who all seem really happy.

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  36. MKNK

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Portage seriously never disappoints and this experience was no different. Took my best friend for her first time as a girls night out treat and we both loved every minute. Everything was incredible, as always, but the sesame profiterole was OUT OF THIS WORLD.

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  37. KurtG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best dining experiences I've had in St. John's in recent years. Would highly recommend eating here.

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  38. KevinM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, the personable service, and the atmosphere are a delight. Love the variety of food choices, the sharable portion sizes, and the classy, uncommon combinations of flavours. We have our favourites (the smoked olives, the dinner rolls, the dumplings and the tartar) but we always like to add at least a couple more that we haven't tried before. Great cocktail and wine options, with expert advice right at your table. And the desserts! Never, never skip the desserts. They are amazing. Enough said. We'll be back.

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  39. JennyW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, innovative food served family style. Cozy ambiance and great service. Great wine list. Not to be missed.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience when we visit! The food and service is the best this city has to offer. It’s always more like we are visiting old friends then a restaurant!

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FAQs

Portage is rated 4.9 stars by 746 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Portage

128 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1A8

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Water Street and Job's Cove/Prescott Street
  • Neighbourhood
    St. John's
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Bistro, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ross Larkin/Celeste Mah
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine
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