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Portobello Hotel is located in the heart of the Otago Peninsula. It has held its licence and been the watering hole for the locals since 1874. Come and enjoy our stunning views while enjoying a cold kiwi brew or some wonderful kiwi fare. Casual, local atmosphere and dining experience, we welcome bookings, especially in the busy summer season.
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $60
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Reservations
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

Just had a meal at this place and could not have enjoyed it any better. The special was Bluff Oysters. As I had just driven from there without sampling them, as they had none. I was super happy and ordered them as a starter. They...came with salad and chips, but hey ho . They were beautiful with a glass of S Blanc. Followed that with a steak in a mushroom sauce and a glass of Shiraz, and the night was perfect. Great service from the chef and staff. Thoroughly recommend this eatery.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024 via mobile

Beautiful view of the lake. However, and quite annoying- bar tender- blonde female was a tad brisk- then with a 60 dollar lunch, charge us 50 cents for ketchup- which Canadians love with their fries. Came across as super cheap. There is a great fish...and chip place across the road- I would go there next time. Ruined a meal for 50 cents!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024

I had heard so much about Fish &chips in Dunedin, that I knew we couldn’t miss sampling them. Well, we spent ALL day on the peninsula on 4 tours visiting all of the wildlife and conservation tours that we could. To avoid going all the...way back into Dunedin, which is nearly an hour drive, we chose to stop in Portobello for dinner. The fish and chips were amazing! It’s cod with chips and salad. The cod was phenomenal, but the salad surpassed it for me. Granted, I’ve been lacking veggies on vacation lol!! My husband ordered the lamb burger and it was outstanding as well. They had cider and lemonade (alcoholic) on tap and they were perfect and refreshing. The service and atmosphere was great. we highly recommend this to everyone!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 31 January 2024

Great food, and good service. One of our group had the blue cod, and the batter was light and crispy, with perfectly cooked fish. The Cajun chicken salad was divine, and the pizza was lovely. We were too full to consider any dessert….

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

Apparently, I've found my spiritual home. Great food, great beer, great staff, if I can get back, I will............. ..

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 22 May 2023 via mobile

We were recommended to visit this pub by family members who still fondly remembered their visit in 2013 and we are so glad we listened! Arrived in Portobello mid-morning and stopped in to make a reservation for later in the evening. When we ended up...arriving slightly early they were incredibly accommodating and sat us early. The atmosphere of the pub was great, very family friendly and everyone behind the bar was helpful and welcoming. We ordered some drinks and they arrived promptly. The food was the real highlight though! We ordered one of the large pizzas and a lamb burger and honestly they were some of the best pub food I have ever had! They were so good that we returned the next night and again the food was just superb! We did eat in the other restaurant in town too, and while it was lovely if you’re looking for dinner go no further than the pub! I’ll be dreaming about the lamb burger for years to come!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 March 2023 via mobile

Great place,And Great Atmosphere,Right in the Heart of the Portobello Village,We Had a pizza Between Us,And so glad we did Because The Pizza was Possibly the Most Amazing Pizza Ever Super Delicious,We we’re here on a Wednesday night And it was very Busy,An indication of...the popularity of this Establishment,Thanks Tony Bloody Fantastic Mate 👍👍More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 10 February 2022

Seriously someone in the film industry should use this dump and the weird and creepy staff as a set for a spooky movie,Not only do they stand behind the bar and stare at you in a very unfriendly manner their 3 barflies did the same...until they all went back to drinking and staff disappeared out the back.We ordered from the menu which we had to order at the bar and when it arrived the food was ok but nothing special for what was quite an expensive meal.We have however had a good laugh about it so for that I will score them a point.It was an extraordinarily strange encounter with possibly some zombies from the Portobello hills..More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 31 December 2021

We called in to the Portobello Hotel early evening for a drink and to ask if we could order a meal. Cannot rate our visit and experience highly enough. As we walked in the lovely warm and friendly member of staff at the bar made...us feel so welcome. Only wished we did not live so far away and could be locals …. this must be one of THE very best hotels we have visited. Service and food (pizza and fish) was absolutely excellent. In these covid times as the hospitality industry faces many difficulties and challenges, this experience was a masterclass. Highly recommended! Happy New Year to all at the Portobello Hotel and thanks heaps! 😀More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 30 December 2021 via mobile

We called in for lunch during a pretty busy time. The service we received was really good from friendly, attentive staff. The food was delicious and well presented. Well done everyone!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 19 October 2021

The food was fine but honestly I wouldn't recommend you stop here, spend your money somewhere else. The staff urgently need some Customer service lessons. We were directed to a table but when the waitress saw there was 9 of us she said we can't...sit here & pointed to a separate room on the other side of the building, you have to go over there! She was grumpy & very unfriendly. We did stay for a drink & some snacks but honestly were on the verge of getting up & leaving as any request seemed too much trouble.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 8 October 2021

Yes, we were brave enough to have a really great dinner on the night that these to great teams were playing their 100th anniversary game, which was originally to be held in Dunedin but then due to Covid was cancelled. The Springboks lost on the...this night and the waitress did share her condolences :) The food is truly great at Portobello Hotel & Bistro and we were thankful that our hosts (Fantail Lodge) suggested this place to enjoy our dinnerMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 9 April 2021 via mobile

Super rude staff! We went there a few months ago and asked for lunch. The waitress walked to the kitchen and asked if they were still doing lunch. The kitchen swore about the annoying people asking for lunch... they were really rude about it and...then proceeded to bitch about us behind the counter! If you ever go to portobello don’t bother coming here, just cross the road to rics fish and chips or to 1908!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 16 February 2021 via mobile

I had the silver fern farms angus filet steak. It was absolutely delicious. Steak was very tender. The Puhoi aged blue cheese sauce accompanied it very well. Atmosphere was great and service fantastic

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 13 February 2021

Today we visited the Portobello Hotel and Bistro to order takeaway fish and chips for our mother who had just lost her husband a few weeks ago, so decided to take her out for the day. When ordering, we asked the lovely young girl who...was taking our order if we were able to eat our fish and chips at the outside tables. She was unsure and asked the lady with the blond long hair if this was possible (I am assuming that this was the manager). The main hostess replied very abruptly. Instead of answering courteously, she answered our question really abruptly and didn't crack a smile the whole time we were there. She was stomping around behind the bar, like she was on a mission. I pitied the lovely waitresses who worked there who were absolutely lovely and had what is required for the hospitality industry. In my opinion, the hostess needs to go to charm school if she is working in this industry. Needless to say the fish and chips were cooked fast and were lovely to eat. I would just like to say how the main hostess tainted our day and I hope she doesn't do this to other visitors to Dunedin.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Portobello Hotel & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5