Portlander Bar and Grill
(Corner of Featherston & Whitmore Sts)
Wellington City 04-498 3762
Portlander has 5 tasty burgers, $12 takeaway…
- Mon – Sun 6am – 11:30pm
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
The Portlander Bar & Grill takes a unique spin on the grill-house concept.
Local, seasonal, cultivated.
And being located where land meets sea, The Portlander adds a touch of ‘wild’ to its ethos.
In summary: “We’re about superb cuts of meat, prepared to perfection and finished in style. Bloody rare and rather well done – it’s the ideal place to eat meat and greet.”
Legendary as Wellington’s best steakhouse.
And by the way, Portlander won the Excellence in Customer Service Award at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for 2013.
35 Reviews for Portlander Bar and Grill
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Loved the whole experience and food, and would happily return again – we can be picky diners (when we try), but could not fault a thing! 5 star without reservation.
Visited September 2013
What we had was truly an gastronomic delight. It was beautifully presented and the lamb so perfectly cooked, that it just melted in your mouth. It had to the very best Rack Of Lamb dish I had ever tried. Top marks goes to the Chef who cooked this beautiful dish!! Our other two friends choose a one of the many grilled steak selection. From what I could see, he enjoyed but his wife didn’t initially…….as her medium-rare steak came out really blood-red “rare” and she struggled to eat it. To their credit,the restaurant chefs re-cooked it for her and she was then able to enjoy it better. We also ordered a portabella mushroom side dish as well and this was really yummy….it really complemented our meal. Their desserts was really lovely also. My choice was the Coconut and lime panna cotta served with pineapple, chilli salsa and a mango sorbet at $14.00. Summing up, a really great restaurant with really great food!!!
The second best steak I had in the whole wide world, with a very, very good house wine to match. Suffice it to say I’ll go back – ostensibly to collect their business card, but really to enjoy myself.
I ordered a 200g rump for lunch. It took 45 mins to get to me, and it was over cooked on 1 half, and under cooked on the other (which I didn’t think was actually possible). I also ordered a potato dish with it, and it was cold, dry, like it was from the day before, heated for half the required amount of time in a microwave.
We all had oysters to start – some raw and some tempura. Both equally delicious (though at $6 an oyster on the pricey side). The tempura is the best I have had – light and tasty and didn’t overpower the taste of the oyster.
We all had a 200g Wakanui eye fillet – cooked to perfection. Very very tasty. The best steak I’ve had in Wellington. You definitely need to order sides – the steak comes with your choice of sauce – and that’s it. We had the beans, beetroot, boulangere potato, fries –and we recommend them all.
Our friend was brought a (complimentary) tiramisu with a candle in it by the waitress and a few of them sung happy birthday to him. They had also added four macaroons for us. A very nice touch.
The desserts were great. The tiramisu was so good our birthday boy had three! I had the poached pear which was delicious; the sauce was very sweet but blended well with the filo and ice-cream.
I was initially reluctant to dine here as thought it was just a “regular” hotel restaurant – with no atmosphere. How wrong was I. We were lucky enough to sit in the booth seat which gave us privacy and a nice ambience. The food is really very good. We have been to some of Wellington’s top restaurants and the food at Portlander is up there with the best.
We can’t wait to go back. It was a fantastic night.
We started with a beer and some shared entrees, and the quality of the food was good, tasty hot, and enjoyable.
But the dirty plates hang around, while the staff take our main orders and, the plates stay while the staff disappear. The water carafe is non-existent and wee tumblers are empty.
The mains arrive – steaks of course. Each and every one of them is cooked correctly, and the servings are as described. Food is good. If a little pricey.
The sides start to arrive, there isn’t much room on the table with all the dirty starter plates, but the staff find a way to ignore the plates and get everything on the table .. and then disappear.
Getting a bottle of wine and a couple more beers sounds simple – if you can find any wait staff. Eventually – after 20 minutes – this is accomplished.
Mains are good … we finish them … enjoyed with another beer and/or glass of wine. But the plates are not cleared (none of them) and no one comes to see if we’d like to order from the desert menu – and we were keen for the cheeseboard.
Fully 60 minutes after we’ve finished our mains a waitron does inquire about whether we’d like desert? Although we can barely see her over the mountain of plates. We decide on a few coffees – OK then – and off she disappears ignoring the plates. Coffee does arrive and by some miracle a plate or two is cleared – but only to make room for the cups.
The rest of the crockery is left there, and as you might imagine after a good steak meal – it’s not a pretty sight to see.
So for Friday lunch – in a restaurant that was busy – but not full – the serving staff have managed to ignore a basic tenet of restaurant service for over 2 hours. Well done Portlander – you’ve snatched a potential 4-5 star rating and turned it into 2 Morestars with service that was shambolic and non-existent for most of the time.
I liked the décor, I liked the food, but the service was so poor that there is no way I’d take a business client or family member there.
Visited February 2013
Decided to give the lamb one a try. It was delicious – pulled lamb cooked in duch fat – just delicious!. Ordered some fat cut fries. The fries was deeply disappointing paid $7 for the fries and got 6 fries. Would have been better if they ofference more fries.
Must admit that the service was pretty slow
Food service was very slow, oysters au natural had been left sitting under the heat lamp as part of the seafood platter. they were straight Nelson pacific oysters rather than Cleveland or some of other excellent types currently available.
They then delivered the wrong steak….
Once the steak arrived it was pretty good – everyone else thought theirs was excellent. Mine suffered from a quick cooking and no standing time as they tried to correct the order quickly.
Portlander has set themselves up at the premium steakhouse end of the market, but don’t deliver. Staff were generally untrained and inexperienced (although the maître d’ did his best to put things right at the end of the night – didn’t charge for a meal and gave us a free bottle of wine.
Visited September 2012
The standard of the food was excellent and the place was buzzing on a Wednesday night. We are looking forward to trying other options from the menu next time because every dish was a hit.
Visited September 2012
For $40 I expect to get something pretty amazing. My wife’s lamb was small and neither of us thought it was a special dish. My steak was even more disappointing – I have had steaks that cost about half the price that I enjoyed more. While we were eating our mains one of the waitresses came around with a carafe of water. My glass was almost empty and the amount of water in the carafe did not even quarter fill my glass – I have to wonder she bothered, as she did not come back and top up my glass. We were so disappointed with the mains we decided not to have any dessert.
While I paid for the meal my wife went to the bathroom. While I was waiting for her, one of the waitresses asked if I had settled the account. After I said yes, she said yes waiting for me to reply again. This was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had and I would not recommend this restaurant.
Visited September 2012
The service was great, the waiters and waitresses looked after us well and were well mannered.
Overall the atmosphere was positive and we all had a great time! Definitely keen to go back there
Last Friday myself and the lads from work wanted a few beers after a long busy week at work.
Great atmosphere within the bar and greeted with very friendly bar staff. We got served at the table all night, not once did we get up to order… Great!!
All staff were talkative and polite and very friendly.
We all decided to stay and grab a bite and portlander did not disappoint. Amazing steaks, all the lads enjoyed it.
Great service all evening.
Nice to see a place cater for large groups, families and couples.
Il be back with the mrs soon
My partner and I arrived early into Portlander and where greeted by a young lady who was stood on our side of the bar, wearing a little black dress and heals, she smiled at us and said relax take a seat and she would be right over, and she was within seconds, we had a drinks menu presented to us and some water we sat down in the comfy arm chairs and relaxed. After ordering cocktails the friendly server talked to us about our day, and what plans we had for the weekend, the host was lovely she then brought us a menu to look at while we sipped our drinks. The Cocktail the “Maroon 5″ was delicious, great flavours and also the earl grey tea cocktail which was so so good, light, fresh, and elegant -Yummmmie!!
In the restaurant we had a lovely little table by the window and able to have a good look around. It was great being able to see the chefs work and use the restaurant like an extended kitchen. I saw one chef come out with a bowl to grab some Oysters from this huge open fish display.
The staff are great here, so talkative and helpful i was asked if i have any questions about the menu and then my served told me where different cuts of steak were from and what wine goes with different foods “Amazing Service”
Breads to share, 2 great entree’s and then 2 steaks… not just any steaks, mouth watering, fantastic and perfectly cooked tender steaks. I had the the T-bone and my partner had the Sirloin. We got to choose our own sides: mushrooms, beetroot, rocket salad and gratin potato and sauce. We were told can create our own meals. Hand on heart best food iv had in ages.
We only managed to squeeze in one desert to share, the apple crumble it was so good better than my mums – that’s hard to beat.
Huge thank you to Portlander, staff were great, service was spot on and fooMored was top notch – i will be back!!
Visited June 2012
Visited June 2012
Visited July 2012
We ordered cocktails and these were impressive and delivered promptly. They were delicious and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
My steak was cooked exactly as ordered and the side dishes of mushrooms and the salad were very good value as they were far too much for 1 person. I ended up sharing them with my fellow diners. My husband’s side dish of the hand cut chips was absolutely stunning. Our desserts were beautfully presented and equally mouth watering.
Our future in-laws were from Auckland and are also in the food business and they were suitably impressed.
We look forward to returning with our next batch of out of town visitors so we can show off our high standard of culinary culture in Wellington.
My wife and I had the Wakanui Sirloin Steak, I like mine medium and she likes her medium rare. Both our steaks were cooked to perfection. I also had the hand cut fries and they were massive, but delicious.
The service was extremely prompt and we could have a conversation with a normal tone of voice.
My experience was a wonderful one and I would definitely return
The Chef and his team certainly know what they are doing, it shows in the outstanding service and fresh, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented food.
Visited June 2012