About Porto Terra
Come visit us for an inviting experience featuring regional Italian cuisine with a Northwest flair. You will enjoy a vast wine selection from the Northwest and Italy. Our entire staff looks forward to making your meal a memorable one.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 12pm, Lunch: All Days: 11:00am - 5pm Dinner: All Days: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On SW Taylor Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, inside the Hilton Executive.
Located a half block from Pioneer Square and the MAX.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
We have a semi-private area that can be reserved. Table for 6 in our private back room or seat up to 20 guests if you have a larger party. Great private space for cocktail parties with standing room for up to 30 people, rehearsal dinners or simply celebrating special occasions - or buy out for 100.
Porto Terra Ratings and Reviews
The food was outstanding and the service ...
The food was outstanding and the service was reasonably good, I have very high expectations when I visit a restaurant like Porto Terra. I would most likely not return to this restaurant in the future even though it has been a favorite over the years. The hostess sat a young woman next to my guest and I with a newborn and a toddler. The children were noisy an ill behaved and the woman spent all her time on her cell phone and at one point had it on speaker. Totally inappropriate and the restaurant staff failed to do anything about it.
The staff went over and above to make ou ...
The staff went over and above to make our anniversary very special for us. The food was fabulous. Each dish was better than the previous one. We split a capresse appetizer which included roasted veggies. Next we had the best pasta bolognese. It was better than the bolognese we ate in Italy. We didn't think we could stop eating the bolognese when the chicken entree arrived. I finally tried the chicken. The chicken was even better. Then came the desserts. Everything was made from scratch, so fresh and flavorful.
We arrived on time at the restaurant and ...
We arrived on time at the restaurant and - together with another couple - were left waiting some minutes. Finally, we were shown to a good table and were looking forward to a nice evening (despite having mentioned the open table reservation and repeated my name twice, the next day open table contacted us requiring a reason for not honoring the reservation; so I had to spend time writing an answer and providing supporting information to vouch our attendance - very awkward!).
Service continued to be literally invisible, several time I needed the help of the barman to get a refill.
Food was not Italian at all! A bruschetta never has cheese on it and a ragu bolognese (properly served with tagliatelle and not spaghetti) never has an far east taste. Nobody has a problem when a chef wants to impose his personal style, but then please make a note of this, e.g. "my bolognese/house style/façon du Chef etc.
NOT SO HAPPY
Went to this restaurant before a concert at the Schnitzer. There was one wait person for a restaurant 90% full. Very busy. She was very curt when we mentioned we wanted to pace ourselves as we allowed plenty of time to enjoy a nice leisurely dinner. Then, of course, I main entrée was very late and we had to rush to make the concert. Upon giving us the check, she said, next time we'll do it my way! Service terrible and very unfriendly. Will never go back. Friends has warned us and they were right.
Never knew this spot was in a big hotel. ...
Never knew this spot was in a big hotel. Served the greatest pasta I can recall having, cooked perfect. Portioned just enough. Depth of flavor subtle to enjoy the nuttiness of the pasta and the dice and cheese stood on their own. Add a touch of cracked black pepper and a few shaves of parmigiana. Finite. Delicious.
A very pleasant surprise
My husband and I had tickets for a show at the Schnitz Saturday night so I looked for a restaurant close by. We had not eaten at Porto Terra before and were very pleasantly surprised with both the service and our meals. The wait staff was friendly and eager to answer our questions. Our appetizer, bruschetta, dinner salad and our entrees, Pollo Marsala and Pasta Bolognese were well prepared and absolutely delicious. We will definitely return.
Porto Terra - Basic Menu
We choose the Porto Terra because of the extensive online menu. We were really looking forward to the meal. We arrive and the restaurant was very empty. Only one traveler and a couple. They hand us a very basic menu that is approximately 1/8 the size of the online menu. The waitress said the online menu is very old. Totally disappointed with the miss-representation, we decided to leave.
Waste of money
Cool looking place inside. Menu, not so great. Small dinner menu with hotel prices but not so special food. Noodles in my food were very undercooked and ended up getting a different kind of food. $19 for a tiny piece of lasagna was ridiculous. And it wasn't even that great. It somehow had less flavor than stouffers. But the best part? $3 gelato. Won't be going back.
A Hotel Restaurant
Decent food. Generous portions. Big markup on wines. Service acceptable. Don't know if it was standard, but the host seemed to be completely over his head... as a result, the restaurant reported to OpenTable that we were no shows. Fortunately, OpenTable was able to set the record straight.
We selected the restaurant for its proximity to the Schnitz and because it was a 1,000 point table. I'd been there for lunch a few times and know the food and service to be very good. The symphony special was a good combination, and the salmon topped with crab meat and shrimp over risotto was wonderful.
A Memorable Evening
Porto Terra is one of those places you will want to return to time and time again. Their bar area is open, but also intimate and warm, the service excellent and the drinks and snacks delicious. My mother wanted a champagne cocktail, and the server suggested something called April in Paris, which was the best champagne cocktail she had ever tasted, and I agree! My dad had a martini that he said was smooth and delicious. Then we were moved to the dining area for dinner and had the best waitress taking care of us, who became almost a family member by the time we left! We are Italian, and rather discerning about restaurant Italian food, but what we had here revealed that the chef knows what he is doing. My mother, especially critical, said that both the lasagna and the Tiramasu for dessert were as good as anything she had in Italy. My dish made with butternut squash was yummy, and my sister oohed and ahhed over her pasta dish (sorry I can't remember the name of it!). My husband enjoyed his chicken dish, but my father did say his steak was not as tender as he likes, so that was the only negative. The wine list was great and what we ordered was wonderful (a little expensive by the glass, however). Best of all was our server, who was engaging, attentive, and a joy to talk and laugh with. If you want a casual yet also higher end and fun place to spend an evening, this is an excellent choice!
Lunch at Porta Terra
I've always had a good experience at Porta Terra, until this last time. Service was slow even though the restaurant was empty. We didn't get water, even though diners at other tables did. The pizza was out standing, but the chocolate cake was dry. The server had recommended it as being incredibly moist. Disappointing.
Great service, very small portions.
The hostess was nice & we were seated promptly. Our server was wonderful & very friendly. The food all came out in a very prompt & exactly how we ordered it.
We were seated in the north end of the restaurant, where no one else was. It was quite cold, as there was an exit door about 20 feet from our table. And it was used often by employees for smoke breaks. When the food arrived we were rather stunned at how small the portions were, considering the cost of the meal. The same was to be said about the other two courses.
I want to make it clear, the service was GREAT! But the value for the portion size was disappointing.
Festive atmosphere but mediocre quality & service
Came here for Christmas dinner with my daughter. They had a lovely jazz trio playing, and the place looked really lovely and lit up for Christmas. However, overall this was very disappointing, One of the appetizers (coconut shrimp) and one of the desserts (bread pudding) were tasty. But everything else was pretty poor. The salad was basically undressed. The prime rib was cool and fatty. Mashed potatoes were hard. The cheesecake tasted as if it has been lifted straight from a freezer box. And the service was extremely slow. It took us two hours to get through our dinner - people seated at the same time as us finished at least 30 minutes sooner. I was never offered a refresh of my drink and did not get the glass of champagne that was promised with the meal. Overall a huge disappointment.
Our waiters were fantastic. Serenaded my grandmother for her 96th birthday and sweetly chatted with her all evening. She had a GREAT time.
I haven't been here in several years. Food used to be marginal and unremarkable. Dinner tonight was great! Presentation was excellent.
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