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140 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HT, England
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

** Fair disclaimer - I prefer less salt than most people I know - as such your mileage may vary ** We stumbled on Porta on our way out of Chester, knowing nothing about it, and decided to pop in for food. The restaurant is fabulously atmospheric - very cosy and compact, filled to bursting (downstairs anyway) with only around... More 

Thank Dan H
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Porta on a friend's recommendation and we're so glad we did. Porta's 'small and intimate' gives a very authentic feel, the staff are great and the food was brilliant, loved it!

Thank Cryzlepop
north wales
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away down a small side alley off Northgate street, we have passed Porta so many times, promising ourselves we would try it out. This we did last night and very glad we did. It is small, but perfectly formed! It has a very welcoming atmosphere , two floors with just a few tables on each level.the lighting makes it... More 

Thank wackojackoNorthWales
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped in for an hour in early December, small but perfectly formed with seating on two levels, both overlooking the food prep area where you can see the magic happen. Really great tapas menu with regularly changing specials. Great sherries and a couple of cheeky cocktails to choose from, This matched by excellent service makes this one of Chester's best... More 

Thank The3rdEarl
Chester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit Porta regularly, amazing place and food, never fails to deliver on quality. Quirky premises. A place not to be missed!

Thank sljackson162
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512 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have eaten here a couple of times and the food is nice if you want a casual meal with no fuss. Reasonable selection of tapas nicely presented and mainly of good flavour. Service friendly, generally atmospheric as small and quirky.

Thank toniShanghai
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Went there this weekend and food and atmosphere were fantastic, like that you can't book so it's pot luck but we had about 8 dishes and all were fab, well worth a visit

Thank Steven S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Small tapas place with really friendly staff and a lovely Spanish feel. Food was good and atmosphere good

Thank foodiejent
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived without booking and it was obvious they were really busy. A member of staff greeted us let us know the wait and served us with drinks whilst we were waiting. Nothing was too much trouble I would highly recommend Porta for the relaxed atmosphere and great food

Thank mandythomas1
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

This little Gem is hidden away by the East gate of the Chester wall - so much so we struggled to find it. Its cozy interior welcomes you - especially welcomed on the cold night we visited - as we sat overlooking the Kitched/bar area from the inside balcony taking in all the smells and wonderful food being cooked below... More 

Thank Richy303

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 140 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?