The Port House South William

64a South William Street, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 2
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12- late daily

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  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi

About The Port House South William

Traditional Spanish Tapas Bar located in the heart of Dublin Town, South William St. Offering a variety of Basque Pintxos and Tapas along with an eclectic list of wines, ports and sherries.

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas, Wine Bar
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Monday, 28 December 2020

Due to covid booking was cancelled, but I did go to your restaurant a few weeks back and loved it. Food perfect, staff extremely friendly. Can’t wait to visit again once restrictions are lifted.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 December 2020

Love the food in the port house. Such good value.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 December 2020

Great food. Drinks could’ve been a bit faster but a great experience, will be back

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Place is lovely and quaint! However, was given the wrong dish (which we returned straight away) yet were still charged for. Staff were chatty with each other and not very attentive. Hopefully have a better experience next time! Lovely food and wine.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

We had a fantastic time. Everyone enjoyed the food so much and the staff were all so friendly and helpful. Thank you for a lovely last night out!

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

I received 2 booking confirmation emails and then when I phoned again to confirm numbers they said that I didn't have a booking at all. Service was poor, we had to ask numerous times for our drinks we had ordered.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

We had to wait 30 minutes for our table which we had booked in advance. There was no host at the door to assist the large groups of people looking for their table and the waiting staff running around were quite rude towards me when I was waiting. Once we were sat at our table (30 mins later then the booked time) we had an excellent time. Food, drink and waiting service once sat at our table was very good and we would be absolutely delighted to go back again for this. However, the first 30 minutes for which we had to wait was a disgrace. I would recommend having someone who monitors incoming bookings and ensures the tables are freed for these people. There is also no queuing system for people who are waiting so it became about who could shout the loudest to get a servers attention. This was a very unpleasant start to the evening. Other than this though as I’ve mentioned, the waiting staff once we were seated were excellent and the food was delicious.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

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Visited On Friday, 11 December 2020

Hi there, I am a huge fan of The Port House and I have never had any problems so I have contemplated sending this email for a number of days. I visited The Port House Wicklow Street last Friday at 10:15. When we arrived it was extremely packed however given the day it was totally expected. There was one hostess sitting people which meant we had to queue for the first 15 minutes of our booking. This wasn’t a problem until the manager shouted as us to move back away from the door before the gardai shut down the restaurant. We arrived at our table upstairs and a server rushed over to tell us that it was last orders and she needed our drink orders right then. Shortly after the manager comes over to take the food order. My friends had never been before so we asked for a few more minutes to which the manager responded “girls I need to get this order into the kitchen before it closes”. I work in a restaurant so I completely understand the kitchen has to close at some stage but the way she spoke to myself and my friends was as almost as if it was our fault for making a booking so late. We were talking to a couple outside who had a booking 30 minutes after our time so it left us wondering if the kitchen was actually closing or if they just wanted us in and out as quickly as possible. The food came and it was delicious but the visit was very quick. As soon as we were finished with one glass or side plate someone was straight over to collect it without even asking. I work in a middle tier restaurant on Dame Street that would not be held anywhere near to the same standard as The Port House but this is basic etiquette that I learned in my first restaurant job- you never take anything from the table unless everyone is finished eating. I would understand if we were delaying staff from closing but this was in the first 20 minutes of our visit. By the time we had finished eating the lights were on the staff were putting takeaway cups on every table and collecting everything including food my sister hadn’t even finished eating. The entire experience was rushed, we were in and had finished eating within 40 minutes. This would be something positive if I was grabbing something quickly at lunch time but for 170 euro I would expect to be able to finish my drink without having to put it in a takeaway coffee cup. I really do love the Port House, I was there last weekend in Temple Bar and it was great however this time it was very disappointing and especially because we paid almost 20 euro in service charges and the service wasn’t great- our server Megan was so nice but the rest of the staff were not the same as they usually are. My friends drink fell on the table before she even drank it, we were right beside the waiters service station and nobody came to help clean it up. Also, that drink was on our bill at the end of the visit. I came directly after working 10 hours in a restaurant so I completely understand how tiring it is working at this time but in that case it would be better not to take a booking at 10:15. I have always had positive experiences at the Port House before, but after this one I am not sure if I will return.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

We arrived at 1.10pm for a 1.30pm booking and were asked to ho away and come back despite there being many tables free. When we did return we were seated upstairs at a table immediately beside the door leading up to the toilet. This area was very dark and draughty with the front door open and a noticeable breeze blowing up the stairs. It was so poorly lit that I had to hold the menu up towards the frosted windows at the back of the area to read it. The seating and decor was very underwhelming and not what you'd expect from an establishment in such an area. Another couple arrived shortly afterwards and were seated at the second table over from us and I thought well at least they're adhering to social distancing guidelines but then to my amazement a few moments later another couple artived and were seated directly next to us less than 0.5m away so close that we we had to pull our shopping bags in to let the lady in past us. We felt very uncomfortable about this and asked to be moved which we were eventually. The whole area felt clutteted, messy and untidy with boxes of wine and other beverages shoved in under seating areas and clearly visible everywhere. The food itself was tasteless and very meagre sized portions. We git the pil pil prawns, duck canneloni, chicken wings, 3 trocadero sliders and patatas bravas. The prawns were a ridiculously small portion...6 tiny prawns swimming in an ocean of oil in the tray and no taste of garlic as advertised at €8.50 approximately it was a total rip-off. The 3 sliders burgers were also a total rip off at €11.50 only 1 of which was any bit tasty. Chicken wings were only ok, I've had much better elsewhere, a dip would have been nice to go with them. Patatas bravas and duck were fine but very unremarkable. This restaurant measured up very unfavourably with other Tapas restaurants and is miles behind the likes of Mimosa in Carlow in my opinion.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

We waited 20 minutes for our table even though we had a booking. The hostess was extremely rude and clearly the front of house was out of her control. Other staff were great, food was nice and the atmosphere was christmassy. Unfortunately our not so warm welcome ruined the experience.

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Very attentive and friendly staff serving sumptious tapas in an ambient restaurant that adhered to covid adaptations yet didn't feel clinical nor were we rushed to finish our meal. We'll be back .

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

Had an amazing meal here with a friend. We regularly visit port house, the food and service has always been amazing. One of my favorite spots in Dublin.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

Great service, lovely food and covid precautions were satisfactory

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

I booked a table for 2 instead of for 3 - a week before Christmas and at the height of the Covid restrictions and they honestly couldn’t have been more accommodating or understanding. They accommodated us graciously and we had the most amazing evening. I’ll 100% be back

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Lovely tapas and wine. Looking forward to visiting again

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

Wonderful food and wonderful staff! Love this place.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

Another fantastic night, beautiful food and wine..amazing service , staff are all brilliant at what they do.. keep doing what you guys do best.. best tapas restaurant in Dublin .

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

All staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Perfect dinner!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

We always have a brilliant experience when we go to the Port House. The service is excellent and the food is tasty - especially the churros! We hope to be able to return soon..

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

We have never been let down by the food in the Port House, absolutely delicious

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Place seemed chaotic bathrooms were filthy. food was nice

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Visited On Friday, 18 December 2020

Wonderful service and delicious food that was served very quickly. Friendly staff and a great atmosphere, would definitely book again!

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Visited On Friday, 18 December 2020

Great food, great location, can't wait to to back and try more!

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Visited On Friday, 18 December 2020

Great service and lovely Tapas

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