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PRICE RANGE
US$33 - US$66
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Catalan
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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This restaurant occupies an impressive Empordà-style farmhouse that dates back to the 16C. It features attractive grounds and rustic-style dining rooms...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second time here, the other time being two years ago. This time their were six of us and the experience was just as good as the last time. We decided to eat inside - this being a glass-sided extension at the back...of the main building. The food is creative and excellent. Service is impeccable and the whole experience is totally relaxing and enjoyable.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Joan Carles S, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed your meal, Kingfisher. We appreciate very much your visit and your comments.

Reviewed 8 September 2021 via mobile

We had a great meal here in September 2021. The tasting menu and accompanying wines were good value (€57 & €25), the food was incredible and the drinks and service were great. I wouldn’t be surprised if it receives a Michelin star

Date of visit: September 2021
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Joan Carles S, Other at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2021

We are so glad you loved, Adventure! We are grateful for your wishes, comments and for sharing them. Thank you so much!

Reviewed 20 August 2021

We are annual visitors to this area of Catalunya and try to treat ourselves to a meal at this restaurant each time we visit. The tasting menu and rice menus offer an opportunity to try out some quality, locally sourced products, but with some experimentation...by the chef and his team - resulting in some wonderful flavours. We have followed Chef Joan Carles' journey since eating in his tapas bar (Can Falet) in nearby L'Estartit and continue to enjoy his cooking. Looking forward to next year's visit already!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Joan Carles S, Other at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2021

We are so glad you loved, Lara! I'm so grateful you followed our culinary steps and for your kind words. Thank you so much for your visit and for your comments.

Reviewed 27 June 2020 via mobile

Blown away by the experience at Es Portal. The value for money is impeccable. The staff is the highest quality, the food delicious and the ambience five star, wouldn’t be surprised if Es Portal works their way up to be a Michelin Star restaurant one...day! Thank you for a truly lovey experience!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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JoanCarlesEsPortal, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2020

We're very pleased, Martyna, you had a lovely experience at Es Portal. We appreciate your kind words and your visit! Thank you so much!

Reviewed 30 December 2019 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at the hotel for one night during Christmas and New year and we decided to treat ourselves to their gourmet restaurant. I have been to quite a few good restaurant (see my other reviews) and I am afraid this was...not one of them. First of all, one of the staff member was not very professional. He kept huffing and puffing throughout his service, did not smile until mid meal and he made me feel a little uncomfortable. He became more friendly through the meal but I do not think this is acceptable for a restaurant of that standing. In terms of food, the dishes were hit and miss. I had the foie grad to start with and it lacked flavour. Thank goodness for the fresh truffle that saved the dish. We also had some cepia to share and they were unfortunately very bland and a little chewy. However my lamb was outstanding. So overall quite expensive for the quality of the food and the service. Sorry but I would not go back. However the hotel itself is fantastic!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Joan Carles S, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2020

We appreciate, Temperlilly1, your comments regarding your meal. We are sorry about the situation you describe regarding one of our staff members, and we apologize for it. Regarding the meal, we use first quality products so you can enjoy them in the best possible way...More

Reviewed 1 October 2019 via mobile

We have driven past this hotel/ restaurant many times over the years but have never tried the restaurant. But we decided to go with friends who had been before and were very impressed. I couldn’t agree more. We had a stunning lunch, which was the...45€ set 6 courses (plus two lovely little amuse bouche). For the price it was amazing value and given what the four of us ate, it is certainly Michelin Star standard in my book. Each dish had the sort of flair and creativity we’ve grown to expect from Catalan cooking at the top end. All this and a lovely glass restaurant at the back of the hotel which was light and airy on a (rare) wet day. Service was friendly, professional and ran like clockwork. On top of this we were recommended two really good (quality & value) local Emporda wines. A perfect way to spend a wet lunchtime. Many thanks.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Joan Carles S, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2019

We are glad you loved our restaurant Kingfisher1807, we appreciate very much your kind words. Thank you very much for your visit.

Reviewed 30 August 2019

We have been coming to this restaurant every year for special occasions over the last few years, but will not return in the immediate future. I would say that the quality of the food and the cooking itself has improved over this period of time,...the black rice, the fish, the appetisers, are all excellent, but unfortunately the service is not up to scratch. It's not a question of number, there are plenty of servers, but poor organisation. In our particular case, we had to wait nearly an hour for the first course to appear by which time it was getting late. Subsequently, when the main course was nearly finished the waiters were lining up to serve dessert. The situation was made worse by some senseless haggling about what a 18 month toddler should be charged, obliging the staff to go inside and consult, and return, and haggle again, etc... This kind of behaviour is hardly likely to entice customers to return. In short the poor service drops way behind the excellent cooking, and in this case turned a joyful occasion into one with a rather bitter ending. If you have better luck with the waiters, you will undoubtedly have an excellent time.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Joan Carles S, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

We've been talking to our staff regarding your review posted on August, 30 and we have no record and no one can refer or recalls about your visit. There isn't any review from you in previous years in our restaurant. As for the description regarding...More

Reviewed 1 June 2019

Great location and views over the garden . A light bright , modern glass room. A great menu with some complimentary appetisers. Starters of tuna and salad - both superb ! Followed by the chestnut pork and the cod. Amazing desserts too and a great...wine list. We can't wait to return !More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Joan Carles S, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2019

We appreciate very much, Geraldine, your words about Es Portal Hotel Gastronòmic. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and we'll be very pleased you come back to our restaurant. Thank you so much for your visit and for your rating.

Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

Es Portal restaurant is the perfect place to eat with family or Friends, and even for especial occasions ...romantic meals It's elegant and cosy. It has a very nice garden with a pool. Good food and wines. We'll come back soon.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Joan Carles S, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

We appreciate very much your words josepvidal. We'll be happy to have you again at Es Portal Hotel Gastronòmic whenever you wish. Thank you so much for your visit and for your rating.

Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Overall I think it could have been much better. We love the location with the garden and the lovely old building. The service was friendly, but we had to wait for 30 minutes to get a bottle of water and could order our food. A...couple that arrived at the same time already got the first plate and had the second glass of wine while we had to wait to get something to drink - perhaps with kids you are not on the priority list? Sorry to say this as the waitress was friendly and apologized later, but that is what happened. The food was very good - the shrimp tartar was excellent, the fish very tasty. The vedella (fillet) with foie - medium-rare perfectly timed - except that it has been burned from one side. And this burned taste dominated the dish. A pity as the rest was great inclusive the quality of the meat. Really a pitty ... could have been so much better. And with all the alternatives on this price level nearby ... we found severals without the mentioned “downs”.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Joan Carles S, Owner at Es Portal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

We appreciate your time, Cruiser792457, and your words about Es Portal Hotel Gastronòmic. We are glad you loved the place, the service and the food. No need to apologize, clearly if you had to wait 30' was our fault not yours, that's why your waitress...More

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Es Portal Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4