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The Porthole at the Bayview Hotel

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2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 2073 4100
07:00 - 23:00
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St. Maarten-St. Martin
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Top Notch. Don't miss this place if you are on the north coast. Fantastic. Easily the best scampi I've ever had but all the dishes were great.

1 Thank irishsid
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I would not recommend dining here. We ate all 3 of our dinners here and we were disappointed each time. I will say that the mushroom soup was fantastic and the burger was fine but all else we tried was unfortunate (steak was grissly, goat cheese farts were boring, whitling and chips was mushy). I'd recommend heading into one of... More 

Thank Stephenie A
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food well priced staff excellent except when we arrived at desk to be seated we were ignored by staff member who continued to work on computer not a good ad for restaurant

Thank Margaret C
Kendal, UK
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good service, wide and varied menus and a comprehensive wine list which was treasonably priced. Bar menu also available.

Thank Elspeth O
Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had lunch here. We both had scampi and chips which was delicious. Freshly made and not frozen products! It had a varied menu, service was quick and staff were polite and helpful. Would recommend.

Thank Brian L
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding views over the bay , tremendous food and great service , really can't speak highly enough it was just that nice , starters , mains and breakfast the next morning all cooked perfectly . No need to say anymore 5*****

Thank David P
Belfast, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a really nice overnight stay with dinner . Very family friendly. Does exact what it says on the tin. Comfy bed. Super clean. Jacuzzi bath and fab views . Wish we had stayed 2 nights . We will be back

Thank itcrowd
Dundonald, Belfast.
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377 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

During our three night stay at The Bayview we had dinner here each night. Service was the same as throughout the hotel, friendly and efficient. Great choice on dishes, everything we had was really tasty and well presented. Portion sizes were good and the prices reasonable. Breakfast each morning was of the same standard, freshly cooked to order, with the... More 

Thank 2020vision
Craigavon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

We had breakfast and evening meal in this hotel .Both were very good although thought breakfast Buffet could of had more of a variety.

Thank dorothymacqueen
Belfast, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

went to another hotel close by to the bayview hotel and the price of their food was so expensive we walked out, we were greeted by a member of staff as soon as we opened the door,very helpful and nice. we asked if we could have a table for dinner and she quickly checked and said in about 5 minutes... More 

Thank robert w

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$43
British, Irish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Antrim  >  Bushmills  >  Portballintrae
  • Phone Number: +44 28 2073 4100
  • This restaurant is at Bayview Hotel
A FEEL FOR THE OLD WITH A TASTE OF THE NEW The warmth and intimacy of the Porthole Bar & Restaurant provide the focal point of the hotel where you can watch the world go by with the backdrop being the dramatic Atlantic Ocean. Relax by the open peat fire with a pint or in our lounge with one of our specialty coffees. The Porthole has the reputation of being the heart of Portballintrae and is a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. With sumptuous cuisine, a excellent weekend entertainment schedule, well stocked bar and wines from all over the globe, the Porthole is the perfect place to sample good old Northern Ireland hospitality in a venue renowned for its relaxed ambiance. WI-FI internet connection is completely free through-out Bayview Hotel.

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