We have never been disappointed coming here for dinner! Our absolutely favorite item is the shrimp scampi in the sourdough bowl. As an appetizer, two of us completely de-construct the entire thing, sopping up the last of the sauce with the last of the bread! I understand the menu is changing in January. We hope this item isn't removed. Porta Blu (in the Hotel Nia) is a beautiful venue... take the time to walk around the outdoor courtyard and enjoy all the incredible design details throughout the building. Food is wonderful. Service is superb.
Food was too salty. Sent back and returned as salty. Eggs benedict too overdone.
The food was much too spicy. Only one item on the menu (chicken) was seasoned normally . Everything else was full of chilies.
Very dry burger. Will not come back
It is a lovely location and the service was superb, but the food fell short. The soup was almost I edible salty, the fries were delicious but had a dangerously high level of salt. The burger was disappointingly overdone. No return in our near future.
beautiful and easy to talk and visit. too bad you are always out of candy.
Good day Lynne, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you can come back again soon!
We had a late dinner (9 PM) after a meeting. The restaurant is very eclectic in decoration and use of space, interesting views in all directions and some fun decor. We opted for a meal of small plates: tomato basil soup, rich but not heavy, scampi in a lemon cream sauce served in a bread bowl, a garlic flatbread - more like a pizza with arugula on top, you squeeze roasted garlic out o bulb to put on top, and ahi poke which had a delicious sweet soy sauce on it. We had a little too much bread in our choices, but there are lots of other choices. The staff was great very polite and friendly. My one disappointment was the wine prices which seemed a bit high. We did enjoy a bottle of Imagery Pinot Noir which was light and paired well with all our choices. Small plates were well priced we thought.
Good morning Paneb, Thank you so much for the detailed review, we are so glad you were able to join us and have a great experience. Hotel Nia is part of the Autograph Collection of Marriott which means we are exactly like nothing else. Reading your comments made us thrilled to know you enjoyed the lovely details that were inputted. We hope you can join us again and maybe next time have a nice cocktail in our courtyard! Until next time, Almminscky
The food is very good - just not extra special. But the ambience and the service is why I would come back here.
Hello NSingh, we are thrilled you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon!
I’d like a little more variety in the menu for main plates, but there was a great selection of small plates/appetizers. The Thai chicken wings were great, crispy and flavorful. We also really liked the scampi in the sourdough bowl, great way to enjoy the extra sauce.
Good day MenloGuy, Thank you for your review and time. We appreciate your feedback and will relay your comments to our culinary team. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Almminscky
Come here quite a bit for business. Appetizers are always a big hit. Farm to table menu is seasonal. Some of our favorite staples are the avocado hummus, flatbread, and garlic fries. Bar has a fun vibe and bartenders are always attentive.
Good day Nelma, Thank you so much for your amazing review and for spreading the word about our Restaurant and Lounge. We hope you can join us again soon to provide you the service you deserve! Warm regards, Almminscky
Good food, excellent service and great lunch ... easy to have a good conversation. Fun sharing food.
DermotN, thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us! We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed the service and lunch. We hope you can stop by and visit us again! All best, Almminscky
My husband and I had a lovely lunch here. We shared the cheese plate and a strawberry salad. We also had coffee drinks which were great. We sat outside and it was really peaceful and a pretty environment. I’d love to return for dinner and brunch sometime. The grounds are really nice. It’s a great spot & a real gem.
Good day Ruby, We appreciate you taking the time to review us, and are thrilled to know you enjoyed yourselves. We hope you can join us again and maybe even enjoy a nice cocktails outside in our courtyard! Until next time, Almminscky
The only negative was not getting our parking validated. With the $$ money spent on dinner a $25 parking fee was outrageous. The waitress told us only valet parking was validated. Seems inconsiderate for those who parked their own cars.
Hello Cecilia , Thank you for the review and time. We do appreciate your feedback concerning parking. As the parking lot next to us is not part of the hotel we are not able to validate, however we do have a wonderful valet service that is happy to assist in parking your car and you get 3 hours complimentary for dining with us at Porta Blu. We hope you can give us another chance. Kind regards, Almminscky
It was not clear where we should park because they only had Valet parking so we parked in a garage next to the hotel thinking it belonged to the hotel because it didn’t say anything on the facade. It turned out to be Facebook’s parking lot and we ended up spending $20 for parking when we could have gotten 2 hours free if we had valeted the car. It wasn’t clear what the best option was and for that reason I would not recommend going to this restaurant and getting caught having to pay $20 for parking. We were there for three hours and 3 minutes and the extra 3 minutes cost us another $5.00. The hotel itself did not have a parking lot that we could use without using the valet and we didn’t know that at the time. Very disappointing. The restaurant and the food were very nice, but not outstanding in any way. The drinks were extremely expensive - not worth the price.
Hello Natha, we are very sorry to hear that this was your experience while dining here. We appreciate your feedback and welcome the opportunity for you to give us another chance. We do have a wonderful valet service that would love to assist you in parking your car , and receive 3 hours complimentary while you enjoy yourselves at Porta Blu. Feel free to email us with any questions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org o m
Love this place, close to my office and the ambiance is great. They were Very accommodating as our group had grown. A bit pricy but with it.
Thank you for your review, We do appreciate you spreading the word. I am glad you enjoyed your experience with us and for bringing more of your team over. Kind regards, Almminscky
My friends and I enjoyed the ambiance, the service and it was so nice of the manager to stop by and say hello. We all enjoyed meeting him. My only disappointment was my entree, the lamb shank. I asked if the meat fell off the bone which is how lamb shank should b served. It did not and there was no lamb flavor to the meat. The meat had no flavor at all. I brought what was left of the shank home but when I opened it in the light, it was all fat. I tasted it again but again, there was no flavor to the meat.
I will come back and hope the next entree I order will not be disappointing.
Hello Lily, Thank you so much for taking the time to rate us! We truly value your feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves. Our menu has gone through some changes, we hope you will come back and join us again! Best, Almminscky
Great cuisine. Parking is challenging.
Good day Homer, Glad to hear you enjoyed our cuisine! As for parking feel free to join us again and use our complimentary 3 hour valet service, all you need to do is get validated with the server at the end of your meal!
This restaurant features Mediterranean Cuisine, although it is clearly someone’s “take” on Mediterranean food.
Nothing authentic. The food lacks the simplicity and purity of ingredients that Mediterranean food is prized for.
We ordered the waiter’s recommendation for our appetizer, supposedly their most popular, the baked buratta. The buratta was drowned in so much carmelized onion, bacon, and balsamic vinegar, that they might as well have used American cheese. The buratta, was ruined. The menu is limited, the portions small and the combinations weird.
Not rushing back.
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It was pretty expensive for the quality of food. Wine list especially pricey. Setting is lovely.
Hi LAWM, We do value you taking the time to rate us and give us your feedback! We will be sure to relay it to our team, hope you can join us again in the near future. All best, Almminscky
Great experience, restaurant is very inviting, food was artfully plated and cooked perfectly. Ordered the burrata and the shrimp starter to share, both very flavorful. Then the black cod and trout sandwich for mains, great portions, flavors and textures. All very good, we will be back.
Thank you so much for your outstanding review! We are so glad you chose Porta Blu in your option to dine. It is wonderful to know about your great experience ! We can’t wait to see you again soon for another outstanding experience! Have a wonderful day! -Almminscky
We had reservations for Sunday brunch at 10:30, but they had a large group and could not even think about seating us until at least 11 a.m. Why take a reservation at 10:30 then?
Hi Rick, I am sorry to hear about your experience , and will communicate your feedback. I do hope you can join us again in the near future to give us another chance. Warm regards, Almminscky
Good appetizers, disappointing entrees. Bucatini were bland and, at the same time, with too much lemon taste. The cod was well cooked, but was missing salt and flavor. Dessert good but not noteworthy.
Hi Lucia, we are disappointed we did not meet your expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, we will definitely address your concerns with our culinary team. We hope you can give us another opportunity to share a better more positive experience. Please contact Almminscky.belluscio@Hotelnia.c om with your information and further details. Sincerely, Almminscky
Great place for drinks. Ambiance was great but food left a little something to be desired for the price
Good evening Rick, Thanks for your review we do appreciate it! I’ll go ahead and share your comments with our culinary team. We hope you can join us in the near future! Best, Almminscky
Service was great, not very crowded. We both wanted the lamb but we were told it was sold out so I opted for the bucatini pasta which was a dry with little flavor, a bit disappointing . My significant other ended up ordering the steak which he said was very good; I had a taste and it was very flavorful, cooked perfectly. He also ordered the "marbled potatoes" which was a waste…just some baby potatoes with a little oil for sauce but no real flavor, could not taste romesco or cilantro. That said, we will definitely go back and try Porta Blu again!
Good evening MP2SM, Thank you for your review! We'll be sure to address your feedback internally and we hope you can join us again soon! Kind regards, Almminscky
I find that hotel restaurants are a bit of a gamble, and I've found that to be the case on what are now three occasions I've been here. Hotel, restaurant and grounds are beautiful, and the food is good, which makes up for some of the "amateur"-feeling way the restaurant seems to be run. Several bumps during our most recent visit (e.g. not bringing our salads/soups until they brought our entrees; the server not bringing me a credit card slip even though my credit card was on the tray, but instead let me inadvertently sign for it thinking I was a hotel guest and needing to circle back with me after the fact to resolve my tab).
The menu and ambiance are enough to get me to keep trying them, but perhaps with just some moderated expectations.
Hi DavidM, We greatly appreciate you taking the time to rate us and give us some valuable feedback ! We will continue to work to become better and give you the 5 star service you deserve! Until next time! Many thanks, Almminscky
Bad food. Everything was overpriced. Would not go back there again.
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Food and Ambiance was wonderful. My only constructive comment, is right after we were seated the server asked for my credit card, which was a bit off putting. I felt like there was a question, I was a risk of not paying the bill. I would have preferred them asking for my credit card at the time I made the reservations not when I just sat down at the table. In addition the server wasn’t very attentive. Although the person pouring water was on top of it. To me service is as important as the food, especially on a special occasion like Mother’s Day.
Thank you for your feedback DiningDiva. We hold ourselves to the higher standards for service, based on your description we apologize you did not catch us at our best. We do hope you can join us again and get both food and service with the 5 star service you deserve! Best, Almminscky
Service was a bit slow. The food and cocktails were good, but a larger selection of mains or specials would have been great. If their menu doesn’t change, I might have have to get the same thing next time I happen to visit , which isn’t ideal.
Hello HappyEater, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It is unfortunate to know you had challenges during your time with us. We strive to offer quality food and service. We will be sure to discuss your review and concerns moving forward. We hope you can give us another opportunity to provide you a better experience. Kindest regards, Almminscky
New addition to Silicon Valley. Indoor and outdoor seating outs. Great vibe for work HH and drinks/dinner.
Good day VaITY, Thank you for taking the time to rate us and choosing us for your happy hour, and hope you can join us again in the near future! Kind regards, Almminscky
The ribeye steak was one of the most flavorful and tender steaks I have had at a restaurant and was a rather large steak, too! The service was great, our iced tea has ice cubes made from tea, and the honey shrimp as an appetizer was great!
Good day Topher , Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us! We appreciate your compliments regarding our dishes and iced tea! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to seeing you back soon! Kind regards, Almminscky
We were excited to try Porta Blue for my husband's birthday. The restaurant itself is beatifully appointed and has a mix modern/traditional Mediterranean decor. Menu selections we're limited. No specials. As a starter, I ordered the Butternut squash soup which was lukewarm, lacked complexity and the overall flavor was bland. For entrees, our party of six tried the ribeye which was fine but not fantastic, the lamb shank was dry, chicken was good but the accompanied arugula and veggies we're so salty they were inedible. Mushroom ravioli was cold. Food was mediocre at best. Sadly, I don't see us coming back.
Hello LiveLoveLaugh13, I am very sorry to hear that this was your experience while dining here. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, we will definitely address your concerns with our culinary team. We hope you can give us another opportunity to share a better more positive experience. Please contact Almminscky.email@example.com m with your information and further details. Warm regards, Almminscky
Delicious but expensive
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I met a friend for a birthday lunch. The food and service were excellent. Complementary valet parking was a plus. The ambiance is OK; decor is ecclectic with rugs and doors (!) hanging from the high ceiling. Prices were higher than I'd spend for an average lunch out but not for a special one. It was extremely quiet but then there was a very light lunch crowd.
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The food was awesome! I wanted my guests from Colorado to experience California cuisine. They were very impressed with the quality of the food and service. The chef came out to greet us and make sure everything was good.
Bunny8Bear, That's wonderful to hear ! I'm glad you all enjoyed the cuisine we delivered for you and your guests! We appreciate you spreading the word for us! Until next time Best, Almminscky
Oyster appetizer was tasty. Chocolate mousse was too dense. Waiter was personable and attentive.
Good day, We appreciate you taking the time to review us and give us your feedback! . We take our food quality and dishes very seriously and will pass this information along to the Chef. We hope to see you next time thank you again! -Almminscky
Valentine’s Day was a gastronomic delight. From creative cocktails from Jose the bartender to an amazing five course dinner from sous chef Luc Elzayek. This is a local gem that we feel lucky to have found.
Good day Bunny8Bear, Reading this makes us very happy and proud of the experiences you have had with us! Thank you again for taking the time to write such an amazing review! Warm regards, Almminscky
We really liked the atmosphere and the bar scene looked good. The food is good, the menu rather limited yet includes, meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian offerings. The 1/2 chicken was very good, worth a repeat visit. The service was slow, it took over 20 minutes to get our drinks, it could be that a larger party our server attended to may have impacted our service. We will definitely give it another go.
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My husband and I were treated extremely well by the staff and managers. We are foodies and found the service and quality of cuisine outstanding. The menu is seasonal and the hand crafted cocktails are very creative. This was a treat and we will be coming back for our anniversary and other date nights.
Bunny8Bear, We are so glad to hear this! We do appreciate you spreading the word. I am glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Almminscky
Server, while very friendly and nice, was unable to be timely with anything. Asked for an additional piece of bread as our appetizer order (for 3 people) came with 2 pieces....received with dinner entrees. Asked for butter since they couldn't make the mashed potatoes without garlic....arrived 3/4 of the way through dinner and rock solid cold. Food was fun but nothing special. Shared Appetizer, main dish & glass of wine came to over $70 per person.
Valet is free and cool/app based.
We are sorry to hear this, PPML, and would like to speak to you further. Would you please send your contact information, including a phone number, to us at Amol.Agarwal@hotelnia.co m We appreciate your business and would welcome the opportunity to make this right! Best, Almminscky