Portalis Wine Shop and Wine Bar

★★★★★
  • 6754 15th Ave NW

    Seattle, WA 98117

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  • 206-783-2007

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I found this place by recommendation from 3 different people at work and am glad I found it. The wines are reasonable ?? but what I really like is that they always have great suggestions for something new and a little different. They respect your price range and just are really friendly.

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★★★★☆

I found this place by recommendation from 3 different people at work and am glad I found it. The wines are reasonable ?? but what I really like is that they always have great suggestions for something new and a little different. They respect your price range and just are really friendly.

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This is a place to stop for a little rest while you're shopping around Ballard Avenue, and ask them for a new wine to try. They're good at asking you what you like and recommending something. They have nice small plates to accompany your wines, including some good cheeses, bread, meat, nuts, olives.

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★★★★☆

This is a place to stop for a little rest while you're shopping around Ballard Avenue, and ask them for a new wine to try. They're good at asking you what you like and recommending something. They have nice small plates to accompany your wines, including some good cheeses, bread, meat, nuts, olives.

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really nice selection of wines to taste onsite and available for purchase. the staff is friendly and helpful. the space itself is beautiful. i love to stop by for a glass of wine or snack frequently. it's a casual spot with no attiude.

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★★★★★

really nice selection of wines to taste onsite and available for purchase. the staff is friendly and helpful. the space itself is beautiful. i love to stop by for a glass of wine or snack frequently. it's a casual spot with no attiude.

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after a memorable birthday dinner at volterra we were looking for a place to have an after dinner drink to top off a perfect eveniing. our server recommended portalis and it was a great suggestion. portalis is a beautiful, cozy place to enjoy wines by the glass or bottle. they have a large selection and were very welcoming. i wish i lived in ballard so i could hang out here often.

2
★★★★★

after a memorable birthday dinner at volterra we were looking for a place to have an after dinner drink to top off a perfect eveniing. our server recommended portalis and it was a great suggestion. portalis is a beautiful, cozy place to enjoy wines by the glass or bottle. they have a large selection and were very welcoming. i wish i lived in ballard so i could hang out here often.

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What a cool bar! I happened upon this place with a few friends recently, and was pleasantly surprised by its cozy atmosphere and selection of wines. The glass list had many wines we weren't familiar with, but the server was friendly and very helpful. My friends ended up buying a case of wine for an upcoming party at a great case discount! The food menu is small, but interesting and delicious. We can't wait to visit again!

2
★★★★★

What a cool bar! I happened upon this place with a few friends recently, and was pleasantly surprised by its cozy atmosphere and selection of wines. The glass list had many wines we weren't familiar with, but the server was friendly and very helpful. My friends ended up buying a case of wine for an upcoming party at a great case discount! The food menu is small, but interesting and delicious. We can't wait to visit again!

Pros: Lots of wine, wine, wine

Cons: Parking difficult

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I had heard so many great things about Portalis, I just had to check it out for myself. When I got there, I even introduced myself to the owner, complimenting him on the cool space and telling him all the great things I had heard about him and Portalis. To my horror, he was pompous and ungrateful - and didn't even offer to help me choose a bottle of wine. He just walked away.
As I wondered through the wine selection, I noticed two things: 1. The selection is pretty darn good, considering the size of the place. But, 2. The prices are far higher than I have seen at other bottle shops. Seems to me that this guy thinks he is too cool for school and that his customers will pay a premium just to be in his presence. I will not return.

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★★☆☆☆

I had heard so many great things about Portalis, I just had to check it out for myself. When I got there, I even introduced myself to the owner, complimenting him on the cool space and telling him all the great things I had heard about him and Portalis. To my horror, he was pompous and ungrateful - and didn't even offer to help me choose a bottle of wine. He just walked away.
As I wondered through the wine selection, I noticed two things: 1. The selection is pretty darn good, considering the size of the place. But, 2. The prices are far higher than I have seen at other bottle shops. Seems to me that this guy thinks he is too cool for school and that his customers will pay a premium just to be in his presence. I will not return.

Pros: Selection

Cons: Prices, Attitude, Parking

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delightful spot: rotating monthly menu from wine regions of the world is unique and delicious. Nice selection of wines (many by the glass as well) and friendly staff. Great way to spend an evening any day of the week.

2
★★★★★

delightful spot: rotating monthly menu from wine regions of the world is unique and delicious. Nice selection of wines (many by the glass as well) and friendly staff. Great way to spend an evening any day of the week.

Pros: great wine, good food

Cons: can be crowded, parking

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On a stretch of Ballard Avenue just past the trendy shops and next to a pretty little pocket park sits a place worth seeking out. Portalis Wine Shop & Wine Bar's relaxed atmosphere & hoppin' tunes will lure you in from a hot, sunny afternoon, a cold rainy night or anything in between. Well stocked wine racks separate the wine shop from the intimate bar area where an extensive list of wines by the glass and a "small plates" menu await you. Don't know much about wine? Not to worry, there are no wine snobs here. The expert staff is happy to be your guide, asking about your likes and dislikes until they find your particular palate pleaser. Looking for something to go with dinner? Tell them what you're having and they'll pluck the perfect bottle from the shelves lining the weathered brick walls. Free wine tastings on Sunday afternoon add to the fun. The wine list and regional menus change regularly, as does the artwork by local artists, so come back often, claim your stool & settle in for the evening.

PROS: Friendly knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere & a huge selection.
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5
★★★★★

On a stretch of Ballard Avenue just past the trendy shops and next to a pretty little pocket park sits a place worth seeking out. Portalis Wine Shop & Wine Bar's relaxed atmosphere & hoppin' tunes will lure you in from a hot, sunny afternoon, a cold rainy night or anything in between. Well stocked wine racks separate the wine shop from the intimate bar area where an extensive list of wines by the glass and a "small plates" menu await you. Don't know much about wine? Not to worry, there are no wine snobs here. The expert staff is happy to be your guide, asking about your likes and dislikes until they find your particular palate pleaser. Looking for something to go with dinner? Tell them what you're having and they'll pluck the perfect bottle from the shelves lining the weathered brick walls. Free wine tastings on Sunday afternoon add to the fun. The wine list and regional menus change regularly, as does the artwork by local artists, so come back often, claim your stool & settle in for the evening.

PROS: Friendly knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere & a huge selection.
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We went down to Portalis for a glass of wine and ended up calling friends and making it a 4 bottle evening. Very good dishes! The staff was engaging and fun. The back bar wine selection was well above average! I am saving the best part for last... on Wednesday nights they nix the corkage fee (which is normally $11, a fair price) and you can enjoy any wine in the house, at retail. I would guess they have over 200 to pick from. We had a ball and we will be back!

2
★★★★★

We went down to Portalis for a glass of wine and ended up calling friends and making it a 4 bottle evening. Very good dishes! The staff was engaging and fun. The back bar wine selection was well above average! I am saving the best part for last... on Wednesday nights they nix the corkage fee (which is normally $11, a fair price) and you can enjoy any wine in the house, at retail. I would guess they have over 200 to pick from. We had a ball and we will be back!

Pros: friendly staff, tasty dishes, great selection

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Recently shared a bottle and a cheese plate with 3 friends. The selection of food & drink was excellent. The one beer on tap was SO tastey (Stone IPA). Servers rotated to help us but never skipped a beat. The entire staff was very cool and friendly.

A nice bottle of red, 2 beers, and a large cheese plate was $56 + tip.

LOVE the roasted almonds to snack on. Nice change from the typical chex-mix.

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★★★★★

Recently shared a bottle and a cheese plate with 3 friends. The selection of food & drink was excellent. The one beer on tap was SO tastey (Stone IPA). Servers rotated to help us but never skipped a beat. The entire staff was very cool and friendly.

A nice bottle of red, 2 beers, and a large cheese plate was $56 + tip.

LOVE the roasted almonds to snack on. Nice change from the typical chex-mix.

Pros: Service, Selection, Location

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I don't think there is another place like this in Seattle; the wines by the glass are priced well and are not the usual suspects, and they have beer you never see at a bar (e.g., Hair of the Dog Adam & Doggie Claws, Vuuve, McChouffe) I also noticed the staff was very knowledgable about wine, but without an ounce of pretension. The retail side ranged from bargain whites to high-end Bordeaux (1990 Chateau Palmer!) It's a really cool concept that seems to be taking off; the place was packed a few weekends ago.

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★★★★★

I don't think there is another place like this in Seattle; the wines by the glass are priced well and are not the usual suspects, and they have beer you never see at a bar (e.g., Hair of the Dog Adam & Doggie Claws, Vuuve, McChouffe) I also noticed the staff was very knowledgable about wine, but without an ounce of pretension. The retail side ranged from bargain whites to high-end Bordeaux (1990 Chateau Palmer!) It's a really cool concept that seems to be taking off; the place was packed a few weekends ago.

 

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