The ‘Port opened on May 17 at 2A Post Road West in the National Hall Building. “We wanted to figure out where we can bring our families, watch a sporting event, and have really good quality food, at a reasonable price,” Sal Augeri, the restaurant's owner, said. “We did not think there was another restaurant in town doing all of those things, so why not put all of those things together and create our own restaurant?”
The ‘Port is located in the space formerly occupied by Vespa. The restaurant is situated right near the water, and its large windows allow for a beautiful view. “We all thought that this was one of the best locations in town. This is an iconic building on the water, with great space, beautiful outdoor space,” Augeri said. The walls of the restaurant are hung with paintings and framed Westport memorabilia, such as a photograph of Compo Beach and a Westport Police Department badge. There is also an outdoor seating area, which was utilized by many customers waiting to be seated indoors.
Considering that we visited The ‘Port on their second night open to the public, the service was very impressive. Our waitress was very friendly, and we enjoyed seeing many familiar faces, as many Staples students are bussers at ‘The Port. The food was served very quickly; it arrived in approximately 10 minutes. However, all of our appetizers and our entrees were brought to the table at once, which was slightly overwhelming. We would have preferred our courses to have been brought to us separately, but we were pleased with the service overall.
For our main dish, we ordered the veggie rice bowl. Our waiter encouraged us to add salmon on top as our protein. Although we worried that we had ordered too much food and were hesitant to add a protein, we followed her advice. The bowl contains a mix of fresh vegetables and crispy wonton and had a coconut curry flavor. The piece of salmon was simple and cooked perfectly. However, the dish was a little too expensive, especially considering the piece of salmon was rather small. Without the salmon, the bowl would have cost $13.00. With the salmon, it cost $21.00.