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Portofino features an inventive menu of Italian and American cuisine. Located in a beautifully renovated building on Main Street in downtown Lexington, KY, Portofino has an elegant interior design, a menu with the highest quality ingredients, and an extensive wine list. The menu offers fresh food from local producers as well as the best ingredients from around the world. Portofino has earned the Wine Spectator Award seven years in row, from 2003 through 2009 and is proud to offer such a rich and varied selection. The staff at Portofino is committed to providing their guests with the finest dining experience possible.
Lexington, KY 40507
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Nat Tate, Rob Nathanson & Jordan Noel
Private Party Facilities:
Thank you for considering Portofino for your function. Business luncheons and dinners, rehearsal dinners, special events or celebrations, weddings, receptions, corporate outings, lectures, demonstrations, cocktail parties and holiday parties can all be accommodated.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 399-5327
Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Portofino Ratings and Reviews
Of the three entrees at the table, all were marginally edible. The red snapper and the salmon were overcooked, much like the texture of corrugated cardboard. Another had the Italian Hot Brown and ate only a third of it. It was mostly bread and had little flavor. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Excellent meal! Wife and I went there for our anniversary. Started off with a drink at the bar and the bartender was very friendly- gave us some ideas about cocktails. Excellent caprese salad for a start, followed by two excellent main courses and crem brule for dessert. Server was wonderful and the meal was a great experience!
Portofino is a long-time, tried- and-true venue. It's perfect for the romantic night out, business dinner or fun night with friends. The restaurant has a cozy patio and seating to accommodate anything from romance to business discussions. The food is always delectable, and the wait staff is experienced and very professional. We have been going to Portofino for years, and it just gets better and better. An extra plus: the restaurant's location is very easy to access, and the parking is convenient. For newcomers or visitors, this makes the experience very relaxed from the very start!
What a surprise! Not your everyday Italian,which is so nice. Not over the top,but amazing service and food. From winter bruschetta to salad to pasta to dessert coffee and everything in between,I cannot say enough. Just go...you will not be disappointed!
The food was wonderful rosoitto & salad! Disappointed in our service- slow to get our drinks & order - then we were served both salad and entree at the same time. I would definitely go back, hoping it was just Nord night.
Lunch on a Friday while visiting Lexington - my aunt and I enjoyed a fabulous lunch after enjoying a day in Lexington. The reviews sounded too good to be true but we were pleastly surprised. Our waiter, Tommy G was awesome and had great recommendations for us. I had the Marsala Meatballs which were "melt in your mouth" incredible. My aunt had the Marsala Chicken which was also tasty. With our cappachino we shared a caramel salt cheesecake, another recommendation from Tommy, that was wonderful. The atmosphere was great and the service eaten better! I can't say enough good things about our experience here.
Took a chance on this place and it did not disappoint! The atmosphere was festive, fun cool vibe. Patrons of all ages were there so that made it a great people watching night too! Food was lovely!!! Friendly staff. We'll be back before we leave the area!
David our waiter was outstanding! My parents were in from out of town, he made them feel so welcome and had us laughing from the start. They know good food and wine and we're impressed with his knowledge. He helped pick the perfect dishes! Best meal my parents had in years they said! Thanks David and Wayne!
First time visiting and was for my birthday. Great selection of bourbons and wines. Food was spectacular and portions were enough for two. Only issue, for the style and price, the service was ok, but small things, like asking for bread 3 times, slow service and not asking everyone else about wanting parmesan cheese after one of us got it. Also, added expensive wine to tab that we never got as they were out. Should have double checked the bill.
I recently dined here to give Portofino's a second go of it to see if the food would be any better. The first time that I dined with Portofino's was in September with some friends that treated me to a birthday dinner here. I was served rotting pork from the special of the day; that made me very sick. The manager then guaranteed us all that since the birthday dinner did not go as well as expected that we could return, the 4 of us to dine again, all I needed to do is call in and let her know ahead of time. I called three times with no call back from anyone to confirm a table. I had to resort to OpenTable to get a reservation and then when my party arrived at the restaurant the current management informed me that the previous manager was no longer employed and at first the lady I spoke to was not going to do any sort of accommodation for the situation. She then ask another person at the restaurant and they then said of course the would oblige my request and sat us. After dining again the food was not that good and another one of the people I was with ended up getting sick after the service. They also did not take care of the service for the 4 of us as they agreed in September. Each of my friends paid for their meal again and was disappointed. Needless to say I would not recommend this restaurant, nor would I return to such rude management of a restaurant. They also have bullet holes in the windows taped over with tape. Too say that I am not impressed with this so called 5 star restaurant or their management would not begin to be the phrase that I want to use. Please save yourself the troubles and don't spend the money on a bad experience. However the server that we had was the same lady that helped us last time we visited this decaying restaurant, she was the silver lining in this visit, as she was very professional and remembered us from last time. I thank her for her dedicated resolve to quality unlike her management and the head chef of this restaurant.
Was very delicious and relaxing after a full day at Keeneland. Had the entire patio to ourselves, a great glass of wine and delicious pasta. Had forgotten about this place for a couple of years and what a warm welcome it was to revisit! Will be back again soon!
Nice old building with original wood floors and exposed brick. Unfortunately we were in the secondary dining room and it was rather quiet, only two other tables. I think would have been more enjoyable in main room. That said, nice waiter, very good food, reasonable wine list. Could see going for appetizers and drinks or go hungry for a full Italian meal.
You can always count on Portofino's for amazing dishes, outstanding service and a great atmosphere. The wine list is second to none in this area and the charm of the industrial vintage motif creates a relaxing and enjoyable setting. From appetizer to desert, you will not find a more enjoyable restaurant in the Lexington area.
Had a friend mention this place to me last year but didn't make it to Lexington as planned originally. Because of Open Table we found this place during this getaway and recognized the name. So glad to have made our reservation there, it was amazing! I have been enjoying tasty eats across the country for the last 6 years and this is one to remember. They offered a great dish that included local meats and hand made pastas. The entire meal was to die for and I am still dreaming about how great the overall experience was. The food was delicious, the service was very polite, genuine, and attentive, and the atmosphere was calming. Families and couples were able to enjoy a meal in the same area without annoying one another. Have already recommended this place to others since returning home. Will visit again when I get the chance!
We're regulars at Portofino's, and we're never disappointed. We brought a friend from out of town who's a wine buff, and he was really impressed with the food and wine list. Everyone is pleasant and efficient, the food is wonderful, and they know how to make a really great martini.
Great restaurant! At first it seems it's split up a little weird, but with the ambiance, it works very well. Also cuts down on noise which is nice. Fantastic food! Everyone in my party got a true Italian dish and it was delicious. Our waiter was great, very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. He is very nice and polite. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting a nice restaurant to eat!
Our waiter, Rob V, was excellent!! There were 5 of us, one elderly, and he was patient, fast and helpful. It made our luncheon/birthday celebration special.
We each had something different and all the food was very good- especially the desserts!
One of our favorite places to eat.
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