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.
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
Check web site.
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: 8553995327
Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Portofino Ratings and Reviews
Not a good experience. Portofino had a ...
Not a good experience. Portofino had a 2:30 PM reservation listed, which I accepted. However, the restaurant stops serving at 2:30 PM. I arrived within the 15 minute grace period, but the Manager would not serve me and my guest. Said they had a hard close at 2:30 PM. My question...then why have a 2:30 PM reservation time?!?!?!
The veal meatballs were not great and we ...
The veal meatballs were not great and were initially served lukewarm. The tomatoes in the tomato-mozzarella salad were not good. Overall I was disappointed in my meal. The place itself is very nice and the service was very good.
Celebrated a friend's birthday at Portof ...
Celebrated a friend's birthday at Portofino's. Sat outside on the beautifully decorated patio with flowers in abundance. Service was outstanding. When I made the reservation, I mentioned it was for a birthday. At the end of the lunch, our server came out with a tiramisu dessert with a birthday candle! Pleasant surprise! Food was delicious ...we had the chicken Caesar salad on flatbread. Our favorite!!!
This is my go to restaurant for any special occasion. Highly recommend to everyone seeking an elegant but friendly dining experience .
I love going to Portofino's for calamari ...
I love going to Portofino's for calamari and bruchetta. Went there during restaurant week. I ordered the calamari and a Caesar salad. My date ordered the restaurant week special. Our food was delicious. But, the bruchetta was not as good as it usually is. I think perhaps because it was one of the special choices and had perhaps been made ahead to get a jump on the crowd. The house wines white and red were more than adequate and the atmosphere and noise level allowed us to have a conversation - thank you.
I felt the service was sub par. Our waitress did not offer bread until we asked for it though it was being served immediately to other tables in our vicinity by other wait staff.
I will continue to go to Portofino's, but won't be in a hurry to get back there.
We were celebrating our wedding annivers ...
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had requested a table in a quiet, secluded spot, which we obtained. The staff was efficient, but not over-bearing once we indicated we were not in a hurry. Our entrees were excellent (both specials of the evening), and the complimentary tiramisu was delicious. We've never been disappointed when we've dined at Portofino in the past, and this evening was no exception. Highly recommended.
Our dinner experience was mixed. One of ...
Our dinner experience was mixed. One of us had the bruschetta, which was creative in its presentation and delicious. The other had the goat cheese salad: a few bits of cheese, a few nuts, a lot of bagged greens. For entrees, one had the pork chop--delicious sauce, baked just right to a bit of pink. The other had the wild ramp pasta: an overly large serving, with a bland sauce tasting primarily of garlic. The menu lacked the most interesting features of the one on the OpenTable site--needs to be updated. Lexington offers other, better restaurants. for the price we paid, we probably will not return.
Portofino does it every time. Outstandi ...
Portofino does it every time. Outstanding northern Italian cuisine, superb ambiance. Quiet. In good weather, the outdoor dining area is quiet and well-decorated with flowering and other greenery. Wine list is extensive and the bartender knows how to make great drinks. Always a winner.
Overall my husband was very pleased with ...
Overall my husband was very pleased with the bourbon selection, and our dinner was fine however the service was very slow. We waited almost 40 minutes between our soup/salad course and our entrees. It seemed as though the outdoor patio was understaffed because our waiter was clearly busy but unable to service everyone in his area. We might consider returning for a drink but will likely not return for a meal.
Wow oh, WOW!
The next time we are in Lexington, Portofino will be on our must list. The food was fabulous and beautifully plated. The service was first class. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations. Everything was fabulous from start to finish.
The food here is always exceptional! Our ...
The food here is always exceptional! Our waiter was kind, courteous, and knowledgeable. The menu is a little pricey but well worth it. I had the Ravioli Di Casa and my friend ordered the risotto of the day. Both dishes were cooked and flavored to perfection. The portion sizes here are large but they are perfect to be shared.
Always enjoy eating at Portofinos. The p ...
Always enjoy eating at Portofinos. The proprietor, Wayne Masterman, is a congenial host and runs his restaurant in a relaxed, inviting manner. The food is amazingly delicious. Try the ravioli with sage butter! To die for!
It is a very nice place. I ordered the ...
It is a very nice place. I ordered the scallops and they were $39 for 4 large scallops, not sure if that is a good deal or not but other than a small amount of garnishment that was my full meal. My date had a pasta dish which looked more filling. Otherwise the place is great!
Portofino's is a great dining experience. We love the ambiance of the old building and the downtown scene. The service is truly special and the food is always amazing. Connoisseurs will love the wine list and the creative upscale menu that has been created by a very talented staff. This restaurant is a sure bet!
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.