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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
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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
We traveled in from Chattanooga TN to watch the horse races at Keeneland and this was the perfect meal to end a great day. The egg rolls were phenomenal and I highly recommend the Chicken Marsala. Food was superb and ambiance was great. We sat on the patio under the bistro lights.
Had a lovely lunch with co-workers the other day. Seafood Chowder was to die for and the rest of our food was very good as well. Great service and it was easy to converse since it wasn't crazy-loud like some places are. Surprisingly reasonable prices at lunch time.
8:45 PM reservation on Friday evening.
Service: This was the big disappointment. Apps took 15 minutes and then dinner took another 1 hour and 45 minutes. While we waited for dinner, the waiter was more or less MIA. Seemed they were lightly staffed but when you charge these prices, that's the restaurant's problem, not ours. Our waiter was nice when he was there, but he never really came back to check on us or offer more drinks (they missed a sales opportunity there!). To his credit, he did give us an extra calamari and rock shrimp appetizer for waiting but became MIA after that and for the better part of the 1 hour and 45 minutes we waited for dinner. We had other plans that night after dinner that weren't to be because of the excessive wait. We were given a decent discount on our bill and were offered free dessert so, kudos to management there. But service was so bad, we will not likely be back.
Food: Rock shrimp and calamari app was good. Muscle app, not so good; muscles were very dry and in need of being coated in the sauce. What little sauce was there was forgettable as it was watered down without much flavor; no bread dipping there. Entrees were good on average. Marinara and cream sauce on the seafood was excellent. Short ribs were forgettable and not very good. Prepared more like a stew with the gravy on it. Better with a wine reduction sauce around the edge allowing one to apply the sauce themselves. Brazed kale did not seem to be cooked to order. No dessert even though it was offered free of charge due to the excessive wait for dinner; we just didn't want to wait any longer for anything.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The menu had several excellent options to choose from, and we liked everything we ate. The pastas were especially good. Prices were very reasonable, with small and large salad offerings. Extensive wine list and we were able to enjoy a very nice bottle of Chardonnay for $50. One of the best dining experiences we have, and we eat out and travel frequently.
Wayne is one of the finest restaurateurs we've had the pleasure of dining with. The meal was outstanding. Try the Veal Marsala meatballs. Wonderful. We were in Lexington for the Yearling Sale and we hope to make Portofino's an annual stop.
Bruce & Kim Canetti
Las Vegas, NV
Dining here is always an outstanding experience. In late August, the restaurant was not crowded in the evening, and fortunately the weather was pleasant and the sky blue and bright. We were able to dine on the patio, which is as intimate an experience as dining indoors at Portofino. The wine selection is extensive, the bartender's superb, the menu extensive and the prices reasonable for this level of cuisine. I have dined at Portofino many times, all of them extremely enjoyable.
Our waiter, David, ruined our birthday celebration. He inserted himself into our conversations; he kept trying to get us to order more food or more expensive drinks; he overcharged us and we didn't realize it until we left.
For a group of 5 special friends, he ruined our luncheon.
If you are ever seated at his table, ask to be moved
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