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
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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: 8553995327
Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Portofino Ratings and Reviews
Everything was excellent!! The outdoor s ...
Everything was excellent!! The outdoor seating was very nice. The food was perfect, wine was fabulous, and our server couldn't have been better!!
Perfect meal and setting. Some of the b ...
Perfect meal and setting. Some of the best soft shell crab I have ever eaten. I was in Lexington on business and wish we had this restaurant back home.
I have been to Portofinos many many time ...
I have been to Portofinos many many times and have never had a bad experience there.
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!
Wonderful menu; our entries were perfect ...
Wonderful menu; our entries were perfectly prepared and presented.
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!
I took my wife and kids there for Mothers Day. The atmosphere and waitress was nice. Only complaint was w1.5 hours e arrived at 5:30 and did not get food until 6:45. The positive was we had a lot to talk about.
Still the best restaurant in Lexington. ...
Still the best restaurant in Lexington. Superb food and presentation. Servers are senior, experience people like one would have at the best restaurants in New York City, etc.
We were on vacation, so we don't know al ...
We were on vacation, so we don't know all the ins and outs of this restaurant's best features. We went there on the recommendation of The Wine Spectator Magazine, and had an enjoyable conversation with the owner. We observed business dinners, groups celebrating, couples at a romantic dinner. The food was outstanding with appropriate sized portions - not huge and wasteful. There were specials in many categories: pasta, seafood, risotto of the day. Too bad we do not live there so that we could return soon.
It was my first time to have lunch at Portfino. My friend will leave Lexington soon in this May. Before she leaves, we could have a good time at the chic restaurant Portfino in downtown. She was satisfied with the food, elegant service, and nice atmosphere. I was, too!
Travelers enjoyed Portofinos
We were traveling for pleasure and stayed in Lexington. Selected Portofino's based on location and TripAdvisor ratings. It was a perfect evening to enjoy dining on the patio which is private and separated from the street. In addition to a good wine and cocktail list they have an extensive selection of bourbon which I was excited to explore. My first choice was unavailable so the waitress recommended the Old Medley 12 yr which she said was local and not well known but a good value. I ordered it with the ice ball and it was smooth and a great choice as I like to sample new labels. For dinner I had a simple soup, Tuscan Bean, and salad, Goat Cheese and Walnut, both of which were quite good. My wife had the cheese ravioli and the taste she shared was excellent. For desert we shared a bourbon-maple cream filled Cannoli. And I tried their Bourbon Coffee liquor with the Cannoli. You may notice the Bourbon theme here which was my choice but certainly not the only reason to try Portofino's. The service was a bit slow because they got an unexpectedly large crowd at the dinner hour. Our waitress apologized repeatedly which was completely unnecessary in our case. We had plenty of time and enjoyed the beautiful evening on the patio and took advantage of the slower pace to savor the rich and varied flavors of our meal.
Pretty good for a date
Had a nice time there. Food was good though it didn't stand out compared to similar restaurants. Atmosphere was really nice. My wife and I were celebrating an anniversary and it was a nice venue for that. Waiter was very attentive. A nice walk to other areas downtown.
Great food and ambiance but service was ...
Great food and ambiance but service was slow, especially getting started, even though it was not completely full.
Beautiful night for dining on the patio. ...
Beautiful night for dining on the patio. Our food was all great (seafood of the day and ravioli) and our server was delightful. She was knowledgeable, personable and attentive without hovering too much!
Traveling, in Lexington for one night.
Restaurant was lovely, service excellent. It was a nice night and the outdoor seating was great. Food was... OK. I little disappointed.
Great Service, Wonderful food.
We had a party of 8 and at a few hours before we could not get but 2 tables of four. When we arrived we asked if possible to be seated close to each other and they put us at two tables next to each other which worked. Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was really good. I would definitely go back.
Always a wonderful experience!
We never visit Lexington without visiting Portofino's for dinner during our stay. Been dining here for the past 5 or 6 years, and the quality of food and service never disappoint. Always a wonderful experience and our evening wouldn't be complete without a visit from Wayne, the owner of Portofino's, who is always attentive to our needs and a pleasure to talk to. Will be returning again in May with friends on Derby evening!
Kearn was an excellent waiter and excellent suggestions regarding the menu. Portofino is a quiet, very clean, enjoyable dining experience. The overall vibe was finer dining with a laid back/non arrogant atmosphere. This is the best Italian dining I have found in Lexington and I will be returning. This is our new "place" to go when visitors want Italian dining and/or an excellent wine list.
A very disappointing evening.
We have been dining at Portofinos since shortly after they opened. I have always rated them with 5's across the board. For many years, we have traveled to Lexington for the Keeneland spring meet. For many years, we have included Portofinos as one of our reservations to make early so that we were not disappointed. This year we got a reservation but we were very disappointed. We waited at least 45 minutes between salad and entree. Our waiter was not to be found. When he finally appeared and checked on our order, he announced that our order was up. My risotto was wonderful but my husband's halibut was dried out. Perhaps under a heat lamp for too long. Maybe we will have better luck next year.
Always enjoy dining at Portofino's .
Always enjoy dining at Portofino's .
Great service. Food was not seasoned pro ...
Great service. Food was not seasoned properly, but it was still very good with added salt. Great atmosphere. Great waiter.
My wife's Favorite place in Lexington. T ...
My wife's Favorite place in Lexington. Take advantage of the weather and enjoy the patio!
Lexington has Italian!!!
Ok, so we're accustomed to the best NYC and NJ has to offer and were a little skeptical that Lex could do Italian the right way...well Portofino certainly did! their homemade pasta was exceptional, service was great, and we vowed to come back the next time we are in town! Good job Portofino!
A so-so experience
The restaurant ambiance was very nice. It was quite and pleasant. The food did not match. My husband's paella was over cooked and dry. He did not send it back because we were with people that recommended the restaurant. My ravioli was very good but I got the marinara sauce because the waiter recommended it instead of the regular sauce since I have a garlic sensitivity. It tasted good but he was wrong about not having much garlic. We started with Bruschetta which barely had any topping-mostly bread. We got a cannoli for dessert and it came out ice cold, the shell and everything was ice cold. Obviously made ahead of time and not let to thaw. I am not sure about our guests, they did not say anything at all.
Great place for entertaining out of town guests
We have lived in Lexington most of our lives but had never been to this restaurant before. Although it's downtown, parking is easy - directly beside the restaurant. We were seated in a room with a fireplace and the bench seating (with pillows) was very comfortable. The selection of cocktails and wines is extensive. I had one of their signature martinis and he had beer. We skipped the appetizer and had the apple walnut goat cheese salad which was wonderful. I had the lasagna and my husband had the short ribs. Both plates were huge, too much for one person. The deserts sounded wonderful but we were too stuffed to partake. Over all it was a wonderful dinner for $80 including tip.
My first meal at Portofino was a little over four years ago, and it immediately became my go-to special occasion restaurant. In the past year or two, however, the food and service has just seemed so-so, not the wow factor I remember from prior years. Just my imagination? Who knows. But for the price, I feel like there are now better options out there.
Perfect Valentines Day!
Perfect combination of atmosphere, good food, great wine selection and excellent service. it was worth to leave home under snow to have a great dining experience.
Atmosphere and Food were good, great wine list. Very enjoyable.
Best lasagna I've ever had. Got the Ragu ...
Best lasagna I've ever had. Got the Ragu sauce.
Overall a good place for occasions
I have been to Portofino several times, they have some really good food there and the servers are always friendly. Unfortunately, this last time I tried something new and did not like it very much, but everybody has different tastes. Overall the experience was good and I would recommend it to friends.
Great place for a special dinner.
This was a great place for our Valentines Dinner! It was my wife's first visit. I have been a few times for business dinners, so I decided to take my wife there. It's now her favorite Italian restaurant.
We've eaten here many times for special occasions and we have never been disappointed. Excellent atmosphere and food. Great Valentine's Day dinner choice.
Excellent quality food. Eat soup or sal ...
Excellent quality food. Eat soup or salad and dinner, and skip dessert.
Always Excellent Food.
This restaurant never disappoints. I highly recommend Portofino.
Nice evening out
We had a fantastic meal, well - paced great service, in a great setting at Potofino's. We ordered a prosciutto plate, well accompanied, cheese to go along with, and an olive plate - a great start paired with a great regional Italian white wine. Entres were specials; 18 oz bone-in ribeye that was the best steak I've had in Lexington, hands down, and blue cheese polenta accompanying the dish that was extra flavorful and a great accoutrement. The char special was delicious as well, with a cream sauce that was very, very good. Topped off with a caramel cheesecake, Portofino delivered across the board - 5's all around with a nice, quiet, romantic setting. Hands down one of the top three restaurants in Lexington, and at the top of my list! Highly recommended! Cheers!
Evening with VIPs
Prior to our UK basketball game, three of my friends and I wanted to enjoy a nice dinner. Portofino is not unfamiliar to me and several others in the group, but was a pleasant surprise as to atmosphere, food variety, food flavor, and top notch service. Very nice. We'll certainly return.
Love the ravioli. And, friends lasagna ...
Love the ravioli. And, friends lasagna looked awesome. Start with bruschetta!!
Good variety of dishes and a nice atmosp ...
Good variety of dishes and a nice atmosphere. Also a nice variety of wines.
Great Dining Experience
Portifino's was a great dining experience. The food was excellent and the service was very good. The price was no more than any other fine dining restaurant. This was our first time to eat there and I would definitely go back.
After not eating at Portofino's for seve ...
After not eating at Portofino's for several years, we have eaten there twice in the past couple of months and had excellent meals! Coincidently, we had Tom both times and he was wonderful. The first time we had a table by the window and the atmosphere was vibrant and cheerful. This time we were seated in the basement room and it was not as pleasant but still enjoyable.
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