Lexington, KY 40507
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
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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
Tables were much too close together. One of the people in our party was continually hit in the back by the waiter trying to get through even though I pulled the table to the side (and was crowded myself). Food was very good but for a $300 bill for 4 people I would have expected to be comfortable
I have eaten here for years, had rehearsal dinners, small parties, romantic dinners. I have always recommended it to friends and out of towners. I recently took a group of women friends there and it took over an hour to get our food, the food, except for one meal was substandard. My second drink came and was not what I had ordered. We wanted to send dinners back, but they had already made us in danger of missing our theatre time by their slow service. I will not come back.
Classy, quiet ambiance, perfect for Valentine's dinner with my best friend. Our server, Rob, was knowledgeable, courteous, and attentive throughout the meal,and graciously accommodated a slight vegetarian menu change as well as a couple tastings before choosing a wine. Top notch, would gladly recommend and will certainly return again.
My wife and I have dined at Portofino several times and have always enjoyed until this past valentines day. Not wanting to get caught out I made a reservation 3 weeks in advance and they put us in a hallway right next to the servers station. I was very disappointed because the restaurant had several empty tables in all of their dinning rooms. Not worth an expensive dinner if you can't enjoy the experience. Why bother planning a romantic night out if they stick you in the kitchen. Very disappointed and not what I have come to expect of them.
Valentines Day. Host and concierge seemed very welcoming but server seemed either inattentive, distracted, or homophobic. Received water 1/2 hour after requested. Unable to answer wine questions without consulting others. No description of valentines menu options. Take home leftovers weren't bagged as we'd noticed other guests received. Otherwise delicious and lovely evening .
Reservations at 5:45 for our valentine dinner. Server did a good job. Our appetizer same out really quick however it took almost and hour to receive our entrees. Kitchen was definitely slow or backed up guess that was because of the holiday. Over all we had a nice dinner, good service and the food was delicious.
My wife and I were in Lexington for UK basketball game and wanted to top the evening off with a nice restaurant with good food/service. Portofino's did not disappoint. Warm and casual atmosphere. Started off with very tasty calamari. My salmon was excellent and my wife's pasta dish was really good - both were large portions. Attentive service and a genuine effort to please from the host, manager and server. Not a late night place, we had a late reservation at 9:30 and ended up being one of the last two tables there; this was a Saturday night. We wanted a nightcap, but the bartender was politely closing down at 10:45p.m.
After visiting Transylvania U. my son and I took my wife out for her birthday dinner. Service was excellent. I wish I could remember our waiter name to give him his due props! The foo was very good! I would definitely go back the next time we visit Lexington and want a fine dining experience.
I thoroughly enjoy Portofino's every time I go. The bruschetta is absolutely delicious - could eat several servings of it! My main course though, the past few times I've been, is just ok. This time, I ordered their Apple & Goat Cheese salad with grilled chicken. The chicken was tough and I didn't eat much of it. The salad itself was a bit bland. Definitely not a salad I would order again. The dining atmosphere is always enjoyable, and our waiter was attentive and thoughtful.
We had outstanding food at Portofino. The flavors were interesting, somewhat unexpected, and very pleasant. I had the swordfish, and it was the best I've ever had. Cooked to perfection. The waiter was attentive, vibrant, courteous. Staff was on the ball. The ambiance is elegant but lively and fun. This is a special place to dine.
Came here for the first time on New Years Eve. The hostess couldn't find our reservation, but luckily I had a screenshot and was able to give it to her. Our waiter was great. Very charismatic. The food was really a disappointment. The calamari was undercooked and the breading was falling off. They ran out of the menu special risotto so I chose the tuna. It was extremely overlooked to the point of being extra dry. Two of the four people that went with us were served cold food. $12 for a martini is a little much, and it didn't taste as though they used a high quality or even middle shelf vodka. The ambiance is very romantic, however for the price I was very disappointed with the quality.
Our server Rusty was such a friendly person. All of the waiters there went out of their way to accommodate our needs. The owner was walking around talking to people and handing out NYE hats! The food was AMAZING and a good value for this high class experience. Definitely worth every penny!
Tom was our server and was very attentive with a sense of humor. The wine selection is outstanding; one of the best we have seen. Tom obviously loves his work and the restaurant. The owner came by and thanked us for visiting. The décor is interesting and they obviously put a lot of effort and money into it. Highly recommend Portofino when visiting Lexington, Kentucky!
Not a weak note - service wonderful, food fabulous, extensive wine list. The best bruschetta we've had, a must every time we go. Last visit, great filet and tuna entrees but we are seldom disappointed. For a special night out, this is one of our go-to places.
I'd been before with my wife on Valentines day last year and it was great. We went for her Birthday last week and made reservations for 12 people about a month in advance for 7:30. We didn't get to sit down until 8:30 because there was another group ahead of us and apparently they only have one table for larger groups. The bartender was rude, I ordered sesame tuna (sashimi style) and it was really dry. I'll admit everyone else's food looked awesome, they all ordered different types of pasta. It's a decent spot for a date night if you order pasta. Not recommended for a group. Our server was really good by the way, she wasn't the problem.
Very comfortable atmosphere, great for conversation while having a great meal. Service was attentive, food was just right, and the dessert was killer. When we were finished we asked if someone could call a cab for us, a gentleman at the front asked where we were headed and proceeded to insist on driving us to our hotel himself! It turns out it was the owner! No wonder everyone was so nice, it starts at the top! For being 2400 miles from home, we felt like we were home!
Overall was very pleased. My only complaint would be the hostess was rude and gave us the worst table. Now if there are no other tables available I understand, that wasn't the case. When I asked if we could sit somewhere else her attitude was as if I had inconvenienced her which is why I say she was rude.
The food was tasty. The ambiance is nice ( an Italian white table cloth kind of place) but the service was incredibly slow. The server was very nice and we enjoyed her but it took forever to get our food. There were only 3 of us and we were almost the only ones in there and we only ordered pasta, mussels and a salad with salmon. It took 2 hours. Overall, I like portofino - I would certainly go back. But, I was irritated with the speed given the circumstances.
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