Brutti's
Brutti's

Brutti's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bruttis.com/
  • Phone: 757-393-1923
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Megan King
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Brutti's specializes in Catering... Corporate Breakfast Lunch and dinner, emergency and mass feeding, banquets, bar & bat mitzvah's, funerals, weddings,rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, brunches, receptions, cocktail parties ... full service award winning catering, personal chef services,Restaurant buy outs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brutti's
Our dining room has a warm, comfortable feeling as well and you can hear jazz here on weekend nights. Breakfast and lunch are served daily and dinner is available six nights a week, so the restaurant serves both business and casual crowds. Our neighborhood bistro offers an upscale menu and delivers great food and friendly surroundings. Outdoor patio, take-out, jazz entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Brutti's reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating2.8
  • Food3
    Service2.9
  • Ambiance2.5
    Noise LevelModerate
33% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (4)good for groups (1)neighborhood gem (1)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Reunion Brunch
    JeffH
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Every three years, this is how the high school reunion ends, brunch at Brutti's. Excellent food as usual.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first time eating here. It is also a comedy club. We ordered the mussels and truffle fries for our appetizers and then ordered our entrees, which we never got to. The truffle fries didn't taste like truffles at all and the sever explained that it was a truffle oil. I have had truffle fries with truffle oil and you should be able to taste the truffles! Even worse, the mussels were ice cold! We decided that we didn't want to take the chance of sending them back and were nervous what our entrees would be like, so we left. Only plus was that our glasses of wine were heavy pours and inexpensive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wasted Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I had made reservations here a week before we actually went there. They were closed when we got there. Not after hours and we missed it. CLOSED.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Third time, Not charmed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Sunday brunch buffet, so many of the meat dishes were dry. It looked like a clearance sale on leftovers to make room for Monday delivery. Flies dropping from the ceiling onto the buffet plates. The friendliness of the servers almost made up for the poor food quality.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brutti's
    ChefSkip
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I had a reservation for 18 people for 7 p.m. Staff acted surprised to see us when we walked in. Told us to sit where ever we wanted. Place was empty at 7 on a Friday. Servers took at least 10 minutes to get our drinks. AT the time there was only 6 of us at the table. They then told us they couldn't split the check into more than two. Steve the bartender was the only bright spot of the evening. I had the mushroom burger and it was cooked perfectly and was actually very good but my wife had the pizza, which arrived 10 minutes after everyone else's food, and it was mediocre at best....and this place has a brick pizza oven. WTF Overall experience. Pretty bad. Would I come back? Probably not.
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  • Disgusted
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    There were flies from the entry way. Large roach was crawling on the ice container. Staff was very unprofessional and not very clean. They used their bare hands to wipes spills and then wiped it on her clothes ( pregnant waitress did this). There were broken plates on the buffet like that was normal. My fork was old. The gentleman making omelettes had a fly that was stuck to his shirt. He wiped it off with his glove and never changed the glove. Gentleman sitting people came over to man the carving station without washing his hands or putting a glove on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't think I'm coming back...
    eatinginptown
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We were the only ones in there and it took a while to get our food. They also got my mom's order wrong. They fumbled around a lot trying to remedy that situation. At the end they offered everyone free dessert...I don't know the whole situation put me off and the food was good but not dazzling. I just can't believe all of that happened in an empty restaurant!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the Brutti's reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    LoveLocal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Bruitti's for a special occasion and unfortunately did not have a good experience. We had to wait before being seated because the computers had been down and they were not able to produce checks for the previous diners. We waited downstairs where it was uncomfortably hot. While I recoginize technology sometimes lets you down, once we did make it upstairs and were seated, alot of the food had run out and was not replenished the entire length of our visit. The food that was available was not warm. I had high hopes for this visit but unfortunately Brutti's did not live up to my expectations.
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  • Terrible staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    They ran out of plates on the second floor. We waited 15 minutes for plates before I went down stairs and picked up 30 plates for everyone. When we arrived they were out of eggs. 1.5 hours later when we left they were still out of eggs. Only saving grace was the French toast.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Foodieplusone
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our first time to Brutti's and brought my mother for Mother's Day. What a disappointment considering you are paying almost $25 a plate and there were four of us in our party!!!! It was hot inside, crammed into a table with one way out because the next table was so close to ours. Felt like we were sitting on each others laps. The waitress didn't explain to us how the buffet was set up, got our drink order wrong and we had to wait to catch her to get refills when she walked by. There weren't labels on the food telling what it was and when asked for more biscuits, they came out of the kitchen COLD! Most of the food there was luke warm at best and was either low or had not been replenished. Will NOT be going back there again.
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  • Sunday Brunch
    pudnop43
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Sunday brunch is WONDERFUL. The food was fresh. The chairs are a little out dated and need to be replace.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better last year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This year wasn't as good as last year. I came here for Easter last year and we got there at about 9am and the food was great and plenty of it. We came there this year for Mothers Day at 11am and there wasn't much food left, it didn't taste fresh, and there weren't really any desserts left. It just wasn't worth the money this year like it was last year. I think that no matter what time it is, there should be plenty of food and it should be fresh. I wish it was better because I was really looking forward to it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheCov
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We love this place! Great brunch. No longer a secret.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What difference a year makes
    Honestdiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I've eaten here for lunch and dinner in the past and enjoyed it. My recent trip was not a good experience. They ran out of calamari before 8, messed up my order, and the service took forever. I don't know what has changed in a year but there needs to be some improvement for the dinner service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday Brunch
    pudnop43
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was okay. I thought the Saturday brunch would be the same as the Sunday Brunch. I was mistaken.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brutti's Brunch is Best!
    Birthdayvisit
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Brutti's Sunday Brunch is the best brunch in the Tidewater area. While the area is a small, but comfort place, the food and service is always a great place to go on Sunday morning/afternoon. Plenty of excellent food, the omelette is perfect, and the service is always friendly and ensure that you are ready for more.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    CyndyB
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Unfortunately, Brutti's has coasted downhill...almost empty on a Saturday evening. Due to tunnel tolls? After we ordered wine from the very brief wine menu, the server suggested we try the house chardonnay, Fireroad (hmm, no house wine listed). He brought a sample:heavy grapefruit. Oops--the menu lists Fireroad as a sauvignon blanc. They'd kept the door open (hot day), so the restaurant was warm; he tried to turn on the fan but couldn't find the outlet. Had to ask 3 times for utensils for our companions. Our Caesar salad was fine. "Jumbo lump" crabcakes had no lumps, lots of filler & shell; seared ahi was good. The sauteed spinach was excellent. Of the 3 desserts, we chose the carrot cake which was overly sweet and too moist.
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  • Great place in Olde Towne
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great place for evening dining. We also enjoy Sunday brunch!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    PTownDiner
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    A fixture in Old Town Portsmouth, the food is great, as is the service, and if you're lucky, the owner will greet you and regale you with fun banter!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Easter brunch.
    EasterBrunch
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I simply could not have asked for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    eaten here several times, noisy,close atmosphere but charming ambiance. Good food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    angieb
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went to Brutti's for Easter Brunch. When we arrived we waited at least 15 mins for the hostess to get to her station. When she finally arrived she checked in one person at time. They seated us next to a table that was not cleared off and took at least 20 mins before they came to clear it off. When they did, it was the hostess who did it. The brunch wasn't bad but the roast beef was so tough my mother couldn't cut it at all. I had been to this place before for brunch and thought we would try it again. Very disappointing.
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  • Fair Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We waited at the podium in line for 30 minutes despite having a reservation. Then the hostess couldn't find us a table right away, again despite having a reservation. Food was good. Drinks (bloody mary) were way to spicy, could not drink them.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brutti's Brunch
    2foodnuts
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went to brunch Easter Sunday before church. The food was great but pricey for breakfast food. It is pricey even for a buffet lunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a business lunch
    EN12
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I had heard several good things about Brutti's but hadn't been there yet so when I had the opportunity to pick the location for a business lunch in Portsmouth I thought we should try the place out. I love that they have all of their menu items online so I could share it easily with all of the attendees and had online reservations. Also the lunch menu was diverse enough that everyone easily found something to order, and the food was served quickly and as ordered. Our server was excellent - our waters were always full and he was attentive to requests for more napkins, condiments, etc. Look forward to coming back sometime for dinner!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wasn't open..made reservations
    travelers
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Wasn't open..made reservations on open table for dinner on tuesday night. Unfortunately found our when we got there found out they sre only open for dinner on weekends.. bummer
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • . Reservations were incredibly
    luvptown
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    . Reservations were incredibly easy to make online.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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  • Brunch rocks!
    SarahM
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I've had brunch at Brutti's twice and found it to be consistently great: the food, the service, the atmosphere. It's a bit crowded and there's a lot of traffic because of the brunch line. For the price I was disappointed not to see homemade desserts, but it's a small glitch in an overall great way to spend a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for what you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Too expensive for what you get. I had a lot of friends reccommend the place to me stating how good it was. i was very disappointed. They were doing a mardi gras theme. It was not good. The food had no flavor for a brunch. Rice was mushy...Not worth the price to me.
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  • Glass ware was dirty. Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Glass ware was dirty. Restaurant smelled moldy. Food and service was average.
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  • Decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    This place on just decent and overpriced for the buffet. Old decor. I may consider trying something other than the buffet.
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  • Great
    TheSpot
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I frequent this restaurant for bruch. This was the first time we had dinner and it was spectacular. We plan on doing it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Disaster
    bag007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    At first everything seemed really nice, it had a romantic setting and everyone else's food looked good. The waiter was friendly and attended to us frequently but not too over assertive. The beer selection was good, but the mixed drinks seemed watered down. The Valentines day menu was not offered online, so I had no clue it was a $70.00 bill just for the food till I looked at the very limited special menu. The chef was terrible. The chicken was hard on the outside and certain spots of it on the inside were questionable if it was cooked all the way through, the salad only taste like onions, the cocktail shrimp came with no sauce, and the dessert looked like a bunch of thawed out fruit smashed and put on some white cake, which was soggy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service outshined the food
    vhoyt1980
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were a little disappointed to find out that there was only a special menu for Valentine's Day since we had picked what we had wanted to eat beforehand, but it didn't stop us from dining. The waiter we had was EXCELLENT, and his service made the night a very enjoyable one. I can't really critique the restaurant on food really since we didn't have their regular menu, but the desert was phenomenal. I'm sure we'll try this place again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great go-to place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The national oriental brush painting society held it's 50th national exhibition in Portsmouth. We used Brutti's for all of the lunches (30 people each day) for 5 days and also held the banquet (88 people) on Saturday night. Every day the food was different, tasty, on time, great service. Feed back from all attendees was very positive. Working with the staff for the banquet was very professional. Food was excellent, audio/video set up was perfect, everything was on time. I would recommend and work with Brutti's in the future
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Went for brunch with a party
    Tastee
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Went for brunch with a party of 5. Had the lamb from the carving station. I was a bit surprised that the lamb (and beef also) is presented rare and the cook finishes it off to your preference in a frying pan... but it was very tender and delicious. The area we were seated was in the back, close to the kitchen and it felt like we were not in the restaurant but more in the service area. I have eaten at Brutti's 3 times and the food is never disappointing. The french toast is superb. The vegetarian offerings are very creative and tasty. Lots of offerings, something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new years party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a very good night at the restaurant on New Years Eve ! Buffet was good and our server was very friendly and gave us great service throughout the night .
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Change of the Times
    usna75
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Brutti's used to be the favorite restaurant for my wife and I while we were dating and even after we were married. It was a quiet, romantic place with a great wine menu, food and service second to none where the owner and his wife would great(and know) returning clients by face if not by name. Then they "expanded" to the upper 3 floors of the building. After opening the "new Brutti's" the only thing that has remained the same is the quality of food served. Service and ambiance just aren't there anymore and I find that very disheartening. Have now had to look for a new place to replace it as our special event restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good but the
    TheVisitor
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    The food was good but the meal service needed help. i didn't get my salad before the pizza which is only logiical. The pizza tasted good but was not piping hot. Now it could have been as i sat and watched my pizzza sittng on the counter. My salad was not brought until i called another member of the wait staff over to ask for it. there was only a few people in the restaurant. I asked for it to be served so they made a salad. i don't kow what they were doing but it didnt seem like it cooking and waiting tables.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • badexperience
    BadExperience
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone. My family and I went this past Friday and the service was horrible. Our orders was messed up 3 times for lack of food (twice) and ordering from the wrong menu. It was our servers second night on the job so you would think that the owner or more senior employees would've helped out but they didn't. Also, two couples walked out for the slow service the restaurant provided and I wish we had too. This restaurant didn't deserve our business period.
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