Elizabeth of Portofino's
Elizabeth of Portofino's

Elizabeth of Portofino's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elizabethportofino.com/
  • Phone: (401) 461-8920
  • Hours of Operation:
    DInner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ray Fiske
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Music in Our Café Thursdays and Saturdays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fair Fax Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot
A word from Elizabeth of Portofino's
Portofino's restaurant, located at 897 Post Road in Warwick, Rhode Island, has been an institution in Rhode Island for the last 25 years.

Elizabeth's Portofino is a place you can come casually dressed and be seated in the cafe, or you can be seated in the elegant dining room which is filled with flowers and candlelit tables. Both share the aroma of the kitchen which is serving hearty ethnic Italian dishes and light fare as well. You can't pass up the roasted garlic served with warm bread and extra virgin olive oil brought to every table. Also, in the warmer weather, come check out the outdoor patio overlooking the cranberry pond. You can order from the regular menu or the bistro menu in all three dining rooms. Come see the old meet the new. Elizabeth of Portofino's is here to stay.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Elizabeth of Portofino's reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (31)romantic (26)fit for foodies (24)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Food is delicate Tuscan not overseasoned Servers are adorable never intrusive; pace is perfect
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice will go back soon
    RIRick
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Busy Saturday night but waitress and food was excellent. Fairly priced nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    NancyJ
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Absolutely fabulous selection, taste & service. Ambience is wonderful. Would definitely recommend and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    mikey
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First time dining at Elizabeth's and we are glad we made the drive from Johnston. Service was great, food was excellent and moderately priced-we had eggplant rollatini and clams casino for appetizers and both apps came out hot and were delicious. For dinner I had chicken parm and my wife had fish-both were very tasty. We finished off with a couple of desert martinis and a lemon marscapone cake which was sweet and delightful. Portions were good, wait time for both seating and food were above average, and our server was tentative and friendly...what really wowed us was the happy ending-complimentary homemade limoncello shots and pizzelle pastry wafers...this not only was very gracious of them but differentiates the experience amongst many of their competitors..we'll be back again for sure! M. Perez, Johnston RI
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Reecespeanutbc
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Overall this was a great dining experience for my fiancee and I. We loved the ambiance and the food was great. I would definitely recommend. Keep in mind some of the prices are a little high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS A GREAT NIGHT AT ELIZABETH'S
    catcity2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Husband and I enjoyed our meals, I had a special of the day and he had the lobster ravoli which he said was terrific. Our waitress was so nice and gave us great service. The music from the other room was a nice touch, very romantic place with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very good service. Pleasant surprise. Prompt and courteous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Room for improvement
    Southcoastfoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Located in a hard to find, non-descript location, parking was a problem given it was a Saturday night. While the food was excellent, our waiter and other staff seemed to be quite the novices and service was extremely slow. There were spills, incorrect drinks, and after the appetizers were cleared and the main course arrived, I had to ask for a knife and we both to ask for clean napkins. Prices are reasonable, but I wouldn't return. Was a bargain considering we had a restaurant.com gift certificate, but had it not been for the company I was with, I would have been extremely disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time and will be back
    milo
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife & I were going to a musical and had dinner there before the show. First time there and though located in a small mall, inside was excellent. All of the staff were professional and helpful. We knew nothing about the restaurant and were wonderfully suprised at just how good the food and service was. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food, maybe better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    First, the food here is exceptional. I had the clam casino appetizer which had wonderful flavor, was rich enough but not too rich, and left me wishing I had ordered more. For the main entree I ordered the scallops/rosemary dish which was cooked to perfection. The scallops had a unique but subtle flavor. I would definitely order the same thing again. The atmosphere was great though I found the interior temperature a little warm for my liking. The service was good and my waitress was very pleasant; however, I had to wait quite a while before anyone approached me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT Selections, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I am Gluten free and they are very knowledgeable about Gluten! reat selections as well.. definitely reccommended! Gluten free of not, this place is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Bill
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our experience was great from the moment we walked in the door. We were greeted promptly with welcome arms, service was excellent, food was fantastic and never felt rush. They are doing it right!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gluten free italian food
    gfdiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Not only is the food always good, they serve many gluten free dishes. If you order gf pasta, the only choice is gnocchi and I've been there on two Sunday nights when they were out of gnocchi. However, there are plenty of other gf choices. The only gf dessert is raspberry cheesecake which I don't care for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I have been here a few times and have always enjoyed it. This time was no exception. Wonderful food, nice atmosphere and the live singer was a fun added touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent hidden gem
    Cardozo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Inconspicuous gem in strip mall with wonderful outdoor deck overlooking hidden body of water.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    cldl
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had an amazing night celebrating out Anniversary at Portofino's. The roasted garlic with the bread is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious , authentic Italian food!
    SucampsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went on a whim and the food was excellent. Would definitely return. A reservation is a good idea as it got crowded as the evening went on. Warm roasted garlic came with the bread - a nice way to begin. The side salad ($4 ) was very small for the price. I had veal parm which was top notch. My husband had the steak special which was pricey ($29)= they did not share the prices when they described the specials! But he really enjoyed his meal. Mine was so large that I had leftovers for lunch the next day . Bonus was the it was also on restaurant.com so we had a $25 gift certificate to defray the cost. Excellent food in a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was just as great as it was
    Mickey
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Use to go here when I was in high school for date night and special occasions with my high school sweet heart was great then and still is. Can't wait to bring my husband there he will love it. He has never been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Clams Casino!!!
    catcity2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had the Best clams casino at Elizabeth's Portofino. They have whole bay scallops in them! Cooked perfect. Our whole dining experience was wonderful, I had the Asian Chicken Stir Fry, Excellent, and Husband has the Pescatore with an assortment of sea food. He loved it. Nice Romantic spot for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best chicken parm
    Dito
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I am pretty sure it's the best chicken pram I have had in RI. Our server needed some practice because she forgot a number of things, but she was very nice. Would definitely go back for the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Second visit to this restaurant. Enjoyed tremendously the first time and second time did not dissapoint. Excellent service, delicious food and Saturday night live background music was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Viperion
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have eaten there twice now as my wife had bought a restaurant.com deal but we could not use it the first time because friends came with us and they also had one. You can only use 1 per table, this is not really good if you want to impress new customers. Service is very good, the olive oil used with the bread is very good, and they bring Garlic out and heat it which is cool. Unfortunately there is a microwave out in plain site and as Robert Irvine says there should never be a microwave in a restaurant. The food is good, they use a mix in my opinion of high quality and lower quality foods. My first visit I got the scallops, they were not seared properly but were good, the risotto was not good. Second visit I had chickenparm which was good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 58 reviews are from the Elizabeth of Portofino's reviews archive.
  • Quiet birthday celebration
    RIBeth
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We wanted a quiet, delicious dinner just for the two of us. While we read the menu, the busboy delivered a head of roasted garlic and some delicious bread. We ordered wine from the wine list of I started with the eggplant ricotta, and my husband had the Carpaccio. Both were the best we have eaten. The eggplant was very thinly sliced, breaded, and brown with a creamy, light ricotta filling. The beef was also very thin, and topped with capers and shaved provolone. We followed that by the half-portions of Chicken Francese, and he the white Pescatore. We decided not to eat dessert, and our waitress brought us complimentary pizzelles and a small glass or house-made limoncello. We will return soon to try other things and enjoy the service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Al Fresco at Elizabeth's
    RayMike
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have eaten here before and thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit, eating outdoors this time. The babbling fountain and the look of being in a Tuscan garden overlooking the pond added a great ambiance to a wonderful meal. The RI calamari was well prepared, flavorful, and not chewy. The eggplant rollatini could have used more sauce. Chicken Marsalla was two large breast, with mushrooms and a light Marsela sauce. Rich tasting smashed potatoes and tender strings beans accompanied the chicken dish. The Veal Parmigina was a very good size portion of two pieces of tender veal one with a rich marinara sauce the other piece with melted cheese, it was served with penne done al dente. The Nutella Mousse was deliciously light and creamy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    albaker
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    the food was very good-i ate everything on my plate! The restaurant as a whole was very nice and intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food great atmosphere.
    BonnieP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We took our aunt from California here while she was visting Rhode Island she raved about it for days ..Her veal was outstanding and the sause delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat Inside
    Tennessee
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service was excellent. But be forewarned: the restaurant's own description of the outdoor dining is overly generous. There is only a sliver of a view of the pond. You do get wonderful sight lines to the parking lot and trash dumpsters, though. Eat inside.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    moo4foo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I has wanted to try Elizabeth of Portofino's for a while. The overall feel of the restaurant was stuffy and a little outdated, stale. The bread was chewy and the roasted garlic was bland. The Caesar Salad and scallop Entrée was quite good, but my and my sister's entrees left much to be desired. My sister returned her fish Entrée, and chose not to try anything else. We decided to get dessert elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a Great Time
    Flyfisher
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was wonderful....very close to my Grandmother's red sauce, very tasty. Service was the best I've had in a long, long time. Will recommend to my team for their visits to the Providence / Warwick area and will definitely go back myself.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous!
    Leonard
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I never remember ANYTIME that Portofino's hasn't been fantastic...the food is terrific, the atmosphere lively, the drinks are generous, the staff is happy and very attentive and Elizabeth is the consummate hostess. A not to be missed place to go in Rhode Island!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint with delicious food
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Happened to be traveling through Warwick and came upon Elizabeth of Portofino's. Thoroughly enjoyed the Veal Portofino which was cooked to perfection and flavorful. My spouse loved the jumbo scallop special. We could not pass up the hazelnut mousse and the lava cake which we both agreed were winners. Being a garlic lover, I fully enjoyed the whole roasted garlic with fresh bread. Service was excellent. Waitress was attentive, food was hot and courses were well timed. Next time I'm in the area, I will definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Intimate
    JDM2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed Portofino's over the past few years as we discovered their participation via the Restaurant.com program. From our very first visit to the most recent, the food is delicious, the service consistently excellent and the ambiance delightful. Consistency is key in a restaurant and Portofino's delivers that each time. We will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinning experience !!
    UncleBuck1947VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Overall was excellent noting my Veal Saltimbucca and Risotta !!!!!! The rest of our group of four were equally impressed. One minor disappointment was our servers lack of knowledge on wine!! All worked out great as Elizebeth jumped in with her vast knowledge!! All ended great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Prairiedogwoman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Always enjoy the food here. I used my restaurant.com cert and they honored it and then gave it back so I could use it again! The atmosphere is always pleasant as well. Service too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AwesomeAunt
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We were in Providence for graduation and looking for a place to have dinner for a party of 10. I found this on line, read the reviews, liked the menu and decided to give it a try. Everything was perfect, table, server, meals. Could not have asked for a better experience. Everyone had a different meal, we had appetizers, wine and drinks and dessert. It was all wonderful and we were surprised at the final bill, expecting it to be much more. Great find and if I am in the area again, will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. We plan top go back again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So Excited....So Disappointed
    Veryfine71
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I must tell you, I have been in RI since 1996. At some point I heard about Portofino's and thought of it to be an amazing Italian restaurant that you could only dine if lucky enough to receive a personal invite. Not realistically, but the thought represents my image of what I thought Portofino's was. I had never been to the restautrant although passing it over the years thousands of times. I finally had the opportunity to visit with a restauarant.com voucher and was so excited to do do. Beautifully dressed was my guest and I preprared to have an experience at Portofino's. I must tell you that dream was short-lived. The food was horrible. Unfortunately I will never return nor reccommend to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Secret is out!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    For a great dining experience whether it's a first date or married for many years, you will enjoy the food and ambience here at Elizabeth of Portofino's!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try
    Jd13
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was great with the exception that my shrimp (ordered baked stuffed) was over cooked. Server was very pleasant and attentive. Valet service great because it can be difficult to find parking.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre & crowded
    JimA
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was okay to good, nothing special, probably a bit overpriced for its quality. The service was courteous and competent, neither poor or notable. For example, our young waitress had no understanding of the wine list, even though it was limited. The place had people packed tightly in. I had a patron from another party backed up to me very tightly and could not have moved a few inches back if I wanted to. I really hate to be packed in so tightly. In fact, our waitress could not move from one side of our table to another without going around several other tables and through another small room. The dining room was not particularly nice, although I would not say it was ugly or anything. There is insufficient parking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate