Porcini
Porcini

Porcini

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.porcinilouisville.com/
  • Phone: 5028948686x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5;30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef John Plymale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: From annual meetings and product launches to milestone celebrations and holiday parties, Porcini has the experience and success record to assure that every Special Event in our restaurant is flawless.
  • Private Party Contact: Jim Murphy 5028948686x

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Public transit is directly across the street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking and adjacent parking lot at Louisville library available as well as Valet.
A word from Porcini
Established in 1992, Porcini is an award-winning restaurant. Located in the Historic Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, we specialize in Northern Italian cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Porcini reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (83)special occasion (77)romantic (68)fit for foodies (67)notable wine list (41)great for outdoor dining (40)hot spot (36)good for groups (29)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (11)scenic view (5)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Love Porcini's
    RPMcNVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    For 23 or so years Tim has made porcini like a home to so many of us in Louisville--not a restaurant but a second home, with impeccable service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I have eaten here many times and would normally give it 5 stars but my filet came out charred on the outside and it took a long time to get the second replacement one out. Also, it was at the end of the evening but I felt our group was rushed and we were not even offered dessert. I usually have no complaints about this typically consistent restaurant; must have been an off night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We dined on the patio and enjoyed the evening tremendously. Server was knowledgeable and attentive, wine list extensive and food excellent! We were in town on business (first time in Louisville) and were very pleased with this choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above average - but not great
    zack
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great surrounding and decor. Slightly too dark. Busy (Saturday night) in a good way. Food was overall average, with some notable highs and lows. Appetizers were clumsy and amateurish (Calamari, Bruschetta). My salad (beets & goat cheese) was outstanding, while the apple Gorgonzola salad was too sweet. Entrees were a mix - Pesche dish was nearly perfect, except Calamari was rubbery. Steak was very good. Chicken Marsala - worse than Olive Garden. Wines were good, and desserts very good, apple cheese cake was outstanding. Server was good when we saw him, which wasn't often enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I were referred to Porcini by a regular customer with whom we met earlier in the day. Great place. The ambient lighting is very nice, layout of the tables is ideal, noise level is tolerable. My husband ordered the short ribs and was disappointed. They were fatty, piled on a peppery tasting watery blob of polenta. The stalk of broccoli sat on this polenta as well...but eventually is was just one big plate of polenta. Not very good at all. However, my salmon was excellent! So we shared that. In spite of the disappointing short rib meal, we enjoyed the evening. Just steer clear of the short ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • will go again
    crescenthillnewbie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our entrees were excellent, the desserts were just OK. The restaurant and patio are beautiful but sadly, they allow smoking on the patio, right at the table. I'll go again but I'll be sure and sit inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Ambiance & Italian Cuisine
    DozeKnows
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a wonderful corner table for our party of six and the evening began with a very attentive waiter who took our drink order. While sipping our favorite wine choices we perused the menu. The dilema of the evening was deciding which appealing entre to select. I personally tend to stick to favorites and decided to venture out with the Veal Scalopine after an awesome Calaprese salad. The veal was perfectly prepared with a side of vibrant fresh green beesn and potatoes. My spouse went with the Red Snapper special and after trying a bite I have now decided to venture out in the future with fish. Great ambiance, amazing staff and this quaint neighborhood restaurant is now a family favorite. We can't wait to explore further!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of regular guests
    heartyjan
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Good food and a pleasing environment. The owner circulates to see the regulars but didn't seem to care about us first timers. Don't think we will return; it's a very clique-ish setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant!
    Wemusteatouttoomouch
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at most of Louisville's best restaurants over the last 20+ years and Porcini's ranks consistently at the top! The pasta dishes are always great but the Filetto Peppe Nero (a filet sitting on top of a bed of gnocchi, yum!) is one of the best meals ever!!! I love the wedge salad and one of my favorite appetizer's ever is the fried goat cheese sitting in marinara with bread to soak it all up. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat
    Sam3vv
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We haven't been to Porcini's in years. It was a pleasant surprise how good the food and service were. 3 out 4 main courses were great only the short-ribs were tough. I had the Pesce (Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Fresh Fish, Clams, Squid, Angel Hair Pasta, in a Spicy Tomato Broth. It was wonderful! The two others had the salmon and said it was good. We will definitely be back sooner this time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat
    live2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have eaten here many times and it only gets better. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    fuudy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A Louisville favorite for well executed Italian food. Flavorful and mindful menu accompanied by a well built wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    DressNdine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once you know about this delightful restaurant, you will go back over and over again. Unless you know about it, you can easily drive right by without ever seeing it. So put it in your GPS and make your reservation. The food preparation and presentation was lovely, and our waiter was helpful and responsive. We enjoyed the food and the cozy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    NoSparks
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were referred to Porcini by the bartender at our hotel. She said it would be great, and she was absolutely correct!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    luvlouavuleats
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took an out of town friend who was in need of a good italian fix. He was pleasantly surprised with the menu choices, both quality and quantity and will definately put this on his GO-TO list when visiting Louisville!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    rt11rider
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Slow service, food was average and way to noisy. Won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just an off night, we hope.
    Jackie1961
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great all around except service. Server was a bit distracted the entire evening. Didn't receive drinks, refills in a timely manner throughout the entire dinner. Then finally received port wine after everyone else was already finished with dessert. Not enjoyable when you feel you are holding up the group. Very slow service. No apologies or acknowlegement. Brought new neighbors from out of town. Not as impressive as we have previously experienced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, horrible service
    NewToLou
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was amazing and I would go back but takeout only. The service...the waiter completely disappeared once the food came. After requests to two bussers to find him and waiting 10 extra minutes, he came back to check on us. He said he was serving the large party in the private room and, as they were an important group and the restaurant was so short staffed, he was delayed in getting back to us. This was a Saturday night. When I asked to speak to a manager, the manager's only concern seemed to be how waiter had said what he said - not service that was (not) provided to us. Never once were the words "apology" or "sorry" uttered. We left - had a nice dessert elsewhere. I shall take my 'unimportant' money to another restaurant next time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A taste of Roma for two
    Nattytable
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I have been to this fine Italian bistro once before about two years ago. We both really enjoyed the ambience there as well as the food. Second time around it didn't disappoint. Very flavorful gnocchi and fettucine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Perfect atmosphere for a relaxed business dinner. Great atmosphere and the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    First time at porcini"s and will definitely go back. Service was attentive but not over bearing. Food was flavorful and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a great time on our last night in Louisville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coming from an Italian...
    MoMof6
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Having grown up in an Italian family that owned restaurants, I can honestly say this is my all time favorite Italian restaurant. Not only is the food on point, it is spot on every time my husband and I dine here. The staff is extremely knowledgeable with both the food and the wine list. I can't say enough positives about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Evening
    melodyk99
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nothing to complain about, just nothing spectacular. So many other great restaurants in that price range that I wouldn't bother again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Best linguini w white wine sauce we've had in 15 years
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner during PGA Championship
    MarkB
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I traveled from Lexington and were looking for a nice Italian restaurant. Great news....we found it. the only downside to the dining experience was that the menu was limited due to the large volume of patrons they were expecting. Nevertheless, the food was absolutely outstanding. The service was excellent as well. If you are in the Louisville area, I would definitely put this restaurant on your list. Having had the opportunity to previously dine in Boston's North End on multiple occasions, this restaurant would have no problems fitting in. I look forward to being able to visit Porcinis in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • menu
    RSDerby
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall rating very good, but a bit disapointed that they were not offering their full menu that is on their website. Had a very limited menu on Friday night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good
    Fresh
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Even though the menu was abbreviated (Valhalla) and the shrimp in one entree was overcooked. Everything else was very good and the server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MrskNewburghIndiana
    Luv2Cook
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We made our first trip to Porcini during PGA Championship weekend. We had a wonderful meal. The food was outstanding, ample portions, the service was very good and loved the ambiance. Disappointed that the menu wasn't their regular one due to the PGA tournament, but fully understood. One of our companions commented that it was the best sea bass she had ever had. The mushroom bruschetta and fabulous. I had the porterhouse and it was cooked to perfection. Will definitely make a return trip, so that we can try the items that we were looking forward to having. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious by sloppy service
    Rbslos36
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was excellent but the service was not up to Porcini's usual high level. A mistake was made with a salad and the replacement salad was never brought out. My guest specifically ordered a dish without cheese and the pasta dish was served with...cheese. The restaurant was crowded (very good sign) and our waiter seemed overwhelmed. This is not the typical experience I have had over many years of dining here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Mattyz43
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was amazing, was a tad noisey-I didn't mind as it created a "wall of sound" and made private conversation easier. My girlfriend said she loved the atmosphere but wished it was just a little quieter. It was packed and full of life. Great place for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!!!!
    Bruce
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    One of the Best meals my wife and I have had in a long time. This is truly a gem!!!! Found it on Open table since we were coming in from out of town for the PGA and wanted enjoy some of the local restaurants. This happened to be the first stop, and after eating here the rest of the restaurants did not quite measure up. Great Job!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great surprise in Clifton
    Chuckeats
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were a little skeptical at first. We wanted to have a special place for my wife's birthday. Porcini was awesome! The service was great and the food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening. as always...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We go often and enjoy the menu and location. The staff is well versed and friendly. A good evening...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    MarymountVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fun evening with friends. Great food, will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Porcini's outside is very friendly.
    besmocks
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Being outside was the best part. The menu choices were varied enough to please. Valet parking is nice but dangerous for the parker! The waiter was very attentive to ladies who like attention. Crescent Hill is a comfortable venue with a friendly feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    kytex
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our third of fourth visit over the past year. Food and service always excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Italian food
    RKS612VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    As usual, great service, good drinks and yummy food. Grilled romaine salad delicious, but shrimp with linguini over doused with cheese. Pesce (seafood stew) spicy, full of seafood and outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    kjbrink
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Celebrated our 23rd anniversary at Porcini, wonderful food and service. Restaurant was a little loud but it was Saturday night and it was extremely busy. We will definately return our next time in Louisville!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time
    Bonnie66
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great service. Wonderful food! Good time with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet