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Portico Restaurant - Richmond
Portico Restaurant - Richmond

Portico Restaurant - Richmond Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://porticorichmond.com
  • Phone: (804) 784-4800
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Lunch : Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Brunch: Sunday : 10:00 am -2:30pm

    Lunch: For Parties of Six Guests or more only.
    Dinner : Two or more Guests
    All Reservations are confirmed for inside dining only.
    Patio seating is not reserved but first available when your party arrives.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking offered on Friday and Saturday Nights.
A word from Portico Restaurant - Richmond
Italian inspired Cuisine in a charming and beautiful country setting with outdoor dining. Stone terrace with large fireplace nestled between aromatic herb and flower gardens.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We previously lived in Italy for 8 years and Portico is one of the few stateside restaurants we've found that has authentic Italian cuisine. You'll pay a little more than at other so-called Italian restaurants, but the cost is well worth the quality. Outstanding in all respects."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My son gave my husband and me a gift certificate for Christmas. Well, what a perfect gift it was! We were greeted immediately and shown to an outdoor table. The outside patio was a lovely spot - gardens everywhere. We had a wonderful server and the food was perfect. My husband had the sea bass special and I enjoyed the lamb risotto. Both meals were perfect. The prices are reasonable and the experience was enjoyable. We will go again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Though we've been often for dinner, this was the first time we went for brunch. It was wonderful! Menu options were varied and appealing. Food was delicious and service was outstanding! The setting is beautiful!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is a great place for anyone who love outside dining. The food was great and you could not have ask for a nice night. One thing i will said is the waiter was not that great, was very disappoint in the waiter."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were a group of 6. We had a wonderful meal in beautiful surroundings. The service was very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had made a reservation and had to inquire about a table 15 minutes after our reservation time. The setting is beautiful and the food is good, but it is slow so if you are super hungry or don't have time to lounge think twice."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "There has to be a better way for the reservations system. Two-thirds of their seating is the outside patio. However, you can not reserve a table on the patio, only inside tables. Why? We had reservations, but preferred to eat outside. After waiting an additional 50 minutes for a patio table, we just gave up and ate inside. The host was very apologetic for the wait. Not his fault, but I appreciated his acknowledgement. The reservations system is just flawed. The setting is gorgeous and they absolutely have the best patio I've seen here in Richmond. The food and service was very good. I would go back again as long as I have blocked out 1-2 hours of wait time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "On a nice summer evening the patio was just delightful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Portico was outstanding in every way: the food, the service and the location. We felt welcomed and taken care of! Great spot! Make a reservation!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Portico is probably my favorite restaurant in Richmond. It was our 25 anniversary and we made the reservation at least a month in advance. We had always had excellent service until that evening. We arrived at 7:20 for a 7:30 reservation that specifically stated outdoor seating. I even called about that as I would only go there if we could sit outside. When we arrived there was no one at the door, wAited a few minutes and graves a waiter who seemed very rude and said there was no one at the door and he was busy and no tables available outside. We went and sat outside till a table evanescence available and grabbed it. Our waiter did not smile also. There was obviously something going on with the staff and owner that night. Dissapoint"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our group of 10 ladies visited here the other evening and had a wonderful time. It didn't hurt that the evening weather was lovely as well. Our waiter took care of all our needs, split the checks up and made the service effortless. Now the food...the portions were all generous - from the salads to the pasta and the desserts were all yummy. I love the salted caramel gelato from celesti gelati. Perfect evening! Only downside is do u need valet parking really?"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Nice country location. A short scenic drive from the city. Beautiful gardens and outdoor dining area. Indoor dining is completely surrounded by banks of windows facing the gardens and woods. A small but efficient bar hosts patrons waiting for a table. The Menu has a variety of italian pasta dishes, standard lunch items including salads and gourmet burgers. A smattering of seafood dishes. Overall our birthday dining experience was a 3.5 stars but would have been a 4.5 if our waiter had been more attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had enjoyable evening with friends on my husband's 75th birthday at Portico. Our table was ready for us and service couldn't have been nicer. Food good too. Only thing bad was noise level but on another occasion we might eat outside. Weather permitting. Lovely restaurant and I surely would return to Portico."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I took a gentleman friend there for dinner this past Saturday night, and he was not familiar with Portico. Well, now it's a favorite of his. He's a picky connoisseur of fine food and he even owns his own restaurant in Richmond. He was impressed, and I was - as always - very pleased with the service, food, and the beautiful outdoor dining area. Truly lovely."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. The eggplant dish was delicious. The service was attentive. The atmosphere was wonderful. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My "favorite" restaurant is declining. Again the food was not good. I ordered that soft shell crabs. Not sure what was in all that batter but I never found the crab; didn't eat but a few mouth fulls of mush. Service was NOT good. Was hard to get his attention when we were seated, when told they were out of a New Zealand Sav Blanc, one would expect a alternative recommendation or something. When we asked about another selection, he actually snapped the menu out of my friend's hands! 3 of the 4 of us noticed this...not just me. We didn't see much of him during dinner.... not very busy either. What a shame to ruin a lovely night out in your garden! Service and food need improvement.."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner. Great menu choices. It was a picture perfect night and we could dine outdoors in a beautiful garden. Know it can be very noisy inside if crowded. The only black mark on our evening was our waiter. He was indifferent, disinterested, and only going thru the motions. Except for our waiter I would give our evening 5 stars. Hope to return soon."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food was good -- well prepared, beautifully presented. Wine list does not include year. . . wonder why Service was OK. Requests were not answered in a timely way; we even waited about 20 minutes for our bill (after asking for it). Outside dining was lovely."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Portico is always a great time out! From the food to the service to the ambiance, it always makes dining here well worth it!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were placed right beside the bar. Very noisy. Made conversation difficult. I had asked for a table outside if weather permitted, but were told there was a 25 minute wait. Seating outside is very pleasant. The food was not as good as it had been in the past."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the seared tuna special and stuffed shrimp. Excellent food"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Really pretty outdoor patio. Fabulous on a nice night. Food was ok, not memorable. Waiter had zero personality. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I had the Veal Picatti and my wife had a Salmon dish. Both were fantastic."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Nice little intimate restaurant. Bar area can get a little loud. Everyone in the party enjoyed their meal and I think that we covered pretty much everything on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Portico is one of my favorite places to dine. Atmosphere is great as well as the food and service are the best. Dining outside on the lovely patio is a great option. Looking forward to going back soon. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We love this place; we always feel welcome and the food is never disappointing. We love the feel of the restaurant, the welcome, and appreciate the wine list. The menu is never stagnant and the specials are excellent."
    Dined on 6/6/2013
  • "Great find, great food, wonderful service and special setting! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Our second visit was as enjoyable as the first. There were 3 couples and our seat by the open back door gave us some of the ambiance of being on the outdoor patio but was a bit warmer! The food was excellent as well. Our server was knowledgeable and mindful of our needs without hovering. It's a popular place! Even a week ahead, we couldn't get a reservation any earlier than 8:30 PM."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Quite reasonable in price. Desserts are irresistible. I always choose one of their (usually two) meal specials. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Have tried many restaurants in the Richmond while visiting my daughter at the University of Richmond. Portico's is right down River Rd from the school in a Beautiful neighborhood. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating on a patio with a fireplace surrounded by a beautiful garden. Inside is pretty as well with all glass windows looking out to the garden. Wait staff was excellent. Food was Superb! Will definitely be back when in Richmond."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were seated outside & our waiter was TOTALLY robotic. Told us the specials in a monotone - had no interest in making it personal. There were 4 of us - the girls ordered the salmon & the guys ordered Penne a la Vodka & the gnocchi dish. Theirs were good, but when the salmon dishes arrived at the table, the smell of fish was overwhelming - & it was HALF the size it used to be. We took one bite & sent them both back. She ate her husband's leftover gnocchi, but I ordered the Broiled Seafood, which had absolutely no taste. We WON'T be back. We put up with the unpersonable/rude Owner when the food was good, but he can't get away with it anymore. Best thing about our evening was the company, the patio, & the valet parking. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A beautiful setting in the far west end. Pasta dishes are delicious and plentiful, enough to share. The fish was superb. The bar was busy and the blood orange martinis seemed to be the favorite of many! The staff handled the busy weekend of grads and parents well. If driving from the Fan or downtown, go out on 64 West to Gaskins Rd South and turn west on River Rd. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were looking to go somewhere different with a different atmosphere. We like mom and pops small restaurants.This was an overall great experience. The environment both inside and the outside patio are fantastic. The service was tremendous with servers knowing the menu by heart. The food was very good and orders were cooked to perfection. I would definitely go back and recommend as a weekend family visit or a special occasion dinner. Thanks for a great experience"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It can be a little uncomfortable dining outdoors during warmer evenings. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The four of us enjoyed an outdoor dinner complimented with Virginia wines from Portico's well-priced wine list. Our food choices included the wedge salad, artichoke/crab appetizer, NY strip, eggplant puttanesca, and smoked salmon pappardelle, all with rave reviews. Nick provided very good and pleasant service. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. We were slightly disappointed that even with a reservation, we had to wait 45 minutes for our table, unless we wanted to take the one table in the bar area. Other than that, 5 stars!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The ambience is worth it, but we were disappointed on our anniversary to have an 8:00 reservation, only to wait 30 minutes with no chairs available at the bar or foyer. It seemed they had overbooked the evening or others were not moving on after their meals. A complimentary app would have been nice."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We made reservations for 6 pm and asked to sit outside, but they said they could not guarantee this. We were not able to sit outside. However, the doors were open to the patio and inside was also pleasant. Food was mediocre, although my son had a good steak. My daughter and I had shrimp and they were overcooked. Desserts were very good. Service was fine, but the server was not very friendly. He only smiled when he handed us the bill. Although it is 35 minutes away, we will go back to try to get a table on the patio. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Portico remains a favorite because it's just a pleasant experience each time. The owner and staff are as friendly as can be; great outside dining and the food never disappoints.The only negative is the noise level if dining inside."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We ate here with a couple to celebrate a birthday. The reservation indicated the birthday, I specifically asked the waiter what they do for birthdays and I referred to my friend all night as the birthday girl. The waiter did NOTHING! This was disappointing! Had we had great service, I would not have cared, but we did not. I would get rid of the lack luster staff- there have to be people out there that have some emotion!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014