Food had an off nightThis is one of my favorites in Buckhead. It is romantic, hidden on a residential street, upscale, and regional Italian. When we visited Friday early evening the staff was attentive, the atmosphere on the patio was perfect, but the food was just ok. Believe me, I usually love the food here but it must have been an off night. We tried a combination of appetizers and shared a bottle of wine. The special salad for the night was fruity and nutty with hot peppers was not enjoyed by my husband or myself. The artichoke appetizer was a bit too pickled and not fantastic, but fried well. The meat appetizer was quite good and the fresh bread was warm and flavorful.
We had a romantic night and will try the next menu when it changes.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMstill had power on a stormy ThursWe arrived about 40 min late due To traFfic from. Storms dbut was well wrth it. Got in and ut in an hour and stayed dry.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA Perfect Summer EveningMy guest and I have a lovely time at Portofino. We began with the artichoke appetizer--it was delicious--and a glass of one of the featured wines. The combination was perfect! The ambiance of the early evening patio dining was perfect, as was the service and the rest of our meal. For dessert, don't miss the limoncello ricotta cheesecake. I will definitely be back.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWe always have a great diningWe always have a great dining experience a Portofino! The salmon was cooked to perfection and the wine our wonder server Alvin suggested made for the perfect dinner.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently delicious andConsistently delicious and never disappoints! It is not the average Italian menu thankfully ! Sit on the porch if weather permits; it is darling!! It is also lovely for guests!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMQuiet Lunch with decent foodI have eaten dinner here a few times and it is always good. This was a lunch for business and we just wanted something light. They served good salads which they allowed me to adapt slightly. The terrace looked nice and if we had not been in business attire i would have been tempted to sit out there.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday lunchTook a friend for birthday lunch and it was delightful. We sat outside and it was lovely. The food was delicious - I had the grilled chicken salad with dates - yum. And they brought a tiramisu - complimentary - for her birthday dessert. All in all, a great dining experience.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFun girls dinner!A couple of girlfriends met me at Portofino's for dinner on a Monday night, and we had a great time. The staff were so helpful and attentive, and the menu had a little bit of everything from the traditional caprese salad done in a new way, to some amazing fried artichokes that I would definitely recommend. The entrees were more upscale than you see at most Italian restaurants, with a wide variety of fish and seafood options. Everything we ate was so good that we practically cleaned our plates, meaning we didn't have room for something sweet to finish our meal. We sat inside, but they have a great outdoor space that looked inviting. I'd recommend this place for a nice dinner with friends or a date.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Authentic ItalianWe tried Portifino for the first time after seeing its lively terrace in passing. The wine list is excellent, with a very thoughtful selection and nice range of prices. We ate in the terrace and service and atmosphere were fabulous. Food was well priced and good quality but ambience and experience are definitely the winners here. I would definitely go back for a relaxing evening.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMnice lunchA group of 6 ladies had lunch for a small celebration and selected Portofino as our destination. There were no outside tables that were not in the direct sun, so we chose to eat inside; however, my personal preference (sun or not) is always outside.
Plates were cleaned, so obviously everyone enjoyed their meal. I had trout with spaghetti squash, which was delicious. We shared two desserts among six people. I was somewhat surprised that our waiter brought each of us a spoon but no small plates to split the desserts. He evidently assumed that we would take a bite and pass the plate, which seemed a little strange to me. But we each took a spoonful from the dessert, put it on our individual spoon, and then passed them. Good lunch!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food & Gluten Free OptionsSuper meal, nice surroundings. Great for gluten free dining,too.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMVery goodGreat dinner and great service. Patio is wonderful5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful meal on the patio.Delightful meal on the patio. Excellent salads and entrees and excellent service by our server, Lidia5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time going to this restaurantFirst time going to this restaurant. Went out for a family dinner and glad we came here. Each course was good and we had a great server. Only thing was that we were by a very loud group of diners next to us. But the other parts of the restaurant seemed to have decent noise levels. Would definitely be on my list of good Italian restaurants.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb Dining ExperienceCelebrated Mother's Day with family at Portofino's. Everyone really enjoyed the delicious menu items and excellent service. Mom was quite impressed and really enjoyed her meal. I can't say enough about our night out. We're looking forward to returning, perhaps for lunch, and Portofino's is now at the top of our list for affordable fine dining. The atmosphere is refined, yet relaxed, making for a very enjoyable experience. Five stars all around.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBack in ItalyFood is beyond compare....simple and tastes wonderful. Going back again soon!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Portofino!Lovely outdoor patio. Friendly service. Good food. Great location with easy parking.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Al Fresco diningI had a delicious Bellini to whet my apatite I followed with tempora zuchanni with a honey sauce, it was wonderful. My wife has sausage meatballs that she quite enjoyed. I move on to a pasta dish with Eggplant and heirloom tomatoes. It was marvelous. My wife had halibut that she quite enjoyed. Our desserts were wonderful. We had one of the best Tiramasu we tried and also a short cake with strawberry rhubarb coils and a little marscapone icing. It was wonderful. The bottle of wine we has has enjoyable and reasonably priced. We definitive plan to return.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAuthentic Italian Neighborhood GemPortofino remains our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. Every month their specials feature a particular section of Italy. They quite adept at finding unusual Italian Wines that are terrific and very reasonably priced. Michael, the proprietor runs a great restaurant. The outdoor seating is a wonderful place to enjoy the Mussels.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was delicious as alwaysFood was delicious as always and service started out great, BUT went down hill after getting appetizer. Not normal. We were on the terrace and I think we got lost in the shuffle. They made up for it by comping the desserts as they had lost the order.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMPorotfino is always excellentPorotfino is always excellent but this visit was particularly noteworthy. The deck is open for outdoor dining and it was a lovely Spring day. I had the trout and my guest had the shrimp risotto. Both dishes were excellent. The sides were a perfect accompaniment. Portions were comfortable. Satifying but neither skimpy nor gross. Portofino is a dependable, wonderful choice for lunch.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great evening atWe had a great evening at Portofino, and will definitely be back4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Service was excellentThe Service was excellent as was our meal. In fact I have eaten there two days in a row. It is a neighborhood gem indeed.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAirplane flight referralWe were refer by someone on our flight to Atlanta. Great referral. Food was different but tasty and wine selection was excellent. Loved our waiter who went out of his way to ensure our experience was great. Definitely would recommend.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMALWAYS A GREAT MEAL AND OURALWAYS A GREAT MEAL AND OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR SPRING DINING.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been for lunch and forI've been for lunch and for dinner; both were a delight. Each had an outstanding menu--- very creative and flavorful. The space is fantastic, cozy but stylish. The service is attentive. Love this place for groups or couples. A neighborhood gem.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe fried artichokes are aThe fried artichokes are a must and the veal was spectacular!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is one of our favoriteThis is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, along with Anis. The outdoor patio is great in warm weather and seems a little more relaxed than the dining rooms indoors. The vibe inside is a little more formal, but still a place you can show up in jeans and maybe a sport jacket.
The food is good Italian fare with interesting specials and a monthly focus on one region of Italy.
The service was excellent and very tolerant of my somewhat demanding mother-in-law who insisted on sending back her Veal Scallopine because she did not care for the polenta, and who angrily separated out her veal from her pasta and broccolini. She does not like her portions infringing on each other on the plate, it seems. C'est la vie!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food! Hospitable service!Great food! Hospitable service! Cozy atmosphere! I look forward to my next visit. If you have yet to dine at Portofino, go!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous menu for BuckheadFabulous menu for Buckhead Restaurant Week and everything was wonderful!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGive your review a title (optional)Great EXPERIENCE .Very very noisy. Great energy noise for the young at heart.Too noisy for me. Food fabulous.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe met another couple forWe met another couple for dinner and we had a great time. Enjoyed the food and wine very much. The servers were friendly and helpful. I would absolutely go back again.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AM