Portofino
Portofino

Portofino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.portofinobistro.com/
  • Phone: 4042311136
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Sidener
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Available Sun-Thur For parties up to 30.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Anderson 4042311136

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Paces Ferry
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Portofino
Portofino is an unassuming neighborhood bistro located on a quiet side street in Buckhead. From the street, you can see the beautiful stone and brick patio that offers the most enjoyable outdoor seating in town, The patio spills into a delightful dining room with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and bright, energetic artwork. The cuisine at Portofino is American-Italian offering a selection of simple pastas, innovative bistro-style appetizers and entrees. The menu and award winning wine list are constantly changing, the atmosphere is charged, and good times prevail.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Portofino reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (109)neighborhood gem (95)fit for foodies (70)notable wine list (50)romantic (50)good for groups (40)special occasion (38)great for lunch (34)great for brunch (13)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Birthday party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very nice setting! Very accomdating and food was wonderful! Loved the presentation of the food and although we were a fairly large party (9) no issues with splitting the bills! Alvin was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Portofino is always my restaurant of choice for special events and then some and it never disappoints!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Portofino has always been one of my favorite dining spots...especially for outdoor dining. The food and service were not quite as good this past visit, unfortunately. The spicy pasta was good, but the salads were a bit disappointing. The spinach salad had very little taste (I'm not sure if they put dressing on it..) and the caesar salad was loaded with whole anchovies. (These are hard to see at night if you're sitting on the patio.) If you don't like anchovies, be sure to request your caesar salad WITHOUT them or you could be in for a surprise! Overall, I still like the restaurant and will give it another try soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    DineoftenleaveHAPPY
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We looked forward to a lovely dinner with our grown children who were visiting from Seattle. We chose Portofino as our Italian night restaurant out of the 3 nights we would dine together . The wine was great, our black pasta with clams was nothing special, our server was very nice.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor Italian dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    They have increased their outdoor seating capacity but it still provides an intimate outdoor experience for a beautiful fall night. There is some covered seating, fans, heaters and plenty of candle light. The food is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We love Portofino and have been dining there for years. The service is ALWAYS friendly and progessional. Fried artichokes are one of our favorites....menu varies and is delightful. GO! Perfect indoor or outdoor atmosphere! We love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful patio experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    With the weather starting to cool, this is an incredible spot for lunch/dinner on the patio. Atmosphere is outstanding. Wonderful lunch place to catch up with friends & enjoy the fall breezes. Had a scallops special & it was delicious. Already want to return for an evening experience. YUM!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we loved it
    StickBradley
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Portofino's was the perfect blend of a great Italian restaurant and a romantic outdoor patio setting. We loved the octopus you hsve to try it , it was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    ScoutVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've had very pleasant dining experiences at Portofino in the past, and I was looking forward to this special evening. Regrettably, the service was really awful. Our server made no effort to explain the menu or offer suggestions, his timing was continually off, and during the last 2/3rds of our meal we weren't sure if we even had a server. A different server began to take pity on us, at least refilling our water glasses. The food was good, but not good enough to make up for the poor overall experience. I may return, but it will not be any time soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best kept secret in Buckhead
    jfoodhVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our favorite neighborhood restaurant Never disappoints Excellent food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    New2atl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was a great experience. Food was great. Lamb was favorite for our group. Deserts were very well done. Gelato was a popular item amongst our group. Overall good service along with quality food made for a fun evening
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Gibbman
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Met friends for dinner and sat on patio. Food was very good and also had some very nice Italian wines!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JorgefromCubaVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food at this neighborhood gem. Continue to go back and enjoy it each time I have done so. Shrimp with radiatori pasta and red peppers is an excellent dish full of flavor and the red peppers adds a spicy twist to this dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always good
    Debbie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I love this place, I had meatballs and an arugula salad, my husband had the spicy sausage pasta. We ordered the featured wine with was excellante! we sat on the deck and it was pretty cool night in Atlanta. Prices are good and fair. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    DBenedettoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have enjoyed Portofino for almost 4 years and it is always a delight. The patio is relaxing and dining inside is romantic. Service is always great. The food changes with the season and is always delicious. This is on the top of our list of favorites in Atlanta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portafino location
    Chava36
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I only wish they would have located in Sandy. Springs. Buckhead is a bit out of my area. We need you here. Not as a chain. Your chef
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entres
    EMIL
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Would suggest more fish selection on the entre menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Delight!
    Hungry
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Portofino turned out to be a most pleasant surprise, offering a truly gourmet dining experience. T%hings on the menu sinply don't appear anywhere, this proved to be a genuine delight. Food, service, ambiance - all added up to a memorable experience We are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Some of my friends and I celebrated my birthday here. The service was fantastic. They had taken Chicken Picatta of the menu but made it for me anyway. What restaurant would do that for you!! Even got a birthday dessert! Great restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kind of Lazy
    ChahDahl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Portofino is a pleasant enough place, if you consider that Atlantans think that hanging over street traffic is bucolic, but they're getting sloppy. Scallops were just there on the plate, not delectable, not engaging. Bread was promised by 3 but never delivered. No other table needs were observed by the wait staff who were always passing by but not actually providing service. Still, we go...but that could change.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    Med7455
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, especially because of the outdoor dining. We ordered appetizers as well as entrees. The dishes with lamb sauce were particularly goid.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    BuckheadnativeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed our evening at Portofino. Our server was helpful in suggesting standout items on the menu and wine list and we had a quiet table... Unusual in most restaurants these days. Octopus appetizer was good but we prefer Kyma's preparation. Mussels were in a fabulous broth but sadly overcooked. Arugula salad was delicious, as were all of the entrees We definitely will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Davidn
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great location Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I really like the interior of the rest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ANQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere, great outside dining...Brittany was our server...she was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem of a different kind
    JenHeld
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    From reviews here, I expected upscale outdoor dining. Not at all what we found. Still, a fine discovery. Toddlers, teens, families, all having fun. Very casual, adults in shorts, metal tables and chairs, wait staff in jeans. Menu was geared to adult tastes and food was good but 3 rather than 5 in taste and presentation. Service fast enough, chatty and pleasant, appropriate for a family-friendly restaurant. I wasn't asked about a second glass of wine or coffee with dessert. Arugula salad was almost unwieldy with giant arugula leaves. Flounder special was okay but not outstanding. Dessert was best of all---blueberry bread pudding with lemon sauce and husband had a berry crisp. We'll go back, maybe take the grandchildren next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence, as always...
    LivinginAtlanta
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    From the moment Chris sat us at our table to the last glass of water after our check, the whole experience at Portofino was great. Terrific preparations, outstanding attentive unrushed service, to the thank you salutation as we departed.....all outstanding qualities of a well run establishment carried out by committed employees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommended by a friend
    Tec2751
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good location in Buckhead, but on a side street, so noise level was low. Good food, our server, Lisa did a good job of explaining each dish that we asked about, and seemed to appear just at the right time through out our time at Portofino. I will return for lots of reasons, but only if Lisa is our server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We'll be back.
    TheHappyHungryOnesVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Found out you are in Open Table so we decided to come back after a long absence. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in Buckhead
    RyanInNewnan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went with a small group last weekend and the food was fantastic. Service was very prompt. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had an adorable waitetress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were there at 5:30 in order to catch a7:15 movie! It was perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely patio
    DalmatianDadVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    For some reason, we hadn't been to Portofino in a long time. So glad we came back! Lovely patio and great menu. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    Mygrizzle
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We wanted a special place for your 1 year anniversary celebration. It was perfect. Low key; comforting and just enough sparkle! Thanks for the champagne to toast.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely lunch spot
    jpl195
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had a lovely lunch on the patio. We had the Trio and the CHicken Club Salad. Very nice and service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good food Great service
    TwostepstevieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    As usual, the food was very good and the service great. They handled gluten allergy of one in our party very well!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful meal and service
    eats
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Some highlites from the menu: fried artichoke hearts, scallops, veal ricotta meatballs, squid ink pasta with clams The service was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    great food and ambience. enjoyed the service and the wait staff was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bigKVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This place is a quiet nice Buckhead restaurant. The staff is very friendly and always willing to accommodate your requests. The food is great, although I think the plating could be a little better. Great wine list and everything flows beautifully. I do think the interior could be updated some and the table lighting needs a little more work. I would go back there often!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, wine, and service
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have never been disappointed in Portofino's restaurant. Every experience has been a five star experience on all dimensions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meet and eat
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Lovely spot to meet friends. Never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't go wrong
    Intown41
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Menu is outstanding, can't wait to go back. Mussels were perfect, watermelon/mint/burrata appetizer was light, incredible flavor, perfectly balanced. The creativity w/ the pastas is wonderful--sauces, ingredients, etc. The green olives were served hot--a bit strange, prefer room temp. Only complaint is the very dark dining room. Some like that, I don't. Front room is lighter but was full, even early. Too hot to sit outside, but in better weather, looks like it would be charming. Most definitely worth a trip back!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.