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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Portofino reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since June 2, 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 (113)neighborhood gem (101)fit for foodies (66)romantic (54)notable wine list (44)special occasion (43)good for groups (40)great for lunch (35)great for brunch (12)scenic view (11)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (6)Show More
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    An interesting and varied menu including regional food and wine from Sicily. Our server was great - she had good recommendations and took very good care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Ren55
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Never had a bad experience in Portofino. Great food and always great service - one of my most favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful lunch.
    mjriderVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The meal was outstanding. Soup of the day and red wine recommended by our waitperson were terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Patio Dining
    1ceMaidenVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My husband is a foodie; I am not. Our server overheard me me comment that I was having a difficult time finding anything on the menu that I liked, and he volunteered that the chef was willing to cook more traditional fare to order. So that's what we did... swapped the sauce on a pasta menu item for a more traditional alfredo sauce, and my tummy was happy. Although it was a warm evening, we opted to dine on their outdoor patio. We enjoyed a cool breeze, and the mosquitoes enjoyed my husband. Spotted some 'Off' spray at the server station as we left. Could have used some ourselves. Oh well, we still enjoyed the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food and service was exquisite with unique dishes and wonderful atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good as it gets
    BrewbyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our third visit to Portofino. This time we brought along friends. As before, our high expectations were met or exceeded. Ashleigh is a solid server, and she handles my "old-guy" sense of humor gracefully. My black fettuccini vongole was excellent indeed, and my wife's grilled trout was just right. Spaghetti squash was a nice seasonal side.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a Foodie Spot
    Prisonrat
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I was disappointed with the quality of the food at Portofino. My artichoke appetizer was very good, but I found the food presentation average for the price and the quality of the food. I think it is important for restaurants to use local items and when I asked the server where the trout is from he shared it was from Panama. For a GA restaurant to serve trout from Panama when our rivers and lakes are plentiful of trout is shocking. I can only imagine where this restaurant may cut back more. The restaurant's decor is a nice, neighborhoody feel to it and I love the outdoor patio, but food quality is very important to me and I was very disappointed to pay $23 for trout from Panama in Georgia. Our server, Kent, was friendly and professional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    ATLdiner
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had great service from Amber, and the food was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truly a neighborhood gem!
    Elreydelpollo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Really good food at reasonable prices, just far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Great apps to share worth a group over drinks. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Outdoor Dining
    Lexus2VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Had another delicious dinner and evening with friends. Service was attentive but not intruisive. I had the wonderful "Black pasta with clams" and it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.